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.
Beatriz Hayes was born and raised near Raleigh, NC and first discovered her love for dance at the age of nine. She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz and tap for over ten years. In high school she began to dance competitively and also trained here at Heathers Dance. She attended Meredith College in 2010 for two years where she performed in pieces that were selected in the DanceWorks Gala. In 2011 she was selected to dance with the Distillery Dance Ensemble, a dance company associated with a Raleigh based theatre company. Two years later she was given her first dance teaching position and first lead praise dance teaching position in Fort Polk, Louisiana where her husband was stationed in the US Army. Since then her passion for teaching has blossomed immensely. She is currently working on her personal training certification as well and looks forward to sharing her love for dance with all of the beautiful dancers here!
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.