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Our Team

Get to Know Us!

Miriam Burgess

Founder/Artist Director/Choreographer

Dancing before Walking that is the best way to describe Miriam. A lover of Dance because of her late Aunt "Dot", only spiraled into a love to teach it. Exposed to the performing arts at age 3, Miriam found her purpose in life early. Miriam was a student of dance at the Palmer School of Dance but much has been self taught. Miriam got her start on stage as part of the Johnnie Smith ministries in such plays as Little Me Big Me, Have We Lost The Feeling, and Christmas Magic, to name a few. As a teenager Miriam joined the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theater for Youth, where she got the opportunity to be a part of the Ware House Theater, and open for Gladys KnIght, and perform in New York City for Jessie Jackson, Jr. and tour many states from Alabama to Florida. The impact that the arts has had on Miriam's life has encouraged her to do the same for others. Miriam has created a fun environment that promotes growth, self-awareness, self-esteem, creativity, in a loving non-judgemental safe family environment. Miriam's goal is to use the performing arts to build others. 

Destiny Oliphant

Outreach Coordinator,Visual Art Instructor/Dance Instructor

Destiny Oliphant is a graduate of Riverside High School and a Senior at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She is one of the founding members of Instruments of Praise. Destiny has a heart for others. She is a creator and admirer of visual arts. She enjoys listening to spoken word and reading. Her desire is to serve others in other countries during humanitarian work.

Zoe Oliphant

Creative Writing/Poetry/Choreographer/Dance Instructor

Zoe not only choreographs for Instruments of Praise but also works with children on creative writing and poetry.

Joyce Atkins

Assistant/Stage Manager

 A student of the Fine Arts Center, Tracy is a graduate of South Carolina State University with a major in music. Tracy has always had a love for the theater and has appeared in The Wiz, Who's Gonna Do The Cooking, No Excuses, to name a few. Tracy uses creativity and compassion to teach the art of drama and developing characters. Tracy also uses drama to deal with issues that many of her students deal with allowing them to create the story line. Tracy understands that her students are performing on a stage which will also prepare them for the stage of life. Her technique are to build confidence and overcome barriers by allowing her students to act it out. She is also our photographer.

Tracy Johnson

Dance/Drama Instructor, Choreographer, Assistant

Joyce is an Alumni of the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theater For Youth. Joyce has won many awards for her dancing but finds joy by managing what happens behind the scenes. Joyce  also assist with events, and transportation.

Tahzonna Glenn

Choreographer/Dance Instructor

Tahzonna is a freshman at Hillcrest High School she has a natural gift of dance and is self taught. Tahzonna loves make a song or spoken words come to life with her dance. Tahzonna teaches with compassion for the art of dance. She has been apart of the Dream Girls conference in Charleston, Tahzonna has opened for stage plays, and other conferences. Tahzonna wants to instill in others to be dedicated to your craft, build
self confidence to do what you love no matter what others think.

Kenedy Edmond

Choreographer/Dance Instructor

 One of the first members of Instruments of Praise, Kenedy is a sophmore at Greenville Technical Early College. Kenedy has been a student of dance from an early age, Kenedy has been in Competition dance and Cheer. Kenedy found a love for teaching others during a Summer Camp. Kenedy teaches her students in a calm and creative environment, Kenedy wants to instill self esteem and self love through dance.

Kimberly Hill

Event Coordinator

Kim has always found beauty and and joy in making things sparkle. Her love for turning a little something into something grand is her specialty. Kim is part owner of Wonderfully Designed Events, and has found a joy in creating events and memorable moments for our participants, their family and friends that make them feel special.  Kim believes that "it doesn't take much to make someone happy and if I can do that with what I have then I"m happy".