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: Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Tabitha & Napoleon D’Umo, Wade Robson 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 adding to the To The Pointe family. She is expecting a baby in January!
Hannah Frederick- Co-Company Director and Instructor
Hannah Frederick was born on August 17, 1988 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the second child and first girl in her family so her mother jumped on the chance of enrolling Hannah in a summer dance camp to get away from the boys for awhile. Luckily, dance stuck with Hannah and she has been dancing for seventeen years now. She started her training at Premier School of Dance in Raleigh and then progressed to Cary Dance Productions where she finished her high school dance education. Hannah has studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary and basically any other style of dance out there. She has taken from world renowned choreographers at every convention from Tremaine and NYCDA to West Coast Dance Explosion and Jump.
Hannah began her choreography career in her senior year of high school with a dance for her studio’s Junior Company. After being their Teacher Assistant for a few years, she decided to test the waters of choreography and the students obliged. The dance went on the place fourth overall at nationals that summer. Since then she has choreographed various pieces for studios in Raleigh and now for To The Pointe.
Hannah is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On campus, she danced with Carolina Style for three years and served as the Jazz Director. As a History major, Music minor, another degree of higher education is probably in her future but for now Hannah enjoys nothing more than working with the To The Pointe staff and teaching so many beautiful, bright-eyed dancers.
Alicia Curtis – Instructor
Alicia Curtis is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science. A dancer since the age of three, Alicia began dancing competitively at the age of nine. She received her early dance training with the Gary Walker Dance Academy and the Dance Center in Spruce Pine, NC studying Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Hip Hop. She studied at the School for Gifted Students in the Arts in Brevard, NC where she studied Ballet and Modern under Ann Dunn. Alicia also attended intensives with the Atlanta Ballet and the Ballet Magnificat, a tribute to the Moscow Ballet. She has studied under Joe Tremaine, Michael Minnery, Julie Walters and Beverly Shurley.
While in college, Alicia danced with Carolina Style Dance Company’s Tap and Jazz companies. She also served as Carolina Style’s co-Business Manager for the 2004-2005 season. Before becoming a teacher at To The Pointe four years ago, she taught Tap and Jazz as an assistant instructor for 4 years at various studios throughout the state. Alicia is also considered a guest performer/choreographer with the High County Youth Ballet.
In addition to teaching at To The Pointe, Alicia teaches science at Williams High School in Burlington. She is on the board of Orange Community Theatre where she is also the choreographer and a performer.
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!
Erica Sabol- Instructor
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.
Currently, Erica is attending UNC as a Communications Media Production major. She is an active participant in both Carolina Vibe dance team as well as the premier hip hop team, Kamikazi. 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!
Morgan Walker- Instructor
Morgan starting 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 Miss Lauren’s before that. While she specifically focuses on tap, she has also trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and musical theatre. Morgan has taken master classes from highly recognized choreographers at intensives such as The Pulse and Shock. She has also 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 is currently pursuing a Psychology or Biology degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, she is a member of and choreographer for Carolina Style Tap Company and Carolina Vibe Dance Team.
As the first alum to come back to To The Pointe, Morgan is thrilled to become part of the teaching staff.
Cassie George- Instructor
Cassie recently married and has moved to the Carrboro area. She studied at Terre’s Dance Workshop for fifteen years and was a part of the Kettering Youth Ballet for six years teaching classes along the way. Throughout college she was a part of a dance team and performed in a number of different student works and performances. After college she has taught and run dance programs in a number of different studios, community centers, and country clubs. She has always loved dance and the arts.
She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design. She is now designing handbags, creating costumes, coaching gymnastics and teaching dance. Cassie is excited to share her passions and many talents with To the Pointe.
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 curriculum 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 excited to continue spreading her love for all kinds of dance by joining the team at To The Pointe this year!
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 2014 , and is extremely excited to work with all the dancers and tumblers at To The Pointe!
Jennifer Kelley- Ballet Instructor
Jennifer obtained her dance education as a full scholarship student at the Washington School of Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, San Francisco Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Cleveland Ballet. For the last four years of her training, she studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City where she was a recipient of the Helena Rubenstein Scholarship.
As a professional ballerina, Jennifer danced with The Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, Netherlands for ten years. During her time with this company, she performed with the Corps de Ballet and in various solo roles. Jennifer participated in several classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and La Bayadere. She danced in extensive repertoires from the honorable George Balanchine, Martha Graham, and Twyla Tharp, among others. Jennifer has worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Rehda, Ted Brandsen, Rudi Van Dantzig, and Hans Van Manan. Jennifer also danced with Voortman & de Jong Productions in Rotterdam, Netherlands. While there, she was a guest artist with experimental contemporary dance production and improvisational theater. She also danced with Small Neptune Dance in Amsterdam, where she participated in various roles created by choreographer Troy Mundy. Jennifer was an apprentice with the New York City Ballet, the Washington Ballet, and Stamford Ballet.
A ballet and pointe instructor and choreographer since 2001, Jennifer has taught at various dance studios along the east coast and in the Netherlands. Before then, Jennifer was considered a guest teacher and has instructed countless master classes. Her choreography includes various solo and ensemble pieces for beginner through professional level ballet, pointe, and contemporary improvisation.
Roni Zeugner- Instructor
Roni has lived in Cary, North Carolina all of her life and began dancing at Cary Dance Productions when she was 3. She danced with CDP for 15 years and was a part of the competitive company there from 2nd to 12th grade. Throughout her years of dance Roni took class from many well-known choreographers – Chris Jacobson, Eddie Strachan, and Kim Wolfe, to name a few. She won various dance convention scholarships and was awarded 7th overall at competition with the solo she choreographed for herself in high school. Roni was also accepted into the North Carolina Governor’s School program in 2009, where she studied modern dance for six weeks over the summer at Salem College.
Roni attended the University of South Carolina for two years and then transferred back home to UNC Chapel Hill, where she is now a Junior studying Exercise and Sport Science. Her hopes are to attend Physical Therapy School after college and someday find a career working in the medical field with other athletes. Roni did not get to dance much during her first two years in college and is extremely excited to bring dance back into her life through teaching others!
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!
Kathleen Tessem- Clogging Instructor
Kathleen graduated with a B.S. in Health Science from Brigham Young University, Provo in December of 2000. While at the University, she took clogging classes that improved her choreography and step skills. Growing up in a large family in eastern Oregon, she loved music, performance, and dance. She enjoyed playing Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charley Brown and Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense, during her high school years. At eight years old, she was introduced to traditional clogging with Rhonda Bybee and The Western Star Cloggers. Later, she auditioned for Treasure Valley Cloggers, a contemporary team under direction of the Johnson’s of Kuna, Idaho. There she enjoyed performing and competing on precision teams. She attended the Cougar Clogging Classic on multiple occasions as a student, and an instructor to learn new steps and routines from Scotty Bilz, Gary Larsen, Jeff Driggs, Tandy Barrett and others.
While attending BYU, she met and married her husband Jeffery, and together they moved to Denver, Colorado so that he could earn his doctorate degree. In Colorado, Kathleen brought contemporary clogging to Aurora Dance Arts and loved teaching her students and seeing them fall in love with the energy that is clogging. After finishing graduate school, she and her husband moved to North Carolina. They brought with them their three lovely children: Benjamin, Lily and Grace. Last year before Recital, they welcomed Olivia to the family!
The kids have loved dancing with To The Pointe, and Kathleen is thrilled to be instructing!