Hello and welcome to dance at Excelsior.
A little about myself.....I grew up in Bahama after moving back home from Tennessee. I played a few sports as a young child and began dancing at the age of nine. I performed and competed on local and national levels, being crowned Jr. Miss Dance of the United States at thirteen.
At fourteen, I left home to attend the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem as a high school ballet major. While there, I performed many roles from classical ballet to jazz. During my high school years, I attended dance programs with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as professionally guest performing with the New Jersey Coastal Ballet.
Upon graduation, I returned to the triangle area to pursue professional dancing and teaching. I danced with the Duke University Dance Program, Chapel Hill Dance Theatre and the 15-501 Ballet while teaching in the Durham Chapel Hill area. Later I went on to join the Carolina Ballet as a principal dancer. After enjoying three years with the Carolina Ballet, I decided to start a family and return to teaching, becoming a certified member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, Acrobatic Arts, Alexia Flexibilty and Progressing Ballet Technique. I am also a certified member of the Youth Protection Advacates in Dance. While owning and teaching at Encore Academy of Dance I also teach at many workshops and community events around the state, as well as teaching master classes for other studios in the state.
I spent 15 years teaching preschool, first at St. Luke’s Preschool and Kindergarten then at Grey Stone Preschool and Kindergarten before joining the Excelsior family. I spent my first year at Excelsior on the Kindergarten Team. I am very excited to continue my journey as the first dance teacher at Excelsior Classical Academy. I have four very wonderful boys; Omar, Ayman, Ethan and Isaac. My two youngest boys are still at home and attending Excelsior while my older two are out working hard in the world of construction.