Kay Redford 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. They had their daughter, Adelaide in August 2017. Kay has a love of dance, children, and teaching, and wants to help develop everyone’s love of dance. She is so proud of PDC dancers, and can’t wait to see them continue to grow!
Katie Bradford is looking forward to her third year of teaching at Pirouette Dance Company. She trained in New Jersey at Fusion Dance Centre where she competed for ten years. She was trained in Vaganova Ballet technique as well as Graham and Horton Modern techniques. She has been mentored through teachers involved in the NJ Tap Ensemble and has taken class with big name tap stars like Savion Glover. In college, she was Director of Dancers Symposium at Carnegie Mellon University and was a member of Infra-a modern dance company where she performed at fashion shows, fundraisers, and end of semester performances.
She is most excited to challenge her students and help improve their rhythm recognition, improv abilities, and technique and is ready to push Pirouette’s amazing students to become amazing dancers and young team leaders not only at the studio, but also in their lives.
Originally from Connecticut, Heather has studied various styles of dance including Ballet,Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap & Acrobatics since the age of 2 1/2. She was accepted into The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Dance Department in 2005 to focus on her dance training for her high school years. Heather spent many weekends attending classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC as well as workshops and conventions. She has trained and performed with many dance companies throughout New England.
While studying for her BS from Central Connecticut State University, Heather was the Senior Dance Competition Coach at Dance City & the Arts 2010-2014. She trained dancers ages 3-18 winning numerous awards and scholarships including 1st place choreography awards. She was awarded Star Systems Dance Competition Regional Top Teacher in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2013, Heather accepted a position at iHeart Radio as an Account Executive.
Heather moved to Wilmington, NC in 2015 where she began working in the film industry as a production assistant. She worked on several television shows, feature films, and commercial content. In 2017 Heather became the Program Director at Carolina Gymnastics Academy and was a dance instructor at The Dance Cooperative as well as taught various workshops at surrounding studios. She also performed in local festivals including Dance-a-Lorus, Wilmington Dance Festival, Arts Sensation, and Lumina Festival of the Arts. Heather moved to the Raleigh area last year where she plans to continue teaching dance and acrobatics!
Andrea Ekmark was born and raised in Lake Ridge, Virginia. While she began dancing at the age of 3, her love for dance and classical ballet developed in high school at the Northern Virginia Dance Academy and as an apprentice in the Asaph Dance Ensemble, both under the direction of Robin Conrad Sturm. Andrea graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and a Minor in Business in 2010. At UNCG, Andrea had the honor of performing in Martha Graham’s 1936 piece, Steps in the Street. Andrea devoted her studies to modern and contemporary dance in the summer of 2009 at the Paul Taylor Summer Intensive, and received a full scholarship to study at the Martha Graham Winter Intensive that same year. Her professional dance experience began in 2008 as a founding member of Terranova Dance Theatre, directed by Jennifer Guy Metcalf.
Andrea continued dancing professionally as the rehearsal director of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company in Atlanta from 2010 – 2017. She presented her own choreography, “Stargazing,” in 2015’s performance of POP! In October of 2016, Andrea presented a self choreographed solo for Skwhirlhaus Atlanta. From 2010 – 2017 Andrea passed on her knowledge and love for dance at Atlanta Dance Central where she taught ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, and tap to ages 3 – 18. In 2017 Andrea and her family moved to Denver, Colorado where she taught at Castle Rock Dance Academy. She can’t wait to teach at her new studio home in North Carolina!
Tiana Sutton, aka “Miss T.” teaches the majority of the 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!”
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