Dawsonville Dance Academy


Dawsonville Dance is celebrating our 11th anniversary season! Dawsonville Dance Studio was founded in 2010 by Mary Murdaugh. Mary opened Dawsonville Dance, formerly Ballet etc., to provide the children of Dawson County with the opportunity to dance. Ensley Sisk, a Dawsonville Dance alumnus, purchased the studio in 2020. She brings a fresh energy and experience to carry us into our second decade!

It is our goal to bring high quality dance instruction to Dawson county and the surrounding area. Dawsonville Dance is a clean, safe environment for students to learn and where they are encouraged to excellence. We will always have modest, non-compromising costuming with clean dance moves and music. Our dance classes are always fun, upbeat, and wholesome.

What makes Dawsonville Dance different from other dance studios?
Dawsonville Dance is a performance based studio where the student’s well-being and happiness are the #1 priority. We recognize that only a small percentage of dancers continue into the professional world and yet truly believe that the lessons and skills, memories and relationships formed through dance will have a profound impact throughout each child’s life. We strive to provide your family with a happy, wholesome environment where childhood innocence is celebrated and where the best childhood memories are made.

About the Owner

Ensley Sisk began studying dance at age 11. She has studied ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tumbling, clogging, and tap. Ensley has extensive local performance experience including the Belk fashion show, National Dance Week flashmob, and the Santa Celebration and Christmas Parade at the Mall of Georgia.  She has also competed in The Power All-star Clogging Challenge competition in Woodstock GA where her team won 1st place.

Ensley is a Dawsonville Dance alumnus and completed a teacher training program, including assistant and solo teaching, choreographing, and lesson planning, after which she became a beloved teacher. Ensley is a 2020 college graduate and is thrilled to begin her new journey as the owner of Dawsonville Dance.

We’re so excited for Miss Ensley’s vision for 2020 and beyond!


Additional Staff

Lily Pittman – ( Senior Instructor) 

Lily Pittman started her first dance class at the age of 15.  She started out with lyrical and from there has studied tap, Irish, jazz, modern, musical theater, ballet, and tumbling with tap and Irish being her favorites!  Lily is also a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor.

Miss. Lily has been seen performing for the Holly Theaters White Christmas and 42nd Street,  Jazz on Tap, was the Rat King for the Sawnee Ballet Theateres “The Nutcracker” and performed as a dancer for Dance the World at Disney World.

Lily graduated Lanier Technical College with her Nurse Aid certificate and currently works as a CNA in a Health and rehabilitation center.  She is in her last semester at Lanier Tech and will soon be a Medical Assistant!


Taylor Culpepper – 

Taylor Culpepper  started dance at the age of 2. She has studied many genres of dance including Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Musical Theater. Her favorite genre of dance is Musical Theater and Contemporary.

Miss Taylor has competed regionally and nationally winning numerous titles and overall placements throughout her dance career.  She has also won many judges’ choice awards and was named an All-American Dancer.  Miss Taylor has organized and hosted many dance showcases, she has raised over $1200 for her hometown’s women’s shelter. 

Miss Taylor currently attends the University of North Georgia pursuing a degree in Political Science. She aspires to protect the public by working as an Intelligence Analyst.  




Ameila Houlian 


Amelia Houlihan obtained most of her training from Sawnee School of Ballet under the direction of Joan Kall Stewart. While at SSB she had the opportunity to perform in the Nutcracker as well as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and various Broadway numbers. She completed her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography alongside a business minor at the University of South Carolina. She has had the privilege of working with artists such as Brian Arias, Shawn Boyle, Stacey Calvert, Thaddeus Davis, Tanya Wideman-Davis, and Addison Ector in various choreographic works throughout her college career. She has also had the opportunity to perform various Balanchine ballets as well as new and restaged works by the USC Dance faculty. Amelia loves teaching dance and especially working with young children to help foster artistic minds and bodies. Amelia is also currently a Licensed Massage Therapist and works with dancers and athletes to educate them on the importance of maintaining healthy, strong bodies. 

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