Lia has trained with teachers from all of the world at SUNY Purchase, The Hartt School of Fine Arts, and Joffrey Ballet School. Her classical training led to performances with Joffrey II, APAP, and NYPP, in the operas The Merry Widow and Rigoletto, and as “Rosie” in Bye Bye Birdie, and “Graziela” in West Side Story.
She has had a run of shows in Atlantic City and around the country including a Latin review show “Havana After Dark,” a 50’s show “Jukebox Live,” and review show “The Rat Pack.” Lia‘s major choreographic works include an original family musical “Zephyr’s Pond,” original holiday show “Joy To The World,” and in 2014 conceptualized, directed, and choreographed an original show “Holiday Inn!”
Lia has taught master classes in ballet, lyrical, Latin, and jazz across the country for Main Stage Dance Academy, Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, and Ballet Arts.
She is currently teaching for Columbia County Ballet and is thrilled to be back for her 4th season dancing with Burns Dance Studio. Lia is the dance director for SAIL: School For Arts Infused Learning, a charter elementary school. Lia lives in Augusta with her husband, Will and brand new daughter, Avelina.
Caroline Miller is one of Burns Dance Studio’s Preschool Instructors. Miller grew up in the studio as a young dancer, eventually joining Performing Company. She competed in several competitions with the team for 9 years and after graduating from Aiken High School, began teaching her own classes. She currently attends the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she is a Senior Elementary Education major. Miller specializes in preschool instruction, but also assists with acro classes and tap classes. She is thrilled to be back with Burns for her 3rd year teaching.
Katie grew up in Augusta, GA. She started dancing ballet when she was 8 years old and continued until 2017. She started teaching ballet at an old studio that same year and now she's here at Burns! Katie & her husband live with our 2 dogs in Graniteville and love it here! Her dream is to travel the world and see all the beautiful things it has to offer.
Vanessa attends the University of South Carolina where she majors in Biological
Sciences. She is a former Burns Performing Company member of ten years. She was
the recipient of multiple dance awards and scholarships during her time at the studio.
She was the Distinguished Young Woman of North Aiken County for 2018 and a state
talent winner. She graduated Valedictorian of Silver Bluff High School in 2018 where
she was also crowned Miss Silver Bluff. Vanessa is Vice President of Carolina Club
Dance, a philanthropic student dance organization at USC, where she teaches andchoreographs contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop routines.
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