Heather Davis Fitts Owner/Instructor
Heather is a native of Wilson, North Carolina. She started dancing at the age of three at Hunter’s Dance Studio where she began her training and teaching classes. She has been choreographing recital routines for the past ten years as well as teaching classes and holding dance camps. She graduated from Fike High School in May of 2002. In the fall of 2002, she entered East Carolina University and was very excited about continuing her dance career through college. In the Spring of 2003, she was accepted into the ECU School of Theatre and Dance Department. Through her four years of college She was chosen to perform in the Jazz Performing Group, and yearly Faculty Concerts. In 2003 she was awarded a scholarship from the ECU School of Theatre and Dance Department. She continued her training each summer by attending The Amercian Dance Festival at Duke University, New York City, and Boulder Jazz Workshop at Boulder University in Boulder, CO. She graduated from ECU in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a concentration in Jazz. She opened Heather’s Dance, Inc in 2007. She continues her training each summer by attending workshops in New York City, NY and Raleigh, NC. She has always had a strong passion for teaching dance. Having students enjoy dance is Heather’s first priority.
Ms. Beatriz (Ms. Bea) was born and raised near Wendell, NC and first discovered her love for dance at the age of nine. She is a certified Dance, FXP Hoop and Hoopyasa instructor. She has over seven years of teaching experience in dance, fitness and yoga classes for both kids and adults. Beatriz has trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Pointe for over ten years. She continues her study of dance through classes taken over the summer. During these courses she trains under many principal dancers from various countries. Ms. Bea hopes to instil a passion and respect for the art of dance within each of her students. When Ms. Bea is not in the studio she works as an enrichment preschool teacher! She enjoys spending time with her daughter, Rose and her husband, Thorne and two dogs here in Raleigh!
Cara Mossman is from Raleigh, North Carolina and has been dancing for over twenty years studying jazz,acrobatics, tap, ballet, hip hop, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and performing on the competitive level. Cara has ten years of teaching experience in studios and is excited to be a part of the studio! Cara is a 2013 graduate from Meredith College earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies with concentrations in Private Studio Teaching, Performance, and Choreography. While in college, she was a full company member of the Meredith Dance Theatre and the Meredith Jazz and Tap Company. She has had the opportunity to participate and perform in several American College Dance Festivals, the North Carolina Dance Alliance, The Carol Finley Dance Group and she also worked for Disney World as a character performer. Her choreography has always made the Gala, won numerous awards and scored platinum and first place overalls. She is looking forward to a successful year and is ready to start dancing!
Cassandra Pappy, Instructor
Cassandra Pappy is a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina. Originally from Charlotte, her breadth of dance experience has afforded her the opportunity to train and work with teachers, choreographers, dance teams and students across the nation. She received her early competitive dance training from Dance Productions Performing Arts Studio and pursued higher education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she served as a member and co-captain of the Spartan G’s dance team. Upon graduating from the university in 2012, she received a B.A. in Dance with a K-12 teaching liscense in dance. She has trained in the genres of ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, west african, hip hop and heels technique.
As a competitive dancer, Cassandra held the title of Miss Dance of North Carolina 2007. She also won the title of National Champion Senior Soloist at StarSystems Dance Competition in Las Vegas in 2008. Cassandra continued her dancing career as a member of Techmoja Theater and Dance Company for two years. As a part of the company, Cassandra danced and acted in productions such as “The Color Purple” and “Dreamgirls”. In 2015, she appeared in the movie Bolden! and choreographed and performed for international recording artist IYAZ. In 2016, Cassandra choreographed and performed for Grammy nominated producer/artist Imani as an opening act for Chris Brown’s Royalty Tour. In that same year, her professional dance company Elite DanceWerks LLC. (EDW) was founded.
Cassandra’s extensive background in performance, dance education, and choreography led to the creation of EDW. The company began as a summer project and blossomed into an effort to reach and inspire dancers in and outside of North Carolina. EDW’s services target dancers from the ages of 7 and up. The company specializes in private lessons, choreography, performance pieces, and master classes. Some of EDW’s clients include Elon University Dance Team, The North Carolina Black Film Festival, Charlotte Dance Alliance, Amber’s House of Dance, Dance Productions, and Eastern Alamance High School Dance Team. Cassandra loves sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with her students and clients hoping to inspire, motivate, and challenge them beyond what they believe they can be!
Currently, Cassandra is still growing the EDW brand. Aside from her dance company, she teaches ballet, tap, and jazz at Enloe High School and also teaches hip hop at Heather’s Dance Inc. Her passion for dance continues to extend beyond the classroom as she now performs as a backup dancer for multi-platinum recording artist, Ginuwine.
Lydia Davis, Instructor
Lydia was born and raised in Kenly, North Carolina. She attended Corinth Holders High School and is currently a sophomore studying media and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has participated in competitive gymnastics since the age of 7 winning many state, regional and national titles. She has also coached and choreographed for recreational and competitive level gymnasts of all ages and skill levels for 6 years. Lydia’s freshman year at UNC, she was a member of the varsity gymnastics team, competing floor. Her passion has always been with the dance and tumbling involved in the floor exercise. Her extensive gymnastics background makes her well qualified to teach tumbling classes and she is excited to share this passion of flipping with young dancers.
Kristen Bailey, Instructor
Kristen Bailey graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and minor in Business Administration. She was consistently on the Dean’s List and has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the Student Research and Scholarly and Creative Achievement Grant and several Lucy Isacco Sack Scholarships. Kristen participated in Slippery Rock Dance Theatre and Senior Synthesis for three years and has performed the choreography of Helen Simoneau. Kristen was an SRU Dance Theatre student assistant, philanthropy chair of Sigma Rho Delta, and a freshman mentor in the dance department. Kristen has been instructing dance for five years in Pittsburgh, most recently at Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts, Lori Allen Dance Center, and Rhythm City Dance by Chelsea. Kristen has experience teaching ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop to children ages three to eighteen at various levels, and is excited to continue sharing her passion of dance in Raleigh!