We are delighted to have HannahQualls join us again at Centre Stage. She danced for a majority of her childhood at our studio and is a graduate of Western Alamance High School. While attending Western, Hannah was an active dance team member of the WAHS Dance Team. She will be pursuing a career in Cosmetology and has already been teaching jazz, hip hop and acro at Centre Stage On Main.
Sommer Laws of Burlington, NC has been dancing since the age of two. She became a competitive dancer at age six (competing in various dance styles). She competed in the Carolina Dance Masters competition receiving second runner up for "Teen Miss Dance of NC". She also received Miss Congeniality five years in a row. Sommer has a positive outlook on life and dance and is excited to share her expertise with her students. We are so excited to have Sommer join our staff this Fall as she will be teaching various dance styles - working closely with our competitive teams.
Centre Stage On Main welcomes Harper Barbour, a North Carolina based dance instructor and choreographer. She began dancing at the age of three and danced competitively from ages 8-18. She has trained in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, heels, pom, musical theater, and hip hop. Harper has had the opportunity to study at intensives such as the University of Southern California's Paul Taylor Intensive, Dance Masters of America's SHIP, and Jacksonville University's Summer Dance Intensive. She has been teaching since the age of 16 and most recently, was the youngest finalist for the 2021 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. She is certified through CLI Studios and is working on her BS in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.
New to our acting/musical theatre team, but not new as a dance mom at Centre Stage, we are excited to see what Jennifer Steelman brings to the studio. Jennifer, with a master's degree from Liberty University has had much experience in the world of acting and is currently president of A.C. T. (Alamance Children's Theatre). We are so fortunate to have her on board as she is best known for her innovative ideas, her organizational skills, and her strong conviction and passion for the arts. Jennifer will be directing our upcoming musical "Polkadots" (written by Melving Tunstall, III) and we will be announcing auditions for this amazing show in the very near future!
April Qualls has instructed our Cheer Camps for several summer seasons now. As a youth, she danced with Miss Connie at Centre of Performing Arts. April wears many hats at our studio and has been the glue that holds our staff together. Life would be pretty tough without Miss April's gorgeous face greeting us all at the front door. As Office Manager, no matter what kind of day she is having, she still has a gorgeous smile on her face.
Once again we had a magnificent summer with Ashlyn Stanley! We wish we could have her all year long, but she is currently preparing to complete her college career in NYC. 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 attends Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and will be graduating early. 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 and more recently she was choreographer for "Frozen, Jr. " - performed by the Alamance Community Theatre. Connie is married to Michael (thirty-eight 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. One of Connie's most treasured moments has been her experience with Special Needs students. Some of her Centre Stage students have been with her since she taught them at Western Alamance High School. Her class focuses on movement, acting, and even instruments! They enjoy performing every chance they get.
"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.
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 will be teaching Pre-K at Grace Christian Academy starting this Fall. 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!
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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 (16 years) 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."
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.
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.