Combo Classes / Ballet
Gabriella Taylor was raised in North Carolina and trained in ballet throughout her time here. She found an interest in dance at the young age of five, when she first began ballet classes. As years passed, Gabriella's passion for dance developed and her interest in teaching grew. Eventually, pursuing her B.A. in Dance and Minor in business at Eastern University, located in PA, where she gained many different teaching experiences. Though her love for movement first started with ballet, Gabriella also has experience in cheerleading, as well as, years of training in jazz, contemporary, modern, and lyrical dance. Throughout her time at Eastern, Gabriella took part in many of the University's dance concerts, also performing with the Eastern University dance ministry and leading it for her last two years there. Gabriella loved having the chance to explore worship through dance and to also experience dance in a way that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. Gabriella is not only passionate about teaching dance, but using it to benefit others.
Sarah has been dancing since 1996. She has trained in Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Scottish Highland and Hip Hop. Sarah has been teaching locally since 2003. She has also had the opportunity to perform and teach abroad in Romania, Costa Rica, and Nepal. She has her Certificate of Worship (Dance) from Grace College of Divinity and performed/danced in West Side Story as Graziella in 2009 and as an Indian in Peter Pan in 2010 at Cape Fear Regional Theatre.
Sarah sees dance as much more than just learning and perfecting movements. The building of character, independence, confidence, and a love of dance and the arts is what she consistently endeavors to instill in her students.
Ballet / Pointe
As a Raleigh native, Kathryn received training at The Raleigh School of Ballet in their Professional Division. She was a member of Raleigh Dance Theatre, and a continues to guest perform with the company. Upon invitation, Kathryn also performed with The Carolina Ballet multiple seasons in company roles. Her summers were spent at Carolina Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, New York. Through an Inter-institutional program, she intensively studied Ballet at Duke University. Kathryn was privately coached in New York by Emilietta Ettlin in both classical ballet and ballet pedagogy. She has contributed choreography throughout multiple venues in the Raleigh area and is so excited to bring her passion for dance to the Fort Bragg area!
Sydney Spaulding has studied dance intensly for the past seven years, following ten year of gymnastics. Since then she has been a member of the selective, elite tap troupe “MR Tappers” for the last 3 years. She has been performing on the stage for the past 6 years with The Temple Theatre Company in Sanford, NC where she was a featured tapper in the production of Anything Goes. At Lee County High School, she was in many productions including Shrek The Musical as Fiona, and in Grease as Sandy. She was a founder and is now the Vice President of The LCHS Show Choir, where she has choreographed several dance numbers. Sydney is thrilled to be sharing her talent by teaching tap!
Ballet / Jazz / Lyrical / Hip Hop
Irish Dance / Combo Classes
Abigail Mitchell has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and is also an IDTS Certified Dance Teacher. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and has extensive knowledge of Dance Medicine & Pedagogy. She is a current member of the United Dance Organization and a former member of both the Steezy Studio Hip Hop Dance community and the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science. She has trained in ballet, hip hop, modern, contemporary, and jazz, as well as tap, African, and Irish dance. In addition to dance, she has studied Educational Leadership and Neuroscience through Harvard University, is well-versed in several foreign languages, and has earned diplomas in Educational Psychology, Business Management, Child Development, Graphic Design, and Project Management. She demands a physically and psychologically safe environment for everyone, "adopts" her students, and treats them like her own children - with maturity, grace, high expectations, and respect.
Brianna grew up outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey, gaining a love for dance at the young age of five. Starting with ballet, she eventually fell in love with Irish dancing after watching Riverdance. She then went on to pursue Irish dancing competitively under the CLRG Irish Dance Commission. She attended the Lynn Academy of Irish Dance under the instruction of Maureen Collins, and then the Broesler School of Irish Dance under the instruction of Kevin Broesler. Traveling worldwide and internationally, she competed in Bognor Regis, England at the Great British Championships, while also competing in several North American Irish Dance Championships and two World Irish Dance Championships. In addition to her dance experience, she holds a B.A. in Business Management/Marketing and is currently finishing up her M.S. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. With training in Irish, ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, Brianna's goal is to teach children confidence, discipline, and independence through the art of dance.
Combo Classes / Contemporary / Hip Hop
Sarah McWilliams is a Pennsylvania native, now North Carolina resident, who grew up dancing competitively and then continued her studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. While earning her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography, Sarah worked with faculty members Jillian Harris, Laura Katz Rizzo, and Kavin Grant. She also danced for Guest Artists Larry Keigwin and Kyle Abraham. Upon graduating Sarah traveled to Israel to study with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Her performance career continued in PA and NYC with Project Moshen Dance Company, ContempraDance Theater, Putty Dance Project, and kaycruddenco. Most recently, Sarah worked at KICKS Academy of Dance, taught for the Dance Me A Story program, and became a certified Bar Method instructor. She is so excited to bring her passion for dance and teaching to NC!
Caroline Fleming has been dancing since she was three years old. She grew up taking dance from Ms. Renee’s Dance Studio and that is where she found her love for dance, taking and competing in multiple styles of dance. She discovered musical theater as a Lee County High School freshman, and participated in multiple theater and Show Choir productions. At the age of 15, Caroline joined an elite tap group called “Mr. Tappers,” where she competed and performed at multiple competitions and events. Now attending Campbell University, Caroline is pursuing a degree in Healthcare Management with plans to be an administrator at a children’s hospital. While at CPAS, she is excited to share her love of tap with so many dancers!
Ballet, Combo Classes
Ms. Shaw grew up in a competition studio and was also a founding member of Allegro Regional Dance Theater, a pre-professional ballet company for ages 10-18. She taught for Judy Peterson Dance Studio in Wausau, WI, The Turning Point Dance Academy in Stevens Point, WI as well as the Community Ballet Program in Wausau, WI.
Shaw graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a BA in dance. After college she moved to Dayton, OH and worked with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company's (DCDC) 2nd company. She also began dancing with the Mam-Luft and Co Dance company (contemporary) in Cincinnati, OH. After a full season with both, Shaw then joined Rhythm in Shoes (tap and clogging) and stayed with them until the company disbanded and the directors retired.
By that time she was married and started her journey as an Army wife. They ended up stationed in Hohenfels, Germany where Shaw started and ran the dance program for the SKIES program for 2 years. Upon returning to the States, she began teaching for the Maxine Patterson School of Dance in Savannah, GA. She called MPSOD home for over 4 years.