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Rachel has danced at numerous studios and has been trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz. She has performed at Manna Church and with dance ministries at churches, schools, conferences, and other Christian venues along the East Coast, as well as Romania and Costa Rica. Some of her favorite local involvement has been performing with CFRT in "West Side Story" (2009) as well as dancing the title role in AODA’s production of “Alice” (2015).  Rachel has a unique combination of work experience in administration, leadership, ministry, missions, teaching, and event coordinating. She graduated with honors from Grace College of Divinity with theExperience Internship’s Certificate in Christian Leadership (2011), Certificate in Missions (2011), and Bachelor’s of Divinity (2013); she also received GCD’s Christian Leadership Award (2011) and the ABHE Delta Epsilon Chi Alumni Award (2014). For several years, she served as the Director of RUSH, a local campus ministry that impacted thousands of students on a yearly basis. She also coordinated the 1st and 2nd Annual Fight For Peace Talent Showcase (2014, 2015) that raised awareness for teen violence and featured high school performers, state-level speakers, and professional athletes and celebrities.  Although her dance and teaching journey did not begin with AODA, Rachel has been blessed to have been a part of Alpha & Omega Dance Academy since it first began, as a dancer, member of the AODA Company, staff (assistant, teacher, artistic team), and now owner and artistic director since 2016. She is passionate about the way dance enables people to experience joy and holistic health as they make new friends, try new things, and express themselves in beautiful ways. AODA has truly become her family, and she is excited to pour back into the community that has impacted her so much!   Rachel teaches Ballet, Technique, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, and Company Classes.

Rachel has danced at numerous studios and has been trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz. She has performed at Manna Church and with dance ministries at churches, schools, conferences, and other Christian venues along the East Coast, as well as Romania and Costa Rica. Some of her favorite local involvement has been performing with CFRT in "West Side Story" (2009) as well as dancing the title role in AODA’s production of “Alice” (2015).

Rachel has a unique combination of work experience in administration, leadership, ministry, missions, teaching, and event coordinating. She graduated with honors from Grace College of Divinity with theExperience Internship’s Certificate in Christian Leadership (2011), Certificate in Missions (2011), and Bachelor’s of Divinity (2013); she also received GCD’s Christian Leadership Award (2011) and the ABHE Delta Epsilon Chi Alumni Award (2014). For several years, she served as the Director of RUSH, a local campus ministry that impacted thousands of students on a yearly basis. She also coordinated the 1st and 2nd Annual Fight For Peace Talent Showcase (2014, 2015) that raised awareness for teen violence and featured high school performers, state-level speakers, and professional athletes and celebrities.

Although her dance and teaching journey did not begin with AODA, Rachel has been blessed to have been a part of Alpha & Omega Dance Academy since it first began, as a dancer, member of the AODA Company, staff (assistant, teacher, artistic team), and now owner and artistic director since 2016. She is passionate about the way dance enables people to experience joy and holistic health as they make new friends, try new things, and express themselves in beautiful ways. AODA has truly become her family, and she is excited to pour back into the community that has impacted her so much!

Rachel teaches Ballet, Technique, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, and Company Classes.

Rachel Sutton - Owner, Artistic &
Production Director, Teacher

Lynnae is local to the area, having first been introduced to hip hop at Montclair Elementary School at age 5. She started praise dancing/lyrical at her church by age 8, and then began to professionally train at AODA at age 9. Lynnae has performed as a top contestant at the talent showcase Fight For Peace (2015), three of Massey Hill Classical High School’s annual concerts, two Evening of Dance Performances, Kiwanis Talent Show (2010), and was most recently seen in the lead role of AODA's "Neverland" Production (2018). In addition to her dance career, Lynnae is also a licensed esthetician/skincare specialist and makeup enthusiast! She loves 90s music, with her favorite artists being TLC, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson, and her favorite movies are “The Princess and the Frog” and “Mulan.”  Lynnae loves tap because of its difficulty. She finds that it brings such a rewarding feeling when you finally conquer certain steps or routines. She also loves how fast tap choreography can be and how it makes you work up a sweat. What she loves about hip hop is that there are no rules -- it’s a style where it's extremely easy to actually become the music.  Lynnae looks forward to teaching with AODA again. She loves AODA because it's a judgement-free zone, and all the teachers really care about helping everyone improve. She hopes to instill great skill, GREAT musicality, and great confidence in her students.   Lynnae teaches Tap, Hip Hop, and our VCA dance classes.

Lynnae is local to the area, having first been introduced to hip hop at Montclair Elementary School at age 5. She started praise dancing/lyrical at her church by age 8, and then began to professionally train at AODA at age 9. Lynnae has performed as a top contestant at the talent showcase Fight For Peace (2015), three of Massey Hill Classical High School’s annual concerts, two Evening of Dance Performances, Kiwanis Talent Show (2010), and was most recently seen in the lead role of AODA's "Neverland" Production (2018). In addition to her dance career, Lynnae is also a licensed esthetician/skincare specialist and makeup enthusiast! She loves 90s music, with her favorite artists being TLC, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson, and her favorite movies are “The Princess and the Frog” and “Mulan.”

Lynnae loves tap because of its difficulty. She finds that it brings such a rewarding feeling when you finally conquer certain steps or routines. She also loves how fast tap choreography can be and how it makes you work up a sweat. What she loves about hip hop is that there are no rules -- it’s a style where it's extremely easy to actually become the music.

Lynnae looks forward to teaching with AODA again. She loves AODA because it's a judgement-free zone, and all the teachers really care about helping everyone improve. She hopes to instill great skill, GREAT musicality, and great confidence in her students.

Lynnae teaches Tap, Hip Hop, and our VCA dance classes.

Lynnae Williams - Teacher, Receptionist, Production Team

Josh Butler graduated from Massey Hill Classical High School and is currently pursuing a degree in music production and recording. Josh was a member of the local dance crew “Contagious Vibes Crew” and has been taught by renowned dancers such as Les Twins and Elliot You, as well as other teachers at Broadway Dance Center. In addition to his dance experience, he also has been trained in a wide range of martial arts for the past 10 years, taught martial arts for 3 years, and is currently a 2nd degree black belt. He loves Electronic Music, collects records and cds, and he DJs on the side! Josh loves hip hop because it shows a huge amount of diversity: “What feels good to me may not be your style and you get to create your own!” He hopes to show his students that hip hop is about feelings just as much as how the choreography looks. He wants to inspire confidence in his students and guide them in developing an individual style.   Josh teaches Hip Hop 1 and 2.

Josh Butler graduated from Massey Hill Classical High School and is currently pursuing a degree in music production and recording. Josh was a member of the local dance crew “Contagious Vibes Crew” and has been taught by renowned dancers such as Les Twins and Elliot You, as well as other teachers at Broadway Dance Center. In addition to his dance experience, he also has been trained in a wide range of martial arts for the past 10 years, taught martial arts for 3 years, and is currently a 2nd degree black belt. He loves Electronic Music, collects records and cds, and he DJs on the side! Josh loves hip hop because it shows a huge amount of diversity: “What feels good to me may not be your style and you get to create your own!” He hopes to show his students that hip hop is about feelings just as much as how the choreography looks. He wants to inspire confidence in his students and guide them in developing an individual style.

Josh teaches Hip Hop 1 and 2.

Josh Butler - Teacher

Ebony was raised in Fayetteville, NC. She began dancing with liturgical dance and upon entering college, she decided to pursue dance more intensely. She graduated from Fayetteville State University with a major in Business Management and a minor in Dance. In her years throughout college, she gathered training through various workshops, classes, etc, a few of which included traveling to New York and training at the Faison Firehouse Theatre, as well as experience through Lula Washington Dance Workshop and Ailey II Dance Workshop (among many others). For three years, Ebony was a part of a dance company that heavily trained in the Modern dance style. She has also had experience as a dancer in The Wiz at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. She is co-founder of The 2-6 Intensives, which are mixed-genre dance workshops with the purpose of bringing dancers together in the community and surrounding areas, as well as exposure to various dance styles. Ebony has taught for many years in various styles in ages ranging from children to adult; she loves the Arts and enjoys impacting others through dance!   Ebony teaches Adult Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop/Tumble Combo, and Modern.

Ebony was raised in Fayetteville, NC. She began dancing with liturgical dance and upon entering college, she decided to pursue dance more intensely. She graduated from Fayetteville State University with a major in Business Management and a minor in Dance. In her years throughout college, she gathered training through various workshops, classes, etc, a few of which included traveling to New York and training at the Faison Firehouse Theatre, as well as experience through Lula Washington Dance Workshop and Ailey II Dance Workshop (among many others). For three years, Ebony was a part of a dance company that heavily trained in the Modern dance style. She has also had experience as a dancer in The Wiz at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. She is co-founder of The 2-6 Intensives, which are mixed-genre dance workshops with the purpose of bringing dancers together in the community and surrounding areas, as well as exposure to various dance styles. Ebony has taught for many years in various styles in ages ranging from children to adult; she loves the Arts and enjoys impacting others through dance!

Ebony teaches Adult Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop/Tumble Combo, and Modern.

Ebony Norris - Teacher

Allison joined the AODA staff last year as an assistant and one of the very first receptionists! When not dancing or working at the studio, Allison attends Sandhills Community College where she is a sophomore, currently pursuing nursing. Allison has also worked with children through assistant teaching and by working as a camp counselor at Camp Dixie for the past seven years. She is in her fifth year of dance and her favorite genre is ballet.  Allison is excited to return this year both as a staff member and student; she loves AODA because of their family atmosphere and the professional training they offer through grace and encouragement. Allison also loves AODA because of the grace, endurance, work ethic, and strength it has given her. She can’t imagine working or dancing anywhere else!

Allison joined the AODA staff last year as an assistant and one of the very first receptionists! When not dancing or working at the studio, Allison attends Sandhills Community College where she is a sophomore, currently pursuing nursing. Allison has also worked with children through assistant teaching and by working as a camp counselor at Camp Dixie for the past seven years. She is in her fifth year of dance and her favorite genre is ballet.

Allison is excited to return this year both as a staff member and student; she loves AODA because of their family atmosphere and the professional training they offer through grace and encouragement. Allison also loves AODA because of the grace, endurance, work ethic, and strength it has given her. She can’t imagine working or dancing anywhere else!

Allison Todd - Receptionist, Social Media Team

As a dual-enrolled student, Athalia is both a senior in high school and a student at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Upon graduating, her aim is to earn a degree in Cardiac Sonography. In her free time, she loves serving at Manna Church and has been an active part of their Children’s Ministry and Production Team for the past two years. She is honored to be a leader with Manna Students and it is her joy to see students grow in their faith! Additionally, Athalia has trained in piano for ten years, participated in soccer and swim team, served three years as a volunteer swim instructor at the YMCA, and is a certified lifeguard three years running.  Athalia first began dancing at AODA when she was four years old, and dance has always been special to her. Besides training in Hip Hop at AODA since 2006, she has assisted several Hip Hop classes in the past two years, helped backstage with three of AODA’s annual dance productions, and served at various AODA events. Athalia says she truly loves to dance because of AODA: “They always provide a warm, Christ-centered environment and the teachers embrace and encourage every student at every level of dance.” Athalia is elated to be part of AODA’s team and loves her studio family!

As a dual-enrolled student, Athalia is both a senior in high school and a student at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Upon graduating, her aim is to earn a degree in Cardiac Sonography. In her free time, she loves serving at Manna Church and has been an active part of their Children’s Ministry and Production Team for the past two years. She is honored to be a leader with Manna Students and it is her joy to see students grow in their faith! Additionally, Athalia has trained in piano for ten years, participated in soccer and swim team, served three years as a volunteer swim instructor at the YMCA, and is a certified lifeguard three years running.

Athalia first began dancing at AODA when she was four years old, and dance has always been special to her. Besides training in Hip Hop at AODA since 2006, she has assisted several Hip Hop classes in the past two years, helped backstage with three of AODA’s annual dance productions, and served at various AODA events. Athalia says she truly loves to dance because of AODA: “They always provide a warm, Christ-centered environment and the teachers embrace and encourage every student at every level of dance.” Athalia is elated to be part of AODA’s team and loves her studio family!

Athalia McIntyre - Receptionist

Sarah has been dancing since 1996. She has trained in Scottish Highland, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz (she prefers Broadway style -- it's all about the attitude!), and Salsa/Ballroom styles. Sarah has taught at two studios, beginning in 2003, and currently teaches at AODA. She has participated in student-based dance ministry teams, both teaching and performing. She has had the opportunity to perform at public schools, rallies, and church events, locally as well as abroad, teaching and performing in Romania, Costa Rica, and Nepal. She has her Certificate of Worship (Dance) from Grace College of Divinity and has also performed/danced with Cape Fear Regional Theatre as Graziella in "West Side Story" (2009) and in "Peter Pan" (2010).  Sarah sees dance as much more than just learning and perfecting movements. The building of character, independence, confidence, and love of dance and the arts is what she consistently endeavors to instill in her students. She loves that dance is unique in that it is a way to worship God with every part of us -- our body, soul, and spirit!   Sarah teaches Ballet/Tap Combo, Ballet/Jazz Combo, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Pre-Company, and Teen/Adult.

Sarah has been dancing since 1996. She has trained in Scottish Highland, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz (she prefers Broadway style -- it's all about the attitude!), and Salsa/Ballroom styles. Sarah has taught at two studios, beginning in 2003, and currently teaches at AODA. She has participated in student-based dance ministry teams, both teaching and performing. She has had the opportunity to perform at public schools, rallies, and church events, locally as well as abroad, teaching and performing in Romania, Costa Rica, and Nepal. She has her Certificate of Worship (Dance) from Grace College of Divinity and has also performed/danced with Cape Fear Regional Theatre as Graziella in "West Side Story" (2009) and in "Peter Pan" (2010).

Sarah sees dance as much more than just learning and perfecting movements. The building of character, independence, confidence, and love of dance and the arts is what she consistently endeavors to instill in her students. She loves that dance is unique in that it is a way to worship God with every part of us -- our body, soul, and spirit!

Sarah teaches Ballet/Tap Combo, Ballet/Jazz Combo, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Pre-Company, and Teen/Adult.

Sarah Pages - Children’s Director,
Teacher, Artistic & Production Team

Maria is currently pursuing her English degree and TESL certificate at Methodist University, North Carolina, where she is a Leadership Fellow and an Honors student. Maria has been dancing since 2006, with her primary training taking place at Alpha & Omega Dance Academy, and she has been working on staff with AODA since 2012. She has experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Tap, and she was most recently cast in the leading role of Belle in AODA's 2017 Production “Belle”. Maria has also spent several years leading with Manna Church in their children's ministry, as well as leading numerous middle school and high school small groups and campus ministry clubs.  Maria loves working with students and seeing them grow and mature, not only in their dancing abilities, but also in their character and God-given identity. Maria is excited to continue on with AODA as both teacher and one of our receptionists!   Maria teaches Ballet/Tap Combo, Ballet, and higher level Ballet.

Maria is currently pursuing her English degree and TESL certificate at Methodist University, North Carolina, where she is a Leadership Fellow and an Honors student. Maria has been dancing since 2006, with her primary training taking place at Alpha & Omega Dance Academy, and she has been working on staff with AODA since 2012. She has experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Tap, and she was most recently cast in the leading role of Belle in AODA's 2017 Production “Belle”. Maria has also spent several years leading with Manna Church in their children's ministry, as well as leading numerous middle school and high school small groups and campus ministry clubs.

Maria loves working with students and seeing them grow and mature, not only in their dancing abilities, but also in their character and God-given identity. Maria is excited to continue on with AODA as both teacher and one of our receptionists!

Maria teaches Ballet/Tap Combo, Ballet, and higher level Ballet.

Maria Choi - Teacher, Receptionist, Copy Editor

Gabrielle recently graduated from Fayetteville State University with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. In 2013, she received her Certificate of Worship (Dance) from Grace College of Divinity, with her practicum completed at Alpha & Omega Dance Academy. Currently she is pursuing a master's degree in speech pathology with hopes of becoming a children's speech pathologist. In addition to teaching at AODA, Gabrielle is also the dance ministry leader at Family Fellowship Worship Center (2013-present), where she teaches praise dance, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. She loves seeing her dancers perform at special events at their church throughout the year. Besides dancing, Gabrielle also loves traveling, trying different foods, and coffee! Alpha and Omega Dance Academy has always been a second family to Gabrielle and she’s excited for yet another year of teaching!   Gabrielle teaches Tap 1 and 2.

Gabrielle recently graduated from Fayetteville State University with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. In 2013, she received her Certificate of Worship (Dance) from Grace College of Divinity, with her practicum completed at Alpha & Omega Dance Academy. Currently she is pursuing a master's degree in speech pathology with hopes of becoming a children's speech pathologist. In addition to teaching at AODA, Gabrielle is also the dance ministry leader at Family Fellowship Worship Center (2013-present), where she teaches praise dance, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. She loves seeing her dancers perform at special events at their church throughout the year. Besides dancing, Gabrielle also loves traveling, trying different foods, and coffee! Alpha and Omega Dance Academy has always been a second family to Gabrielle and she’s excited for yet another year of teaching!

Gabrielle teaches Tap 1 and 2.

Gabrielle Davenport - Teacher

Collette started dance at the age of 5 and has studied ballet the longest. She has trained with multiple dance instructors from Hope Mills and Charlotte, worked with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, and has studied with AODA since 2011. She was most recently seen in the role of Tiger Lily in “Neverland” (AODA, 2018) and Cinderella in “The Glass Slipper” (AODA, 2019)! In addition to dance, Collette has a passion for medicine and missions. She has been on numerous mission trips to include working with crusades and orphanages in India (2011, 2017), the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf in Jamaica (2015), and FEMA disaster relief to rebuild houses affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2017). In 2018, Collette received her EMT Certification, and in the future she hopes to pursue a nursing degree and midwifery.  Collette is excited to be teaching ballet! She loves classical ballet because of its purity and grace. “I love that you can be at any level, from a principal dancer in a company or a little girl at barre, and still practice the same movements. I hope I can instill in my students that grace and precision are both of equal importance.”  When she’s not teaching or taking a ballet class, Collette also loves to play the piano and draw. One of her favorite things to do is watch rehearsals from the Royal Ballet, and her favorite movie is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”   Collette teaches Ballet and Ballet/Tap Combo.

Collette started dance at the age of 5 and has studied ballet the longest. She has trained with multiple dance instructors from Hope Mills and Charlotte, worked with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, and has studied with AODA since 2011. She was most recently seen in the role of Tiger Lily in “Neverland” (AODA, 2018) and Cinderella in “The Glass Slipper” (AODA, 2019)! In addition to dance, Collette has a passion for medicine and missions. She has been on numerous mission trips to include working with crusades and orphanages in India (2011, 2017), the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf in Jamaica (2015), and FEMA disaster relief to rebuild houses affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2017). In 2018, Collette received her EMT Certification, and in the future she hopes to pursue a nursing degree and midwifery.

Collette is excited to be teaching ballet! She loves classical ballet because of its purity and grace. “I love that you can be at any level, from a principal dancer in a company or a little girl at barre, and still practice the same movements. I hope I can instill in my students that grace and precision are both of equal importance.”

When she’s not teaching or taking a ballet class, Collette also loves to play the piano and draw. One of her favorite things to do is watch rehearsals from the Royal Ballet, and her favorite movie is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Collette teaches Ballet and Ballet/Tap Combo.

Collette LeFavor - Teacher

A senior in high school, Angel is entering her twelfth year of school, but also her twelfth year of dancing at AODA. She has experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, and Musical Theatre. She was cast as Smee in AODA's 2018 production, "Neverland" and Stepsister Carnelia in AODA's most recent production, "The Glass Slipper". In addition to dance, Angel loves playing piano, which she has played since she could sit at the piano bench, and violin, which she started learning in 2011. She also loves to debate and has qualified twice for the home school Team Policy Debate National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC). In other spare time, Angel can generally be found spending time with family and friends, reading, or hand lettering (check out her chalkboard signs in the bathroom at AODA!).  Angel joined the AODA team in 2016 as an assistant and is very excited to continue on as an assistant and also be a teacher and receptionist. "Dance is such an amazing and creative way to express yourself and such a unique form of worship. I am so excited to share my love of dance with others!"   Angel teaches Contemporary.

A senior in high school, Angel is entering her twelfth year of school, but also her twelfth year of dancing at AODA. She has experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, and Musical Theatre. She was cast as Smee in AODA's 2018 production, "Neverland" and Stepsister Carnelia in AODA's most recent production, "The Glass Slipper". In addition to dance, Angel loves playing piano, which she has played since she could sit at the piano bench, and violin, which she started learning in 2011. She also loves to debate and has qualified twice for the home school Team Policy Debate National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC). In other spare time, Angel can generally be found spending time with family and friends, reading, or hand lettering (check out her chalkboard signs in the bathroom at AODA!).

Angel joined the AODA team in 2016 as an assistant and is very excited to continue on as an assistant and also be a teacher and receptionist. "Dance is such an amazing and creative way to express yourself and such a unique form of worship. I am so excited to share my love of dance with others!"

Angel teaches Contemporary.

Angel Choi - Teacher, Receptionist

Heather began dancing around age 11, training with a teacher from the Asheville Pipes and Drums Pipe Band and with David Coulter, a well-known dance instructor, judge, and piper. Her seven years of training included two weeks of intense training at “The School of Scottish Arts” in Banner Elk, NC; as an adult, Heather received a year of teacher training with Vicki Goodloe in Midway, KY, and another week of intense training at “The School of Scottish Arts.” From 1980-1984, Heather competed in Scottish Highland Dancing and received several medals and trophies. She also had an opportunity to compete at the Dunfermline Scotland Highland Games, and received 2nd place in the Highland Fling. Heather has performed in 1982 World’s Fair, Epcot Center, and Virginia Renaissance Fair, as well as performing in parades, street fairs, schools, nursing homes, church picnics, and VBS.  As a wife and homeschooling mother of five, Heather loves spending time with her family. She enjoys walking, hiking, running with her daughter and dog, camping, painting, and taking pictures. She is also an orange belt in Tang Soo Do. Heather loves the uniqueness of Scottish Highland Dancing: its technique and history and the legends behind the variety of dances. Although it is not easy, it is fun and very rewarding! Heather is excited about bringing this uniqueness to AODA!   Heather teaches Scottish Highland.

Heather began dancing around age 11, training with a teacher from the Asheville Pipes and Drums Pipe Band and with David Coulter, a well-known dance instructor, judge, and piper. Her seven years of training included two weeks of intense training at “The School of Scottish Arts” in Banner Elk, NC; as an adult, Heather received a year of teacher training with Vicki Goodloe in Midway, KY, and another week of intense training at “The School of Scottish Arts.” From 1980-1984, Heather competed in Scottish Highland Dancing and received several medals and trophies. She also had an opportunity to compete at the Dunfermline Scotland Highland Games, and received 2nd place in the Highland Fling. Heather has performed in 1982 World’s Fair, Epcot Center, and Virginia Renaissance Fair, as well as performing in parades, street fairs, schools, nursing homes, church picnics, and VBS.

As a wife and homeschooling mother of five, Heather loves spending time with her family. She enjoys walking, hiking, running with her daughter and dog, camping, painting, and taking pictures. She is also an orange belt in Tang Soo Do. Heather loves the uniqueness of Scottish Highland Dancing: its technique and history and the legends behind the variety of dances. Although it is not easy, it is fun and very rewarding! Heather is excited about bringing this uniqueness to AODA!

Heather teaches Scottish Highland.

Heather Sylvain - Teacher

Johanna was born and raised in San Diego, California. She was a member of her high school dance team, Dance Force, and performed with many of them at Super Bowl XXXVII. Johanna started teaching at In Motion Dance Center under the direction of Bobbi Adams. Once she got married in 2006, Johanna moved for a short period of time to Anchorage, Alaska, where she studied ballet and modern at Alaska Dance Theater. In 2008, she packed up her things, yet again, and traveled across the Atlantic to Italy. There, she studied ballet and jazz at Dance School DNA in Padova under Patrick Duncan for three years. Johanna then moved to North Carolina and danced two seasons with the FireAntz dance team and in 2014 took over the Cape Fear Lady and Junior Heroes dance team, which she still coaches to this day. Johanna enjoys seeing dancers break out of their shells and improve their self-confidence while still challenging their dance abilities. She is very passionate in her work and strives for excellence in her dancers, both big and small.   Johanna teaches our advanced classes of Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz.

Johanna was born and raised in San Diego, California. She was a member of her high school dance team, Dance Force, and performed with many of them at Super Bowl XXXVII. Johanna started teaching at In Motion Dance Center under the direction of Bobbi Adams. Once she got married in 2006, Johanna moved for a short period of time to Anchorage, Alaska, where she studied ballet and modern at Alaska Dance Theater. In 2008, she packed up her things, yet again, and traveled across the Atlantic to Italy. There, she studied ballet and jazz at Dance School DNA in Padova under Patrick Duncan for three years. Johanna then moved to North Carolina and danced two seasons with the FireAntz dance team and in 2014 took over the Cape Fear Lady and Junior Heroes dance team, which she still coaches to this day. Johanna enjoys seeing dancers break out of their shells and improve their self-confidence while still challenging their dance abilities. She is very passionate in her work and strives for excellence in her dancers, both big and small.

Johanna teaches our advanced classes of Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz.

Johanna Groves - Teacher, Production
Team (Costume Designer)

Hannah graduated in December 2017 with a BFA in Musical Theatre at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC. She was also the lead vocal coach in the Fall 2017 musical at WPU and was very excited for the opportunity. She is a member of Manna Church and actively leads worship on Sunday mornings. Hannah thoroughly enjoys teaching children in her community her love of musical theatre. As a first semester freshman at WPU, Hannah was Rosa Bud in “The Mystery Of Edwin Drood” and during her sophomore year she was cast in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” as Olive’s mom. During her junior year, Hannah was accepted into the Disney College Program, where she was a Character Performer at Walt Disney World. She learned many new things while she was in Orlando, Florida, but is happy to be back home. Last year, Hannah was Clarice in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Broadway Series South” at the Duke Energy Center of the Performing Arts. Hannah has worked with the Heart of Christmas Show and LS Performance Studios for the past four years, teaching children ages 5-19. Her job titles include: Assistant Director, Stage Manager, and Choreographer.  Hannah loves giving back to her community and making a positive influence in the lives of others. Hannah feels extremely blessed to be a part of the Alpha and Omega family.   Hannah teaches our Musical Theatre classes.

Hannah graduated in December 2017 with a BFA in Musical Theatre at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC. She was also the lead vocal coach in the Fall 2017 musical at WPU and was very excited for the opportunity. She is a member of Manna Church and actively leads worship on Sunday mornings. Hannah thoroughly enjoys teaching children in her community her love of musical theatre. As a first semester freshman at WPU, Hannah was Rosa Bud in “The Mystery Of Edwin Drood” and during her sophomore year she was cast in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” as Olive’s mom. During her junior year, Hannah was accepted into the Disney College Program, where she was a Character Performer at Walt Disney World. She learned many new things while she was in Orlando, Florida, but is happy to be back home. Last year, Hannah was Clarice in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Broadway Series South” at the Duke Energy Center of the Performing Arts. Hannah has worked with the Heart of Christmas Show and LS Performance Studios for the past four years, teaching children ages 5-19. Her job titles include: Assistant Director, Stage Manager, and Choreographer.

Hannah loves giving back to her community and making a positive influence in the lives of others. Hannah feels extremely blessed to be a part of the Alpha and Omega family.

Hannah teaches our Musical Theatre classes.

Hannah Godbold - Teacher

Leslie is the assistant editor at F&B Publications, which publishes Up & Coming Weekly and Women's View Magazine. She graduated summa cum laude from VCUarts in Richmond, Virginia, with a BFA in Painting & Printmaking and a minor in Art History in 2016. She received VCU's Launch Award for Undergraduate Research & Creativity in 2014 and was a speaker at VCU's Inaugural Social Justice Conference in 2016. She most recently illustrated the children's book "Deena Misses Her Mom," published by Shout Mouse Press in 2017.  Leslie has been dancing since 2009 and has trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop. She views dance as a beautifully physical medium for expression and growth that she enjoys along with writing and visual art. Her goal as a dance teacher is to create an environment that is both nurturing and challenging, in the areas of both creativity and technique.  You can learn more about Leslie and view her visual portfolio at www.lesliepyo.com.   Leslie teaches our FCS dance classes.

Leslie is the assistant editor at F&B Publications, which publishes Up & Coming Weekly and Women's View Magazine. She graduated summa cum laude from VCUarts in Richmond, Virginia, with a BFA in Painting & Printmaking and a minor in Art History in 2016. She received VCU's Launch Award for Undergraduate Research & Creativity in 2014 and was a speaker at VCU's Inaugural Social Justice Conference in 2016. She most recently illustrated the children's book "Deena Misses Her Mom," published by Shout Mouse Press in 2017.

Leslie has been dancing since 2009 and has trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop. She views dance as a beautifully physical medium for expression and growth that she enjoys along with writing and visual art. Her goal as a dance teacher is to create an environment that is both nurturing and challenging, in the areas of both creativity and technique.

You can learn more about Leslie and view her visual portfolio at www.lesliepyo.com.

Leslie teaches our FCS dance classes.

Leslie Pyo - Teacher

Anya, whose background is in Jewish Dance, has taught and assisted our children’s classes. With the arrival of her first child in August 2009, she transitioned into heading up our Receptionist Team, answering phone calls and voicemail. She is happy to serve in many ways, from the smallest to the largest task. Anya's bright smile and bubbly personality lets you easily see Jesus working through her as she serves!

Anya, whose background is in Jewish Dance, has taught and assisted our children’s classes. With the arrival of her first child in August 2009, she transitioned into heading up our Receptionist Team, answering phone calls and voicemail. She is happy to serve in many ways, from the smallest to the largest task. Anya's bright smile and bubbly personality lets you easily see Jesus working through her as she serves!

Anya Crowther - Receptionist

Kristen received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UNC-Pembroke. She has taught 1st grade for 7 years and was the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. She loves working with children, watching them grow, and having a positive influence in their lives. Kristen has been married for 6 years and has a 5 year old son and one on the way!  Kristen started dancing at the age of 6 and began with competitive clogging. At age 7, she began training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at Raeford Dance Arts, where she also assisted and taught classes in later years. Additionally, Kristen taught for 2 years at The Dance Connection and spent several years teaching ballet and tap at Hope Mills Parks and Rec. She has been taking classes off and on for the last 11 years at AODA, and Kristen says she loves dance and AODA because it is a way for her to let go and relieve stress: “When I dance, I am the truest version of myself.” Kristen is excited to be a part of the AODA team, and she hopes to instill confidence, technique, and a passion for dance and worship in all her students.   Kristen teaches Adult Ballet.

Kristen received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UNC-Pembroke. She has taught 1st grade for 7 years and was the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. She loves working with children, watching them grow, and having a positive influence in their lives. Kristen has been married for 6 years and has a 5 year old son and one on the way!

Kristen started dancing at the age of 6 and began with competitive clogging. At age 7, she began training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at Raeford Dance Arts, where she also assisted and taught classes in later years. Additionally, Kristen taught for 2 years at The Dance Connection and spent several years teaching ballet and tap at Hope Mills Parks and Rec. She has been taking classes off and on for the last 11 years at AODA, and Kristen says she loves dance and AODA because it is a way for her to let go and relieve stress: “When I dance, I am the truest version of myself.” Kristen is excited to be a part of the AODA team, and she hopes to instill confidence, technique, and a passion for dance and worship in all her students.

Kristen teaches Adult Ballet.

Kristen Shipp - Teacher

This year our assistants are: 

Angel Choi - Athalia McIntyre - Hannah Cook - Olivia Seklejian - Mathea Everson


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