Chloe is a 7 year old superstar! She has been performing in How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas ever since she began dancing at Coastal 6 years ago. Chloe’s outgoing personality, warm and inviting smile, and go-getter attitude landed her in the role of 2019 Cindy Lou Who! This year is Chloe’s first year playing a main character role in the Grinch performance. Her favorite part of being in the Grinch is having fun and learning new dances. She also likes performing for the people that do not normally get to see her and her dance family perform!
CINDY LOU WHO
Christopher is a born South Carolinian. Member of Actors Equity Union & SC Artist in Residence. He has worked professionally in entertainment for over 23 years and his spectrum ranges from Singer, Dancer, Actor, Producer, Director, and Choreographer. Chris has worked with artists/choreographers such as Donny & Jimmy Osmond, Darius Rucker, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Holiday, Kristine W, The Pointer Sisters, Lee Greenwood, Caroline Lewis Jones, Gil Stroming, Adrienne Canterna, Jean Whitaker, Joe Lanteri, Pamela Bolling, and Pam Chancey. He has worked for companies such as Opryland Productions, Gaylord Productions, Victoria’s Secret, Hardrive Productions, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Pzazz Entertainment, OnStage Productions, StarStudded Entertainment, Walt Disney World Productions, and Tokyo Disney Productions. Chris was in The Disney Productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Lion King, & “Tarzan Rocks” to name few.
This is Ryan’s second year performing as Little Grinch but he has been an audience member for many years watching his big sister perform in the show. His favorite part about performing in Grinch is being able to combine acting and dancing with some fun tricks and flips. Not to mention some really cool face paint! When Ryan isn’t tearing up the dance floor he can found on a baseball field playing travel ball with Line Drive Baseball.
As son to studio owner, Dawn Kuster, Wyatt was dancing even before he was born. He has been a competition dancer at CPAA for the past 10 years. He currently attends high school at Savannah Arts Academy. For the passed three years, Wyatt has been on the Broadway tour of A Christmas Story playing the role as Flick and Farkus. He also had the honor of performing as the tap soloist for the national tour of A Christmas Story. Beyond the broadway stage, Wyatt has won 4 National DMI Titles, 2 National Titles from OnStage Dance Competition, and Mr. Encore Extreme. We are enthused to have Wyatt back in Savannah for the Grinch performance as Max this year!
Grace Anna is a senior at Savannah Christian Prep School. Outside of academia, she is a dedicated dancer at Coastal Performing Arts Academy. Grace Anna has been a dancer at Coastal since she was three years old. This year marks Grace Anna's 13th year of being in How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas. In previous years, she has played the part of Miss Redneck Whoville, Betty Lou Who, and Whoette. As a Grinch veteran, one of her favorite aspects of Grinchmas Time at Coastal is being a part of the Savannah Christmas Lighted Parade. She always shares with family and friends that being a part of The Dancing Grinch is the closest to being in NYC seeing and being a part of a Broadway show. One of Grace Anna's proudest awards ever received was being a part of a team who was awarded a highest score standing ovation out of over a thousand dances and received 1st runner up. Moments like that make all of the work worth it all.
Grace Anna Mitchell
Ava Bryant will be performing as Little Martha Mae in this year's Grinch performance. Ava is no stranger to the Grinch stage as this will be her fourth year of being in the Grinch at age 8. Ava's favorite part of performing in the Grinch is the School Scene. She loves being able to act and dance! Ava has had 5 years of training at Coastal. She received the Star Talent Petite Title Winner. Ava has also won many 1st place overall awards. She has been selected as a National Improv Finalist and placed in the top 5 soloist at Platinum National Dance Competition.
LITTLE MARTHA MAY
Grace Ross is formally known as Max, the Grinch's dog. This year Grace is thrilled to be our very own Betty Lou Who. Grace began dancing in Coastal Performing Arts Academy at age eight. She recently started high school at Savannah Arts Academy. When Grace dances, the audience cannot take their eyes off of her energy and enthusiasm. These amazing aspects of Grace have earned her a scholarship to Revive Dance Competition, Dance Makers Inc., Joffrey, and Quest Intensive. One of Grace's favorite part of performing in the Grinch Stole Christmas is seeing her friends and family in the audience supporting her and her dance family.
BETTY LOU WHO
Our Post Master this year is Vanessa Vance. Although Vanessa is a rookie to the part of Post Master, she is no rookie to How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas. Vanessa has been training at Coastal and participating in the Grinch for the past five years. Vanessa brings an amazing vibe to the stage. Every audience member can feel the joy of her dancing when she is performing on stage. Vanessa has received scholarships at Encore Extreme for Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre. Vanessa enjoys performing in the Grinch, because she creates memories with her friends that will last her a lifetime.
POST MASTER + WHOETTE
This year is Jacey's seventh and final year of performing in the Grinch. She will be performing as the Snow Queen and the Mayor of Whoville. In previous years, Jacey has performed as Betty Lou Who, Sleepy Time Fairy, and Sugar Plum Fairy. As a senior in high school, Jacey will be in her eleventh year of training. Jacey has won awards including Inspire All Star, Hollywood Scholarship, Revive Scholarship, and Quest Intensive Scholarship. Jacey loves sharing the Christmas Spirit while performing in the Grinch.. and that it's not 800 degrees outside!
SNOW QUEEN + WHOETTE
The technically flawless, Sadies Young, will be participating in her 10th year of Grinch performances. In previous years Sadie has performed in the roles of Snow Queen, Whoette, and Sugar Plum Fairy. Sadie has been training at Coastal for the past 10 years; she attended middle school at Garrison School for the Arts and has recently started high school at Savannah Arts Academy as a dance major. Sadie loves participating in the Savannah Christmas Lighted Parade. With that comes bringing Christmas joy to the younger children that watch the Grinch and the parade.
SUGAR PLUM FAIRY + WHOETTE
Kayden is entering her 10th year of dance and 9th year of performing in How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas. In years past, Kayden has played the role of Cindy Lou Who, Little Martha Mae, and a Christmas tree. Kayden is a dedicated dancer that thrives when performing under the stage lights! Her favorite aspect of performing in the Grinch is sharing the stage with her dance family. Kayden has gone on to win many titles including, Miss Shake the Ground, Miss Platinum, Miss Fusion Regionals and Nationals. She has also scored 1st place as a soloist at Revive and Inferno Dance Competition.
SLEEPY TIME FAIRY + WHOETTE
Taking the stage this year as a Sleepy Time Fairy and Whoette, Jaina is a seasoned Grinch performer. In previous years, Jaina has performed as Cindy Lou Who in How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas. Although Jaina has been training for 10 years, she is currently entering her 6th year of dancing at Coastal and her 4th year of being in the Grinch performance. The Savannah Christmas Lighted Parade is Jaina’s favorite part of being in the Grinch. She also loves being able to interact with the community during the Christmas season. Jaina is a member of the Dream Team for Encore Extreme and was also the recipient of the Naiomi Calvert Award at Encore Nationals. At Startalent Dance Competition Jaina was crowned Junior Miss Star Talent. She has won multiple 1st place solo awards at the following competitions: DMI, Encore, Platinum, and Encore.
SLEEPY TIME FAIRY + WHOETTE
Dallas is another seasoned Coastal Star! This will be Dallas’ 15th and final year of dancing at Coastal Performing Arts Academy. Dallas has grown up in the Coastal studio and will be finishing out her senior year at Memorial Day School. Dallas will be performing as the Teacher in the Grinch this year. This character fits Dallas to a “T” because she has been a dance teacher at Coastal for the past few years. In years passed, Dallas has performed as Martha Mae. Dallas loves being able to feel the Christmas Spirit during the Grinch performance!
Leila has been training for over 14 years. This year will be her 5th and final year of performing in the Grinch. Leila will be graduating from South Effingham High School this May and plans to continue to pursue dance in college at Kennesaw State University. As her final performance in the Grinch, Leila will be taking on the role as Miss Christmas Spirit. Being a well-rounded dancer has allowed Leila to perform in a variety of roles in the Grinch including the School Teacher, Mayor, Snow Queen, and a Whoette. This quality has also led her to win Dancer of the Year, Inspire All Star, and 2nd Overall Encore Super Soloist. Leila’s passion for children and dance has made her fall in love with the Savannah Christmas Lighted Parade. She loves being able to continue her role as Miss Christmas Spirit as she interacts with the community along the parade route.
MISS CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Miss Redneck Whoville is a senior dancer, Mary Kathryn. Mary Kathryn has previously performed as a Whoette, so she is enthused to represent her senior class as Miss Redneck Whoville. Mary Kathryn is no stranger to the Grinch stage. This will be her 10th year performing with Coastal in the Grinch. Mary Kathryn loves seeing Savannah transform into a Christmas wonderland as she performs for her community. Mary Kathryn has taken the reign as Miss Platinum and Miss Startalent. She has also received highest scoring solo for Platinum and Startalent dance competitions. She attends STEM.
Mary Kathryn Brantley
MISS REDNECK WHOVILLE
Taylor is a dedicated Coastal Star! She has been dancing with Coastal ever since she was 2 years old. This will be Taylor’s 11th Grinch performance. We are so proud of Taylor and the hard work and time she has dedicated to Coastal and her dance career. Taylor has tackled two huge roles within the Grinch cast as Cindy Lou Who and Little Martha Mae. Her effortless performance quality illuminates the stage and gets the audience in the holiday spirit. This year Taylor will be performing as a Candy Cane. Taylor has many favorite parts of the Grinch, but her absolute favorite part is being a vertern Grinch performer that helps the upcoming characters feel comfortable and confident in their new roles!
CANDY CANE + WHOETTE
Katherine has been dancing for 7 years and although her first love was tap she now loves all styles of dance. Katherine is excited to perform in her 5th Grinch show with Coastal Performing Arts Academy. She has worked her way up from kinderdanz to a 2nd year company member and performing in Grinch has become a treasured holiday tradition. Her favorite part of Grinch is performing outside! She loves all the dances in Grinch but a highlight for her is Schoolville because she gets to act and dance!
Bryton “Hot Mess” Czajkowski, age 10 from Guyton, Georgia, is a 6th year dancer at Coastal Performing Arts Academy and has been a member of the Coastal Starz Competition Team for the past five years. During this time she has received a Discovery Spotlight Scholarship, has been a Dancemakers, Inc. Scholarship Awardee for Excellence in Hip Hop, and a Quest Intensive Scholarship Awardee for Excellence in Tap, In Bryton’s spare time she is a spokesmodel for the Hashtag Danceswag clothing line. She has been a 2019 Summer Cover Girl for the line as well. This year Bryton is joining the cast of the 2019 How The Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas as a Peppermint.
Lexi Young is new to dance and Coastal Performing Arts Academy. Lexi's natural ability to execute movements and captivate the audience has led her to the role of Peppermint in the How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas 2019 performance. Lexi is inspired by her older sister, Sadie Young, who is performing as Sugar Plum Fairy this year.
Maxi will hitting the stage as a rookie in this year’s Grinch performance. Maxi joined the Coastal Starz Dance Company this summer and has been training over the past 13 years. Maxi’s steadfast energy creates an inviting atmosphere for anyone watching her perform! We are delighted to have Maxi join the Grinch Posse this year!
GRINCH POSSE + WHOETTE
Tatiana will be making her debut performance in the Grinch this year as a member of the Grinch Posse. Tatiana's delightful smile and dedicated energy illuminates the stage as she performs on the stage. We are estatic to have Tatiana join us on stage for our 15th annual performance of How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas. Tatiana cannot wait to hit the stage with her fellow team members.
Jaylee Jones is a returning member of the Coastal Starz Dance Company. She is currently attending Southeast Bulloch High School. Jaylee's eyes light up when she performs in front of her friends and family. We are thrilled to have Jaylee as a part of our Grinch Posse this year.