Dance Instructors

Our staff is dedicated to teaching and providing the best experience possible for all of our students. Each of our instructors are well qualified with advanced degrees in dance and / or professional training and experience. We pride ourselves on team work and efficiency. At Terpsichore we are a family and we carry that into each class and each aspect of our programs. 

Kellye Parks

    Owner/Director & Instructor

Owner and Director of moving Terpsichore, received her B.A. in Ballet Pedagogy from Brenau University in 1984, and went on to graduate from UNC-Greensboro with a M.F.A. in Dance/ Choreography in 1987.  Ms. Parks taught dance under the Basic Education Plan for Moore County  Schools, Public Schools of Robeson County, and most recently Hoke County Schools. She has been affiliated with such professional organizations as the North Carolina Dance Alliance and the N.C. Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance.  

Leigh Blanton


Our most senior ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, acrobatics and contemporary dance instructor is well rounded in many different aspects of dance.  She earned her B.A. Degree in Dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Leigh has danced for over 20 years and still loves it! She is a current performing member of Nosi Dance Theatre in Durham, which tours throughout the Southeast.   She and her husband Chase reside in Southern Pines, along with their daughter Natalie and son Nick.

Kristal Kowach


Our newest instructor is mother of 3 and military spouse from Southern California. She has background in various styles of dance, but her forte’ is Children’s’ Ballet, Tap Hip Hop, Jazz, and musical theater. She has been dancing since she was 16 and began teaching when she was 17. She has taught for various studios on the West Coast, including Ovation School of the Performing Arts, Dance Street West, Via Verde Dance, and Joan Kathy Dance Center.  She has been honored to take classes at the Debbie Reynolds Studio in LA as well.  Kristal has a wide range when it comes to the arts. She has been involved in productions such as Grease, Seussical the Musical, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown to name a few. 

Come in and meet each of our Instructors today! 

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