Heather Knight- Heather originally from New York grew up tappin and twirlin since she was 3 years old. She is a graduate of Lassiter High School. Heather was a member of the Atlanta Workshop Players where she performed at middle and high schools through out the Atlanta area. After attending Kennesaw State University, she left her southern roots and headed out for the high seas. She worked for Jean Ann Ryan Productions on Norwegian cruise lines as a dancer and dance captain. She performed in "Grease", "Sea Legs Express", "Masquerade", "Hooray for Hollywood", "On Broadway" and "Puttin on the Hitz". Her sea legs then brought her to the castle stage at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World where she performed in the Mickey Mania Parade and Sparkling Christmas Spectacular. She also got to fulfill every little girl's dream portraying "Cinderella". With her dreams achieved, she came back to Atlanta to continue educating the youth of our future in the arts. She has been teaching the art of dance since 1999 where she has achieved many honors including choreography awards both regionally and nationally. Additionally, Heather judges for Starpower's Regional competitions throughout the country. Her proudest accomplishment is her daughter Makhenna as she takes the "Steppin Out" stage in competitions.
Autumn Ritter (Owner) - while growing up in Atlanta, Autumn started at a young age in the performing arts world. She was involved in dance, theatre, commercials, industrials, and music videos. Throughout most of her childhood, she was a member of The Atlanta Workshop Players; where she traveled the southeast performing for many venues, including schools. At the age of 16, She moved to Orlando, Florida to attend a performing arts magnet school where she interacted with people from the Mickey Mouse club to N-Sync. She performed at Walt Disney World in the Mickey mania parade and sparkling Christmas spectacular show at the magic kingdom. She attended Point Park University and graduated with a B.A. in musical theatre. Upon graduation, she boarded Celebrity cruise lines and performed in there hit shows aboard the mercury and century. While residing in New York City she has performed regionally for 7 years and has worked with such stars as Jeff Goldblum, Tom Wopat, Ed Beagley Jr., Illeana Douglas, Sutton Foster, and Victoria Clark. She has performed in many dance industrials and musical theatre shows such as The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly, A Funny thing happened on the way to the forum, Sugar Babies, and Me and My Girl. For many of these shows, autumn was the asst. choreography, asst. to the director, and the dance captain. She was also involved in the Movie "Pittsburgh" with Jeff Goldblum, which was seen at the Tribeca Film Festival. Additionally, Autumn judges for Starpower's Regional competitions throughout the country. She has always wanted to instill her passion and dreams of the arts on to others and opening a performing arts center will enable her to share her love and enthusiasm!