DANEA POLISE

A former professional Dancer, Singer and Actress, Ms. Polise has shared the stage with the legendary Chita Rivera in Anything Goes (Dance Captain/ Erma u/s), tapped side by side with Tony Award Winner and Dance icon Donna McKechnie in the final revision of Mack and Mabel, performed with Broadway Star and Tony Award Winner Elaine Stritch at Carnegie Hall and has worked with Broadway musical legend Jerry Herman. She has traveled the US and Canada appearing in the First National Broadway Tour of Victor/Victoria with Grammy Award winner Toni Tennille (of Captain and Tennille fame), the National Tour of 42nd Street (Peggy u/s, perf) and the World Premiere production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? with FRASIER Television Star Millicent Martin. She has danced at Carnegie Hall, performed six seasons with NYC Orchestra and appeared regionally at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Theatre Under the Stars, North Shore Music Theatre (Wizard of Oz, Dance Captain/ W/W u/s), The Westchester Broadway Theatre (Footloose,Dance Captain/ Swing and Anything Goes, Dance Captain/ Swing), North Carolina Theatre (Over Eight Main Stage Productions), and the Majestic FOX Theatre in Detroit where she appeared in Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Polise spent three seasons dancing at HERSHEYPARK, danced on the Casino Circuit in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City and sailed the seas dancing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines M/S Sovereign of the Seas.

She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in NYC where she earned a BFA Degree in Dance Performance and a double minor in Philosophy and Psychology. She received her DMA Teachers Training Certification from Kent State University in Ohio. Ms. Polise relocated from NYC to Raleigh, NC in 2005 and is the Proud Single Mother of Two Beautiful Children.

ARIANA JONES

Ms. Jones began her dance training at the age of 4 at the Dance Theatre of Jacksonville. During her time there, she was a member of the Competitive Protégé Teams, competing in all styles of dance including Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and Tap. Ariana has attended the American Dance Festival Summer Program, where she had the opportunity to learn from some of the finest Instructors in Modern, Jazz, Ballet and African. She began her college career at Meredith College, studying Dance under Carol Kyles Finley, Talani Torres, and Alyson Colwell-Waber. During her time at Meredith she was a member of the Meredith Dance Theatre and the Meredith Jazz and Tap Company and performed with both companies on numerous occasions. Ariana has been on staff at DANCE ETC. for over 7 years as a Master Fitter.

HALEY JENNINGS

Ms. Jennings began her ballet training with Jean Gedeon at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, where she performed featured roles in many ballets including Balanchine’s Waltz of the Snowflakes, Serenade and The Man I Love pas de deux in Who Cares?. Haley attended summer programs at ABT NYC, and also on full scholarship at Ballet West, where she danced as a trainee for the 2012-13 season, performing with the company in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, and BW2’s Aladdin.  In the summer of 2013, Haley joined Carolina Ballet as a trainee, where she performed in many ballets including Messiah, Four Seasons, and George Balanchine’s Rubies. Ms. Jennings was then promoted to the Corps de Ballet for the 2014-15 season, where she performed in such ballets as Balanchine’s The Four Temperments, and Robert Weiss’s Swan Lake and Cinderella.

Nicole Buxbaum

Ms. Buxbaum began dancing at the age of 3 and continued through her teen years training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe and Modern at City Ballet in Raleigh. She has continued to study Tap and has transitioned into Musical Theatre. Nicole is a member of the Advanced Acting TROUPE at Wake Forest High School where she is a Junior and plans to major in Musical Theatre in College.

CHANDLER MISAK

Ms. Misak started dancing at the age of 3 here in Raleigh, NC at CC & Company Dance Complex. At age 5, she began dancing competitively and continued until she reached high school. During these years she traveled across the east coast attending conventions and taking class from well-known choreographers. When she reached high school she transitioned from competitive dance to modern, where she continued to train at Enloe High School. Chandler is attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is dancing with Physical Graffeeti on Campus.

Natalie Kate

Ms. Natalie Kate is a sprite, sassy young Dancer who takes great pride in helping out at DANCE ETC.! You will find her on most weekends assisting with Shoe Fittings and Cleaning the Store. Natalie Kate has trained at the Dance Attic in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Acro and loves practicing her heel stretches, shuffle ball changes and arabesques!