North Carolina Dance Institute was featured in the
Wake County School System publication,
The Total Connection. Story by Ruth Ann Struble.
The following was copied from the July 23, 2003 issue (photos
Bonner (Ligon), Leigh Kathryn Bonner (Magellan), Paulina Escobar
(Magellan), Caffery Gilley (Ravenscroft), and Amber Lane (Moore
Square) spent the week of June 23-27 at Hip-Hop Camp at the
North Carolina Dance Institute (NCDI). The camp was led by
Kirtsie Tice and Asha Jones. The girls learned cool moves
like the ones you see on TV and Videos and came away with
a Hip-Hop video of their own.
said, “Hip-Hop is the craze. It makes the girls
feel good, tough. It’s more than dance, it’s
an attitude. Hip-Hop is the most challenging dance
with its complexity fast paced steps and movements.”
reason the girls signed up for the camp varied. Paulina
said her sister was interested and had showed her
some of the moves. Caffery said she likes to sing
and act and felt the class would help her with future
auditions. Allison said she started dance classes
last year and has found them fun and great exercise.
Amber’s dance teacher recommended that she take
a class over the summer.
The girls made up street names for themselves. Leigh
Kathryn was Bug (her nickname), Allison was Develish
A (for her school mascot), Caffery was Ace G (because
she likes tennis), Amber was Blondie A (hair color)
and Paulina was Prance. Some of the others at the
camp were Dr. M Dog, Triple Threat (she likes to Sing,
Dance and Act), J Dancer (but you can call her JD),
Hop Dog, and Sugar C (because she is sweet and bad
at the same time).
girls came away from the camp having learned choreography,
new moves, how to have personality on the dance floor, how
to remember sequences and how to dance with a bigger group.
NCDI is dedicated to building a strong foundation
in the arts. They are a non-recital, non-competition
institute focused on Education and Exposure. With
the schools method of teaching the students to learn
a new dance each month, choreography, staging and
new techniques. NCDI offers distinctive dance programs
that motivate students of all ages through fun and