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Isabelle Parks

Isabelle Parks is a senior at Cardinal Newman High School. She has been dancing at Bailey Fine Arts Centre since the age of three, and has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, theatrical, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She is also a member of the BFA Competition Company. This will be her second year teaching, and she is super excited to work with the dancers!

Isabelle is an aspiring actress and hopes to make a name for herself in the film and TV industry. She first realized her interest in acting while performing in Dance Theatre of Columbia’s productions. She has previously danced in Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood, Babes in Toyland, and The Wizard of Oz. Isabelle’s favorite role she has played is The Wicked Witch.

Overall, Isabelle feels that her experiences at Bailey Fine Arts have helped her grow not only as a performer, but as a person. As this will be her last year dancing at Bailey Fine Arts, Isabelle would like to thank everyone who has helped her through this journey. She knows that they have taught her invaluable lessons that she will carry with her for her entire life!

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Carrie Eberhardt

Carrie Eberhardt is in her sixth year of teaching at Bailey Fine Arts Centre. She loves teaching dance, especially tap!

Carrie grew up in Hamburg, NY, just outside of Buffalo. She began dancing at Hamburg Dance Center at age 4, and danced there for 14 years, training in ballet, tap, and jazz.

She attended college at SUNY Fredonia, where she earned her BS in Mathematics with a minor in Theatre. Next, she moved south, to pursue her MS in Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University, and also found many opportunities to participate in community theater, and met her husband Mat!

Carrie has 3 children, Nick (age 9), Emmie (age 6), and Lily (age 2). Nick and Emmie are already dancers at BFA, and we’re sure Lily isn’t far behind!

In the last few years, Carrie has a found a new theater home at Town Theatre, where she has gotten to use her dance and theater training in shows such as “White Christmas”, “A Christmas Carol: the Musical”, and “Catch Me If You Can”. She is also a member of the Town Tappers.

Carrie has lived in Columbia for 11 years, and is so glad to have found a dance home at Bailey Fine Arts Centre!

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Roxanne Livingston Rich

Roxanne Livingston Rich is entering her 10th year of teaching at Bailey Fine Arts Centre. During her 15 years of instruction at Bailey’s under the direction of Cari Kirkland and Pam Bailey, Roxanne grew to discover not only her love of dance, but her love of performing, teaching, and choreographing.

While obtaining her B.S. in Physics from Furman University, Roxanne participated and choreographed for two student run organizations: Pauper Players (musical theater) and Furman Fantasies (dance). Upon their success, the Furman Fantasies were approached to become the school sponsored dance team. Roxanne helped develop this team while holding the positions of vice president and tap & field choreographer. The Furman Dance Company was established in 2009 and is a team that continues to thrive today. Roxanne is also a graduate of USC with her Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering.

Outside of the dance studio, Roxanne is the Renewable Energy Project Coordinator at Gregory Electric Co., Secretary of the SC Solar Council, and works with the youth at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. In her free time she enjoys playing kickball and performing and choreographing for local theater productions. Most importantly Roxanne loves spending time with her husband, Auston, and her rapidly expanding family!

Roxanne has been back teaching at BFA since 2010, managing the Facebook since 2011, choreographed for the BFA Competition Co. from Fall 2012 - Spring 2016, and is excited to be back choreographing for this amazing team this Fall! It is her goal to inspire her students to get out of their comfort zones, go for the move or character that pushes their limits, and do it all for the love of the arts.

“I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.” - George Balachine

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Laura Dean

Laura Dean has been teaching at Bailey Fine Arts Centre for the past seven years. In that time she has taught ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, creative movement, and lyrical. She was a choreographer for the competition team for the 2013-2016 seasons and enjoyed working and traveling with the wonderful staff and girls on the team. She has also been on the Dance Theatre of Columbia Board of Directors for the past four years serving as its chair of ticketing for the past two. In addition to teaching dance at Bailey Fine Arts, she also spent a year as the dance teacher at Carolina Gymnastics for the team girls.

Laura is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College where she earned her teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education. She served as an AmeriCorps Vista Summer Associate in 2014 in Oxford, Mississippi, and returned in 2016 to teach the first graders in the Horizons summer learning program. She joined the Center For Inquiry Elementary School staff last year as a First Grade teacher here in Columbia, and will continue there this year teaching Kindergarten.

Laura received her dance training under the direction of Cari Kirkland here at Bailey Fine Arts and at Palmetto Center for the Arts under the direction of Anne Richardson. She has competed with the Bailey Fine Arts Competition Company at Platinum competitions and with the High Pointe Dance team at Starbound, Encore, and the Youth American Grand Prix competitions. She has performed in “Alice in Wonderland”, “Red Riding Hood”, and “Babes in Toyland” with the Dance Theatre of Columbia, and in numerous performances with the Palmetto Center for the Arts. She is excited to continue teaching young dancers this year at her studio home.

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Lisa Sendler

Lisa grew up taking lessons in tap, jazz, theatrical, and ballet. In Lisa’s senior year of high school, she was invited to dance with Wren Cook and Friends Dance, where she was introduced and trained in the genres of Modern and Contemporary. Dancing with this company also allowed her the opportunity to travel to local schools and teach in after school dance programs. Deferring college to dance professionally was an easy decision and dancing all day every day grew her dance knowledge exponentially. Lisa then went on to spend several seasons with Carolina Gymnastics teaching ballet technique for their competition team and later on to opening her own small homeschool dance company called “Happy Soles”. In 1997, she took a step back to have a beautiful baby girl and in 2003, came back to dance by joining the staff of Bailey Fine Arts.

Lisa also works for Columbia Children’s Theatre where she is heading into her 3rd season as the Youth Theatre and Main Stage choreographer. Lisa is constantly learning and studying to bring her students fresh ideas and challenges and has successfully convinced her husband that regular NYC trips for classes and season tickets to traveling Broadway shows are the best way to do that! She feels incredibly blessed to get to spend every day teaching and getting to know and invest in so many fabulous children of all ages. Relationships are her absolute favorite part of her job!

“The only dancer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be.”

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Bailey Sendler

Bailey Sendler is a Junior at Columbia College. She has taken classes at Bailey Fine Arts Centre since she was 5 years old and fell in love with dance and the studio. During her 16 years here at BFA she has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, theatrical, and contemporary. Bailey also attended the Summer Dance Intensive at Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi where she studied classical ballet and pointe. Before graduating high school, Bailey was a part of the Bailey Fine Arts Centre Competition Company for three years.

Outside the studio, Bailey has a tendency to “tread the boards” in theaters all over Columbia. Her most recent appearances include: CCT’s Shrek the Musical (Ugly Duckling), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery) and Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl), Dance Theatre of Columbia’s Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter) and Red Riding Hood (Wolf) and Dorothy in Wizard of Oz.

This will be Bailey’s 5th year teaching at BFA.

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Chevis Fogarty

​Chevis Fogarty grew up dancing at Bailey Fine Arts Centre where she studied tap, ballet, pointe, jazz and theatrical, along side Mrs. Cari. Together they performed in numerous Dance Theatre of Columbia productions, including “Alice in Wonderland”. Chevis started teaching dance as a junior in high school, and continued teaching at a studio in Charleston while in college. She returned to teaching at Bailey Fine Arts 13 years ago.

Chevis is happily married to Marc Fogarty and they have two girls, Ryanne and TaylorAnne, who also dance at Bailey Fine Arts Centre. Chevis has worked for AstraZeneca as a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist for the past 17 years, but her passion is teaching dance!

“Life is not always the party we hoped it would be. So while we are here, we might as well DANCE!”

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