Instructors

Interested in teaching community dance classes with us? Please complete application above and send to barrebelleballet@gmail.com

 

As an intern, you will be asked to create lesson plans, teach ballet classes and assist with choreography for recital and community events. Preferred applicants are students who are current dance majors and/or minors with a strong ballet background. We do however, consider all applicants with previous dance training. Barre Belle will provide recommendation letters at the end of the semester and if needed can sign off on teaching hours and choreography credit for college courses as well.

Internships are unpaid.

FOUNDER, NOEL PIPKIN

Our founder, Noel Pipkin was introduced to dance at the Abington Arts Center and Cheltenham Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania. As her interest in the art grew, she began studying the Vaganova technique under Mary Geiger at Geiger Ballet Studio (MI). While training at Geiger Ballet she became a member of the Michigan Classic Ballet Company and performed in noted works such as Coppelia, The Nutcracker and Giselle. During that time, she auditioned and performed in the American Ballet Theatre’s Le Corsaire at the Detroit Opera House (MI). Noel later studied the Cecchetti technique at The Mt. Zion School of Dance (MI) under Carmen D. Wade. Noel was a featured soloist and performed several roles in the Nutcracker including both Clara and Snow Queen. Shortly after, Noel was awarded a scholarship at Eisenhower Dance Detroit.  

Her additional training came from pre-professional summer intensives at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Atlanta Ballet. She has competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, a juried competition for young dancers receiving high honors and an invitation to attend master classes in New York.

Noel received a minor in Dance from Bowling Green State University (OH) and was a guest ballet instructor at The Beat dance studio during her time at school. She most recently taught at the Premier Foundation’s Movement and Motivation , a program  to educate students on self esteem and mental health awareness through the arts.

 

 

 

INTERN, CECILIA WHALEN

Cecilia Whalen is a student at UNC Charlotte, currently pursuing Bachelor's of Arts degrees in Dance and French. She is a Charlotte-native: a graduate of East Mecklenburg High School and alum of the former Sullivan Dance Centre, where she trained in ballet, jazz, and tap under the direction of Melanie Sullivan-Coyle and Melissa Hale Coyle. She is pursuing a professional career as a dancer and choreographer and supplements her university training with intensives at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance and the Paul Taylor School of American Modern Dance. Additionally, Cecilia is an arts writer for the Classical Voice of North Carolina, an online arts journal headquartered in Raleigh, NC.    

 

Cecilia has performed in several UNC-Charlotte dance productions, as well as for other events such as the American College Dance Association and the North Carolina Dance Educator's Organization. She has also published numerous articles for CVNC.org, as well as the student-led UNCC Niner Times. Cecilia is excited to share her love of dance and the arts with Barre Belle. She firmly believes in those famous words by Alvin Ailey which state: "dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people;" Cecilia hopes to contribute to the forces which give dance back to all people through her work with Barre Belle. 

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Founder, Noel Pipkin

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Intern,  Cecilia Whalen