MEET OUR STAFF
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Owner / Instructor
Contemporary / Modern
Ballet / Pointe
our 27th year!
Christen Bernal began her dance training in NC which led her to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. While working towards receiving her degree, Christen was selected to work with artists in residency Mark Haim, Jennifer Archibald and David Dorfman, as well as companies River North Dance Chicago and David Dorfman Dance. While living in NYC, Christen performed works with and for Cat Cogliandro's catastrophe! dance, Teddy Tedholm, Dionna PridGeon, Mike Esperanza, Monica Hogan Danceworks, and BalaSole Dance Company. Her choreography was presented throughout the city at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup theatre as well as in Jersey City, at the American College Dance Festival, and at J. Chen Translate series at the Dixon Place. In the Fall of 2014, she had the opportunity of working with the dancers at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island as the artist/choreographer in residence, teaching master classes and choreographing a piece on select dancers. Christen completed the gypsy project, training under Erica Sobol, Jiri Pokorny, Tillman O'Donnell, and other guest artists. While living in Los Angeles, Christen danced for choreographers Erica Sobol, Juliette Irons, and Teddy Tedholm, and presented work for Ellenore Scott's Breaking Glass: LA. Christen has been teaching dance for ten years and has experience with preschool through adults, and with recreational, competitive, and professional level dancers. Her choreography has been honored top overalls, choreography awards, and highest score of the day.
Jazz / Tap / Clogging
Sarah Brown is from Rutherford County, NC and has been dancing since the age of 2. As a child her love for dance lead her to compete in several genres of dance and as an adult she has had the opportunity to teach Jazz and Clogging for the last 11 years. She has a love for children and feels teaching dance is an amazing opportunity to impact and influence the life’s of those children. Sarah graduated from South College of Asheville and is currently an Occupational Therapist Assistant for Rutherford County Schools. She is passionate about encouraging the love of dance in children and loves teaching at SOT. Sarah has received numerous choreography awards and looks forward to pursuing many more. She is glad to have found a home with the SOT family.
Fleming Lomax fell in love with ballet at age 4 and has been dancing ever since. She was a high school ballet major at North Carolina School of the Arts, earned a Dance Education degree from UNC-Greensboro, and received Pilates certification from the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder. Fleming has been teaching ballet for over twenty-five years at institutions such as Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL, Denver School of the Arts, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Center Stage Dance Studio, and The Asheville Ballet. Her performing career spans nearly three decades of touring and performing with companies such as Kim Robards Modern Dance Company, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, and with The Asheville Ballet since 2010 where she also choreographs and serves as Ballet Mistress. Fleming enjoys performing in musical theater productions as well and appeared in A Chorus Line, CHICAGO, Cabaret, and Kiss Me Kate. She also performs annually at the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure, NC. Ballet remains her first love, and favorite roles include Snow Queen and Arabian in Nutcracker, Emily in the ballet adaptation of Our Town, and Balanchine’s Serenade.
In addition to teaching dance, Fleming is also a Pilates practitioner at Body Synergy in Flat Rock, NC where she has taught for fifteen years. She strives to empower students with a strong understanding of anatomy and the musculature required for proper ballet technique, safety, and longevity as dancers. Fleming’s teaching infuses kinesiological principles with musicality, artistry, and the joy of dance.
Tammy has been a life-long resident of Cleveland County and was a former Miss Cleveland County, Miss Shelby, and Debutante, as well as being a small business owner for 25 years. She discovered her love for dance at the age of 4 and became a gymnast at the age of 6. Her enthusiasm for dance has continued as a dance and gymnastics instructor for 26 years. Tammy is an Alumni of UNC-Charlotte where she received a Bachelors Degree in Special Education as well as an Associates Degree in Business Management. Her passion has always been helping all students build character and self esteem by cultivating their love of dance. Tammy's choreography has won numerous Regional awards, top overalls, judges choice awards, and National Titles. She has also had the privilege of teaching numerous Master Classes in gymnastics and acrobatic arts and has been a guest judge for Star Systems and Dance Masters of America. Tammy is a proud member of USA Gymnastics, Acro Alliance and Acrobatic Arts.
Jerod Fewell is a Native of Gastonia,NC and has been dancing professionally for ten plus years. He has opened up for various national recording artist and has appeared on BET's show 106 & Park, is a principle dancer in the film Bolden, and worked on Nick Cannon's Wild N Out Live Tour. He has worked with artist such as Chrisette Michele,Day 26,DJ Kool and Lute. Jerod always had a passion for the youth and started teaching as a way of giving back. Teaching students/competition teams throughout out North & South Carolina since 2006. And since then Jerod has won numerous awards such as Choreography Award, Highest Hip Hop Score for a Large Group, and World Dance Champions. He also does entertainment for the Charlotte Hornets and is the Choreographer of the all male dance crew as well. Jerod is currently staff faculty for All-Pro Dance Convention.
Avery Woods is from Jacksonville, NC, and has been dancing since the age of three— competitively since the age of seven. Avery trained in a wide variety of styles, she has been in multiple productions of “The Nutcracker,” has competed on both the regional and national levels individually as well as with her team, and attended NC Governor’s School for dance in 2016. Avery began assisting dance classes at the age of 13 and is excited to now be returning to the studio in order to teach! Avery will graduate from GWU this December with a bachelor’s degree in Discipleship Studies, of which she is able to currently put to use in her position as the Student Coordinator at Hope Community Church.