MEET OUR CREATIVE TEAM

About Our Studio

At Arts in Motion, we work to develop, inspire and cultivate the individual talents of your child in a loving and nurturing environment. It is our mission to offer quality and comprehensive dance education through age appropriate classes, always encouraging  and nurturing creative minds in all aspects of the arts!

We believe in…

 

Celebrating Progress

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We believe we are all a work in progress no matter our age—we are never finished learning! We do not expect perfection, but believe in determination, consistency, and passion. 
Tendu-to stretch. We believe that, in order to keep progressing, you must continue to stretch yourself—physically and mentally.

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Fostering Collaboration

In a world filled with competition, we believe in providing space for our students to come together to create. Not for a medal or trophy, but for the joy of creating something new!
Assemblé: to assemble, or join together. Learning to work together is a valuable life skill we instill in our dancers.

Building Confidence

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We believe in building our students’ strength and confidence, not just in the studio, but in life.

Relevé-raised, to rise up. We believe in lifting each other up through positive reinforcement and a nurturing learning environment.

Developing Leaders

Cultivating Potential

Creating Impact

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We believe leadership begins with our teachers and continues through our students who serve as mentors for our younger students.  Together as a dance family, we engage in service projects to support our community.
En Dedans/En Dehors: Inward/Outward. We want our dancers to be inwardly strong (confident and positive self-image), and outwardly focused (seeking to leave the world a better place each and every day). 

We believe in continually striving to improve--as a studio, as dance educators, and as artists--encouraging and inspiring our young artists to never give up on themselves or their dreams.
Chassé: to chase. We believe in chasing dreams and working hard to catch them!

We believe dance can have significant influence on a child’s life—physically, mentally, and emotionally. We take our role as teacher very seriously, recognizing the impact we can have.
Entrechat-interweaving or braided. We believe dance is more than just a once a week activity, but can have significant influence on a child’s life. We also take our role as teacher very seriously, recognizing the influence we can have.

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Now Enrolling!

It's not too late to join us!

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Rachel Epps

CEO

Mrs. Rachel: Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Rachel grew up in the studio. She trained with Barry Thomas and J Patrick McCann at Atlanta Dance Works, then studied under Maria D’Antonio at Brookwood High School. She attended the College of Charleston where she received a BA in religious studies and a minor in dance. She had many training and performance opportunities around the country during her time at BHS and CofC. After college, she taught for Once Upon a Ballet in Charleston, SC, and wrote a children's book about the history of ballet (Ballerinas Abroad!). She is thrilled to share her love of dance with her students! Rachel and husband, Steven, have three daughters: Millie, Mollie, and Marlee. Rachel loves giraffes, the color teal, and all things chocolate--except coffee.

She hates coffee. Even if it has chocolate in it. (Yes, seriously!)

Ashley Nicastro

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Performance Director/ Company Director/Fine Arts Club Teacher/ Creative & Upper Division Teacher

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Miss Ashley is new to the Spartanburg area, having just moved from New York. She graduated from AMDA NY in 2014 with a Certificate in Acting and got her Associate's degree from Nassau College. She is trained in jazz, ballet, modern and musical theater. For the past 10 years, Ashley has been working as a director and choreographer all across Long Island, NY in numerous regional theater companies and school districts. Her favorite choreography credits include Newsies, All Shook Up, Pippin, and On the Town. In addition to teaching dance and theater, Ashley enjoys photography, kayaking and crafting anything she can get her hands on. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance and performing with her new students!

 

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Keely Wooten

Office Administrator

She is our Office Administrator here at AIM and we are thrilled to have her on our team! Keely’s the one you talk to, text with, and email! 

 

Keely says: “I am a graduate of NC State, where I majored in animal science.  After returning home and being unable to find a job with my major, I began working in the nursery at Second Presbyterian Church. It was here that I met the Epps family and became “KeelyBuddy”. Then, I decided to go back to school and I obtained an associates degree in Early childhood education.  I love working with children and I am looking forward to new oppotunities with AIM!” 

 

Keely loves to hike, craft, and teach exercise classes! She will also be getting married this year!!! We know you are going to love KeelyBuddy as much as we do!

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Hannah Curry

Director Of Growth/Director Of Acro & Cheer/ Acro & Cheer Lead Teacher

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Allison George

Mrs. Hannah Lives in Spartanburg with her husband and daughter (Hadley) who also attends Arts in motion. Hannah graduated from Broome High School in 2012 where she was a cheerleader for football, basketball and of course her favorite the competitive cheer team! She also has taken many years of tumbling. She received many awards through out her time as a cheerleader such leadership awards and Co- Captain. Hannah went on to coach cheerleading and tumbling. She has years of experience working with children from ages 2-18. Mrs. Hannah is certified with AcroDance Pre School by Acrobatic Arts. She is also a Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher. She is very excited to be apart of the Arts in motion team! On her free time she likes to relax, watch a good movie and spend time with family. Fun fact: her senior superlative was Class Clown! 

Acro & Cheer Teacher Assistant

Allison is originally from NC but grew up in GA. Allison moved to Spartanburg with her husband and her 1 year old daughter (Ashbey-Grace) to live closer to family. Allison has cheered for 14 years and danced for 5 years. We are happy to have Mrs. Allison join our team! 

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Demery  Trantham

Fine Arts Club Teacher/ Upper Division Dance Teacher

Miss Demery is a recent graduate of Columbia College’s Dance Education program. After completing her senior year of college amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she is currently teaching dance at Carver Middle School and Arts in Motion in Spartanburg, SC. Trantham was raised in Greer, South Carolina where she started dancing in a local studio at age twelve. At Southern Dance Connection, she won the award of “Dancer of the Year” and received a dance scholarship from her alumni studio Ignite Dance Company to support her dream of collegiate dance study. Ms. Demery has trained in genres including contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical, clogging, and hip-hop. She has also experienced many other different dance genres along her dance journey including contact improvisation, African, musical theater, jazz funk, Gaga, Countertechnique, and ballet. She danced in the 87thAnnual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and performed in the Sugar Bowl Halftime Finale in 2012. While studying collegiate dance, she has received the CCDanceLab’s Improviser of the Year award of 2017-2018 and has recently received the Debi Turbeville Scholarship Fund for the academic year of 2018-2019. Over the summer of 2019, Trantham traveled to Sorrento, Italy for the 2019 Staibdance Summer Intensive. In the coming academic year, she plans to share her love and knowledge of dance with students of various ages and continue to feed herself creatively through her work in Yuhas & Dancers. Demery is thrilled to be apart of the Arts in Motion team and is looking forward to teaching your dancers through artistry and technique!

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Heather Burch

Fine Arts Club Teacher &Creative Division Teacher

 Mrs. Heather lives in Spartanburg but originally from St. Augustine, Florida. She has been married for 25 years and has three children, ages 23,19 & 17! Heather started dancing (classes) at the age of 3. She has a background in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, gymnastics and color guard. She is the choreographer & instructor for the guards at North Greenville University & Travelers Rest High School. We are so excited to have Mrs. Heather join our team! You are going to love her just as much as we do when you meet her!

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