The Dance Center has been open for 10 years serving the Wake County Community. The owner Miss Cindy has been teaching dance for over 20 years. Cindy believes that to be a great dancer it's not just a matter of learning a singular dance to perform at the end of the year. "Its the overall experience of learning to dance, understanding proper technique and etiquette, and everything that goes into building a dancer." This attention to detail is what makes The Dance Center a great place for dancers to grow and learn.
Cindy Blevins is the owner of The Dance Center of Knightdale. She danced as a soloist with "The Land of the Sky Civic Ballet" in Asheville, NC. Cindy has over 20 years of performance, choreography, and teaching experience. She has taught all ages from 2 to adult. Her former students have gone on to place in the top 10 on a popular reality television dance program, perform in NYC and LA, dance on th collegiate and pro sports team dance squads as well as being accepted as full time resident students at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Julliard. Miss Cindy teaches all of the Preschool classes as well as most of the Ballet classes. She is also in charge of the Ballet Company. Cindy loves teaching and her Dance Center Family!
Courtney Saffie is a native of Chapel Hill, NC. She is a graduate from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a minor in Entrepreneurship. While at UNCG Courtney studied modern, ballet, jazz, tap, African and hip-hop. She studied under such names as BJ Sullivan, Duane Cyrus, Jan Van Dyke, Amanda Diorio and Lindsey Howie. She has performed for Amanda Diorio, and Loren Groeendaal, as well as having roles in The Wizard of Oz for Community Theater of Greensboro and Oklahoma for The School of Performing Arts at UNCG. Courtney has been dancing for well over 20 years and has has been teaching in the Triangle Area for over 8 years. Currently Courtney is our Performing Company Director. She also teaches all of our jazz curriculum, as well as Musical Theater, Ballet, and Tap.
Courtney feels instilling a love of creativity, and passion for dance it what makes a well rounded dancer. She uses her knowledge of dance and technique as well her energtic spirit to help guide her students through the art of dance. Miss Courtney loves being a part of The Dance Center Family!
Christa Dreese is a New Jersey native, and has trained extensively in Philadelphia and NYC. Growing up, Christa studied at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She was a principal dancer with the WAVES Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Shimon Braun, and Ballet South under the direction her mentor, Shaun Doyle. Christa earned a BFA in Jazz Dance while on scholarship at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. While at the prestigious University, she studied under Wayne Saint David, Olga Kostrisky, LaVaughn Robinson, Milton Meyers, and Ronen Koresh. Christa has travelled extensively across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia while working for the VEE Corporation production of “Sesame Street Live”. Travelling the world was made even more special by sharing the experience with her AV Engineer husband, Mike. The Dreese’s decided to call Raleigh home in 2007. Christa has taught and choreographed for numerous studios throughout the Triangle. She is thrilled to call the Dance Center home, and is looking forward to working with the ballet company students this year!
Brooke Yannayon has been studying dance since the age of 3 and danced competitively in tap, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop at CC & Company for 7 years. She studied media communication and creative writing at NC State University and was a member of Panoramic Dance Project. Through this company she studied many styles including hip hop, modern, African, Latin, Afro-Cuban, tap, etc.
She continues her training throughout the year by attending dance conventions such as 24/7 and WCDE, taking online dance master classes in the CLI database and participating in summer events such as Syncopate Tap Intensive and ADF Summer Dance Intensive. She is also a founding member of the new professional tap company based out of Raleigh, NC, Sole Symphony Tap Collective.
Brooke stresses teaching the person as an individual first and second teaching the dancer. She believes in dance as an incredible tool for learning, growth, entertainment, communication, art, as well as social action. She believes in her role as a teacher and mentor to inspire and guide a new generation of dancers. Brooke is so excited to be joining The Dance Center family!