Meet Our Faculty

ABJ offers THE BEST faculty of instructors in Tuscaloosa and Northport area. Our diverse and talented faculty all have acquired or are working towards their degrees in dance from esteemed universities from across the country. No matter what style you are interested in, we have the perfect teacher for you! With numerous years of experience, our faculty will help you or your child become the best dancer possible!


Miss Susu Hale Prout!

Owner and Artistic Director

For over 40 years, Susu has trained hundreds of dancers, many of whom have chosen dance as a career path. Some have become members of professional ballet and modern dance companies. Others have continued their education at fine arts high schools or have chosen dance as their course of study in college. Still others continue to take classes for the sheer joy of it. Cont.



Morgan Rudolph

Morgan holds a B.F.A. in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Dance from Western Kentucky University. After college, she based herself in New York City to audition and has traveled the country performing in regional musical theatre and directing theatre for young performers. Cont.

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Miss Olivia Turner

Olivia started dancing at age three at Eastern Shore Dance Academy where she spent many years improving her technique and growing as a person and dancer. Cont.

Miss Jenni Chapman

Miss Jenni Chapman

Jenni grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is a former student of the Academy of Ballet and Jazz. She began dancing at the age of nine, Cont.


Miss Melaina Rairamo

As a Minnesota native, Melaina grew up working as a teen actress in the Twin Cities. While in the Twin Cities, she trained at various dance studios in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and hip hop. She had the pleasure of training behind the top voice and acting teachers in Minneapolis. Melaina is currently a Senior at the University of Alabama working towards her B.A. in Musical Theatre (May 2020) and will be teaching Preschool classes, recreational ballet and jazz, and musical theatre classes at ABJ! We are excited to welcome Melaina to ABJ!

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Miss Alden Phillips

Alden was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she began her dance training at the early age of 2. Alden left Tuscaloosa to pursue her training at the State University of New York at Purchase where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Arts Management. Cont.


Miss Sydney Hamm

Sydney is currently a sophomore at the University of Alabama studying to receive her Bachelors degree in Dance and Business. Her early training began as a competition dancer at Expressenz Dance Center in Fishers, Indiana where she studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap. Cont.

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Meet Drew Martin!

Born in Irmo, SC, Drew trained in a variety of styles at the Southern Strutt under the direction of Nancy Giles. Cont.


Miss Meagan Frith

Meagan grew up in Foley, AL. She has been teaching and assisting since she was 15. She will be teaching Preschool and Hippity Hop classes!


Miss Mimi McCool

Mimi grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL, dancing at the Academy of Ballet & Jazz since she was three years old! She has been assisting classes since the age of 14. We are excited Mimi will continue to share her love of dance with us this season!


Our Administrative Staff


Mrs Suzanne McCool!

Susu's Tutu's Store Manager


Miss Jessica Brister!

Office Manager



Mrs Fran Pruett!

Accountant and Business Manager