Cory Smith
Cory's family

Cory has studied with such teachers as Jacque D’Amboise, David Howard, Anne Goodrum, George Lyssenko, Lauri Worril Biggs & Kathy Thibodeaux and was invited to dance at such places as North Carolina School of the Arts, Duke University, East Carolina University, American Dance Festival, Bellhaven College, Carolina Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Charleston Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Cape Fear Theatre Ballet, Glory Dance Company & The Wilmington Ballet Company.Cory has been a featured dancer in many musical theatre productions and movies. Mrs. Smith is a certified member of Dance Masters of America since 1997, where she won the title of Choreographer of the Year in 1999 & 2000. Her original choreography has been performed by many companies in Washington DC, New York city and throughout the southeast region.Cory is also certified by The International Ballet Competition teacher training program where she studied under David Howard. She has directed & choreographed many productions such as “Sleeping Beauty”,” A Christmas Festival”,” Coppelia”, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and many other seasonal concerts. Many of her students have been accepted into prestigious schools such as: School of American Ballet in NY, Boston Ballet, Kirov Academy, Joffrey Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet Company, North Carolina Dance Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre in NY, Harrid Conservatory, Carolina Ballet, Storling Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Austin Ballet & Broadway Dance Center in NY.Student testimonials:“Cory Smith has found a great balance between worshiping God through dance, and also still having beautiful technique. I feel so blessed to be a part of Turning Pointe, and Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts.”

– Megan Manship “Mrs. Smith has helped me attain my goal of being invited to dance at North Carolina School of the Arts high school program and continues to help me achieve my next goal of getting into a professional dance company once I graduate.” -Alix Taylor Parent testimonials:
Thank you Cory for 18 years of friendship, spiritual guidance, positive Christian fellowship and exemplary technical training. I watched Kayla grow from a little girl with a dream of being a “grand ballerina like Ms. Cory” to just that. Her involvement with WCFA and Turning Pointe helped mold her into the young lady she is today. Little girl’s dreams become reality at Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts. It’s more than just a studio, it’s family.-Donna Smith
Leigh Phillips Williams
Leigh Phillips Williams

Leigh Phillips Williams

Leigh graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education, grades K-12. She has served as dance and drama educator for Sampson and Columbus County Schools. She has extensive experience directing children’s arts programs in Wayne, Duplin, Pitt, New Hanover, and Durham Counties through outreach programs, classes, and community events.She is the former owner of The Arts Company, Inc., a performing arts school located in Duplin County. Also, she is the CEO of Project Reclaim Ministries, a community non-profit organization that aims to reclaim the arts for God’s glory. Through Project Reclaim, Leigh has directed mainstage events and concerts, bringing in top names in the Christian music industry and building a networking community of artists that join together to educate and inspire young artists to use their gifts to honor God and show kindness and love to the world around them.Leigh has worked with preschool aged children for 27 years in the areas of assistant, arts educator, lead teacher, and director. She has a passion for cultivating a child’s self-esteem, their desire to become lifelong learners, and showing each child that they are deeply loved.She was the 2002 recipient of the Thalian Association award for Outstanding Choreography for her work on Carousel (Rodgers and Hammerstein).Leigh the homeschooling mother of four children and is blessed to be a part of Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts.
Lesa Rogers Broadhead
Lesa Rogers Broadhead

Lesa Rogers Broadhead

 Lesa Rogers Broadhead, MFA, returned to her hometown of Wilmington, NC in 2010 after being away for 30 years. She has taught classical ballet and contemporary dance at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, where she received her MFA; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (coordinator of ballet); Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL (coordinator of dance); and the University of Akron, Akron, OH (adjunct dance faculty). Mrs. Broadhead’s choreography includes reconstructing classical ballet favorites and contemporary works with themes on historical and societal issues, such as the Holocaust. In 1999 she presented three of her Holocaust related dance works at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. cosponsored by the museum and the Embassy of Israel. In addition, she was artist-in-residence at De Montfort University, Bedford, England choreographing her first international dance work. Professionally she has performed with The Cleveland Opera and the Atlanta Ballet. Presently she teaches at Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts, DREAMS of Wilmington, and at Brunswick Community College where she teaches Dance Appreciation seated and online. Mrs. Broadhead also serves as a Board Member for The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.
SARAH MASON
SARAH MASON

SARAH MASON

Originally from England, Sarah started dancing at the age of four. Training in ballet primarily, she began taking classes at the Royal Academy of Dance. Her examinations there focused not only on dance but also on musical awareness and creativity.Sarah danced for over 15 years and performed in numerous productions. She developed a love of ballet which she would rediscover after going to nursing school. Upon moving to America, she was offered a position teaching dance to preschool and elementary age students which she has been doing for 9 years. Sarah also has a children’s CD and is a registered Music Together® teacher.
Heather Wells
Heather Wells

Heather Wells

Heather has enjoyed dance classes since she was three years old. She has been a classical dance instructor in Wilmington for 15 years specializing in modern, jazz, ballet, and pointe. After training with instructors of various styles in Houston, Huntsville (AL), Birmingham (AL), Atlanta, New York and Paris, Heather was awarded dance scholarships for college, but was unable to pursue that route due to an injury. That change of course eventually led her to explore yoga and Pilates, and the experience fostered a greater appreciation for the gift of dance.  Heather truly appreciates the opportunity to share her love of dance with students of all ages. Heather has choreographed and performed for the North Carolina Dance Festival, as well as other local shows, and danced in a movie filmed here in Wilmington. She is a certified instructor of yoga, Pilates mat classes and Pilates reformer method. Heather has a degree in Marine Biology and works as a research specialist for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve. She is happy to be a dancing scientist and encourages her students to follow their dreams.
Amy King
Amy King

Amy King

Amy King was introduced to gymnastics at the age of 6 after being spotted by her first coach as having great gymnastics ability. During her initial training, she was cast as “Angelica” in the movie, “Little Monsters” with Howie Mandel and Fred Savage.After competing for many years, winning a state championship and competing on the regional level, she made the switch to cheerleading in high school. Her co-ed team competed in the UCA National Championships at Disney World. After high school, she received an athletic college scholarship for cheerleading to attend Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC. Her college team competed in the UCA National College Championships and was ranked nationally.Amy started teaching gymnastics when she was 17 years old. She has also taught cheerleading and basic dance at Gymnastics Unlimited in Wilmington, NC, at Young’s Gymnastics and Cheerleading in Wake Forest, NC, and the Coastal Tumblegym in Carolina Beach, NC.Amy’s training in gymnastics was within a very strict coaching philosophy and her childhood was spent in the gym. Although she is grateful for the intense training and employs a measure of that intensity herself, she tempers it with a kind and personal touch. In 2012, she became licensed in Zumba. Amy loves to study and continue her training through USA Gymnastics workshops and webinars. She is a wife and mom to four children and is currently pursuing her degree in Sign Language Interpreting. Teaching Acro and Gymnastics gives her an outlet to continue to enjoy a sport she has loved for more than 30 years.
Rachel Hemingway
Rachel Hemingway

Rachel Hemingway

 Rachel’s passion for theatre started as a child. Her father ran a professional movie ranch/school in Arizona and Connecticut and was a professional stunt-man and an amateur actor. Because of this, Rachel grew up immersed in acting, singing, and dancing.  Rachel and her husband, Erik became involved in the church and oversaw the children’s ministry which included musical theatre. They also implemented an adult skit ministry.  After having children, Rachel’s passion for theatre grew to teaching drama to homeschoolers, and she has led a vibrant homeschool acting program for 15 years. She has experience directing musicals, dramas, and leading drama clubs for ages 5-adult. She continues to immerse herself in her personal study of theatre and all that the art form entails.
Levi Hemingway
Levi Hemingway

Levi Hemingway

Levi picked up the guitar while living on a sailboat when he was 16 years old. His father taught him the basics and in a matter of a few weeks, he was hooked. He studied his instrument for hours on the front deck of his family’s boat and dissected songs until he learned every chord.  Levi started violin lessons at the age of 5 and gradually used knowledge learned to teach himself how to play the mandolin, ukulele, and any type of drumming. For the past 3 ½ years, he has been teaching classes out of his home to help others find the fun and joy in making music.  Levi teaches in a non-traditional format, using chords, songs, and how to learn by ear, in addition to music theory and reading music.
Courtney Milleson
Courtney Milleson

Courtney Milleson

Courtney’s vision is to help middle and high school girls find their own God-given voice and raise them up as worshipers and not just performers. Her goal is to train young worshipers to be confident in their own skin, voice, and musical abilities so that it frees them up to worship and lead without the overwhelming fear of failure or people’s opinion about how they sound.  Native to Wilmington, Courtney began learning about worship leading at 14 at her local church. She started acoustic guitar lessons at 13 and soon after joined her church’s worship team. There she attended multiple worship leading developing meetings and soon was appointed worship leader assistant for their youth service at 17. Courtney loves working with students. During her time there she gained experience leading band rehearsals, scheduling musicians, and leading worship for students. Courtney also gave one-on-one training to young musicians and equipped them with the skills they needed to lead well and lead authentically on stage. At 19 she auditioned and joined Port City Community church’s worship team. Every Sunday Courtney gets the opportunity to lead worship for Sunday services, college students, and middle and high school students at her church. Most Sundays she spends her time with her church’s high school students in Leland. Courtney leads an intimate worship session for them and sits in for their service and small groups. She believes that to lead students well on stage one needs to lead them well off stage as well. Courtney has received vocal lessons from Jeff Mathena, a Nashville vocal coach, and has received college credit in surveying music and anatomy and physiology where she spent a great deal of time learning about the physiology of vocalization and speech.
Jennie Wenk
Jennie Wenk

Jennie Wenk

Jennie Wenk is the creator of Mini Monets. She graduated with a BFA in Computer Art and Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design. Jennie has been teaching art publicly and privately since 2005. She worked 3 years with an art program for Pre K – 2nd grade in Savannah, GA. Also during that time, she was a private art instructor for several area children. Summer of 2007 she spent as the instructor at an art school teaching ages 6 – 10. At the end of 2008, Jennie Wenk was given the opportunity to create an art curriculum for the Pre K students at a local private school. She was only able to teach there for a few months but it gave her the inspiration to start her own set of art classes once she relocated to Wilmington, NC. Mini Monets launched in January of 2010. Jennie Wenk seeks to provide a wide variety of lessons that will expose children not only to different types of artistic creation, but to literature, math, and science foundations. Sharing her talent, knowledge, and experience with children is something very special to her. Children have such vivid imaginations that through this program they will be able to express their imaginations and emotions  and not feel pressured to color inside the lines. Jennie strives to give young artists the ability to think creatively in finding solutions where the answers are not given.
Jessi Goei
Jessi Goei

Jessi Goei

Jessi Goei, originally from Long Island, New York, moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2003.  Following in her older sister’s footsteps, she started gymnastics and soon joined the Rhythmic Gymnastics team at age 5 with Carolina Gymnastics Academy.  As a competitor at the meets, the judges always commented on her smile and her presence on the floor.  A year later, she crossed paths with dance and fell in love with the craft.  Though gymnastics was not for her, the work ethic and training she learned from rhythmic helped her greatly in dance. Curious by the violin, and asking over and over again if she could take lessons, her parents saw that she was serious about the instrument, and signed her up.  Even though she was involved in activities that were musical and creative, which required performing, Jessi was not interested in musical theatre until she saw her sister in a production of A Christmas Carol.At 9 years old, Jessi was accepted into her first musical and loved every second of it. After competing in both gymnastics and dance, this was by far her favorite.  Through the years, she explored many styles of dance with various studios and teachers, performed in numerous musicals and straight plays with different companies in Wilmington, and played violin in Jr. Strings, Hoggard High School’s Orchestra as 1st chair and is now playing for weddings.  Her favorite characters she has performed as include, Fan Dancer/Princess (The King and I), Tigerlily (Peter Pan), and Louise (Carousel).  In the 2015 Thalian Association Awards, Jessi received the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for Tigerlilly.  Since 6 months old she has been modeling, performing in commercials and TV, but has not truly pursued it until thirteen.  She has had the privilege of being cast in the movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life in the role of Bella, based on the book by James Patterson.  She is currently getting her associates in Music of Fine Arts at Cape Fear Community College.  Jessi is very involved with her church, Port City Community Church, as a Singer, Storyteller, Small Group Leader, Student Leader and Intern.  She uses her God given talents to glorify Him and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
Kayla Smith
Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith is an alumna from Dance Arts Conservatory. She began training under the instruction of Cory Smith when she was just a toddler and continued through high school and college.   She has had the opportunity to participate in several summer intensives including the Atlanta Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed in several well-known ballets such as “Copellia”, “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, and “Sleeping Beauty”. Kayla graduated from Meredith College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Kayla is currently a high school teacher at Topsail High School but continues to dance in her free time.
“Music is my passion. I love teaching and seeing my students excel in their individual performance” Music has always been a passion for Lou Iandoli. A Graduate of the University of Tampa with a Music Education Degree in 1976, he taught students in Texas for over ten years. Lou also played drums/percussion for a theater group in Texas for 5 years. Lou’s Business, Iandoli Percussion, is concentrated on private percussion instruction, ensemble instruction, and high school drumline techniques. Lou moved to Wilmington, NC in 1993 and has been involved in the music community in many ways. He has played in the Wilmington Symphony, taught drum/percussion lessons, played for various church programs and Thalian productions. Lou was the Orchestra director at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian for 7+ years where he directed Christmas & Easter cantatas, played in Worship bands and led Worship. Lou is a family man who has been married to his wife Kathy for 36 years. He has 6 children, 5 grandchildren and one grandchild on the way. Lou enjoys sharing his love of music with his family as well.
 Suzuki piano uses a multi-sensory approach to engage the student on his/her journey of learning to play beautiful music.  Students learn foundational concepts of technique, ear training, and music theory through the exploration of the great composers and their works.  The Suzuki method begins with the belief that every child can learn music, and relies heavily on collaboration between the parent and the teacher to provide the child a positive, nurturing environment. The steps of learning the instrument are based on the steps of learning a language: listening, repetition, and mastery of small steps. Similar to learning a language, children learn the instrument at his or her own pace, but are encouraged by their peers through group lessons. Based on the principle that the ear develops faster than the eye, children at taught to learn the music by rote (listening to the recordings and the teacher) prior to learning to read music. The Suzuki method is, at heart, a pattern of training where the teacher and parent work together to raise children to become not only good musicians, but also good people.
Katie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia in Athens and was a music and theatre arts educator for 12 years. Her teaching career included experiences in public, private, and charter schools in North Carolina and Georgia, working with students from early childhood through adults.  In 1998, Katie received a Grammy Award for her performance as a vocalist on the Classical Album of the Year. In 2015, Katie received her Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology and began working as an instructional designer at UNCW. Katie lives in Wilmington with her husband and two young daughters, and the entire Deese family is involved in local community theatrical and musical endeavors.