Born in Bronx, New York and raised in Atlanta, Ga. Latisha received her BA in Psychology and MS in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T State University. LaTisha began dancing at the age of 5 training in Ballet, Hip-Hop and Jazz.
In 2007 LaTisha auditioned and became a member of the Golden Delight Auxiliary as a Dancer, Flag and Baton twirler at North Carolina A&T State University. She is a 2010 initiate into the Theta Zeta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.
LaTisha has performed at Nascar, Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, Honda Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome, and so much more.
La'Tisha is currently a dance teacher with her local school system providing K-5 Dance Instruction.
Outside of dance Latisha enjoys spending time with her family, trying new foods, girl time, and traveling.
Janina Spencer, Admin Assistant, Ballet & Hip-Hop
Janina Spencer is a native of Durham and an alumni of Hillside High school. She was a member of the dance company for four years and of sparkle for two years. During this time she trained in modern, contemporary, jazz, African, and hip-hop. Now she is a senior Art Education student at North Carolina A&T, where she continues her training in modern, jazz, and hip hop. She was a dance coordinator of Couture Productions for the 2018-2019 year and is now serving as the chief of staff for the 2019-2020 year. When she graduates, she plans to come back to her home town and help strengthen the art community, with hopes of one day opening a black owned art institute for low income aspiring artists.
Ms. Jasmine Leak Competition Team Director
Born in Greensboro, NC and graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a BA in Psychology. Jasmine began dancing at age 5 with ballet & tap. Experience in ballet, tap, jazz, liturgical, and hip-hop. Led a collegiate hip-hop team at WSSU 2013-2016. Has trained with Kaelynn Harris, Dexter Carr, Aliya Janell, Kimmie Gee, and Chuck Maldonado.
Outside of dance Jasmine is active in church youth ministry, traveling, trying new foods/restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family.
Ms. Vanecia "Xulee" Iris-Rose, Acting & Voice
MFA, Playwright, Herbalist and Activist originally from Greensboro North Carolina. She has directed, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, The world premiere of Mend A City: The Movement. Other directing credits include For Colored Girls by Ntzoke Shange, The Colored Museum and Konvergence with the African American Student Association of Theatre and Film. She was last seen in Mad at Miles: A black woman’s guide to truth, with NC Touring Theatre, Degraced and Yellowface at Las Vegas Little Theatre and Her Favorite Credits of her career include Shug Avery, The Color Purple (Barn Dinner Theatre, NC) Helen in Love, Hope and Promises (Las Vegas Black Gospel Theatre), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet (Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Vera in Seven Guitars (Nevada Conservatory Theatre) and Madam X in The Stronger (Richard B. Harrison Players). Vanecia has been acting since age three and now spends the majority of her time, teaching voice, Acting and writing plays, building her herb business and volunteering for her community.
Mrs. Makailah Bennett, Director of Enrollment
Bio coming soon.....
Ms. Kristin Davenport, Ballet
Kristen was born and raised in High Point, NC where she received her dance training. She began dancing at the age of three at Mallory Graham's Dance South where she studied in ballet, tap, and jazz.
She has performed many times in the High Point Holiday parade; in Wake Forest University and High Point University halftime games for football and basketball; and the Gator Bowl in Florida. She has also been a guest judge for Star Talent dance competition group.
Kristen has experience teaching ballet although she enjoys all genres of dance as a form of creative expression. She loves to support youth in finding their voice through the universal language of dance.
Kristen graduated from UNCG in 2011 with a BA in Biology and went on to pursue a career teaching High School Biology. She has taught at Dudley High School and Page High School here in Greensboro where she helped to organize service learning projects such as breast cancer walks.
However in 2018, Kristen left the High School Biology classroom to return to her passion to educate in the dance studio. She is excited to be a part of the Educate Dancer team and is looking forward to a wonderful year!