Dance Instructors

Denise Paugh
Denise began dancing at the age of 7. Since that time, she has continued to pursue her passion in dance. She is a 2003 UNC-Charlotte graduate with a dance education degree. Previously, Denise has owned and operated her own studio in PA. She developed the dance education program at Salisbury High School from 2004-2008. She founded the dance education program at Carson High School and was the sole teacher until the program was ended 2006-2013. While at Carson, she created the honors dance curriculum for the Rowan-Salisbury schools. She has choreographed musicals and concerts and has also worked with the special needs programs. Denise also has theatrical talents, skills which she enjoys bringing into her dances. She has taught children age 3 through adults in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary/modern, lyrical.  She has also choreographed liturgical dances for various congregations. Denise's competition dances have received numerous first place awards. Denise loves to share her passion of dance with all her students.


Courtney Rene Carey
I started dancing at 18 months old and have danced competitively for 18 years earning top scores at regional and national competitions in all styles of dance on teams and solos. I have studied under and been choreographed by world renowned choreographers including Dee Caspary, Travis Wall, Justin Giles, Sam Renzetti, Tokyo, and Dale Lam. I have been honored with numerous title and highest scoring solo awards. I am currently earning a BFA degree in Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and continue to challenge myself as a performer in various college and professional dance performances and competitions. I look forward to sharing my passion, technique, and choreography with students for years to come.


Charlotte Duncan
Charlotte was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the US in 2012.  She began her dance training at the age of 2 at her local dance school before winning a scholarship to study full time at Elmhurst Ballet School.  After graduating from Elmhurst, Charlotte moved to London to study musical theatre where she graduated in 2006.  Charlotte has been dancing professionally and teaching ever since.  Her career has taken her all over the world.  Charlotte has performed in The European Tour of Fame, La Traviata in London and Japan, The Nutcracker, Cendrillon, The Carolina opry and The Seasons Ballet.  Charlotte has also toured with Spirit of The Dance for 5 years performing many of their shows worldwide.  She loves to share her experience and passion for dance in the studio with her students.

Margaret Kocherga

Margaret came to the USA from Ukraine in 2009 where she studied Classical Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance. Before coming to the US she worked as a teaching assistant at S. Lifar Academy of the Dance in Kiev, Ukraine.  Margaret has a strong knowledge of performance development, choreography and dance production.  Once here in the United States she began teaching dance classes for all ages in 2012. She has done semester and overall course program and syllabus for Ballet, categories 5-7 years old, 8-12 years old and 13-18 years old. Margaret has experience coaching competition teams as well as soloists, and has received many awards.


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