Na'Diazia Whatley
Assistant Coach
Na`Diazia Whatley focuses on shaping dancers in team performance and is the Dance Coach for South Cobb High School’s Royal Essence auxiliary. She has danced with the award-winning Westlake High School Mane Attraction and Creekside High School’s Golden Essence. Na`Diazia has a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Fort Valley State University where she served as a member of the Doll Divas, and the Co-Captain and Co-Coach of P.H.A.S.E.S. dance team. She is an energetic, physically fit and confident dance teacher who has a successful track record of improving a student’s knowledge and understanding of dance.
Pendu Malik
Head Coach
Kishema “Pendu” Malik is a professional dancer, choreographer, instructor with over 25 years in the entertainment industry. Originally from New York City, she has trained with Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Steps on Broadway, Djenba Mouflet, Youseff Kombassa and Robin Dunn. Her main styles of choreography and teaching include Modern (Dunham and Horton), Jazz, West African and Afro Fusion (including her own style “Afro Sexy”, West African, Jazz and Burlesque fusion). She has danced with companies and artists including Debbie Allen, Summer Jam with Mya and Ashanti, Stevie Wonder, NIKE, WNBA/NBA All-Star games, and as a principal performer in Cirque Du Soleil's Beatles LOVE, being one of the choreographers for Cirque Du Soleil's One Drop production, “Amanzi”. Pendu is also a kinesiology and fitness specialist who holds a BS Bioengineering and a M.S. in Kinesiology.
Tamia Colbert
Assistant Coach
Tamia Colbert specializes in dance line, auxiliary and color guard performance. She is a native Atlantan and Frederick Douglass North Starette alumna and former Miles College Steaming Flag member. She has served as an assistant coach for Douglass High School's dance team and has served as an instructor and dance team coach at Gems of Georgia Dance for two seasons.