Catherine "Cat" Beal is a native of Clemmons, NC. She grew up dancing and working at In Motion Dance Center from age 2-18. Cat is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a BFA in Dance and a BA in Strategic Communications. She has danced at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Elon's Dancing in the Landscape, Rites of Seasons, and Fall Dance. She has performed in a restating of Fosse's Sing Sing Sing at UNC School of the Arts and was a rehearsal assistant and understudy for artists and student pieces at Elon University. She also took part in Elon's BFA Acting's Trojan Barbie and the Wolves. Cat teaches Group Exercise classes through Elon's Campus Recreation and Wellness.
Isabella Hindley is currently a double-major Elon University student including a minor in dance. She has extensive dance experience including Cuppet Performing Arts Center, Children's Dance Center, and Vienna Dance Academy (2006-2011). She danced in the 2019 Spring Dance Concert at Elon and previously performed as a Principal in Swan Lake and Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and more. "Issy" trained at the Rockette Summer Dance Intensive 2016-1018 culminating in a performance at the Skirball Center, NYC. In 2017, she spent two weeks of training resulting in a Balanchine performance in Holland, Michigan and was a winner of the ECC/CCA Major Syllabus Evan How, Full Tuition Scholarship to the Cecchetti International Summer School. Isabella was captain of the Cuppett Performing Arts Center Competition Team (2013-2017). She was a recipient of the Gold Level American Ballet Performance Award.
Meredith Hursey - Miss Meredith has taught various styles of dance at local studios since the age of 18. She majored in Hospitality Management at East Carolina University. She is a married to Tripp Hursey and is the mother of Sawyer and Parker. Meredith has been dancing since age 3 and began competing at a local studio at the age of 9. She also competed while on the Western Alamance High School Dance Team (4 years). She served as Captain of the team and played a key role in choreographing for national competitions including an award-winning piece performed at Universal, in Florida. She has also won multiple national titles. Meredith teaches jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, hip hop, and adult barre at Centre Stage - playing a key role in coordinating events including team competitions and birthdays. Little Pink Houses of Hope has been a focal point as she has choreographed and judged for the breast cancer event.
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Cherie Bower - It has been a privilege to have Cherie on board at Centre Stage for several years now, sharing her expertise in ballet. She is also currently a dance professor at Elon University and has taught at several other universities in the past (such as UNC-Greensboro). Cherie spent much of her professional dancing career in New York City while touring as a member of the very prominent Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre, a company revived as "The Agnes de Mille Heritage Dance Theatre" in 1973, in association with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Cherie has been quoted by her students at Elon University as a "wonderful, amazing, talented, smart, caring woman. She has the most invested interest in her students and expects everyone to reach their full potential. I love her and her classes! Has worked with legendary people and is such an inspiration."
Centre Stage welcomes back Mela Williams to our staff. Mela, a native of Elon, will be teaching acro. She was previously part of the studio's competitive dance team, before graduating and teaching acro at Centre Stage. Mela was a competitive gymnast for twelve years, which helped fuel her love of acrobatics. When she's not teaching students to do tricks and flips, she can be found behind a computer running her digital marketing business. Mela has a BA in Media and Journalism from UNC Chapel Hill and a MA in Interactive Media from Elon University, and used those skills to launch her business just last year.
Katelyn Hardy - Katelyn is the daughter of Connie Rea. She is married to Brandon Hardy and has two sons, Noah and Grayson. She has been teaching at Centre Stage since they opened their doors. Katelyn graduated from East Carolina University with an Economics Degree. She was a member of the ECU Dance Team. Along with teaching various styles of dance at Centre Stage, Katelyn was a teacher at The Learning Center at Harvest Baptist Church, teaching preschool ages (3 yr. olds). Katelyn began dancing at the age of 3 and competed regionally and nationally with her studio as well as with her high school, Western Alamance High School. She served as a captain on the WAHS dance team. Katelyn teaches a variety of dance styles at Centre Stage, including technique classes, acrobatics, jazz, tap, hip hop, and ballet. Katelyn has received several choreography awards at various competitions. Little Pink Houses of Hope is an event familiar to Katelyn, as she has danced more than once for a wonderful cause...receiving the Choreographer's Award!
Please join Centre Stage in welcoming Ashlyn Stanley to our summer season 2021! A native of Sanford, NC, she began dancing at the age of 3. She trained in ballet, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, acrobatics, tap, and hip hop. Ashlyn has danced competitively all of her dance life and has received numerous awards including titles and scholarships through both regional and national competitions. She currently attends Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and will be going into her junior year in the Fall. She is double majoring in dance with a concentration in teaching dance arts and business with a concentration in media and arts management.
Connie Rea- Connie has taught in a dance studio setting for more than 40 years, including ownership of Centre Stage On Main for 18 years. With a UNC-G BFA and a BS degree in dance and dance education, she also has twenty-three years of experience teaching dance/theatre arts at Western Alamance High School. She was awarded "Teacher of the Year" at Western and retired to place full focus on the studio in October of 2015. She taught show tap at Elon University and has served as a choreographer for Gallery Players more recently - Alamance Community Theatre. Connie is married to Michael (thirty-seven years) and is the proud mom of her daughters, Meredith and Katelyn who also teach at Centre Stage - having competed in dance on a national level in the studio and school settings. She is currently a member of Carolina Dance Masters.
"Miss Connie's" philosophy is to build confidence in her dancers - enabling all ages to have the opportunity to affordably experience the joy of movement at all levels. She is expertise in a variety of dance styles and has directed or produced numerous musicals and dramatic performances.
Our studio consists of highly qualified instructors, all of whom have years of experience in various styles of dance and training, both group and personal.