Studio & Theater
The experience, passion, and extraordinary fortitude that is Liezel Lane began over 33 years ago, beginning her career as a formally trained prima ballerina with the Russian Cecchetti technique in ballet. As a formal dance competitor, performer, and experienced dancer she expanded her vision to include Tap, Jazz, Flamenco, and Contemporary Dance styles, studying in both South Africa and the United States. Liezel could have simply held those amazing life experiences instead, she channeled her unique skill set to impact many high potential dancers in core strength, technique, and performance skill set. As a master teacher for various studios, she also trained competitive gymnasts in core ballet technique. Not only has Liezel mastered the art of dance, she has also effectively mastered the art of blending psychology and dance into what is now called Global Dance. Her Masters in Industrial Psychology combined with her extensive dance background allows the perfect balance for empowering young people, elevating dance technique, and creating an empowering foundation in which to grow. As the Owner and Executive Director of Global Dance, home of the Atlanta S.E.E.D.s School for Girls, Liezel is passionate about dance and mental wellness and the amazing impact her vision is having is something you will truly have to see to believe. Within 3 generations of dance trailblazers, along with her mother and daughter, she is helping to change lives and empower them as well.
Toseima J-Coz is an Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Singer, Writer, Songwriter, Assistant Director, Blogger, CEO of a nonprofit, Production Assistant, Stage Manager, and now ‘Studio Manager’ of the well-respected and trailblazing home of Atlanta S.E.E.D.S. Inc. Toseima J-Coz holds a Business Bachelors Degree in Marketing & Management. She worked her way through school by utilizing her business savvy within the corporate world while preparing business plans, grant-writing, and business development projects to financially fuel her desire for success the field of performing arts. As a result, she teaches performing arts, participates in the arts and utilizes her experiences to help others. Toseima has trained with the Kids from Beasley, House O’Matics, Willow Creek, CCI Dance Ministry Training & Development Program, LoYola University Arts groups, Dance FX, and other respected organizations. Her fingerprint within the field of performing arts has impacted hundreds of children and adults within nearly a quarter of a century in life-changing experiences! She is an actor, author, singer, dancer, poet, songwriter, choreographer, vision caster, and friend to many. It is safe to say that anything Toseima sets her mind toward, success is absolutely inevitable. Learn more about Toseima at ToseimaJCoz.com or follow her blog at speakresilience.com.
Hip-Hop, Tap Instructor
Emi Murata – Emi began pursuing her passion for dance under the direction of Sherri Davis at Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts in Peachtree City, Georgia. Through her training at GAD, she spent summers training at Atlanta Ballet, the Rock School of Dance, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She continued her training and dance education at the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2015. During her time at UGA, she danced in CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company where she trained on lyra, trapeze, silks, and sling, and was a member of the Ballroom Performance Group where she performed various forms of ballroom and Latin styles. She had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by Joanna Mendl Shaw, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Luis Piedra, Urban Bush Women, and Alexandre Munz, and toured aerial performances at various events including the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Upon graduation, she attended a two week contemporary intensive in Sorrento, Italy with Staibdance, and is now teaching and performing with Dancefx, Atlanta Dance Collective, and other contemporary-based projects across the Atlanta area.
Cindee Sapoznik was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey and graduated from Emerson College in Boston. She has worked with several different organizations but currently specializes in Teen Life Coaching. Her dream is to open a Teen Center, coaching and teaching communication and basic life and social skills. We are lucky to have her with us!
Julia Weiss has been dancing since age three and has had training in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. She is in her senior year at Kennesaw State University, where she is majoring in modern dance. She hopes to dance for a modern dance company after college, and later open a S.E.E.D.s program of her own. She is a certified S.E.E.Ds instructor for Global Dance.
Teen Life Coach
Ania Bartelmus, “La Candela”, is a flamenco dancer, instructor and choreographer. She has performed across the Southeastern US, as well as Switzerland, Poland and worked in tablaos of Seville, Spain. The tablaos (flamenco bars) include Sala Garufa, Flamenqería, Cafe del Arte and Caja Negra. Ania was also a featured dancer in the music video “Kiss the Night” by Summer Azul. Ania dedicated several years to study flamenco in Seville with Spain’s top artists and she often goes back to Seville to develop further as a dancer. Her dance technique includes dancing with castanets, bata de cola, fan and mantón. Among the dancers that mostly influenced her style of dancing are Juana Amaya, Nazaret Reyes, La Choni, La Lupi and Milagros Menjibar. Her website is aniaflamenco.com.
ATS®, Tribal Fusion, & Zills Instructor
3D Mentoring for Young Men
Karen Harper Morgan has 30 years experience in marketing and business development. Karen is passionate about wellness and preventative health education, and recently launched Kozmo Life Wellness which provides nutritional and lifestyle guidance on how to feed both the mind and body.
Ania Bartelmus, Flamenco Instructor
A Native South African, Zaia Hadiyyah promotes education in Middle Eastern dance, culture, music and costuming. Her focus is on the enhancement of the physical, emotional and social well-being of women in the community. She does this through oriental dance classes, seminars, tours and performances. Zaia has been a lifelong dancer. She has done intense training in the MIddle East, South Africa and the USA. She has organized and hosted large scale workshops, fundraisers and performances. She has also directed and continues to build and lead student dance companies. She has participated in numerous International Festivals in Europe, Egypt and South Africa. She teaches Folkloric and Cabaret Style Dance from the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Lady Morrighan is the creator of 6 instructional dance DVDs and one of Atlanta’s top professional performers. She’s a singer, actress, and all around extrovert who loves teaching dance. Her style is heavily influenced by the lyrical style of dancers from the Golden Era like Samia Gamal and Tahia Carioca. LadyM has taught open level workshops all over the country and is adept at offering modifications that simplify or challenge dancers of all levels. Her passion for fitness has led her into a rewarding career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, with a vast knowledge of anatomy and safe movement practices. While her teaching style incorporates humor, she is very detail oriented and aspires to push each dancer to their fullest potential. When you study with her, you will learn more than movements; you will learn theory, presentation, and musicality.
Jerry Fields is the percussionist & music director of the Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble, Vecinos Del Mundo (Neighbors of the World). Known as the premier Latin Jazz ensemble in the Southeastern United States, Vecinos del Mundo has shared the stage with Latin Jazz giants, Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez and Eddie Palmieri. Collaborations with legendary Latin Jazz sidemen & band leaders; Ray Vega, Mitch Frohman, Bernie Miñoso & Michael Phillip Mossman, hosted by Fields, have afforded these stalwarts of Latin Jazz “Guest Artist” billing with Atlanta based Vecinos del Mundo. “A Tribute to Tito Puente” was one such collaboration featuring Vega, Frohman & Miñoso all members of the Tito Puente Orchestra.
In addition to Latin Jazz, Jerry also serves as music director, composer and arranger for the Atlanta based Calo Gitano Flamenco Dance Theater Company as well has his flamenco fusion group, ¿Qué Compás?
S.E.E.D.s Instructor, Modern
A belly dance jack-of-all-trades, Lacy Perry is an instructor, performer, troupe director, event producer & costume retailer. Her passion for every facet of Middle Eastern dance is unstoppable & infectious!
As an instructor, Lacy has brought American Tribal Style, Fusion and “Killer Zill” classes to students in Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Roswell. Since the start of 2008, Lacy has traveled the nation learning from international superstars & continues to expand her knowledge to share it with her students. She enjoys performing original choreographies & improvisation with a theatrical bent as well as more “traditional” tribal & fusion. Lacy is certified in the Jamila Salimpour Belly Dance Format (Level 1) and Ansuya’s “Cabaribalusion”. She also founded and directs a student dance troupe, Northside Tribe, which has become known for their performances of her innovative and often geeky choreographies. Visit her website at Belly Dance by Lacy.
Toseima J Coz
Richard Hazelwood is a MRI Technologist working as a MR Clinical Applications Specialist with Bracco Diagnostics Inc. He graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook/Regents College where he received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. As a part of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity he worked three years with the Boys and Girls Club as a mentor. Richard has also worked as a church youth leader at Gospel Temple in Brooklyn, NY where he was responsible for church and outside activities with the youth member’s ages 7-14 years of age. He is a dynamic musician that has played the organ, piano, drums, bongos and congas for his High School chorus and band, college gospel choir, various churches and recently for the Esther Jackson Elementary School Chorus. He has always had passion and a vision to be a partner with today’s youth and empower them to create their own individual, dynamic life plans, and support them in formulating and achieving their goals. To inspire positive change, leadership and character development; and to enable them to visualize their future clearly and identify and practice the behaviors needed to achieve their results and dreams. Serve as a resource to empower the youth and aid in the gain of confidence and self-advocacy skills.
Tina is a graduate of Emory University and currently a practicing attorney. She is also a dance instructor for bhangra - a high energy Indian folk dance originating from the state of Punjab. Tina hopes her students can experience the same passion and enthusiasm she experiences from bhangra while getting in a great workout! When she's not working or dancing, you'll find her playing soccer nearby or traveling the world! Tina completed her Learn Bhangra App Instructor Certification in May 2016 and is excited to teach adult classes!
AЯRON represents a new generation of recording artists. The young performer adds the title of acclaimed producer and songwriter to an already impressive repertoire. Aaron began studying the movement of great performers like Michael Jackson and Usher early on. He was captivated by their talent and in awe of their generosity. At that moment he vowed his life to his passion for music and performance. He studied at various different dance and competition academies on scholarship, becoming technically trained in all dance styles including hip hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, African, lyrical, and modern. Finding a love for the stage, Aaron began to perform in talent shows & showcases spanning the South East. Age 20, Aaron initially draws in all his audiences with his husky tone and charms them with his honest lyrics. Strapped with a composition book and pen, Aaron began to write. His poetry turned into thought provoking lyrics, and his melodies evolved into beats. Currently writing for EMI, Aaron is busy working on his debut EP & is a recent graduate of Georgia State University with a BA in media production. Stay tuned. There’s more to come from this rising talent!
Global Dance Founder, Adult Folkloric Middle Eastern Dance Instructor
Global Dance Studio & Theater