Our Team
Courtney Anderson Manning began dancing at age 3 and never stopped!  Her passion, discovered at an early age, was to dance & own a studio.  She has always felt that God's call on her life was to share her joy of dancing with children.  Courtney has trained extensively in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Pointe.  While in high school, she had the opportunity to help teach various classes at her studio.  Upon high school graduation, Courtney headed to Radford University in Virginia to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance with a Concentration in Classical Ballet.  While at Radford University, Courtney was a member of the dance team for the Roanoke Steam Arena Football Team for 2 seasons, attended the American College Dance Festival, and taught community dance classes offered through the University. 
 
After graduating from RU in 2003, she began teaching at a small studio in Blacksburg, Va.  In 2004, Courtney knew in her heart her home was back in North Carolina and she moved to Momeyer.   Courtney taught dance and aerobics at Nash Central High School for 2 years while working as a substitute for Kat McCord in the evenings.  Finally, in 2006, Kat offered Courtney a full-time position with the studio.  She jumped at the opportunity and has loved every minute!  With Kat’s second child on the way she felt called to spend more time at home with her family.  So in 2012, Courtney was offered the chance to take over the studio that captured her heart six years before.  With God's help, Courtney has taken on this challenge and is very excited to see what He has in store!
 
Courtney married Nash County native, Wayne Manning in April 2006.  They welcomed their first child, Davis, in 2009 and little Charlotte joined the pack in 2012.  She continues to challenge herself by taking classes and workshops with top dance instructors and choreographers in Raleigh and NYC!  She has attended the North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, Dance Teacher Web Conference in Las Vegas and may others.
Courtney Manning
Owner/Instructor
Ballet, Tap, Preschool, Pointe & Technique
The daughter of a dance studio owner and teacher Judy Ross, Melanie began dancing at age 3.  Through the years Melanie took every type of class her mom offered: ballet, jazz, tap, acro, baton, ballroom and competitive clogging.  During her teen years she helped her mom teach a variety of the classes offered at her studio.  Her first chance at choreography was during her junior year of high school when she choreographed her own tap dance for the talent portion of Junior Miss winning the talent award that year.  The following year she was asked to choreograph the Rocky Mount Area Junior Miss program and they won the best program for the state that year.  She choreographed one additional year before realizing that she should focus on her nursing school studies.  She has spent her time since then being a wife to her high school sweetheart, Shannon and mother to their 5 children.  With the love of dance forever in her heart, she decided to teach a dance class for her daughter and some of her friend's children.  It was during that time Courtney asked her to join her at the studio.  Without hesitation, she accepted the position and is glad to have been a part of Dance Arts of Rocky Mount since 2013.  
Melanie Alford
Instructor
Jazz, Tap, Preschool & Clogging
Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, Kelly's dance career started at age three at Cindy Gill School of Dance where she danced for 9 years.  During high school she danced on the dance team before auditioning for the School of Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education with a concentration in Modern Dance.  Her first job out of college was to fill Courtney's position at Nash Central High School.  Kelly has enjoyed working with the kids at the high school for over 10 years!  She has been with the studio since 2012 and we love her!!
 
Kelly is happily married to principal husband, Hugh Scott and resides here in Rocky Mount.
Kelly Scott
Instructor
Jazz, Hip Hop & Contemporary
Kelsey joined us in 2012, during the expected arrival of Courtney's second child, and was a God-send from the start!

Kelsey started dancing at an early age and it has been a passion of her's ever since.  She is a Nationally Board Certified Early Education teacher with Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, as well as, a dedicated dance and yoga teacher in the evenings.    
 
"Kelsey has a calmness and patience in class that amazes me on a regular basis" -Courtney
 
Kelsey, her husband, Mitch and their dancing daughter Savannah reside in Red Oak.
Kelsey Jones
Instructor
Preschool, Pointe & Yoga
From the moment Kayla and I met, I knew we were of kindred hearts.  We both have a passion to teach the next generation our love for dance, cheerleading and tumbling.  Kayla Wygal is the head cheer and dance coach at North Carolina Wesleyan College. With 13 years of cheerleading coaching, choreography, judging and consulting, Kayla has experience working with all ages and skill levels in cheerleading and tumbling. She is USASF (United States All-Star Federation) certified in levels 1-4 in tumbling and stunting. Kayla just relocated to Rocky Mount from her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia where she owned West Virginia Cheer Academy, home of many regional and national championship all-star cheerleading teams. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Liberty University, where she was a member of the Division 1 cheer program.
 
Kayla lives in Rocky Mount with her 2 fur babies, Elvis and Sir Barksalot.
Kayla Wygal
Instructor
Tumble & Cheer/Pom
Mary Beth grew up in Rocky Mount, NC. She began her musical career with Suzuki Violin at the age of three years old, and shortly afterward, began to pursue her aspirations as a singer. She was a member of the Tar River Children's Choir for 9 years and studied voice privately with Patsy Gilliland for 5 years. Mary Beth also studied dance at Kat McCord Dance Inc. (now Dance Arts) for six years and continued her dance education during her first 2 years at Meredith College. Mary Beth completed her collegiate education in 2017 at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC having pursued a Bachelor of the Arts in Music, with an additional Certificate in Professional Vocal Performance. Mary Beth has performed in several musicals and operas, including but not limited to, Legally Blonde (Vivienne), The King and I (Tuptim), Hairspray (Louann), Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella), Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), and Albert Herring (Emmie). Mary Beth has traveled to Italy twice studying musical theatre and opera. While in Italy, she was cast in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as Barbarina and performed alongside some of Italy’s greatest musicians. Mary Beth was a winner of the 2013 Concert Aria Competition at Meredith College, earning the opportunity to perform an aria with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Mary Beth was one of the top 14 finalists in the 2016 National Association of Singers Competition in the Collegiate Musical Theater Category. Mary Beth recently had her debut with the North Carolina Symphony in the role "Sam I Am" in Robert Kapilow's Opera Green Eggs and Ham.   She is the owner of Mary Beth's Vocal Arts Studio and is so excited about the studio's growth to Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Wilson, and Zebulon. Mary Beth is passionate about teaching lessons that are rooted in healthy vocal technique while celebrating each of her student’s musical interest.

We are excited Mary Beth will be joining us again but instead of as a student, as a very qualified instructor of our Musical Theater Dance class.  She will also be using our studio as a satellite location for her Vocal Arts Studio.
Mary Beth Cameron
Instructor
Musical Theater & Voice