40+ years of Award-Winning Training & Development!

 Forging a legacy and trademark of excellence in the performing Arts, the mother-daughter team brings nearly half a century of creative development and technical arts expertise to the combined organization. By incorporating the philosophy and tradition of the McClendon brand with Jones’ unique modern approach, the merger further strengthens AREAs position as a leader in universal arts-based training. Bringing together two successful innovators and their management team will offer the duality of arts and business through: community engagement, sustainability, artistic diversity, development & training, and visibility.


Jai McClendon Jones

Trainee Track Director | Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Performance

Tre McClendon

Tap Director

Lyrik London

Hip Hop

Denise McClendon

Academy Director |  Ballet, Pointe, Performance

Tiffany Burgess

Hip Hop & Commercial Dance Director

Shelby Echols

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Outreach Teaching Artist

Kari McClendon

Rehearsal Director

Chelsea Long

Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Horton, Outreach Teaching Artist

Crystal Power

Musical Theater & Theater Tech

Shawana “Shay” Swain

Administrative Assistant

Peter Bryant

Jazz, Acro, Horton, Outreach Teaching Artist

Leslie Davis

Hip Hop, Outreach Teaching Artist


Mitchell Kelly

Trainee Track Choreographer

Hilda Willis

Theater Arts & Performance

Lisa Johnson Willingham

AILEY Extension Director