S. Noel (Dillow) Ware
S. Noel (Dillow) Ware began her ballet training at the age of nine, with MaryAnne (Snyder) Sowers of Bristol School of Ballet in Virginia. She also trained under Constance Hardinge, founder of Bristol Ballet and creator and head of Virginia Intermont College Dance Department. Noel was a member of Bristol Ballet Company during the years when the company was an Honor Company of South Eastern Regional Ballet Association.
Mrs. Ware also trained under the tutelage of Karen Gibbons Brown, current Executive and Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Ballet, for 10+ years, at the Kingsport Guild of Ballet, where she also taught with and for Ms. Gibbons Brown. When Ms. Gibbons Brown left Kingsport for Fort Wayne Ballet, she left her school in the hands of Mrs. Ware, as well as the Interim Directorship of the State of Franklin Dance Alliance Performing Company.
As she continued her dance training with Frano Jelincic and Dagmar Kessler at Radford University in VA, she also completed a B.S. in PHed/Sportsmedicine, which complimented her dance background, and has been of utmost importance as an effective teacher of classical dance.
She has also had the opportunity to study with many other influential and renowned teachers such as David Howard, Mary Day, Jeremy Blanton, Robert Joffrey, Richard Englund, Gelsey Kirkland, Sean Curran, Cynthia Pratt, Suzanne Farrell, Gus Giordanno , and Peff Modelski as well as many other tremendous artists.
Mrs. Ware accepted a job offer with the Joffrey II Company of New York under the direction of Jeremy Blanton and Richard Englund in 1989.
She began her teacher training early on as a teacher assistant and was first mentored by Karen Gibbons Brown and was also an assistant teacher at Bristol Ballet. She has continued to teach and perform for various studios and companies over the years as well as creating and setting pieces of original choreography. In addition, Mrs. Ware has choreographed and performed in headline musicals for Theatre Bristol, such as Mame, Hello Dolly, Grease, Music Man, Chicago, Gift of the Magi, Scrooge, and Man of La Mancha among others, and more recently for Theatre! Statesville for which she was nominated by the MTA for Outstanding Choreography for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also served as an adjunct Professor of Dance at King University in Bristol, TN.
Mrs. Ware is continuing her teaching education as she is working through the many levels of the Cecchetti Method teacher’s certification through the Cecchetti Council of America, a national organization with whom she holds a teacher’s membership. As a certified teacher of each particular level, she can present students of those levels to test in the Cecchetti Student Examinations. Ms. Ware is the current Secretary for the CCA Southeastern Committee (2018-19).
Mrs. Ware is also a Pre-K Committee Member with Iredell County Partnership for Children.
The love and commitment she has for preserving and passing on the traditional art of classical ballet and knowing the joy of performing is what sparked her to open Centre Ballet, where the highest caliber of ballet and performing arts education is truly the center and purpose of the studio.
When Mrs. Ware (and the family) is not busy working at the studio, she is usually home spending time with husband Paul, children Holston and Amelia, and step sons Austin and Hunter, and, of course, Radford the mini Aussie.
Instructor/Pre Ballet/Adult Ballet/Contemporary
Christina began dancing at the age of three at Miss Treva’s School of Dance in Newton, NC. She continued her training with Donna Harrington at Miss Donna’s school of Dance in Taylorsville, NC. She attended the Visual and Performing Arts High School under the instruction of Mrs. Cheryl Klaft and graduated from the Collaborative College of Technology and Leadership with her High School diploma and Associates in Arts in 2012. Upon graduation she attended Appalachian State University and majored in Communication Studies with a minor in Dance. During her time at ASU, she worked part time in the Theatre and Dance Office, interned for the Arts and Cultural Programs, and served as Open Class Coordinator for Momentum, the dance organization on campus. She also had the privilege to perform in the Fall and Spring Appalachian Dance Ensembles, the ASU Performing Arts Series production of Kiss Me, Kate, The Hayes School of Music production of Dido and Aeneas, as well as numerous independent projects. Since graduating with her Bachelor’s in May of 2014, she has continued teaching and contributing to the dance community, and hopes to share her passion for dance with her students.
Homeschool Visual Art Instructor
MFA from Towson University in MD, in painting and drawing.
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Summer Intensive Instructor
Rebecca Klaft was born in Southern California and began her training in dance at age eight at the Pacific Coast Academy of Dance. At eleven years old, she moved to North Carolina and continued her training primarily at the Academy of Dance and Fine Arts under Melissa Jackson, Cara Goodwin, Cheryl Klaft, Sadie Roberts-Doughton, and Michael and Melissa French. She also studied at the Piedmont School of Music and Dance for three years under Sheri Giller, Daniel Wiley, and Rebecca Massey-Wiley.
After graduating high school in 2014, Rebecca chose to further her dance education at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Since attending college, she has had the opportunity to perform in such works as Shen Wei’s Behind Resonance, Larry Keigwin’s Kingdom, Robyn Mineko-William’s Go Lo, Trisha Brown’s Solo Olos, Merce Cunningham’s Change of Address, Martha Graham’s Panorama, Cara Hagan’s Space Beginning Because Us, Ton Simons’ Measuring Blue, Catherine Miller’s Mind Mapping, and various pieces by Sean Sullivan and Brenda Daniels. She also attended the New York Cunningham Summer Workshop in 2015, and was able to learn and perform Merce Cunningham’s CRWDSPCR. Since attending UNCSA, Rebecca has trained in Cunningham technique under Brenda Daniels, Limon technique under Sean Sullivan, Countertechnique with Kira Blazek, and Graham technique under Maurizio Nardi. She has also trained extensively with former Trisha Brown company members Abigail Yager and Ming-Lung Yang, along with professor Patricia Casey. She also has studied ballet with Laura Martin, Jennet Zerbe, Eva Draw, Fanchon Cordell, Misha Tchoupakov, and Jared Redick. Rebecca just graduated with her BFA in May.
Rebecca is passionate about learning the many different techniques of modern dance, and has a particular interest in Countertechnique. In her free time, she enjoys learning more about health and fitness and loves spending time with her Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, Duck
Executive/Artistic Director Fort Wayne Ballet
Guesting Master Teacher
Karen Gibbons-Brown’s résumé contains an impressive list of credentials. She began her early training in Columbia, South Carolina under Ann Brodie, Naomi Calvert and Aldolphina Suarez-Moré. Her early training and performing included ballet as well as modern, jazz, tap and theater dance. She continued her studies at American Ballet Theatre with Maria Swoboda, Michael Lland, Patricia Wilde and Leon Danelian and studied on scholarship at David Howard School of Ballet. Her professional experiences also include South Carolina Chamber Dance Ensemble, Ballet Celeste, Bristol Ballet and the Theatre Ballet of San Francisco where she recreated Anna Pavlova’s roles “The California Poppy” and “The Dragonfly.” Other performing highlights include performances at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, the title role in Cinderella, The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swanilda in Coppélia, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and “Spring Waters” pas de deux an exciting display of partnering created by the great Russian Asaf Messerer. Ms. Gibbons-Brown considers herself fortunate to have had a few works created especially for her including solos, Pentimento by Jill Eathorne Barr and the role of Anna in Richard Monroe’s work, The Hussar. Throughout her career, she has made numerous guest appearances throughout the United States. Ms. Gibbons-Brown is known for her work in the classroom and enjoys teaching a variety of dance related subjects including ballet, pointe, repertoire, terminology, dance history, pedagogue and makeup and hair for stage as well as restaging major classical works. She has often been invited to teach guest classes and workshops including Sicily, Italy, Fontenay le Fleury, France and the prestigious Joffrey San Antonio Workshop under the directorship of her mentor Jeremy Blanton. She received her certification in Labanotation while serving on the faculty of Virginia Intermont College under the direction of Constance Hardinge and served as Ballet Mistress for John McFall as he created his production of The Nutcracker for Atlanta Ballet, In 1985, Ms. Gibbons-Brown founded the Kingsport Guild of Ballet and became Artistic Director of the State of Franklin Dance Alliance at its inception in 1988. Other dance administrative duties include serving on the Tennessee Association Board of directors in many capacities including president and serving on the Performing Arts Panel for the Tennessee Arts Commission. She assumed directorship of Fort Wayne Ballet in August 1998. Other career highlights include Outstanding Dance Artist Award in 1997, serving as a juror for Concours International de Danse Classique in Paris, France in 2000, a 2002 graduate of leadership Fort Wayne and being listed in Who’s Who in the 21st Century. In 2010, a new book authored by renowned choreographer Dean Speer, entitled On Technique, identifies Ms. Gibbons-Brown as among the world’s 18 most respected ballet masters, pedagogues, and artistic directors. Her other full time job is spending time with her husband, Jim, and children Watson, Madison, Hannah, Zachary and Raleigh.
20 Years Piano Instruction
Anna is a classically-trained pianist with a diverse musical background having studied music history, music theory, piano performance, vocal music and appreciation.
Anna has always had a gift for music and decided to pursue her lifelong dream by majoring in Music Theory and Performance in her native Armenia where she earned her bachelor's degree. After graduation, she began teaching private lessons.
She moved to America and settled in Statesville in 2002, where she continued giving lessons and inspiring her students. Since 2010, she has been teaching music and band to students from preschool through the 8th grade at Statesville Montessori School.
She offers lessons for musicians of all ages and skill levels.