Shawn Byars


Dance, Kindermusik Instructor

Shawn studied dance beginning at Pat Gray Academy, majored in dance at Birmingham Southern College, and continued to study dance at the University of Southern Mississippi.
-Studied piano with Vernon Raines, director of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, from 1970 - 1980.
-Played first chair flute in the P.H.S. band from eighth grade until graduation, then continued to take private lessons and play in various ensembles, including the Meridian Community College flute ensemble, the University of MS flute ensemble, the Birmingham Southern College flute ensemble and the Gulf Coast Wind Orchestra.
-Received a scholarship to the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center summer program in Washington, D.C. in 1972.
-Directed and choreographed the Miss Neshoba County Pageant - 1974 and 1975.
-Graduated with highest honors from the University of Southern MS with a degree in music education in 1979.
-Began teaching dance while still in high school, taught at Kinderdomes Creative Learning Center and opened Shawn Byars Studio in 2003.
-Taught public school music at Philadelphia Elementary School in Philadelphia and Pecan Park Elementary School and Taconi Elementary School in Ocean Springs, MS.
-Served as president of the Philadelphia Elementary School PTO 1988-1990.
-Served on the Neshoba Education Foundation Board from 1990 - 1994.
-Received the Philadelphia Public School District Parent of the Year Award in 1990.
-Received the Philadelphia Elementary School Teacher of the Year Award and the Philadelphia Public School District Teacher of the Year Award in 2000.
-Became a certified Kindermusik instructor in 2004.
-Became a certified Zumba instructor in 2008.

Caroline Carns






Ballet Technique and Pointe Instructor

Caroline studied classical ballet
to the advanced level at Elmhurst
School of the Arts in Surrey, England.
She also studied jazz, character,
mime, and the history of dance.
- Performed in movies with
Charleton Heston, David Niven and
Rudolph Nureyev and also in BBC
productions and TV commercials.
- Taught ballet/exercise classes
at the Lotte Method Studio in New
York City and Los Angeles.
- Taught many famous performers
such as Olympic Skater Tiffany Chin,
Bianca Jagger and Ursula Andress.
- Taught at the Dancer’s Studio (the
feeder program for the Nashville Ballet)
and the Tennessee Dance Theatre.