OUR DANCE INSTRUCTORS
We pride ourselves in our talented, educated, and understanding teachers.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Becca Vourvoulas is new to North Carolina and is thrilled to become a part of this theatre community. Local audiences may already have seen her in productions of Peter and the Starcatcher and Annie, both at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. She holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Penn State's Musical Theatre program and has performed all over the US and abroad. As a theatre and dance educator, Becca works with students of all levels and choreographs for both educational and professional theatre.
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. She also appreciates the ability that dance gives people to tell stories, express feelings, and send messages to others. Gabriella is not only passionate about teaching dance, but using it to benefit others. This art form can be a rewarding outlet for people and she looks forward to seeing this truth more through encouraging, relating, and communicating with others through dance by teaching.