Rachel Griffin

Owner & Director

Rachel has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She can’t tell you at exactly what age she started, but what she does know is that as a small child she purposely failed her piano and clarinet lessons just so she could spend more time in ballet class.  It was a passion that manifested early on and only continued to grow as the years progressed. Throughout her childhood, she trained in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance. She grew up training at many local studios in the Augusta and North Augusta area. On occasion she traveled for further training and participated in various programs in New York, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. These programs included the privilege to participate in the summer dance program at Disney World, Carowinds Paramount, as well as multiple Atlanta and Columbia-based intensives. She fondly remembers participating in seasonal performances at the Augusta Ballet. At the impressive age of 14, she started assisting with classes and went on to teach her own classes at only 15 years old. Since then, she is well known for teaching at various studios throughout the South East. She specializes in teaching jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acrobatics and ballet.  Rachel’s career has presented her with many exciting opportunities.  She has had the chance

to work alongside highly-respected instructors and dancers in the industry and many opportunities to train and dance with various competition companies throughout the United States. She was awarded the WRDW News 12 Time to Care Award in May 2016 for her leadership in the community. In addition to being the director of The North Augusta School of Dance, Rachel locally works with athletic teams, theaters, daycare programs and donates her time to non-profit organizations in the area.  She continues to travel teaching master classes, coaching competition teams and theater festivals.  Rachel takes a great deal of pride in the relationships she builds with her students and is recognized  for developing dancers to reach their highest potential. She finds it fulfilling to help dancers realize what they are truly capable of accomplishing. She’s incredibly grateful to be able to do what she loves and it’s evident in her students’ adopted passion and talent. Outside of the dance studio, you can find Rachel keeping tabs on just about every Broadway show ever created, enjoying married life with her husband Daniel, and playing outside with her two furry children.  

Elle Starzec

Performing Arts Director

Elle Starzec’s training began at Mrs. Betsy's School of Dance in Franklin, North Carolina. Her training included all types of dance as well as musical theater. As an advanced dancer she was invited to participate in the studios company where she performed in various locations. Because of this benefit she was able to attend many theaters and dance structured workshops, master classes, and intensives all over the United States. She also found, at an early age, not only did she enjoy dance but the theater as well. She has performed in many productions and choreographed many as well. She has also been trained in all areas of the theater from center stage to backstage. A few shows she has choreographed include: “White Christmas;” “Into the Woods;” and “25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Her specialty includes choreography in musical theater and various types of dance all over Georgia, South and North Carolina. She moved to Augusta Georgia in 2011 to attend Augusta University in that same year she began teaching around Augusta as well. As a performance arts director she teaches performance groups, beginner classes to advanced classes. She is also one of the founding teachers of The North Augusta school of Dance. Elle cannot wait to continue sharing her love for dance with others.

Jessica Bailey

Ballet Director

Jessica Bailey has performed professionally as a classically trained ballerina with the Augusta Ballet, Dance Augusta, and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.  Her choreography includes work for companies such as Augusta Preparatory Day School, AU’s department of Communications, AU’s Opera Ensemble, the Augusta Opera, and Le Chat Noir.  She is a certified Pilates Mat Instructor, and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Augusta University.

The North Augusta School of Dance is proud to have her share her love and dance knowledge teaching our ballet classes!

Deborah Bertoldo

Deborah Bertoldo was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the United States after getting married.

Her teaching career started in Brazil as a substitute teacher in classical ballet classes in addition to strength and flexibility classes.

With over 20 years’ experience as a Classical Ballerina, she also has trained in modern, jazz and other ballet styles/methods. She has taken classes from world known teachers at international dance workshops in Brazil, at the Russian Ballet in Brazil and with Ballet Arkansas Company, in Little Rock.

Performances include Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Paquita, Dom Quixote and Nutcracker. Deborah was part of a jazz group who performed in a television show in Brazil and has taught at All Stars Dance Center in Texarkana Texas. In 2018 her and her family moved to Augusta, Georgia and she is excited to be teaching at The North Augusta School of Dance.

Marion Leger

Marion LEGER was born in Angers / France.  Over the years she has enjoyed a professional career in modeling, acting & dancing.  Some of her experience includes:  tv show Migliori anni, Rome, Italy; tv show Stasera è la tua sera, Rome, Italy; Model for Elio Ferraro brand (outfit) / Florence, Italy; Model for Italian shoes brand - advertising (photos and videos) June 2010; Hair and makeup shows in France, Italy; Dancer for dinner show Otel Variete Ristoteatro in Florence / Italy; Dancer for Italian humorist Kagliostro (Alessio Nonfanti) summer 2012 tour in Italy; Dancer for Fabrica Europe Hip Hop international company, Italy; Assistant for Endro Bartoli and Lisa Brasile (Hip Hop) in 2007 and 2008 at Opus Ballet – Florence, Italy; Dancer for the “Compagnie des spectacles enchantés  2004-2005, tour in France; Dancer for Meltin Pot Hip Hop Dance Company Florence / Italy, winners of numerous contests in Italy (Hip Hop / Experimental / Jazz Funk), first at Pinerolo’s choreographic contest Weekend in Palcoscenico, category, shows in New York & Dance Delight in Paris. The North Augusta School of Dance is honored to have her share her love and dance knowledge teaching our hip-hop classes!

Julie Sierra Hughes

Julie Sierra Hughes started her training when she was 4 years old with the Augusta Ballet School (now the Colton Ballet School) where she trained as a scholarship student with Ron Colton, Zanne Colton and Peter Powlus. At age 15, she first went to NYC as a full-scholarship student with the Joffrey Ballet School American Ballet Center for their Trainee Division. She was recognized as one of their top 3 dancers and awarded for completion of course in Ballet Technique from July 1996 - June 2001. Before perusing her 7 year career as a ballerina and Broadway dancer, Julie also was awarded full-scholarships with SC Governor’s School for the Arts in 1994 & 1995, Gelsey Kirkland Workshop in 1996 and M&M ADT Workshop in 1998. She trained with various world-renowned teachers while in NYC @ Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway and Hop Swing & A Jump.

 

She performed on Broadway with New York Ballet Group 2000-2001 and was also pictured on NYC’s Times Square billboard located on Broadway with The Metropolitan Opera. She has been seen in NYU’s film productions and modeled in NYC for various agencies including Wilhelmina print as well as Art Stone Dance Catalog from 1997-2003.

 

While in NYC she was Director of Dance @ The Point CDC in Hunts Point, Bronx where she had Crazy Legs among other famous hip-hop and b-boy teachers teach for her studio. She also worked with Cirque du Soleil’s inner-city program Cirque du Monde where she taught circus arts such as acrobatics, silks, stilts, tightrope, toss juggling, trapeze, Lyra and acro balance. After being swept off her feet by her husband, Stephen, in 2003 she retired from dance. They created Franklinton Dance Theatre near Raleigh, NC while Stephen completed his MDIV to become a pastor/Chaplin. Their performing company toured the southeast & Texas.

 

Some of her professional performing experience includes performing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet @ Lincoln Center, Contemporary Ballet Theatre of the Bronx, Dance Theatre in Westchester and the Albany Berkshire Ballet where she toured New England. She also was a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre @ Lincoln Center in their 2001 ballet Cinderella and also was 1 of 2 American dancers selected to perform with the Kirov Ballet @ Lincoln Center in their 2002 ballet La Bayadere. After dedicating her life to Christ, Calvary Baptist Church of NYC sent her and her dance partner to dance on a 10 day mission trip to Sal Paulo, Brazil.

 

In 1994, Julie started as an Apprentice with the Augusta Ballet Company (formerly Dance Augusta and now Colton Ballet) and in 1999, she performed as Principal Ballerina her dream role of Sugar Plum Fairy. She performs in their Nutcracker every year @ the Imperial Theatre Thanksgiving weekend. In 2015, she played Francesca in the Augusta Players West Side production.

 

Julie and Stephen are proud parents of Aunica age 8 and Aiden age 2. Julie loves serving in her church and community and is excited to join the North Augusta Ballet School to continue sharing her love of dance.

Sharon Skepple Mayfield

Artist-In-Residence

“Sharon Skepple’s gloriously weighted solo dancing are pungent reminders of the electrifying revolutionary contributions modern dance made to the human expression during the period in which Graham was it’s chief exponent.”
                                                                -D.J. McDONALD, Berkshire Eagle
(Principal Soloist/ Instructor/Bessie Award Winner) was born in Antigua, West
Indies and raised in St. Croix US Virgin Island where she began her studies in dance with the Caribbean Dance Company under the tutelage of Monty Thompson. She studied as a scholarship recipient and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) in 1989 under the guidance of Dianne Markham, Mable Robinson, Richard Kuch and Richard Gain. During her final year at NCSA, Skepple attended a summer workshop conducted by Garth Fagan Dance and caught the attention of Garth Fagan as a promising dancer. Impressed by her energy, Fagan offered her a position with Garth Fagan Dance in 1988. After studying the Fagan technique, Skepple was promoted to a principal soloist in 1990. Fagan has created major roles for her, including Telling a Story, Moth Dreams, Two Pieces of One: Green, which won Skepple a New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” in 1999. As a principal soloist with Garth Fagan Dance,
Skepple has performed with Don Pullen, Keith Jarrett, D.D. Jackson, Carlos Ward, and Billy Bang. Skepple also appeared on the worldwide premier of Griot New York, aired on PBS’s Great Performances: Dance in America Series with Wynton Marsalis and the Wynton Marsalis Septet. In addition to being a principal soloist, Skepple taught company classes on tour and at the Garth Fagan Dance School in Rochester, New York beginning in 1994. During the choreographing of the “Lion King”, Mr. Fagan entrusted Sharon to oversee all company classes, master classes, company rehearsals, and lecture demonstrations. She taught master class workshops for Garth Fagan at universities such as: University of North Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina School of the Arts, Winthrop College Rock Hill, South Carolina, Skidmore College, Florida State University, Wayne State University, Maui Fine Arts Center, and other schools and universities throughout the United States and abroad. In 2006, Mayfield had the opportunity to give a two week
master class session to the cast of dancers at the Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show “A New Day. ”
In 2006, After eighteen years, Skepple-Mayfield retired from Garth Fagan Dance to pursue a career in dance education. After relocating to Augusta, Georgia, Sharon Skepple Mayfield worked as a freelance dance instructor for local dance programs teaching modern dance technique for all levels and ages. She became a faculty member for the Richmond County Board of Education’s Arts Infusion Program at Windsor Spring Elementary School were she taught K-5 students basic dance technique and theater etiquette. In 2008, Mayfield became a faculty member at John S. Davidson Fine Arts High School teaching and choreographing for beginner, intermediate, and advance level modern dance, advanced men’s dance classes, and was the teacher director of Davidson's
Annual Black History Show from 2008-2015. In 2007, Mrs. Mayfield became a member of the Florida Dance Association and gave master classes at the
University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College from 2007-2009. From 2006 present, she teaches classes at Colton Ballet School of Augusta The Augusta Mini Theatre, and at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts after-school arts program and free summer arts program. After working at the Jessye Norman School of Arts from 2010-2017, Mayfield created, in 2016, The Mayfield Dance & Music LLC, to provides modern dance classes in a structured, motivational environment where movement invention is deeply explored and a higher level of discipline and self-confidence
is encouraged. This technical training hub provides safe healthy challenges for the developing dancer by preparing them for life, college, and the artistic process of being marketable.

Kimberly Davis

Kimberly Davis has been dancing for over 24 years.  She grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and dance has been her passion since she could stand on 2 feet! Her dance career includes styles such as tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary and Horton.

Kimberly attended the Marywood University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business where she also continued her dance education.  Kimberly began teaching dance in 2012 and is also a certified yoga instructor through YogaFit.

Kimberly moved to Georgia in 2015 and continues to put every ounce of energy, love, passion and soul into her teaching and dancing. She strives to bring out every dancer’s unique self into their dance and we are so honored to have her share her love of teaching with us here!  

Luciana Ravizzi

Luciana was born and raised in Argentina and began her studies of classical ballet at the age of 11 years old.  She had the opportunity to study and train with some of the best and most recognized Ballet teachers in Buenos Aires including Olga Ferri.  In 1994 she attended the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon and during the course of her studies had the opportunity to be selected to perform with Argentina’s national Ballet company, Teatro Colon, on a number of occasions.

In 1999 at the age of 16, she received a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School in London, attending the Upper School for three years and graduating in 2002.  During her studies at the Royal Ballet School she was chosen to dance with the Royal Ballet Company in various productions including an international tour of Australia with the productions of "Swan Lake" and “Giselle”, as well as a gala for HRH Princess Margret.

Following her graduation Luciana joined Scottish Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet before being promoted to First Artist and then Soloist.  She remained with Scottish Ballet for 13 years dancing at the very highest level around the world performing leading roles in ballets such as "Romeo and Juliet","The Nutcracker","Sleeping Beauty","Cinderella","Rite of Spring","Five Tangos","Song of the Earth","Elite Syncopations","Carmen","Pennies from Heaven","The Crucible","Hansel & Gretel”, "A Streetcar named Desire”, etc.

Following her successful career abroad as a professional dancer, she began teaching both amateurs and professionals and has been invited to guest teach master classes & seminars internationally for both schools and companies and in 2017 opened her own Studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hannah Walden

Hannah Walden has been singing all her life.  Coming from a musical family, she was raised from an early age surrounded by music and rehearsals.  Her performance and choir experience started at the age of 3 and has continued throughout her life.  Hannah began classical choral training at 11, attending Davidson Fine Arts School.  She was an auditioned Georgia Music Educators Association All State Chorus participant for seven years.  She continued her training with several gifted instructors throughout high school and college.  She has been a featured soloist and worship leader at Warren Baptist Church.  Also, she worked as a professional vocalist and actor for The Singing Princesses, a party and events company where she loved using songs to bring a little magic to children’s special occasions.  Hannah has been leading preschool worship for several years and began leading a preschool choir at Warren Baptist in 2018.  She earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and has experience as a classroom teacher.   

Hannah has a passion for singing and loves helping each new singer reach their goals.  Students in her class will learn fundamentals of correct singing that will help them have a solid foundation as future musicians.  She loves working with young students who are interested in growing their vocal abilities and reaching their full potential.  She believes it is very important to teach children to protect their voices and uses exercises and songs to help them sing in a developmentally appropriate way.  Singing exercises your heart and lungs and releases endorphins which make you feel good.  Voice lessons are also a great way to build confidence.  Learning the basics of music theory in voice class will help make students well rounded musicians. 

Hannah is married to her wonderful husband Kevin and they have two budding musicians, Aria and Kaydence.  Hannah loves serving at her church, spending time with her family, and singing along with musicals.  She is excited to be part of growing this new aspect of the arts at North Augusta School of Dance. 

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