Coastal Dance Academy, Inc.

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion."

                                                     ~Martha Graham


Mrs. Sara is from Charleston, West Virginia. She is the founder and director of Coastal Dance Academy, Inc. Mrs. Sara has been dancing since the age of five, has been teaching dance in Brunswick County for the last 13 years and she is a certified dance educator through Dance Masters of America.  She taught at Brunswick School of Dance for 7 years and founded the Coastal Contemporary Dance Company and directed it for 5 years.  She has also taught and performed for community events and programs such as Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars and All County Dance for the local schools.  Mrs. Sara loves teaching children to dance and has always dreamed of having a dance studio of her own. She is excited to start her 7th year of operation at Coastal Dance Academy, Inc.

Jennifer Smith currently lives in Leland, North Carolina. As a former dance student of Mrs. Sara’s she went on to further study dance at UNC-Charlotte and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. She has studied many dance styles including ballet, modern, contemporary and vintage jazz, tap, and academic dance classes. Other than Sara Clemmons, Jennifer studied under amazing teachers such as Kim Jones, E.E. Balcos, Delia Neil, and local choreographers Brittany Patterson and Jennifer Gage, with The Dance Cooperative of Wilmington. She has also done performances and workshops including the 2013 North Carolina Dance Festival, 2015 Wilmington Dance Festival, Coastal Dance Academy’s annual dance recitals for the last 5 years, and 2013 & 2015 Dance Masters of America Workshops. She also was Assistant Rehearsal Director for 2017's The Great Russian Nutcracker, which she looks forward to doing again in the upcoming year. As her sixth year of teaching approaches, she is excited for what the new dance year has to bring.

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Sara Misiti Clemmons

Jennifer Smith

Dove Avylla

Ms. Dove is originally from Massachusetts but has called Leland her home for the last 11 years. Ms. Dove has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She has studied jazz, tap and ballet under great teachers such as Cheryl Calheta, Kathy Medina and Tracey Talbot. Her real passion is tap. She has taken various workshops throughout the country and even competed nationally in a tap dance group. She is also a veteran of the stage having been in over 10 musicals and multiple dance revues. She is very passionate about dance in all of its various forms and is thrilled to be at CDA to share her knowledge with the CDA students.

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Michelle Rackley

Michelle Rackley is originally from Maryland, but is currently living in Wilmington as a student at UNCW. She is a senior this year planning to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology this spring. Michelle began dancing at S Be Dance studio when she was 8 years old and later joined their company. She competed in dance competitions for 5 years and also performed in venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and The Lincoln Center in New York city. S Be Dance studio is also where she first began teaching, starting off as a teacher’s apprentice. She then began teaching at their summer dance programs and also taught several tap classes throughout the year. In Maryland, Michelle was also a member of the Anne Arundel County Dance Ensemble and was inducted into the National Dance Honor Society for the Dance Arts. Michelle continues to dance as a member of UNCW’s dance company. She looks forward to assisting in another production of The Great Russian Nutcracker, as well as teaching and choreographing in her third CDA recital.


Taylor Monroe

Taylor Monroe is from Lillington NC, and has transferred to Wilmington to study Business Management and Leadership at UNCW.  Before moving to Wilmington she was on the Wake Tech dance team for 2 years where they performed various hip hop styles; this team made her fall in love with this unique technique.  She was a competitive dancer at Main Street Dance in Fuquay NC for 18 years; she has competed in over 60 dance competitions. Taylor has been a dance assistant and substitute teacher for four years teaching all ages.  She has studied all genres of dance her entire life, but specializes in hip-hop and tap.  Taylor is also on the executive board as the fundraiser chair of the UNCW Dance Company.  She is beyond excited to become a part of the CDA family and cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces!

Marisa Karoutsos-

Vinyasa Flow & Contemporary Connection


Marisa is a certified vinyasa flow instructor. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2017 under the instruction of Joanna Ducey at Yoga in Common in Myrtle Beach. Marisa’s education in dance and musical theater gives her a unique perspective on flow, and the comprehensive ability to move students through creative and challenging sequences to help them reach their highest vibration. She loves offering meditative and visionary techniques to help quiet the mind, and allow students to focus on their bodies, and energies. Dancers have a special place in Marisa’s heart, and she focuses on things every dancer can take with them, such as body awareness, balance, spine safety, and graceful movement.

Adult Class Instructors:

Marissa Dunsmore-

Barre Fusion


Marissa Dunsmore is currently the dance teacher and dance team coach at North Brunswick High School and teaches various styles of dance at Evolution Dance Complex, a local dance studio. She is a graduate of NBHS and earned her BFA in Dance Education at East Carolina University. At ECU Marissa danced in many faculty and student dance works and was recognized with the "outstanding senior in dance education" award. She has been taking barre class at the YMCA with Jodi Adams and Amy Westbrook and is excited to teach her own blend of barre and dance fitness.

Rosemary Parker-

Ballroom and Latin/Salsa


With more than 40 years experience as a professional dancer, teacher trainer and choreographer in the field of ballroom and latin dancing, Rosemary Parker will bring to the school a level of expertise that will benefit adults as well and any young persons interested in these areas of learning.   In Long Island New York, Rosemary owned and operated simultaneously three ballroom studios.  She trained staff and brought in International and American ballroom dance champions to further the professionalism of her staff.  Many of Rosemary’s students and teachers went on to enter the American Ballroom Dance Championships viewed on PBS.  Rosemary was invited to teach often for the Dance Educators of America and to choreograph for local dance competitions for her dance teaching staff.


Rosemary will be teaching both latin/salsa as well as ballroom with private, semi-private as well as group classes choices.  Some classes will not require a partner.  Practice socials are also part of the plans for weekly events at the studio.

Monica Slaughenhoupt-

Barre Fusion













Monica Slaughenhoupt is originally from Pittsburgh PA. and moved to the Jacksonville NC. area in the mid 80's with her husband of 33 years during his Marine Corps years of service. In 1982 Monica cultivated a true passion for health and fitness upon her first certification in Ontario Canada with Dance Fit Inc. Her dedication and joy grew in helping others with their health and well being.The interest in the study of body mechanics drew her to attending school in 1990 to become a Physical Therapy Technician. She has been employed full time for the last 13 years with Emerge Ortho and currently at the Brunswick Forest location for the last 8 years. It became the perfect fit with her fitness qualifications under AFAA and Exercise Safety Association.


Certifications include Personal Training, Cardio, Nutrient, Weight Training, Yoga, Silver Sneakers, Aquatic and the past 9 years as a Pilates Instructor. Her most recent certification as a Barre Instructor for 2 years rekindled her love for ballet and tap as a young girl. Her Barre Fusion class is also inspired by her Pilates background.


Monica invites you to come and join forces with her in helping you to discover the grace and beauty within you and how fitness can be a very good friend as it has been to her for many years. So please allow Monica to help you become empowered and the best version of yourself.