Instructors

Terilynne Muehleisen Knox

Artistic Director/Owner. Former member of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Bristol Ballet and Roanoke Ballet Theatre. BA degree in the teaching of ballet from Virginia Intermont College. Was awarded the Henry Bridges scholarship to study under David Howard at Duke University.


Diane Bellas-Brackett

BA degree in dance from Adelphi University. Founder, principal dancer and soloist with the Contemporary Ballet Company of Oyster Bay. Principal dancer and soloist with Dance Theatre of Long Island, Zawacki Ballet Company and Orlando Ballet, New York.  Choreographed for Singing Christmas Tree and Davidson Community Players.


Pam Janas

Assistant Director for the Ballet School in NJ with partner Anneliesa Burns Wilson. Assistant Choreographer for Allegro Productions.  Competition Tap Director at Dance Dreams, Piedmont Performing Arts and Baylin Studios.

Tap and Theater Instructor at Catawba College for 7 years.  Danced with Gene Kelly and Radio City Rockettes. On the board of directors of the Pan American Teachers of Dance.


Delia Neil

Butler University BA cum laude and University of North Carolina-Greensboro MFA. Professor at University of North Carolina-Charlotte teaching ballet technique, history and repertory. Taught at Ballet Hispanico and for Zena Rommet in New York City. Trained extensively with the Martha Graham and David Howard Schools. Performed as soloist with four major companies.


Lisa Leone

Lisa Leone began her training in Tacoma, WA under Jan Collum. After dancing the role of Cinderella in Washington, the choreographer, Tom Pazik, director of Atlanta Ballet II, invited her to study in Atlanta. After graduating from high school she danced with the Atlanta Ballet and Ballet Rotaru, touring Romania and performing at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. For three years Ms. Leone moved back to the West Coast and danced with Oregon Ballet Theatre under the Direction of James Canfield. After relocating to North Carolina she continued to perform as a guest artist. Currently Ms. Leone is Co-Director of the Charlotte City Ballet Company, an adjunct faculty member at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dance Davidson, Bonita’s School of Ballet and Steps N Motion. Ms. Leone has been a guest choreographer for the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, the Union County Youth Ballet and Greenville Civic Ballet. When not teaching at her current studios Ms. Leone enjoys the opportunity to work with other dancers and has Guest taught and held Master Classes and Intensives in Washington State and throughout the Southeast.


Megan Payne

Megan Payne is a movement-based artist living in Charlotte, NC. She received a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival and a BFA in Choreography and Performance from Ohio University. Her choreographic works and films have been presented throughout the country, including performances at the American College Dance Association, American Dance Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival and Detroit Dance City Festival. She has also had the privilege of performing in works by Camille Brown, Joy Davis, Ulysses Dove, Gladys Bailin- Stern, Ronald K. Brown, and Mariah Maloney.

Professionally, Megan teaches and sets work as an independent artist. She is also a contributing member of the Goodyear Arts Collective (Charlotte, NC), an artist-led, nonprofit residency and events program in underused spaces. Since moving to Charlotte, community outreach and collaboration have been focal points in her creative process and line of work. She is co-director of repclt, an organization expanding the diversity of contemporary art practices, crafting a performance community unique to Charlotte culture, and co-curator of ladyfestclt, an annual festival promoting dance and female makers in the southeast region.


Mia Cunningham

N.C. School of the Arts, San Antonio Ballet, Zurich Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Professor of Dance at Winthrop College


Wendy Bradley

BS degree in dance education from East Carolina University, magna cum laude. Performed with East Carolina Dance Theatre and Mid-Atlantic Dance Festival.


Mindy Hudson Asa

Graduated magna cum laude from Lees McRae College with a degree in musical theatre with a concentration in dance. She has choreographed & performed in many shows over the years, both professionally & regionally. She has received nominations for Best Actress & Best Choreography for local productions for BroadwayWorld.com’s Charlotte awards. Currently, she also teaches & choreographs for Davidson Community Players & Cannon School.


Damon Silas

Began his professional career & dancing with the Culture Shock DC Hip-Hop dance company. Working his way through the ranks from principal dancer, dance captain and eventually Assistant Artistic Director. Also danced with Aysha Upchurch’s Life, Rhythm, Move Project, and Kelly King’s Contradiction Dance company. He also served as Assistant Artistic Director for Dr. Darius Gaymon’s Splittin’ Image Crew. He has had the opportunity to dance at the esteemed Kennedy Center in Washington, DC multiple times. Finally, he served as the Artistic Director for Afta Shock DC, the more ‘seasoned’ group of dancers of the Culture Shock family, from 2013-2016. He served on the Culture Shock DC Board of Directors for many years. Damon sees dance and movement as his life’s passion and purpose, and enjoys spreading that love wherever he goes.

In his spare time…….

Dr. Damon Silas is a Clinical Psychologist, Mind-Body Wellness Coach, Author and Speaker.