She grew up through dance at the Southern Ballet of Atlanta where she not only studied & performed, but became Ballet Mistress for the company as well, under the direction of Pittman Corry and Karen Conrad. After several seasons in the local Theater of the Stars (TOTS) summer stock series, Coby headed to New York to fulfill a lifelong dream: to perform on Broadway & she did just that with Carol Channing in “Hello, Dolly!” She also toured in three national touring companies of the show performing in 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
After making another Jerry Herman show, “Grand Tour”, she headed home to Atlanta to realize another dream: owning her own dance school. And thanks to Lottie Hentschel, that dream came true! The next progression was her own dance company . . . The Dance Troupe. Under her guidance, the dancers have performed both locally and across the southeast: most notably at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, well-known dance competitions (Danceamerica & International Dance Challenge have been her favorite venues allowing the dancers to reach their performance potential). Her choreography has won more awards than can be listed individually. Multiple awards for” best” choregraphy, “best” technique, and “best” emotional are just a few of the many that she has received through the years. Her dancers have been involved in the Danceamerica “Dancer of the Year” for 5 years. Two of her dancers received the coveted IDC Miss Global Atlanta award. Her choreographic talents have been seen “around the world” as she was an assistant choreographer for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Her performing group, The Dance Troupe, has also toured internationally to Austria, Italy, and Germany to with the renowned Tanzsommer Dance Festival. However, her first love is musical theater and she seems to always get some type of production going for every show she does. She has been fortunate to choreograph for the St. Timothy Drama department putting on their productions of “Hello, Dolly!”, “Cinderella”, “The Music Man”,”The King & I”,”Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” and she even dusted off her dancing shoes to perform in “Godspell”. She resides in Duluth with her two children, Joanna & Noah, of whom she is very proud.