Teal Russeau is from Wheaton, IL, a suburb of Chicago, IL. She grew up dancing there for 19 years, where she originally found her passion for movement and creativity. She used dance as an emotional outlet throughout middle and high school, by joining the dance team, starting a dance camp business with her best friend, and continuing to pursue choreography in college.
Teal attended North Central College, a private liberal arts school in Naperville, IL, for Psychology and English, with minors in Spanish and Gender and Women’s Studies. Throughout college, she choreographed and taught for Cardinal Dance Company, where her favorite style became contemporary ballet. Teal plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the near future, with the intention of never ceasing to dance alongside her future career in the mental health field.
After graduating college, Teal moved to Columbia, SC with her family, and works as an Enrollment Coach at Midlands Technical College, where she walks students through the admission process to start their college careers. She loves teaching, dancing, and working with kids, so Teal is very excited that she found a way to continue her dance journey as a teacher at Bailey Fine Arts Center!
Mattie Felker is a senior at Spring Valley High School. This is her 14th year dancing at Bailey Fine Arts Centre, and her first year teaching. Throughout her time at BFA, Mattie has trained in the genres of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and theatrical. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and theatrical.
In addition to regular dance classes, Mattie enjoys being a part of the Bailey Fine Arts Competition Co. and performing with Dance Theatre of Columbia. A few of her highlighted roles in DTC shows include, Granny (Red Riding Hood), Cook (Alice in Wonderland), and Toymaker (Babes in Toyland). Mattie is so excited to be teaching elementary jazz and is looking forward to another great year!
Alyxandria (Lexy) Cicchinelli
Melissa Lester has been dancing for 18 years and grew up dancing at Buffa’s Dance Studio in Burke, VA. She has been trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop. After she graduated from high school, she moved to Los Angeles, California to be a member of the Dancer’s Bridge program at Retter’s Academy of Dance. During that year, Melissa auditioned for Fox’s hit television show So You Think You Can Dance and made it to Vegas week. She moved to Columbia to begin the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Midlands Technical College this August. She has attended Kirov’s Academy of Ballet summer intensive in Washington, DC and was a member of Dancemakers original Collective touring and assisting teachers such as Kathryn McCormick and Kyle Robinson. Melissa loves dance and is excited to share her knowledge and her passion of dance with her students.
Carrie Eberhardt is in her seventh year of teaching at Bailey Fine Arts. 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 Theatre minor. Next, she moved south, to pursue her MS in Mathematical Sciences at Clemson, but also found many opportunities to participate in community theatre, and met her husband Mat!
Carrie has 3 children, Nick (age 10), Emmie (age 8), and Lily (age 3). All three of them love dancing at BFA!
In the last few years, Carrie has a found a new theatre home at Town Theatre, where she has gotten to use her dance and theatre training in shows such as “Big Fish,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and most recently, “Beauty and the Beast.” She also taps there with the Town Tappers.
Carrie has lived in Columbia for 12 years, and is so glad to have found a dance home at Bailey Fine Arts Centre!
Roxanne Livingston Rich
Roxanne Livingston Rich has been on staff at Bailey Fine Arts Centre for ten years now. During her 15 years of instruction at BFA 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., board member & Secretary of the SC Solar Council, and is an active member of 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 is looking forward to becoming a mom this October!
As Roxanne takes a step back from being a classroom instructor and BFA Competition Co. choreographer to welcome her bundle of joy this fall, she looks forward to helping around the studio in any way possible, to include substitute teaching. When working with students, it is her goal to inspire everyone 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
Laura Dean has been teaching at Bailey Fine Arts Centre for the past eight 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 five years serving as its chair of ticketing for the past three, and secretary for the past two years. 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 has since joined the Center For Inquiry Elementary School staff as a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher here in Columbia, and will continue there this year teaching First Grade.
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.
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 4th 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.”
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.
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 in 2005.
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 18 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!”