NS Faculty

Natalie Simpson

Owner/Artistic Director


Began her dance training at just a year and a half with Birmingham Dance Theatre. As a student, she has competed at both the regional and national levels winning many first place honors and scholarships. She has also trained at Broadway Dance Center, STEPS, The Edge, Moro Landis, Tremaine and PAC. Disciplined in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. She was captain of the John Carroll Cavalettes Dance Team and was a member of the Auburn University Tiger Pause Dance Team where she graduated with a degree in Marketing. She has worked with Auburn's mascot "Aubie", the University of Alabama's Cabaret Dance Team as well as the Hoover Buccanettes and Vestavia Hills Rockettes. Natalie was one of five picked to perform the opening number at the 1999 Ani Difranco Concert in Birmingham. She has also been so fortunate as to work with the Alabama's Junior Miss program as co choreographer in 2003 and 2004 in Montgomery, Alabama. As a teacher, Natalie has choreographed talent routines for students competing in Jefferson, Shelby and Montgomery County Junior Miss Programs. Her students and Choreography have held titles at both the regional and national levels. Natalie has also judged for Star Systems National Dance Competition and is currently a member of the Dance Masters of America organization.

Shad Simpson

Owner/Artistic Director


Quite Literally, Shad has known dance all of his life having grown up in a dance studio. Shad began his dancing at the age of 2 under the direction of his mother, Beverly Simpson, owner of Beverly's Dance Unlimited. At the age of 9 Shad expanded his training to Birmingham Dance Theatre under the direction of Joni Nash Scofield. As a student he held the titles of Dance Masters Chapter 33 Junior Mister Dance and Mister Dance. Shad also received numerous awards at both the regional and national levels. After graduating high school he moved to Orlando to become part of the Magical World Of Disney. His credits include " Kids of the Kingdom", "Barbie's Magical World", Pleasure Island Dancer, "25th Anniversary Magical Memories Tour "and "Pocahontas Media Promotions "with Vanessa Williams. He was a featured dancer/singer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and is a member of the Actors Equity Association. (AEA) His Industrial/Television credits include, IBM International, General Electric, Mary Kay, Kodak, the Discovery Awards and Star Search. He has taught for Dance Educators of America as well as Dance Masters of America. He has trained at Edge Performing Arts, Tremaine, and Broadway Dance Center. In the Summer of 2002 Shad was on faculty as a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and a few months later went on to be in the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular". As a teacher, Shad's students and choreography have received numerous awards on the regional and national levels. Shad has judged for Star Systems National Dance Competition and is currently a member of the Dance Masters of America organization.

Madison Ryan


Madison Ryan began dancing when she was four years old at A Touch of Class Performing Arts under the direction of Lori Rayborn. Growing up in the competition circuit, she has received awards including Miss dance of Louisiana, NYCDA Outstanding Dancer, and qualifying for finals at the Youth American Grand Prix and the American Ballet Competition. She has received and accepted scholarships to train with Orlando Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and Sarasota Ballet. Madison began her professional career when she was eighteen, joining the Alabama Ballet as a Corps de Ballet company member. She has since performed repertoire including Van Fleteren’s Romeo and Juliet, soloist roles in Don Quixote, and Cinderella, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, just to name some of her favorites. Madison also teaches at the Alabama Ballet School.

Jordan Schwinabart


Jordan, a Maryland native, has trained with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance from the University of Cincinnati. She has performed with Dayton Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and currently the Alabama Ballet, where she has had the pleasure of performing works by George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Jiří Kylián, and Roger Van Fleteren.

Rachel Singletary

Ballet/Pre-school/Floor Barre

Rachel Singletary is a graduate of the University of Utah, holding a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet. Rachel moved to the wild west from her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, where she received her early dance training from Ballet Workshop/The Columbus Ballet.  Rachel danced professionally with Nashville Ballet 2, Alabama Ballet, and AROVA Contemporary Ballet, where she also served as Managing Director. Most recently, Rachel delightedly completed Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique Certification.  She is also trained in Revolutionary Principles of Movement, based on the syllabus of Master Teacher Ruth Petrinovic, and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease by the Mark Morris Dance Group.  Rachel currently enjoys serving as Administrative Assistant for the Alabama Dance Council, as well as on faculty at NS Dance Studio, and as a guest teacher around the Southeast!

Lydia Rotenberger

Hip Hop

Lydia was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. She trained at Jill’s Studio of Dance throughout her youth in a variety of styles including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary while dancing competitively also. She was chosen and danced as a Hollywood Dance Jamz Elite Assistant from 2014-2016. She also danced for NRG Dance Project as a regional prodigy from 2016-2018.  She is currently attending the University of Alabama Birmingham as an undergraduate student studying Exercise Science. She was a member of the University of Minnesota’s Premiere Dance Team her freshman year of college and UAB’s Golden Girls Dance Team her sophomore year. Continuing at UAB, she served as an assistant coach for the Golden Girl’s Dance team her junior year. Lydia enjoys choreographing for various high school teams and teaching kids of all ages. She has a passion for teaching kids various styles of hip hop and how to dance through all movement finding their own groove to the beat.

Sydnii Todd

Contemporary/Hip Hop

Sydnii Todd is a 2012 graduate of Troy University with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in dance. Sydnii is a native of Birmingham with 24 years of dance training in various dance genres. She has performed and competed throughout the country and internationally in China. She was a member of Troy Dance Repertory Ensemble where she served as vice president for three years, and was selected student representative for the theater and dance recruitment committee. During her time at Troy she was cast in numerous productions including her principal dance roles in Guys and Dolls and Smokey Joe's Café. In 2012 Sydnii competed as Miss Shelby County in the Miss Alabama pageant and was recognized as a top eleven finalist. She also has held the titles of Miss Troy University and Miss Magnolia. She was Jefferson County's Junior Miss in 2008 - and was selected a top 8 finalist and overall talent winner at Alabama's Junior Miss also winning preliminaries in both fitness and self-expression. Sydnii is currently a graduate student at the University of Alabama studying Sports Business Management along with her position as contemporary instructor and choreographer at NS.

Chase VanHooser

Office Manager

Carla Leslie

Account Manager

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3242 Cahaba Heights Road Suite A

Vestavia Hills, AL  35243