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JAMIE ROUMAYAH

Dance Educator, Choreographer, Company Artistic Director and Studio Owner

Jamie Roumayah is a dance educator, choreographer, and business owner from the metro Detroit area, MI. She relocated to the Charlotte region of North Carolina in 2016 but spent the previous 14 years in educating dancers and teachers in Charleston, WV.  She began her career in dance education in 1988 and received her ballet, tap, and jazz certification in 1992 through Dance Masters of America. Jamie is currently a member of Carolina Dance Masters and a past member of Dance Masters of the Blue Grass, Dance Masters of Michigan, and Dance West Virginia. She was a studio owner in Michigan from 1997 to 2003 before she moved to Charleston, West Virginia. Jamie is a teacher of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, musical theater, contemporary and various specialty classes. She teaches tots through advanced level classes and is versatile enough to teach recreational and pre-professional dancers. She thoroughly enjoys the full educational experience of starting young dancers as beginners and watching them blossom through their years of training into seasoned dancers. She has been involved in many collaborative projects choreographically. Jamie takes a special interest in using her art in raising money for various women and children charities, having raised over $35,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation, $10,000 for Children's Home Society of WV, and most recently raising donations for The Hope House Foundation.  Her most recent interest is being the Owner of Dance Élan Dance Academy and Artistic Director to the youth contemporary company, DECYC, and its premier performance of "The Glasswinged Butterfly."

JESSY

ARROYO

Resident Dance Educator

and Competition Choreographer

Jessy Arroyo is a dance teacher, mother of four and DIY enthusiast living in the Denver area of North Carolina. She is originally from Rhode Island where she first found her passion for dance. Miss Jessy was a competitive dancer as a child. Once she realized her passion for dance as a young child, she spent her years competing and learning from every teacher she could find. Jessy is a teacher of jazz, musical theater, contemporary, acro and tumbling. Jessy went onto the University of Rhode Island where she majored in oceanography and minored in dance. She has always had a passion for teaching and loves to work with children. Jessy wants to pass on her love for the art of dancing with anyone who wants to learn.

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RAINE
ANDERSON

Resident Dance Educator, Competition Choreographer and Photographer

Raine Anderson is a dance teacher and photographer.  She was born in Detroit, raised in Charleston, and currently lives in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina.  Raine has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Pointe dancing.  She is a former company member of JADCO Contemporary Dance Company in Charleston, WV. She was the recipient of a scholarship to the Motor City Tap Festival 2017 & 2018.  Raine currently teaches dance for Danse Élan Dance Academy. She has assisted and interned as a dance instructor under the direction of Jamie Roumayah for years and is excited to be a staff member employing her own ideas and talents.  Being a multi-talented young woman, Raine is also a photographer featuring photography in nature, industry, architecture, and dance and has a special interest in construction and design for Disaster Relief work.

MARY KATHERINE CONAWAY

Resident Dance Educator and Choreographer

Mary Katherine has had a love of dance since early childhood.  She has dedicated her life to the art form in countless ways, and seeks to add more opportunities to enrich the lives of others through dance.  She originally found joy in the practice and performance of ballet under the tutelage of Joyce Triche, a Dance Masters of America certified teacher.  She then came to love jazz, modern, and contemporary dance as each style was introduced to her.  She pursued a degree in Dance Studies at Salem College where she grew to appreciate the importance of dance education through the lens of  a variety of cultures and experiences.  While pursuing her dual degrees in Dance Studies and Business Administration, she was given opportunities to learn from and work with numerous prestigious artists; Helen Simoneau, Renay Aumiller, 10 Hairy Legs, and Zvi Dance to name a few.  Since graduating cum laude, she has been enriching the lives of students and looks forward to the opportunity to perform and create with Charlotte Dance Company in Charlotte, NC.  In her personal time, Mary Katherine loves to share her homemade baked goods with friends and family, pet any dog she sees, snuggle her cats, and try desperately to keep her houseplants alive. 

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Julia
Alwine

 

Resident Dance Educator and Choreographer

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Julia Alewine is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina where she started her dance career at Champions Gymnastics at the age of two. Starting in acrobatics and gymnastics, Julia started training at both Champions Gymnastics as well as Palmetto Dance Productions where she was taught jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop and ballet. Julia was also a member of the Rock Hill High School Marching Band color guard as well as The District winter color guard where she was a soloist and finalist in the 2017 WGI World Championships. Julia began teaching acrobatics and tumbling at Palmetto Dance Productions at the age of 17 and soon became the competition company coach teaching students of all ages. After teaching at Palmetto Dance for 3 years, Julia pursued a career as a freelance dancer, working small theater productions, guest teaching at dance studios, and small creators film productions. Although she loves performing, teaching and helping students grow in their talents is what makes Julia love dance. 

Grace began dancing at age 4 and has been dancing ever since.She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with minor studies in education. Growing up in Spartanburg, SC she trained with Ballet Spartanburg and spent summers at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities. During her time with USC she performed in works such as Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Swan Lake, as well as numerous contemporary and jazz works. After graduation Grace moved to Charlotte where she danced for Caroline Calouche and Company, taught in the evenings, and managed a dance boutique. She is happiest in life when immersed in the dance world. No matter where the studio is, she feels at home at the barre.

 

Her approach to teaching ballet is through an understanding of anatomy and which muscles work in specific exercises. She wants her students to be conscious of what muscles are working and how the joints move so the dancer works smarter not harder. Her teaching philosophy is to come into the studio ready to work with what you have at that moment. The quote by Amy Morin fuels Grace in the studio: “The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday”.

Grace began dancing at age 4 and has been dancing ever since.She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with minor studies in education. Growing up in Spartanburg, SC she trained with Ballet Spartanburg and spent summers at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities. During her time with USC she performed in works such as Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Swan Lake, as well as numerous contemporary and jazz works. After graduation Grace moved to Charlotte where she danced for Caroline Calouche and Company, taught in the evenings, and managed a dance boutique. She is happiest in life when immersed in the dance world. No matter where the studio is, she feels at home at the barre.

 

Her approach to teaching ballet is through an understanding of anatomy and which muscles work in specific exercises. She wants her students to be conscious of what muscles are working and how the joints move so the dancer works smarter not harder. Her teaching philosophy is to come into the studio ready to work with what you have at that moment. The quote by Amy Morin fuels Grace in the studio: “The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday”.

Grace began dancing at age 4 and has been dancing ever since.She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with minor studies in education. Growing up in Spartanburg, SC she trained with Ballet Spartanburg and spent summers at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities. During her time with USC she performed in works such as Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Swan Lake, as well as numerous contemporary and jazz works. After graduation Grace moved to Charlotte where she danced for Caroline Calouche and Company, taught in the evenings, and managed a dance boutique. She is happiest in life when immersed in the dance world. No matter where the studio is, she feels at home at the barre.

 

Her approach to teaching ballet is through an understanding of anatomy and which muscles work in specific exercises. She wants her students to be conscious of what muscles are working and how the joints move so the dancer works smarter not harder. Her teaching philosophy is to come into the studio ready to work with what you have at that moment. The quote by Amy Morin fuels Grace in the studio: “The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday”.

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Alejandra
Pérez Reyna

Guest Faculty

Alejandra started her classical Ballet studies in 1999, at the age of 4, in Mexico City as a student at the ‘Estudio de danza Franck’ which is known worldwide for forming students in the Royal Academy Of Dance system.

 

At the age of 14, she started her career as a teacher at the same dance studio. At the same time she was finishing her training as a Royal Academy of Dance student achieving the highest level of certification: Advanced 2. She also reached high levels in Folkloric dance with instructors that were part of The Ballet Folclórico de Amalia Hernández. Throughout her career she was able to take lessons with recognized teachers such as: Ana Luisa Amaya, Sandra Bárcenas y Raul Fernandez, Joey Jolley, Jacqui Dumont, Steve Rooks,and many more.

 

When Alejandra turned 22 years old, she stopped teaching at The Estudio de Danza Franck in order to move to Chihuahua City, where she currently lives. There, she has now been giving different dance style lessons, such as classical ballet, contemporary and other free styles.

 

CELESTE 
BORMAN

Guest Faculty

A native of Denver, Celeste trained at Charlotte Ballet Academy, and subsequently spent four years in their Pre-Professional program—two years as a Senior Trainee. After graduation Celeste joined Nashville Ballet II, where she quickly became part of the Community Engagement program and performed with the main company in a number of productions. Celeste is happy to be joining Nashville Ballet’s main company as an Apprentice in the upcoming season. She has performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Vasterling, Nick Mullikin, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Peter Chu, Colby Damon, and Mark Diamond.

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NADINE
BARTON

Guest Faculty

Nadine Barton was born in California, raised in Miami, Florida; began her classical ballet training with Orlando Ballet and went on to study at Artistic Dance Center of Doral in Miami, Miami City Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet as an apprentice, Sarasota Ballet as a trainee and Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami as a soloist. She then danced with Alabama Ballet for 5 years, and has now joined the Charlotte Ballet as of August 2019. As she lived in Birmingham, dancing with the Alabama Ballet for 5 years her abilities to create blossomed as she received multiple choreography opportunities. As a dancer she has performed roles such as Myrtha Queen of Willis in Giselle, Coffee in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Queen of Dryads in the Dream Scene of Don Quixote, Big Swans in Swan Lake, Red Girls in Le Patineurs, Summer Fairy from Roger Van Fleteren’s Cinderella, and Prayer Variation in Coppelia. Last year, Barton premiered “WATTS” a commissioned new work on the Alabama Ballet for their Ovation 2018-19 season. In the summer of 2018, she was one of 60 dancers chosen worldwide to take part in Netherlands Dans Theater’s Summer Intensive in Den Haag. Barton’s choreography has been seen at Alabama Dance festival, Eastlake Artist Festival to involve the public with the arts. Invited by Wes Chapman, Alabama School of Fine Arts has done two works by her. “The Job” being one of the two was brought back twice by popular demand. Another new work entitled "Porcelain Smoke" was choreographed on AROVA Contemporary Ballet as a result of winning by public vote in the company's 2016 Choreographic Showcase. In 2012, Nadine was recognized as a selfchoreographed competitor at the American Dance Competition in Orlando, being the first student to receive the Outstanding Choreographer award. That same year, she became a finalist of the YoungArts organization, and since then has been invited to dance as a recognized alumni. Apart from choreographing and dancing professionally, Barton enjoys teaching ballet, contemporary, jazz, and coaches pre-professional students. She is looking forward to upcoming performances with the Charlotte Ballet as well dance film and music collaborations.

"I can’t begin to say enough about Jamie! I’ve owned my studio for the past 7 years and I have been a dance educator for the past 16. I have had the pleasure of working with many artists and educators in different venues throughout my dance and teaching career.

Jamie is one of the finest dance educators that I have had the pleasure of working with! Not only is she knowledgeable about her craft, she understands how to effectively share that knowledge with her students. Jamie is a master at getting her students to not only understand the “how” of a skill, but more importantly the “why” behind the skill.

Jamie’s upbeat approach engages her students both physically and mentally. I watched my students grow so much in just one master class with Jamie! They truly internalized what she taught them, and have begun to apply some of the new skills they’ve gained from her class in other areas of their training. It’s such a beautiful thing to see!

Not only did my students learn from Jamie, but I also learned as an educator. She has taught
me how to be a more effective dance educator. It’s wonderful to teach our students new skills and improve their technique so that they become beautiful dancers, but it’s wonderful to be able to bring them to a new level of understanding by teaching them why! Jamie has helped me embrace how to teach the why!

I look forward to working with Jamie much more in the future. She is a rich asset to any studio or dance student!"

Natasha Curtis - Owner of Nirvana Dance, LLC, Fort Mill, SC

Sharlie

Duncan

Guest Faculty & Choreographer

Sharlie Duncan is originally from London, England where she trained at the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School from age 11 before continuing her studies in Musical theater at Millennium Dance where she graduated in 2006. Sharlie is a professional dancer and has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States. Sharlie has performed in a diverse collection of shows, including the international tour of Fame, The Royal Opera's La Traviata and Cinderella in both London and Japan.  Sharlie also performed and toured with the company Spirit Of The Dance for 5 years, performing many of their shows worldwide. Other credits include The Carolina Opry, Martha Connerton’s Kinetic Works and most recently performing with Sarah Council Dance projects here in NC.  Sharlie now resides in NC, where she continues to perform, teach and choreograph. 

GRACE
HARTFORD

Guest Faculty

Grace began dancing at age 4 and has been dancing ever since.She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with minor studies in education. Growing up in Spartanburg, SC she trained with Ballet Spartanburg and spent summers at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities. During her time with USC she performed in works such as Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Swan Lake, as well as numerous contemporary and jazz works. After graduation Grace moved to Charlotte where she danced for Caroline Calouche and Company, taught in the evenings, and managed a dance boutique. She is happiest in life when immersed in the dance world. No matter where the studio is, she feels at home at the barre.

 

Her approach to teaching ballet is through an understanding of anatomy and which muscles work in specific exercises. She wants her students to be conscious of what muscles are working and how the joints move so the dancer works smarter not harder. Her teaching philosophy is to come into the studio ready to work with what you have at that moment. The quote by Amy Morin fuels Grace in the studio: “The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday”.

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