A native of Atlanta, GA, Dionne Eleby began her dancing career under the direction of Marvette Baldwin at The Children’s Dance Theatre of Spelman College. There, she was introduced to and studied West African Dance under Sister Omelika Kuumba, a founding member of the all women dance, percussive, and vocal ensemble, Giwayen Mata. Switching gears from dance to theatre, Dionne attended the award-winning Visual and Performance Arts High School, Tri-Cities, in East Point, GA. There she studied acting, musical theatre, and dance, and won Best Actress for her role as “Mistress” in the musical Sarafina under the direction of Robert Connor, choreographer Dawn Axam, and Director of Fine Arts, Viola Turner. She was also a member of the south’s premiere African-American youth theatre company, The Freddie Hendrick’s Youth Ensemble of Atlanta.
A graduate of Elon University where she majored in Musical Theatre and minored in African-American Studies and Business Administration, Dionne was very instrumental in producing Pearl Cleage’s “Blues for An Alabama Sky”, the first African-American play to be a part of the main stage production season. Upon graduating, Dionne joined the Washington, D.C. based dance company, Step Afrika!, the world’s first professional dance company dedicated to the art form and tradition of stepping. While the company primarily focuses on Stepping, company members are also introduced to the dance styles of Gumboot and Zulu. As a performer and Cultural Ambassador for Step Afrika!, Dionne has performed in over 30 countries, including the White House for former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama and the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. Dionne also made her Off-Broadway debut at New Victory Theatre with the Step Afrika! productions of “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence” and “Drumfolk.”Dionne has also worked for Nickelodeon on Norwegian Cruise Line where she served as the Host and played the character May in the stage production of the PBS children’s show “Sid the Science Kid.” Dionne is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dionne’s journey in Group Fitness began in NYC at 305 Fitness, a cardio dance workout with a live DJ. After relocating to Washington, DC in 2016, Dionne served as a lead instructor at 305 Fitness and represented the company on the Roland Martin show in 2017 and as an instructor at the Essence Festival Wellness House in 2019. Outside of her love for cardio dance, Dionne also helped open the first CycleBar in NoMA neighborhood of Washington, D.C and was affectionately known as Coach Primetime at BOOMBOX BOXING, a black-owned boxing fitness studio in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, D.C.Dionne is the founder of CROWN FITNESS, a 45 min hard-hitting, rhythmic based, strength training workout. She is currently an instructor at AKT-Inman Park.