Lauren Bolick – Artistic Director/Owner
Lauren opened To The Pointe Dance & Arts Academy in July 2003. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Economics and Political Science. Beginning her dance training at the age of five and dancing competitively at eleven, she has studied all forms of dance with an emphasis on Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Modern. In addition to studying at various dance studios, Lauren spent a summer at the highly selective North Carolina Governor’s School intensively studying dance. She also continues to take classes on the convention circuit to keep up with the new styles. Some of her favorite master class teachers include: Dave Scott, Tabitha & Napoleon D’Umo, and Joey Dowling.
While a student at UNC, Lauren danced with Carolina Style Dance Company. During her tenure with Carolina Style, she founded the Ballet Company, served as the company’s Special Publicity Chair, Treasurer for two years, Ballet Director, and President. Under her direction, Carolina Style had its most successful year to date including the Company’s first performance at UNC’s largest performance venue, Memorial Hall. After graduation, Lauren took a job as a Branch Manager at First Union but continued to take dance classes and worked with the dance team at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Ms. Lauren is excited to be a new mom to daughter Blair!
Lauren Petersburg - Ballet Instructor
Lauren began training in classical ballet at the age of eight at Triangle Academy of Dance in Cary, NC. Under Annette Hagopian and Tamara Manukovskaya, she was trained in the Vagonova style until her high school graduation. She also studied character dance and jazz. In high school, Lauren performed soloist and principal roles with the performing company Carolina Youth Ballet in ballets such as La Bayadere, Giselle, Les Sylphides, Paquita, and the Nutcracker.
Lauren attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and graduated in 2012 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing. While at UNC, she continued her ballet training with Laurie Yeames and Julie Walters. She performed and choreographed for Star Heels Dance Team with their ballet, modern, and jazz companies. She also led the founding of Carolina Dance Initiative, which works to network between and advocate for dancers on campus. As president of CDI, Lauren worked to unite the dance community behind the push for better space, more recognition from administration, and the eventual implementation of an official dance program. She also taught ballet classes to UNC dancers of all levels through CDI’s weekly technique classes.
Miss Lauren P. is currently on faculty as Ballet Instructor at UNC, and stays connected to the student dance community as faculty advisor for CDI. She also continues her own training in ballet with Tyler Walters at Duke University and in modern at American Dance Festival Studios. She is excited to share her love of all kinds of dance to eager dancers of all ages!
Morgan Walker- Instructor
Morgan started dancing when she was two years and began dancing competitively at age eight. She was a student at To The Pointe from the very beginning and was even a student of Mrs. Lauren’s before that. While she specifically focuses on tap, she has also trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and musical theatre. She worked closely with Broadway Dance Center’s April Cook on her overall winning tap solos. Her favorite master class teachers include Michelle Dorrance, Gene Medler, and Cartier Williams.
Morgan recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Psychology and a Hispanic Studies minor. At UNC, she was a member of Carolina Style’s Jazz Company and director of the Tap Company.
As the first alum to come back to To The Pointe, Morgan is thrilled to be part of the teaching staff. She loves her little tappers more than anything in the world!
Maggie Ryan- Instructor
Maggie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she started gymnastics at the age of four. Through gymnastics she also developed a strong passion for dance. Upon reaching level 8 in gymnastics at the age of fourteen, she quit gymnastics to focus on dance. Dance quickly became her life; she danced with her school dance team, Deanne’s Dance Studio, and with Supreme Dance Force. After graduating from Minnetonka High School, she moved to California to pursue her dreams of dance. After only six months she realized California wasn’t the place for her, so she moved to North Carolina!
Maggie now plans on graduating from Elon University in 2015, and is extremely excited to work with all the dancers and tumblers at To The Pointe!
Erica Sabol- Choreographer
Erica began her dance training at the age of three under the instruction of Denise Wall of Denise Wall’s Dance Energy in Virginia Beach. Upon moving to North Carolina she auditioned for and was accepted to the New York City Joffrey Ballet summer intensive program in 2006. There, she trained under several prestigious ballet names affiliated with the company. She has also taken master classes under names such as Brooke Pierotti, Mandy Moore, Nick Lazzarini, Travis Wall, Dee Caspary and Mike Minery and many others.
Throughout her high school training she was a part of the Extravadance and Tumble competition team, nationally ranked by Dancer Magazine as #25 in the nation and #2 in North Carolina. While competing she won several titles at national competitions including Miss Senior Superstar, Highest Scoring Number, Miss Dance, and more recently was named Encore’s “Broadway Dance” scholarship recipient. Her devotion and love of dance is exemplified in the one hour commute she made from her hometown in order to participate actively with the team. She also taught at Extravadance’s satellite studio in Mooresville.
Erica recently graduated from UNC as a Communications Media Production major. While at school, she was an active participant in Carolina Vibe and Carolina Style dance teams as well as Carolina Dance Initiative. Erica is excited to share her love and dedication of dance as a teacher. She has a positive outlook and wants to encourage every student to be the best they can be!
Eileen Juric - Instructor
Eileen Juric danced as a soloist with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, she performed Balanchine repertoire with such notable dancers as Jacques d’Amboise, Ronald Perry, Hinton Battle, and Daniel Baudendistel. Eileen trained on full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (school of the New York City Ballet). She had the great honor of studying with prominent New York teachers Finis Jhung, David Howard, Robert Joffrey, Maggie Black, Zena Rommett, and Lawrence Rhodes. After her performing career, Miss Eileen returned to the Joffrey Ballet School to pursue a teaching career in the children’s program. She later served as a faculty member of the Princeton Ballet School (official school of the American Repertory Ballet). For fifteen years, she owned and operated her own studio, Basically Ballet, in New Jersey. Her students have progressed to incredibly successful dance careers on the stage, on the screen, and in the classroom.
Seeing a need for a fresh approach to ballet in mainstream studios, Miss Eileen developed the innovative teaching program BalletBarreNone. Her 3-DVD series entitled “The Children’s Hour of Power” takes students away from the barre and presents a progressively layered approach to harnessing the essence of ballet movement in three levels designed for ages 3-5, 5-7, and 7-9. The series has sold in over 17 countries worldwide. Since the program’s debut, Miss Eileen’s work has been featured in multiple national dance publications, and she has been invited to teach dance instructors at multiple high-level venues. Miss Eileen is returning this summer as a faculty member at the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC as well as the Florence Summer Dance Intensive in Italy. In addition, she has recently been asked to join Rhee Gold’s 2015 DanceLife Conference and Carolina Dance Masters.
She is incredibly excited to share her energy and knowledge with all the talented students at To the Pointe Dance & Arts Academy!
Mackenzie Wigal - Instructor
Mackenzie began dancing at the age of three in her hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia. By age eight she was traveling nationally to compete in dance competitions. Mackenzie studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop at Performing Arts Connection and Education which was recognized as one of the top 25 dance studios in the Southeast by the Federation of Dance Competitions. Her credits include Senior Miss Dance Legacy, assisting the choreographers of the West Virginia Performing Arts Association Musical Theater Company, and assistant coaching an undefeated dance team who won two Peoples Choice Awards.
Mackenzie interned with Parsons Dance in New York City over the summer. She will return in the fall to Elon University where she is majoring in Arts Administration and Strategic Communications with a concentration in Dance. Mackenzie is excited to begin her first full season with TTP and is looking forward to a successful year!
Emma Slattery - Instructor
Lara Rosenberg - Ballet Instructor
Lara moved to North Carolina recently from Boca Raton, Florida. She began studying classical ballet technique at Boca Ballet Theater with Dan Guin and Jane Tyree. There she was given the opportunity to perform in many full length ballets including Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, Les Sylphides and her all time favorite Swan Lake. During her time there she also had the opportunity to perform in contemporary works such as George Balanchine’s La Source, Mikelle Bruzina’s Braum’s Song Sonatas, and Ella Sang choreographed by Dan Guin.
In 2012 Lara received her B.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography, with a second major of European Studies at the University of South Carolina. There she studied under Stacey Calvert former Soloist of New York City Ballet, Thaddeus Davis of Wideman Davis Dance, and Kyra Strasberg former Principal of Boston Ballet. While at USC Lara was able to perform in various Balanchine works such as Stars and Stripes, Serenade, and Walpurgisnaught. She also had the opportunity to workshop Twyla Tharp’s Eight Jelly Roles, and finished up her four years at USC traveling with a group of her peers to the American College Dance Festival in 2012 to perform Thaddeus Davis’s original contemporary work “It’s Getting Heavy.”
Lara is so excited to share her love of ballet with her students!
Emily Burgner - Instructor
Emily began dancing at Hillsborough School of Dance when she was three years old. She competed her first solo at age six and joined the competition team upon moving to To The Pointe when she was ten. Over the years she has studied many forms of dance, focusing mainly on ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop and musical theater. She has also had the opportunity to take master classes with many professional dancers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Dioreo, Dave Scott, Kim Wolfe, Travis Wall and Gene Medler to name a few. In 2013, Emily had the opportunity to perform in the opening number at Starpower Nationals with the Myrtle Beach Dance Force choreographed by Jill Wolins. Emily is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is studying pharmacy and chemistry. She continues to dance at Carolina with the Carolina Vibe and Carolina Style dance teams. Emily is very excited to be back with her To The Pointe family!
Fabia Simpson – Instructor
Fabia is originally from London, England and brings over 30 years of dance experience in her first year as an instructor at To The Pointe.
She is a graduate of the British Association of Teachers of Dance and not long after gaining her qualifications embarked on a performing career allowing her to travel extensively. As well as performing in London, Fabia has been in shows in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea and on board Chandris/Celebrity Cruise Ships sailing the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas. She was then selected as part of the production team to stage and produce entertainment shows for Thomson Holidays in Corfu, Greece and Almeria, Spain and was cruise director on board ships for Ambassador Cruises sailing from Cyprus to Egypt and Israel. This was where she met her husband, Keith, and not long after they were married, moved to North Carolina in 1995.
Fabia is the proud mother of two inspiring children, Gabriella and Corben, and is excited and honored to be a part of the To The Pointe family!
Allie Bauer - Instructor
Allie has been performing and dancing since the age of three. She has been trained in ballet and pointe (Cecchetti), rhythm, street, and Broadway style tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and musical theatre. Allie has participated in nineteen theatre productions in her life, three ballets, and four Hollywood productions this year alone, three of which will be featured at Sundance Film Festival and one at The Cleveland International Film Festival. Some theatre productions she starred in includes Little Shop of Horrors, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and High School Musical. She also starred in two ballets which she also directed, The Nutcracker and The Grinch. All proceeds went to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital and together raised over 15 thousand dollars. Allie’s professional career started at the age of 11 where she performed in the Cleveland Ballet’s Nutcracker during the holidays and has continued in film and dance. Allie has also been singing ever since she can remember. She is trained in Opera but loves to sing jazz, classical, music theatre, and many other genres. She plans on attending The University of North Carolina School of the Arts for Drama in the fall.
Paula Alford - Instructor
Paula Alford is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Communications/Public Relations. She also went back to school to obtain her NC teaching licensure and is certified in Dance K-12 and Exceptional Children. A dancer since the age of three, she has learned and participated in disciplines such as tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, lyrical, and acrobatics. She began competing at the age of 8 and has won various awards in different competitions and pageants.
Before becoming an instructor at To The Pointe, Paula worked at different studios in the area as well as starting a dance program at a local high school where she formed a partnership with Carolina Ballet. Students were able to volunteer and view ballet productions as well as take master classes offered by Carolina Ballet members. Paula held diverse jobs before becoming a teacher such as working in hospital atmospheres to working as an extra for the movie industry in Wilmington. She appeared in The Jim Valvano Story and One Tree Hill.
Paula currently teaches at Orange High School and coaches swimming. She is married to Mark and is the mom of 3 children ranging in age from 12 years to 1 1/2 years. She is proud to be part of a wonderful studio!