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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.
Sarah Van Isegham
Sarah is originally from Raleigh, NC, and trained at City Ballet under the direction of Sandra Zellinger. She holds a MA in Sport & Performance Psychology from the University of Denver as well as a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Psychology. She was a member of Virginia Ballet Theatre and has also danced professionally with Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Terranova Dance Theatre, Gaspard & Dancers, Avatar Movement Dance Company, and Kearns Dance Project. She achieved the Professional Level from the Cecchetti Council of America and attended several prestigious intensives and programs. Sarah has taught and choreographed dance for the last five years and is proud to be a part of the Carolina Dance Conservatory team.
Val has performed both nationally and internationally with the Kirov Ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre St Petersburg, Russia; Saratov Opera House, Voronezh Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Tbilisi Ballet and the Augusta Ballet. His repertoire includes performances of many well-known choreographers including Maurice Béjart, Marius Petipa, Leonid Jacobson, Boris Eifman and George Balanchine. Mr. Salnikov has worked with renowned musicians, Mstislav Rostropovich and Winton Marsalis. He has produced ballets including From Russia with Ballet, The Nutcracker, Carmen, Don Quixote and more. Mr. Salnikov has taught Classical Ballet at the University of South Carolina, Columbia Music Festival Association, South Mississippi Ballet Theatre and the Houston International Ballet Academy.
Josha Williams has been a dance educator in the Greenville community for the past 15 years. After completing her formal dance training at North Carolina School of the Arts, she returned to her hometown to begin her professional dancing career with Carolina Ballet Theatre in 2004. While dancing for the company, she began teaching for Barbara Selvy’s School of Carolina Ballet Theatre. She received training under the direction of Hernan Justo and the mentorship of Anita Pacylowski Justo, beginning her dancing and teaching career. Josha has also trained with Mariaelena Ruiz, Magaly Suarez, Melissa Hayden, Gyula Pandi, and Duncan Noble. One of the highlights of her career was having the opportunity to work with Alonzo King and to perform his originally choreographed piece, “MAP." Josha continued to enhance her teaching career by completing the SmartArts Integration Summer Institute Training through the Metropolitan Arts Council. She served as one of Carolina Ballet Theatre’s lead teachers for the outreach programs as well as an independent teaching artist in many of the Greenville County Schools for over seven years. She has taught many levels but is best known for her love of teaching tiny ballerinas and specialized adult ballet/strengthening classes. Josha’s passion for exercise, fitness, and overall wellness is now stronger than ever.
Jack has been involved with dance since the age of 8. He attended the Greenville Fine Arts Center for four years as a part of the high school dance program as well as the technical theatre program. He also was a part of the senior company at Dancers Corner of Greer, South Carolina for two years, participating in their assistant program during the second. Jack has submitted work to many festivals and has been recognized for his outstanding choreographic achievement at the 2017 Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, Virginia, winning first place in the student choreography competition. His work has also been recognized at both a regional and national level at dance competitions across the country. He attended Pace University in New York City as a part of the BFA Commercial Dance Program, directed by Rhonda Miller. He was trained under professors Scott Jovovich, Lauren Gaul, Jess Hendricks, and Dee Caspary, to name a few. Jack currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!