Miss Kay is the owner and director at PDC. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old and began her dance training where she grew up, in Connecticut. She started her training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip hop and modern dance. Along the way, she trained at Dance Express of Tolland, UHartt Community Dance Divison, and North Carolina School of the Arts. She also competed for many years throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
After high school, she continued dancing in college, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated with a BFA in dance performance and choreography. There, she trained with teachers such as Jan Van Dyke, BJ Sullivan, Duane Cyrus, John Gamble, Robin Gee, Jen Guy, Eluza Santos, Amy Love Beasley, Madeleine Reber, Amy Ginsburg, Nikki Juralewicz, Karla Finger Coghill, Brad Parquette, and many others. Her choreography was performed and adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival and in multiple UNCG student concerts. She also studied at ADF (American Dance Festival) for two summers and trained with many teachers, such as Gerri Houlihan, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Pam Pietro, David Brick, Yvonne Meyers, Ruth Andrien, Paul Matteson, Stuart Singer, Gwen Welliver, and others. She also did a Martha Graham intensive and studied under Marianne Bachman and Ellen Graff.
Upon graduation, Miss Kay moved to Atlanta to teach and perform. While teaching at numerous studios in the area, she performed professionally with Gathering Wild Dance Company, SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, Ellisorous Rex and the Dance Machine, and Zoetic Dance Company.
She eventually moved back to North Carolina with her husband, Colin to plant some roots. She has a love of dance, children, and teaching, and wants to help develop everyone’s love of dance. She is beyond excited about PDC, and can’t wait to see it grow.
Tiana Sutton, aka “Miss T.” teaches the intermediate and advanced hip hop classes at PDC. Miss T. is a member of GenetiX Dance Crew, a hip hop dance team based out of Raleigh. “Dance is EVERYTHING to me, and I intend to teach my students just how powerful hip hop can be!”
Danielle has taught ballet, contemporary, ballroom and fitness classes to children through adults (ages 2-76) and all levels (beginner through advance/pointe) for 16 years. She is dedicated to helping her students understand anatomy and kinesiology behind their movement to help them find strength and ease of performance. She is passionate about helping people find joy, pride and upliftment through dance and movement.
Danielle’s primary training is in classical ballet (Balanchine and Russian techniques) with a Bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance performance from Winthrop University and additional classes in Musical Theatre, jazz, and Graham and Horton style modern dance.
She has trained with members of the Cunningham company, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and studied with names such as Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Gregory, and Doug Varone. Danielle has received dance scholarships Stephen Summer Intensive, Dance Conservatory, University of Georgia, Radford University, and Winthrop University. She has been accepted to the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive and fall sudy programs, Nutmeg Ballet Summer Intensive, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2, and the Kim Robards Dance Company and summer intensive.
She has performed with the Ballet Theatre of Dover as a soloist and principal, as well as with Intersectionz Educational Artz, a dance education/performance company.
She was the founder of Durham School of Dance Education, a school dedicated to the dance education of children. The program focused on holistic education of children through movement, including virtues education, pre-math, and pre-literacy development.
She is a certified Group Fitness instructor and Zumba™ Instructor and has taught for a variety of gyms and dance studios. Her ballroom training began in college and evolved into her employment as an instructor with All The Right Moves studio in the Charlotte area.
She is also the proud mother of Karsten (age 7) and Anis (ah-neice – age 2). She is very excited to be working with Pirouette Dance Company, and hoping to contribute to Kay’s wonderful vision for her students.
Beth Stewart, aka “Mama Stew” is a recently retired music teacher from Tolland, CT. Beth has spent the past 38 years working as a music teacher, and raising talented and creative daughters. She has taught grades pre K-8 in the CT public school system; most recently serving as a middle school choral director. Beth is an experienced piano teacher and vocal instructor, and has had success in preparing students for regional auditions and competitions. She enjoys piano accompanying and has experience accompanying elementary, middle school and high school choirs and all types of soloists. Beth has also directed musicals, variety shows and theatre productions. Her hobbies include dog walking, playing bridge, yoga and reading. Beth is very excited to start a new chapter in her life as the Office Administrator at Pirouette Dance Company.
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