TDA 21-22 Staff

Owner and Director

Wanda Lynam Percise, a Wake Forest native, has been dancing since the age of 5.  She began her dance instruction with Betty Holding, a former Rockette, and continued her education at Pattie Johnson’s School of Dance under the instruction of Pattie Johnson-Marks.  She attended Enloe High School for the magnet dance program where she dance with Betty Kovach that studied in New York at the American School of Ballet and the Joffrey School. who was instrumental in getting dance in the public school system and continued to study under Pattie 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, Where she performed in ECU’s dance theatre and performances and also was on the ECU “Golden Girls” dance team. She 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 feels so blessed to be approaching 34 years LOVING the Dance Attic. She has a passion for bringing the art of dance into the lives of children. *** Fun Fact – danced, took classes and performed with Sandra Bullock while @ ECU.

Director/Instructor All Ages

Hallie Hoy Pardo 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 and led the tap ensemble and also was a concert coordinator/stage manager for multiple shows. After graduating in 2017, Hallie immediately came back to teach for The Dance Attic as well as becoming a dance teacher for WCPSS, where she was a finalists for Diane Kent Beginning Teacher of the Year Award for Wake County.  Hallie has received countless highest scoring routines, as well as exceptional choreography awards during her years teaching and choreographing at The Dance Attic.  Hallie is on her fifth season as a staff member at The Dance Attic, and is the dance teacher at Wake Forest High School. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance with children of all ages literally all day long! 

Director/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.

Company Choreographer/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.

Instructor All Ages

Mrs. Becky began her dance training at Cary Ballet Conservatory at the age of 9. Throughout her dance training, she attended many prestigious ballet summer programs across the country, several of which on merit scholarships. Becky graduated from the ballet program of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2005. She was then hired by William Starrett’s Columbia City Ballet company. After a year of dancing with a classical ballet company, she decided she wanted to jazzup her life! She moved to Florida where she joined Florida Dance Theatre, a contemporary ballet company. Becky worked her up way to company manager and principal dancer over her 4 years with the company. 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. She is currently becoming certified in mUvmethod, a progressive dance conditioning system. Becky is also expanding her knowledge through hyperbolic stretching method and personal fitness to better serve her dancers. This is Becky’s sixth year teaching with The Dance Attic, where she loves to share her love for dance.

Instructor All Ages/ Company Choreographer

Hannah Kent is a dancer from Raleigh, North Carolina. She began her dance journey at the age of 7 in a musical theatre based company in Wake Forest where she studied voice, acting, and dance. She then began her full swing of dance training in the styles of modern, contemporary, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. Hannah has been involved in the competitive and commercial dance scene since the age of 12 and has since shifted to getting her Bachelors in Dance studies at Appalachian State University. She is now involved in local commercial dance works, music videos, and battling in hip hop and modern techniques and trained with an NC dance crew called “Entropy”. 

Instructor – Younger Dancers

Rachel Macholl has formally studied dance for 14 years in CT and NYC. Her love of dance led her to musical theater and earned her a four year full tuition scholarship to Merrimack College in MA where she was a founding member of the Merrimack College Dance Team. Rachel majored in psychology and elementary education and obtained her K-6 teaching certification in MA, CT, and NC. During her dance career, Rachel was a member of the United States Dance Team, and placed first in the World Tap Formation Dance Olympics held in Dresden, Germany. As an actress, Rachel was accepted into the Williamstown Theater Festival apprentice program where she performed in multiple plays and cabarets, and received training in all aspects of theater production from professionals in the field. Since moving to Wake Forest, Rachel opened Rachel Macholl’s Acadmey of Dance in 2008 where she was afforded the opportunity to work with an amazingly enthusiastic group of dancers. Her past choreography has earned several overall high score awards at the regional and national level. Her former students have been awarded dance scholarships, are studying dance at UNC Greensborough, NC State, and ECU, and hold regional and national titles. Rachel enjoys having dance parties with her husband and their three little break dancing boys in their kitchen almost nightly, and she is very excited to continue her dance educator career back at The Dance Attic where she first began teaching upon moving to NC in 2005. As a dancer and choreographer, Rachel believes that dance enables young people to acquire self-confidence, discipline, poise, and social skills. In her classes, students will use these necessary tools to mature as dancers, foster friendships, and develop into positive members of the community.

Acro Instructor All Ages

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.

Technique Instructor All Ages

Alyssa Hogan is currently the Dance Teacher and Company Director at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Alyssa has been dancing competitively at the state and national level since she was five years old. She specializes in Pom, Jazz, and Hip Hop and has choreographed several state and national award winning pieces. She was a proud member of The University of Cincinnati’s Dance Team her freshman year and then returned to Arizona to pursue her passion for coaching and creating choreography for a local high school and studio. Upon moving to North Carolina she worked at TDA as one of the Company’s Directors for five years. She is excited to be back at TDA teaching what she believes to be one of most important parts of dance…TECHNIQUE. Outside of dance she is married to her husband, Craig and is a proud mother to two beautiful children, Carsley and Cayden.

Office Manager

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.

Office Assistant/Instructor

Heather Hoy, a native of Wake Forest, North Carolina, danced at The Dance Attic for 17 years. Heather danced competitively at the Dance Attic for 15 years and is currently pursuing her degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Dance as well as Entrepreneurial Management from Appalachian State University. Heather is considered an integral part of The Dance Attic team, and assists with managerial duties for TDA. During her time dancing at TDA, Heather  won numerous awards for her routines including highest score of the day as well as several scholarships at competitions and conventions throughout the year. Heather was also involved in Dance at High School by writing the bi-laws and mission to be able to create a Dance Team at Wake Forest High School her senior year. Now at App State University, Heather is an active member of the NC Dance Crew “Entropy.” 

Instructor/Senior Intern

Hailey Costar is a current member of The Dance Attic Company, and has danced with Ms. Wanda for 8 years. Hailey has earned two individual scholarships and received numerous awards for her solo, group dances, and production routines. Hailey has also served as a teacher assistant, TDA intern, and worked at the front desk.  Additionally, she has danced in Heritage High School’s Theatre productions of Elf and Bring it On, as well as their 10th Anniversary show.  As she finishes her senior year in high school, Hailey plans to major in dance in college.  She is super excited to teach a few classes at TDA where she can share her love of dance with young dancers!

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