Our faculty possesses a shared passion for the performing arts and is fully committed to the development and training of our students. With a teaching staff of 6, you are sure to find a favorite teacher in this diverse group! Our instructors come from various training backgrounds with an impressive list of credentials including dance degrees, professional dance careers, and countless years of teaching experience. Having worked in various aspects of their field, they each bring their expertise and knowledge into the classroom. BPAC's faculty members place a strong emphasis on technique, proper placement achieved through anatomical awareness, and overall performance quality. Our instructors strive to develop strong, versatile dancers who will be recognized for excellence.
BPAC has created a carefully structured program designed to produce technically proficient dancers within each class level. Our friendly, motivating staff members use positive reinforcement to help inspire and challenge BPAC students as they advance through our progression of class levels. BPAC is dedicated to offering each student a solid technical foundation within a safe, nurturing learning environment. BPAC promotes a positive learning atmosphere in which dancers are encouraged to excel and challenged to reach their full potential. Our goal is to cultivate young dancers into well-rounded individuals who have not only an appreciation for dance but who reach for high achievement in academic and community service, as well. We are deeply committed to helping create and nurture lifelong values in each of our students.
Whether your child dreams of pursuing a dance career or simply attends class just for fun, BPAC's amazing staff is sure to instill strong character qualities and inspire a passion for dancing that will last a lifetime.
Natalie Mizell Calvano
Natalie Mizell Calvano has been the owner and artistic director of the Ballet & Performing Arts Centre for 25 years. Natalie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet & Modern Dance. She was also a member of the Meredith Dance Theater and studied at the Raleigh School of Ballet, Greensboro Ballet & UNCSA. She has had the honor of working with Rick McCullough, Jan Van Dyke, John Gamble, Carol Richard, Liz Lerman and Jack Arnold to name a few. Along with her degree in dance, Natalie has also taught in various studios throughout NC. In 1997, she received a grant through Smart Start with which she developed a creative movement program for preschoolers called "Storybook Dancing". She has also been the director of dance at Forsyth Country Day School Summer Quest program. In 1998, she was the Owner & Artistic director at Sandhills Dance and Performing Arts where she staged full productions such as "The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty” and "Cinderella". She produces the full length ballet, The Nutcracker annually at Reynolds Auditorium. She recently became certified to instruct Progressing Ballet Technique classes with Marie Walton-Mahon, and has also developed a preschool dance program called “Little Leapers” at St. Paul’s Preschool.
Hannah Dodge, originally from Lockport, NY, moved to Winston-Salem, after graduating from Eastern Michigan University in April 2009. From EMU she received her Bachelors of Science in Public Relations and minors in Dance and Management. While in college Hannah performed in and choreographed for various EMU Dance Program productions. She attended the American College Dance Festival in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 where she studied with a variety of dance educators and professionals. At the 2009 festival she also performed in a modern piece at one of the adjudicated concerts. Hannah has not only studied dance, but has worked in the field of dance in various capacities. She has taught dance with, The Dancenter in Medina, NY, Ypsilanti Township Recreation Center in Ypsilanti, MI, and Dance Xplosion in Milan, MI. She also worked as a public relations/communications assistant at Dance Xplosion and with the EMU Dance Program.Hannah Dodge, originally from Lockport, NY, moved to Winston-Salem, after graduating from Eastern Michigan University in April 2009. From EMU she received her Bachelors of Science in Public Relations and minors in Dance and Management. While in college Hannah performed in and choreographed for various EMU Dance Program productions. She attended the American College Dance Festival in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 where she studied with a variety of dance educators and professionals. At the 2009 festival she also performed in a modern piece at one of the adjudicated concerts. Hannah has not only studied dance, but has worked in the field of dance in various capacities. She has taught dance with, The Dancenter in Medina, NY, Ypsilanti Township Recreation Center in Ypsilanti, MI, and Dance Xplosion in Milan, MI. She also worked as a public relations/communications assistant at Dance Xplosion and with the EMU Dance Program.
Donna began her training at Aesthetics dance studio in Ellicott City, MD. Before long she was performing with the resident company, The Howard County Ballet. Donna spent two summers at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland School. She also spent three months studying with the world renowned ballerina Rosella Hightower at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes. In 2002 Donna moved to New York to pursue a degree in Forensic Psychology and further her dance training. In New York, she studied at Steps On Broadway, and was frequent performer in the Lab for Creative Experiments. The internationally recognized teachers Donna trained with include Emilietta Ettlin, Wilhelm Burmann, Finis Jhung and David Howard. She has also taught ballet and Ettlin Floor Technique at Steps On Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan. Since relocating to the Triad, Donna has taught and choreographed for a number of schools and dance companies. In 2010, Donna completed a teacher training program in The Classical Ballet Method developed by Aggripina Vaganova used within the Russian schools of ballet. Donna danced professionally with the Greensboro Ballet where she was featured as a soloist in a variety of roles. She toured with Walltown Children’s Theatre’s production of Waiting for Martin as the female lead “Rose”. Donna has also performed a number of roles as a guest artist, including the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, various pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, and “Wendy” in Peter Pan.
Margaret is a native of Virginia and an alumna of University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she graduated with a BFA in Dance with K-12 licensure. While studying at UNCG, she performed with the Greensboro Ballet, Cyrus Art Productions and B.J. Sullivan. After graduation, she traveled to Hawaii to earn her Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification. Margaret taught Dance in Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools from 2010-2014 and is currently teaching ballet, contemporary, yoga, jazz, tap, and competition dance at Ballet and Performing Arts Centre. In June of 2016, Margaret attended the National Training Curriculum at the American Ballet Theatre in New York City and is certified as an ABT NTC instructor. She enjoys helping her students develop creativity, confidence and strength through movement experience.
Meghan was born and raised in Winston-Salem. She began dancing at the age of three at the Ballet and Performing Arts Centre under Natalie Mizell. While studying at Queens University of Charlotte, Meghan joined the Queens Dance Club. She became the ballet and lyrical choreographer and choreographed pieces for multiple shows at Queens. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. Meghan is currently teaching second grade at Vienna Elementary School. Due to her love of BPAC, Meghan couldn't stay away and became one of the instructors and a lead coach for the competition teams. Meghan loves sharing the gift of dance with her students and watching them grow into beautiful dancers.
Rashod Wells (30,, Martinsville, VA) alumnus of the outstanding Universities: North Carolina A&T State University c/o 2009 and Liberty University c/o 2013. He is going in his fourth year School Counselor at GCS Parkview Village Elementary School. He achieved his professional credentials, skills, personal and artistic training through various conventional and unconventional ways, in which he has been awarded his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations in psychology and exercise sciences in 2009, as well obtaining his M.Ed concentration in School Counseling in 2013. A School Counselor that happens to dance, fortifying his life. The ideas and theoretical approach to life, he as well translate cognitive ability, skills, and talents into his movement, dance, and artistry. He has trained under Duane Cyrus, Eleone Gwynn, Louis Gaspard and other diverse dance community leaders/ pioneers artists from Jamaica to NYC: Durham to Graham. Dance is therapy, which is the expression that keeps him moving through live's transitions and challenges. He strives to be the epitome of himself and to be accessible to those that are willing to sit at the table.
Mary Staley Lusk
Mary K. Staley Lusk was born in Buffalo, NY and received her early dance training in various studios throughout western and central NY. She studied dance education at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA from 1996-2000, and received her B.S. in dance with a psychology minor from SUNY Brockport in 2001. While in college, Mary studied not only dance technique (ballet, modern, jazz, and tap), but also anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics, injury prevention, pedagogy, and child psychology, growth and development. Mary has attended the American College Dance Festival Mid-Atlantic Region (1997-2000), Bates Dance Festival (1999), Jazz Dance World Congress (2001), and Dance Teacher Now Teacher’s Conference (2003). While at these programs, she was able to study with Finis Jhung, Frank Hatchett, Gus and Nan Giordano, Nancy Stark Smith, Victoria Marks, and Clyde Evans to name a few. Mary has also been involved in many aspects of dance production including sound reproduction, scenic construction, costume construction, lighting and costume crew, assistant stage manager, and marketing. While living in Syracuse, NY from 2002-2005, Mary taught at Dance Arts Studio and was commissioned by The Society for New Music to choreograph and perform. Mary came to Winston Salem in 2005. Since then, she has taught creative movement, ballet, modern, jazz and tap to children and adults throughout the triad area. She also worked with Sidelong Dance Company as a choreographer and performer in 2008-2009
Hallie is a nineteen year old student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying biology. Having danced since she was three, Hallie is BPAC born and raised and grew up with Natalie by her side. She has performed lead roles such as Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy & Cinderella to name a few. Hallie was also a member of BPAC’s Competitive Dance Team for eight years. She was on the dance team at Mt. Tabor High School and graduated in 2018. She taught preschool dance at summer camp before leaving for school. Hallie is joining us again for the semester to teach level I and Company tap and will also teach during our summer camps & intensives. She is so happy to be back with BPAC family for another show!