Instructors

Headshot of CFDE Instructor Charlie Caroutth

Charlie Caroutth 

Charlie Carrouth was a student at the Center for Dance Education for 10 years. During her time as a student, Charlie was able to learn and perform many styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, modern, tap, Irish step, musical theater, and hip-hop. Charlie has participated in many Summer Intensive Programs throughout the country, where she has had the experience to train under a variety of incredible artists and teachers from around the world. Currently, Charlie is working to get her bachelor's degree in Psychology at University of South Carolina while also continuing her dance training as an Apprentice for The Company.

   
   
   
   
Headshot of CFDE Instructor Michelle Cuneo

Michelle Cuneo 

Michelle began dancing at the age of 3 at Niagara Dance Centre in Niagara Falls, NY under the direction of Amber Storr, where she studied tap, jazz and lyrical through her teenage years. Upon entering college, Michelle was a member of the Orchesis dance troupe at Grove City College in Grove City, PA. She also became a choreographer for the troupe and was selected to be both the Junior and Senior Director. She organized the spring performance, auditioned choreographers and choreographed. After graduating college, she moved back to the Western NY area to earn a Masters Degree in K-12 school counseling at the State University of NY.  While taking graduate classes, she became a teacher at Niagara Dance Centre.  She instructed students from the ages of 6 to 76 in tap, jazz and lyrical.  Upon moving to Spartanburg, Michelle joined the Tap Dames and Dudes in 2009 and has been dancing in the group ever since.  She began teaching jazz and tap for Adults in 2015 and was thrilled to assist in choreographing a tap number for the Ballet Spartanburg Production of An American in Paris. Michelle has a tremendous passion for the art of dance and is honored to be a part of Ballet Spartanburg's Center for Dance Education.
 

 

 

Headshot of CFDE Instructor Charlotte Lanning

Charlotte Lanning 

Charlotte began her ballet training at age ten at the Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Mary Day and Rebecca Wright. She then went on to study at the American Dance Institute on scholarship with Michael Bjerknes. She continued her ballet education with Dawei Zhang, former Ballet Master of the Shanghai Ballet and with Elizabeth Shipiatsky of the Mariisnky Theatre. Her professional career started with the Colorado Ballet, performing in such ballets as Swan Lake (Petipa), the Sleeping Beauty (Petipa), Theme and Variations (Balanchine), and The Nutcracker (Fredmann). She then moved to Madrid, Spain to dance with the Victor Ullate Ballet before joining Ballet Spartanburg in 2015, where she enjoyed dancing principal and soloist roles. After a summer season with American Contemporary Ballet, she joined the Sibiu Ballet Theatre in Romania, dancing a wide range of classical and neoclassical ballets throughout Europe. She is very excited to return to Ballet Spartanburg to perform as a company member and to teach in the school.

 

Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Marian Norman

Marian Norman

Marian Norman is a professional dance instructor from Spartanburg. She is trained in major ballroom dances such as Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Merengue, Mambo, as well as Shag – South Carolina’s official State dance. Marian taught for 14 years at the Spartanburg Ballroom Studio. She represented the Studio in Pro/Am competitions with her husband, Dean. During her career she was also responsible for outreach which involved teaching and presenting programs and performances in schools, colleges, churches, clubs and for charity functions. She recently coached and choreographed two entries in the very successful Spartanburg “Dancing with the Stars” competition.

 

   
   
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Pamela Pierce McGuiness

Pamela Pierce McGuiness grew up in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland. She started dancing like most Irish children at the age of seven. Pam found her stride at age eleven after meeting and working with Kevin Massey. Kevin inspired Pam and helped her to develop her love of Irish Step Dancing. 

 

   
   
   
Headshot of CFDE Instructor Carrie Preus Carrie Preus

Carrie is originally from Augusta, GA and began her formal dance training under Ron and Kathleen Jones. She continued her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a full-time high school ballet student. Upon graduation, Carrie became a trainee for Nashville Ballet, but found herself wanting to pursue a college education. In May of 2015, she graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. degree in Dance with a concentration in Ballet. While at KSU, Carrie took several dance pedagogy courses. She also began teaching at several Atlanta area dance schools and has been teaching since. Carrie has been an instructor at Ballet Spartanburg's Center for Dance Education since 2018 and is also a dancer with the Professional Company. 
   
   
   
Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Analay Saiz

Analay Saiz

Born in Matanzas, Cuba, Analay studied at the National School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba. She was part of the Ballet of Camaguey and the Pro-Dance Center of Cuba. In 2010, she arrived in Quito, Ecuador to join the National Ballet of Ecuador. In 2011, she participated in many different events including being a special guest judge at several ballet festivals in Brazil. She was also invited as a special guest to teach at the Ballet of Olinda Saul, Ballet Helly Batista and School of Ballet Blanche Torres (Brazil). In 2012, she joined the Ballet of Monterrey, Mexico and also became a ballet teacher at the Dalyris Studio De Danza. A year later, she arrived in Miami to join the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami as a ballet dancer and teacher. She is currently residing here in Spartanburg, SC. She was a Ballet Spartanburg Professional Company Member for 5 years and has been a Center for Dance Education Faculty Member for 7 years. 

 

Headshot of CFDE Instructor Will Scott

Will Scott 

Will Scott began his dancing career in Woodstock Georgia at Dancentre South. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama and earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance, performing lead roles in Swan Lake, Flames of Paris, La Bayadere as well as contemporary works choreographed by Sarah Barry, Cornelius Carter, Qianping Guo, and Rita Snyder. Will then joined Ballet Spartanburg as a company dancer and completed four seasons with them, performing lead roles in multiple classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker, as well as many works choreographed by Carlos Agudelo, Nelson Reyes, Lona Gomez and many more. Will then began teaching and choreographing full time in Atlanta while also performing multiple performances a year. Now he is back in Spartanburg to take the stage once more with his Ballet Spartanburg family.

 

 

Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Susan Woodham

Susan Woodham
Outreach Director/Creative/Pre-Ballet/Ballet

Susan Woodham is Dance Specialist for Pine Street Elementary School and Outreach Director and Instructor for Ballet Spartanburg. She earned her BA in psychology and her MEd in Elementary Education from Converse College. She is certified in elementary education and in dance. She has served as facilitator for Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts for over 10 years and on the team to rewrite the SC Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts twice. She served as president for the SC Dance Association twice. Ms. Woodham also serves on the advisory council for the SC Dance Education Organization. She is the developer and coordinator of Ballet Spartanburg’s City Dance, a dance program for inner city students. She was named SC Dance Association’s Dance Educator of the Year for 2000-2001 and has been honored with a Career Achievement award from Converse College. She is a member of SC Dance Association, Ballet Spartanburg, SC Arts Alliance, SC Alliance for Arts Education, SC Dance Education Organization and the National Dance Education Organization. In addition to dance, Ms. Woodham enjoys reading, being an advocate for arts education and contra dancing.

 

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The joyful picture above of children from Sidewalk Hope, an inner city ministry in Spartanburg, captures the essence and innocence of joy, hope, and the connections that are created when we dance.  Sidewalk Hope participated in the 2018 So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg! community event, a fundraiser in partnership with 10 local organizations. The picture above reflects opportunity, joy, happiness, dance and above all, who we are as an organization: education, outreach and performance. We will present So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg!, March 31, 2022. Please look for our event as we post information later this summer.

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