India Green HPDC Program Coordinator, Faculty
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.
Alexa Perez Faculty, GEMS Competition Team Coordinator
Alexa has more than thirty years as a dancer/choreographer and instructor in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, and tap. Alexa spent her early adult years as a dancer/back-up singer and performed in Casinos across the U.S. and on Celebrity Cruise Lines. She has been the director and award-winning choreographer for competition teams in the states of Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina.
Julie trained with Virginia School of the Arts and then joined Nashville Ballet’s Second Company, Paradise Ballet Theatre, and Richmond Ballet. She was a guest artist, teacher, and choreographer for Appalachian Ballet Company, Oak Ridge Civic Ballet, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, and Go! Contemporary Dance Works. Julie also trains competitively in Ballroom and Latin dance.
Elizabeth Fowle Faculty
Elizabeth, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance focusing on contemporary, ballet and composition. Ms. Fowle has a diverse training background in ballet, pointe, partnering, contemporary, ballroom, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, and tap, and was a member of the pre-professional companies Taylor Dance/Moore OnStage and High Point Ballet. Currently, Elizabeth performs with Winston-Salem Festival Ballet. www.elizabethfowle.com
Carol Johnson Faculty
Carol holds a BS degree in Dance from Radford University and also studied with the Eglevsky School of Ballet and PointPark College in Pittsburgh,PA. Carol has choreographed numerous musicals and industrials for theatre companies, schools, and businesses in North Carolina and Virginia. She has served on the faculty of University of N.C.School of the Arts Winter Dance Festival since 1997.
Jake is a native of nearby Winston-Salem, NC. He began his training at the Wake Forest Community Ballet and later went on to attend high school at UNCSA. Jake is an alumnus of The Juilliard School. He is also an alumnus of The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and of Circus Warehouse. Jake has also attended the National Circus School in Montreal. Professionally, Jake has performed with Larry Keigwin, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Mark Dendy and Dancers, and tours worldwide with MOMIX Dance Theater. He also performs with Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.
Brandon has a BFA in contemporary dance from UNC School of the Arts. He has performed for Cyrus Art Productions, Shenandoah Ballet, the Theatre of West Virginia, Helen Simoneau Danse, and appeared with North Carolina Black Repertory Company. He has taught dance and choreographed for various Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools such as Reynolds, Atkins, and North Forsyth High Schools. Brandon is a guest artist with Winston-Salem Festival Ballet and is on faculty with Festival Dance Center and High Point Ballet.
Rita TaylorFounder, CEO, and Executive Director
Rita oversees all scheduling, curriculum, and faculty. Rita has a BFA in performance & choreography and a BA in psychology, Graduate studies in clinical counseling and has been a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director for the past 30 years. With a diverse background in the performing arts and over 100 productions in classical ballet and musical theatre, she is a respected member of the arts community.
Gary TaylorArtistic Director
Gary takes a very active interest in the school. He visits classrooms and consistently teaches master classes to upper level ensemble students. Gary is considered a premiere expert in classical ballet, pointe, and partnering training. Students also receive the mastery of his choreography as his works are often adapted for student performance.