EMPOWER TEAM

Meet the Empower Staff

Owner/Director

Nicole D. Oxendine's passion for dance spans over 26 years, a passion that inspired her to dedicate her life to teaching and mentoring. Nicole has successfully taught dance at Hillside High School for ten years and is currently a part-time faculty member at North Carolina Central University, and authors the dance curriculum for the Durham Public School system. She was as a principal dancer for Bellan Contemporary Dance Theater as well.

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Nicole Oxendine

Academy Coach & Instructor

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Lakeya Hardy

Pre-Ballet

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Kyra Alston

Ballet

ShaLeigh Comerford received a Masters degree in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University as well as a Bachelor’s with honors in Painting and Poetry. She began her formal dance training with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre in VA. She also trained under numerous master teachers at the American Dance Festival, NYC and at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Belgium.

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Shaleigh Comerford

Studio Director

Jessica Burroughs has a passion and drive for dance that goes beyond twenty years. She has trained at Hillside High School under the direction of Lisa Wilder and Nicole Oxendine. Ms. Jessica studied Ballet at the American Dance Ensemble, Modern & Jazz with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ballet at Orange School of Performance Arts (OSPA), and Ballet & African with Ballethnic Dance Theater.

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Jessica Burroughs

Academy Ballet & Administration

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Brittany Harlan

Deborah Ross Instructor

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Deborah Ross

Office Manager

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Jamie Oxendine

Academy Modern

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Anthony "Ay-Jaye" Nelson, Jr.

Teen Intern

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Tianna Sharpless

EMPOWER DIRECTORS

Jessica Burroughs has a passion and drive for dance that goes beyond twenty years. She has trained at Hillside High School under the direction of Lisa Wilder and Nicole Oxendine.  Ms. Jessica studied Ballet at the American Dance Ensemble, Modern & Jazz with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ballet at Orange School of Performance Arts (OSPA), and Ballet & African with Ballethnic Dance Theater.

Ms. Jessica has over 10 years of teaching experience at various studios in North Carolina and Virginia.  Her office administration experience currently American Dance Festival Scripps Studio.  She has been Studio Manager and Assistant Director for Ari’s House of Dance & Performance Arts Studio and Mayeisha’s Fine Arts Studios.

 

She has devoted her talent and love for this art in teaching, nurturing and motivating children, teenagers and young adults. She relentlessly gives back to her alma mater the Hillside High School.  For the Performing Arts Department she is the Dance teaching assistant; Guest choreographer for Drama Productions; and Auxiliary Assistant for the Band.  She also is the Auxiliary Assistant for Research Triangle Charter Academy; Assistant Choreographer at Lyon Park Recreation Center; and Performer and Choreographer for Durham’s Black Nativity. She is a dancer with Andrea E. Woods & Dancers SOULOWORKS and an improvisation dancer with Tony Johnson.

JESSICA BURROUGHS

Location
EMPOWER DANCE STUDIO
109 West Parrish St.
Durham, NC 27701

*Entrance is at Side door from the grassy park area

PHONE
(984) 377-2017
 
EMAIL
info@empowerdancestudio.com

Monday - Friday 4:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday Closed

(appointment only) 

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