The Finley's

Core Director Team

Sharon Finley

Sharon is a retired National Board certified elementary school teacher.  She has always had a love for dance.  As a child, she grew up watching the Grand Ole Opry cloggers and emulated their dance moves while wearing her patten leather church shoes on her family's living room hardwood floors.  Since that time, she has realized her childhood dance dreams and combined that passion with her teaching profession. She is the director of the 2017 Clogging Champions of America national title traditional team.  She was inducted to the 2007 America's Clogging Hall of Fame All American team and the recipient of the National Clogging and Hoedown Council's esteemed Betsy Farlow award for the preservation of Southern Appalachian Clogging.  She is a member of our adult clogging competition team - Mountain Pride.

Cullen Finley

Director of Clogging Choreography
Cullen Finley is a 23 year old education major at Southern Wesleyan University.  He has 19 years clogging experience including a stint as the team captain and recruitment chair of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers.  He is a member of the 2008 ACHF Junior All American Team, 2010 ACHF Team of the Decade, and most recently was named the 2017 NCHC Director of the Year.  Through clogging, he has traveled to the Czech Republic and Poland to represent the USA at international folk dance festivals and hopes to continue the international trend by leading a group of our competition cloggers to London, England to participate in an upcoming London New Year's Day parade as part of the America's Clogging All Stars. 

Lauren Ann Brady

Technical Director
With 29 years dance experience across a variety of genres including tap, jazz. ballet, lyrical, baton, tumbling, and clogging, Lauren Ann is a first year elementary art teacher and a member of our adult clogging competition team, Mountain Pride.  Around the studio, she focuses on studio marketing, logistics, music media, and clogging choreography.  Her passion is teaching and preserving traditional southern Appalachian figure dancing so that future generations can enjoy this rich history.  Her most notable dance experiences have been performing on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, dancing as part of the Walt Disney World Performing Arts OnStage program, and traveling to Spain to represent the United States in an international folk dance festival.

Our Instructors

The best around!

Morgan Smith

Clogging Instructor
Morgan has been dancing since age 5.  She is now a 17 year old senior at D.W. Daniel High School and has the same passion for clogging as she had when she first started.  Her clogging career has garnered many high scoring awards including Clogging Champions of America national team titles.  She has been employed by Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO as a performer and has participated in the Walt Disney World Performing Arts OnStage program.  Morgan is a member of our senior competition clogging team, Footloose.  

She says:
"I am blessed to assist with our elementary clogging team, who made me realize I want to pursue a career in elementary education."

Abbey Bolick

Ballet/Cheer Prep Instructor
Abbey has an illustrious career as a dancer and cheerleader across multiple genres.  She has been active in competition cheer for 12 years at Daniel High School, Carolina Power Gym, and Cheerzone Elite Gym.  She has also spirit cheer for 16 years and was awarded All-Region Cheerleader and was on the News 4 Upstate Cheerleading team for both 2017 and 2018.  She has trained at Fain School of dance for 16 years in ballet, jazz, tap, and pointe.  She is also a member of the HotFoot competition clogging team.  She has clogged for 12 years and has garnered titles as a CCA National Championship clogger, NCHC Dollywood All Star team, Jr All American Clogger, and NUMEROUS solo and duo wins.  Abbey has traveled the U.S. with dance, but notably has been a performer at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, The Shotgun Red Show in Nashville, TN, and at the Walt Disney World Performing Arts OnStage program.  Abbey is a member of our senior competition clogging team, Footloose and is a freshman at Southern Wesleyan University.

Savannah Shope

Ballet/Jazz Instructor

Savannah Shope started dancing at 3, began competing at age 8, and continued for 12 years. She started teaching dance at a young age, first as an assistant and then began teaching competitive classes. She is trained and has competed in lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop, which has taken her all over the southeast. She has performed in the Nutcracker, danced as the entertainment at Disney, performed on a Carnival Cruise, worked at Miss South Carolina as a Palmetto Princess instructor, has won top soloist at multiple national competitions, in addition to placing first in both group and production numbers, and has been invited to compete in Las Vegas, California, Australia, New Jersey, Tennessee, and New York. She is a Seneca High School graduate and is now a junior at Clemson, where she studies Health science, with hopes of becoming a pediatric dietician. During her time at Clemson, she has been on the Dean’s List and President’s List, and is an active member in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. During her free time, she serves on the board of Lachlan’s Hope Foundation, which brings awareness to pediatric stem cell and bone marrow transplant patients. She is excited to be apart of HotFoot Studios and is so thankful for the opportunity to be apart of such a great dance family.

Callie Durham

Cheer Prep Instructor
Callie is a sophomore at Southern Wesleyan university studying business
She has a long history of cheer including 11 years of competition cheer at D.W. Daniel High School, Carolina Power Gym, and Cheer Zone Elite.  She also has 7 years of spirit cheer experience through middle and high school.  Callie is an expert at tumbling with 11 years experience at numerous upstate SC gyms.  Callie is a member of our Footloose senior competition clogging team.  She has clogged for 11 years and has earned titles being on a Clogging Champions of America national championship traditional team, National Clogging and Hoedown Council Dollywood All-Star Team, America's Clogging Hall of Fame Junior All-American Team, and numerous solos and duo overall regional wins.  She has performed at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO as well as the Walt Disney World Performing Arts OnStage program.