Faculty & Staff
Gypsy Adams began dancing under the tutelage of Peggy Fletcher at the original Fletcher School of Dance in Asheville, NC. She continued her training with both the Atlanta Ballet and Washington School of Balletas well as other summer intensives throughout the southeast. Gypsy then joined the Memphis Ballet fulfilling her dream of dancing professionally. After moving back to North Carolina, she joined Ann Dunn Dancers and has taught ballet and pointe with the Asheville Ballet for the past 25 years.
Classes taught: Ballet 2/3, Pointe 2/3
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.
Classes taught: Creative Ballet, Ballet 1, 2, Pointe 1, 2, Adult Ballet
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.
Classes taught: Ballet 2, Pointe 2, Ballet 3, Pointe 3, Variations, Pilates
Megan Jones Medford
Asheville native Megan Jones Medford received her BA in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Megan received extensive training with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and The Martha Graham School. Post graduation she went on to perform professionally in NYC with Periapsis Music and Dance, LiNK! the movement, Manuel Vignoulle, Shauna Sorensen and Dancers, Erin Dillon, BEings Dance, and Metaphors & Similes Dance to name a few. Some of her performance credits include; SummerStage, Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Symphony Space's Music of Now Marathon, NACHMO!, Carnival, Choreographers Canvas, New York Moves, Queens New Music Festival, Synthesis Dance & Friends, In-Sight Suite Summer Festival, the Showcase Series presented by :pushing progress, and Stage 6. Megan was on faculty teaching with Broadway Dance Center's Children and Teen Program and All Star Studios where she taught ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and creative movement.
Classes taught: Modern, Dance History and Composition, Kids Tap
Rebecca started dancing at the age of 3 in Ocilla, Georgia. Her mom received her BA degree in Ballet Pedagogy from Brenau College and opened her own studio in Fitzgerald, Georgia. This is where Rebecca's love and passion for dance truly came to life. She was taught and trained in every style of dance, and as she got older, she started falling in love more with choreographing and teaching.
At the end of 2014, Rebecca moved to Atlanta and began taking classes in modern, and hip hop at the Atlanta Ballet and then began teaching Jazz and Contemporary at Fever Performing Arts center in Carrollton Ga. During her time in George, she was also a member of the Sideways Contemporary Dance Company.
Now as a resident of Asheville, NC, she has been a member of The Asheville Ballet Company since 2018 as a performer and choreographer. She is also a teacher and student of The Asheville Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance .
Classes taught: Kids Hip Hop, Hip Hop Jazz, Contemporary
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.
Classes taught: Ballet, Modern, Dance History and Composition, Tap
Nancy Zander received her professional training in NYC at the renowned New York School of Ballet under Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis, dancing with their company U.S. Terpshicore in such classics as Giselle and Swan Lake. She taught for many years at various schools and arts institutions in New York; co-founded (as Director of Dance Education) a non-profit for experimental choreography; was a teaching artist at Dancing Classrooms, the organization made famous in the movie "Mad Hot Ballroom"; has been ballet mistress for the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker; and has been an artist in residence at prestigious New England prep schools.
Classes taught: Ballet III
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.
Teresa Earley Luckman
Teresa Earley Luckman started dancing in Greensboro at the age of five at Jones magnet school for cultural arts and foreign languages and soon began her formal training at Greensboro Ballet with Maryhelen Mayfield, John Dennis, and Elissa Fuchs. At twelve, Teresa continued her training with Lisa Kidd and Virginia Ray Freeman Dupont at Arts Evangelica and began performing with their liturgical dance company, Ekklesia, with which she had the opportunity to tour abroad in Belgium. She also danced with her local Calvary Church and performed at outreach programs throughout the Triad as well as in Panama. While at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, for her B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, Teresa continued her liturgical dancing with a campus spiritual life club and danced for outreach programs around the US. Pursuing her love of theology, history, and philosophy, Teresa moved to Cambridge, MA, to study at Harvard Divinity School, where she received her Master of Theological Studies in Christianity and Culture in 2007. While at Harvard, she
worked as a note-taker for a visually impaired international student, provided research assistance to Dr. AnneMarie Luijendijk in Early Christianity and papyrology, and spent her summers studying Theological German. Teresa also spent three years dancing with the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble, directed by Rev. Robert VerEecke, S.J., in Lenten Dances at St. Ignatius Church as well as in the annual production of A Dancer's Christmas at Boston College. Having grown up visiting her grandmother in Black Mountain, Teresa always wanted to live in WNC, and in 2009 she and her husband, T.J., relocated to Swannanoa. In 2012, Teresa began taking ballet classes again at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, with Casey Kristofferson-LittleJohn, who encouraged her to audition for the Asheville Ballet’s Nutcracker. Since then, Teresa has been happily performing with the Asheville Ballet and studying with the excellent faculty of the Asheville Academy of Ballet, where she has served as Operations Manager since 2014. Teresa is also honored to dance occasionally with the Dance Circle of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville.