Meet the Staff of Studio A

Aunika Browne
Owner and Director of Dance
Dance Instructor

Aunika fell in love with dance at age three after participating in a summer ballet camp. Her mom quickly enrolled Aunika in regular tap and ballet classes at the Tapestry Performing Arts Center in Boone, North Carolina. After moving to Sneads Ferry, NC at age ten, Aunika began dancing at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville. Under the direction of Debra Baile, Maura Herrera, and Ashleigh Hunter, Aunika expanded her training to include jazz, lyrical, tap, musical theater, hip hop, and contemporary. During her years on the DTOJ Protégé team Aunika traveled up and down the east coast competing and attending conventions from Atlanta, GA to New York City, NY. Aunika also had the privilege to perform choreography by guest artists such as Lauren Adams, Emily Shock and Bobby Newberry. During this time Aunika began assisting other instructors and after teaching classes of her own fell in love with dance again, but this time as a teacher. Aunika was also one of the original dancers in the Dance Theatre of Jacksonville Ballet Company and danced soloist roles in the first two annual productions of The Nutcracker. After high school Aunika went on to study Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. While at USC Aunika studied under the careful instruction of Susan Anderson, Stacey Calvert, Kyra Stratsburg, Tayna Wideman-Davis, Thadeus Davis and many other guest instructors while performing both classical and original works. After returning home to North Carolina, Aunika began teaching dance full time and traveling to competitions again, but this time as an instructor. Soon, after watching her students' success on stage, Aunika realized her dream of opening her own dance studio was becoming a real possibility. Now, as Studio A is moving from a dream to reality, Aunika is happier than ever to share her love of dance and to foster the same type of passion she has found for dance within the next generation of students!

Aunika fell in love with dance at age three after participating in a summer ballet camp. Her mom quickly enrolled Aunika in regular tap and ballet classes at the Tapestry Performing Arts Center in Boone, North Carolina. After moving to Sneads Ferry, NC at age ten, Aunika began dancing at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville. Under the direction of Debra Baile, Maura Herrera, and Ashleigh Hunter, Aunika expanded her training to include jazz, lyrical, tap, musical theater, hip hop, and contemporary. During her years on the DTOJ Protégé team Aunika traveled up and down the east coast competing and attending conventions from Atlanta, GA to New York City, NY. Aunika also had the privilege to perform choreography by guest artists such as Lauren Adams, Emily Shock and Bobby Newberry. During this time Aunika began assisting other instructors and after teaching classes of her own fell in love with dance again, but this time as a teacher. Aunika was also one of the original dancers in the Dance Theatre of Jacksonville Ballet Company and danced soloist roles in the first two annual productions of The Nutcracker. After high school Aunika went on to study Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. While at USC Aunika studied under the careful instruction of Susan Anderson, Stacey Calvert, Kyra Stratsburg, Tayna Wideman-Davis, Thadeus Davis and many other guest instructors while performing both classical and original works. After returning home to North Carolina, Aunika began teaching dance full time and traveling to competitions again, but this time as an instructor. Soon, after watching her students' success on stage, Aunika realized her dream of opening her own dance studio was becoming a real possibility. Now, as Studio A is moving from a dream to reality, Aunika is happier than ever to share her love of dance and to foster the same type of passion she has found for dance within the next generation of students!

Anita Henderson
Director of Cheer
Cheer and Tumbling Instructor

Self-taught at a young age, Anita found her love for tumbling when she performed as her middle school's mascot. Anita began her experience with cheer later in life as the mother of five year old Lexi, an All Star cheerleader and dancer. Before becoming a coach herself, Anita volunteered around the gym as the team mom. Competition cheer soon became a huge part of Anita's life. By Lexi's second year Anita was already an assistant coach, and pretty soon became head coach of the level two Juniors. In 2013 Anita traveled to Atlanta, GA to complete her USASF certification. Over the years Anita has coached athletes from multiple teams on the east coast, ranging from level one to level four All Stars. Under her instruction, Anita's athletes have won high placements, Grand Champion titles, and bids to U.S. Finals. Most recently Anita has begun teaching acro and tumbling to dancers and recreational students. In Anita's own words, "I love seeing the joy on a student's face the first time they land a new skill; sometimes I think I am more excited than they are! I love the way the kids challenge me as a coach to grow and further my education as a cheer and tumbling instructor. I can't wait to see where the new season takes us!" 

Alycia Fell
Office Manager

Alycia has been involved with Studio A since its opening in September 2017. Her daughter Alexis was an original member of the All Star cheer team and competed with Studio A for three years before graduating high school. Alycia's youngest daughter Brianna competes with the Studio A Dance Company. Before joining the Studio A staff, Alycia had 20 years of management experience. Alycia is looking forward to helping the Studio A families during the upcoming season and for years to come. 

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Rachel Taylor

Instructor

Rachel Taylor has trained in classical ballet for over 10 years, she began her classical training under Brantly Shapiro in Winston Salem. Rachel has performed with Ohio dance theatre in Oberlin, Ohio and with Gary Taylor's Winston Salem Festival Ballet. In 2016 Rachel graduated  Magna Cum Laude from The University of North Carolina in Charlotte with a BA in Dance performance. She is currently a soloist with the US International Ballet this season.

Katherine started dancing at a local studio in her hometown of Lexington, VA and later went on to study dance at Mercyhurst University. She spent her summers training at the Richmond Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. For the 2018-2019 year Katherine danced professionally as a soloist with Connect the Dots Dance Company in Washington DC. She has performed lead roles including Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, White Cat in Sleeping Beauty, and Russian Princess in Swan Lake. Additionally, she has taught dance at Connect the Dots School of Ballet, Ballet Petite, and the YMCA.

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Katherine Hotinger
Teacher