TDA Staff

Wanda Percise


Wanda Percise : Owner/Director
Wanda Lynam Percise, a Wake Forest native, has been dancing since the age of 5.  She began her dance instruction with Betty Holden, a former Rockette, and continued her education at Patty Johnson’s School of Dance under the instruction of Patty Johnson-Marks.  She attended Enloe High School for the magnet dance program where she continued to study under Patty Johnson-Marks.  While in high school she danced with the Raleigh Civic Ballet and was captain of the cheerleaders at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.  Wanda graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in dance and opened the Dance Attic in 1987 in Rolesville.  The studio relocated to Wake Forest in 2000.  As the owner/director of the Dance Attic she has taken her company to many dance competitions and has continued her own education through master classes with well renowned artists.  She has a passion for bringing the art of dance into the lives of children.

Hallie Hoy

Company director/Instructor (all ages)

Hallie Hoy : Company director/Instructor (all ages)
Hallie Arelia Hoy is from Wake Forest, NC.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from East Carolina University. During her time at East Carolina, Hallie performed in multiple main stage shows as well as senior choreography and contemporary concerts. She served as Vice-President and President of ECU's Chapter of National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and as the student representative for the School of Theatre and Dance on the Fine Arts Funding Board for ECU. She participated in the tap ensemble and also was a concert coordinator and stage manager for multiple shows. She was a dance instructor/choreographer at the Greenville Civic Ballet where she choreographed routines for NYCDA that received Platinum scores.   Hallie has been teaching dance at Millbrook High School for the past two years and has most recently accepted a position as the dance teacher at Wake Forest High School.

Ariana Cruz

Instructor (all ages)

Ariana Cruz : Instructor (all ages)
Ariana Cruz received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from East Carolina University.  During her time at East Carolina University, Ariana has performed in multiple main-stage shows, contemporary concerts, and senior choreography concerts. She has stage managed senior choreography concerts and was the concert coordinator for the senior solo concert. As a member of East Carolina Dance Educators, Ariana served as the Community Outreach coordinator, seeking new ways to reach the surrounding communities with collaboration through dance. She was featured as a guest teacher in the high school dance conference Immersion, as well as the Spring 2018 day of dance.  Ariana is currently teaching in the dance program at Millbrook High School.

Becky Cox

Dance Instructor (all ages)

Becky Cox : Dance Instructor (all ages)
Rebecca Yeager Cox , originally from New York, discovered her passion for dance when she moved to North Carolina and enrolled at the Cary School of Ballet. She attended many summer programs on scholarship and then extended her training in Winston-Salem, where she graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts.   After school, she spent a year dancing with William Starrett's Columbia City Ballet. After that she moved to Lakeland, Florida to join a contemporary ballet company fusing ballet, jazz, and contemporary. She worked her way up to company manager and principal dancer at Florida Dance Theatre. In 2011, she choreographed Lasso's and Plateaus with an original score by Drew Michael Cox, which was premiered at The Miami Dance Festival. While in Florida, she was a performer and artist with the innovative, Drip, for their Riff rock show and she also filmed Beautiful: An Original Flying Show, as the title character Beautiful. Over the summer of 2011, Rebecca attended Alonzo King's Lines Ballet's professional summer intensive on scholarship. Rebecca is excited to share her unique approach and love for the art of dance with The Dance Attic!

Emily Wayne

Instructor (all ages)

Emily Wayne : Instructor (all ages)
Emily Wayne started dancing at the age of 2 wanting to follow the footsteps of her own mother. Growing up in North Myrtle Beach, SC she has been able to train with many dancers who came through town.  Her main training came from her mother’s studio at the beach.  Emily has also trained with the Joffrey ballet as well as SC’s Governor School. In 2012 Emily became a national title holder, America’s Miss Dance which expanded her interests into the pageant world.  Emily is trained in all 3 ballet methods Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Vaganova.  She grew up in the competition world winning a lot of first place awards as well as choreography awards.  Emily has a lot of knowledge and love to give as she is excited to be a part of The Dance Attic.

Rachel Sandford

Instructor (all ages)

Rachel Sandford : Instructor (all ages)
Rachel Sandford danced competitively at the Dance Attic for 15 years before moving on to pursue a degree in Dance Studies at Appalachian State University.  She has won numerous awards for her routines including highest score of the day.  She is a board member for the dance crew Entropy at ASU and has choreographed for both Entropy and Momentum dance club.  She has also performed in both the Fall and Spring Appalachian Dance Ensembles.

Rachel Macholl

Instructor (all ages)

Rachel Macholl : Instructor (all ages)
Rachel Macholl is a CT native who danced from the age of 4 through college where she earned a degree in elementary education. Rachel placed first in the World Tap Dance festival in Dresden, Germany as a member of the United States tap team and she loved dance so much she taught for Wake Forest Parks and Rec after moving to NC and opened her own studio for 7 years. Rachel is now a kindergarten teacher, wife, and mom to some pretty cool and funny boys. She loves TDA and is so excited to be back teaching here this Fall!  

Jessica Navarrette

Dance Instructor (all ages)

Jessica Navarrette : Dance Instructor (all ages)
Jessica is from Tucson, Arizona and has been dancing for 12 years.  During her high school years, she participated on the dance team and won several state titles.  In college at the University of Arizona, she was a member of several Hip Hop crews and auditioned for America’s Best Dance Crew.  She has been coaching the high school dance team and teaching dance at several dance studios in the Tucson area.  Jessica is excited to be making a move to the east coast and joining the team at the Dance Attic!

Heather Hoy


Heather Hoy : Instructor
Heather Hoy danced at The Dance Attic for 17 years, competitively at the Dance Attic for 15 years and plans to move on to get an Elementary Education Degree At Appalachian State University. She has won numerous awards for her routines including highest score of the day.  She created the Wake Forest High School Dance Team in the 2019-2020 school year.

Bre Thompson

Acro Instructor

Bre Thompson : Acro Instructor
As a child Bre Thompson was a competitive cheerleader and gymnast. She has been a coach for both cheerleading and gymnastics for over 8 years and has much experience training young people at several area gyms including Tri-County and GymCarolina.

Melissa Austin

Administrative Assistant

Melissa Austin : Administrative Assistant
Melissa Austin currently lives in Wake Forest and  has been part of The Dance Attic family since her daughter began dancing with us in 2012. Last year Melissa joined the TDA staff as our administrative assistant. In this role Melissa supports families and dancers by answering questions, processing tuition, and registering new dancers while also supporting  the staff with general administrative tasks. Her favorite part of working at TDA is registering new dancers and seeing the excitement on their faces as they prepare to begin their dance journey. Melissa is looking forward to serving our TDA families and staff during the upcoming season.

Teacher Assistants

Teacher Assistants :
The teacher assistants are older company members who wish to help in the younger dancers' classes.  The TA's help the instructor by keeping the dancers on task, demonstrating dance moves, and monitoring the children before and after class.

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