MARCIE WILLIS- Marcie has danced for 27 years, studying Classical Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz, and Tap. She began her training with the Fredericksburg Ballet Centre, and performed for many years with the Fredericksburg Ballet Company. Her feature roles with the company include Clara in The Nutcracker, and the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. Marcie also danced with the Fredericksburg Ballet's touring company "Allegro". Marcie is a 2009 graduate of Coastal Carolina University where she graduated summa cum laude and with the highest grade point average. She was also a featured dancer in the Alabama Theater Christmas Show from 2008-2013. Marcie has also performed as a dancer for the local production of Dino's TV Variety Show in Myrtle Beach. We are excited that Marcie is teaching at our studio for the twelfth year and sharing her talent and love for ballet with our students.
STEPHANIE BONN- Stephanie was born and raised in Mooresville, North Carolina, where she began dancing at the tender age of three. She was very fortunate to study under the direction of Karen Deese at The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts in Mooresville, NC for 15 years. Discovering her passion for performing at an early age, it was no surprise that Stephanie would continue on to pursue dance as a career. Less than a week after graduating from high school, she was in rehearsals for her first cruise ship, the Crown Dynasty. From that point, she began touring the world as a featured dancer on a variety of different cruise lines, including Cunards Queen Elizabeth II, Commodore, American Hawaii Cruises, and Disney Cruise Lines. She later made the big move to New York City where she landed a leading role in an Off-Broadway production of A Thin Line-A Dance Drama. Stephanie also had the unique opportunity to travel to Athens, Greece, where she starred as the lead dancer in the five month tour of The Magic of Musicals. Since 2001, Stephanie has entertained audiences nightly at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach. Now, in addition to performing, she also serves as Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for The Carolina Opry Show, Good Vibrations, and The Carolina Opry Christmas Spectacular. We are so excited to have Stephanie joining our staff again this year and feel fortunate to have someone with her talent and performing experience. Stephanie resides in North Myrtle Beach with her husband, Jacques, and their children Connor, Sophia, and Oliver.
CHRISTINA O'CONNOR-Christina grew up in Worcester MA, where she studied dance at the Charlotte Klein Dance Studio for 13 years. She was blessed to start performing professionally straight out of high school. She began her career at Fiesta Texas (now Six Flags over Texas) in San Antonio TX. From there she spent 20 years dancing in a variety of venues including Opryland U.S.A, The General Jackson Showboat in Nashville TN, Alabama Theatre Myrtle Beach SC, Carolina Opry Myrtle Beach SC, Celebrity Cruise lines (Inaugural Cast of the MV Mercury), and several industrials spanning the globe. She has worked with such artists as Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, and Tony award winner Billy Porter. Her training is in all aspects of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, with her favorite being adage.
LINDSAY LINK-Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Kansas. She has worked with elementary through high school-aged students in general music, voice, piano, guitar, dance, and theatre in the Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Grande Strand areas. She has performed, choreographed and designed costumes in shows such as West Side Story, The Music Man, Nunsense, andBye Bye Birdie. Ms. Link also enjoys singing in Grande Strand’s premier vocal jazz ensemble Vocal Edition where she performs at Brookgreen Gardens every holiday season. She also loves spending time and playing with her sweet dog Paisley. Her goals are to inspire students to have a lifelong passion for the arts!
TOMMY COLLINS- Tommy Collins was a competitive dancer at ADFA in Mooresville for seven years. During his time studying under Karen Deese, Tommy and his teammates went on to be National Champions multiple times. After graduating from ADFA, Tommy was fortunate to be able to work at Legends in Concert in Myrtle Beach for six years. There, he performed nightly alongside the Nation’s Best Tribute Artists. Additionally, Tommy has worked for the Showstopper Convention in Myrtle Beach. He now returns to ADFA as a teacher, and is excited to share his knowledge of dance and inspire his students in the same way his teachers inspired him.
RHONDA LAMBERTH- Rhonda Lamberth is originally from Conover, North Carolina. She began dance lessons at the age of six, and has been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, clogging and tap, with tap being her personal favorite. She studied with various instructors all over North Carolina, including the ADFA in Mooresville, NC during her teens. Growing up, she competed in numerous local, state and national talent competitions and pageants. After graduating from high school, she traveled all around the United States, as well as England, Scotland and Wales, with the Paula Scott Elite Dance Company, performing at various events and charity fundraisers. Although she enjoyed performing, teaching dance was her passion. Rhonda attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a Dance Education major, and in 1989 she opened the Lamberth Academy of Dance in Newton, North Carolina. During the next 18 years, her students won numerous local, state, and national talent competitions. Having always been a beach lover, Rhonda relocated to the Myrtle Beach area in 2006, and now works in the veterinary field. An avid animal lover, Rhonda resides in North Myrtle Beach with her two cats, Finleigh and Iveigh.