Danelle Afflerbaugh - Artistic Director
Danelle Afflerbaugh has more than three decades of dance experience. Over the years she has studied tap, jazz, hip-hop, cheer and ballroom, but focused in ballet. Danelle studied under Melinda Shaner in Southern California as well as Paul Maure, former dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Over the years she has performed various roles, including the Snow Queen, Magical Doll and Russian Trepek in The Nutcracker Ballet; the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, the Emerald Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty Ballet, the ballet corps in Swan Lake. During her eleven year tenure as the Head Cheerleading Coach at the University of Redlands, her teams competeted and earned rankings in regional and national competitions. Most recently Danelle's choreography has been seen on stage at the Manchester Arts Center in the MRC productions of Catch Me If You Can (2015), The Music Man (July 2016), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2017), Guys and Dolls (2018), Singin in the Rain (2018), Chicago (2019), Newsies (2019) and White Christmas (2020). Danelle is also a member of TAD (Tennessee Association of Dance).
Tricia Hiers - Ballet/Tap Instructor
Mrs. Tricia Hiers is a native of Smyrna, TN. She received dance instruction in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical for 14 years, from studios in Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and Brentwood, TN. Tricia has directed, performed, and choreographed for various musical productions across Middle Tennessee including directing 13 the Musical (2015) at the Manchester Arts Center, portraying Sister Leo in Nunsense (2016) at the MAC, as well as choreographing The Little Mermaid (2016) at the Arts Center of Cannon County. In her free time, she enjoys ultramarathon running and spending time with her husband, her daughter and their poodles, Winston and Barkley.