Aimee is the owner and director of AIM-Art In Motion Dance Center. She is a native of Cobb County-growing up in both Smyrna and Kennesaw. For over 20 years she has been teaching dance, acrobatics and gymnastics to all ages and levels. She is certified through Dance Masters of America Chapter 33 and also has a degree in Sports Management from Kennesaw State University.
Aimee has been the Jazz Company Director for both the Roswell Dance Theatre in Roswell, GA and the Jeffie Jean School of Dance in Baton Rouge, LA. Having been a judge herself, both Aimee and her students have won many top awards at dance competitions.
Some of Aimee’s career highlights include being an assistant choreographer and performer in the Atlanta Olympic Opening/ Closing Ceremonies working alongside Kenny Ortega and Judy Chabola. She was also a featured dancer/singer at Coca-Cola’s Olympic City in Atlanta. Aimee has choreographed fashions shows for J.C. Penny and the Cobb Children’s Theatre and been in several commercials. Many of her students have gone on to have accomplished dance careers.
A lifelong dream has finally become a reality for Aimee by finally opening the doors to her very own dance studio.
Aimee currently resides in Dallas with her fiancé Keith. She has one son, Dalton, one daughter Daira and two stepsons Devon and Preston.
Claire Young started her training at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance where she graduated in 2007. She went on to earn her BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma.
At Oklahoma, Claire performed principal roles with the University's ballet company the Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Her first principal role was her freshman year performing the Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker. Her favorite roles at the University were, “The Sylph” in the Sylph and Scotsman pas de deux from Graduation Ball , “Girl in Blue” in Mary Margaret Holt’s Carmina Burana, and the “Lilac Fairy,” Sleeping Beauty.
After College, Claire joined the corps de ballet at the Columbia City Ballet where she danced in the corps de ballet in William Starrett’s Dracula, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Little Mermaid, and The Nutcracker.
Because her husband was still finishing his degree at Auburn University, she joined the Montgomery Ballet so that she could commute from Auburn and still be with her husband. At Montgomery, Claire performed many soloist roles including: “Little Bo Peep”(Marzipan Soloist) in The Nutcracker, “Big Swan" in Swan Lake, and the soloist in Darrin McIntyre’s Liberty Bell.
When her husband’s job moved them to Chattanooga, she joined the Chattanooga Ballet as principal dancer where she remains a principal guest artist. Her favorite roles with the Chattanooga Ballet include: “The Sugar Plum Fairy,” The Nutcracker, “Raymonda,” Raymonda, and the principal “Sylph” in Les Sylphides.
Claire is very excited to join the Art in Motion family and help the next generation of ballerinas fulfill their dreams!
Malerie Ann Grady
A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Malerie has primarily worked in television and film as both an actor and a dancer. Her credits include Glee, The Middle, Wizards of Waverley Place, Lab Rats, United States of Tara, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Best of Enemies, and Boy Erased. She has also performed in music videos with Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, and Taking Back Sunday. In the last couple years, Malerie has begun writing and producing, with one of her projects reaching the finals for Project Greenlight. You can also catch her doing some improv at Highwire and Village Theatre.
Crystal has performed both nationally and internationally for many years. Her professional experience includes work with Enrique Iglesias, Shop Boyz, Automotion, Shockwave, cruise ships, and several local artists. She has also performed in national television productions with America’s Best Dance Crew, the Junior Olympics, Paula Abdul and Ben Vereen. In 2013 - 2014 she was invited to teach with “Broadway Break Thru ‘s” Triple Threat convention, and has choreographed for “National Dance Alliance” located in Dallas, Texas for dance teams all over the nation.
She has also choreographed multiple dance routines for Davenport University and Sienna Heights University. In the competitive world she has also judged and taught master classes for multiple dance competitions including directing one of her own called “Raw Energy dance Competition.” In addition, she has done promotional work with hotel/casinos MGM Grand, Ceaser’s and Motor City. Crystal also has been a part of Dance Spirit, Strut and Six Degree’s magazines.
Most recently, Crystal has begun to make her mark among the elite with her fast-paced and innovative choreography. Over the last 10 years, vast studio demand for her services has led her to host dance intensives at many different studios across the country. The students that attend the workshops are easily influenced by Crystal’s passion for dance and enjoys her magnetic personality and amazing creativity. In addition to her own work, she is affiliated with many professional dance organizations that make her the person to go to if you crave dance!
Originating from Detroit Michigan, Crystal and her family made a bold move and headed South to Atlanta, GA where she continues to teach and choreograph both locally and nationally.
Victoria began dancing at the age of three; she began training under the direction of Debbie Daniel Wells and the Dance Factory in Austell, GA. Moving to “Show Biz Studio,” she continued to train with Shirley Smith in Hiram, GA. Studying under Deborah Barnes of Orlando, Alexis Black, The Manzari Brothers of NYC, Lisa Hill, Heather Knight, Katia and MJ Johnson - Hip Hop. She returned to The Dance Factory to perform in nationally acclaimed productions such as, “The Black Tide, & Young Frankenstein!” She extended her dance career and joined the Miss America Scholarship Organization, where she won 2014 Cobb’s Talented Teen, 2015 Miss Whitewater, 2016 Cobb’s Miss Congeniality and Miss Gwinnett County 2016. Once expanding from The Miss America Organization she recieved her first contract with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre in 2016 performing in the nationally acclaimed production “Peter Pan”. Victoria is looking forward to teaching the love of dance and starting her journey with AIM!