Instructors

Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Sherry Barker

Sherry Barker 
Creative/Pre-Ballet/Adult & Advanced Tap

“Miss Sherry” has over 40 years teaching experience in ballet, jazz and tap with children and adults ages 3 to 73. She has been the owner and operator of Dawn at Pleasantburg Academy of Dance in Greenville (four years), and has taught at Rehearsal Hall at Presbyterian College in Clinton (12 years), Converse College Pre-College Dance Department (11 years), and Ballet Spartanburg (29 years). Miss Sherry was also Ballet Spartanburg’s Dance Center Administrative Director from 1979 to 1996.She was the founder and Director of the Sherry Jones Dancers, a jazz dance troupe that performed from 1980 to 1996, and the Tap Dames which was formed in 2000. She has choreographed and performed in over 20 musicals and operas in her 41 year career at Spartanburg Little Theater, Greenville Little Theater, Spartanburg Repertory Company, Spartanburg High School Drama Department, Broome High School Chorus, USC Upstate and she was the official choreographer for the Miss Spartanburg Pageant for five years.Miss Sherry currently teaches Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet and Adult Tap. She continues to perform with her Tap Dames in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia throughout the year. Does she love to dance? “You bet cha!!”

 

Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Haley Hayes Bolton

Haley Hayes Bolton
Toddler Ballet/Creative/Pre-Ballet/Ballet/Jazz/Tap/Lyrical

Haley trained as a student at Ballet Spartanburg before attending college at the University of South Carolina. At USC, she performed in the dance company’s ballets and contemporary works such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Source, Pandora’ s Box, Catharsis and Glennies. She graduated in 2007 with a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography. After graduating, she moved to Oak Island, NC, and taught ballet, tap, jazz and clogging. In 2008, she directed The Nutcracker in Wilmington as well as in Brunswick County in 2009 and 2011. She also taught dance in Fort Lauderdale before moving back to Spartanburg. In addition to teaching throughout the community, she has choreographed The King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and 9-5: The Musical for Spartanburg Little Theatre. She currently teaches toddler dance, creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at The Center for Dance Education.

 

Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Nichola Montt

Nichola Montt
Creative/Stretch and Strengthen

Nichola began her professional career with Ballet Spartanburg last season after graduating from SUNY Purchase Conservatory in New York. She started teaching ballet at the age of 16 at a studio in Hanover, MA. She has taught for Ballet Spartanburg as one of their outreach teachers during the past season. Most recently, Nichola taught at Ballet Spartanburg's 2013 summer intensive. She also taught at an intensive in Boston at South Shore Ballet Theater. This is Nichola’s second year with Ballet Spartanburg as a professional dancer in their company and as an outreach teacher for local public schools. This is her first year teaching on faculty in the school of Ballet Spartanburg. She is also certified to teach Zumba. Nichola is very excited to be able to teach classes for the 2014-2015 season.

 

Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Sandra Neels

Sandra Neels
Modern

Sandra Neels is an Associate Professor of Dance at Winthrop University. Since leaving her 10 year performance career with Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1974, she has choreographed over 200 works in a variety of settings. She maintained her own studio in NYC; choreographed for various musicals around the country and fashion shows in NY, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Los Angeles.She has taught at the University of South Florida, York University, The Harvard Summer Session, Hampshire College, The California Institute of the Arts (where she received the Faculty of the Year Award), the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and Professional Division, UNC, Ballet Hawaii, and South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities.She recently reunited with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York by teaching company class and coaching the dancers for their July 2012 Lincoln Center Performance. Since then, Neels has become an official reconstructionist of Merce Cunningham’s work.

 

Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Marian Norman

Marian Norman
Ballroom

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.

 

Ballet Spartanburg Instructor Analay Saiz

Analay Saiz
Ballet

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 and is a Company member and on faculty with Ballet Spartanburg.

 

Michelle Schultz
Adult Tap and Jazz

Michelle began dancing at the age of 3 at Niagara Dance Centre in Niagara Falls, NY under the direction of Amber Storr, and took classes in tap, jazz and lyrical ballet.  As a young teenager, she became an assistant to the teacher and began teaching a class of her own as a junior and senior in high school. Upon entering college, Michelle was a member of the Orchesis dance troupe at Grove City College in Grove City, PA.  She performed in tap, jazz and lyrical ballet routines.  She also became a choreographer for the group and was selected to be both the Junior Director and Senior Director.  In this position, she organized the spring performance, auditioned choreographers and selected the pieces to be performed, in addition to choreographing a piece and the finale number. 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 at Buffalo.  While taking graduate classes, she taught at Niagara Dance Centre.  Michelle choreographed 15-20 numbers each year, including group numbers, duos, trios and solos.   Upon moving to Spartanburg, Michelle joined the Tap Dames and Dudes in 2009 and has been dancing in the group ever since.  With the group, she has performed in SC and GA.  Michelle has a great passion for the art of dance and is excited to be a part of the Ballet Spartanburg Dance Center.

 

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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Ballet Spartanburg Receives 2018
Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award

Ballet Spartanburg has received the 2018 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award. This award is given each year by the South Carolina Arts Commission to recognize exemplary artists and arts organizations for the State of South Carolina. “Each recipient of these Verner Awards is an outstanding ambassador for our state and contributes greatly not just to the arts community, but the overall quality of life.  As the Arts Commission nears completion of its 50th anniversary celebration, we are honored to recognize organizations and individuals who live out the service, commitment and passion that helped the arts here thrive throughout the last half century." S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz.

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