The Staff of Legacy
Hayley Justice, owner/director of Legacy Dance Center, was a student at Angie’s Dance Academy for 10 years where she studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern. At the age of 14, Hayley became Student Teacher for the Academy and has enjoyed working with children since. In 2007, Hayley joined the faculty of ADA and has choreographed routines earning “Best Choreography”, “Champions of Champions”, “Creative Concept” and many “Highest Score of the Day” awards. Hayleys students have danced on numerous college dance teams and some have become dance teachers theirselves. David Ferguson, a long time student of Justice is now currently on Tour with Fiddler on the roof. Her Student Dalli Hensley is the reigning Americas Teen Miss Dance. Hayley is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America, Inc. and has an Entrepreneurship degree from Haywood Community College. She has also worked as a judge for Star Systems National Talent Competition. Hayley Justice, a long time student of Angie Henley, and her husband Heath Justice, are excited for the tremendous honor and duty of carrying on the traditions and excellence of Angie’s Dance Academy by creating a new Legacy to be remembered in our community. Hayley shares her life with her husband Heath & son Holt.
Angie Henley studied with Beale Fletcher from childhood and began teaching at an early age. She graduated King’s Business College in Charlotte and quickly came home to become the manager of the Fletcher School of Dance in Clyde. With more than seventeen years teaching experience, she opened Angie’s Dance Academy and was it’s Director from 1991-2019. She is certified to teach by test through Dance Masters of America, Inc., an organization comprised of professional dance teachers across the United States and is proud to be a part of the Legacy Dance Center team. Angie has performed both locally and on the national level and has choreographed many award winning routines. Angie’s students have been awarded cash scholarships toward their continued dance education and many have continued to study dance during and after their college years. Her students have been crowned Master Dance of N.C., Petite Miss Dance and Miss Dance of N.C. representing our state in the National Master and Miss Dance of America Scholarship Pageants. Angie’s students grow from a positive classroom experience where they nurtured to express themselves through their dancing. She is married to Matt Henley and they have a son in college, Landon.
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Ciera Cogburn began dancing at Angie’s Dance Academy when she was 2 years old. She trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Contemporary for 16 years at the Academy. She joined the Aces Performing Troupe at the age of six and has been dancing ever since! Competing in groups, duets, trios, and solos. Ciera was also a member of the studios liturgical team performing in various churches throughout the county. Ciera carried a role as student teacher for 8 years which she has thoroughly enjoyed. Ciera has performed with the Asheville Ballet Company for the past four years in their annual Nutcracker, along with the summer and fall performances. After graduation, she attended Western Carolina University for the first year and has now chosen to transfer into the Nursing Program at Haywood Community College. Ciera continues to dance today because of the joy and excitement of knowing she is making a child’s love for dance that much stronger. Even as an adult, dance will always be apart of her life. Ciera is for filling this with her roll as teacher for Legacy Dance Academy.
Mary Katherine Conaway
Miss Mary Katherine joined the Legacy Dance Center staff in the fall of 2019. Miss Mary Katherine is a native of Rural Hall, North Carolina. She graduated from Salem College in May of 2019 with degrees in Dance Studies and Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She has had a love for dance since a young age and has had many teachers who fostered and encouraged her exploration and development of her technique and her personal style as both a performer and choreographer. Throughout her dance education she has been fortunate to work with numerous artists such as Helen Simoneau Danse, 10 Hairy Legs and Alex Biegelson, ZviDance, amongst others. During her college education, she also spent two years performing as a member of the Carolina Cobras Venom Dance Team.
Nicole Borges began dancing at Angie’s Dance Academy at the age of five and has not stopped since! She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical at the studio for thirteen years. She competed with the competition teams for ten years and won many prestigious awards at regional and national competitions with her solos, duets, and group dances. Nicole was also a student teacher for five years where she fully discovered her passion for teaching and working with children. Along with her dancing at the studio, Nicole was a part of the Haywood Christian Academy Fine Arts Program where she participated in seven productions, many of which she held lead roles. Nicole graduated as valedictorian from Haywood Christian Academy in 2019 and is now in the honors college at Western Carolina University majoring in Elementary and Special Education with a minor in dance. Nicole is proud to be a part of Legacy Dance Center and cannot wait to continue to share her love for dance with her students!
Danie Johnson was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. After dancing competitively through Middle and High school, she went to East Carolina University to receive a BFA in Dance Performance. While completing her undergraduate studies, Danie lived in New York City throughout the Summer’s to work and train with the Joffrey Ballet School. After receiving her BFA, she moved to Chicago to pursue her dream of dancing professionally. While in Chicago, Danie performed with several professional dance companies such as Inaside Dance Chicago, Cocodaco Dance Project, and Moonwater dance project. In 2018, She moved to Asheville, North Carolina to be closer to her family. While in Asheville, Danie has worked with Stewart Owen Dance as well as the Asheville Ballet. In addition to performing, she enjoys teaching at Legacy Dance Center, WNC Dance Academy, and Pure Barre Asheville. Danie is the Founder and Head Coach of the Montreat College Cheer and Dance Team.
Rebecca, mother of owner Hayley Justice, began her journey in the dance industry when she became a “Dance Mom” in 1996. Since then she has traveled to many competitions and dance conventions supporting her daughter on her dancing dream. She is now working as Legacy’s Office Manager. She enjoys each day at Legacy. Her bubbly personality shines through when she gets to see families at the studio each day. Outside of the studio, Rebecca enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, playing with her two puppies and taking her grandson, Holt, for Ice Cream. Rebecca is proud to be a part of Legacy Dance Center and cannot wait to continue her knowledge as a Dance Mom with all the moms of Legacy.
Rebecca, mother of owner Hayley Justice, began her journey in the dance industry when she became a “Dance Mom” in 1996. Since then she has traveled to many competitions and dance conventions supporting her daughter on her dancing dream. She is now working as Legacy’s Office Manager. She enjoys each day at Legacy. Her bubbly personality shines through when she gets to see families at the studio each day. Outside of the studio, Rebecca enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, playing with her two puppies and taking her grandson Holt for Ice Cream. Rebecca is proud to be a part of Legacy Dance Center and cannot wait to continue her knowledge as a Dance Mom with all the moms of Legacy.