TONDALAYA PEARSON (owner | director)
Tondalaya’s study began at the age of three. Her professional training began at the age of thirteen in the ballet program at the NC School of the Arts (NCSA). She studied from dance legends, Melissa Hayden, Mel Tomlinson, Frank Smith, and others. Tondalaya also enjoys Musical Theater. Her credits include “Oklahoma,” “Anything Goes,” “West Side Story,” “Hello Dolly,” and Raleigh’s “A Christmas Carol.” Tondalaya studied at East Carolina University on a scholarship in the dance program. From there she began to teach in local schools until she opened Cary Dance Productions in 1995. Tondalaya continues to study through national workshops affiliated with NYCDA, Tremaine, WCDE, and JUMP, to name a few. Next to her children, Peyton and Monroe, she considers CDP to be one of her greatest blessings.
Jessica McMillan (studio manager)
Jessica began dancing at age six in Melbourne Beach, Florida. Upon moving to North Carolina she began studying all genres of dance under CDP owner, Tondalaya Pearson. Jessica was part of the CDP Competitive Company for 8 years and continued her training in New York City under the Broadway Dance Center internship program. After choreographing her first award-winning piece during her senior year of high school, she was hooked, and has since been teaching and choreographing at CDP ever since. Jessica now lives in Los Angeles, California and works remotely, managing our accounts, helping with schedules, and overseeing lots of CDP communication. You’ll likely be hearing from her soon 🙂
Kathryn Hamrick (recreational director)
Kathryn Hamrick grew up dancing in Charlotte, North Carolina at Jami Master’s School of Dance and North Carolina Dance Theater. She continued dancing in college and majored in ballet at Indiana University. After graduating, she began her professional career joining Charleston Ballet Theater, where she danced for three seasons. This is her 10th year teaching at Cary Dance Productions. She is so grateful to be able to share her love of dance with all of her students. When she is not dancing, Kathryn loves spending time with her family.
Ashley Wade (instructor)
Jessica Judd (instructor)
Andrea Crews (instructor)
Originally from Charlotte NC, Andrea Crews is a dancer and choreographer that has been educating students in the art of dance for 18yrs. She trains in all forms of dance but especially enjoys tap, hip hop, and contemporary. Her greatest passion is seeing a student achieve their goals while having the confidence to try something new. She truly believes that anything is possible if you believe! Her motto is that teamwork makes the dream work!
Kathleen Black (instructor)
Kathleen Black is a current member of the Carolina Ballet. She grew up training at Infinity Ballet and The Raleigh School of Ballet, and spent her summers training at American Ballet Theatre, Harid Conservatory, Boston Ballet and School of American Ballet. She has been on staff at CDP for two years and works primarily with our competitive companies. She has a contagious passion for dance and love for our students – we love having Ms. Kathleen on our CDP staff!
Ashlynn Davis (instructor)
Ashlynn Davis recently graduated from Meredith College studying Communications, specifically Public Relations and Dance, specifically Private Studio Teaching. She is so excited to have been welcomed back at Cary Dance Productions to teach. Ashlynn has been dancing her whole life, with 7 years being at Cary Dance Productions. Upon graduation, Ashlynn went on to choreograph, teach, and perform with the Meredith Dance Theater and Meredith Jazz & Tap Ensemble. Ashlynn helps with many projects around the studio and manages our social media accounts (shout her out!). Her fun loving spirit and passion for dance is contagious – she can’t wait to dance with you!
Anne-Catherine Rossi (instructor)
Anne-Catherine grew up dancing and competing with CDP and couldn’t wait to come back after graduating! While she loves all dance styles, her favorite genre to teach and perform is tap. She recently received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Appalachian State University in Elementary Education and now teaches fourth grade at Kingswood Elementary School, in Cary. Anne-Catherine has loved teaching dance since she was given the opportunity to do so as a student. “I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else!”
Kaity Ellis (instructor)
Kaity is an alum of CDP and a recent graduate from Hollins University where she received her B.F.A. in dance. During her time at Hollins, she had the opportunity to choreograph and perform contemporary solo performances and develop her thesis around a study of dance on screen. Kaity is a certified yoga instructor and loves to infuse her understanding of the body with her passion for creative expression. As an avid learner, she is excited to soak up inspiration from her peers, students, and teachers this season at CDP!
Amber Wilson is a current senior at Apex High School and member of the Senior Company at CDP. She has been dancing for 14 years and has been part of the CDP family for 12. Outside of CDP she is a member of the Apex High School Dance Company and President of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Amber has competed at countless regional and national competitions, with many top placements. She is so excited to be teaching this year and can’t wait to dance with everyone!
Beth Rossi (head receptionist)
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