Dance Davidson -

2016-2017 Season


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Philosophy
 
Dance Davidson was started by Terilynne Muehleisen Knox in January 1984 in order to provide dance instruction and create expression for children and adults.  Small classes and discipline promote serious growth for students, which has led to a flourishing studio.
 
Instruction at Dance Davidson is based on the premise that dedication and devotion lead to success, whether in dance or any other chosen field.  Children and adults need a fun but disciplined environment in which to accomplish their goals.  Not every student will be a professional dancer, but many other goals, such as posture, weight control, coordination, grace and artistic awareness, can be achieved through dance. Our quality instruction is tailored to all levels.
 
Faculty
 
Terilynne Muehleisen Knox
Artistic Director/Owner.  Former member of the Central Pennsylvania Ballet, Bristol Ballet and Roanoke Ballet Theatre.  BA degree in the teaching of ballet from Virginia Intermont College. 
 
Diane Bellas-Brackett
BA degree in dance from Adelphi University.  Founder, principal dancer and soloist with the Contemporary Ballet Company of Oyster Bay.  Principal dancer and soloist with Dance Theatre of Long Island, Zawacki Ballet Company and Orlando Ballet, New York.
 
Pam Janas
Danced with Gene Kelly and Radio City Rockettes.  On the board of directors of the Pan American Teachers of Dance.

Delia Neil
Butler University BA cum laude and University of North Carolina-Greensboro MFA.  Professor at University of North Carolina-Charlotte teaching ballet technique, history and repertory.  Taught  at Ballet Hispanico and for Zena Rommet in New York City.  Trained extensively with the Martha Graham and David Howard Schools.  Performed as soloist with four major companies. 
 
Lisa Leone
Danced with the Atlanta Ballet and the Ballet Rotaru, touring Romania and performing at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest.  Danced as a soloist with the Oregon Ballet Theatre for three years. After relocating to NC, performed as a guest artist with area companies.

Megan Payne
B.F.A  degree in Dance from Ohio University and M.F. A degree from Hollins Collins, professional dancer and choreographer with Baran Dance Company, currently on staff, teaching dance at Central Piedmont Community College 

Gina Parry
M.Ed. in Instruction & Curriculum from the University of Idaho, NC State Certification from UNCC, Ballet School of Coeur d'Alene, Royal Academy of Dance, London, England, Perth Repertory Theatre,
 
Mia Cunningham
Attended the North Carolina School of the Arts.  Dancer with San Antonio Ballet, the Zurich Ballet, the Kathryn Posin Dance, the Connecticut Ballet Theater, the Stars of the Soviet Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre.
 
Wendy Bradley
BS degree in dance education from East Carolina University, magna cum laude. Performed with East Carolina Dance Theatre and Mid-Atlantic Dance Festival.      

Kiana Staton
B.A. degree in Dance from UNCC 2017, B.S. degree in Marketing from UNCC 2017,Honor’s Society, Chancellor’s List, Dean’s List 

 Kyle Garrison Shawell
 received his training at the University of the Arts, Theatre West Virginia, Winthrop University and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts. His training includes the dance styles of Lester Horton, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor and jazz taught by renowned teachers such as Ruth Adrien, Ronen Koresh, Milton Myers and Pat Thomas. He brings together a wide breadth of knowledge, expertise and experience in a diverse style of movement for the community. Shawell has been a teaching artist for North Carolina Dance Theatre and North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and a dance educator for the Governor's Award-winning Janice Wyatt Summer Arts Institute at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.  As a Lecturer of dance, Shawell taught modern, jazz, hip-hop and musical theatre for several years at Winthrop University. .
                                                                
Facility
 
In addition to the pride we take in our instruction and performance, we are also pleased to offer great studio space for our students.  Our three, air-conditioned studios have sprung floors to prevent injuries and OBSERVATION WINDOWS!! and are designed to create an atmosphere of learning and beauty.  All of our instructors are professionally trained, so our students receive the best teaching in the finest facility available.
 
We are located at 140 Jackson Street in historic downtown Davidson beside the Davidson Post Office parking lot and directly behind the Soda Shop.
 
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