Rinata Hollins is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. She is a proud wife and mother of four children. She holds a Bachelors's Degree in Business Studies from Dallas Baptist University. Rinata currently serves as Director of Dance at House of Refuge Ministries and is the Founder of Dance tHerAPPY INC, a nonprofit enrichment program.
Rinata is a licensed Zumba (B1 and Kid+Kids Jr) and Group Fitness Instructor (AFAA). She has over 15+ years of social service, management, Dance Education, choreography, and mentoring experience. She is also certified/trained in CPR, Suicide Prevention, and a Youth Protection Advocate in Dance (YPAD).
Rinata has always had a passion for dance. As a youth, she remembers the joy of taking tap, jazz, music, art, and choral classes. This was only the beginning of her love for The Arts. Dance has helped her lose weight, boost fitness, and manage stress. Today she dedicates her life to help others create a healthier body, mind, and spirit. She is here because dance is tHerAPPY!
Dance tHerAPPY has partnered with theEduProject to help with the program's educational/PBL components. Lacrecia Terrance, Ph.D., is the owner and CEO of theEduProject. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Teacher Le.adership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on Administration. She also has over 20+ years of experience in the education field, serving in many capacities; a classroom teacher, Academic Dean, Math Coordinator, District Curriculum Coordinator, District/ School Curriculum Specialist, District STEM Coordinator, District Title I coordinator, STEM/Innovation Director, and High Principal. Through theEduProject, participants will experience Project-Based Learning (PBL) firsthand as they actively engage through guided meaningful projects.
Brittany Garnett Burrell is a 27 year old from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a mother of three beautiful kids: Brylee, Braylon, and Bailee and is married to Brandon Burrell. She is currently a Grad student at Grand Canyon University receiving her Masters in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Stem. She is also a graduate from Southern University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Finance with a concentration in Risk Management and Insurance. Lastly, she holds a Ministerial Training Diploma from Word of Life Christian Center. Brittany has been dancing practically her whole life! She’s a former McKinley high pantherette and a former Southern University Gold N Blue. That’s just two dance teams of the many dance teams she has been apart of. When she dances people knows her from her high energy she gives, and just putting on a great performance. She is thrilled to be here today! Brittany loves to do all genres of dance but most of all Liturgical.
“Everyone is beautiful in their own way, let’s display our God given talents everyday.” - Brittany Burrell.
Rahjae Hollins is 17 years old native of Irving, Texas. She is a 2022 Graduate of Tara High School (P-Tech), where she served as Cy-Tech Ambassador, Softball/Volleyball Captain, and SGA member. Rahjae currently attends Baton Rouge Community College and pursuing her career with IBM. Rahjae is multi-talented, athletic, intelligent, and a natural leader. She has danced with Dance tHerAPPY for five years and instructed/composite for the past three years. She has designed some of our favorite pieces, and students look forward to her comedic yet technical style. She believes that dance brings people together and is a great tool to bring about equality and stand for justice.
Kayla Renae Joseph is 27 years old. She is from Harvey, La, just outside of New Orleans. She aspires to open her adoption agency in hopes of being the shift in the social services system. She graduated from Southern A&M College with a bachelor's in Family and Consumer Science. She has a very creative and artistic individual when she puts her mind and all into it! She loves all types of music, with a few exceptions. It just needs a good beat. Some genres she enjoys listening to are Gospel, R&B, and Spoken Word. She sings in the choir and dances at her church. Kayla has been dancing since the age of 2. She aspires to inspire anyone she interacts with daily, especially young children of all ages!