Centre Stage On Main
Cherie Bower- It is a privilege to have Cherie on board at Centre Stage, 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."
Connie Rea- Connie has taught in a dance studio setting for more than thirty years, including ownership of Centre Stage On Main for thirteen 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 the 2014 "Teacher of the Year" at Western and retired to place full focus on the studio in October of 2015. She recently taught show tap at Elon University. She has served as a choreographer for Gallery Players. Connie is married to Michael (thirty-four 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.
"Miss Connie's" philosophy is to build confidence in her dancers - enabling all ages to have the opportunity to affordably experience movement at all levels. She is expertise in a variety of dance styles and has directed or produced numerous musicals and dramatic performances.
Mela Williams - Mela is native of Burlington, North Carolina. She has been
teaching at Centre Stage On Main for two years with an extensive, competitive background in gymnastics. During her senior year in high school, Mela competed in Acro and Jazz with Centre Stage On Main. She graduated within a two-year time period from UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in Media and Journalism with a concentration in editing and graphic design. She is currently employed at TheeDesign as a digital marketing assistant.
Cassie Tumasz- Cassie began her passion for dance 17 years ago in her hometown Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has trained with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in NYC, the Radio City Rockettes, and Florence Dance Center in Italy. She currently trains at Elon University as a senior BFA Dance Performance & Choreography and BS Dance Science double major. She has completed internships in Los Angeles with various Dance Science companies. Her original choreography was selected for showing at the American College Dance Association conference in March 2016. She has presented her dance science research at the 25th Annual International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference and has completed the Level 1 Perfect Form Physiotherapy Dance Teacher & Health Professional Intensive Workshop under the expertise of Lisa Howell. Upon graduation, Cassie hopes to dance professionally and continue teaching love of dance to all of her students.
Tori Zillman - Tori is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and competed with her local studio for 10 years. She is a graduate of Elon University where she double majored in exercise science and dance science with a minor in psychology. In high school, Tori choreographed her own competition solos as well as taught and assisted classes. She also volunteered weekly to assist dance classes for children with special needs and disabilities. She more recently has danced in and choreographed pieces for Danceworks, a student-run organization at Elon. Tori hopes to obtain her masters in occupational therapy and continue performing and teaching dance.
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. 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 competitions and birthdays. Little Pink Houses of Hope has been a focal point as she has choreographed and judged for the breast cancer event.
206 West Main Street
Gibsonville, NC 27249
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.
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 is also a Project Coordinator at Rapids Wholesale, in Greensboro. She is a certified assistant teacher for the Alamance Burlington Schools System. 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. She teaches private lessons as well.