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 16 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. She recently became certified through the Acrobatic Arts AcroDance Pre School program and is excited to add this to our studio. 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 10th year of operation at Coastal Dance Academy, Inc.
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 9th year of teaching approaches, she is excited for what the new dance year has to bring.
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 8th year at the studio.
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 6th CDA recital.
Miss Taylor was raised in small town Lillington, North Carolina. She was a dancer at Main Street Dance for 15 years. 10 of those years Miss Taylor was a competitive dancer and boy does she love a good dance competition! At
Main Street Dance she studied all styles of dance and was an assistant teacher for 4 years.
After graduating high school, Miss Taylor spent 2 years at Wake Technical College studying Business. She was a part of the Wake Tech dance team before transferring to The University of North Carolina Wilmington. At UNCW Miss Taylor graduated with a bachelor’s
degree in Business with a concentration in Business Management and Leadership. She was a proud member of the UNCW Dance Company where she held a spot as the fundraising chair
and vice president. Miss Taylor loves all styles of dance, but her FAVORITES are Hip Hop and Tap. She is extremely excited to not only teach at CDA for her 3rd year, but also manage the
front desk as your new Office Manager!
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 25 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. Ms Dana relocated to Wilmington, NC in 2018. She is certified in Acrobatic Arts since 2019 and In 2019, Ms. Dana started the Elite Competitive Team at Coastal Dance Academy. She is looking forward to starting her third season with CDA and sharing her love of dance and movement with her students.
Miss Kaitlyn is a senior 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, she 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 co-captain of the Dance Company where she also participates as a choreographer for small and large 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.
Miss Madison is originally from Kinston, North Carolina. She has been dancing for 18 years and teaching for six years. Madison recently moved to Leland, North Carolina after finishing her Bachelor’s in Dance Studies with a minor in entrepreneurship at Appalachian State University. Through her time in college she studied dance pedagogy, creative dance, ballet technique, modern technique, and African dance. She also participated in multiple performances as a part of The Appalachian Dance Ensemble. During her senior year she curated local choreographers for a spring choreography showcase that she organized and directed amidst a global pandemic which received hundreds of views helping support many artists. She is extremely excited to join the Coastal Dance Academy family and bring her skills and talents to train and inspire young artists.