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.
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.
Ballet Program Director
Kimberly Cook has over 32 years of dance experience as both a dancer and instructor. She has trained in tap, jazz, and lyrical with an emphasis in classical ballet. She has performed in several full length ballets and was a soloist in the York County Ballet Company’s 2000 European Tour. Kimberly has performed in theatrical productions and was a performer and Dance Captain in Carowinds' 2001 show “Wide Open Country”. Kimberly trained with the Governor’s School of the Arts and served as a company member and instructor with the Robert Ivey Ballet in Charleston, South Carolina. While in Charleston, she was a member of the College of Charleston Dance team and choreographed for schools in the Charleston area.
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.
Margaret Kocherga grew up in the Ukraine, where she received her formal dance education. She was a dance major at the S. Lifar Academy of the Dance in Kiev, Ukraine. Margaret has a strong foundation in many forms of dance, including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern Dance, Contemporary, Folk Dance, Ballroom and Latin Dancing.Margaret has worked professionally as a dancer. She spent 2 years as a dancer with the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Kiev, Ukraine and was also a dancer with the North Carolina Dance Theater.
Director of Chance to Dance /Instructor
Miss Lindsay will be heading our "Chance to Dance" Program for dancers that learn and move differently. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in mild/moderate special education K-12 and a Master's of Education in Generic Special Education from Winthrop University. Miss Lindsay is a National Board Certified Teacher: Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adult. She is also the Department Chair of the Exceptional Student Education at Northwestern High School. Miss Lindsay coached the Cheer & Dance Teams at NWHS for many years and she coached the Winthrop University Spirit Squad (cheer/dance) for one year. Miss Lindsay is excited to share her love of dance with each of her students.
Aerial Silks/Yoga Instructor
After 19 years of dancing lessons growing up, and years of competitive dance, Tara knew she had found her calling when she discovered Pilates and yoga. Tara joined a Pilates studio in Charlotte and was certified by The Bodhi Tree Yoga & Pilates School, LLC in 2008. Then her head got lost in the clouds, literally. She found a new art form that tested the limits of her strength and flexibility. She found aerial arts, and began teaching it the following year. Tara founded the aerial yoga program at Be Yoga in 2012 and developed it over the next year introducing an aerial yoga certification along the way. She certified in Be Yoga's 200hr yoga certification in the summer of 2013. Tara enjoys continuing to spread the gospel of aerial, yoga, and Pilates in hopes of improving students' overall well-being and quality of life.
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