Destination Arts Faculty

Our Staff’s job is to instill confidence, pride and creativity in your student! We know they are the best around at what they do, but are pretty sure you will soon be thinking the same, too!

 

“We don’t teach kids to make great dancers, we teach dance to make great kids.”  -Misty Lown

Cameron Ligon

Cameron Ligon

Owner/Business Director/Instructor

Cameron has been dancing and performing for over 25 years, but for the last fourteen has found that her true calling is actually in teaching. Her training began locally in her hometown of Kernersville, North Carolina, and she continued dancing at studios around the Piedmont Triad Area until she graduated high school. She also has ballet, pointe and modern training from the North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA). In addition to dance, Cameron has had a promising singing career under the name of Cameron Marion. She formerly used both her singing and dancing abilities as part of an LA-based pop girl group that shared a short stint on the reality TV circuit. Cameron has released an album and two singles on iTunes; one of which received regular airplay on XM country radio. She has opened for and shared a stage with Jeff Cook from the legendary country group ALABAMA, Jordan Knight & Donnie Wahlberg from the New Kids on the Block, Cartel, the Little River Band, and multi-platinum country recording artist Gretchen Wilson. She was also the musical entertainment aired at a birthday party on the television show “Outrageous Kids Parties” on TLC. Cameron enjoys traveling and taking master classes to learn all she can about the evolving studio business, and is mentored by some of the best in the studio owner “biz”. Cameron is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and more specifically, the North Carolina chapter, as well as the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association (I.D.E.A.). Her students have been featured dancers on the “Drop Dead Diva” television show, been cast as dancers and actresses at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and have accepted spots out of very few given in many exclusive summer programs including: The Joffrey, Broadway Artists Alliance and Oklahoma City University’s (OCU) High School Musical Theatre Program. Cameron lives in Oak Ridge with her husband, Joseph, and one son, named Flynn.  She enjoys sharing her passion for dance, music and performing with students of all ages, and her biggest hope is to inspire children to set their sights high and always know they can dream BIG!

E-mail Mrs. Cameron – cameron@destinationartscenter.com

Dylana Alred

Dylana Alred

Creative Director/Competitive Team Head Coach/Instructor

Dylana began dancing at the age of four in Kernersville, NC.  She began assistant teaching at the age of thirteen at her local studio, and has been teaching ever since! With experience in both cheerleading and gymnastics as well, Dylana previously coached gymnastics at Central Carolina Gymnastics for three years. During this time she became a certified USA gymnastics coach and was well known for her choreography. Her students have won many state and regional titles. Dylana continues her dance education by attending conventions and studying the latest styles and trends. She is the co-creator of Roll Model Gear, and has a degree in Recreational Therapy. She is the beloved teacher for our Chance to Dance program, and also directs all six levels of our competitive dance program.  “Miss Dylana” is so excited to share her ideas and visions with our young aspiring dancers at Destination Arts!

E-mail Miss Dylana – dylana@destinationartscenter.com

Amanda Gottfried

Amanda Gottfried

Studio Manager/Operations

Ms. Amanda has been involved with dance her whole life! She danced and competed from the time she was a young child, until she graduated high school. During that time she was able to become an assistant teacher and then teacher to young students. Amanda’s bubbly personality and attention to detail make her a huge asset to our program. She has two daughters, Abigal and Adrianne, and is so glad to be back in the dance world! Make sure you say “hi!” when you see her around the studio!

Jocelyn Rowe

Jocelyn Rowe

Competitive & Performance Team Coordinator/Instructor

Mrs. Jocelyn has been involved with dance for the past 32 years, and has been teaching dance for the past 18 years, both in public school and private studios. She has studied all genres of dance from tap and ballet to West African and Ballroom. While growing up, Jocelyn won multiple awards, honors, scholarships, and titles. She has performed leading roles in Ballets and Musicals, including the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Leisl in The Sound of Music. She has studied dance across the East coast including Broadway Dance Center in NY, Youth Performing Arts School in KY, New England Dance Conservatory in MA, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and University of North Carolina – Greensboro, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Dance Education. She has been an on-site choreographer and performer for professional and historic outdoor theaters. Jocelyn was a certified teacher and examiner with Carolina Dance Masters, Inc. Chapter 15 of Dance Masters of America, Inc. for over 10 years. She has also judged dance competitions and scholarship opportunities. Dance has given her so many wonderful opportunities through the years and her true passion is in teaching dance and sharing her love of dance with others!

Ashley Lewis

Ashley Lewis

Preschool & Elementary Dance Instructor/Camp Coordinator

Miss Ashley received her first pair of tap shoes at age two, and has been dancing and performing ever since. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with a degree in English Literature and creative writing. While attending UNC, Ashley performed with the Starheels Dance Company for four years. After college, Ashley joined the Cane Creek Cloggers, and has performed with them at countless music festivals, schools, and events around the state. While percussive dance is her favorite, she also loves ballet, lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop styles of dance. In addition to her dance experience, Ashley also has a background in musical theater, most recently performing as Margot in CTG’s The Diary of Ann Frank. Ashley currently resides in Greensboro, NC with her long-time boyfriend and their very wrinkly dog. We are excited to have Miss Ashley on staff!

Krista Swain

Krista Swain

Performance Team Head Coach/Head Coach of ORYA Basketball Cheer/Instructor

Krista Swain truly grew up in a dance family! With a mom who was a dance instructor for many years, Krista starting assisting her at a young age and then soon had classes of her own. Her sister is also a dance instructor, so their world’s have always revolved around dance! Krista competed for many years and also cheered throughout middle and high school. With a vast knowledge of teaching and children, she is loved by students and parents alike! Krista also coaches our Performance Teams. She has one son named Hartley, who is her world, and she can’t wait to meet all of her dancers and cheerleaders!

Terese Cary

Terese Cary

Hip Hop Instructor

Terese is incredibly excited to have the opportunity to teach hip-hop, tap and jazz at Destination Arts! Terese grew up in Allentown, PA and moved to Oak Ridge, NC in August 2015.  She began dancing when she was 4 years old and has performed and competed in almost every genre of dance.  She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.  She graduated from Parkland High School in 2003, where she helped develop the Parkland Dance Team and was their captain and choreographer her senior year.  She was also the student choreographer for the Fall and Spring Musical Productions both in middle school and high school.  Terese also became a licensed Zumba Instructor through AAAI in 2012.

Terese has experience teaching students of all ages, having worked at The Little Gym and assisting at dance studios in Pennsylvania.  She was also involved at XCape, a program in Allentown, PA, for underprivileged youth who could not afford tuition at their local studios.  Giving those students the gift of dance was extremely rewarding and is something she will always be grateful for. Terese has taught creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop, and absolutely loves sharing her passion for dance with all of her students!  She is focused on making sure her students maintain a positive attitude, and always ensuring them to believe in themselves.  Dance is so magical – and Miss Terese can’t wait to share that magic with everyone!

Jennifer Frame

Jennifer Frame

Preschool & Elementary Dance Instructor

Jennifer Frame has been involved with dance for over 20 years, and has studied various styles of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop, with extensive training in ballet and pointe.  She graduated from the University of Miami, having studied Music Therapy, Psychology, and Dance.  She is dually certified by the state of North Carolina in dance and music, and has been involved with the North Carolina Dance Education Organization.

Jennifer has experience teaching students of all ages.  Whether it is exploring creative movement with younger students or working with the senior population to increase mobility and range of motion, she has a passion for sharing her love of dance and music with others.  Her experience in the school system has afforded her the opportunity to expose children to dance who might not otherwise be able to afford it, helping them to develop an appreciation for the art form.  She has facilitated “Love Your Body” workshops with teens and pre-teens, fostering positive self-image and encouraging healthy choices.  She has pioneered dance programs in churches, teaching young girls and boys as well as teenagers how to use movement in a positive and uplifting way.  She has also run an after-school dance program for children and teens.

Jennifer’s varied experiences have given her many opportunities to create new and exciting choreography, as well as to teach students how to create their own works.  She currently teaches ballet fitness classes for adults in Kernersville and is studying to obtain her ACE fitness certification.  She is very excited to join the amazing team at Destination Arts!

Trinity Salimeno

Trinity Salimeno

Dance/Tumble Instructor

Mrs. Trinity’s bio is coming soon!

Zoe Phillips

Zoe Phillips

Teacher-In-Training

We are excited to welcome DAC Graduate, Zoe, to our staff as a teacher-in-training this year! She will shadow our amazing instructors, be fully immersed and trained in our curriculum and culture, and sub classes from time to time. We can’t wait to watch her grow on her teaching journey with us!

April Mills

April Mills

ORYA Cheer Director/Head Coach of ORYA Football Cheer

cheer@orya.org

April’s Bio Coming Soon!

Sara Chatham

Sara Chatham

Voice Instructor

Sara Culler Chatham was born and raised in Winston-Salem where she began dance and voice lessons at the young age of 5. Coming from a musical family, there was always music being played throughout the house, and she was quickly introduced to many different genres. Sara has competed and won several local, state and national talent titles, including the opportunity to open up for the well-known gospel group “The Hoppers” in front of an arena of 12,000 people, when she was just 12 years old.  That opportunity led her to record her first gospel CD and network with numerous songwriters and musicians. Sara’s most recent accomplishment was winning the National “Sing Like Carrie Underwood” radio contest out of thousands of entries, where she traveled to Nashville to meet Carrie and record her version of the single “Jesus Take The Wheel.”

Pageantry has also been a fun-filled hobby for Sara. She won many local and state titles, including Little Miss North Carolina Majestic Queen in 2000, and competed in the Miss America and USA pageant systems, winning scholarship money for college. In 2007, she graduated with honors from UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She then began teaching private voice and pageant lessons, and has continued for the past 8 years. Sara loves watching her students grow and they become part of her family from their first lesson!

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Zach, son Braxton, and their two dogs. She loves going to the lake, watching movies, and volunteering in her community.

Amber Engel

Amber Engel

Voice & Piano Instructor

Amber Engel is originally from Charlotte, and has performed extensively throughout her life as a vocalist, oboist, and actress. She is very involved in musical theatre in the triad, and her favorite roles include Fantine in Les Misérables, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Jen in John and Jen. She is currently a soloist and alto core singer for the Piedmont Chamber Singers in Winston-Salem. She has been in many ensembles, including choirs, jazz vocal ensembles, early music chamber ensembles, woodwind quintets, orchestras, wind ensembles, and rock bands. Stage productions include operas, musical theatre, and plays.

Amber holds a diploma with an instrumental music concentration from UNCSA. She also has her BM in vocal performance and her BME in choral music education from UNCG. Amber lives in Oak Ridge with her husband Jeremy and children Cate, Alora, and Colin.

Jim Mayberry

Jim Mayberry

Guitar / Ukulele Instructor

Mr. Jim has been performing since the age of eight. His formative years began in choir, culminating in attending East Carolina University as a voice major. But, soon guitar became the center of Jim’s musical endeavors and he began playing in 1987 and started teaching shortly after in 1990. With many years of experience in both teaching and performing, Jim has what to takes to easily guide a student through the ropes of being a beginner through advanced. He can still be found out around the Triad performing acoustic gigs weekly, which gives him a broad knowledge of all musical styles.

Robin McLaughlin

Robin McLaughlin

Piano Instructor

Robin McLaughlin takes a special joy in helping children to love music. An experienced teacher, she guides students to master the piano through proper technique, while also developing their broader musicianship. Lessons focus on important concepts such as listening, musical vocabulary, and notation literacy. Because children learn through play, lessons frequently include singing, movement, and games. Lessons for older children are tailored to their self-determined learning outcomes, and individual needs.

Robin has appeared as a piano soloist with the Houghton College Wind Ensemble, and has also performed at the Kennedy Center. She has experience with both classical and sacred music, and frequently premieres works by living composers. She performs locally with the Catchfire Collective, which presents innovative chamber music concerts around the Triad.

Robin received her MM in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a dual Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Music Composition from Houghton College. As a composer, she has had work performed throughout the United States and Canada, and has been recognized by ASCAP and the American Composers Forum. In her free time, Robin loves to read and bake, and has nearly perfected the art of sourdough bread. We are so glad to have her on staff with us this year!

“The teachers at Destination Arts are wonderful. They provide a fantastic learning environment for my daughter and allow her to learn as she can and HAVE FUN while doing it. They are encouraging, patient and caring and are the reason my daughter has been able to return to dancing!!”

J. Militello

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.” -Dolly Parton