Meet Our Instructors

Sara Misiti Clemmons

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 15 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 9th year of operation at Coastal Dance Academy, Inc.
 

Jennifer Kelley

Jennifer Kelley 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 7 years, and 2013 & 2015 Dance Masters of America Workshops. She also was Assistant Rehearsal Director for 2017 and 2018's The Great Russian Nutcracker. As her eighth year of teaching approaches, she is excited for what the new dance year has to bring.
 

Dove Avylla

Ms. Dove is originally from Massachusetts but has called Leland her home for the last 12 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 as she begins her 7th year at the studio.
 

Michelle Rackely

Michelle Rackley is originally from Maryland, but is currently living in Wilmington as a graduate student at UNCW. She recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. 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 has assisted in the production of The Great Russian Nutcracker for 2 years, and is looking forward to teaching and choreographing in her fifth CDA recital.

Dana McIntyre

Ms. Dana is the former Owner and Artistic Director of Edge Artistic Dance Center located in Oswego, NY which opened in 2005. She has trained many title and national level winners in addition to receiving numerous awards for excellence and artistry in teaching as well as a multitude of choreography and technique awards. Her specialties are lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and acrobatic arts. Ms. Dana is passionate about flexibility and helping dancers create long lines and strong bodies to enhance their artistic expression. She has been married for 23 years with three children. Her two daughters danced with her until graduation when they went on to professional dance careers. Her son was an elite gymnast, training to level 10 for Men’s Gymnastics and also coached during high school. He now proudly serves in the United States Marine Corps. Professional experience includes: dancing training since the age of 6 in all genres—ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hip hop, tumbling and acrobatics. College dance team and theatre productions which included The King and I, Annie Get Your Gun, and Cinderella. Elite Choir and Performance Choir at the University of Salve Regina University in Newport, RI where she attended while pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Zumba and PiYo certified. CoOwner of Wayuga Printing & Publishing handling pre-press, production management, purchasing, circulation and HR for the company since 1994. Ms Dana relocated to Wilmington, NC in 2018. She is certified in Acro Arts and In 2019, Ms. Dana started the Elite Competitive Team at Coastal Dance Academy.  She is looking forward to starting her second season with CDA and sharing her love of dance and movement with her students. 

Anneke DeJong

Anneke is originally from Minnesota where she began her Vaganova training at age 6 with St. Croix Ballet in her hometown of Stillwater. Some of her favorite memories are dancing as Snow Queen in Nutcracker and Diamond Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. During high school Anneke attended Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and received her first contract at age 17 with Continental Ballet as an apprentice.

In 2013, she moved to NYC to train with Gelsey Kirkland in her Professional Program for two years where she danced in the company premieres of Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Nutcracker. Returning to MN, she danced with St. Paul Ballet as an apprentice and then as a demi-soloist with Metropolitan Ballet, where she performed in Romeo and Juliet; Marie in the Nutcracker; the Generosity and Jewel Fairies in Sleeping Beauty and Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2017 she joined Texas Ballet Theater Professional Division and performed in Ben Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland and also as the Sugar Plum Fairy guest artist in Clara’s Dream in the Twin Cities. Most recently Anneke has danced as a founding company artist with Magnum Opus Ballet in Madison, WI for two seasons. She had the opportunity to perform many lead and corp roles and choreograph her first professional piece, Cherish, for MO.

Anneke furthered her training during summers with Texas Ballet Theater, Open World Dance Foundation, Dutch National Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, English National Ballet, Bossov Ballet Theatre and Kirov Academy of Ballet. A summer highlight was performing a contemporary piece by HET Nat’l Ballet’s Ernst Meisner in Amsterdam.

Anneke was asked to represent Russian Pointe as an Ambassador in 2017 and honored now to be an RP Pro for the past 3 years. She has taught and choreographed ballet and character dance at multiple studios around Madison and the Twin Cities. She is now a part of the USIB company in Wilmington, NC and will be starting her 2nd year. She feels blessed to share her love of ballet both as an artist and as a teacher with her students! 

Kaitlyn Etheridge

Miss Kaitlyn is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is majoring in Clinical Research and planning to eventually work with a CRO. She is from Wendell, NC where she was trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, clogging, and contemporary at the Expressions of Worship Dance Studio. Miss Kaitlyn also helped assist classes in all genres at Expressions of Worship. In high school, and was a member of the dance team for three years and co-captain for her senior year. She has 6 choreographed pieces professionally performed throughout her high school career. At UNCW, she is a member of the Dance Company where she also participates as a choreographer for small group pieces. Miss Kaitlyn has a passion for choreography and watching dancers express a story and meaning through their movement in all forms. She looks very forward to working with Coastal Dance Academy and seeing the growth over the next few years. 

Kaitlyn (Maureen) Elliott

Kaitlyn Elliott a Holden Beach, NC native, began dancing at an early age. As a former dance student of Mrs. Sara’s, she trained at Brunswick School of Dance and was part of Mrs. Sara’s Coastal Contemporary Dance Company. She is trained in many dance styles including ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz, hiphop, tap, ballroom, and acrobatic arts. Since high school, she has continued to study all genres of dance and was a dance/acrobatic arts assistant. Kaitlyn graduated from college with degrees in Health and Fitness Science and Athletic Training. While earning her degrees, she was a fitness instructor and taught dance fusion fitness classes. During college, she began to broaden her exploration in dance with Wilmington Latin Dance. That provided her with extensive training in bachata, salsa, cha cha, merengue and kizomba. This past year Kaitlyn was a member of Island Touch Dance Academy, where she preformed choreography by the world-renowned ATACA and La Alemana. Kaitlyn has always had a love and passion for dance, conditioning, flexibility, and fitness. She seeks to inspire dancers to grow and become the dancers they envision.

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