Mariah started dancing at age 3 and began competing at 5 years old. As a sophomore in high school, Mariah furthered her technical training in ballet and modern dance at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Program. Throughout her 3 years of study at the UNC program, Mariah studied with many instructors including Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan and Patricia Casey. During her senior year, Mariah auditioned for the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, season 11, and made it all the way to the callback round. That became a defining moment and Mariah realized that dance was her future. She wanted to expand her knowledge and technique in not only ballet and modern dance, but all the other disciplines of dance as well.
Performing has always brought such happiness to Bianca, and four years ago she discovered that teaching was even more rewarding. She has taught at multiple studios, and during summer months she teaches dance to competitive ice skaters at the Westchester Skating Academy. Bianca takes frequent trips to NYC, where she continues to train at Ripley Grier Studios and Broadway Dance Center, with teachers Luam, Chio, Leslie Feliciano, Jermaine Brown and La Jon. Bianca has performed at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks Halftime Show, and her choreography has also been featured during both the Halftime and Pre-Game performances. Just recently one of her Hip Hop routines came to life, on ice, during the WSA 2016 "Just Dance" Show.
Bianca realizes that her students look up to her in more ways than one, and she prides herself on being a positive role model for them both on and off the dance floor. She graduated early and with Honors from Pace University in 2014, with a BBA in Marketing and a concentration in the Arts. She is beyond excited to start this next chapter of her life at Epic Dance Center because she believes in everything they have to offer and knows your children will feel at home the second they walk in the door.
Katherine competed until she graduated from high school in 2007. After High School Katherine began teaching at South East Dance Academy. She taught competitive dance at the Academy until 2014. In addition to teaching for SEDA, she danced for the Wilmington Sea Dawg Semi-Pro basketball team. In 2010 Katherine auditioned for the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s hip hop team, Physical Graffeeti. Katherine danced and choreographed for UNCW’s competitive hip hop team for two years.
In 2011 she became a member of Carolina Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America. Since then she has won several choreography awards at various competitions, and was honored to receive CDM’s Beale Fletcher Entertainment award for one of her choreographed routines in 2013. While in Wilmington, Katherine worked for Opera House Theater Company. For 10 years she did productions for the company. She has worked for Lou Criscuolo, who worked on and off Broadway from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Katherine also has worked for Judy Greenhut, who appeared in Superman on Broadway, and Ray Kennedy who is currently the Director and Choreographer for the USO Liberty Bells out of Manhattan. The shows that Katherine has been in that were directed under those above are, Hairspray, A Chorus Line, The Producers, The Will Rogers Follies and The King and I, just to name a few. Throughout the years Katherine has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and modern. In her free time Katherine enjoys working out, painting, coffee and more coffee! She loves working with kids and sharing her passion for the arts. Katherine is proud and honored to be a part of the EPIC family!
Miss Bianca has been dancing since the age of three. Throughout her childhood dance classes remained a constant in her life, not simply because she wanted to fill time, but because dance was a passion of hers and she couldn't wait to get there. In High School she was the head choreographer/captain of her school’s Dance Team for multiple performances and gala events. She is trained in all areas of dance, such as Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Theatre, Jazz and Hip Hop, by various teachers Mary Ellen Bruno, Wadie Jones from "So You Think You Can Dance," Darcy Baia, and Jennifer Hendricks, just to name a few. Bianca continues to train in NYC as a part of the Rhythm City Dance Experience.
Jamie (or Miss Jamie) started her passion for dance at the age of 4 attending dance class 5 days a week through her childhood and teen years. She carried that passion on to The LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (The FAME school) High School in New York City where she was trained in Ballet and Modern dance. She continued her education majoring in dance at Marymount Manhattan College. Throughout her dance education and thereafter, Jamie continued her training, attending numerous classes in all styles of dance at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and dance conventions.
After graduating from high school, Mariah enrolled in the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Program and is currently a sophomore. In her spare time, she continues to pursue her passion for dance at the Broadway Dance Center and when school is out, Ms. Reives spends her time home in North Carolina teaching and choreographing and "hopes one day all my dreams will come true through the hard work and dedication I put into everything I do". Trained in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip hop, contemporary and modern styles, Mariah has won numerous regional and national titles and awards over the years. Mariah especially enjoys teaching children, all the time watching them learn, grow and develop into beautiful dancers. She is very excited to be on faculty at Epic Dance Center!
Katherine Hardison was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is very proud to call Wilmington, NC her home. Katherine began dancing at the age of 3 at Arlene and Donna’s School of Dance. Every audition season Katherine would beg her parents to take her to the audition. She desperately wanted to be on the schools “Company.” Finally in 2002 Katherine’s wish came true. Her parents finally took her to the audition, but by this time Katherine had moved studios and was now dancing at South East Dance Academy. She made their competition team, and that’s when her true obsession with dance began.
After years of hard work, commitment and dedication to dance, Jamie’s dream came true…She was now the owner of her own Dance Studio in Queens NY, where she was given the opportunity to pass her passion on to her own students. They went on to win many awards at competitions and many of them attended Performing Arts schools and became dance instructors themselves.
Jamie married, started a family of her own and after 10 years of fulfilling her dream, sold the studio to a former student. After her second son was born, the family moved to Carmel NY where she has been a Zumba instructor for 5 years. She fell in love with Zumba Fitness because it fuses dance and fitness…two of her passions. She loves teaching students from preschool to adults all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical and especially tap.
Jamie loves sharing her passion for dance and is continually inspired by her students to keep learning. She is a mom of three and her daughter Liana will be following in her footsteps and will be dancing at Epic. Jamie is very excited to be a part of such a great staff and studio.
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Madi Nelson began dancing in Atlanta, Georgia where she trained at Great Gig Dance Co and the Governor's Honors Program. She has performed at various festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina as well as local events in her hometown. Currently studying at Marymount Manhattan College, Madi has studied an array of styles and techniques including Graham, Horton, Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. As a Teaching Dance Arts concentration, she has had the privilege of assisting at Peridance Capezio Center. Madi intends on graduating in May of 2016 and pursuing her performance career.