Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor Karlie's love for dance began in Erie, PA at the age of three- training in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, gymnastics, cheerleading, and more. As a teen, she joined her studio's Acrobatic Adagio Company and danced/cheered competitively. She began teaching at 13 and has been doing so ever since! Karlie earned a Bachelor's in Child Development and Family Relations with a minor in Dance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Upon moving to Charlotte, Karlie attended the University of North Carolina Charlotte for graduate school, earning a Masters in Dance Education. Karlie has been employed as a Dance Educator with Rowan-Salisbury School District, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, and has experience specializing dance instruction for students with special needs. After teaching with Dance Fever Charlotte, Karlie fulfilled her lifetime dream of becoming the studio owner and director. She is beyond excited and proud to call Dance Fever Charlotte home. Karlie's goal is to continuously learn and grow as a life long student of dance and to share that knowledge, providing excellent dance education to all students! "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle
Jessica is an alumnus of Dance Fever Charlotte and a graduate of UNC Charlotte. She began her love of dance at the age of 3 and eventually became part of the Dance Fever competition team for as well as a teacher’s assistant. Miss Jess has been teaching at Dance Fever for seven years and specializes in PreDance and Combination classes. Jessica is currently a special education teacher in Gaston County and engaged and planning her wedding for this winter!
Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor Taryn was raised in Fort Mill, SC where her passion for dance began at the very young age of two. She began performing and competing all around the country in Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Pom, Lyrical, and much more! Taryn began teaching at the age of 19 while receiving her degree in Sport Management at Winthrop University. She has had the privilege of dancing for the University by performing with the Dance Department in many different showcases and musicals. Taryn danced professionally for the Charlotte Checkers CheckMates and coached the Winthrop Spirit Squad upon graduation. Taryn and Garrett reside in Cotswold, Charlotte with their two Cockapoo puppies, Stella and Grace. In her free time, Taryn takes as many adult dance classes as she can to continue her education in dance.
April has been a part of the Dance Fever family since she was 5 years old and started competing at age 8. As a student at Dance Fever, she trained in all dance styles and spent many hours student teaching. April is excited to have joined the teaching staff and remains an important part of the Dance Fever family. April is now attending UNC Charlotte majoring in Communications & minoring in Dance. There, she has had the opportunity to perform a piece in CPCC's spring dance concert, choreographed by Clay Daniel.
Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor Gabby Lockovich was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. A graduated of Lake Norman Charter High School, Gabby is now a sophomore at UNCC. She started dancing at Dance Fever Charlotte in seventh grade, training in ballet, jazz, acro and was a part of the competition team as well as a student-teacher. In her free time, she loves to travel, shop, and spend time outdoors.
Eric Stith was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is currently in the Second Company with Charlotte Ballet, also known as CBII, under the direction of Chris Stuart and Hope Muir. In Charlotte, Eric has done work with the community like performances with Elevation Church and teaches ballet at studios around Charlotte. At Charlotte Ballet, he has performed Donizetti Variations choreographed by George Balanchine, staged by Patricia McBride, and contemporary works choreographed by Chris Stuart. Eric started training at the age of 7 at The Old Donations Center for the Gifted and Talented. He also trained at The Governor’s School for the Arts for 4 years and also danced with Elevate Performing Arts Center for 3 years. While at The Governor’s School, he performed in works by Paul Taylor, Erick Hawkins, and original and staged works choreographed by teachers at The Governor’s School. Eric danced the role of Johnny in Paul Taylor’s Company B and Lucien in The Governor’s School production of Paquita. He played a big role in Richard Alston’s piece called Arrived that was part of the film Dancing on the Shoulders of Giants in 2019 with WHRO. Eric has studied at three summer Intensives; Orlando Ballet School, The School of American Ballet and Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive.