Legend has it that Erika Holmes began dancing before she could walk, but didn't have to opportunity
to take formal dance classes until the age of 8 years old. During her college years on the NC State
dance team, her serious study of dance took off. Erika has over 20 years of experience as a
choreographer, all-star/school cheer coach, college dance coach, and studio instructor for various
schools and studios. Her most memorable experiences have been as the head coach of the dance
teams at Wake Forest University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and, of course,
her Alma Mater, NC State. Pack4Life!️ Erika teaches jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary,
acrobatics, musical theater, and oversees the performance and company programs at
The Studio as the Creative Director.
Along with dance, Erika has always had a passion for studying child development which
led her to earn her master’s degree in counselor education. Her background in counselor
education gives her an insight into children that really helps all children that come under
Erika’s instruction shine.
Together, Erika’s passions for dance and counseling children showed her a clear path to
her dream of opening ‘The Studio.’ Next to her husband and four children (all girls), The
Studio is Erika’s ultimate passion project. Everyone can find a place to dance at The Studio!
Come dance with us!
Alisa Walsh has been dancing with To The Pointe Ballet Studio for six years. Some of her other training of note has been through a five week Summer Contemporary Dance Program at UNC School of the Arts and a nineteen hour-a-week program at Artistic Motion School of Arts for 8 weeks. She's studied a variety of dance forms such as Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Broadway, Musical theater, Character/Folk, and Acro, and has practiced the Cecchetti and Vaganova syllabus for ballet. Miss Alisa's teaching experience includes Ballet,Tap, Hip hop, Contemporary, and Pre Pointe, with To The Pointe Ballet Studio.
From Miss Alisa-
When teaching, I focus on five things: Technique, Execution, Creativity, Confidence, and Fun. I believe in providing students with a well-rounded dance education that teaches young dancers the style and structure of the dance form but also allows them to be themselves and find themselves as dancers. To me, it is very important that dancers understand the art form but also learn to run with it and create new things as they learn. I believe learning to create is the one of the greatest benefits from taking a dance class, and I try to facilitate all of my students leaving each class feeling like they created something. I also focus on making sure all my students feel confident and comfortable with their dancing. No one should ever feel ashamed for the way they dance. We all move and dance in different ways, and we all can learn something from each other through our differences. Most importantly, I focus on fun in my classes. I incorporate games to help teach technique and terminology, to help the dancers get creative about how they are learning, and most importantly to have fun. Life is too short to go to a boring dance class! I like to keep my classes lively and fun and try new things always!
The Studio is happy to have Miss Alisa's youthful energy and love for children in combination with her training!
Becca Dudley began dancing at the early age of 2. She has always held a strong love for the arts and children. She studied ballet, tap, lyrical, and jazz at Wilmington Dance Academy, choreographing her own solo pieces. Becca was in the Dance Theater of Wilmington's production of The Nutcracker for four years, with various roles including, Chinese Tea, Waltz of the flowers, and Waltz of the Snowflakes. She has also been in musical theater from a very early age with the Thalian Association, and co-choreographed the TACT production of Beauty and the Beast.
Ms. Dudley graduated from UNCG with a BFA in Art Education and taught middle school for ten years. Her focus as a dance instructor is on maintaining proper core engagement and alignment, teaching dancers to recognize and strengthen correct technique.
The Studio believes that knowledge in child development is just as important as the skills being taught in dance class. Ms. Becca brings this combination to our dance home and we're excited for the wisdom that comes with both her experience in dance and in education!
As a child, Betham was a gymnast before she began ballet dancing at age 12. She trained with Ballet San Jose before receiving a full scholarship into the Houston Ballet at age 15 where she then performed and trained till 18. Betham went on to perform with Ballet San Jose, Anaheim Ballet, Opera San Jose, Luminario Ballet, and the San Francisco Opera. She won a gold medal at Grand Prix Italia when she was 18. She continued performing ballet in the commercial world of dance. She was featured on the Academy Awards, Music Videos, Commercials, television and films. She fell in love with acting and has performed in numerous television series and films.
The Studio is passionate about focus for our students as well as family and fun. Ms. Jaclyn is a combination of elegance and strength and she commands the classroom in a way that makes progression and personal success clear for every dancer.
Danielle Callicutt is our amazing office manager! As a dance mom herself, she knows what what you need and understands your desire to keep up with your child's schedule and studio information. Ms. Danielle also has experience with coaching recreational cheerleading so she's no stranger to working with children. No matter what the question Danielle will be able to help....just ask!