“Whether you think you’re a ‘natural’ or not—dance will do you good!”
How We Got Started
Rhythms Dance opened its doors in 2005 with Jennifer Mabry Eleazer’s passion to bring the joy of dance to children in western Spartanburg County, South Carolina. From the beginning, Rhythms has sought to provide wholesome and healthful activity and instruction in a caring atmosphere that nourishes body, soul, and spirit. The studio is located in Duncan just a mile south of Interstate I-85.
Since then, the organization has grown and added two more offerings:
Who We Serve
Rhythms Dance students range in age from two years old to 16 and up and come from Greenville, Greer, Taylors, Duncan, Moore, Spartanburg, Wellford and several other towns along the I-85 corridor in Upstate South Carolina.
Hwy 290 1582 E. Main Street
Duncan, SC 29334
Our instructors have perfected their skills under nationally and internationally acclaimed dance masters and offer a variety of steps and styles, from hoofing to hip hop, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and poms.
Jennifer Mabry Eleazer
Rhythms Dance & RTGC
Jennifer Mabry Eleazer is the owner and director of Rhythms Dance. She teaches tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop and poms. Jennifer is a Dance Masters of America Certified Tap Teacher through Southern Council Dance Masters—an organization of certified dance educators dedicated to elevating the art of dance. She also serves as a judge for the Southern Council Dance Masters competitions. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she received a degree in psychology. Through the University of South Carolina’s study abroad program, she also attended the University of Seville-Spain.
Jennifer began studying dance at the age of four and never looked back. As a child and young adult, she studied dance locally under the tutelage of Marion Feinstein. Her dance studies also took her to Atlanta, New Orleans, Los Angeles and New York City, where she received instruction from such dance heavyweights as the “Mother of Tap” Lady Dianne Walker, Savion Glover, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, Jay Fagan, Charles Goddertz, Brooke Paulsen-Zelus, Stanislav Issaev, and Janice Barringer, among other dance masters. While studying abroad during college, she also studied flamenco dance in Spain.
Jennifer has garnered numerous awards throughout her career, including Miss Teen Dance of South Carolina and later, Miss Dance of South Carolina. She was chosen to be a performer in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2000, she was a Top 10 Finalist and the Overall Talent Winner in the Miss South Carolina Pageant. Jennifer recently received the Dance Makers Marjorie Perry Award (2016), which acknowledges excellence in dance education and leadership.
Outside of the dance realm, Jennifer taught upper level Spanish at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, South Carolina, and was a Spanish interpreter in the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Above all else, Jennifer would want to be known as a woman of faith, the loving wife of Mark Eleazer, and the mother of three great kids: Ben, Allana and Grant.
Mark is a dancer whose specialty is tap and the tap style known as “hoofing.” Throughout his career, Mark has worn many hats—from being a performer at Disney World, to an entertainer at Universal Studios, where he was named “Best Outside Entertainer at Universal Studios Florida,” to a choreographer who has produced award winning competition dance pieces. One of the highlights of Mark’s career has been being sought out by and performing for the legendary tapper, Gregory Hines.
Some of Mark’s many accomplishments in choreography include choreographing numerous NBA/NFL Halftime Shows, Universal Studio’s Blues Brothers Show, the NSYNC Charity Basketball Challenge, the Harlem Globetrotters World Wide Tour, and the Sesame Street Live National Tour. For the past 12 years, Mark has also been involved in choreographing various parades and holiday events at Universal Studios Florida, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mardi Gras, and Universal Summer Nights.
In addition to teaching at Rhythms Dance, Mark also teaches various workshops and master classes throughout the United States. He is also currently performing all across the country with his tap/percussion group Street Beatz, which has performed on America’s Got Talent.
Perhaps Mark’s biggest accomplishment is being daddy to his beautiful daughter Jordan, who also happens to be a dancer, just like her dad.
RDC Jazz, Contemporary Instructor
Rebel Royals Coach
Taylor Arney teaches Jazz, Hip Hop, & Poms here at Rhythms. Taylor is a former Clemson Rally Cat from August 2013 to April 2016. As a competitive dancer, she received the honor of Super Soloist in several genres & routines at Encore Dance Competition. Taylor is the recipient of the Dance Makers Inc. Steven Boyd scholarship and also a Nuvo Scholarship winner for outstanding performance/skills in jazz class.
Taylor studied extensively in LA, California at the Performing Arts Center and The Edge. Taylor just returned from the NDA Nationals Competition with the Clemson Rally Cats! Taylor is attending Clemson’s Graduate School to pursue her Masters in Accounting and to become a licensed CPA.
Rhythms Dance, RTGC, & Jump Start
Kim is the Operations Manager at all three Rhythms companies: Rhythms Dance, RTGC, and Jump Start After School and Summer Camp. Kim is uniquely qualified for her position: not only does she have 24 years of business management experience, but she is also a former dancer, cheerleader, majorette and gymnast herself. She holds degrees from Kent State University in Fashion Merchandising and Business.
Previously, Kim was the Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association (BIA) in Ohio for 10 years, where she earned BIA Excellence Awards for Best Communications -Special Event, Best Communications – Directory, and Best Member – Publications. She served on the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Homebuilders, as well as on the boards of Zonta International and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Kim is married to the love of her life, David Blackstone.
Candace Punch Elmore
RDC Ballet Mistress
Candace is a ballet mistress and specialist and a passionate dance educator at Rhythms Dance. She began dancing at the age of 5 and received her early dance training from Barbara Selvy’s Dance Studio and the Greenville Ballet. She later studied dance and was graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Candace also studied under the world renowned ballet mistress Janice Barringer; her pointe studies included course work through Barringer’s curriculum The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training, Technique. Candace is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.
Candace has performed with the Greenville Ballet Company, the Aiken Civic Ballet, and the University of South Carolina Dance Company. She continues to learn and grow in dance by taking master’s classes with Dance Makers and Dance Masters of America.
Jazz, Pom, Ballet Instructor
Katie began dancing at the age of three and continued her dance career at Dianne’s School of Dance in 2004 as a member of the award- winning STARZ Artistic Performing Company. She was a member of the dance team who placed fifth at the FDC World Dance Championships in Dallas, Texas in 2011. She was also a member of five national championship winning teams where she performed as a soloist and jazz team member. Katie is a veteran of local high school pageants where she was a Senior Beauty and three time talent and casual wear winner. She performed as a “Miss South Carolina” Dancer for two years and has instructed dance classes at other local studios in the upstate.
Dance Coordinator/Marketing Manager
Hip Hop Instructor
Jeremiah- or “Mr. Jeremiah“, as he is known at Rhythms Dance- has over 20 years of experience in hip hop freestyle dancing including popping, blocking, waving, cramping and footwork sliding and gliding.
Mr. Jeremiah has been featured background in films captain America: Civil War and American Animals. He’s worked with Nick Cannon as the Creative Director and Choreographer for the Wild N Out Live Tour in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta GA. Together, with his twin brother, their dance video to Bruno Mars song, Finesse, was chosen by Bruno Mars himself for the best of #FinesseFridays compilation video that has well over 1 million views on YouTube. Mr. Jeremiah has had lead roles in several Lowe’s Home Improvement industrial shoots and also in the short film Dirty Money, as Officer Perrelie Williams and Daywalker as Eric Brooks Blade.
Lyrical, Jazz, Pom Instructor
Sara teaches competitive jazz and lyrical classes at Rhythms Dance. A dancer for 17 years, 11 of those years were spent as a competitive and company dancer for Upstate Carolina Dance Center. Sara is a graduate of Clemson University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. She is currently working toward a Master’s degree in accounting.
While a student at Clemson, Sara was a Clemson University Rally Cat. As the Senior Game Day Captain, she choreographed Rally Cat halftime performances, tryout dance routines and combinations using multiple genres of dance, including jazz, contemporary and hip hop. During her time at Clemson, she received the “Best All-Around Rally Cat” award.
Throughout her dance career, Sara traveled to Los Angeles during her summers to further her training, studying under the best choreographers and dancers in the country. She also spent time in New York City, where she took classes and performed in an off-Broadway production. In 2010, she was awarded Icon of the Year at the Hollywood Connection Convention, which gave her the opportunity to take classes with top choreographers in the dance industry, including Brooke Lipton, choreographer to the TV show “Glee.” She also served as an Assistant with the Hollywood Connection Dance Convention.
Locally, Sara has graced the stage of the Greenville Little Theater, performing in the Christmas Spectacular (2008 & 2010), and in their production of the musical Carousel (2009).