Kim McGee (Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Acro, Ballet, Contemporary) has been dancing since the age of 3 and performing/competing since the age of 8. She has studied dance in the areas of tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary acro, lyrical, modern, hip hop and pointe. Kim has traveled the country winning awards regionally as well as nationally. In 1998, she won the title Teen Miss Dance of NC and followed that up in 2000 by winning the title of Miss Dance of NC. She has studied under master teachers such as Debbie Dee, Sheila Barker, Nick Lazzarini, Travis Wall, Karen Hebert, Gene Medler and Frank Hatchett. Kim graduated from East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in dance performance, concentration in Jazz in 2006. While at ECU, she performed every year in the faculty dance concert, as well as many Senior Choreography concerts and with the East Carolina Performing Company. Kim was chosen to perform in guest artist pieces choreographed by Eddy Ocampo and Nick Pupillo of Chicago, IL. She performed in the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2001 and Dance Chicago in 2006, both held in Chicago, Illinois. Her senior choreography piece in college was chosen to perform in the American College Dance Festival, held at Florida State University, where it placed in the top 10. Kim has choreographed for the North Carolina Dance Festival. She was a performer in NCDF as well as Dance-A-Lorus, held in Wilmington. She has set choreography on South Brunswick and Cardinal Gibbons High School. She is on staff as a judge for On Stage America dance competitions as well as has judged and taught for Dance Master’s of America Organization Kim’s choreography has won top honors and overalls at regional and national competitions. Her students have also won scholarships to many conventions and workshops.
Philip McGee(Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz) has been dancing and competing since the age of 14. He grew up studying hip hop, jazz, ballet, lyrical and tap. He attended competitions winning awards regionally as well as nationally. Philip has studied under such great teachers as Shane Sparks, Mark Meismer, Dave Carter, Wade Robeson, Swoop, Dante Williams, Eddy Garcia, Joshua Allen and Mandy Moore. He performed at the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney, Australia, as well as the Bahamas. Philip has also performed in the North Carolina Dance Festival and Dance-A-Lorus. He has choreographed for Wilmington Extreme Dancers, Hoggard Dance Team, and Port City Diesel Dance Team. Philip has also set choreography on the dance teams at South Brunswick and Cardinal Gibbons high school. Philip recently choreographed a dance sequence for HBO’s new series produced by Will Ferrell, “East Bound and Down.” He has been a judge and choreographed the opening number for UNCW’s dance competition, “Hawk it Out.” Philip has been teaching hip hop since 2003. He has performed in “Dance-A-Lorus” and the North Carolina Dance Festival, both held in Wilmington. Philip has judged and taught for Dance Master’s of America organization, as well as on staff with On Stage America competitions.
AMBER MITCHELL (Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop): After falling in love with dance at a young age, Amber trained at CC & Company Dance Complex of Raleigh, NC. She trained in all styles including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and improve. Amber has had the opportunity to train and dance for many choreographers including Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels and Misha Gabriel. Amber has taught children of all ages, in 2014 she was the main choreographer and instructor for Charlene Brickhouse’s company dancers in downtown Raleigh. Her choreography was featured in showcases and in Heritage High School’s Modern Company shows. Most currently she was given the opportunity to choreograph a piece for “The Dance Awards” National Competition. Amber is so excited to join the staff at Studio 1!
Julie: A Wilmington native, graduated from UNCW with a degree in Chemistry. Her passion for dance started at the early age 5 with tap, ballet, jazz, and clogging. With more than 20 years in the competition dance circuit, she has earned numerous awards majoring in clogging. She has been an instructor with Techniques in Motion as well as Wilmington Dance Academy. She has been under the instruction All That Dance Percussion Dance Group based at the Carolina Opry. Being a winner of All That Challenge, she performed with other dancers across the country. She has performed numerous times at the Carolina Opry in the nightly shows. She has represented the United States for clogging in Asheville, NC with the Bailey Mountain Cloggers from Mars Hill, was a season performer at Tweetsie Railroad, and has also performed at Opryland, in Nashville, TN. She won Grand Champion for a clogging duet in Boone NC that she choreographed and has auditioned for America’s Got Talent with her clogging group twice and made it to the executive producer’s round. Julie has competed and taught workshops with the CCA (Clogging Champions of America). Julie is extremely happy to be a part of the Studio 1 family!!
Ariana Serrano: From Hermosa Beach, CA and was trained in classical Vaganova technique by Olga Tozyiakova of Perm Ballet School. Ariana was awarded in the top 24 senior classical categories at the Youth America Grand Prix 2013-2017 and also competed in the Tanzolymp International Dance Festival, Berlin in 2014 and 2016. As a trainee at State Street Ballet (2016-2018) she danced roles such as the Mirliton soloist (Nutcracker) and Paquita (Paquita Grand Pas). Ariana is in her second season with the US International Ballet of Wilmington.
Nicole Pittman: Started dancing at age 4 in Wilmington, NC. At age 5, she began dancing competitively and continued until she graduated High school. During her time as a competition dancer, she won numerous awards including scholarships to L.A and NC School of the Arts. In addition to competition dance, Nicole also stared as a double in the movie Ya Ya Sisterhood, a dance extra in the TV series East Bound and Down, the title of Teen Miss Dance of SC and several productions at Wilmington’s Thallian Hall. After high school Nicole continued her education as a Dance Performance major at East Carolina University. While studying at ECU she had the pleasure of attending Jazz Dance World Congress in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and perform in Chicago for Inaside Dance Company. Following graduation, Nicole had the opportunity to perform in New York City for the ACE Awards. In 2014, Nicole moved to Raleigh and began teaching dance at CC & Company Dance Complex. As she continued to become more inspired and educated, Nicole took on administrative tasks for the studio. After 6 wonderful years in Raleigh, Nicole’s husband Sam graduated Law School. They decided to return home to Wilmington and rejoin their missed families. While still working admin for CC & Company afar, Nicole has also became apart of the amazing Studio 1 family and could not be happier! She has known Kim and Philip most of her life, and is excited to come together again and share our love for dance and teaching!