Artistic Director/Owner-Kristine K. Carder
Ms. Kristy Carder has an extensive background in Dance and Cheerleading with over 30 years of training and experience. She grew up in Marietta where she graduated from Pope High School. A proud graduate of The University of Georgia, Ms. Carder obtained her degree in Drama in 1994.
She cheered 6 years for the Atlanta Falcons, served as the Junior Falcons Cheerleader Program Choreographer for several years and Directed and Choreographed the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader and Spirit Programs from 2001-2004. Some other notable, professional achievements for Ms. Carder have been; choreographed an ESPN National Primetime Dance commercial spot, appeared in the TLC reality television show Faking It, choregraphed a Superbowl commercial for a well-known auto parts manufacturer, choreographed and directed a Variety Show for the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders which traveled to entertain our United States Armed Forces in the Middle East, Guantanamo Bay, Puerto Rico, Japan and China abroad, as well as many other U.S. venues.
Ms. Carder has served as a judge and choreographer for the University of Georgia Cheerleaders and Dance Dawgs. She continues to work as a Professional Cheerleading Consultant and Choreographer and is President of her own Production Company, Prima Productions, Inc.
Prima Ballet has been featured on both television and radio, including TLC (The Learning Channel), Good Day Atlanta, Atlanta Tonight, Q100’s The Bert Show and more. Ms. Carder resides in Marietta with her loving, supportive husband, four precious daughters, under the age of seven, and their dog, Maddie.
Tammie Vivian- Dance Instructor
Born and raised in South Texas, Ms. Vivian had the opportunity to be active in cheerleading and tumbling and began dancing with middle school and high school dance teams. She learned various types of dance styles and techniques including ballet and tap, with several studios. With a focus primarily on Jazz and High Kick performance teams she won numerous awards including top honors for high kick, choreography, prop and solo routines in State competitions.
Ms. Vivian began teaching the art of dance in 1986 with Kathy Marfin studio in San Antonio. She taught competition dance team technique and high kick precision with middle school and high school students. It was here that she found her true love in working with the youngest dancers. Tammie specializes with age 2 to 8 year olds in creative dance and combination classes that included tap, ballet, jip jop and tumbling. She has been teaching at Prima Ballet for over 9 years.
“Dance is not only an Art, but an exercise for the body and mind. The goal is to have each young student not only learn dance, but experience the excitement, fun and inspiration that movement in dance can give them for the rest of their lives.”
Christina Massad- Dance Instructor
Christina started dancing at the age of 3 for the Georgia Ballet where she trained in ballet, pointe, and modern for 12 years. She began dancing en pointe at 10 years old. Christina has always enjoyed concert dance and from a young age loved being on the stage. She performed in the Nutcracker for 9 consecutive years while at the Georgia Ballet and has also performed as Clara.
Christina continued her training for 2 years at Powerhouse Dance where she entered the competition/convention world of dance. While at Powerhouse, Christina trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including The Ballet Scholarship at JUMP- Break the Floor in 2014, Senior Magic Performer of the Weekend at LA Dance Magic in 2013, and received a year long scholarship to LA Dance Magic in 2014.
Miss Massad started the dance team at Hillgrove High School her senior year and was one of the captains of the team. She is currently enrolled at Kennesaw State University as a Dance Major. She was awarded a one-year academic scholarship for her ability and efforts at KSU’s Summer Dance Intensive in 2014, a rigorous weeklong dance program. She recently performed in the KSU Dance Company showcase, appearing in Christine Welker’s piece, who is a former principal dancer of the Atlanta Ballet. Christina often substitute teaches for local studios in the area, and is enjoying her first year teaching at the Prima Ballet.
Elizabeth (Lisa) Healy – Pilates Instructor
Elizabeth (Lisa) Healy, Owner Fit It In, Wellness Training, LLC, BSEE, MBA, MPM, is an energetic enthusiastic, results-oriented instructor with more than 25 years of experience in the Fitness Industry. Lisa has been practicing and teaching Pilates for twelve years trained through Balanced Body, The Bender Training Academy, and Joyful Movement. In addition, Lisa is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and has been practicing and teaching yoga for twelve years.
She holds many certifications including Pilates, Barre Basics, RYT-200 hour, Moms in Motion, YMCA Group Exercise, AFAA Group Exercise, Step and Personal Trainer.
I am passionate about helping people develop and achieve their goals. Nothing can compare to the joy of watching clients grow stronger, more flexible, balanced, proud of their bodies and quiet in their minds. I left corporate America (MBA , MPM, and BS in Electrical Engineering) to pursue my calling as a fitness professional. I use an engineering and project management approach, establish a baseline of sound functional movement and then pursue performance.
“I’m stronger, leaner, and more at peace than I was before my children were born; let me share the secret with you”. Lisa Healy.
Lauri Worrill-Biggs – Dance Instructor/Prima Ballerina
Lauri Worrill-Biggs (or “Mrs. Biggs” as she is known by her students) grew up in Atlanta and began her dance training at the Ruth Mitchell Dance Studio (now known as Georgia Dance Conservatory). As a student she awarded full scholarships to attend University North Carolina School of the Arts and the Joffrey Ballet School (NYC) summer sessions.
At the age of 16 she was invited to attend the Joffrey Ballet School for the school year on full scholarship, providing the opportunity to study under such distinguished teachers as Robert Joffrey, Meredith Baylis, Dorothy Lister, Basil Thompson and Mansur Kamaletdinov, Ann Parsons, and Donald Mahler. After 2 years she was accepted as an apprentice to the Joffrey II, under the direction of Sally Brayley Bliss and Maria Grandy.
In 1980 Mrs. Biggs took a job with the North Carolina Dance Theatre (now known as the Charlotte Ballet, N.C.), under the direction of Robert Lindgren. During this time she extensively toured the U.S. and Europe, performing works by Salvatore Aiello (artistic director of NCDT), George Balanchine, Helgi Tomasson, Lambros Lambrou, August Bournonville, and Bill Evans, to name a few.
From 1986 to 1998 she returned to her home turf to dance with the Atlanta Ballet , under the direction of Robert Barnett. During her tenure there she worked with choreographers Tom Pazik, Fernand Nault, Dennis Nahat and Lisa de Ribere. As well as dancing renowned ballets by Eugene Lorring and Marius Petitpa.
Upon retiring from the Atlanta Ballet and her professional dance career, Mrs. Biggs took a teaching position with Dance South in Macon, Ga. directed by Peter Garrick. Over her year there she taught special movement classes to students at the Ga. Academy for the Blind and was approved by the Board of Regents to teach Beginner Ballet at Gordon Jr. College in Barnesville, Ga.
During the following years, Mrs. Biggs taught classes at Ruth Mitchell Dance Studio and directed the dance division at the Whitworth Centre for the Performing Arts; directed the Professional Training Division and Trainee Programs at Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, MS.; joined the faculty of Belhaven University, Jackson, MS.
Returning to GA in 2005 and settling in Marietta, to be closer to her family, Mrs. Biggs continued her teaching career by joining the staff of West Cobb Dance Explosion. Her students there competed to win top awards at many of the top competitions. Most notably, her Jr. dancers were invited to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix in NYC.
Mrs. Biggs is pleased to be teaching at Prima Ballet this year.