Instructors

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 enrolled in 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 been choreographing for CDP ever since. After 10 years in Los Angeles, Jessica is back in NC and serves as one of our competitive team directors, manages our accounts, helps with schedules, and oversees 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)

Ashley has been dancing since she was 3 years old! After moving several times and attending different studios throughout Virginia, she moved to North Carolina and began dancing at Cary Dance Productions. She continued dancing there from age 10 on and went on to major in Dance Performance (with a concentration in Jazz)  at East Carolina University. This is her 15th year teaching at CDP and she continues to share her passion of movement and music with her students while growing and learning right alongside them!  She loves being able to share this 2nd home with family; her husband (who enjoys helping as a prop dad) and their two daughters, Evie and Mollie, who love dancing competitively on CDP’s companies!

Jessica Judd (instructor)

Jessica Judd began dancing at the age of 5, and luckily her training as a competitive dancer started at Cary Dance Productions! She has loved every minute of her evolving dance career from student-teaching, being a member of the competitive company, and choreographing through high school and college! During her years at East Carolina University she interned for the New York City at Broadway Dance Center professional summer semester! She has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, lyrical, and jazz funk. During her 14 years of competing regionally, nationally, and in many conventions Jessica always knew she was passionate about choreographing and instructing the beautiful art of dance. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2016 and never left CDP. Her training as a teacher continued while she assisted under many well-known, remarkable choreographers. Jessica’s favorite part of her job is the inspiration she gets from watching her students and co-workers (who she considers family) grow, learn, and achieve their goals!

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!

Laura Creech (instructor + program manager)

Laura Creech recently returned to North Carolina to continue teaching, performing and choreographing. By way of a scholarship, she holds a BFA degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. As a Performing Dance Company member, she was chosen to perform modern repertoire pieces and co-choreograph. Upon graduation, Laura has been fortunate enough to teach her studio students in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland for the past 8 years. She earned her Acrobatic Arts certification and has seen her dancers’ confidence, strength, overall technique, and flexibility soar with the addition of this style. In addition to a life-long dance education from the age of 4, Laura has completed her 230-hr Yoga Teacher Training certification, further informing a nurturing teaching style she brings to both growing and pre-professional learners alike. Miss Laura is so excited to create connections and train the next generation of informed, technically proficient, and passionate dancers!

Ashlynn Davis (social media manager)

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 (RCC manager + 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!

Taylor Quinn (instructor)
Taylor Quinn is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, model, and certified yoga and meditation instructor. She is one of Showstopper’s all-time top-scoring soloists from the east coast and has choreographed the Showstopper championship day opening number for over 5 years. After graduating high school she danced for a contemporary company in Carnegie, PA named FireWALL Dance Theatre, run by Elisa Alaio. Then Taylor moved to Los Angeles, CA to continue her dance training. While there she danced in music videos, performed live with artists, choreographed/creative directed dance videos, appeared in a McDonald’s commercial, modeled for a clothing line, taught weekly classes at dance studios, completed an underwater photoshoot to be the cover of Alex Linares’s book ‘The Art of Dancing’ and was a featured cheerleader/dancer in Olivia Rodrigo’s new concert video for her album ‘Sour’. Then Taylor moved to Chicago, IL to share her love for dance, yoga, tumbling and cheerleading at elementary schools, dance studios and yoga studios. Now she lives in Aberdeen, NC with her husband and is so excited to continue doing what she loves.
Hannah Spainhour (front desk + instructor)
Hannah found her love for dance when she was 9 years old, and hasn’t stopped since! Originally from Wake Forest, she now dances on Fusion Dance Crew at NC State University, and is a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering and Economics. Her favorite styles are jazz and hip-hop, but she has a love for musical theater and was the dance captain for her high school theater program. Hannah can’t wait to be a part of CDP’s faculty this fall and looks forward to sharing her love for dance with all students!
Heather Teutemacher (front desk + instructor)
Sidney Griffin (front desk + instructor)

Sidney has been dancing for 15 years in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she has grown up her whole life. She is very passionate about all dance styles, but jazz is her favorite! She is attending Wake Tech Community College to work on her Associate in Arts! She is beyond excited to spread joy in the studio as she teaches and works around the studio! Dreams come true, as working in a studio has been one of her dreams since she was little!

Beth Rossi (head receptionist)

Jade Enns 

GUEST ARTISTS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS:

Kent Boyd

Karen Chuang

Guy Groove

Lacey Schwimmer

Kelly Sweeney

Carisa Wilson

Dana Wilson

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Cary Dance Productions
683-A Cary Towne Blvd.
Cary, NC 27511

@carydance
Phone: 919-467-7040
info@carydance.com

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday
9:00am-12:00pm

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