Our Staff

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 Baile
Heather has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and contemporary for every age, for many years. She has taught at private studios in Durham and Wake Forest. In 2008, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 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 is entering her 8th year with Swansboro Dance Studio and is excited for the upcoming year!

Laney DeMaris
Laney has danced for over 20 years and has loved every minute of it. She performed in many classical ballet productions including Swan Lake, Copelia, the Nutcracker, and Cinderella. One of her fondest memories of her dance career includes traveling to London and Mumbai with her dance company to dance at outreach events and lead local dance workshops. While she loves performing, her current passion is teaching and investing in the lives of students. Her love of teaching began in high school when she was a teacher's assistant for three years as well as leading a class her senior year. Since graduating high school she continued to dance as a member of the Clemson University Dance Company. Upon graduating college and working on her Masters in Counseling she taught at perimeter Ballet, teaching private lessons and instructed ballet company members in class and on choreography. She was also a faculty member at GAC school as a ballet teacher for elementary students. In addition to these roles she was a teacher and choreographer for the Gold Rush Dance Team which performed annually at a national youth conference.

Jennifer Reeves

Ms. Jennifer is originally from Durham, NC; she has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She is classically trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern/contemporary, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop. Her mother, who danced professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, was the reason Jennifer started dancing. Jennifer trained at The Studio School of Dance Arts and Gymnastics and at Encore Academy of Dance in Durham, studying with her mother and other instructors. She danced at Riverside High School under Marie Middleton-Hopkins. She also performed with the Moscow Ballet Company twice in their production of "The Nutcracker" when they came to the States and were in residency at Duke University.
Ms. Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a BFA in Dance Education in May 2015. While at ECU she studied under Dawn Clark, Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Marissa Nesbit, Galina Panova, and Patti Weeks. She performed in the main stage production, Dance 2014, in choreography by Patti Weeks and she also performed in Contemporary Concert 2012 in a piece by Patti Weeks. 2012 also brought the opportunity to perform at the Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC in Tommi Galaska's "Talkin' Trash".
She now lives in Richlands, NC with her Fiancé and three dogs. She teaches dance and runs The Dancing Royals Dance Team at Northside High School in Jacksonville, NC. Ms. Jennifer is very excited to start her second season with Swansboro Dance Studio!

Jessica Miller

Jessica is from Aiken, South Carolina and has been dancing since the age of three. Enjoying every genre from tap and ballet to lyrical and jazz, she trained under Rhoda Burns of Burns Dance Studio through high school and began dancing competitively with her at the age of seven. In 2005 she graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina earning her B.A. in Dance Performance. During her time at Winthrop she shifted her focus to modern dance and began her career in choreography. She attended several national dance festivals and intensives to deepen and broaden her knowledge of all movement forms, including the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, and Parsons Dance Intensive. Upon graduating college she moved to Columbia, South Carolina and began dancing for two professional modern dance companies, Sapphire Moon Dance Company and The Power Company and was able to create choreography and perform several times around the city of Columbia. Her husbands career as a Corpsman in the United States Navy has since moved them to Norfolk, Virginia for three years where Jessica taught dance for the City of Norfolk at Lakewood Music and Dance Center. Her next adventure landed her in San Antonio, Texas where she danced with, and set choreography on San Antonio Dance Fringe, a professional modern company that performed in several venues throughout the city. Her latest stop on her military journey has landed her in Jacksonville, North Carolina where she is eager to introduce modern dance technique to every level, as well as intermediate ballet and pointe to the lovely students here at Swansboro and Emerald Isle Dance Studios!

Arianna Marcell

Arianna Marcell graduated with honors from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She was a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ And received the Bezalel Award for Artistic Achievement, Diakonos Award for Service, and Daniel Award for Academics. Marcell received additional dance training at the American Dance Festival, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Intensive, Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Intensive, and Bates Dance Festival. Her choreographic work at Belhaven includes the pieces "Inner Child" and "Apparent." Marcell performed in a work by South Korean choreographer Sung Yong Kim during the American College Dance Association's 2016 National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. And, she was a featured performer in a repertory house piece set by Rennie Harris. Marcell served as the USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) Dance School Assistant Administrator during their 2014 competition. In 2016, she was the Artistic Manager for the USA IBC's Reunion Gala in honor of Nina Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia. Arianna Marcell's most recent work was as Guest Instructor at Pearls Dance Academy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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Swansboro Dance Studio
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Swansboro, NC  28584








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We believe...

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.

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