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Amelia has been involved in dancing for over 30 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance and Dance Education Certification from Winthrop University. While at Winthrop, she performed in many shows with Winthrop Dance Theatre and Rhythm Quest, as well as, several student choreography showcases. Amelia has toured with Dance Caravan and has also performed with Sinergismo Dance Company of Charlotte, North Carolina. She has performed with the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Carolina Voices, and the Singing Christmas Tree. She was a semi-finalist in Fox Network’s television show So You Think You Can Dance. Amelia has played the role of Bebe in Theatre Charlotte’s production of A Chorus Line. She has also received several awards for her innovative choreography.
Amelia is currently teaching Modern, Jazz, and Tap Dance at Northwest School of the Arts in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. She was the choreographer for NWSA’s production of Les Miserables and has served as Assistant Choreographer for 12 other NWSA productions including The Color Purple, and All Shook Up which won an astounding number of Blumeys at The Blumey Awards in 2017. She has choreographed 10 of NWSA’s Middle School Musical Productions including Seussical Jr. and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. Amelia has been the Assistant Choreographer for Theatre Charlotte’s production of The Full Monty and the Choreographer for C.A.S.T.’s production of Marat/Sade with which she won the Metrolina Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Drama for Marat/Sade. She has also presented many other original works for the GAMUT Dance Company of Davidson College, Winthrop University’s ST-Arts Program, Carolina Voices, Northwest School of the Arts, and Momentum Dance of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Amelia looks forward to continuing creating new works for the stage, inspiring others through the art of dance, and living the life of an artist.
Amelia is currently teaching Modern, Jazz, and Tap Dance for Northwest School of the Arts in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. She now teaches Tap and Jazz Classes at Davidson College, Charlotte School of Ballet, and Elite Performing Arts Company of Gastonia; and is a licensed Zumba Instructor. She was the choreographer for NWSA’s production of Les Miserables and has served as Assistant Choreographer for their productions of 42nd Street, Aida, Pippin Thoroughly Modern Millie , The Music Man, West Side Story, Footloose, The Color Purple, and Shrek The Musical which won an astounding nine Blumeys at The Blumey Awards in 2014. Amelia has been the Assistant Choreographer for Theatre Charlotte’s production of The Full Monty, the Choreographer for C.A.S.T.’s production of Marat/Sade, and NWSA’s Middle School Productions of Seussical Jr., Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and Aladdin Jr. , and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. She received the Metrolina Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Drama for Marat/Sade for the 2009-2010 Charlotte Theater Season.
Amelia has served as a Guest Artist in Residence at Winthrop University for their Summer ST-ARTS program and Guest Choreographer for the Nations Ford Dance Team in Fort Mill, South Carolina. She most recently traveled to the International Thespian Conference with NWSA’s production of The Color Purple where she served as Assistant Choreographer. This season she will present a new piece on the Spring Gamut Dance Concert at Davidson College, along with many new works on the Northwest School of the Arts stage.
Cierra Lacey has over 21 years of dance experience and training in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, modern, and African dance. Cierra was born in New Jersey, but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina where she explored her passion for dance, while competing and becoming a national title winner at Precision Dance Center. Cierra had the opportunity to attend Northwest School of the Arts, a local arts middle and high school where she received additional training in modern, jazz, and ballet. Upon graduation, Cierra attended Appalachian State University where she was co-captain of the ASU Elite Dance team, performing at every home basketball game, football game, and wrestling match, while also minoring in dance studies. Currently she is still performing with Mufuka Works Elite Roots Dance Company, and Chris Thompson Cultural Ensemble performing African, and Afro russe style of dancing. She has had the opportunity to perform for the Loose Leaves Festival , Fall and Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble, Boom Festival, and for the Carolina Voices Singing Christmas Tree.
Jesse Pellington was born and raised within The Bay Area in Northern California. There is where her love & passion for the performing arts began. A former professional dancer, Jesse has worked with multiple choreographer’s on stage, for TV and film. She has had the pleasure to dance all over the world since she was 15 years old. Her body of work includes being an original cast member of Charlotte’s own all-female ElekTriK Dance Crew, an Atlanta Finalist for BET’s show Born to Dance hosted by Laurie Ann Gibson, background dancer for various artists including Salt ‘N Peppa and Bel Biv Devoe just to name a few. Along with dance, Jesse fell in love with Colorguard at James Logan HS in Union City, CA studying under Scott Chandler. Jesse is a 4 time sport of the arts- Colorguard World Champion (2002-2005). She also continued her color guard career with the Blue Devils ‘A’ Drum & Bugle Corps located out of Concord, CA. She is a master of many genre’s of dance but jazz funk & hip-hop stole her heart many years ago. Jesse retired from performing professionally in 2012 and has now focused on teaching many dance/performing arts programs at dance studios and within the NC/SC School district.