Ms. Saad began her dance training at Pofahl Dance Studios (Official School of Dance Alive National Ballet) in Florida and in South Carolina with Rhonda Alperin (National Ballet) and Thierry and Martine Dorado (Paris Opera Ballet).Her performance highlights include Piccolo Spoleto Festival and summer studies with Edward Villella (Director Miami City Ballet). She has appeared in numerous summer theatre and University Playhouse productions with East Carolina University including “Carousel”, “Destry Rides Again”, and “The Sound of Music”. After teaching and directing productions throughout eastern North Carolina, she founded The Greenville Civic Ballet as a training facility for the pre-professional dance company – The Dance Collective. Her choreography is in residence throughout the state and region and has been presented at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and with Regional Dance America/Southeastern Regional Ballet Association in Tennessee, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Her students have become professional dancers with Tokyo Disney (Ron Smith), Atlanta Ballet (Tabatha Kennedy-Hubbard), Charlotte Ballet(Nicole Shank), Ballet Magnificat! (Rebecca Colenda), Joffrey Ballet (Mary Leigh Bryant), Oregon Ballet (Matthew Pippin) Kings Dominion (Jade Ross) and Fort Wayne Ballet (Hayley McRoy.)
Many have gone on to become dance educators and notable choreographers and have won over $100,000 of summer and year-round dance scholarships throughout the country.
Married to her husband George for 25 years, she is also the parent of Logan (18) and Ryan (12) and enjoys international travel with her family. She is so grateful to her family - the Grays and Saads for their overwhelming love, support, patience and inspiration.
Most importantly, she thanks her supporters for allowing her to help create a new generation of children who appreciate classical ballet. Her personal and dance philosophy is one that empowers young people to be self-empowered, to excel and become confident and successful in whatever they choose to do.
Cherita graduated from East Carolina University in 2002 with a BFA in Dance Education, later earning her teaching certification in elementary education in 2007. She developed the Oakwood School’s dance program beginning in 2014 and is currently the Fine Arts Department Chair. During her time as a student at East Carolina, Cherita performed with the East Carolina Dance Team(1997-2000) and ECU’s Theater and Dance-Dance 2001 production. She continues professional development and training each year by attending workshops and conferences around the country. Among many she has attended the Dance Teacher’s Web Conference and Expo(Las Vegas), the Broadway Dance Center (New York), Gus Giordano Summer Workshops (New York), the Boulder Jazz Dance Conference (Colorado), and Arizona Jazz Festival (Tucson). In addition to teaching at The Greenville Civic Ballet since 2001, Cherita continues to choreograph and has judged various competitions and pageants throughout eastern NC. Cherita is entering her 19th season with the pre-professional company, the Dance Collective and serving as it’s company manager.
Anna Whitlow Brown
Anna Whitlow Brown earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. While teaching in Greensboro, she was a member of Sidelong Dance Company based in Winston-Salem. She has performed in several festivals including RDA/SERBA, American Dance Festival, NC School of the Arts and the Fringe Festival of Greensboro. She has choreographed for Farmville Community Theatre in Farmville, NC. She continues her training by attending various workshops and classes across the country including Boulder Jazz Festival in Boulder Colorado, Dance Teacher Web Expo in Las Vegas, and Dance Teachers Summit in New York. As a once certified Pilates instructor, she incorporates Pilates into some of her dance classes. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, & musical theater at the studio. Anna has also had the opportunity to work as a choreographer with The GCB's Dance Collective. This will be her 17th year as a dance instructor.
Jeanne Williams graduated from East Carolina University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a concentration in Early Childhood Development. She began her dance career as a young girl in Baton Rouge, LA. Most of her training comes from Oceanside Dance Academy in Oceanside, CA, where she focused mainly on ballet. When she and her family moved to North Carolina, she continued to dance at Down East Dance in New Bern, where she later became a dance instructor. She was a cheerleader, drill team member, and dance team member at New Bern High School. She has danced competitively in high school and college and has competed in both UDA and NDA Nationals. She was also a member of the ECU Dance Team for four years and was elected captain her senior year. Jeanne has taught all levels of jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and creative movement, with both Down East Dance and Terpsichore A Moving Experience in Southern Pines, NC. Her unique choreography has been used for high school cheerleaders, high school and college dance teams, the Arts Council of Moore County, Pitt County Schools, and local dance studios in North Carolina. Jeanne will be teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop at Greenville Civic Ballet this year. She is also a first grade teacher at Wintergreen Primary School. Jeanne resides in Greenville with her husband, Taylor and daughters, Kenley and Kherington. She is highly enthused about teaching at GCB and can't wait to share her love of dance with her dancers this year!
Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY, Shaina began her serious dance training at the age of 8 years old with the Ballet Regent School in Saratoga Springs, NY. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet dancer, the late R. Michael Steele, she performed various works by George Balanchine including Sylvia, Emeralds, Apollo, The Four Temperaments, Sleeping Beauty, and Divertimento No. 15, among others. At the age of 14, Shaina also joined the Saratoga City Ballet Company, a pre-professional company, where she danced featured roles in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Paquita, and Cinderella. She began teaching at the age of 15 and at 18 was choreographing and staging performances for the school. Professional roles included work with the Save the Ballet Benefit in Saratoga Springs, NY, as well as freelance work around the city of Saratoga. Throughout college, she continued to teach and train. Passionate about passing on the teachings and knowledge she has gained, Shaina loves working with the dancers and has worked in various capacities for The Greenville Civic Ballet, The Dance Collective, and The Eastern North Carolina Dance Foundation since 2007.
Tyler Lucas has been dancing since the age of four at a studio called Linda Kinlaw
School of Dance in Fayetteville, NC. She started dancing recreationally, then later
began competing at regional and national competitions doing various genres
of dance such as ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop. Tyler attended East
Carolina University and graduated with a bachelors degree in exercise physiology. In college she became a member of the ECU Club Dance Team and remained on the team for all four years. She joined the Greenville Civic Ballet staff in 2017 teaching various styles.
Rachel Lanham Kitto
Rachel Lanham Kitto received her earliest training from her parents, who are both professional dancers and performers. She went on to study at Jacqueline's School of Ballet in Utah, under the direction of Jacqueline P. Colledge. Rachel began performing with the school’s professional company, Utah Metropolitan Ballet, at age 15, and became a formal company member at age 17. During her early training Rachel worked with notable teachers such as Yi-Qi Cheng, Darla Hoover, Pamela Robinson-Harris, Alan Hineline, Attila Ficzere, Laura Alonso, Gilles Maidon and David Howard. While with UMB Rachel had the opportunity to perform locally, regionally, and internationally, in repertoire such as Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Balanchine’s Serenade, The Legend of Timpanogos, La Coquette, and seasonal contemporary ballet performances. Rachel later attended Brigham Young University, where she received a degree in Ballet and Contemporary Dance Performance. While at BYU she received the Gary Hopkinson Dance Scholarship as well as the Distinguished Graduating Senior and Outstanding Female Performer awards. Rachel performed and toured with BYU’s contemporary dance group, The Dancers' Company, for two seasons; performing in works by notable choreographers such as Carl Flink, Carley Conder, and Amy Markgraf Jacobson. Rachel has over 10 years of teaching experience; most recently as a member of the dance faculty at both Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University where she has taught various levels of ballet, pointe, and contemporary technique. She has also taught at many prominent dance studios in Utah Valley, such as Ballet West Academy, Jacqueline’s School of Ballet, Barlow Arts Conservatory, Center Stage Performing Arts Studio, and The Pointe Academy. Rachel currently spends the majority of her time as mom to her three children. She is also a 200hr Certified Yoga Instructor. Rachel enjoys nature, bicycling, yoga, and spending time with her family.
Nicole Munson is a 21-year-old senior at ECU, studying Criminal Justice and Business, and graduating in May of 2021. In the summer and fall of 2019, she moved to Orlando to participate in the Disney College Program, as a lifeguard. Nicole began dancing with the Greenville Civic
Ballet in 2003 at the age of four and continued for 14 years. She was a member of the Dance Collective for 7 years, performing in shows and attending the festivals at UNC School of the Arts. She attended two summer intensives with the Carolina Ballet in the summers of 2013 and 2014. Now she gets to help inspire the younger generations coming up at the studio and lead rehearsals for productions with the company.
Marissa began dancing at Greenville Civic Ballet at the age of 3, and continued until she graduated from high school. Marissa joined the Eastern North Carolina Dance Collective when she was ten, and was a Senior Company member for five years. She attended several different summer dance intensives including: Carolina Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Orlando Ballet. Marissa was an Emerging Choreographer for the 2019 Spring Splendor, and created her first piece, Divert. Marissa is a student at East Carolina University where she is studying business in the honors college program. She is also a member of the ECU Club Dance team and is enjoying the opportunity to teach ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary at GCB!
Caroline graduated from Florida State University with a degree in neuroscience and a minor in child development. She began dancing at the age of 3 in Indialantic, Florida at The Dance Zone. Through the years of dance training, she attended workshops and master classes with people such as Suzanne Ferrell and Patrick VanBuren. Caroline was welcomed into the pre-professional company, Serenade, at her home studio at 15. Upon entering the company, she also began teaching ballet, tap and musical theater. Throughout high school and college, Caroline directed, choreographed and played featured roles in musicals and straight plays. Upon entering into Florida State University, she auditioned and was admitted as a performer and act captain in the Florida State University Flying High Circus. She was an active member in the circus for the duration of her college degree. After graduating, Caroline was hired by Teach For America and relocated to Eastern North Carolina.
Caroline has taught various levels of ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary. She is also a special education teacher at Lakeforest Elementary. Caroline is thrilled to have found her new dance home at GCB!
Karen began dance training at the age of 4, studying in Burlington, Rocky
Mount, and Greenville NC, and continuing dance studies at UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Chapel Hill. From 2000 - 2003 she performed with Rejoice Dance Company in Raleigh and taught ballet at Starpoints Performing Arts Center. Karen continued dancing in Virginia Beach and Salisbury MD before returning to Greenville in 2007 and joining Greenville Civic Ballet.
Hayley McRoy grew up in Greenville, North Carolina and danced at
Greenville Civic Ballet. She later trained at the University of North Carolina
School of the Arts (UNCSA), performing in Paquita, Les Sylphide, Ethan
Stiefel’s The Nutcracker, and Balanchine’s Serenade. Upon graduating and
receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts, Hayley began dancing professionally
with Fort Wayne Ballet, performing in Karen Gibbons Brown’s The
Nutcracker, Darren McIntyre’s Phantom of the Opera, and as Winter Fairy
in Fort Wayne Ballet’s Cinderella. While dancing in Indiana, Hayley
received certifications in levels one through five of American Ballet
Theater’s National Training Curriculum, and began teaching at Fort Wayne
Ballet’s Auer Academy. Hayley had the pleasure of teaching ballet at local
elementary schools and head start programs in Fort Wayne with the help of
grant money gifted by the city for two consecutive years. Hayley is so
excited to teach at Greenville Civic Ballet and looks forward to an excellent
Erick Bateman is a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a Contemporary Dance Concentration. During his conservatory training, Erick has graciously been able to perform a plethora of works choreographed by renowned creators such as Anouk van Dijk, Shannon Gillen, Martha Graham, Doug Varone, and various faculty members on top of training extensively in contemporary techniques, ballet, and choreographic composition. Mr. Bateman also has experienced commercial iterations of dance via attending a variety of dance conventions and competitions prior to attending UNCSA. In April of 2021, he plans on moving to New York City to dance professionally, but until then, Erick is excited to return to Greenville Civic Ballet to continue to inspire the next generation of dance.
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Teleaha Dozier-Grady is a 22-year-old recent graduate of East Carolina University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She began dancing at the age of three. Teleaha joined Greenville Civic Ballet at the five. She attended four summer intensives with GCB from 2010 to 2013. Teleaha was a member of the Dance Collective for four years. While participating in the Dance Collective, she has attended the dance festival at the School of the Arts, Day of Dance and Jazz intensive at ECU. Teleaha joined the Greenville Civic Ballet in 2016, teaching and assisting. She is very excited to continue her journey to inspire young kids and adults through dance.