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XDA Instructors 2016-2017

Jessica Long - Owner/Instructor Ballet/Tap, Certified Acrobatics, Jazz, Contemporary & Company

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 Mrs. Jessie started her dancing carerer at the young age of 7 with Baton, Jazz and Clogging and was hooked for life! As the years progressed she took all forms of dance including Gymnastics and Cheerleading. She finally found her calling and focused on Jazz and Lyrical. Jessica contiued her Gymanstics training throughout high school and was proud to be a local Woodlawn and Eastern Cheerleader. Competition dance started young for her, at the age of 9, and continued throughout highschool. As an adult she has continued her dance training by attending yearly Dance Conventions such as Pulse, Jump, Dance Makers and many more. She attends Teacher Based Work Shops and business training each year as well. Jessica is an Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor. She continues to win awards each year for Choreography, Entertainment, Costuming and Top Score/Overall Awards with her students. She has students that are currently studying dance abroad, performing with Carolina Panther Cheerleaders, college dance teams and more! Jessica is also a wife  to Brandon and a mom to Tye... She is proud of her the dance family that she has built and contiues to build. Knowing that God has placed her where she needs to be!

"I can do all things through Christ, who stregthens me" Philippians 4:13

 

 Ashley Gooch -Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Company

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Ashley Gooch began dancing at the age of 3 in ballet & tap. As she grew she enjoyed all dance styles including jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She began dancing at Carries Dance Creations at the age of 12 and there she started competing under Mrs. Jessie. In 2003 she took a teaching position with Xtreme Dance continuing her love of dance after high school. Since then she continues to expand her knowledge through conventions such as Dance Makers, Pulse, and Monsters of Hip Hop. Her dance and hip hop teams have taken home many awards such as overall awards, costume awards, top teacher and choreography awards. Ashley enjoys teaching and sharing her love of dance with all the students.

"Dancing's not work. You can't call it work.

A day I don't dance is a day I don't live."

- from "Serpent of the Nile" 

 

 

Brittanye Little-Tap, Jazz, Comteporary & Company

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Brittanye Little began her dance training at the age of two in Asheville, North Carolina at Asheville Dance Theater.  At the age of seven, she began competitively dancing in groups, duets/trios and solos, winning overalls and specialty awards both regionally and nationally.  She trained in numerous dance styles, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater and modern.  Brittanye spent various summers studying ballet, pointe, and jazz at the Atlanta Ballet and The Rock School for Dance Education.  She also attended a plethora of master classes along the East Coast with greats, such as Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Tabitha and Napoleon, Ray Leeper, Dee Caspary and Mike Minery.  Outside her home dance studio, she performed in several onstage adaptations of The Nutcracker, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Anything Goes, The Secret Garden, 42nd Street and Footloose.  After graduating from high school, Brittanye attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a member of the UNC Dance Team for four years.  Throughout her time on the dance team, as well as her senior year as captain, she choreographed show-stopping routines for major events, such as Late Night with Roy, football/basketball games and dance showcases.  Upon graduation in 2012, she began teaching at Xtreme Dance Academy as a competitive and noncompetitive tap, jazz and contemporary instructor.  Her choreographed routines have received various overalls and special awards, including Entertainment and Choreography Awards.  Brittanye enjoys working with the next generation of beautiful artists and hopes to continue instilling in them the true glory of what it means to be a dancer. 

 

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.

 

- Martha Graham 

 

 

Melissa Porco - Ballet/Tap, Jazz & Contemporary

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 Melissa Porco is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate with a degree in Biology. She works full time at a Clinical Research Organization in RTP and also works part time as a server at a restaurant in Chapel Hill. Melissa began her dance career at the age of 3 at Chorus Line Dance Studio in New York. At age 8 she and her family moved down to North Carolina and she began dancing under Mrs. Jessie at Carrie’s Dance Creations. Melissa made the transition to Xtreme Dance Academy with Mrs. Jessie, and joined the junior competition team. Melissa has many years competing in jazz, tap, and lyrical during which she and her team won many high gold, platinum, and over-all awards. Melissa also took ballet, hip-hop, and tumble recreationally until she graduated high school. During her time as a student at XDA, Melissa began assisting younger classes with Mrs. Jessie and Mrs. Ashley. The positive experiences that she had as a student teacher influenced her decision to transition into the instructor role during her college years. Now, Melissa is an instructor at XDA and gets to share her passion for dance with her students on a weekly basis. 

 

Ashley Murphy - Clogging & Director for Elite Feet

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 Ashley Murphy is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science Degree in kinesiology. She is currently employed full time at the Presbyterian Home of Hawfields in Mebane as the staffing coordinator. Ashley began clogging at the age of 8 and has been teaching for the past 10 years. Ashley was the 2008 Senior Miss American Clogger. Ashley is a member and co director for the Elite Feet Cloggers. She has been a part of Elite Feet for 17 years. She has won numerous solo and duo awards and also competed in the Junior Olympics and has been to Las Vegas to compete as well. Ashley has always had a love for dance and has a passion for teaching others.

 

 Paige Simmons - Acrobatics & Creative Movement

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Paige started her dancing career at the age of 5.  She started assisting with classes at 12 and by 14 she was teaching and choreographing her own dance classes.  Paige’s first love has always been clogging but she has also enjoyed teaching jazz, hip hop, beginner tap/ballet, tumbling, creative movement, and acrobatic arts.    She has been a member of the “Elite Feet Cloggers” competition teams since the age of 8 and also competed with “TNC Elite” for 6 years.  Paige has competed in CCA and NCHC sanctioned competitions, where she won numerous solo and duo awards.  She also spent 6 years competing with “Elite Dance Academy” in jazz, hip-hop and acrobatics. At the age of 16 Paige competed in and won Teen Miss American Clogger.  She was crowned Miss River Mill in 2009.  Her clogging career has taken her to numerous national competitions as well as to the stage in L.A. for Amerca’s Got Talent.  Over the years Paige has enjoyed entertaining at nursing homes, ballgames, schools, and local fairs.  Paige has danced professionally at a local Jubilee and at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, SC for “All That”.  Currently Paige continues to clog competitively and share of love of dance through teaching clogging, tumbling, acrobatic arts and hip-hop. Along with teaching and competing Paige is currently working on completing her degree in Early Childhood Education. 

 

Sarah Baiden - Ballet. Hip Hop

 

 

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