Our teachers provide a positive educational environment, allowing students to improve their physical skills while building a strong sense of self-esteem.
Michele Lee, Studio owner and Performing Company Director, is a native of Fairfield, CT. She received her early training with Russell Fratto of Ballet Etude and Jean Sturrock-Mead where she studied the Checetti method. As a teenager, she was one of the first out-of-state recipients of a scholarship to North Carolina School of the Arts. Michele moved to Asheville to attend Warren Wilson College where she received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and fell in love with the mountains and people of Western North Carolina. She began teaching children’s dance classes as part of a community arts program after receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Michele continued to teach at the college and community level at Warren Wilson from 1979 to 1990. She also danced professionally for ten years with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet under the direction of the Fletcher family.
Michele moved her dance program to the south Asheville area in 1996. She is certified to teach by test through Dance Masters of America, Inc. and has served on the Board of Directors of Carolina Dance Masters Chapter 15. Michele and her staff travel throughout the country to attend workshops and conventions several times a year. Michele is known for her beautifully moving choreography and inspiring teaching style. Michele’s theatrical experience includes extensive choreography in Charlotte for Matthews Playhouse, Charlotte Children’s Theater and Creative Kids, as well as locally for Warren Wilson College. Her group and solo dances have received acclaim at local, state, and national competitions. Her students have been crowned Miss Asheville, North Carolina Princesses and Junior Mister Dance of North Carolina. A caring and positive role model, Michele instills a love of dance in her students that lasts a lifetime.
Gregor Lee, a native of Asheville, NC graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College in Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, a minor in Dance Performance and an Arts Management Certificate. She attended Asheville Catholic School and graduated with honors as a North Carolina Scholar from T.C. Roberson High School. Gregor attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for Dance and performed at the American College Dance Festival and the North Carolina Dance Festival, as well as with the JD Project, The Movin’ Company, the Asheville Ballet, and the Center Stage Performing Company.
Gregor served as Miss Asheville 2001 and went on to compete in the Miss North Carolina Pageant in Raleigh, where she was named a Miss North Carolina Scholar. Gregor founded the National League of Junior Cotillions Asheville Chapter, and served as the director from August 2001 to May 2008. During that time she taught manners, etiquette and ballroom dancing and was named New Director of the Year, Highest Enrollment for a First Year Director and awarded the Medal of Excellence. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Lighten Up Yoga in 2010.
Gregor is founder and President of the Sweet Briar College Alumnae Club of Asheville and serves on the Board of Directors of the Diana Wortham Theatre.
Jennifer Quinlan Applegate was originally trained in South Bend, Indiana at Flint’s Dance Studio and at the Ballet Academy with Carolyn Hine-Johnson. Jen graduated from Butler University with a BA degree in Dance Pedagogy. She has been teaching, choreographing, and performing for over 25 years in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina. She teaches Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.
Tim Hubert instructs our acrobatics at Center Stage. He was with Asheville Gymnastics for 5 years, during which time he coached boys, facilitated “open gyms”, and personally trained his talented daughter, Whitney. Tim brings the combined love of acrobatics and the appreciation of athleticism of dance to his instruction.
Fleming Lomax began dancing as a child in her hometown of Goldsboro, NC. She began her studies with Goldsboro Ballet and then continued her training in high school as a ballet major at North Carolina School of the Arts. She was awarded the Katharine Smith Reynolds Scholarship to UNC-Greensboro, where she received the Virginia Moomaw Award for Dance Theory and Performance and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education. Her teaching endeavors span two decades and include faculty positions at Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach, FL), Denver School of the Arts, the company school of Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Ballet Director at the former Asheville Center of Performing Arts, guest lecturer at NC Community Colleges, and now proudly at Center Stage Dance Studio.
Her experiences with injury as a young dancer have infused Fleming’s teaching style with a strong emphasis in anatomy and kinesiology. She completed a year-long internship at the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, earned certification in classical Pilates, and is currently completing pre-requisites to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy. Fleming believes that a working knowledge of the structure and function of the body empowers students in their journey to become dancers.
Biography coming soon!