Company & Staff

WiseXpressions is more than just a dance company. We strive to provide a program with integrity, quality, and diversity to promote an environment of excellence. Classes are offered at all levels (beginning-advanced) in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, ethnic, praise, stretch, line dance, and tap. It is committed to the development of individuality, talent, focus, and the joy of dance. Our aim is to promote a healthier lifestyle, and foster a love of dance and a sense of freedom through movement, through any number of dance styles and techniques. WiseXpressions will provide lower market place prices with exceptional service as well as promote cultural diversity among Athens citizens. Our plan is to offer educational opportunity through the arts. Enjoyment is the number one goal; however, all students are encourages to develop their technique and style no matter their level of dance experience.

LaTonya Wise

Founder/ Director

 

LaTonya Wise is a local Athenian, but currently resides in Statham, Georgia. She started her dance career at the age of 11 and fell in love with it from day one. Her formal training began at East Athens Educational Dance Center, where she studied ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. She was able to perform with many companies including Ballethnic Dance Company and the University of Georgia Ballet Ensemble to name a few. She has also had the opportunity to take many West African classes and perform in many outreach performances. LaTonya had a break in her dance career in 2001 to enjoy the beauty of motherhood and move to Jacksonville, Florida. She has had four children, two girls and two boys, and they have followed in her dance footsteps. She continued to teach and choreograph in Florida for five years until moving back to Athens in 2008 where she taught and choreographed for over 100 children. In 2011 she became a member of the DanceFX Concert Dance Company in Athens, GA. She graduated from Athens Technical College in 2013 with an associate of applied science degree in Marketing Management. She founded WiseXpressions in the Fall of 2012 with only two students doing private lessons. Her dream was to open her own dance studio and to not only teach dance, but make her students appreciate and love dance as well. LaTonya has taught and choreographed for over 16 years and has danced for over 20 years. Dancing is her passion and is a honor to teach students that want to learn the technique and creative side to dance.