Casey Weaver Tysinger
HPDC Program Coordinator
Casey Tysinger has been teaching dance for the past eleven years. She began dancing at age 9 and truly fell in love with the Art. Her training includes Ballet, Pointe Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. She is graduate of T.W. Andrews High School and she received an Associate in Arts Degree from GTCC. She has studied dance at UNCG, attended dance conventions, and judged dance competitions. She has performed in the Christmas Pageants, Day in the Park, The Nutcracker, High Point Holiday Parade, Pink Heals Parade, and Wake Forest Basketball and Football Halftime Shows.
Casey was most recently the owner of Dance South Performing Arts in High Point, leading the studio to be named “Best Dance Studio in the Southern Triad”. During this time, the studio also received the title as “Best Dance Group” in 2014 and 2015. The studio performed in many notable events, including the Fox 8 Holiday Concert.
Sherry Harvell Yacuzzo
GEMS Competition Team Leader
Sherry Yacuzzo has over 30 years experience as a dancer/performer, instructor, choreographer and Judge. She has trained in and Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre. Sherry was a professional dancer and performer for over 10 years in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Branson, Missouri, and North Caroliina. Additionally Sherry has worked in the commercial industry of dance performing in extravagant shows, conventions and industrials as a featured dancer/performer and model. Sherry has studied with and worked for such greats as, Al Gilbert, Frank Boem, Ron Lewis and Michael Darrin, Jacqueline Dorminey and Ray Hollingsworth. Sherry shares her many years of experience and passion of dance by teaching dancers of all ages. Sherry has coached award winning competition teams for 20 plus years and also serves as a Judge for National Dance Competition circuits. Additionally Sherry is a certified Zumba instructor.
India Green has trained in both Cecchetti and Vaganova techniques and studied with tap and clogging mistress Heather Ellis. While obtaining her Arts degree scholastically, she toured with Arts Evangelica’s Dance Company and has attended Ballet Magnificat! summer intensive for two years. EMT certified with an emphasis on injury prevention, India serves as a faculty member and performs with Winston Salem Festival Ballet.
Rachael Taylor has trained in Cecchetti, Voganova, The Royal Academy of Dance and The School of American Ballet Techniques. She recently graduated from the University of North Carolina of Charlotte, with a BA in Dance Performance. Rachel has performed for Ohio Dance Theatre in Oberlin Ohio, and completed their Pre-Professional program. She then joined Arts Evangelica’s Company in High Point North Carolina. She was also on staff at Arts Evangelica, where she taught Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe ,Private lessons and Fitness/Conditioning classes. While attending college in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rachel was asked to teach at Charlotte Ballet as a substitute teacher occasionally. She also holds an international barre method certification called Xtend Barre, which is a dance and Pilates based fitness program. Rachel currently performs with Winston Salem Festival Ballet.