Robin JohnsonRobin Johnson is a graduate of Thompson High School where she was a majorette for four years and head majorette her senior year. She twirled the baton and danced competitively for many years where she won numerous awards and titles on the state and national level.
She attended Jefferson State to pursue her business degree knowing that she would follow her dream to own and operate her own dance studio in Alabaster. In the fall of 1994 that is just what Robin and her mother, Brenda Johnson did. They opened up Corky Bell School of Dance with the goal to offer a quality, professional dance studio where every child is special and important. They want to foster a child's love for the art of dance and encourage the growth of self esteem and confidence.
Robin has gone on to teach literally thousands of students over the past 15 years. Robin continues to update her dance education by attending conventions and workshops being taught by New York professional dancers and choreographers. She also has many successful auxiliary programs in Shelby County. She has held workshops and camps for majorettes and dance teams in Birmingham. Currently she teaches tap, ballet, jazz and baton.
She resides in Alabaster with her three children, Reagan, Brock, and Ruby Ann.
Brenda JohnsonBrenda Johnson is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of six. She has been involved in the dance industry for 30 years. She has organized and planned over 30 dance recitals, pageants, and other programs. She is a long term resident of Alabaster with her husband, Marvin Johnson.
Brenda opened Corky Bell School of Dance with her daughter, Robin, in 1994 to fulfill their life long dream together. She continually spreads her joy and love for dance to every child that walks through the door. Brenda is Corky Bell's office administrator
Angela Walker was selected Miss Alabama 1985 and 4th Alternate to Miss America. She won a prestigious talent award for her self-choreographed pointe piece to "Chariots of Fire". Her dance students have been awarded numerous talent awards in both the Junior Miss and Miss Alabama programs. Angela began teaching ballet while a student at Birmingham Southern. 2005 marks her 20th year as a dance instructor. As a teen in Texas, Angela was a member of Natasha Krassovska's Ballet Jeunesse, where she performed many major roles in Romantic and Classical Ballet. She was awarded dance scholarships to study at the School of American Ballet and the Harkness House; both located in New York City.
While in New York, Angela had the opportunity to study with some of the world's greatest ballet teachers, such as Alexandra Danilova, Mme. Ttumkovsky and Stanley Williams. Angela's performance as "Cerito" in the ballet "Pas de Quatre" earned rave reviews in Dance Magazine. Angela was invited to join the Dallas Ballet, but opted to attend college in Alabama. She was once again selected to perform as soloist with Birmingham Southern dance department. Her participation in the Miss Alabama/Miss America Organization began as a 17 year-old "Miss Birmingham Southern". Because of scholarship opportunities through the Miss America Pageant, Angela eventually attended UAB and graduated with a degree in Theater and Dance.
She is currently the Ballet Director with Corky Bell Studios. She is also the founder of the Birmingham Metropolitan Ballet, a civic performing dance troupe. Her students have been featured on "Good Morning, Alabama" as well as honored with accolades in competitions and invitations to prestigious summer dance programs. Angela is married to Mike Walker, and they live in Meadowbrook with their three children.
Laura Shaffer has been involved in dance for just over 20 years, starting at the age of 2 at Corky Bell. Like her two older sisters, Laura continued dancing there for 15 years. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. Laura participated in several competions with the Corky Bell tap competition team, including the Panoply Arts Festival in Hunstville, and Tremaine in Birmingham. She has also attended several dance conventions to expand her training. Laura is a 2005 graduate of Oak Mountain High School, and went on to attend Auburn University with a focus on Early Childhood Special Education. Laura is living in Helena, with her husband Aaron and their two boys Jake and Will. She loves the Alabaster studio, and can't wait to meet her new dancers!
Lisa Johnson has been teaching dance to children for the past 14 years in the Alabaster area. She has pursued dance education for over 25 years. Lisa has been trained in ballet, Pointe, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She has competed in dance competitions such as P.D.T.A., Starbound Talent and Showstoppers to name just a few. Mrs. Lisa has had the opportunity to attend dance convention throughout the South learning from well known choreographers. She loves teaching and makes her classes energetic and imaginative.
Mrs. Lisa has been teaching at Corky Bell for the last ten dance seasons and is looking forward to another wonderful year! She resides in Alabaster with her husband, Chris and their children, David, Natalie, and Collin.