The Factory is dedicated to teaching the proper techniques of dance in a creative, fun, and family oriented environment. We offer professional training in the areas of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acrobatics for ages 3-18! We believe that EVERYONE should have the opportunity to dance and can guarantee a class for all! The Factory hosts many master teachers and choreographers throughout the dance season and summer season. This year we are excited to have teachers that specialize in the areas of Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap! Check out our Master Intensives page for bios and to find out who our special guests are for this season. Here at The Factory we love everything about the art of dance and would love to share with all who are interested. We are invested in community projects as well as national projects and host two showcases a year. We have a qualified and friendly staff that are dedicated to helping your dancer improve technique, broaden creativity, and work in the arts and entertainment community.
MEET THE STAFF
Nohealani Naehu OWNER/DIRECTOR
Nohealani Naehu grew up as a competition dancer in Alabama. After graduation, she continued her education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a Dance and Theater major. Through her dance education, she has had the privilege of studying under many recognized teachers and choreographers as well as training in different dance genres. Recently she co-founded The Factory Dance Productions where she serves as Owner and Director. She has served as a guest teacher throughout Alabama and has been recognized for her unique concepts and choreography that compliments the dancers. Nohealani believes in helping her students find a deep passion for movement and music so that they may express themselves and have a career in the dance industry. Recently Nohealani received a nomination for an Industry Dance Award in the Open/Ballet/Acro Catagory and won the Bellamoxi Bowling Green Emerging Artist Choreographic Festival. Locally she has been hired as an adjunct to teach dance as an elective at Cullman High School and has started their inaugural Competitive Dance Team.
Ethan Epstein Technique & Ballet
Ethan Epstein is from Boston, Massachusetts. He trained at Boston Ballet School, under the direction of Margaret Tracey, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. As a student, Ethan’s repertoire included principal and soloist roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Price Suddarth, Alan Hineline, and Matthew Powell. He has also performed as an Apprentice with Oklahoma City Ballet, where he appeared in ballets by Robert Mills and Agnes de Mille. Ethan looks forward to joining Alabama Ballet for the 2017-2018 season!
Brandon Norris Hip Hop & Clogging
Brandon Norris was born and raised in Winfield, AL. He attended Hubbertville High School and went on to earn an Associate's Degree in Drafting and Design Technology. Brandon started clogging at the age of 3 and hasn't stopped since. Over the years he has earned numerous national titles such as 7-time CCA(Clogging Champions of America) Team National Titles, 6 CCA Duet National Titles and 7 CCA Solo National Titles. Brandon auditioned for Fox's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 3 where he made it through to the top 100 dancers and was one of only 2 dancers invited back to perform on the finale of the show. He also led his team Dynamic Edition to a Top 5 finish on Season 3 of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Now at the age of 31 Brandon travels all over the nation doing choreography and conventions. Brandon co-owns Dynamic Dance with his sister Shannon where they share their love for teaching others the joy of dance.
Tori Caltagirone Tap
Tori Caltagirone is from Indian Springs, Alabama and has been dancing for fifteen years. At age four, she began tap and ballet classes at a small studio. In 2005, she transferred to Dance South Studio where she added Jazz, Clogging, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary to her repertoire. Tori began competing at age thirteen and continued to excel in all areas through her high school years. Though she has experience in many different genres, Tori’s favorites are Tap and Contemporary. She has been a dance instructor since the age of 16 and has experience teaching in many styles. She loves sharing her talents with other aspiring dancers, and will always have a deep passion for dance.
Tom Seiff Ballet
Born and raised in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, Thomas Seiff began his ballet training at the age of 15 at COCA (Center of Creative Arts) under the guidance of Alicia Graf Mack and Christine Kardell. At COCA, Thomas had the luxury of performing in works by choreographers such as Camille Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Jessica Taylor, and Kameron Saunders. In 2012, he then furthered his studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Susan Jaffe in the classical ballet department. In 2013, Thomas joined Nashville Ballet II where he worked extensively with the main company and had the opportunity to perform roles by Paul Vasterling. Thomas particularly enjoyed performing his role of “Slightly” the Lost Boy in Vasterling’s world premiere of Peter Pan as well as Russian in Vasterling’s Nashville-themed Nutcracker. Thomas went on to train and perform with Milwaukee Ballet II under the direction of Rolando Yanes where he had the privilege to dance Esmerelda Pas de Six, a new work by Adam Sterr, and also perform in works by resident choreographer Timothy O’Donnell and Michael Pink. Thomas has attended several summer programs on full scholarship including the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Houston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Most recently, Thomas was a company member with Grand Rapids Ballet and performed soloist roles in works by Brian Enos, David Parsons, Val Caniparoli, and a featured role in the U.S. premiere of Dangerous Liaisons by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Thomas would like to thank his mother and father for their unyielding support in his dance career.
Ciara Parker Tap, Jazz, Contemporary
Ciara grew up a competitive dancer at West Main Studios and then at The Factory Dance Productions. She is a student at Wallace State Community College majoring in Business and minoring in Performing Arts. She will be teaching for The Factory for her third season!
Breanna Turner Combo, Jazz, Office Manager
Bre started gymnastics at the age of 18 months old and moved her training to ballet at the age of 5 years old. She continued in classical ballet and learned her love for jazz, tap and hip hop. Bre was on CMS Danceline as well as CHS Danceline all four years ending her senior year as Co-Captain. Bre's future plans are to continue to pursue her love of dance by now teaching at The Factory with plans to start Nursing School in the fall. Once she earns her nursing degree she plans on becoming a pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Pediatric Oncology.