Our school believes that every student should have the opportunity to excel in some way. We provide quality instruction from staff members who have a passion for what they teach! It is our honor to teach and assist you in any way we can!
Meet Our 2017-18 Instructors...
Artistic Director/Head Instructor of Dance, Gymnastics, Cheerleading & Zumba Fitness, Susan McMahan
Susan has been dancing since infancy, and first took classes in clogging, baton, modeling, and pom. She then studied ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics with Beverly Serral School of Dance, The Dance Experience, Studio Arts for the Dancer, and the TN Conservatory of Fine Arts. Susan also cheered for seven years while in school. She studied ballet, jazz, and Martha Graham Modern at the collegiate level with Virginia Intermont College and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is a former Carson-Newman Eaglette and was also a teacher for the University of Tennessee Dance Department in Knoxville where she taught Ballet and Jazz classes.
Susan has trained with Savion Glover, Frank Hatchett, Janice Barringer, Dena Rizzo, & the late Steven Boyd. She has been a successful teacher of dance and gymnastics for over ten years now. She is a certified member of Dance Educators of America and a certified K-6 Elementary School Teacher.
Susan has also been very successful as a choreographer for numerous performances and events, such as: Newport Christmas parades, Newport Harvest Festivals, Newport Theatre Guild’s “A Christmas Carol,” and most recently, the Moon Pie Festival. She has coached and choreographed for competitive cheerleading teams and dance teams. Her award-winning teams have continued to reach top honors for "Showstopping, Superstar" performances. She has also been recognized with Choreography Awards for her competitive dance routines "Mony Mony,” "Get Funky-Go Country,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Aladdin’s Arabian Princesses!”
Most recently, Mrs. Susan choreographed for the musical "River Song," which was performed by many local, talented dancers, musicians, and actors at Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
After having her son Holden, Susan became increasingly aware of the changes that the body goes through with age, hormones, and physical challenges like surgery or giving birth. She realized as she worked to get her body back in shape that she had a passion for helping others to achieve their own personal best in health and fitness as well.
Susan is a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor, and most recently, she received her Personal Training Certification. She is also studying to become both a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor.
Susan is known for her ability to empower and encourage student of ALL ages to be the best they can be.
"I am of able mind, body, and spirit; therefore, I dance!" -Susan McMahan
Dance, Gymnastics and Zumba Fitness Instructor, Juliana Munsey
Juliana teaches Hip Hop, Gymnastics, and assists with several classes at NDCA. SShe is also the director of our After School Star Kidz program.
While Juli is a native of Tampa, FL, she has lived in Newport, TN for twelve years and was a former Cocke County High School and Newport Grammar School cheerleader. In high school, she was not only a team member but choreographer for many of their team dances. Juliana has cheered since she was six and danced since she was three. Cheering and dancing have always been her passion.
Juliana has taken everything from Ballet to Hip Hop, and as a Senior in high school, she taught dance and cheerleading for NDCA, Inc. She trained in dance in order to make the college dance team at Tennessee Tech University where she became a Golden Girl for the Eagles.
Juli is the proud mother of two children, Liliana and James. She had Lili while she finished College at Free Will Baptist Bible College. She has a BA Degree in International Business and Missions along with minors in Bible and Spanish.
Now, Juli is pursuing her a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8, majoring in Physical Education. She is also an Assistant Teacher for Newport Grammar School. Juli has worked with children since she was thirteen, as a babysitter, a nanny, and a teacher at an inclusive pre-school. She has a special place in her heart for children.
Julianna says she is extremely blessed and thankful for my wonderful family and the opportunity to teach children how to dance and more! She can only hope that they become as passionate about movement as she is.
Dance Instructor, Julie Freeman Mullins (Mrs. Ju Ju)
Julie has been dancing since she was 5 years old; everything from ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, lyrical, modern, cheerleading, and show choir. She has studied dance with Beverly Serral School of Dance and The Dance Experience during her grade school years. Beginning her freshman year of college she studied under Winter and Company Dance Studio, and ADC and Company Dance Studio, both of Greenville, TN. She started teaching and choreographing for ADC and Company in 2004 and remained with the company until 2013. Her dance concentrations have been mainly ballet, jazz, and lyrical, but she enjoys teaching any kind of dance.
Teaching dance has been a tremendous blessing in her life, an outlet for using her skills and abilities to praise and worship God. Over the years, she has enjoyed choreographing many pieces for church services, using liturgical/creative movements and sign language to enhance worship services.
Julie also currently works at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center as their chef and food services coordinator. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from Walters State Community College as well as a B.B.A. in Business Management and Marketing from East Tennessee State University. She lives in Cosby, TN with her husband Josh, their dog Rocket, and their cat Pearl.
Having taken a break from dancing for the last 2 years, she is so thankful and excited to be back in the studio teaching again. It is very rewarding to see her students develop a love and passion for dance and to see a child develop confidence in themselves and pride for their accomplishments. Teaching dance has become so much more than learning and developing skills. It is the opportunity to be a positive influence, to intentionally invest in young lives, and to always encourage them to pursue excellence in whatever they do.
Karate Instructor, O'Sensei Charles Allen
Newport Dance & Cheer Academy proudly welcomes O’Sensei
Charles Allen to our teaching staff. Mr. Allen expands our school’s instruction
from dance, gymnastics, and fitness to martial arts, women’s self-defense, and
Mr. Allen is a Grandmaster “Pure Sanuces” Judan with a 10
Degree Black Belt. He began his career in 1970 in Kajukenbo Karate under
Professor William Mason. In 1973, he began training in Sanuces Ryu JuJitsu
under the founder of the system, Doctor Moses Powell. He received his 1
Degree Black Belt in ShoDan in 1983.
By 1994, he had trained in Kali/Eskrima
with Dan Inosanto, an expert is sticks and knives, who was also a student of
Bruce Lee. During this time, Mr. Allen received his 5 Degree Black
By 1998, Mr. Allen was inducted into the International Hall
of Fame with a “Lifetime Gold Achievement Award” in Los Angeles, California,
and his name was entered into the National Who’s Who in the Library of Congress
in Washington, D.C. Years later, he was inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame
as a Humanitarian of the Year and Master of the Year.
By 2001, he was featured in the Karate Voice Martial Arts
News with his teacher, Dr. Moses Powell, and selected to join the U.S. National
Martial Arts Team. The next year, he had attained a 9 Degree Black
Belt and formed PMAK (Project Martial Arts Kids), which was a program offering
free martial arts programs to underprivileged children. It was at this time
that he also received an Award of Excellence and an Appreciation Award for
Survival Tactics with US Military at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
From 2003 to today he has accomplished even more in his
success with martial arts! He has received his rank as a Grandmaster with a 10
Degree Black Belt, was featured in the Karate Voice Martial Arts News, and has
conducted seminars for police forces in Bermuda.
Most recently, Charles Allen was featured in the Karate
International magazine with martial artist Michael DePasqaale. He continues to
travel throughout the United States conducting seminars in what is known as “Pure
We welcome Mr. Allen to our school with honor! He is an
asset to our community offering youth karate classes and martial arts
instruction for ages eight and up. His outstanding training and experience will
also allow him to offer Women’s Self-Defense classes, Stranger Danger classes,
and more at our academy. This will also open up more opportunities and convenience
for families at our school. Parents, brothers and sisters can both take classes
in the same location. Tuition discounts are available for families with
siblings taking classes, and discounts are given to students taking multiple
class styles. Students do not have to go outside the school to seek instruction
for various styles of learning.
Mr. Allen’s motto also fits in with our program as well. He
believes in One God, One Love, and One Family, in that order. He focuses his
instruction on self-defense, not violence. He encourages his students to be
disciplined and aware of their surroundings. But, first and foremost, he
teaches that living a life that honors God in all you do is priority.
NDCA is now enrolling students in classes for ages eight and
older and all ability levels. Students may contact the school office Monday,
Tuesday, or Thursday between 4:00-7:00 p.m. or on Wednesday between 4:00-6:00
p.m. Classes will be held on Monday and/or Thursday afternoons/evenings. Exact
times will be announced after minimum grouping enrollment has been met. There
is a one-time registration fee per family, but parents of existing students do
not have to pay again. Monthly tuition is based upon the amount of time spent
in class. Classes will begin the week of September 26with a
Parent Meet-n-Greet on the 26 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on
Charles Allen’s Martial Arts/Youth Karate classes, call (423) 623-4113.
Miss Harley Ramsey, Office Assistant
232 East Broadway
Newport, TN 37821