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.

Alyssa Hogan

Company Director/Dance Instructor (all ages)

Alyssa Hogan : Company Director/Dance Instructor (all ages)
Alyssa has danced competitively since she was 8 years old. She was a member of The University of Cincinnati Dance Team. She has coached and choreographed several National Champion Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop Teams. Her choreography has earned her top competition awards such as Grand Champion, Most Technical, High Score, and Best Choreography.

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 danced with TDA since 4th grade and has been a guest choreographer the last 3 years.

Caitlyn Winters

Dance Instructor (all ages)

Caitlyn Winters : Dance Instructor (all ages)
Caitlyn began dancing at age 3 at Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts and continued there for 16 years. After receiving the “BADA Dancer of the Year Scholarship,” she was able to finalize her decision to pursue dance as a career at Elon University. While there, Caitlyn performed in a number of faculty, site-specific, and student-run dance concerts, as well as the musical, Nine. She was also on the Elon Varsity Dance Team during her freshman year. For the first two summers of college, Caitlyn attended the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, FL where she took master classes and trained in dance, voice, and drama. She also attended the Rockette Summer Intensive at Radio City Musical Hall in NYC in 2009. Caitlyn was trained mostly in ballet and pointe, modern and contemporary, jazz, theatre dance, tap, and voice. She was also certified in the Pilates Mat I Sequence through Lauren W. Kearns. Caitlyn graduated from Elon in May 2010, magna cum laude, with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. She is currently a member of Kearns dance project and Virginia Freeman-Dupont’s contemporary modern dance company in Burlington.

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!

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. In her senior year, Ariana has instructed high school dance in the public school system for a range of levels.   Ariana is excited to further her professional journey as a performer and educator.

Rachel Goldberg

Ballet Instructor

Rachel Goldberg : Ballet Instructor
Rachel Goldberg began her training in New Jersey at the Academy of Dance Arts studying RAD technique. She continued her studies at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL before receiving her BFA in Ballet from U. of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. While pursuing her degree, Rachel spent two years dancing with the Sarasota Ballet and an additional two in the corps de ballet after graduating. Rachel moved to North Carolina in August 2016 and now teaches ballet in the triangle area.

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!

Jennifer Barton

Dance Instructor (all ages)

Jennifer Barton : Dance Instructor (all ages)
Jennifer Barton has been part of the dance industry for over 20 years. She came from Tucson, Arizona where she owned her own studio and was the Dance Director at Marana High School. As the dance director of the local high school, she taught classes daily and coached the school’s dance company . She is proud to have directed and choreographed several state and national champion award winning pieces for her studio, as well as the high school. She is also a 5th grade teacher at Jones Dairy Elementary School in Wake Forest.

Brittany Ramsey

Acro Instructor

Brittany Ramsey : Acro Instructor
Brittany was trained in gymnastics from the ages of 5 to 12.  She then became a cheerleader and cheered all through middle and high school as well as college.  She earned a BS in Computer Engineering from NC A&T in Greensboro, NC in 2009.  She has been coaching gymnastics in her spare time since 2010.

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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