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 over 15 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 State University where she got her degree in Education. She also studied business and dance while attending this 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. Heather Curran - Instructor & Office Manager
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 overalls 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. Kristina Shively - Instructor & Competition Director
Ms. Kristina attended the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York, NY for several years. She studied ballet, pointe, and contemporary while there. Along with Joffrey, she studied dance at the ABT, American Ballet Theatre, in California. Other schools she has attended and performed at include the Kirov Academy of Ballet and the Washington School of Ballet, both are located in Washington, DC. She danced in many productions while at these schools, one of her favorite being the Nutcracker. After attending Joffrey Ballet School, she followed her dream and became a Radio City Rockette where she danced in their Christmas Spectacular. Ms. Kristina was a principal in the HBO film, Iron - Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank and Patrick Dempsey. She has also appeared in national commercials for UNICEF and CBS. Ms. Kristina's choreography has won numerous awards and her talent is showcased in ever routine she creates. She has been teaching dance at The DanZe Zone for several years and is excited for another year. Her love for the art of dance and her extensive training make her a great teacher.
Ms. Mary Griffin - Instructor
Ms. Mary is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she received her degree in Elementary Education. She is an elementary school teacher in Chapel Hill by day and dance teacher by night. Mary has been dancing since a very young age and has trained under many esteemed dance professionals. 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 another year at The DanZe Zone.
Ms. Emily Gallo-Lopez – Instructor
Ms. Emily Gallo-Lopez is a Tampa, Florida native. She trained intensively in ballet with Haydee Gutierrez as well as at Blake High School for the Arts. At Blake, she performed principal roles in Paquita, The Nutcracker, and Don Quioxte. She also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in both the Orlando Regionals and the New York City Finals. Emily has attended summer programs and studied at the Patel Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Lines Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet and The Richmond Ballet. Ms. Emily was on full scholarship with The Richmond Ballet and on full scholarship with the Next Generation Ballet performing both corps and principal roles. Some of these roles were performed in Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker and Balanchine's "Who Cares". She has also performed with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a production cast member and featured pointe dancer. Ms. Emily has been a dance instructor/choreographer in Florida for the past 5 years. She has been an instructor/choreographer in multiple disciplines including pointe, ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz. Ms. Emily is excited to be a part of the TDZ family and can’t wait to start molding our dancers into the best that they can be!
Ms. Kristin Titus – Instructor
Ms. Kristin's love for dance began at the age of three in Brighton, Michigan. She continued dancing throughout her childhood and made the transition to teacher/choreographer at a young age. Kristin received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. While in college, she was a member of the BGSU dance team and was also the captain her senior year. She is Dance Masters of America teacher certified in ballet, tap, and jazz. Ms. Kristin is a proud dance teacher and choreographer for overall winners ranging from solos to large groups. Ms. Kristin loves all styles of dancing, but has a passion for ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and acro. Ms. Titus has taught in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. She is excited to now be in North Carolina. Ms. Kristin loves working with children of all ages and is excited to share her passion with TDZ dancers.
Mr. Bryant Brogden – Instructor
Mr. Bryant Brogden is a 27 year old North Carolina native who resides in Raleigh. He has danced since the age of 5 and has trained in multiple styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, etc. Clogging is his passion and he has been working with students since the age of 15. After growing up with the Elite Feet Cloggers, Bryant went on to compete with the award winning team, TNC Elite, based out of Gaffney, SC, for five years. In 2011, TNC was chosen out of thousands of YouTube submission videos to compete on America’s Got Talent. While still competing, Bryant traveled all throughout the Southeast teaching choreography, workshop classes, summer camps, etc. He also opened his own studio in 2010 by the name of Carolina Dance Complex. During his four years of running the studio, his students had the pleasure of bringing home 3 National Clogging Titles, 2 Team of the Year Clogging titles, 5 National Clogging Solo Titles, 1 National Clogging Duo Title, 5 Clogging Pageant Titles, 1 National Hip Hop Title, and numerous Grand Champion titles from regional events. Mr. Bryant is not only a teacher; he is a judge for different dance competitions, clogging competitions, and pageants. Mr. Bryant is looking forward to getting back into the dance room. He is so excited for this new adventure and to be working with TDZ!
Mr. Oliver Beres - Instructor
Mr. Oliver Beres began dancing when he was young and quickly found a love for ballet. At the age of 14, he was accepted into the Hungarian National Ballet where he began his professional ballet career as an apprentice. He received a full scholarship for the summer ballet program in Wolfseff, Austria. He graduated from the Hungarian National Ballet School as a classical ballet dancer and was invited to the North Carolina Dance Theater's program on a full scholarship in Charlotte, NC. During his dance career, Mr. Oliver has been a part of the Slovak National Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, and most recently the Carolina Ballet. Mr. Oliver has been on tours in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Italy, and USA. Some of his stage experience includes ballets such as, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake, The Firebird, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, Carmen, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, and many more. Mr. Oliver has a true passion for ballet and is looking forward to sharing his talent, knowledge, and expertise with our dancers.
Ms. Morgan Leslie - Instructor
Ms. Morgan Leslie is a TDZ alumni and has been dancing since she could walk. Morgan has been a part of The DanZe Zone since their doors opened in 2008. She has also been a member of their competitive team since day one. Ms. Morgan has performed in numerous competitions, parades, recitals, performances, conventions, and events. She is a member of the TDZ 2014 National Champion Team. The awards she has received over her dance career include Most Entertaining, Highest Overall, Crowd Pleaser, Regional Champion, Platinums, Double Platinums, and so much more. Her knowledge of dance covers multiple styles from tap, ballet, lyrical, tumbling, musical theatre, jazz, hip hop, and more. Assisting and helping around the studio has become part of her life over the years and we are thrilled to have her on staff. She is attending Meredith College where she is majoring in dance with a concentration in private studio teaching. Morgan is a full company member of the Meredith Dance Theater and Meredith Jazz and Tap Company. She performs in their fall and spring shows, also known as DanceWorks. She has also choreographed for DanceWorks. In 2016, Ms. Morgan was accepted into the Professional Performance Certificate program for the Dance Department. She is now sharing her talent and love for dance with our dancers.
Mrs. Brianne Israelson - Instructor
Mrs. Brianne grew up dancing in Huntingtown, Maryland. She has studied ballet, lyrical, modern, and jazz. While in high school, she danced on her high school dance team and was a performer in school musicals. Some of her favorite roles were Carmen in Fame! The Musical and Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees! Mrs. Brianne went to college on a musical theatre scholarship. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Arts Administration and a Dance Minor. While in college, she started the colleges dance team. After college, she took her love for dance professionally and became a Washington Redskins Cheerleader. She was a member of this team for 4 years. Brianne was also the captain for the Redskins for 2 years. After this, she performed with MC Hammer and traveled to Africa for a Military Appreciation Tour. Her experience and passion for dance makes her classes exciting and challenging!
Ms. Savanna Godwin - Instructor & Office Staff
Ms. Savanna has been dancing since she was three years old and is a TDZ alumni. Dance is a passion of hers and she is excited to be working at the studio where she graduated. She has been a dancer since our doors opened in 2008. Ms. Savanna continues to be a vital part of our studio by teaching and working the desk. She has won numerous awards throughout her dancing career and was part of our 2014 National Champion Team. Some of her awards include Highest Overalls, Grand Champion, Platinums, Double Platinums, Most Entertaining, and more. Ms. Savanna has performed in numerous recitals, parades, conventions, competitions, local events, halftime shows, and more. Her strengths are jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, hip hop, and musical theatre. She is getting her degree at Wake Tech and is excited to share her love for dance with the dancers and families at The DanZe Zone. You will see her and her smiling face 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!