Experienced and Dedicated Dance Instructors
Meet our dedicated team of dance instructors!
Debbie Dye, Director and Owner
Debbie Dye, Augusta Youth School of Dance owner and operator, believes in teaching children basic dance principles that will serve them well the rest of their lives.
Debbie Dye is the owner of Augusta Youth School of Dance, one of the area’s preeminent dance schools. She is also one of our most experienced dance instructors. With over 40 years of dance and teaching experience, Debbie believes that the preschool age is the perfect time for children to learn basic dance principles and that this will serve them well the rest of their lives. She has trained thousands of students, primarily in the Augusta and North Augusta area, in ballet, tap, jazz, and fitness. Debbie Dye is focused on providing the best atmosphere of discipline, learning and fun.
Molly Peoples – Artistic Director
Molly Peoples began dance at the age of 2-1/2. She has now been dancing for more than 20 years. She began student teaching at the age of 13 and is now our artistic director. Molly teaches ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop to children of all ages. When not dancing in the studio, Molly teaches in our outreach program in daycare centers. Here she teaches ballet and fitness to preschoolers. Her passion is to inspire and motivate young dancers to chase their dreams. Molly has been a tremendous asset to our program, bringing her positive attitude and energy into our studio. Molly looks forward to sharing her passion and style of dance with all her students.
Haley Sullivan – Dance Instructor
Haley began dance at the age of 3 in Augusta, Georgia. She started out as a greeter, progressed to helper student teacher and is now assisting our lead dance instructors. She has danced at national conventions and has experienced training under master teachers. Haley has performed locally and nationally, but her love of dance led her to teaching children. She is an asset to our parents, children and studio staff.
Jessica Haskins – Dance Instructor
Jessica Haskins began dancing at the age of five and has loved dance ever since. She began student teaching when she was twelve and now has been dancing for over twenty years. She has trained under Debbie Dye, Pam Colson-Moye, and April Hartsell. Jessica attended college at Augusta University for 3 ½ years and Southern New Hampshire University for one year, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. By day, she is a banker at Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company and teaches with us at night and on weekends. Jessica loves sharing her passion of dance with her wonderful students. “Dancing has taught me wonderful leadership skills, determination, team work, self-discipline and has given me a sense of positive self-image. I am where I am in life from the skills I have learned from dance.
Keely Miller – Dance Instructor
Keely Miller first started as a student of Mrs. Debbie Dye at the age of 3 and has been dancing for over a decade. She became an assistant instructor after high school and has now come back to join us as one of our main instructors. Over the years her passion to express love through dance never went unnoticed. She is excited to be back with her dance family and all the kids. As an instructor, her goal is to inspire her dance students to work hard and dream big. Keely will be teaching ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop classes to our students. When Keely isn’t teaching or attending dance classes she is being a mother to her 2-year-old son as well as a full-time student at Virginia College where she will graduate in March of 2019. Keely looks forward to interacting with our students and parents during the upcoming dance year.
Kaleigh Killebrew – Dance Instructor
Kaleigh (Brill) Killebrew began dancing at the age of 2 in Lowell MA. In 20 years of dance experience, Kaleigh studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Competitive Irish Step Dancing. Kaleigh married her husband Scott in 2008, and they have two beautiful girls, Tessa and Brynne. Both girls and Kaleigh study dance at Augusta Youth School of Dance.
Kaleigh holds an associates degree in Early Childhood Education. When she is not in the dance studio, Kaleigh is a preschool teacher, Travel Agent, PTO President and Independent Scentsy Consultant, in addition to being a mom and wife. Kaleigh’s all-time favorite quote is, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul”. -Martha Graham