Jeremy and his wife, Nicole, are both Alamance County natives; have been married for 20 years, and have six beautiful children. Jeremy graduated from NC State University with a degree in Engineering, and is the President of Piedmont Metals in Burlington, NC. He is an elder at Antioch Community Church, where he and his family have been members for over 10 years. He and Nicole are thankful to the Lord for allowing them the privilege of directing Alamance Fine Arts Academy since 2017, and pray that all who enter the studio will feel welcomed and encouraged in Christ.
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Owner | Dance Director | Instructor in Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Tap
Nicole has been teaching children, teens, and adults the art of dance for over 20 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 12 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.
Instructor | Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Contemporary/Modern
Anna is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has her BFA in dance choreography with a K-12 teaching license, and just accepted a job at Clover Garden School teaching 2nd grade. She loves being able to combine her love of teaching and dancing at Alamance Fine Arts Academy, and has been teaching here since 2017. She has studied many forms of dance throughout her training including ballet, contemporary, liturgical, African, and jazz, and has studied under many amazing teachers and professors. Anna currently lives in Greensboro with her husband Brandon and their dog Maggie. She cannot wait to share her passion for dance and Christ with her students!
Instructor | Jazz, Character, Rejoice!
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.
Instructor | Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Liturgical, Contemporary/Modern, Ballet/Jazz
Rebekah is a junior at The College at Southeastern. She has been dancing for nineteen years, beginning at the age of three. Rebekah trained in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary/Modern, Jazz, Liturgical, and Character, and was a part of Rejoice! Dance Ministry from 2010-2018. She also has nine years of training in theatre performance. She studied as a teacher’s apprentice for two years; and is now in her fifth year as an instructor. 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 | Tap, Clogging, Jazz, Conditioning
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, Clogging, and Character. Laney participated in Rejoice! Dance Ministry, and has also assisted with choreography for an Alamance Children's Theatre production. She is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is double majoring in Psychology and Dance. Laney is excited to share her experience with Alamance Fine Arts Academy students.
Instructor | Ballet, Contemporary/Modern, Ballet/Jazz
Elizabeth has 6 years of teaching experience in dance with a background in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. She began teaching in 2013 with Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio and continued with Alamance Fine Arts Academy. She has studied various forms of dance since she was little with her main focuses being ballet and modern. She is passionate about bringing emotion through movement and inspiring her students to dance for their Creator’s glory. After taking the 2019-2020 year off from teaching, she is very excited to return to AFAA’s team again! Elizabeth lives in Graham, NC with her husband, Caleb, and dog, Mufasa.
Visual Art Instructor, Decor Committee Chairperson, Office Staff
Lydia is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of 3 beautiful children: Hannah Rose, Samuel, and Rachel Violet. She's been married to her best friend and talented husband, Lucas Harris, since 2002. She was a CNA on the Oncology floor for 6.5 years and worked for a year as a community support staff. She and her husband have worked with the children's ministry at their church for many years and she has been their VBS director for a few years as well. She has always loved working with people, especially children. Her family has enjoyed being a part of AFAA from it's beginning and she is excited to be a part of the AFAA team.
Visual Art Instructor, Set Construction & Design Director
Lucas Harris has been married to his wife, Lydia, since 2002 and they have 3 sweet children: Hannah Rose, Samuel, and Rachel Violet. He and his family attend Integrity Community Church, where they are involved in and enjoy various areas of ministry. While his full-time job is working as a building inspector for Alamance County, he and his family can be found after work hours designing, building, and painting sets for AFAA as well as volunteering at both AFAA and Integrity. He has had a love for art his whole life, and is looking forward to joining AFAA--along with his wife--as the Visual Art Instructors. He believes that art is meant to be an act of worship to our Creator, who is the greatest artist, and he enjoys sharing that with his students
Katherine fell in love with acting when her mother signed her up at 11 years old, and she has been passionate about it ever since. She has been acting on stage and in film for 15 years. Katherine studied acting for the camera, cinematography, and lighting at the Center for Creative Media in Texas, and spent a year in Atlanta working in the film industry. She is incredibly excited to teach theatre at AFAA. Her credits include, Mrs. Beaver (“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”), Mary Magdalene (“Jesus of Nazareth”), Mrs. Gardener (“Pride and Prejudice”), and Susy Hendrix (“Wait Until Dark”). Katherine lives in Elon with her husband, Andrew, and one year old daughter, Arwen.
Assistant Director | Theatre
Katherine has been acting and directing for over ten years. She's been pursuing an Associate's degree in Film and Video Technology at Piedmont Community College, where she has written and directed three short films and acted in two more. She worked as part of the crew for the short psychological thrillers, The Mark of Nafarious and the feature film Kill Giggles. Katherine is thrilled to be working at AFAA, her second home, where she first learned to act. Some of her notable roles included, Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest), Lydia Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), and Much (Robin Hood).
Theatre Assistant | Office Staff
Courtney is a recent graduate of Liberty University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with focuses in Theater, Business, and Strategic Communications. Courtney has a passion for communicating, acting, and makeup art. She combines these skills along with those that she learned at college to run a character entertainment business for children’s birthday parties, which she hopes to grow and expand in upcoming years. She grew up participating in both theater and dance at AFAA and is excited to return as a part of the team.
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.
Instructor | Voice
Jessica, a homeschool mom of 5, has enjoyed making music as long as she can remember. In 2005 she received her BA in Vocal Performance from Evangel University in Springfield, MO and has enjoyed teaching and coaching voice students since then. Her and her husband have lead worship together for over 20 years. She has directed Homeschool Choirs in Rowan and Alamance County for 4 1/2 years. She looks forward to sharing her love of singing with the students of AFAA.
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 Burlington Parks and Rec; board member for ACCHE; teacher for Veritas Classes, Inc.; member at Antioch Community Church; office helper for Arts Alive; and now as Office Manger 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! Kari is an invaluable member of our administrative team. She and her husband, Micah, have five beautiful children, and are active members in many Alamance County communities. Her talented eye for design, as well as her administrative and organizational skills, help keep AFAA going, and we're so thankful for her!
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.