Meet Our Instructors
Spring Joy Christensen
Spring Joy Christensen grew up in Nashville, TN. She found her passion for the performing arts at a very young age. Growing up in Music City offered her lots of performance opportunities such as dancing in a music video for contemporary christian artist, Pam Thum. She received arts scholarships to attend Green Hills School of Dance, Franklin School of Performing Arts, and Harpeth Hall. She was very active in her high school's dance and theater programs as well as her dance studio's award winning competition teams. She went on to receive academic and dance scholarships to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. There she trained under Ron Tassone, Judith Leifer-Bentz, Kiesha Lalama, Marion Petrov, and Nicolas Petrov. During her time in Pittsburgh, Spring performed in several Student Choreography Showcases, Faculty Choreography Showcases, student films, as well as outside performances with Giant Jerk Productions. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, concentration in Jazz, with a minor in Psychology.
After college, Spring relocated to warmer weather in Georgia. She performed with Brent Smith's dance company, Ready for Action in Macon and Atlanta. She also worked on several film sets in Atlanta, credits include: music videos, Let It Shine, The Game, Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
From 2013-2016, Spring was the artistic director for Breaking Walls Dance Company. Breaking Walls provided performance, training, and choreography opportunities for young adults in the middle Georgia area. The focus was on collaborations between classically trained dancers and hip hop freestylers.
Spring has been teaching dance for 20 years. She is certified through Southern Association of Dance Masters in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Acrobatics. Spring also has Level 1 certification through Dance Educators of America in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, and Modern. She has won several Choreography Awards, Top overalls, and Judge's Awards at dance competitions. She likes to stay fresh in her choreography by attending dance conventions, online dance classes, as well as professional dance performances in Atlanta.
Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Monica Harker realized her love for the arts at a very early age. She entered talent shows, trained professionally, won awards in multiple dance genres for a grueling 12 years and joined every choir she could in school. She never gave up on her talents and because of that this 22-year-old, singer, dancer, choreographer and artist proves to be one of the most determined and gifted up-and-coming performers of today.
This creative, beautiful performer is a captivating powerhouse on the stage. Her childhood upbringing taught her to appreciate many different styles of art and this shows when she performs. There is never a dull moment, whether she is singing a rock song with ballet movements or staying true to her first love of country music, her aim and main focus is to entertain the audience and make them believe in the message being portrayed. Touring as a backup dancer, background vocalist, earning a spot on Broadway or teaching others dance and voice lessons are all ways that Monica would fulfill her life-long dreams and benefit the Entertainment Industry through her success.
In late August of the year 2013, Monica Harker moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a collegiate career at Belmont University. There she studied Commercial Voice with an emphasis in Music Business. It was during her four years at Belmont that her passion for the world of entertainment and her talents developed immensely. She knew that she was born to perform. Studying techniques of singing and the voice, continuing her dance education, and learning the ins and outs of the music business she gained the knowledge, experience and connections needed to succeed in this dog-eat-dog industry. Monica has been involved with many shows at Belmont University such as singing background vocals for recitals, enhancing others' performances with her choreography and dancing, taking part as a member in Pops 2014-2016 and Company 2016-2017 where she had the honor of being music director, dance captain, and choreographer, as well as producing her own show, "Monica Harker's Senior Recital," where she debuted her original pop song, "Control." Sandra Dudley, professor and sultry-jazz vocalist remarked that Monica's show was "one of the top ten recitals witnessed in 30 years." This singer-dancer is not only adroit in the spotlight, she is skillful behind the scenes, too. Receiving an internship with the booking agency Agency for the Performing Arts under the leadership of Steve Lassiter and a sponsorship internship for the well-known and well-respected Country Radio Seminar under the supervision of Brooke Sanders and Bill Mayne, Monica has gained insight as to how the industry runs. She is an employee and confidant that has a reputation of being easy to work with and always get the job finished.
Monica Harker is a triple threat that shows much promise for the future. Her voice, dancing, passion and business knowledge are proving to make her a success in the entertainment industry and she's excited to share her knowledge and talents at Studio Powers.
Tyler Henderson was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He grew up constantly moving between Louisiana, California, and Georgia. He settled in GA when he was 12. He began dancing at the age of 15. He is self-taught and has explored many styles under the umbrella of Hip-Hop. His current style includes a mix of elements from Popping, Isolation, Krump, Electric Boogaloo, Waving, Tutting, and Animation. He draws inspiration from the quality and sharpness of Michael Jackson, but more notably from the friends he made through his journey of becoming a dancer.
He began performing in dance showcases and pep rallies at Houston County High School with his first dance crew. During his senior year he also began performing at Quinceañeras and local events. After high school he got involved with underground dance culture, going to many battles and events. He has competed in "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 9, performed for Suwanee Day in Suwanee, GA with The Royal Dance Academy. He joined active duty in the Navy at 20. He served 4 years with an honorable discharge. Recent performances since his return to GA include Collegiate Florida Dance Competition, Def Talent Jam 2016 with the Georgia Tech dance team later becoming Movement As One, and placing top 15 in World of Dance FL 2017.
He hopes to inspire and guide the local youth on their journey to self-discovery through dance, as his exposure to dance has changed his life in so many great ways.