Nicole has been teaching children, teens, and adults the art of dance for 21 years; 19 of those years at a studio that was called Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio. Over the years, she has served as instructor, Ballet Director, and Dance Director. She has directed and choreographed 10 ballets, including the beloved Cinderella. Nicole studied dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as under Jane Wellford at Elon University. She loves continuing education and takes many opportunities to further her dance knowledge in order to pass it on to her students each year. Nicole lives in Elon with her husband, Jeremy, and their 6 children, Noah, Nathan, Elijah, LilyAnn, Sarai, and Isabella.
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Director of Rejoice! Dance Ministry | Instructor in Liturgical, Stretch, Turn, Leap, Contemporary/Modern
Heather is a former homeschooled student and original member of Rejoice! Dance Ministry, which was formed in 1993. She has been teaching and performing with many different studios, churches, workshops, and conferences throughout the area since 1999. Her choreography has won awards and been selected for dance showcases throughout the Triad. For 8 years, she was blessed to be a part of Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio and desires to continue the mission Arts Alive began by sharing the gospel through dance at Alamance Fine Arts Academy. Heather lives in Snow Camp with her husband, Jeremy, and 3 children, Zeb, Elias, and Miriam.
Instructor | Jazz, Character
Dana enjoys all styles of dance. She received instruction from Candy Brooks dance studio and taught at Arts Alive for 16 years. Her background includes Clogging, Jazz, Tap, and Character; she has also danced as a member of the Burlington Carousel Cloggers. Dana lives in Gibsonville, NC with her husband John and daughter Laney. She is proud to have her son, Caleb, serving in the U.S. Navy. In her spare time, Dana enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.
Visual Art Instructor | Visual Art I & II
Diane Faison-Mckinzie grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She is a graduate of the original historical Atkins High School in Winston. Diane received her Bachelor of Art/Art Education degree from North Carolina Central University, and did her graduate studies at Longwood University in Farmville, VA and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.. Diane has had the privilege of teaching students from the ages of kindergarten to college level in both North Carolina as well as Virginia. Mrs. Faison-Mckinzie’s teaching career spans over 25 years. She has been the recipient of the Winston-Salem Arts Council mini-grant, The Wells Fargo for Arts in Education grant, The Regional Artists Project (Alamance County) grant, and a second year recipient of The Puffin Foundation of New York grant. Mrs. Faison-Mckinzie now resides in Gibsonville, NC with her husband, Mr. Crawford Mckinzie. Their family includes seven grown children, and eighteen grandchildren.
Instructor | Ballet, Pointe, Liturgical, Contemporary/Modern, Ballet/Jazz
Anna is a third-year dance education student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed her formal ballet, modern, and liturgical training at Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio and taught beginning level liturgical and ballet there during the 2015-2016 year. In addition, she was a member of Rejoice! Dance Ministry during her time at Arts Alive. Anna has studied dance under James Healey at North Carolina's Governor School, Yoav Kaddar at West Virginia University, and has participated in several dance conferences including American College Dance Association for the mid-Atlantic region. She cannot wait to share her passion for dance and Christ with her students!
Instructor | Clogging, Jazz
Laney is a graduate of Clover Garden School and resides in Gibsonville, NC. She danced for 14 years at Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio, training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Liturgical, and Clogging. Laney continues to participate in Rejoice! Dance Ministry, and has also assisted with choreography for an Alamance Children's Theatre production. Laney is excited to share her experience with Alamance Fine Arts Academy students.
Student Teacher | Ballet
Alyssa is a high school senior who has been homeschooled since kindergarten. She danced at Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio for 10 years, and has enjoyed performing with Rejoice! Dance Ministry for the past four years. She has trained at Chapel Hill Ballet School to further her education in dance. Alyssa taught dance at various summer camps and assisted in teaching at Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio. She learned much about worshipping God through the arts and cannot wait to share with her students the love of worshipping Him with dance!
Student Teacher | Ballet/Jazz
Joy is a senior in high school and has been homeschooled since kindergarten. She danced at Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio for eight years, training in ballet, liturgical, modern, and jazz. She also assisted in teaching classes at the studio and has worked as a dance instructor at summer camps. Since 2014, she has enjoyed being a member of the Rejoice! Dance Ministry, learning to worship God through the art of dance. To further her training, she has taken summer classes at Chapel Hill School of Ballet. Joy is passionate to teach and share the love of God and glorify His name through dance.
Instructor | Creative Movement, Ballet/Jazz I, Level 4/5 Liturgical, Adult Liturgical
Rebekah is a recent homeschool graduate. She has danced for 16 years, beginning at the age of three and has been part of Rejoice! Dance Ministry since 2010. Rebekah trained in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Liturgical, Character, and Jazz; was a dance teacher apprentice for two years; and this is her second year as an instructor. She also has nine years of training in theatre performance. Rebekah is passionate about the Lord and using dance to worship and glorify Him. She adores children, and enjoys teaching and instilling in them a love for dance and an even greater love for the Lord.
Instructor | Holy Yoga
Becky completed the intense four-month training through Holy Yoga and is now certified as a yoga instructor through The Yoga Alliance. The Holy Yoga training saturates each aspect of yoga with scripture and the instructors are required to spend time journaling, studying, and meditating on scripture all while learning the technical components of yoga. She began taking yoga and strength training about three years ago out of a desire to be a good steward of the body God gave her. Yoga has become a worshipful experience for her and she has personally seen how it can be a tool that God uses to bring tremendous healing physically, mentally, and emotionally. She looks forward to guiding others to meet God both on and off their mats.
Theatre Director | Theatre Instructor
Matthew Davidson has worked in Theatre for many years as an actor, director, music director, stage manager, and producer. He was the founding Production Manager of Studio One, and has also performed across the Southeast in amateur and professional theatres. Notable roles include: Shrek (Shrek: The Musical), The Baker (Into The Woods), Fester (The Addams Family), and Little John (Robin Hood). He is currently pursuing a degree in Theatre at UNC Greensboro.
Born and raised in NJ, Chrissy Hahn moved to NC to attend Elon and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education. She fell in love with the area upon arrival, and has enjoyed making NC her home ever since. She loves being around people--especially children--and is thankful the Lord has blessed her with opportunities to work with children over the years as a 4th grade teacher at BCA; summer camp director and after school care director for Parks and Rec; board member for ACCHE, member at Antioch Community Church; office helper for Arts Alive; and now in the office at AFAA. But her most-loved role is as a wife to Scott and a home-schooling mom to her three kids; Simeon, Zach, and Vada.
AFAA is extremely blessed to have Kari as a part of our AFAA family! Pictured here with her daughter, Kari is an invaluable member of our administrative team. She and her husband, Micah, have four children, and they will welcome number five during this studio year. Therefore Kari will be working "behind the scenes" from her home this year. Her talented eye for design, as well as her administrative and organizational skills, help keep AFAA going, and we're so thankful for her!
Administrative Assistant, Assistant Theatre Instructor
Susanna is looking forward to serving the parents, students, and teachers of AFAA as both an administrative assistant in the office as well as an instructor in the Theatre department. She is finishing up her time at ACC, and hopes to go on to pursue nursing and study Arabic so that God may use her to minister to the refugees in the Middle East in the future.
Instructors | Ballroom
Rockie and Mary Lou Troxler have been dancing ballroom for over 20 years and have competed in USA Dance for 12 years in various venues across the continental United States. In 2012 they won the Senior IV International Standard National Championship and are charter members of the Carolina Heartland Chapter of USA Dance in Greensboro, NC. They are natives of Alamance County and currently reside near Elon, NC. They have three children: Tonja (married to Sunny), Jeremy (married to Nicole), and Jesse (married to Jamie), as well as 8 grandchildren.
Student Teacher | Ballet/Jazz
Sarah is a high school senior who has been homeschooled since kindergarten. She danced at Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio for 8 years, training in ballet, pointe, liturgical, modern, character, and jazz. While continuing her dance training at AFAA, she has also served as a teacher apprentice for two years. Since 2015, Sarah has enjoyed being a member of the Rejoice! Dance Ministry. In 2018 Sarah trained at Ballet Magnificat’s Summer Dance Intensive for 4 weeks. She plans to continue to study dance at Belhaven University after graduation. Sarah is excited about the opportunity to teach younger dancers how to glorify God through dance.
Geoff Gentry has a degree in communications from Elon. He worked for New Directions International (now Feed the Hunger) for several years doing video and computer work. He currently serves as a Data Manager for the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School System. Serving and helping are gifts the Lord has given him. He enjoys being behind the scenes in the background and supporting. These gifts have been cultivated and helped along the way from serving with his parents at church growing up, as well as serving in his church (running sound and computers). He has enjoyed running sound and lights, and helping backstage for dance and theater productions for many years. Geoff served behind the scenes at Arts Alive for 18 years and is glad to be part of the AFAA team.