Faculty

 

Angie Henley, the Owner/Director of Angie’s Dance Academy, studiedAngie Headshot Color on gray 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, Angie opened the Academy in 1991. She is certified to teach by test through Dance Masters of America, Inc., an organization comprised of professional dance teachers across the United States. Angie served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Chapter of D.M.A., Inc. for six years in the capacity of director and secretary. Angie and her staff travel throughout the United States to attend teacher’s training workshops several times each year. She has performed both locally and on the national level and has choreographed many award winning routines. Angie’s students have danced on college dance teams that include Clemson Rally Cats, WCU, UT, ETSU, Wake Forest, ASU, UNCA, UNC-Carolina and College of Charleston just to name a few. They have garnered Top Overall Awards and have received special recognition as the “Most Entertaining”, the “Best Choreography” and the “Champion of Champions” at competitions across the region. Her students have been awarded cash scholarships toward their continued dance education and many have continued to study dance during and after their college years. Angie’s students have been accepted to the Carolina Proteges and the Carolina Kids, groups of dancers who represented N. C. through performance and community service. 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. David Ferguson, a longtime ADA student was 1st Runner Up to Teen Mr. Dance of America and is currently enrolled at the NC School of the Arts. Angie’s students grow from a healthy and positive dance experience at the Academy, where you are assured the highest quality and integrity in dance training.

Angie Henley, the owner of Angie’s Dance Academy, 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 themanager of the Fletcher School of Dance in Clyde. With more than seventeen years teaching experience, Angie opened the Academy in 1991. She is certified to teach by test through Dance Masters of America, Inc., an organization comprised of professional dance teachers across the United States. Angie served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Chapter of D.M.A., Inc. for six years in the capacity of director and secretary. Angie and her staff travel throughout the United States to attend teacher’s training workshops several times each year. She has performed both locally and on the national level and has choreographed many award winning routines. Angie's students have danced on college dance teams that include Clemson Rally Cats, WCU, UT, ETSU, Wake Forest, ASU, UNCA, UNC-Carolina and College of Charleston just to name a few. They have garnered Top Overall Awards and have received special recognition as the “Most Entertaining”, the “Best Choreography” and the “Champion of Champions” at competitions across the region. Her students have been awarded cash scholarships toward their continued dance education and many have continued to study dance during and after their college years. Angie’s students have been accepted to the Carolina Proteges and the Carolina Kids, groups of dancers who represented N. C. through performance and community service. 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. David Ferguson, a longtime ADA student was 1st Runner Up to Teen Mr. Dance of America and is currently enrolled at the NC School of the Arts. Angie’s students grow from a healthy and positive dance experience at the Academy, where you are assured the highest quality and integrity in dance training.Certified to teach by test through Dance Masters of America, Inc.

 

 

 

Hayley Leis - Angie's Dance Academy Faculty

Hayley Justice, Director of Angie’s Dance Academy, has been a member of the Academy for the past 18 years. She was a student at the Academy for 10 years where she studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern. Hayley became a part of “Angie’s Aces” in 1997 and traveled with the performance troupe across the region to many competitions including national events in Myrtle Beach and New York City. Hayley became a soloist in 2003 where she garnered high awards with her routines in tap and jazz. At the age of 14, she became Student Teacher for the Academy and has enjoyed working with the younger children since. In 2007, Hayley joined the faculty of ADA and has choreographed routines earning “Best Choreography”, “Champions of Champions”, “Creative Concept” and “Highest Score of the Day” awards. Hayley is certified to teach by test through Dance Masters of America, Inc. and has an Entrepreneurship degree from Haywood Community College. Hayley is passionate about dance and the impact it can have on a young person’s life, and her enthusiasm is contagious to all those around her.

 

Angie Henley, the owner of Angie’s Dance Academy, 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 themanager of the Fletcher School of Dance in Clyde. With more than seventeen years teaching experience, Angie opened the Academy in 1991. She is certified to teach by test through Dance Masters of America, Inc., an organization comprised of professional dance teachers across the United States. Angie served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Chapter of D.M.A., Inc. for six years in the capacity of director and secretary. Angie and her staff travel throughout the United States to attend teacher’s training workshops several times each year. She has performed both locally and on the national level and has choreographed many award winning routines. Angie's students have danced on college dance teams that include Clemson Rally Cats, WCU, UT, ETSU, Wake Forest, ASU, UNCA, UNC-Carolina and College of Charleston just to name a few. They have garnered Top Overall Awards and have received special recognition as the “Most Entertaining”, the “Best Choreography” and the “Champion of Champions” at competitions across the region. Her students have been awarded cash scholarships toward their continued dance education and many have continued to study dance during and after their college years. Angie’s students have been accepted to the Carolina Proteges and the Carolina Kids, groups of dancers who represented N. C. through performance and community service. 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. David Ferguson, a longtime ADA student was 1st Runner Up to Teen Mr. Dance of America and is currently enrolled at the NC School of the Arts. Angie’s students grow from a healthy and positive dance experience at the Academy, where you are assured the highest quality and integrity in dance training.            Certified to teach by test through Dance Masters of America, Inc.

 

 

Halie Gillett Halie Gillett began dancing with Angie’s Dance Academy at the age of 4. She has studied jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and ballet for 14 years. Halie was a student teacher for 4 years. She was a member of Angie’s Aces for 11 years. The Performing Troupes received many awards, including multiple overall awards and many judge’s choice awards. After graduating from Tuscola High School in 2014, Halie is now attending Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC. She is studying Human Services Technology, and will be graduating in the next few years. Halie is very devoted to her school career, while also continuing to teach her passion of dance to her students.

 

 

 

Brittney ChampionBrittney Lee Champion, is a dedicated individual with a strong work ethic and an outgoing personality. She has been dancing for the last 19 years, 15 of these years as a member of Angie’s Dance Academy. At Angie’s she was trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop and was a part of the Angie’s Aces competition teams for 12 years where she competed in group numbers and was also a soloist. While at Angie’s, she became a student teacher which taught her responsibility, patience, and showed her the joy in teaching others that have the same passion for dance. Following her ADA career she was part of the ETSU Dance Team during her four years of college where she performed  jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and pom routines. She graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, concentrating in Public Relations and Advertising, and is now home working full time while also teaching at ADA. She has thoroughly enjoyed returning to Angie’s where she can use her knowledge and experience to teach others that share the same love for dance that she does.

 

 

 

Rebecca O’ Quinn, Originally from Raleigh, NC, Rebecca is a local dancer, singer, actress, Rebeccachoreographer, and teacher with Angie’s Dance Academy and the Asheville Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Warren Wilson, and several other area studios in Western North Carolina. She attended the Raleigh School of Ballet in her youth as well as Elon University, obtaining a BA in Dance Performance and a minor theatre, where she studied intensely as a ballet, jazz, modern and tap dancer as well as Meisner and Stanislavski acting techniques, private voice instruction, and Performance of Musical Theatre. Upon graduating, she spent a decade traveling and performing with various regional theatres, dance theatres, cruise lines, theme parks, and other entertainment production companies. Outside of Asheville, she has taught for and choreographed with The Ballet School of Chapel Hill and The Burlington Academy of Dance Arts. Rebecca also performs locally with the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Asheville Community Theatre, The Montford Park Players, and with a bluegrass three-part harmony ensemble, The Mountain Laurels. She believes in training a dancer with a full-bodied understanding of multiple dance, acting, and musical styles. Rebecca’s motto in class is: Perfection – not required nor expected….hard work – required and expected!

 

Guest Teachers at the Academy

          Dathan Brannon                                                                                

 

Dathan Brannon  is a college graduate of NC School of the Arts, Dathan has trained at American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Ballet Met and the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budepest. During his time in NY he was a member of Infinity Dance Theatre and performed with the American Ballet Theater for 3 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House.

 

 

 

Ashlyn Oswald has a long history with gymnastics tracing back to her first lessons at Angie’s at age 3. When her teacher noticed her potential, she began taking gymnastics in Asheville and Hendersonville and became a competitive gymnast by age 6. As her competitive gymnastics career took off, Ashlyn began training with well-known coaches such as Mihai Lajos and Qi Han, who have each brought gymnasts to the Olympics, and Kristie Phillips, the 1987 senior U.S. National Champion and Olympic judge. Ashlyn has represented North Carolina on a regional level and earned national recognition as a competitive gymnast for the state in levels 7, 8, and 9. Unfortunately, during the North Carolina Level 10 State Meet in 2015, Ashlyn suffered an injury that left her unable to do gymnastics competitively ever again. Although her gymnastics days are over, Ashlyn still enjoys teaching the sport with a passion. Today she lives in on a farm in Waynesville and spends much of her time acting when she is not teaching gymnastics. She plans on attending Western Carolina University in the Fall of 2018 to study Nursing and Theater.

 

Tricia Renshaw has enjoyed dancing, choreographing, and teaching for many years. She began dancing in Delaware in her formative years, and continued her training at Shenandoah Conservatory, Temple University, The Professional School, The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, and East Coast Ballet.  She has danced with contemporary and ballet companies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida, and also served as the artistic director for The Professional School’s Modern Company.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Dance from Skidmore College, and went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Florida.  She currently enjoys teaching at the Asheville Ballet School and Western Carolina University.

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