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Lisa Allen Heath, Supervisor

Lisa is beginning her 31st  year at Dare County Dance. With a multi-generational dancing background, Lisa brings to the program decades of experience and enthusiasm for the art of dance.

In 1924, Lisa’s grandmother, Elisabeth, opened one of the first dancing schools in the Southeast. Located in Charlotte, NC, Elisabeth ran the studio full-time while instructing and choreographing an elite group of dancers “The Carolina Girls” who traveled and performed across the region. Lisa’s mother, Libby, taught dance for over fifty years, igniting Lisa’s passion for dance at an early age. Lisa began teaching and choreographing at the age of 15 with her mother at Libby Allen School of Dance in Elizabeth City, NC. After relocating with her family to the Manteo area, Lisa began her career with Dare County Dance.

Under Lisa’s direction, thousands of Dare County children have enjoyed the opportunity to learn the art of dance over the past 30+ years. Lisa focuses on creating an enjoyable atmosphere for all dance students. Lisa's love for her students is well known on the OBX.  She possesses the unique ability to teach dance fundamentals while promoting confidence, self-esteem, grace and coordination.

Shannon Allen, Instructor and Choreographer

Shannon began her passion for dance as a student of Dare County Dance (DCD) in 1987 under the instruction of Lisa Allen Heath. By the time she was 15 years old, Shannon was choreographing her own classes.

Shannon finds joy in sharing her love of dance with her students. In every class she offers, Shannon incorporates a fun learning environment with the latest techniques and choreography. Her creativity and knowledge of the many styles of dance speaks for itself here on the OBX. Looking for a Hip Hop teacher ? Beginning at age 7 years old - her choreography will surely amaze you . Many of her students have continued to study dance in college and beyond. Shannon teaches production groups, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop.

Carolann Holland, Instructor for Hatteras Island

Carolann joined Dare County Dance at the age of 6 under instruction of Lisa Heath. She grew through Dare County Dance over twelve years taking instruction from Shannon Allen and Meredith Weinstein learning different disciplines from jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tap and pointe. Upon high school graduation she moved to Greensboro, NC and received a bachelor's degree in Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has since moved back to the Outer Banks and began teaching for Dare County Dance on Hatteras Island. 
Carolann focuses on creating a fun learning environment and bringing her love of dance to her students ages 3-12. Her classes cover ballet, tap and hip hop. She brings the knowledge she received from her teachers before her and loves to continue to be a part of the Dare County Dance Family.

 

 

Kymberlee DunmireKymberlee Dunmire, Instructor for Kill Devil Hills

Kym started dancing when she was 2 years old and fell in love. She joined the competition team at her studio at age 6 and continued her dance studies till age 18. Kym started assistant teaching at age 14 and began teaching 2 years later. At age 19, she opened Fast Furious Feet Dance Studio (Ohio), which is still open and thriving today. During her time there she won many choreography awards with her award winning competition team. She has taught ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary/modern, tap, baton, acrobats, and hip hop. She helped choreograph, as well as danced in, the “My Immortal” dance in Dare County Dance’s 2018 recital and is thrilled to be asked to be a part of our team.

 

Julie, Instructor for Kill Devil Hills

Julie comes from a family background of teaching dance. Growing up in New York, her mother, owner of Claudia’s Dance Studio (est. 1963) and continues to give the gift of dance while teaching and establishing values to her students. Julie has Julie Dare County Dancethe same gift when it comes to teaching. Starting out as a little girl watching her mother, Julie began to acquire technique and style in Tap, Jazz and Ballet. Her passion and devotion makes for a fun and enjoyable dancing environment for the children.