Dance Legacy Faculty and Staff
Dawn Bandy: Director of Dance Legacy
Dawn Bandy has extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop and tumbling. As a professional dancer at Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago performing has taken her all over the world. A renowned dancer with many credits to her name, Dawn is currently the owner/Director of Dance Legacy in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her dancers are recognized as some of the top dancers in the United States and their performances have earned numerous Regional, National, and Choreography titles. Along with her performing and teaching career Dawn has had the privilege of judging and teaching thousands of dancers across the country at many competitions and conventions. Her unique style of combining technical elements, contemporary movement and athleticism makes Dawn a much sought after choreographer. She loves to educate, prepare, and inspire serious dancers to follow their dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
Cole Companion: Artistic Director
Cole Companion began his training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating with their highest honor, the “Prix D’excellance De Danse,” he has been a performing member of Alabama Ballet, The Arova Foundation, Birmingham Ballet Reparatory Company, Oakland Ballet Company, and Bay Pointe Ballet. Previous roles include Albrecht in Giselle, Tea Man in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Principal in Alfonzo Figeroura’s Changes, Hues and The Awakening, Furbo In Graham Lustig's Pulcinella, Russian in Bruce Steivel's The Nutcracker, Michael in Bruce Steivel's Peter Pan, and Puck in Bruce Steivel's A Midsummer Nights Dream. As a choreographer he has created numerous works including The Allegory of the Cave, Our Best Decision, El Dorado, Les Biches, and The Cask of Amontillado. He is also an adjunct professor for choreographic compostistion at Anderson Univeristy, as well as Ballet Master and Technical Director for Ballet Theatre of Indiana.
Justin Mann: Contemporary Jazz & Hip Hop Instructor
Justin Mann is a nationally awarded choreographer and dance teacher who hales from Charlottle NC. His students have been seen dancing along side stars such as Justin Timberlake, Jason Derulo, and Joe Jonas to name a few. His students have also been seen on such Broadway shows as Hamilton, Spamalot, Jagged Little Pill, and A Chorus Line. He has also set original work on the Chicago based professional company "Inaside". His work has been praised by some of the biggest names in the dance industry today. His biggest accomplishment to date was being voted "Teacher of the Year" by Dance Magazine. Justin is beyond thrilled and excited to be joining the Dance Legacy family teaching jazz, contemporary, and hip hop.
Miss Shelby: Tumbling Instructor
Shelby is the newest addition to the Dance Legacy Family bringing over 15 years of tumbling and acrobatic experience. Shelby graduated from Brownsburg High School and went onto Ivy Tech Community College earning her degree in medical assisting, becoming a CMA and currently works for the Community Health Network. Shelby was a Brownsburg High School cheerleader and has trained in all levels of tumbling and acrobatics, she works well with the upper level tumblers but has a great passion for the beginning young tumblers molding them to reach their highest level of acrobatic potential. Her background as a CMA is also a major benefit to Dance Legacy. Her knowledge in injury prevention has proven to be a plus for the students.
Miss Tavia: Hip Hop Instructor
Tavia, started dancing at a very young age and have since been on the dance scene for many years. Graduating from George Washington High School in 1995 where she was a dancer and choreographer in the school band, she went on to compete, choreograph, and continue to dance with many other teams later on. With that experience she has assisted in taking multiple teams to national hip-hop competitions. “Although I have trained in other styles of dance my passion has always been hip-hop. Understanding, that dance is not forever for her she is currently in the process of completing her master’s degree in business. “I love being a part of the DL family; it gives me a chance to bring out my creative side.”