Meet our nurturing and dedicated staff that are fully committed to working together to turn your child's dreams into reality.   


Faculty and Staff

Amy DeShong (Owner/Director)

Amy is a national award winning choreographer and teacher recognized for her innovative and age appropriate choreography and high level of technique and discipline shown in her students. She has performed with International Ballet and Kiev Municipal Ukrainian Academy of  Dance (Ukraine) as a Soloist.  Amy studied under Hennadii Bespechnyii and Vlada Kysselova.  She studied Historical dance under Dorthy Olsson and Kaspar Mainz of the New York Historical Dance Company and was featured as a soloist at the Amherst Early Music Festival (2011, 2013, and 2014) in Charpentier's Les Arts Florissants, A. Scarlatti’s La Principessa Fedel, and Telemann’s Der Geduldige Socrates.  She participated in the International Ballet Exchange and performed in the National Theater of Opera and Ballet, Kiev (Ukraine).  Stage credits include soloist roles in Coppelia, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire,  Paquita, Nayada and the Fisherman, Francesca Di Rimini, A Soldier’s Tale, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker. 

Amy has trained and coached students for Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) and Universal Ballet Competition where her students have placed in the Top 10 and 12 of the Classical and Contemporary  Divisions,  been invited to participate in NYC Finals, and received both full and partial scholarships to world class intensives.  

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Davina Schnaars 

 

Davina is proud to be in her second season at Carolina Dance Conservatory. She is a certified instructor with the organization “Cecchetti USA” (CUSA) and has been teaching ballet since 2005. She holds a TC-2 and Grade 8 with CUSA and is studying for her Associate. Davina annually offers CUSA exams to the dedicated students at Carolina Dance Conservatory. 

Davina received classical ballet training in Northern Indiana before moving to South Carolina with her husband. Here, she took on the role of non-profit artistic director, directing The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Jeweled, constructing ballet costumes and winning grant awards. As a dancer, her soloist roles included The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Tarantella, Graduation Ball, The Nutcracker and Cinderella. She participated in scholarship competitions and was awarded monies and top awards to university.

Davina holds a Bachelors of Arts in Writing from Indiana Wesleyan University and has been published in several magazines and literary journals. She is the mother of two young children

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Caroline Miller

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre and Dance in 2010, Caroline Miller relocated to Portland, Maine to join the company at The Portland Ballet. Originally from Massachusetts she studied at various schools such as Academy of Ballet Arts and Ballet Workshop of New England, joining their junior company, Massachusetts Youth Ballet, while still in high school. As a student Caroline also attended many summer dance intensives including North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte, NC and The Kirov Academy in Washington DC. She was also accepted into many more programs such as Chautauqua and Boston Ballet. She has studied under various well known instructors such as, Jacqueline Cronsberg, Adam Luders, Angelina Armeiskaya, Edra Toth, and Carter Alexander. Caroline was with The Portland Ballet Company for three seasons and has appeared with the company in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Victorian Nutcracker, By Request, Giselle, Spooktacular, and The Armed Man. She recently relocated to Greenville with her Husband and has been teaching advanced ballet for the past 6 years. 

 

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Gabriel Paluszak

Gabriel Paluszak received his training under Vlada Kysselova, Alexander Tressor, Victoria Yanchuck, Irina Ushakova, Lena Forster.  In his early years, he was a student of Amy DeShong. Gabriel has danced the principal role of Franz in Coppélia and of Solor in excerpts from La Bayadere. His other roles include Russian, Chinese, Mirliton, the Nutcracker, Mouse King, and Fritz in the Nutcracker; Hungarian and Neapolitan soloist from Swan Lake, Markitenka pas de six, Fairy Doll pas de trois, Ocean & Pearls pas de trois from the Little Humpback Horse, Puss ‘n Boots from the Sleeping Beauty, and the Fisherman in excerpts from Nayada and the Fisherman. Gabriel has been a regularly returning soloist for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday at Peace Concert and at Artisphere. He performed in Alexander Tressor’s world premieres of Four Seasonings, Central Park, and Spa de Quatre.  He danced with Ballet Magnificat’s Pre-Professional Level
for three summers in productions of Face to Face, the Journey of the Prodigal Son, and the
Scarlet Cord. Gabriel competed at the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-finals in Atlanta,
where he placed third in the senior classical division.


Employment Opportunities

We are always on the lookout for passionate, energetic and experienced teachers to join our faculty. If you're interested in teaching please fill out the form below why you would like to join our inspiring team of teachers and email us your resumé detailing your experience at carolinadanceconservatory@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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