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Misty Muse

Misty Muse: Founder of Southern Spirit

Misty Muse: Misty is the founder of Southern Spirit Cheer Academy. Her love for cheerleading led her to open Southern Spirit in 2007. Misty first started her cheerleading career in 5th grade. She continued to cheer through high school and college. Misty competed in many local, state, and national competitions. During Misty's years on the team, the team won lst place in local titles, were 4 time 4-A State Champs and placed 6th, 4th, and 2nd in the nation. The team performed in Dublin, Ireland at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Individually, Misty won  All-American and All-State. Misty's love for cheerleading and competition led her to begin a coaching career in All-Star Competition Coaching. In addition, Misty participates in judging local and national cheer, dance and All-Star Competitions along with choreography and coaching for local schools. Misty has been a member of the National Cheerleading Assocation Staff and has 25 years experience in coaching tumbling and training competition teams. Misty can be reached at


Kelly Dutton: 

 Kelly, co-founder of Southern Spirit, has 25 years experience in cheerleading and coaching. Currently, Kelly is the 2013-2014 SSCA All-Star Competition Teams' Director. She began cheering in 5th grade through high school and cheered 5 years in College. She too competed in many local, state, and national competitions. Misty and Kelly cheered on the same team and placed 4th and 2nd in the nation. Kelly participated in the St.Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin,Ireland as well as in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Individually, Kelly is a 4 time All-American Cheerleader with NCA. She participates in judging local and national cheer/dance and all-star competitions as well as doing choreography and cheer clinics for local schools. Kelly's artistic flare and love for cheerleading led her to join Misty in developing  coaching an All-Star Competition Team. Kelly is also the Party Specialist for Southern Spirit where she hosts/plans cheerleading birthday parties. Kelly can be reached at

Johnna James - 

Johnna joined the Southern Spirit Staff in May 2013. Currently she is the 2013-2014 Shooting Stars White Head Coach. She has been involved in tumbling and gymnastics since she was 3 years old. She has participated on All-Star competition teams under the direction of Misty and Kelly for 10 years. Johnna has 2 years of experience instructing tumbling classes. Johnna can be reached at