Our faculty features Andrew and Merry Kuharsky; highly trained professionals who danced with The Atlanta Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and The Joffrey Ballet. They have taught in Greenville for 39 years, including at the Governor’s School and at the Fine Arts Center. This allows them to pass on to your child the accumulated knowledge of many generations of professional dancers, teachers and choreographers with whom they have worked.
Our faculty’s experience and training allow us to know the best techniques to keep your child safe and avoid injury or damage that can be caused by poor or improper training.
Even if you don’t want to dance professionally, top quality instruction from our faculty means you’ll learn more, be safer, and develop a lifelong appreciation of fitness, the arts, and learning in general.
Our faculty understands ballet very well, and can teach age-appropriate lessons that are safe for each level of development.
If your child decides they love dance so much they want to continue, they will be in the best position to do so. In fact, some of our students have gone on to dance with companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Co., San Francisco Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Co., Ballet West (Salt Lake City), Sacramento Ballet, Lexington Ballet, First State Ballet Theatre, and the Rockettes, and have performed in Broadway touring productions including 42nd Street and The Lion King.
Mr. Kuharsky is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. He was an apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, a principal dancer with The Atlanta Ballet, and a soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. He has performed across Canada, the U.S., and in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. He taught in or chaired the dance program of the S. C. Governor’s School for the Arts from 1984-1999, and directed the high school dance program at the School District of Greenville County’s Fine Arts Center from 1984-2002. He has taught at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and choreographs regularly for many regional companies. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in all levels of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. In 1984 he won an S.C. Arts Commission fellowship. His work has been performed in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Kentucky, Vermont, Texas, and Scotland. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2018.
Mrs. Kuharsky was a principal dancer with The Atlanta Ballet and the Augusta Ballet in her native Georgia. With The Atlanta Ballet she danced leading roles across the United States including Alaska. She trained at the Augusta Ballet, and studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. She has taught at the Augusta Ballet School, the Atlanta School of Ballet, and the New Jersey School of Ballet. She served as Ballet Mistress for The Atlanta Ballet, and has staged works for The Atlanta Ballet, Augusta Ballet, Gainesville Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Mr. and Mrs. Kuharsky have two children and four grandchildren.
Rebecca Lee is a native of Greenville, where she received her dance training with the Greenville Ballet, the Greenville County Schools’ Fine Arts Center, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. She received her B.F.A. in Dance, Performance, and Choreography from Columbia College and her M.F.A in Dance, Performance, and Choreography from Florida State University. She has been a company member with Dance Repertory Theatre in Tallahassee, FL, and a guest artist with Wildwood Ballet and the Power Company in Columbia, SC. She has also danced with Christian von Howard in the Von Howard Project and with the Garage Girls a Go-Go in New York City. She has taught for FSU Summer Dance Intensive, FSU non-major dance classes, Tallahassee Ballet, Pas de Vie Ballet Company, Ballet Spartanburg, and Broadway South. She has also choreographed for Converse College, Columbia College, Ballet Spartanburg, Tallahassee Ballet and the Fine Arts Center. She currently teaches dance in the Greenville County Schools and at the after-school A.R.M.E.S. program at the Greenville County Schools’ Fine Arts Center.
Clarence McDorman received his ballet training at the Ruth Page School in Chicago and danced professionally with Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago, Ballet Hawaii, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and in numerous musical theatre productions nationally. He has served on the faculty of Ballet Academy of Texas, Birmingham Ballet Academy, Ballet Indiana, Texas Christian University, and currently the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville. He has been a guest teacher at the Fine Arts Center (Greenville), the School of Nashville Ballet, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the ABT National Audition Tour. Several of his former students are now dancing with American Ballet Theatre, other regional ballet companies, Broadway national tours, and commercially. Clarence holds a Master’s degree in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University and American Ballet Theatre.
Anne Dye, originally from Louisiana, began dancing at age three. At age 12, she was Clara in The Nutcracker with the Los Angeles Ballet Academy. She continued her training in Montgomery, Alabama where she performed with Alabama Dance Theatre in Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Les Sylphides, and other ballets. She attended annual festivals of the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, studying with many master teachers. While her father was stationed in Jakarta, Indonesia she had the opportunity to teach dance during a summer camp to international students at The American Club. She attended Huntingdon College where she completed her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Anne continues to utilize her dance experience in her current job as a K-4 preschool classroom in the Greenville County Schools. She participated in the District’s SmartArts program where she paired with a professional dancer to incorporate a project approach unit entitled “Making Stories Through Dance.”
Myra Gooding received her early training at her mother’s dance studio and continued her studies at The Washington School of Ballet, the Maryland Youth Ballet, and Ballet Academy (MD). She attended summer programs at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet. She has performed in New York with the Daniel Catanach Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Pas De Six Dance Theatre, Flower Hujur Dance Company, Joan Miller Dance Theater, and Long Island Ballet as well as with the Pennsylvania Ballet Academy. She has taught at the Dance Connection in Connecticut, at the Long Lake Camp, and at Carolina Dance Collaborative.