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OUR DIRECTORS & INSTRUCTORS

All faculty and staff of LPCW are professionals in the field of dance and have spent many hours training in our curriculum, philosophies, and objectives. Each instructor is CECDI certified and has had many years experience working with young children – as well as much time spent perfecting their teaching and performing skills at universities nationwide.

NORTH CAROLINA

GREENVILLE/EASTERN NC REGION

Daune Pitman, founder and executive director of the Little People’s Creative Workshop®, attended East Carolina University on a full dance scholarship and graduated with a BFA in dance; and then returned to earn her BS in dance education. She has appeared as a principal dancer as well as a soloist with NC Dance Arts Theatre, American College Dance Festival, and East Carolina Dance Theatre; and presently dances alongside her husband in various productions. Aside from her training at ECU, Daune has studied and danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, New York City Ballet, and Tisch School of Performing Arts in New York City; as well as The Joffrey Ballet, NYU, The Louisville Ballet, and Gus Giordano-while spending several years appearing in television commercials and industrial productions for national companies such as Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, GAP, Liz Claiborne, and Yves St. Laurent to name a few. One of Daune’s main joys is young children. She has taught dance and theatre arts for the past 35 years-in schools as well as private studios and universities. She is formerly the editor of a nationally syndicated newsletter about teaching dance/theatre to young children; as well as a published author of books about teaching dance to little ones.

DAUNE PITMAN

DAUNE PITMAN

Founder & Executive Director

LPCW Greenville/Eastern NC
PMB 270
740 Greenville Blvd., Ste. 400
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone 252-321-8540
Fax 252-321-8540

lpcw@me.com

WILMINGTON/SOUTHEAST NC REGION

Misti Smith, a native of Washington, NC has spent several years performing as well teaching in Southeastern NC. She graduated with a BFA in Dance Education from East Carolina University. Misti has choreographed and performed in many benefits and musicals statewide; and has taught with LPCW for the past 21 years. As the Wilmington Area Regional Director of Little People’s Creative Workshop® Misti is the lead instructor of classes as well as oversees all operations of classes and workshops in the Wilmington Area. Ms. Smith was chosen as an outstanding business professional by ENCORE magazine in 2004. She is CECDI certified to teach dance to young children; as well as a NC certified K-12 dance teacher. Misti loves young children and is excited about working with your child!

 

MISTI SMITH

MISTI SMITH

Regional Director

LPCW Wilmington Region
PO Box 15044
Wilmington, NC 28408
910-794-5704

LPCWsoutheast@yahoo.com

TRIANGLE NC REGION

Karen Perez, a graduate of the University of Maryland, has spent her professional career as an instructor, choreographer, and developer of programs for young children. Karen has been a lead dance instructor for various studios in the NC area, working with children ages 2-21. In addition to her work in dance Karen has also taught preschool for 6 years and worked in Johnston County Public schools. Her passion is instilling a love of the arts into children at a young age and sharing her passion and knowledge with her students and families. She is CECDI certified and has won many awards with her work with little ones. Karen is thrilled to be a part of Little People’s Creative Workshop and has been with the program since 2015.

KAREN PEREZ

KAREN PEREZ

Regional Director

LPCW NC Triangle Region
PO Box 1562
Clayton, NC 27520
919-351-5490

LPCWtriangle@gmail.com

CHARLOTTE/MECKLENBURG REGION

Stephanie Wilson, has an extensive dance background. She graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Dance Education, is a NC certified K-12 dance teacher; as well as holds her CECDI certification to teach dance to young children. Stephanie has taught dance to children ages 3-18 in all techniques and all levels for many years; and has created many award-winning dance pieces for competitions. She continues to provide adaptive dance programs for children and adults with physical and developmental special needs. She worked with Proudtree Productions to provide the movement portion of their product. This production was created to empower children in lower income families to discover, embrace and love who they are as they develop a respect for others. She loves bringing dance to the local community with organizations such as the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte Dance Festival and Blumenthal Performing Arts. Stephanie is a passionate educator who loves to help children reach their potential through dance; and is so excited about bringing this special opportunity to your child!

STEPHANIE WILSON

STEPHANIE WILSON

Regional Director

LPCW Charlotte/Mecklenburg Region
PO Box 78343
Charlotte, NC 28271
980-428-9523

LPCWcharlotte@live.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

SC UPSTATE REGION

Jennifer Withrow, graduated cum laude with a BA in Performance Theatre with minors in Music {voice} and Communications. She holds memberships with SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Jennifer is also on the Board of Directors for RCYBE. She has taught and choreographed for all ages for many years, worked as an acting/monologue coach, audition instructor, and worked with various professional theatres in the US. Performing and sharing her love of dance and theatre arts has been Jennifer’s passion for most of her life; and she is so excited to share her love for dance and community by helping to instill a love for the arts in the hearts of those young learners in the SC Upstate Region.

JENNIFER WITHROW

JENNIFER WITHROW

Regional Director

LPCW SC Upstate Region
PO Box 1704
Greenville, SC 29602
Phone 864-631-1111

LPCW.sc.upstate@gmail.com

VIRGINIA

VA SHORE REGION

Elizabeth Heely, a native of North Carolina, has spent several years performing across the nation and choreographing; as well as teaching for Little People’s Creative Workshop® in Eastern NC. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance from East Carolina University and holds her CECDI certification to teach dance to young children. Elizabeth attended the University of South Carolina Conservatory for two years, attended the NC Governor’s School for dance, performed at the American Dance Festival and American College Dance Festival; as well as the East Carolina Dance Theatre; as well as held the title of Junior Miss. Elizabeth has held the lead roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker; as well as commissioned pieces choreographed by guest artists from around the nation. As the Virginia Shore Regional Director of Little People’s Creative Workshop® Elizabeth will be the lead instructor of classes as well as oversee all operations of classes and workshops in the Virginia Shore Region. Elizabeth loves children and is excited about working with your child.

ELIZABETH HEELY

ELIZABETH HEELY

Regional Director

LPCW Virginia Shore Region
PO Box 780
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-422-4811

LPCWvashore@yahoo.com

NORTHERN VA REGION

Renee Loucks, has studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She grew up competing in all of these styles and won many awards for her performances. She graduated with a BA from SUNY in Albany, NY. During her years in college Renee was a member of the Great Danes Dance Team, nationally ranked by the National Dance Alliance. Renee has been teaching dance for the past thirteen years to children of all ages. Her teaching style is fun and energetic, while making each child in class feel special. She encourages self confidence and creativity so each child can develop a love for dance. While also teaching young students she has served as an instructor with the dance teams at Marymount University and been awarded many regional and national awards for her choreography and performances. Renee is so excited to be bringing her passion for the arts to the young ones in Northern Virginia!

RENEE LOUCKS

RENEE LOUCKS

Regional Director

LPCW NOVA
PO Box 223031
Chantilly, VA 20153
571-643-9565

LPCWnorthernva@gmail.com