Ann Dunn serves as Artistic and Executive Director of The Asheville Ballet, Inc. She is humbled and proud to say that it is North Carolina's oldest professional and non-profit ballet company. She is also owner and CEO of the Asheville Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (originally the Fletcher School of Dance), which she founded. In addition, Dunn is a full-time faculty member at UNC Asheville where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in The Medieval and Renaissance World, Art and Religion, as well as various courses in Shakespeare. It was here that she was awarded Most Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in Humanities.
Ann's dance pedigree includes full scholarships to The School of American Ballet (NYC Ballet's School) and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, principal ballerina with The Hartford Ballet, The American Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet, choreographer of Menotti's officially sanctioned U.S. tour of Amahl and the Night Visitors, choreographer of Turandot for The New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, winner of the NC Artist of the Year Award, and a dancer/choreographer for her own company since 1972.
In addition to obtaining Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies, her Ph.D. work focused on Shakespeare with a minor in The Literature of The Italian Renaissance. Dunn has won scholarships to such writing retreats as Breadloaf and Weymouth and has received numerous awards for her poetry. She has published three volumes of poetry with Urthona Press and has another volume under consideration at Pisgah Press. Her poetry has been anthologized and published widely in such journals as Carolina Quarterly and Hiram Poetry Review.
Dunn's academic research has been presented at international conferences and published in international journals. She won Best Research Article Award for 2013 for her work on The Merchant of Venice by The International Journal of Arts and Sciences. Dunn is one of 32 international academics invited to participate in The Aspen Institute's 2015, week-long WYE Faculty Seminar on Citizenship in the American and Global Polity. Her lifelong interest is in the Humanities and is therefore eclectic. Dunn is made most happy by learning, thinking, teaching, choreographing, and by her five children and eleven grandchildren.
Tricia Renshaw has enjoyed dancing, teaching, and choreographing for many years. She began dancing at Delaware Dance Center and Delaware Dance Company in her formative years and continued her training at Shenandoah Conservatory, Temple University, The Professional School, The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, and East Coast Ballet. She has danced with Underground Danceworks in PA, Next Step Dance Company in NJ, East Coast Ballet in FL, and has also served as artistic director of The Professional School's Modern Dance Company in NJ. In addition to her roles in the dance community, she has also enjoyed performing onstage in theatre and in musical theatre and has sung for most of her life. She received her BS in Dance degree from Skidmore College and went on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Florida. Her knowledge of the body comes from years of dance combined with graduate studies and clinical experience, and she incorporates anatomy and kinesiology into her classes. In addition to the performing arts, she enjoys travel, being outdoors, photography, and is an avid yoga practitioner. She loves the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and currently resides in the Greater Asheville area.
Fleming Lomax began ballet lessons at age 4 in her hometown of Goldsboro, NC. She first trained in RAD and Cecchetti Methods and then continued her training as a high school ballet major at North Carolina School of the Arts. Fleming earned a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from UNC-Greensboro, Pilates Certification from the Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado, and continually pursues post-graduate studies in Anatomy/Physiology. She danced professionally with Kim Robards Modern Dance Company, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, and presently with Asheville Ballet. During her teaching career of over two decades, she has held faculty positions at Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach, FL), Denver School of the Arts, Kim Robards Modern Dance, the company school of Ballet Nouveau Colorado, and the former Asheville Center of Performing Arts, among others. Her teaching repertoire includes ballet, pointe, modern, Dance History, Choreography, Pilates, and Anatomy for Dancers.
Currently, Fleming is a Pilates Practitioner at Body Synergy in Flat Rock, NC as well as is on our faculty. Fleming believes that dancers should be empowered with a strong understanding of anatomy and the musculature required to execute ballet technique safely. Her teaching infuses kinesiological principles with musicality, artistry, and the joy of dance. For more information on Fleming's performing experience, see her dancer biography under artist information.
A native of Western North Carolina, Allison began her childhood training with Marilyn Cloutier of Sylva, NC and Walter, Linda, and Peggy Fletcher of Asheville, NC. She then spent her high school years training at the NC School of the Arts in Winston Salem and the VA School of the Arts in Lynchburg. After graduating, Allison joined Allegro Dance Theater of Chattanooga, TN as a principal dancer and soloist and toured both nationally and internationally. In 1996 she returned home to Asheville to start her lovely family and to teach and perform with the Asheville Ballet, ADDANCE, The Fletcher School of Dance, Wayne Burritt Dance, and Angie's Dance Academy. Allison has now been training aspiring dancers of all ages and abilities for over 20 years. Some of the amazing teachers and coaches Allison has had the pleasure of working with include Melissa Hayden, Melinda Lawrence, Gina Vidal, Trish Casey, Dianne Markham, Joan Saunders, Duncan Noble, Frank Smith, Gyula Pandi, Richard Kutch, Richard Gain, Petrus Bosman, David Keener, Mark Schneider, Alexander Bennett, Gelsey Kirkland, Brynar Mehl, Valerie Concha, and Ann Dunn.