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.

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, TABITHA BAKER

Tabitha Baker is a student at UNC Charlotte pursuing a degree in Dance with a concentration in Education, as well as a minor in Theatre. She has been dancing for 16 years, training in ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and hip hop. In her youth, she accompanied her training with masterclasses at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Peridance. She also attended summer intensives at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She began assisting and teaching at 14 years old and plans to be a dance educator for the rest of her life.


While at UNC Charlotte, Tabitha has had the privilege of performing at the North Carolina Museum of Art under the direction of Delia Neil. Accompanying her training at UNCC, she has attended winter and summer intensives at the Graham School and trained with Movement Migration. She hopes to bring her experience and education to Barre Belle in order to inspire students and share her love of dance.

INTERN, BRANDY BROWN

Brandy Brown is currently a senior at UNC Charlotte, pursuing a B.A in Dance with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She began her training as a kid in the local Charlotte area, practicing Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Tap, Contemporary Dance, and Musical Theatre. As a young dancer, she would spend her summers training at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Charlotte Youth Ballet, and the Beckley Dance Theatre School. Currently, she has been spending her summers as a college student with Movement Migration and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

 

She is also a current company member, teacher, and assistant choreographer at the Adrianna Eve Company (a Charlotte-based contemporary company for pre-professional dancers who are working to build their experience in the dance field).

 

Brandy is looking forward to sharing her dance experience with the students at Barre Belle. As a teacher, she hopes to inspire the students to embrace their authenticity and sense of self. Whether or not one becomes a Principal Ballerina or a Neuro-Surgeon, she believes that dance is something that all walks of life should practice. It enriches the world around you, and she hopes to be the beacon that gives students that light.

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Founder, Noel Pipkin

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Intern, Tabitha Baker 

Intern,  Brandy Brown

Intern, Brandy Brown