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 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.
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 in the tap ensemble and also was a concert coordinator and 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. Hallie has received countless highest scoring routines, as well as exceptional choreography awards during her three years teaching at The Dance Attic. Hallie is on her fourth season as a staff member at The Dance Attic, and is the dance teacher at Wake Forest High School. Hallie 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
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!
Instructor All Ages
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”.
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
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.
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.”
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!