Madison Carnes

My name is Madison Carnes and I am a Sophomore at Samford University, studying Nursing and Spanish. I have been dancing since I was 3 and have been trained in the styles of tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and pom. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, involved in Campus Outreach, and attend Redeemer Community Church. In my spare time I love doing yoga, zumba, and spending lots of time with my friends. One of my favorite things to do is travel! You can catch me out and about trying all the different restaurants in Birmingham and exploring this city that I now call home. I am from a tiny town in Kentucky called Stanford and have 3 younger brothers. I have always loved working with kids and I can not wait for this upcoming year at TippiToes! 



Abby Kessinger

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, stripes, outdoor and closeupWe are thrilled to have Abby Kessinger back for a 2nd year. Let her introduce herself to you:

“I grew up in Athens, West Virginia but have lived in Huntsville, Alabama for the last six years. I am an Exercise Science major at Samford University and believe that God has called me to be a Physical Therapist in order to use my love of science and anatomy, compassion for people and uplifting attitude to further God’s Kingdom. I love school and have made the Dean’s List both semesters, was the second place recipient of the Academic Success Center’s essay awards, will serve on Student Activities Council for the Fall of 2018 and am thrilled to be the Chaplain of MyLifeSpeaks Club that sponsors missionaries and children in Neply, Haiti!


Abby Lawson

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We are thrilled to welcome Miss Abby Lawson to our amazing team of teachers this year. I know she will be a huge asset and will love and encourage all her dancers each week. Meet Abby as she introduces herself in her own words:


My name is Abby Lawson, and I am from Newnan, Georgia. I am a Communication Studies major at Samford University. I quite literally grew up dancing- my mom couldn’t keep me still, whether we were in the grocery store, at school, or at church. I have been trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, and jazz. Musical theatre has been my passion since the sixth grade, and I also love making fun dance videos with my friends. Some of my awards and honors include Dean’s List at Samford University, the Math Department award at Trinity Christian School, and Trinity Christian School Homecoming Queen. My favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 16:14, “Let all that you do be done in love”. I have a passion for teaching kids and am so excited to be a part of this team!



Martha-Grace Scripps

Hello! I’m Martha-Grace Scripps and I am from Nashville, Tennessee. I am a sophomore nursing major at Samford University. Dance has been a part of my life since I was 3-years-old, and I’ve trained in styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. I also competed with Nashville Dance Center for 5 years, and won many regional and national titles with them! My freshman year I was also apart of the Samford Dance Team! 

On campus I am also involved in my sorority, Chi Omega, in a home group, and hope to get involved with the women’s ministry, “Delight”. I love to hike, hang out with friends, and go to a good breakfast restaurant! Right now my favorite bible verse is Psalm 23, because I love the imagery and truth behind those powerful verses. Cannot wait to be back teaching the next generation of dancers with Tippi Toes! 


Vaidehi Dhutia

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Please join us in welcoming one of our newest Tippi Toes of Birmingham team members, Miss Vaidehi Dhutia.

“Vai” is a rising senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on the Pre-Physical Therapy track, majoring in Kinesiology. She grew up in Atlanta, GA, where her passion for learning dance began. As a younger girl, she danced for fun until she joined a dance team in college where she had the opportunity to become a co-captain. This was a more competitive field of dancing. When she is not dancing she loves fitness, hiking, as well as teaching yoga to families. After dance, she says fitness is her next biggest passion because it allows her to be a happier and better version of herself. Vai hopes to continue her passions for dance and fitness throughout her lifetime where she can share her love for these two activities to friends, family, and peers.

Grace Anne Erwin

Hey!! My name is Grace Anne Erwin and I am from Hoover Alabama! I am a senior at Hoover High School, and couldn’t love it more. HHS has taught me so many things and helped me figure out my passions. I love fashion, music, and of course dancing:) Next year, I plan on going to college and majoring in fashion design. I love being creative through designing clothes and outfits. I have been training at Alabama Dance Academy since I was three years old. My favorite style of dance is ballet, but I also do lyrical and jazz. I have loved working with kids ever since I was little, and I have been babysitting ever since I could. I am so excited and honored to be working with Tippi Toes and I know it’ll be a great year!!