Shaina Trumer
Dance Instructor

Shaina Trumer has been involved in the dance world for over ten years.  She has trained in all disciplines, as well as choreographed for many local organizations and special events.  Shaina has also received training and coached in the musical theater genre, as well as led many performances.  She plans on continuing her dance education while attending Auburn University in the fall, and is currently a competitive dance student as well as instructor.  Shaina has a passion for working with younger children, and helping them develop an all around love for dancing and performing.

Ashtyn Lazaro
Dance Instructor

Julia Ashtyn Lazaro is from Covington, LA. She is attending the University of Alabama majoring in Marketing. Julia has been dancing since she was two and started competitive dancing in the 1st grade. During her competitive years she won many awards and scholarships, as well as being Junior Miss Dance of Louisiana 2010. While competing at nationals she placed 7th in the nation. For high school Julia attended one of the top art high schools in the country, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts training under prestigious teachers. NOCCA gave her many opportunities like performing with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Microsoft Convention to name a couple. Julia believes ballet is where your core training in dance comes from. She hopes to spread love and care to her students with a positive attitude.

Sophia Powell
Dance Instructor

Sophia attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Sociology. She began her love of dance when she attended her first dance class at just a year old.  By the age of 5 she was taking classes in tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling and clogging.  Sophia has taken master classes with dance legends such as Mia Michaels, Mark Goodman, Sarah Reich, Eliana Girard, and The Bad Boyz of Dance to name a few. She also took courses in tap and jazz at UAB. Sophia has taught tap, hip-hop, musical theater, clogging and jazz in both classes and at workshops.  She began teaching on the competition level 3 years ago.  Her competition students have won many top awards including 1st overalls and highest scoring routines of the competition. Sophia has won awards for her choreography in both tap and clogging. Sophia is currently a member of the Illumny hip-hop dance crew.

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Spencer Shirley
Teacher Assistant
Spencer began dancing at the age of two in all genres.  She has a special devotion to tap, and has won many accolades for her solo tap performances including Miss Platinum, Miss Masquerade, and DMA Chapter 33 Petite Miss Dance.  She is a student at Pizitz Middle School and continues her dance education in tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, hip-hop, and contemporary.  Spencer looks forward to training under the Birmingham Academy of Dance staff as a student/teacher assistant as needed.

Brandon Norris
Dance Instructor

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 30 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.

Tiffany Heimbach
Dance Instructor

Tiffany grew up in Houston, TX  and began ballet training at Instep Dance and Performing Arts Centre under Lauren Anderson of the Houston Ballet. She later began performing with Boni's' En Toure and the Woodlands Dance Company, which lead to furthering of her dance training under the members of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. Tiffany then moved to Tuscaloosa to attend the University of Alabama, and during her time there was awarded the Alabama Repertory Theatre Award as well as the Outstand Junior Award.  She was also a showcased dancer in Dance Alabama and Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre as well as Alabama Dance Festival and the Young Choreographers Festival. Tiffany graduated with a Bachelors of Arts.

Alli Davis
Dance Instructor

Alli began dancing at the young age of two and started competing with dance at the age of eight. Throughout her dance training she trained in many aspects of dance such as jazz, ballet, tap, pointe, acrobatics, contemporary, hip-hop, and modern dance. Growing up Alli competed at various dance competitions receiving many awards and scholarships. She has performed across the country, studying under many world renowned teachers and choreographers. Alli has been student teaching and teaching dance since the age of thirteen. After graduating high school, Alli attended the University of Alabama where she got her bachelor’s degree in dance. At the university Alli trained under many admired dance teachers and really grew as an artist. Alli was accepted into the prestigious company Alabama Repertory Dance Theater at the university. She choreographed many dances for the shows at the University of Alabama such as Dance Alabama and Dance Collection. While in school she was also a member of the Dance Alabama organization. Alli had the opportunity to spend a summer as a dance camp counselor for the American Ballet Theater where she also received outstanding ballet training under esteemed ballet teachers. She has taught master classes while working on choreography for many different projects. Alli has a love for dance, choreographing, and teaching dance. She is very dedicated to her work and strives to create an upstanding atmosphere for her students.

Autumn Armstrong
Studio Director

Autumn began her dance education at the age of two.  She studied in the genres of tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop, and started choreographing and teaching at the age of fourteen.  Autumn has competed in both dance and cheerleading, and pursued hip-hop and gymnastics into adulthood, privileged to have been a member of several national championship teams.  She completed her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama in 2000.  Twelve years ago, Autumn began her most important role in the dance world as a parent of a multiple title winning dancer, and this only expanded her affinity for all genres of dance.  Her experience as a dance student, instructor, choreographer, and parent has developed not only an understanding of the dancer’s mind, but also of the expectations of the dance consumer.  It is her objective at Birmingham Academy of Dance to provide top-notch instruction, impeccable customer service, and an all around enjoyable and unforgettable dance experience that will be cherished by both student and family.


Birmingham Academy of Dance is proud to introduce our talented group of instructors!  Our team members are devoted to your student’s success and individual needs.  Each has  top-notch training and  an unparalleled ability to provide unique and dynamic choreography, as well as a positive and motivated teaching style.  Meet the B.A.D crew!