Sarah began her dance training at the age of 10 in Camden SC at The Dance Place where she studied ballet, pointe, choreography and lyrical for 8 years, eventually becoming a teacher there as well. She danced throughout North and South Carolina with the traveling theater, MorningStar Classic Biblical Theater in Columbia, SC where she was a principal dancer for 4 years. Sarah’s passion for teaching ballet began as a young teen when she was given the opportunity to begin training young students in Sumter, Bishopville, Columbia, and Camden, as well as writing and directing story Ballet productions for 5 years in her own Ballet company in Sumter, SC. After moving to North Carolina in 2006 Sarah danced with Artistic Motion in Greensboro, NC and was offered a teaching position there, instructing upper level Ballet to teens and adults. Her passion for this rural community is for all children and teens to have the opportunity to study dance to the highest level of excellence in their home town. As a trained instructor, she believes in teaching age old technique and terminology while developing creativity and discipline in the young student. As a mom, she has seen first hand how ballet and other forms of dance help cultivate self confidence and build a well rounded child and community.
Shelby developed a passion for movement at a young age before beginning formal training in Southern Pines, NC at Terpsichore dance studio. She studied many techniques during her time there including ballet, pointe, contemporary, and jazz. Along with participating in semi-annual recitals and productions, Shelby annually competed in youth talent competitions hosted by The IPHC. She created original works for herself as well as taught and choreographed peers’ competition pieces. Individually and collectively, she received 1st place at the National level on several occasions in Orlando and Daytona, FL. Shelby earned her Bachelors Degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Dance Studies. Graduating with Honors, she then perused her entertainment career in Orlando, FL where she worked behind the scenes in the costuming department for parades and shows offered at The Walt Disney World Resort. She was also a member of New Elements Dance Company and a performer in Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights during her time in Florida. Now that Shelby is back in NC, she is more than excited to share her passion and enhance the lives of others through the art of dance and choreography.