Faculty

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Erika Hogan

Owner/Artistic Director

 

Erika Hogan has over 28 years of dance experience and over 18 years of teaching experience. Erika received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance, a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness/Wellness, and a Master of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Winthrop University. She also holds certifications in Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique. Erika was inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame and was selected to be a Youth Dance Ambassador. Erika has performed with the Royal Caribbean Cruiselines, the nationally televised Southern Sports Awards, the Nickelodeon Celebration Parade at Carowinds, the Dance Theater of Sumter, Columbia City Ballet, the Winthrop University Dance Team, and the Winthrop Dance Theater. She is a sought after choreographer that has choreographed professional shows at Carowinds as well as many pageants, fashion shows, and more! In 2016, Erika founded the non-profit NAPAC Foundation of South Carolina. Erika is currently on the board of the National Dance Foundation and the Arts Council of York County

Chay Raines

Assistant Director/Instructor

 

Chay Raines has over 28 years of training and experience in dance. Chay received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance from Winthrop University. While at Winthrop, Chay performed in multiple Dance Showcases, the Charlotte Dance Festival, and the SCDAncig Festival. She was also a member of the Winthrop University Cheerleading Team. Chay received her training in jazz, tap, ballet, African, and contemporary dance from Spelman College’s Children’s Dance Theater in Atlanta, GA. Chay attended North Atlanta High School, a Magnet School for Performing Arts, where she continued her dance training. During her time at Spelman, Chay was selected to train at The Ailey School Summer Intensive in New York City. Chay is honored to be a teacher and a member of the New Attitude Staff.

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Tina Deese

Ballet Program Director

TIna Deese trained extensively in Ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Washington Ballet, and The Richmond Ballet. Tina has directed numerous full length ballets including choreogeraphging award winnng contemporary ballet pieces. 

Dr. Wanda Ebright

Ballet and Modern Program Director

Dr. Wanda holds a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, and a BA in French from Memphis State University. Dr. Wanda serves as Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Winthrop University. Prior to this appointment, she served as Coordinator of the Dance Program and the Visual & Performing Arts major at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, where she taught all levels of classical ballet, pointe, Graham-based modern, and jazz dance.  Dr, Wanda is excited to join the NAPAC Staff and share her knowledge with our dancers.

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Justin Johnson

Hip Hop Instructor

Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Winthrop University. While he has trained in all forms of dance including ballet, modern, and jazz; he truly excels in Hip Hop. Mr. Justin started our all boys hip hop program and has led our teen hip hop classes to new heights! We are excited to expand our class offerings with Mr. Justin leading our Hip Hop program!

 

Sara-Kate Hollis

Director of Pre School &  Elementary Dance /Instructor

Miss Sara-Kate holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Political Science from Winthrop University. She was a first grade teacher for many years and has over 20 years of dance training and experience. Miss Sara-Kate serves as our Director of Early Dance Education and brings so much creativity and joy to each of her classes. We can't wait to watch our Early Dance Ed program soar under her leadership!

 

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Tierney NorrisAerial Silks/Yoga Instructor

Miss Tierney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Masters Degree in Divergent Learning and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She also has over 26 years of dance training and experience. Miss Tierney teaches in our Early Dance Education Department (ages 9 and under) and is developing a new tap curriculum for our company dancers

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"Absolutely LOVE NAPAC!! So glad I moved my daughter to this studio! Love the parent inclusion and participation!"

 

-Melody