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Alexander White

Hip-Hop and Jazz Instructor

Alexander White is an artist to the bone; creative director, stylist, singer, choreographer, actor, and producer! Originally from Bronx, New York, Alex currently resides in Charlotte, NC where he is a full-time entertainer. This pediatric nursing major from UNCC is now the Captain of the “Hive Hip Hop Crew”, an all-male NBA dance team for the Charlotte Hornets. He has also starred in several commercials, movies, tours, and musicals including Alvin & the Chipmunks, Target, Coca-Cola, Belk, Bolden, and Chicago just to name a few.  Alex recently launched his production company, Alex White Productions and produced three commercials for the Atlanta Selfie Museum. Alex is looking forward to joining the Southern Swag Dance Family and what is to come in the new year! 


Mackenzie Attaway

Acro and Stretch Flex Instructor

Mackenzie Attaway grew up in Morganton, NC and is recently married! She has always had a passion for dance and cheerleading and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with the next generation. Mackenzie was an all-star cheerleader and taught tumbling at a local gym. She was selected to perform for the East/West Games and was a professional cheerleader for the Hunnies, based in Raleigh. She is excited to be a part of Southern Swag Dance Academy.

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Dallas McKinney

Musical Theatre Instructor

Dallas McKinney is excited to use his training from Royal Caribbean International and Cedar Fair Entertainment to bring excitement, energy and originality to Southern Swag Dance Academy! He will be teaching musical theater style dance, which is a form of dancing that emphasizes learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and facial expressions as you dance. He is thankful for the opportunity to work with the SSDA family and thanks you for your trust, time, and dedication to the arts.

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Susan Cato-Chapman

Musical Theatre Instructor

Susan Cato-Chapman has taught Acting, Movement, and Directing in higher education for over a decade. She holds an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University and a BA from The University of North Carolina at Asheville. A Certified Teacher in the Michael Chekhov Technique, she serves as Associate Director of the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium located in Ohio. Susan is also a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique through Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

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Jim Smith

Musical Theatre Instructor

Jim Smith has been directing and producing Broadway-style local musicals for over 20 years. He is passionate about bringing people together by engaging them to focus on community involvement and values. Jim has a deep love for local and foreign missions and has a very diverse and creative background. Jim has served on staff for over 25 years in Southern Baptist churches in the capacities of youth, music, administration, programming and worship arts. An educator by profession, he has taught music in middle and high schools as well as on the community college level. Jim has been the director of a fine arts municipal auditorium and is a writer, composer and playwright. He has an Associates of Fine Arts from Brevard College, a Bachelors of Music Education from Mars Hill University, and has extended his studies throughout the years.