Michelle Crisp is director and instructor for Starsteps. Her dance training began at age 5 at Asheville Dance Theatre with Becky Wilson and the late Hayes Robinson. Michelle participated on the Teen and Senior Competitive teams for 9 years. She later danced with the Asheville Jazz Works and HIM Christian Dance Ensemble. She has taught dance for Asheville Dance Theatre, Center Stage Dance, In His Steps dance ministry and Asheville Center for Performing Arts. She has over 35 years of dance experience, with over 20 years as an instructor. Michelle graduated with a bachelors in Management from UNC-Asheville in 1999. Michelle is married to Jeff and has 3 children Joshua, Ava and Josie.
Roxanne Whitener Smith is an amazing instructor at Starsteps Dance Center. Her dance background began in Lenoir at age 5, under the direction of Rae “Mac” MacGregor Wray. She attended North Carolina School of the Arts and The University of Tennessee—Knoxville on a dance scholarship. She was a DEA Regional Dance Champion and The North Carolina State Fair Queen. She was a dancer with the New Repertory Dance Company and the Knoxville Opera Dancers. She is the former director of the Halsey School Dancers—Edzell, Scotland, and a former teacher for Lenoir Academy of Dance. Roxanne has choreographed for numerous local events and theatres. Roxanne has over 40 years of dance experience and has been an instructor and choreographer for 30 years. Roxanne served as owner and director of Starsteps from 1996-2007. She is married to Tom, has 4 children Rebecca, Hayden, Audrey, and Olivia.
Cierra Wilcox is a longtime class assistant and Starsteps Alumni who has become a wonderful addition to the Starsteps Staff.. She performed in many recitals and competitions and has a great love for performing. Cierra is a graduate of ASU in Social Work and has a minor in Spanish. She has over 15 year of dancing experience and 6 years as an instructor . She has worked with numerous camps and classes. Cierra does a great job helping children have fun while learning the art of dance. Cierra married her best friend Kyle in November 2016.
Elizabeth Norris is a familiar face at Starsteps both on stage and behind the front desk. She has a lifetime of dancing experience and 2 years of instructing dance to young minds. Elizabeth has a Bachelors degree from Lenoir Rhyne University in Human and Community Service. Elizabeth has over 20 year of dance experience and is in her 3rd year of teaching at Starsteps. She is excited to share her love for dance with the young dancers at Starsteps!
Kimberly Morgan is a wonderful addition to the Starsteps faculty. Kim began dancing at the age of three. Dancing has always been in Kimberly's heart and soul. She continued to dance in high school and college. In college at Appalachian State University, Kimberly took modern, technique and ballet classes and performed with the Appalachian Dance Ensemble. Kimberly graduated ASU with a BS in Secondary Math Education in 2007. After college Kimberly continued her dance education at Starsteps and performed in Dorothy's Adventures in Oz as well as many local and national competitions. In 2012, Kimberly became a professional AHL cheerleader with the Charlotte Checkers as a "CheckMate" for two seasons. In 2014 Kimberly moved on to become a professional NFL cheerleader. Kimberly loves sharing her love of dance with the students at Starsteps. She has a strong desire to share proper technique and performance quality with all Starsteps dancers. Kimberly is married to Patrick and they have two well loved puppies.
Leah Felmlee is a 2003 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and an experienced dance and acrobatic teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience. Leah graduated from Clarion University with a Bachelors in Communication and a Minor in Theatre emphasis in Dance. After college she completed year one of the Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School at the State University of NY at Buffalo. Throughout her dance career she has taken dance classes at Steps Dance Center in NY, Broadway Dance Center, Pointe Park University in Pittsburgh, and Pine Tree Performing Arts Center in Pennsylvania. Before entering college, she was a competitive gymnast for 10 years competing at the state, regional and national level, and has also coached competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. In 2016, Leah became certified Module 1 Acrobatic Arts teacher and is proud to be teaching the Acrobatic Arts curriculum at Starsteps. Leah loves children and specializes in teaching acrobatics classes as well as combination classes for the younger dancer. Leah is married to Adam and has four children, Acacia, Titus, Arlee and Amelia.
Gretchen Haas is a Starsteps Almuni and is in her second year teaching at the studio. Gretchen brings a love of dance and learning to her classes. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she received a psychology degree. She loves working with young learners, allowing their interests to guide explorations and experiences. Gretchen is the primary instructor of Starsteps Fine Arts Learning Academy. Here is a quote from Gretchen: "I believe that children should have unlimited opportunities to interact with color, sound, and movement, allowing their natural curiosity to guide their learning during their early years. Teaching and the Fine Arts are two of my biggest passions, and for those to be combined is an absolute dream come true. My ultimate goal for the children of Starsteps Fine Arts Learning Academy is for them to develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime and experience constant opportunities to explore who they are as individuals." Gretchen is the proud dog mom of Olive.
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