The highest educational standards are expected from all DanceCarolina faculty members. They are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through staff & syllabus training, certification programs, teacher-training schools, conferences/retreats/workshops, and other learning opportunities. Please click on a staff name or picture for a full biography.


2016-2017 Senior Staff:


Angela Baker, Owner/Founding Director

Certified instructor, DanceMasters of America

Member, Dance with Parkinson’s

B.A., Arts Management, College of Charleston

Continuing Education: Dance Teacher’s Summit, NYC, 2012 & 2014; Dance Life Retreat Center 2016 (Studio Owner’s Business Refresher, “The Future Edition” Children’s Programming); DanceMakers, Inc.; DanceMasters of America; countless industry conventions




Melissa DiRienzo headshot


Melissa DiRienzo, Ballet Mistress, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Advanced Studies









Sadie Fink, Hip-Hop, Tumbling




Krista Petekrista-prson, Voice/Acting (Musical Theater)