As a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, Miss April worked with renowned choreographers and artistic directors from major ballet companies including New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. At age 15 she toured Taiwan, performing solo roles in classical and modern ballets at the International Children’s Festival. In high school, she won dance scholarships and studied with Boston Ballet, Cleveland Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In college, she performed and choreographed for the Virginia Dance Company. She has studied the art of teaching ballet with the best: Jacques d’Amboise, Suki Schorer, David Howard and Finis Jhung.
As a child, Miss Bria took creative dance and ballet with Domini Boling, director of Jubilate Dance Ministries, then continued dancing at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School under the direction of Lisa Wilder. After high school, Miss Bria attended Grace College of Divinity and worked under Andele Crowther through Alpha and Omega Dance Academy to teach an after-school dance program at Fayetteville Christian School. She earned a certificate in Arts Leadership for dance at GCD and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies from UNC Greensboro.
Miss Sarah took her first dance class at age 5, and continued with ballet, jazz, and tap classes and loved learning more about dance. After taking a break for a few years, she returned to study ballet at the Georgia Ballet where she gained appreciation for the sense of discipline and determination the challenge gave her. She had many teachers who inspired her to keep dancing and work hard. After training at The Georgia Ballet and spending her summers training at Central Pennsylvania Ballet, she continued her training at International Ballet Academy, where her love for the artistry of ballet really grew. Sarah knew she wanted to share her love for dance and decided to become a teacher.
Jamie started her dance training at Cary Ballet Conservatory at the age of 5 and danced there for 13 years. At CBC she joined both their resident ballet and jazz companies. She had many opportunities to perform with the companies and guest artists, a favorite being the chance to participate in and perform at the Arizona Jazz Dance Festival. She joined the Graceful Expressions family in 2010 while looking for a summer job. She fell in love with the family atmosphere and the wonderful teachers and has been assisting and teaching here ever since. She is currently working toward her B.F.A in dance performance with K-12 licensure at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Miss Judy took dance classes on and off as a child until she entered high school, when she decided to concentrate seriously on her dance training. Upon graduating, she studied in England at the Kathleen Crofton School of Classical Ballet in London. After two years, she followed Miss Crofton to the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, where she studied for two years, supplementing her studies with classes at the Joffrey School of Ballet and the Ballet de Monte Carlo in New York City. After marrying and having four children, she began teaching for Etta Galler in Raleigh, NC, where she taught for several years, and danced with the Capitol City Ballet Company. She has worked with The Raleigh Little Theater, Theater in the Park, Fuquay Little Theater, The North Carolina Theater and the outdoor drama First for Freedom as dancer and choreographer. She obtained a dance degree from Meredith College and has worked for several local dance studios. She has been in a worship dance ministry as dancer, choreographer, director and teacher for years.