The Averitt Center for the Arts will host a meet and greet next Saturday, August 7, 2021 for prospective dance students to meet their new dance director Rebekah Harville Carlisle.

Statesboro native, Rebekah Harville Carlisle has had extensive training and performance experience in ballet, tap, jazz and liturgical dance. Her training was primarily in the Cecchetti method, with influences from the Royal Academy.

Locally, she trained with Shay Thompson Morgan and Pat Kelley Alley. Her musicality was recognized and her career began when she was two years of age.

Throughout the years, she has studied with many dancers, teachers and choreographers from around the world, such as Suzanne Farrell, David Howard, Karina Brock, Amanda Kerow, John Magnus and many others.

Her involvement with world renown companies, some of which include American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Columbia City Ballet and Youth America Grand Prix, have stretched her abilities as a performer and choreographer.

Rebekah’s repertoire includes multiple roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Dracula, The Lion King and Statesboro Finest Performing Youth Concerts to name a few. Praise dance (liturgical) has always been an important component of her dance experience encompassing worship during church services to entertaining nursing home residents. 

This open house will be at both  the Cotton Rose School of Dance studio at 5 N Main St. (for students age 3-9) and at the Whitaker Black Box Theater, 41 W Main Street (for students 10+) on Saturday, August 7th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Carlisle and this season’s dance instructors will be greeting new students and parents at both locations.

Education Superintendent Tony Phillips will be available in the lobby of the Whitaker Black Box Theater, 41 West Main Street for class registrations and questions.