Ann opened her dance studio in Mt. Pleasant in 1997. She began her formal training with Stanley Zompakos in downtown Charleston. She also studied with Robert Joffrey, Melissa Hayden, Nina Stroganova, among others. She was a member of Charleston Civic Ballet for eight years and then became principal dancer with Robert Ivey Ballet where she performed with the company for eleven years. During that time, she performed at two World Fairs and toured Denmark, Russia and South America.
Ann was a ballet instructor at Charleston Dance Studio for 20 years. She taught for the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department, Dance Unlimited and The McClellanville Arts Center. Besides her ballet performances, Ann has appeared in multiple musicals and theatre productions. She is currently teaching at the after school program of Ashley Hall and First Scotts Presbyterian Kindergarten along with teaching classical ballet at her own studio.
Stephaney Robinson- Abilon
Stephaney is one of a handful of Black Belt Nia Trainers in the world, and South Carolina's only Nia Trainer. Completing her White Belt training in 1996, she has been teaching Nia for over 14 years. She is founder of both Spirit Moves, and Nia Body Journeys, a program for deepening your connection to your body through Nia. Stephaney has offered Nia Trainings worldwide, including both Trinidad and Australia, as well as the Continental U.S. She began in the fitness industry in 1983 and has over 25 years of experience in the fitness and rehabilitation field. She has led classes and workshops at the OpenCenter, Manhattan's leading center for holistic learning and culture, as well as the Sophia Institute, a source and a beacon in today’s world for profound transformation and unlimited spiritual growth. Focusing on The Heart of Nia, her classes and trainings are designed to connect and expand the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Her dedication as a Nia Trainer has led her to expand her growth through Kundalini Yoga, Continuum, and Breema. She is a member of a magical performance troupe that spreads joy through extraordinary costume design, street performance, theater and mystery locally and in New York. Her classes, workshops and trainings are filled with warmth and humour. It is her dream to share this work with you. She teaches NIA at the Academy of Dance Arts and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.587.3139
Sheila R. Lawson
SHEILA R. LAWSON
Sheila is the Director of Kindermusik of Charleston and received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from the University of Minnesota. She has had 12 years of experience as a therapist working primarily in psychiatric treatment of adults and children prior to establishing Kindermusik of Charleston in 1987. Over the past 24 years, she has served thousands of families in the Charleston area. Kindermusik of Charleston hires only the most highly qualified teachers, all of whom have music, music therapy and/or early childhood education bachelors or masters degrees. Programs for children ages 0-6 years are offered in Mt. Pleasant at the Academy of Dance Arts and on Daniel Island at Summit Place. Additionally, programs are provided in area preschools within the preschool setting.Visit Sheila's website at www.makingmusik.com/kindermusikofcharleston
Welcome Maggie Bunce to The Academy of Dance Arts faculty.
Maggie began dancing at the age of three under the instruction of Ann Bebergal and Cindy Bunce. She graduated from Wando High School in 2016 where she was involved with the Wando Colorguard and dance team. She spent last summer on tour around the US with the world class drum corps Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle corps. Maggie's dance background includes Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.
Cindy Bunce is a Charleston based teacher, choreographer, and dancer from Washington DC who has been on the Academy of Dance Arts faculty since 2000. She received her formative training training from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Cindy currently teaches Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, and Adult Tap. She also works with The Footlight Theatre, in Downtown Charleston, choreographing their musical productions. Cindy was the artistic director of a performing dance company in Washington DC and has a BS degree in education with a minor in dance.