Staff

 

tammyTammy Fox

GDT Executive Director

Jazz 1/2 & 3/4, Modern 1/2 & 3/4,  Intro to Modern, Contemporary Ensemble

Tammy Fox grew up in New York where she studied Jazz, Modern, Tap and Ballet at Broadway Dance Center and Dance Space Studios. She has had the privilege of studying with Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker and Peter Schaebel as well as professional workshops with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. After graduating from UNC Greensboro, Tammy returned to New York to perform and choreograph with Post Concert Dance Company at CW Post University as well as having her choreography produced through Works in Progress with Dance Space Studios. After relocating to Charlotte in 2001, Tammy established Revelations Dance Theatre for which she is choreographer and Artistic Director. Her choreography has been showcased throughout the Southeast for Olympic Gold Medalist Svetlana Boigunskia as well as numerous musical theatre productions for Matthews Playhouse. Recently Tammy has had choreography showcased alongside the Broadway Dreams Foundation in pre-professional workshops. Tammy has also produced the “Regional Choreographers Present” series for the past four years and has been a Teaching Artist for Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Since becoming the Executive and Artistic Director of Gaston Dance Theatre in 2013, Tammy has choreographed and produced many full length Contemporary dance productions for the school.  She also established the GDT Ensemble group.  The Ensemble has performed new works choreographed by Tammy at the Dance Festival for UNCSA several times and has been showcased at local venues alongside the Gaston Symphonic Band and the GSOA Players.  For the past two seasons, she collaborated with Gaston School of the Arts and choreographed “West Side Story” and “Fiddler on the Roof”.  Along with original works, she has helped to re-stage GDT’s holiday classic “The Nutcracker”.  Tammy has also continued teaching Jazz and Modern classes at Gaston Dance Theatre.


camilla picCamilla Bullard

Creative Movement, Intro to Ballet, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, and Ballet 3 

Camilla Bullard discovered her passion for dance at the age of nine.  She trained for eight years under the direction of Pat Wall at Gaston Dance Theatre, studying Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap.  During this time, she danced featured roles in many well-known Ballets; the Coffee Arabian Princess in The Nutcracker and the Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote proved to be favorites.  Camilla also attended multiple intensive programs offered at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) and performed as a featured Soloist in the selected Group Assemble entered by The GDT Company.

After graduating high school, Camilla trained and performed under the direction of Anne Blackwell at the York County Ballet, becoming a part of the Featured Company within the school.

In recent years, Camilla has used her dance art to give back to the community, serving as the dance director at her church.  Now, Camilla is excited to return to her roots at Gaston Dance Theatre.  Her love for the art of dance has only intensified over the years and she looks forward to introducing dance to the next generation of students at GDT.


Katarina Dimitrijevic

Ballet Technique (Levels 3-5) and Pointe

Katarina Dimitrijevic is a graduate of The State Ballet Academy of Belgrade, Serbia. Katarina danced with the Simionov Ensemble and instructed classical ballet at three different ballet institutions in Belgrade.  She then spent several years in Italy as a ballet instructor, choreographer and dancer at ballet schools in Ragusa. Cosimo, Acate and Grammichele.  In 1997, Katarina opened her own dance school, KAYA, in Belgrade.  She also completed a four-year course in Ballet Pedagogy at the University of High Culture and Arts in Rome, Italy, where she continued her studies in the Vaganova methodology.  She served as Assistant to Professor Ivan Goliandin in the Character Dance Department.  While studying in Rome, she taught classical and character dances at several studios while also dancing professionally.  Katarina moved to the Unites States in 2003 and taught classical ballet at the Fort Wayne Ballet Academy.  For the past ten years, she has been an instructor at Charlotte Ballet Academy.


Ashley Jacobs

Kinderdance, Intro to Ballet, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, Ballet 3, Ballet 4/5, and Conditioning

Ashley Jacobs began dancing at the age of three under the instruction of Pat Wall at Gaston Dance Theatre, where she was a member of The Company of Gaston Dance and performed many leading roles.  She continued her training in summer intensive programs, including American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, The North Carolina School of the Arts, North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) and Governor School for the Arts in Winston Salem.

Ashley attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC,  She received The Mavis Ray dance scholarship (later changed to The Leanette and George Johnson dance scholarship) which she held 1999-2003.  Ashley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree for Dance Performance with a Concentration in Ballet.

Straight out of college, Ashley was accepted as a corps de ballet company member of Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, SC, performing in such ballets as “Dracula, Ballet With a Bite,” “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Cinderella,” and she was one of the original cast members of “Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Johnathan Green.”  Ashley danced for two seasons with CCB.  In 2005, she decided hang up her pointe shoes to pursue her career in teaching dance.

From 2006 to 2014, Ashley taught ballet technique, pointe, lyrical, and jazz to all ages in Virginia Beach, VA, working for Chesapeake Dance Theater, Encore Dance Theater, and Golden Slippers Dance Academy.   Now, Ashley is excited return to her roots in Gastonia, where her love for dance began. “Life is a full circle, and I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to give back to my students, what Gaston Dance gave to me.”


Tanisha Johnson

Intro to Tap, Tap 1/2, Tap 3/4

Tanisha Johnson began dancing at the age of 4.  She was a competitive dancer for BB Dance Productions for 10 years, competing in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern and Ballet.  She was captain of her high school dance team and a regular performer for Little Theater of Gastonia and ETC Youth Guild.  Tanisha has dance, acted and sung in productions of Honk Jr., Once Upon a Mattress, CATS, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, all done on stage by these organizations.

At the age of 18, she became a student dancer at Gaston Dance Theatre and has performed in numerous productions including The Nutcracker, The Lion King, West Side Story, and Wicked, A Dance Story.  Tanisha was also a member of the GDT Contemporary Ensemble.

Last winter, Tanisha was cast as Ruffles in Tinker’s Toy Factory at Carowinds Winterfest.  She is excited to share her love for dance and diverse experiences with the students of Gaston Dance Theatre.


Anthony Schweighardt

Ballet 4/5, Contemporary Ballet with Pointe

As a dancer, Anthony started his training at the NewArt School of Ballet and continued his education in the pre-professional division of Charlotte Ballet. After spending time as a trainee, he was eventually hired by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux into the 2nd Company at Charlotte Ballet.  After that, Anthony spent time as a Principal Dancer for Ballet Tuscon in Arizona.

As a teacher/choreographer, Anthony has set original contemporary  works such as “iudiciis” on Charlotte Ballet’s main company, “Midnight Hour” on Charlotte Ballet’s second company, “You & Me & The Bottle Makes Three” on the Charlotte’s pre-professional division, “How Precious the Moments” on the students of Chautauqua Institutions summer program, and “Wolves” on Ballet Tuscon’s company.  “Wolves” also won Footprints at the Fox which is Ballet Tucson’s annual choreographic workshop.  Anthony has also set an original full length ballet “Peter Pan”.

Anthony has decided to step aside from performing to further his education as an instructor.  He is the teacher on staff at Hickory Ballet Academy and the resident choreographer for Louis Nunnery School of Ballet.  He is also working towards his Yoga and Personal Training certifications along with taking the American Ballet Theatre’s teachers training certification.

Anthony is thrilled to be back for a second stint at Gaston Dance Theatre for the 2018-2019 dance year.


margaretMargaret Kocherga

Substitute Instructor; Private Lessons

Margaret Kocherga grew up in the Ukraine where she studied dance at S. Lifar Academy in Kiev.  She has sixteen years of combined performance experience in Classical Ballet along with Ballroom, Latin Dance, Modern and Jazz. Margaret spent two years as a dancer with the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Kiev and as a conservatory student at North Carolina Dance Theatre.  She has experience teaching all ages of students ranging from preschoolers to adults.