Kalon Teachers & Staff 

Heather Southwell Owner, Kalon Collective Artistic Director
Marrin Espy Kalon Collective Assistant Artistic Director 
Marrin Espy Pre-Dance, Boys Tumble, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary
Dawhone Perry Ballet Master, Advanced/Intermediate Ballet
Holly Ryder Adv/Int Contemporary, Modern
Kyle Coleman Hip Hop
Ethan Fuller Adv Ballet/Pointe
Hayley Mertens Modern/Contemporary
Megan Tavares Ballet Basics, KinderDance, Tiny Tumble, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tik Tok 
Alma Bell Cheer Basics, Tiny Tumble
Cayden McCoskey TNT 1/2, 2/3, 3
Madison Ellis TNT 1/2, 2/3, 3, TikTok
Linda Tavares

Billing Manager, Kalon Collective Administrator

Kerri Callahan Accounts Manager, Apparel Coordinator, Kalon Chronicles Editor
Becky Gantenbien Front Desk Staff, Parade Coordinator, Recital Picture Coordinator
DeAvalon Griffin Front Desk Staff
Danielle Elpers Front Desk Staff
Sarah Wood Front Desk Staff
Adia Griffin Front Desk Staff
Patrick Bell Facility Staff

About the Owner   

Miss Heather Southwell is the owner and Artistic Director of Kalon Dance Co. She began dancing at age 3, danced competitively for 15 years, received her first opportunity to choreograph as a sophomore in high school, and formed her own competitive dance company at the age of 19. In 2018 Miss Heather opened Kalon Dance Co. and changed the name of her award-winning competition team from Keegan Dance Company to Kalon Dance Collective.


With more than 30 years’ experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and judge, Miss Heather is fueled by her infinite passion for dance, and is fully committed to, and immersed in, the dance industry. She has earned a reputation in the industry for producing physically and mentally strong dancers who are as skilled in performance as they are in technique, and her choreography continues to be recognized for its excellence, especially in the lyrical and contemporary categories. Her team dancers have received many top regional and national awards, including 52 National Championships, and more than $100,000 in scholarships and awards.


Miss Heather has spent a decade on the competition circuit as a highly-respected judge, where she is known for her technical acumen, and has served as head judge regionally, nationally, and internationally for more than eight years. Her industry experiences also include working as an entertainer at Walt Disney World, choreographing back-to-back top three UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team Nationals routines, working with BCPS on musical theater productions, and choreographing industrially with corporations such as TD Bank.


Each year Miss Heather travels throughout the US and Canada, teaching and choreographing for nearly two dozen studios, yet she remains a hands-on owner and director, teaching recreation classes at Kalon and working with all of her Collective dancers each week. 


(n.) the ideal of physical and moral

beauty; beautiful, as an outward

sign of inward good, noble

honorable character; a beauty

that is more than skin deep. 

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