Angela discovered her passion for dance at a much older age than most. She took her first dance class at 14 years old with Jaqueline Dorminy. After that class, Ms. D, as she was affectionately called, told her mother, “Leave her with me and I will make a dancer out of her”. And, that she did.
After high school, Angela continued her training at the School of the Hartford Ballet. Due to injuries, her time at Hartford was short and she came home to earn her BA in Sociology with a minor in Biology from ECU. Even though she had years of previous teaching experience, it wasn't until she started teaching at a studio in Greenville, that she fell in love with teaching. She met her husband while working at The North Carolina Theatre as the Marketing Manager and just a few months later moved to NYC. That move started her journey towards becoming a musical theatre performer.
Over an 8 year period, Angela and her husband moved from state to state working with some of the best choreographers and teachers in the US, until they came back to NC 11 years ago to start a family. Angela is the mother of two rambunctious boys, whom she homeschools, and inspired by her journey with her oldest son, founded Food Allergy Families of the Triad, a food allergy non-profit serving the Triad communities, in 2012. Angela truly cherishes any opportunity to improve the lives of others in the community, whether through dance/theatre or food allergy advocacy work.
Live to Dance, Dance for Life.
Giving Arts Dance Project is a unique training environment, best suited for performers who are committed to becoming stronger storytellers, generous artists, and technically proficient dancers.
Although there is a great emphasis on training, Giving Arts Dance Project dancers have the opportunity to perform at community events, an end of year showcase, and are encouraged to audition for local theatre companies.
As a young boy, Darren was in awe of Gene Kelly and was first inspired while watching "Singin' in the Rain" with his Mom. Many years would pass before he would take his first tap class, but he was instantly hooked. It wasn't long before he started auditioning for local community theatres and landed his first lead role of "Huck Finn" in Big River.
After several years of success in the Bay Area, Darren made the move to NYC. As a professional actor and dancer, Darren has worked with numerous Broadway performers, choreographers, directors, and music directors. He has had the great pleasure of taking on the roles of "Don Lockwood" in Singin' in the Rain, "Billy Lawlor" in 42nd Street, "Billy Flynn" in Chicago, "Rum Tug Tugger" in CATS, and "Bobby Child" in Crazy for You, to name a few.
As an AEA Member, Darren has performed with some of the best regional theatres across the US, including Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and North Carolina Theatre. He attributes a great deal of his success to the countless hours spent in class and in rehearsal with his mentor, Berle Davis.