GDT Executive Director
Jazz 1/2 & 3/4, Modern 1/2 & 3/4, Intro to Modern, Contemporary Ensemble, Creative Movement
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.
Creative Movement, Intro to Ballet, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, Ballet 3 and Conditioning
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.
Ballet Technique (Levels 2-4) 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.
Ballet 4 and Contemporary Ballet with Pointe
Cara Hansvick grew up in Evanston, IL and began dancing at Dance Center Evanston where she studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Character. She continued her training at Indiana University where she was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to study with Michael Vernon, Violette Verdy, and Shawn Stevens. She graduated in three years with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and Arts Management.
At IU, she performed lead roles in works by ballet icons such as George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Antony Tudor, and Michael Vernon. She spent her summers dancing at the Chautauqua Institution, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King Line’s Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet. In her two summers at Chautauqua her choreography was chosen to be performed during the workshop showcase, and was awarded first place in 2015. Cara Hansvick now dances professionally with Charlotte Ballet and the American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles where she performed Balanchine’s Sugar Plum, Grand Pas, and Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 during her first season.
Intro to Ballet, Ballet 1, Ballet 3, and Ballet 4
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.”
Kinderdance and Tap 1/2
Blair Stepp began dancing at the age of four and has trained in many different dance styles including ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, jazz, modern, hip hop, and musical theatre. She has received training from four different studios over the years concluding her training at Gaston Dance Theatre. Blair has experience in both competitive and performance dance. She has trained at several intensives including Dance Revolution, Project Dance, and UNCSA Winter Festival– where she was accepted into the summer dance program. She has taken master classes at Atlanta Ballet and Broadway Dance Center. She has danced in many productions and her favorite roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, Sarabi in The Lion King, Nessarose in Wicked, and The Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. Blair volunteered at Dance Abilities dance studio where she worked with special needs children. She also has experience in musical theatre. She teaches a beginning musical theatre jazz class at Gaston School of the Arts and works as a choreographer for their summer camps. She has choreographed several shows for community theater and has also performed in several musicals. Blair is currently attending Cleveland Community College seeking her Associate of Arts after which she plans to transfer to UNCG and major in Arts Administration with a minor in dance.
Whitney Yancey started her dance training at the age of three. She has studied Tap, Jazz, Modern and Ballet at several different studios, the last three years being at Gaston Dance Theatre. Whitney has had the opportunity to attend various master classes and dance conventions throughout her training, including work with Mia Michaels, Mike Minery and Twitch. Whitney has been a member of the GDT Ensemble for the past three years and has performed lead roles in “The Nutcracker” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. She also had the opportunity to take classes and perform in the AIM Invitational at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Locally, Whitney studied with Tap teacher and choreographer Stacey Austell. This is Whitney’s second year teaching Tap 3/4 at GDT.
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.
Growing up, Anthony was a boy of many faces as he appeared in musicals such as “A Chorus Line” and “Hairspray,” been a featured character on a web series, competed in ballroom, performed in outdoor dramas, did a stint in competitive dance, made an appearance on Oprah, and trained extensively in ballroom, jazz, gymnastics, modern, tap, contemporary, ballet, partnering and musical theater. Under the tutelage of Michael and Melissa French, Anthony trained heavily in Vagonava for most of his ballet career. After having done leads such as The Knave of Hearts, Prince Charming and Albrecht, Anthony moved to Charlotte in order to train with the esteemed faculty that is Charlotte Ballet. Recently Anthony has choreographed and staged the full length classical ballet of “Peter Pan” and also three original contemporary ballets. After having performed last year with “Carolina Ballet Theatre”, Anthony is happy to now be a current member of the Charlotte Ballet.