Chan’tele Rountree – Owner/Director
Chan’tele began dancing at the age of four. She danced under the direction of Donna Iriarte, Beth Engel, Eleanor Pernia, and Karen Cerkez, while also attending dance auditions, workshops, and conventions in and around her local area and in New York. Chan’tele worked as an assistant dance teacher for 5-11 yr old tap, ballet, and jazz at Eleanor Pernia Studio of Dance for 5 years. While in high school, Chan’tele danced on the cheerleading, poms, and step team. She performed with Colours performing arts troupe and served as an assistant dance director for their 9-11 yr old dance camp programs. Chan’tele was also a member of the Washington Redskins All-Star Dance Team and became a dance camp counselor once she graduated from high school. She has also danced under the choreography of Darrin Henson in the Capitol Movement Project show.
Chan’tele graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama/dance at Spelman College in May 2010. She has performed in many dance performances in the Atlanta University Center including: Spelman and Morehouse Dance Theatre, Footwork Hip-Hop Dance Team, Mahogany N Motion, Evolution of the Black Arts, Morehouse and Spelman’s Coronation, and other various events. She was a member of the Atlanta Chiefs Cheerleaders in the summer of 2011. Chan’tele worked with Academy of the Arts teaching ballet, tap, and jazz to students ages 3-7 at the studio and local YMCA’s and daycares. Chan’tele taught ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop to students from ages 3 – 9 at Gwinnett School of Dance for 5 years. Chan’tele received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University in May 2013. She was a member of the Amazing Grace Dance Company for 2 years. She currently works as the first elementary dance teacher for Gwinnett County Public Schools, where she also directs the dance team for grades K-5. Chan’tele enjoys working with children and sharing her passion for dance with them in their growing years.
Richard Brickus – Dance Instructor
Richard “Ricardo” Brickus III (Artist Developer/Choreographer/ Creative Director)is a native of Harrisburg, PA who believes effort creates ability while time is of the essence! Since his early teens, Richard has had a strong passion for education, the performing arts and entertainment. After high school, he went on to graduate Cum Laude from Morehouse College, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration; Marketing. While at Morehouse, he Founded/Directed the first Morehouse College Dance Theatre production ’08. Subsequently, he has put on several productions of his own and assisted with everything from coronation ceremonies, to concerts, fashion shows, music videos and various community engagements. Most recently, “Ricardo” has been featured on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atl” and the “Stevie J & Joseline” show. Other credits include (but not limited to) various artists and projects such as; Musiq SoulChild, Prince Charlez, Colonel Loud, Rico Barrino, Teddy Riley /Blackstreet, Macy’s South, “Good Hair”, “Stomp the Yard”, to name few. Currently, Richard continues to achieve great success with his company “BrickusBrand Productions” specializing in artist development, staging, choreography, and creative direction.