Our Teachers


Ashley Payne Cook -

Owner, Certified Clogging & Hip Hop Instructor

Ashley Cook began clogging at age 4 and hasn't stopped moving her feet since! She has clogged all over the country including Las Vegas, Florida, Disney World and Hawaii. She is a Certified Clogging Instructor through the National Clogging Hall of Fame. Ashley enjoys teaching workshops at Smoky Mountain Encore in Gatlinburg, TN and Mountain Madness in Wilkesboro. Ashley graduated from ASU with a degree in Communications, minored in Dance, and also received her certification in Classical Pilates. Ashley is passionate about making a difference in the community; she serves on the board of the Blowing Rock Rotary, and works as the Development Director at WAMY Community Action. In addition to this, she is the owner and operator of Payne's Advertising. Ashley is a proud mother of her 8 year old daughter, Stella, and enjoys spending time with her!


Meleah Chatham -

Hip Hop Instructor

Meleah Chatham was born, raised, and still resides in Wilkes County. At the age of 3, Meleah started dancing and continued to dance until the age of 22. She danced and trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics. During which time she performed in the Nutcracker Ballet, Snow for Christmas, and The Little Match Girl. Meleah competed in State and National competitions during her dance career in all styles of dance. At the age of 18, Meleah started choreographing dances and competed with her own choreography winning overall awards. In 2003 she started teaching and taught ages 2 to 18 in all types of dance. Meleah attended Wilkes Community College where she received her Associates Degree and Dental Assisting diploma. She decided to continue her college education and graduated with her Dental Hygiene Degree and works here in Boone as a Dental Hygienist. Meleah is married with 2 children, Jamison, age 4 and Ansley, who is 18 months. She enjoys spending time with her family and camping. While working in Boone, Meleah began clogging 4 years ago and continues to love and have passion for dance. She is looking forward to this next step in her dance life with Appalachian Rhythm.


Bethany Jobe - Clogging Instructor

Bethany grew up in Boone and considers it a privilege to call the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains her home. Bethany spent a few years as a kid clogging and adored it. She began clogging again with Appalachian Rhythm about three years ago and has thoroughly enjoyed dancing and being a part of the App Rhythm family.

Bethany has a huge passion for children and teaching and has enjoyed teaching Sunday school and preschool classes at her church and assisting in Kidz Clog and Pitter Patters at App Rhythm.

She just recently got back from serving for 6 months as an intern in the Dominican Republic where she also had the opportunity to lead choreography for a School musical.

Now she is looking forward to starting her career studies in Communication and Spanish at Appalachian State. She looks forward to the year with the kids at App Rhythm!


Shannon Snyder - Clogging Instructor

Shannon Snyder found her passion for dance early in life. She grew up watching her mom clog from a young age and began classes while she was little leading to her ongoing love of clogging. Five years ago, Shannon joined the Appalachian Rhythm family and fell in love with clogging all over again. Today, she gets to share her passion with her 5 year old daughter, Taylin who also takes classes at the studio. Shannon is a Boone native who works as a dental hygienist in town. She enjoys learning new steps and sharing her love of clogging with beginners. She is excited to be teaching her second year at App Rhythm.


Jennifer Edwards -

Clogging Instructor

She grew up in Greensboro NC, dancing from the age of 8. Her dance life has focused on ballet and contemporary, jazz, tap, and a splash of Irish-style clogging mixed in. She’s been dancing with Appalachian Rhythm since the Fall of 2016 and she’s excited to start teaching!