Instructors

Meghan Antol

Meghan Antol

Meghan Antol began studying dance at the age of five with Chamber Ballet in Williamsburg, Virginia. She continued her training at the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts and the School of Richmond Ballet. Meghan had the opportunity to train with artists such as Heidi Robitshek, Sandra Balestracci, Adrienne Dellas Thornton of the Kirov Academy of Ballet and Julie Job of the School of Richmond Ballet and attended several training intensives with companies such as Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Richmond Ballet. She trained and performed with the Duke University Dance Program during college and currently enjoys collaborating with various individuals and companies in the Triangle area to perform both ballet and contemporary works. Meghan loves fusing her background as an elementary school teacher with her passion for dance to create structured yet fun classes for a wide range of ages.

Anna Barker

Anna Barker

Anna Barker was introduced to Pilates during college, as a strengthening and supportive tool for her dance career. She went on to receive her Pilates Mat Certification in 2009 and taught in Philadelphia and New York City for 5 years. Anna moved back home to Durham, where she received the Pilates apparatus/equipment certification at InsideOutBodyTherapies, and currently teaches at several local studios. She is fascinated by the healing and reconstructive elements of Pilates and has used the system to combat her own dance-related injuries. Anna is thrilled to share her movement experiences in her classes, while not taking herself too seriously!

Sarah Bowdoin

Sarah Bowdoin

Sarah Bowdoin recently moved to Durham from Charleston, SC, where she danced professionally with and taught for several classical ballet companies, including Palmetto City Ballet, the Unbound Ballet Project, and the Ballet Academy of Charleston. Sarah is also certified in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga and works in marketing for the American Dance Festival.

Cristal Chinchayan

Cristal Chinchayan

Cristal Chinchayan was born and raised in Trujillo, Peru and has lived in the Raleigh area for the last ten years. She is trained in modern dance and Afro Peruvian folklore and has been training and teaching samba for the last several years. She serves as assistant director for the NC Brazilian Arts Project and currently travels throughout the east coast performing and showcasing Samba No pe´ at various festivals and events.

Christina Conley

Christina Conley

Christina Conley began dancing at age three, focusing her training on jazz, tap, and modern. She holds a BA in modern dance from the George Washington University and is certified in yoga, Pilates mat, and Pilates apparatus. Christina has taught in the Triangle since 2006 and has performed with Killian Manning, Ava Vinesett, for the UNC-G graduate dance department, and recently at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She also practices massage therapy in Chapel Hill.

LaTissa Davis

LaTissa Davis

LaTissa ChaNellé Davis is a hip hop dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in Raleigh, NC. She is currently on the teaching faculty at City Ballet Raleigh and Pirouette Dance Company, and teaches hip-hop classes throughout the Triangle. LaTissa strives to encourage her students of all ages to reach their potential and live their dreams.

Lulu Diaz

Lulu Diaz

Lulu Diaz has a dance background in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Ballroom dance. She started dancing Salsa when she was little, but it wasn’t until 2014 that she started learning Afro-Latin dances more formally. She is currently living in Chapel Hill, NC and she is the director of Baila Beats Academy, founded in 2019. Her goal is to help people heal and feel alive through dance.

Tracey Durbin

Tracey Durbin

Tracey Durbin recently moved to Durham from Portland, OR, where she has been an integral part of the Portland dance scene for 25 years. She has choreographed and taught for Northwest Dance Project, BodyVox Dance, Oregon Ballet Theater and Reed College. Most recently, Tracey was one of four choreographers chosen for the Northwest Dance Project ‘Chopin Project’ with acclaimed pianist Yekwon Sunwoo and she is also a featured artist in the book ‘Beauty Is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond’ published by Stance on Dance in 2017.

Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards

Originally from Mount Vernon, New York, Lee Edwards is an interdisciplinary movement artist and storyteller, whose primary modes of making are through dance and poetry. They began their training at The Dance Theatre of Harlem school, and received their BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia (c/o 2015). Lee has danced and performed with companies Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround, Putty Dance Project, Dancespora, and Jo-Me’ Dance.  They have taught step and creative writing at Harlem Children’s Zone, dance at John W Hallahan High School, improvisation at Duke University, and master classes at KCBC.  Lee enjoys teaching all ages and specializes in jazz, modern, improvisation, and contemporary ballet. They recently graduated with an MFA: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis in Dance and a Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC (c/o 2022).

 

Caroline Dyar

Caroline Dyar

Caroline Dyar is a Green and Black Belt Nia teacher who was introduced to Nia in 1999 and began her teaching journey in 2008. Her Nia practice guides her to be aware of sensation, to open her mind to endless possibilities, to allow emotions to flow and release, and to listen to and embrace her unique spirit. Caroline delights in applying what she has learned from Nia to every aspect of her life, and she loves to share the Joy with everybody! Contact Caroline and read the story of her Nia journey by visiting her NiaNow profile: http://www.nianow.com/carolinia

Rachelle Feldman

Rachelle Feldman

Rachelle Feldman grew up studying and performing ballet at Maryland Youth Ballet with national acclaimed teacher Hortensia Fonseca, and modern dance with Anne Waugh Allan among others . She also served as Ballet Mistress for Columbia Dance Theater and taught creative movement, modern dance, and ballet to children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts – Dance at the University of California, Berkeley where she received the Julia Payne Award for Dance Scholarship and Choreography. Rachelle danced for various modern choreographers in the San Francisco Bay Area and taught ballet and contemporary classes for adults at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center before moving to Durham in late 2016.

Nia Galas

Nia Galas

Nia Galas began studying dance at Durham School of the Arts and minored in dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has also completed a 500-hour Yoga teacher training and  has integrated many modalities of movement into her teaching. Nia has been working with children for twenty years, mostly in schools, recreation centers, and nannying; she is most excited to share her experiences with children because of their uninhibited energy and natural kinetic curiosity.

Helen Hickey

Helen Hickey

Bio coming soon
Jeanie “Marisol” Ibañez

Jeanie “Marisol” Ibañez

Jeanie “Marisol” Ibañez has a life-long love of dance, studying ballet and dancing in musicals and summer stock while at university. She has choreographed and danced for the Kansas City and Orlando Lyric Operas, as well as for Epcot Center and other venues. Her flamenco and Spanish dance studies began in NYC at Ballet Hispanico. She has studied in Spain with Milagros Mengibar, Raphael Campallo, Isabel Quintero, and in the U.S. with Carlota Santana, Belen Maya, Anna Menendez, Carmela Greco, and others. Jeanie endeavors to share her enjoyment of the dance with her students.

Amari Jones

Amari Jones

Amari Jones began dancing in fifth grade. She holds a BA in Dance from UNC-G, where she trained in ballet and Afrocentric dance as well as other styles. She is a 2022 graduate of the Duke Dance MFA program, where her research focused on race and gender as it relates to children. Amari has performed with various dance companies both on stage and in dance films.

Laurie LaBean

Laurie LaBean

Laurie LaBean is a certified Blue and Green Belt instructor and a licensed massage therapist who has been studying health and healing for the last 9 years. When she began dancing Nia®, she realized the incredible power Nia has to heal the body, mind and spirit. In her Nia classes she fosters an environment free of judgment where participants can just have fun!

Laylianah Mahasin

Laylianah Mahasin

Laylianah Mahasin has been devoted to the art of Belly Dance for over 11 years. She has studied many styles of belly dance with world-renowned instructors, and is excited to share her knowledge and passion with her students. Laylianah emphasizes the importance of correct technique, while providing a fun and supportive atmosphere for students who are just discovering what amazing belly dancers they can be!

Killian Manning

Killian Manning

Killian Manning has been teaching dance to people of all ages since 1988. She first taught, performed, and choreographed in Boston, where she was a member of Susan Rose and DanceWorks, serving on the faculties at Radcliffe, DanceWorks and the Boston Conservatory. As Artistic Director of killianmanning/noforwardingaddress, her award-winning choreography has been presented in Salt Lake City, Boston, Chicago, Alabama, and North Carolina. Killian has also taught yoga for many years, as well as guided meditative movement.

Angelo Marin

Angelo Marin

Angelo Marin hails from New York City, where he studied various dance styles for five years. His specialty is hip-hop, and he has taught his choreography to others in informal settings.

Hannah Marr

Hannah Marr

Hannah Nicole Marr, from Raleigh, NC, is a College and High School graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). She is a company member with local dance companies ShaLeigh Dance Works and OM Grown Dancers. Hannah choreographs and teaches for studios and schools around the area, and is on faculty for the OM Still Growing Company, as well as the TRAIN pre-professional program at Threehouse Studios. Hannah has been honored to perform works set by Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Wayne McGregor, Juel D. Lane, and many more.

Anthony (AJ) Nelson, Jr.

Anthony (AJ) Nelson, Jr.

Anthony Nelson, Jr. (“Ay-Jaye”) is a Durham performer, choreographer, and instructor. He began his dance training at Hillside Performing Arts High School and has since branched out, broadening his movement vocabulary and technique with a focus on modern movement, release technique, hip-hop, and jazz influenced styles. Ay-Jaye has performed works for Chris Grant, renowned choreographer for Beyoncé, Christian Von Howard of The Von Howard Project New York, ShaLeigh Dance Works (Jazz at Lincoln Theatre NY), and has performed around the Triangle with various independent dance organizations. He continues to instruct, perform, and create art to build deeper bonds and uplift his community.

Julie Neumark

Julie Neumark

Julie Neumark has been dancing since she was eight years old. She attended Dance With Mitzi in Boonville, NC, for about a decade. She tried almost every class offered there, but focused on jazz, tap, ballet, and modern. She continues to dance as much as she can, and her favorite styles include hip-hop, zumba, contemporary, and swing dancing, although she loves learning new types of dance! She graduated from UNC Asheville in 2021, with a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Education and is currently an assistant teacher for grades 3-4, and an after-school teacher at Carolina Friends School in Durham. She can’t wait to share her passion for dancing with you!

Ife Michelle Presswood

Ife Michelle Presswood

Ife Michelle (Choreographer, Dancer, Artistic Space Maker, Black Culture Educator) is a native of Charlotte, NC. Her dance training began at North Carolina Performing Arts Academy and continued through college, with her primary styles being Traditional West-African, Contemporary, Horton Modern Technique, Hip-Hop, Stilettos, and Couture/Vogue dance. Ife currently teaches at Duke University (Professor of Dance in Hip-Hop) and Fayetteville State University (Professor of Dance) in addition to teaching various community classes, where she is invested in dancers’ self-exploration and expression through Afro-Diasporic/Black/Queer dance genres.

Steven James Rodriguez Velez

Steven James Rodriguez Velez

Steven James Rodriguez Velez hails from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, where he began his movement studies with the martial arts. While a student at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, he studied ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance intensively and performed and choreographed with HINCAPIE and ANDANZA dance companies. He has performed with with several area dance companies, including Black Irish, Blackbox Dance Theater, and OM Grown Dancers, though is is currently based in Puerto Rico.

Danielle Segretto

Danielle Segretto

Danielle Segretto has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. Trained primarily in classical ballet, she also holds a Bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance performance from Winthrop University. She has trained with many well-known artists, including Gelsey Kirkland and Cynthia Gregory, and has performed professionally in Seattle and NC. She has an early childhood education certificate with the State of NC and taught preschool for four years.  Danielle is very excited to be working at Ninth Street Dance again!

Nischitha Shetty

Nischitha Shetty

Nischitha Shetty is a well-known Bollywood choreographer in the Triangle. Her experience spans over 20 years, and she has been teaching dance for the last 10 years. She was introduced to Indian classical, folk and Bollywood dance styles at a young age. Her passion for Bollywood kept on growing because of the versatility it offers. She choreographs and performs regularly at various events – from small private parties to big international festivals. She likes to incorporate different dance styles like Indian folk, Indian classical, contemporary and hip-hop into her dance routine. She works well with adults, children and dancers of all levels. Her classes are clearly structured, well researched and fun!

Lori Weiss

Lori Weiss

Lori has always had a passion for dance and fitness, so dance fitness was a natural fit. Lori has been teaching dance-inspired fitness classes since 2010. She is an AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America) certified group exercise instructor and she holds speciality certifications in Barre Above and Balletone fitness. When she is not dancing, Lori works as a math education specialist, serving students in grades K – 12.

Lucy Zhu

Lucy Zhu

Lucy Zhu grew up on the West Coast of the United States and  in Shanghai, China. In 2020, she graduated from the UNC School of the Arts, where she majored in Ballet Performance. Trained in the Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova methods, she emphasizes the importance of technique and freedom of movement. Lucy has taught students of all ages and is passionate about bringing the joy of dance to everyone.