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Bella Sebastiano

Assistant Teacher


Maggie White

Recreational Teacher

Minnie Sifford

Recreational Teacher

Avery Hammersmith

Recreational Teacher

AEC Staff

The AEC Staff is made up of unique and passionate teachers with different dance and artistic backgrounds. Each lead teacher offers a specialized class and curriculum specifically designed to meet dancers where they are at. All staff members are trained in mental health awareness, "all bodies can dance" philosophy, ED (eating disorder) prevention, and anti-racist/decolonized dance and movement.


Adrianna Eve (She/He/They)

Company Director and Co-Owner.

Adrianna has been choreographing and producing shows professionally for 6 years. They have a Master's degree in philosophy with a concentration in feminist epistemology, dance phenomenology, prison abolitionism, and critical race theory. 


Madison Olson (She/Her)

Competition Director and Co-Owner

Madison has been teaching dance to all ages for over 9 years and currently works as a professional stylist at Modern Salon. Madison runs AEC's competition and recreational programs. She also grew up competing for over 10 years.


Brandy Brown (She/They)

Assistant Choreographer and Lead Teacher

Brandy has been dancing professionally for 5 years and currently studies dance and women's/gender studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She specifically works in contemporary and American modern dance and has been teaching for over 4 years.



Assistant Choreographer and Lead Teacher

Studies dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Donya Grissett (She/Her)

Recreational Director, Lead Teacher, and Competition Assistant

Donya Grissett has been teaching professionally for around 5 years. She is trained in numerous styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, West African dance, and acrobatics, with jazz being her favorite style. She has choreographed award-winning routines for various dance competitions throughout the country in the styles of jazz and contemporary. 


Channing Dayton (She/Her)

Assistant Competition Director

Abigail Graber

Lead Teacher

Abby has been dancing for over 15 years studying ballet, jazz and contemporary. She currently studies computer science and dance at Central Piedmont Community College. 

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