The DanZe Zone is a fabulous dance studio located in the wonderful town of
Garner, NC! Our instructors want to share their love for dance with children
in a positive, safe, and fun atmosphere! Make incredible friendships and
memories that will last a lifetime with us at The DanZe Zone!
Dream, Believe, Achieve!
Mrs. Dawn Ziglar Carlson - Owner/Director/Instructor -
Mrs. Dawn has been dancing since the young age of eight in High Point, NC. She has been
teaching dance for the past twelve years! Dance is a passion and joy for her! She began
her teaching career in High Point, NC. Dawn then went on to college at NC Sate University
where she got her degree in Education. She also studied business and dance while attending
the prestigious university! She made the NC State Dance Team her freshman year! She was
one of three freshman that made it! While at NC State she continued teaching dance in
the Triangle area! She has taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, cheer funk, and hip hop to
dancers ranging from the age of 18 months to adult. Dawn has also been cheering since the
age of eight. Dawn is a multiple award winning state and national cheerleading and dance
champion! She has been competing locally and nationally since the age of 14. Along with
competing, she has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
She has also danced, performed, and choreographed dances that were used on the Dance
Caravan tour and videos. These videos were sold around the world. She has also danced at
Wake Forest Basketball and Football games, along with NC State games as well! She also
studied under the direction of a famous Radio City Music Hall Rockette! She has danced
twice at the annual broadcast of FOX News' Holiday Spectacular! She has danced and
cheered in several television commercials, including a commercial for Ford with the Carolina
Panthers football team! Her knowledge of dance and talent has allowed her to spread into
the modeling field. She has posed and modeled for nationally known Dance Magazines and
Catalogues. She has also choreographed musicals including Hairspray and West Side Story.
Mrs. Dawn is an award winning choreographer and instructor. Her choreography has won
many awards in the forms of pageants, routines, and competitions. Her teams have won
platinum, extreme platinum, and multiple overall awards! One of her teams is currently
holding the title of 2014 National Champions. She is also a regional and national competitive
dance and cheerleading judge! Mrs. Dawn is a believer in all children and the power of
dance! Her love for children and dance has made her what she is today!
Mrs. Amy Holcomb - Pre-School, Lyrical, & Jazz Instructor -
Mrs. Amy Sapp Holcomb graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Dance with concentrations in Private Studio Teaching. While at Meredith, she was a
member of the Meredith Dance Theatre and the Meredith Jazz and Tap Company, holding
the position of Jazz president her senior year. Amy was a member of the Nu Delta Alpha
Dance Honor Society also holding position of President her senior year. Mrs. Amy began her
dance training when she was four years old in Kernersville, NC. She studied many styles of
dance including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and hip hop. In the
many years of competitive dance, Amy had the opportunity to attend a wide variety of
dance competitions and took home many top scoring awards. Mrs. Holcomb has studied
dance in New York City by taking classes at various professional dance studios including
Broadway Dance Center. Amy has also performed at the North Carolina Dance Festival.
Mrs. Amy has been teaching with us for five years and has a real enthusiasm for teaching
all ages. Her passion is jazz and lyrical, but loves the little kids combo and pre-ballet
classes too. Mrs. Amy Holcomb is also a talent coordinator for local and state pageants.
She has choreographed routines for young ladies who now hold prestigious state titles
including North Carolina Outstanding Magestic Miss 2013, North Carolina Outstanding Little
Miss 2013 and Princess of North Carolina Wee Miss 2013 to name a few. Her dancing,
choreography, and knowledge are unmatchable!
Ms. Heather Ziglar- Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Tumbling, & Cheer Funk Instructor -
Ms. Heather has been dancing since the age of four in High Point, NC. She attended North
Carolina State University where she graduated and received a double major and minor.
Ms. Heather has choreographed National and State Champion Dance and Cheerleading
routines! She also co-managed and choreographed for a local Cheerleading/Dance Team in
High Point, NC. Ms. Heather has also taught many summer camps and judged numerous
tryouts throughout the state of NC. She is a well known and respected choreograher and
instructor! Her cheerleading talent was honored by becoming a Spokesmodel for "Spirit
Express", these advertisements were shown throughout the United States. Ms. Heather
has performed in numerous Wake Forest University half time shows. She also choreographed
several numbers in the production of "Footloose" in her home town. She is also a multiple
National and State Cheerleading and Dance Champion. With Four Consecutive State Champion
Titles and Numerous Regional and National Titles she excels in the area of cheerleading and
dance! Heather has studied with some of the top choreographers of our time! Some of
these include Geo Hubelo, Darrin Henson, Barry Youngblood, Mallory Graham, and many
more! She was also given the prestigious award of "Dancer of the Year" in her home town!
She has won choreography awards and many of her routines have placed in overall and
highest scores of the day! Her upbeat and award winning routines demonstrate her talent as
a dancer and teacher! Ms. Heather feels that every child should have the chance to
experience and enjoy dance in a positive, healthy, and exciting manner!
Mrs. Breanne Hija-Kohler - Ballet, Pointe, & Preschool Instructor -
Mrs. Breanne attended Columbia College of Chicago receiving her bachelor's degree in fine
arts management with a concentration in the performing arts. She was a member of the
School of Ballet in Chicago where she performed in many showcases and repertoires; some of
these included Hansel and Gretel, Nutcracker, and Don Quixote. She has worked as an
acclaimed dance teacher for over seven years and has been teaching the basics of ballet,
lyrical, contemporary, and modern to all ages of students in North Carolina and Illinois. The
fine art of Ballet is her passion, but she also loves other styles of dance. Along with dance,
she has an extensive background and passion for gymnastics. She has coached gymnastics
for several years and is able to individualize skill developments and teach proper technique in
her tumbling classes. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and finds everyday working with kids to
be an enriching experience. Her passion for dance and teaching is proven everyday in her
classes, choreography, and success of students.
Ms. Mary Griffin- Tap, Lyrical, & Jazz Instructor -
Ms. Mary is attending North Carolina State University, where she is getting her degree in
Elementary Education. She is from Mooresville, NC. Mary has been dancing since a very
young age and has trained under many esteemed dance professionals. Some of these include
Dee Caspary and Finis Jhung. She was part of the NCSU Modern Dance Company and the
American College Dance Festival Association. Her dancing has won many awards at
competitions; such as, Showbiz, KAR, Hall of Fame, and many more. Ms. Mary also
volunteered with the S.T.E.P.S Program for several years where she taught dance to
children and adults with special needs. In 2012, she was the title holder of Senior Miss
Showbiz. She has been teaching, choreographing, and leading dancers for over three years.
Her innovative choreography has led to many awards, including a National Winning Routine.
Mary's knowledge and experience has given her a desire to challenge the students in their
technique and creativity at The DanZe Zone. Her knowledge, ability, skills, and precision in
multiple styles of dance make her an asset to our dance program. She is ready and excited
for her future at The DanZe Zone.
Ms. Ashley Delappe – Cheer Funk & Tumbling Instructor -
Ms. Ashley Delappe graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of
Graphic Design degree. She began cheering, dancing, and tumbling at the young age of 6 in
High Point, NC. Ms. Ashley received three consecutive North Carolina State Cheerleading
Championship Titles. She has also won numerous Regional and National Titles throughout her
cheerleading and dancing career. She excels in the area of cheerleading and
tumbling/acrobatics! Ms. Ashley has also directed and choreographed for many tumbling and
cheer clinics and camps around North Carolina. Cheerleading has always been a passion for
Ashley. She also has a love for children and is excited about sharing her passion and love
with all the dancers. Ms. Ashley's bubbly and positive personality makes everyone smile
and have fun!
Ms. Taylor Shaw – Clogging & Hip Hop Instructor -
Ms. Taylor Shaw began her dance career at age three. She started assisting dance
classes at age 12. At age 15 she began teaching, choreographing, and leading classes on
her own. Ms. Taylor has been a founding member on a local clogging team and has competed
in ACHF and NCHC organized competitions. She has won numerous awards in both team and
solo competitions. Ms. Taylor is currently dancing on the award winning clogging team "Elite
Feet" based in Mebane, NC. "Elite Feet" competes in CCA sanctioned events in a
contemporary format. She danced professionally one summer for the “All That” cloggers at
the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, SC. In Ms. Taylor's clogging classes, she incorporates
contemporary and traditional styles of clogging. She brings a fresh, creative, and upbeat
style to her clogging classes. Her joy for dancing shines in her instruction. Ms. Taylor
loves kids of all ages, from the 2 years old to the adults that are young at heart. Her
constant smile and uplifting personality make her classes a "must take".
Ms. Carlie Coward – Hip Hop & Jazz Instructor & Office Staff -
Ms. Carlie has received her Bachelor's Degree in Business from East Carolina University
and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. She has
been dancing since she was four years old in her hometown. Carlie has studied in jazz, tap,
clogging, pointe, hip hop, ballet, and lyrical. She also competed in dance from the ages of 14-
18 at her local studio. She was a member of her high school clogging team and was the
captain of this team her junior and senior year. Ms. Carlie was also a team member and
hip hop choreographer for the ECU Club Dance Team. They won the National Championship
in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Her choreography, for the ECU Dance Team, helped them win
the National Title in 2011. Ms. Carlie also cheered throughout her years and was the head
coach for a middle school in Greenville, NC. She has a strong passion for dance and is
excited to be at The DanZe Zone. Her experience in all styles of dance, her high energy,
and love for children make her the incredible teacher that she is! You will see her in the
studio and at the front desk!
Mrs. Tammy Ziglar - Office Staff -
Mrs. Tammy is a retired middle school teacher, who taught in the Guilford and Davidson
County school system for over 35 years. Mrs. Ziglar got her Bachelor's Degree and
Master's Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has a true
passion for education and children. She lives in High Point, NC with her husband, Tim Ziglar,
and they have two daughters Heather and Dawn. Mrs. Tammy helps at the studio as much
as possible and loves seeing all the children and their smiling faces. She has been a dance
mom for over 25 years and loves every aspect of the dance world. Mrs. Tammy is our
biggest supporter. We are blessed to have her as part of our team!
Ms. Catherine Smith - Office Staff -
Ms. Catherine has received her Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in elementary
education at NC State University, with a minor in Spanish. She loves children and they
sure do love her! She has studied abroad and was valedictorian of her graduating class at
NC State. She has had lots of experience with children of all ages! We are very lucky to
have Cat with us at The DanZe Zone! Her great work ethic, uplifting spirit, and education
experience makes her a successful office manager! She is more than welcome to assist you
in all your needs and questions! She is known to the kids as Kitty Kat! You can see her
smiling face at the front desk!