Christy Crosswell Williams
Owner and operator of Swansboro Dance Studio since 1982, Ms. Williams has studied and taught ballet, pointe and tap for more than 23 years. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English from East Carolina University and is a certified teacher. While at ECU, she studied dance under the world renowned Mavis Ray and Pat Pertallion, former head of the ECU dance department.
Heather is originally from Durham, NC where she began dancing at 2 years old and until she graduated high school with Nina Wheeler of Nina's School of Dance. Heather attended East Carolina University from Fall 2005 to Spring 2008 and graduated in 3 years. In 2008, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree Cum Laude in Dance Performance, with a concentration in jazz, at East Carolina University. While attending ECU, she studied under Tommi Galaska, Elie Lazar (from the Joffrey Ballet), Joseph Carow, Patti Weeks, Roger Belman, Timour Bourtansenkov (Carolina Ballet principal), and world renowned Galina Panova. Heather performed in the mainstage production; Dance 2006, Dance 2007, & Dance 2008. Heather has also had the opportunity to perform in "Sharing the Legacy" in New York, at the American College Dance Festival in Ohio and Florida, and perform as a Miss North Carolina Pageant dancer for 4 years. Heather has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and contemporary for every age, for many years. She has taught at private studios in Durham, Wake Forest, Morehead City, Beaufort and Jacksonville. Heather has been teaching at Swansboro Dance Studio since 2009, where she is the lead dance instructor and manager. Heather possesses a true passion for teaching dance where she loves encouraging, inspiring and watching dancers grow into the best version of themselves.
Heather lives in Swansboro with her husband and her 2 sons, with a daughter on the way!
Nicole Wofford graduated with honors, receiving a BFA in dance performance and a minor in exercise and sport sciences from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In her senior year, she served as president of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and presented dance science research at their annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Nicole also served as secretary for the East Carolina Dance Association and founding senior representative for the East Carolina Dance Science Club. While in Greenville, she had the opportunity to work alongside film director Michael Tierno to choreograph and perform in his independent movie musical “Through A Class Darkly”. Nicole also earned her certification as an Ultra Barre instructor while working closely with its founder, Teal Darkenwald. After college, Nicole moved to Chicago, Illinois to dance with Inaside Chicago Dance, and has also had the opportunity to perform with Alluvion Dance Chicago. Nicole is currently located in the eastern Carolinas. Alignment and technique are very important, especially in this generation of dancers! As an instructor for ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and dance team, Nicole places emphasis on a solid technical foundation and efficiency in movement. She enjoys teaching and performing in all styles, but most of all she loves to watch dancers grow in technique and artistry.
Charlotte has been dancing for 17+ years, where she began dancing at Ann Arbor Dance Classics at the age of 3. Charlotte is trained in the areas of ballet, tap and jazz. While growing up, Charlotte competed in jazz and tap dance competitions. After high school graduation, she attended Siena Heights University where she was a member of their nationally ranked dance team. At Siena Heights University, Charlotte was a double major in the areas of Elementary Education and Special Education. Charlotte is currently a Special Education teacher at Queens Creek Elementary.
Jessica Dowler of Swansboro began her dance career as a third grader at Swansboro Dance Studio. She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, contemporary, hiphop, modern and improvisation. During her nine years of study she performed many roles in Swansboro Dance Studio productions. As a young dancer, in the "Nutcracker," she danced the role of "party girl" and, as a senior, danced the role of "Dew Drop." She had lead roles in the studio's productions of "Peter Pan," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Wizard of Oz;" and was a member of the Swansboro Dance Studio Dance Team from 2012 to 2016.
She has studied under Jennifer Kelly, Carlos Garland, Jennifer Gage, and Sue Meier, at Swansboro Dance Studio and The Wilmington Dance Cooperative. While in Wilmington, she performed at the Kenan Auditorium and the Cameron Museum of Art and was a dancer in the "Roaring 20's," choreographed by Jennifer Gage.
She began assisting in class in 2010 and was a substitue dance instructor at Swansboro Dance Studio and Emerald Isle Dance Studio in 2015 and 2016 for students in second through sixth grades. She has been a dance instructor at both studios since 2016, following graduation from Riverside Academy. She is a licensed Zumba instructor.
Swansboro Dance Studio
PO Box 1653
Swansboro, NC 28584
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We believe that every child has an “inner rhythm” and at Swansboro Dance Studio & Emerald Isle Dance Studio we strive to help each dancer find their own rhythm. We believe that a child should be exposed to a variety of activities and encouraged to pursue those that they truly enjoy. Dance, in a challenging, non-competitive atmosphere gives children, as well as adults, the opportunity to express themselves freely through music and movement. It enhances the ability to pursue individual goals and to work together as a group. It reinforces such skills as listening, counting, coordination, motor skills and musicality. Whether a child chooses to dance for many years or moves on to other interests, tapping that inner rhythm will provide life-long benefits.