Sierra Lekoy - The Art's Company Director and Owner as of August 2013. Sierra Graduated in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science and a certificate in Dance Choreography/Education. Sierra has over 20 years of dance experience and believes you should never stop learning and always challenge yourself. During her time at UNC she spent three years on Carolina's Opeyo dance team, and served as lead choreographer and teacher for two years. Sierra's training included ballet, jazz, pointe, contemporary, modern, lyrical, hip hop, and gymnastics. At Carolina she studied under The Hopkin's Dance Program and had the honor to study under the teachers and choreographers from the American Dance Festival. Sierra attended dance conventions and competitions throughout her career in which she received numerous awards for both choreography and performance. Her passion has always been focused on the arts with an emphasis on dance and fitness. Sierra strongly believes in honoring the gifts God has given her and finds joy in spreading that gift through teaching and by challenging students in their craft. She considers it and honor and blessing to be working with the incredible students and staff members at the Art's Company. Sierra believes what God has for you truly is for you and feels honored and excited to create new memories at the Art's Company. She is blessed to have her partner in this journey, her husband Dylan Lekoy and son Braylon.
Sara Herring Smith - Sara graduated Suma Cum Laude in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education and a minor in Art from East Carolina University. With proficiency in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, pointe, and hip hop, Sara is continuing her 8th year teaching at The ARTS Company where she is currently the Company dance program director. Sara also teaches at Dance Express in Wilmington, NC. She has studied with teachers and choreographers such as Galina Panova, Timour Bourtesynkov, Autumn Proctor, Tommi Galaska, Clarine Powell, Rodger Belman, Patricia Weeks, Dr. Dawn Clark, Laurie Johnson, Karin Celeste, Krista Johnson, Misty Rasconsmith, Ryan Warren, Philidanco Dance Company, and others. Sara has attended numerous dance conventions including Dance Revolution and Tremaine. She has received numerous overall high score and special awards for choreography at local competitions. Sara was president of the East Carolina Dance Association 2009-2010 and performed in Dance 2010, ECU’s annual dance concert. She is also Vice Chair of Project: RECLAIM, a ministry that focuses on reclaiming the arts for God's glory. Her passion is for teaching a respect and appreciation for the arts, focusing on technique, choreography, and the pure enjoyment of dance while encouraging students to reach their full potential in every class. Sara believes in stimulating ways in which the student can educate his or herself on how dance can express meaning in life and in their own walk with God. Sara resides in Wilmington.
Eboney Teachey - I started dancing at the age of four at A Step of Class in Goldsboro, NC. While there I studied ballet, tap, acro and jazz. I also took Jazz from Artistic Dance Academy in Goldsboro for a year. In high school I took acro from Cheer Magic in Goldsboro, NC. I started dancing at the Arts Company in 2009. I have danced for several years for Project Reclaim and also served on the dance ministry for Mount Olive First Pentecostal. The past three years I have been training specifically in the Arts Company curriculum and furthering my dance eduacation in an apprentice program. I really learned how passionate I was about dance and to teach others in 2013 after having my daughter, Isabella. I have been assissting, subbing and teaching for the last three years. I love seeing the students light up about dance. I honestly have the best job in the world working with these awesome kids.
Mechelle WardBarksdale - I reside in Mt Olive, NC with my twelve year old son Cameron. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Community Services from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Cappella University. I have worked in the Human Service field for twenty years. Working with developmental disabled children and adults, at-risk youth, homeless families, as an administrative assistant and a daycare teacher has given me a diverse experience working with individuals and families. I have also volunteered with a number of organizations focusing on families. For years I was the leader of CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship) at my home church and a youth group called “Tru 2 U”; that focused on teenage females being true to who they are as young women and respected, loving, and cherishing that. I was also the leader of the “Spiritual Gathering Circle” which was a group of woman from diverse ages and backgrounds that meet and focused on women related issues and the importance of taking care of ourselves mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Currently I am a stay-at-home mom and strive each day to live my best life. I look forward to the upcoming year at The Arts Company and all it will bring. Asha & Be Blessed
Marsha Quintanilla - I have been a licensed Zumba instructor and have been teaching classes for five and a half years. I am licensed to teach Zumba Adults, Zumba Kids and Zumba Step. My love for Zumba came from my love for dance and being exposed to the Latin culture most my life. Fitness is an important part of my life and I enjoy Zumba and love sharing my talents with others around me. Zumba has changed my life in all aspects of life both physically and mentally and it's a fun exercise program in disguise. I hope I can make a difference in the lives of others as Zumba has done for me. Zumba would not be possible without the help of my wonderful husband of eleven years, Noe, who has supported me all the way. God has blessed us tremendously with three beautiful children Eva, Noa and Ian.