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Our teachers provide a positive educational environment, allowing students to improve their physical skills while building a strong sense of self-esteem.

Michele Lee, Director

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.


Jen Applegate

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.


Cameron Darity

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Rudi Garren

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Tim Hubert

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Fleming Lomax

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.


Megan Powell

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Zoë Roberts

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Haley Smith

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Debbie Stewart

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Amy Suggs

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Asheville, NC

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