We were honored in 2010, when the Tarheel Traveler came to our studio in celebration
of our 50th year of dance!
Click below to see the episode.
"Miss" Eileen trained on a full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. She has studied with many prominent teachers such as Lawrence Rhodes, Robert Joffrey, Maggie Black. Zena Rommett, and Finis Jhung. After her performing career, she returned to Joffrey to pursue a teaching career. She was on the faculty of the Princeton Ballet School and later opened her own studio. "Miss" Eileen is also the creator of the BalletBarreNone program and the 3-DVD series called "The Children's Hour of Power". She currently resides in North Carolina and has been here teaching for the past several years.
"Miss" Jodi started her dance training at the age of three and graduated from Massey School of Dance in 2005. During her time as student, she was a part of the competition troupe where she attended numerous workshops and competitions. She has had the opportunity to take classes from Al Gilbert, Stepp Stewart, Allison Holker, Tammy Colucci and many more. Before graduating, she was a student assistant, which allowed her to work closely with the younger dancers. This was when she realized her love and passion, for not only dancing but for teaching. She feels it's more than just teaching the steps, it's about teaching the values and traditions that come from dancing at Massey School of Dance.
"Miss" Monica started her dance training at the age of 3. She trained with Massey School of Dance until she graduated in 2002. During her 15 years, she was a student assistant, assisting "Miss" Debby and "Miss" Inga with the younger students. Following her graduation she returned to teach and is currently in her 14th year of teaching. She has taught babies to adults and ballet to hip hop. Monica says there isn't much she loves to do more- than to dance= and that it is such a blessing to be able to share it with those who love it as well. Monica is thankful for the discipline, loyalty, respect and most importantly the TRADITIONS that she learned from Massey School of Dance. She is thankful every day to be a part of such an amazing "FAMILY"!
Inga Beck is the Assistant Director of The Massey School of Dance. She is a native of Zebulon, North Carolina and has been dancing since the age of 5 studying tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, modern and contemporary. She also performed on a competitive level. She grew up in this studio and has been teaching dance for 26 years. She had the privilege of competing in local competitions as well as in Atlanta, Florida and New York City. Inga also had the opportunity while at the Massey School of Dance to take classes at Broadway Dance Center, in New York City and perform in the half time shows of the Peach and Orange Bowls. She teaches pre-school classes, tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and our Pee Wee and Senior performing groups and is also a licensed Zumba instructor.
Inga is a graduate of Meredith College, earning her Major in Dance, with K-12 Certification, student teaching in dance at Martin Middle School. While at Meredith, she was a member of the audition based, Meredith Dance Theatre, she had the opportunity to work with various guest artists, such as David Beadle and Kenneth Tosti, one of the former lead dancers for Paul Taylor Dance Company. She was chosen by Tosti as one of four lead dancers in his MDT piece and was invited to perform for the Dance and Dialogue of Women’s History Month at UNC-G.
Teaching and being a part of the Massey School of Dance family has brought many wonderful opportunities, master classes and workshops with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Savion Glover, Mark Goodman, the Moscow Ballet, Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, Daryl Rhetter, Tammy Colucci and most recently Allison Holker, Alex Wong, Kent Boyd and many more. She had the opportunity to assist in rehearsals for the Moscow Ballet’s “Nutcracker” while they were in residence here at the studio and in the Russian Ballet’s “Nutcracker” .
Not only does the studio provide a place to dance and provide opportunities for furthering dancers dance education, most importantly, it is a place where life long friends are made, traditions are passed on and little dancers, are taught to become successful, polite and poised young people in this world. She is very proud to say she is so blessed to have a job that she loves and she is especially blessed to have her husband and three beautiful children by her side!
What began as the dream of a mother and a busy housewife has become an institution in the Zebulon community for over fifty years. After the death of Mrs. H.C. Wade in 1960, Alma Doris Massey realized the need for dance to continue for the young people in this area. Her husband, Frank Massey, closed in their two car garage and in the fall of 1960 the journey began.
In 1967, Debby Massey Driver took the reins of Massey School of Dance, teaching in the same studio until her husband Eddie Driver, built a studio in the basement of their new home north of Zebulon. Later, Eddie built a second location in Wilson, where "Miss" Debby and several teachers taught for eleven years.
Now with Inga Beck as assistant director, the school has eight teachers, an office staff of three, and many extremely talented volunteers who together ensure that the journey continues.
Kathleen Holbrook is a 2015 graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in dance studies and a Professional Performance Certificate. She spent her four years at Meredith as a pre-professional member of both Meredith Dance Theatre and Meredith Jazz and Tap Company serving as co-president one year for each. While at Meredith, Kathleen performed each year at the American College Dance Association, in fall and spring dance concerts, for faculty members, guest artist choreography and in one faculty distinguished lecture. Choreographers she has performed for include: Dr. Sherry Shapiro, Carol Finley, Alyson Colwell-Waber, Eleanor Smith, Lindsey Kelly, Courtney Greer, Michelle Pearson and Ashley Spears. She now works as the dance educator at Falls Lake Academy in Creedmoor, NC, and a private studio teacher at Fabulous Feet Dance Academy in Roxboro, NC. Kathleen has been studying dance technique since the age of four in genres such as jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip-hop, pointe, contemporary and lyrical. She continues to take class keeping her up-to-date and educated through movement. Her passion has always been dance and she is now creating wonderful young dancers and instilling in them the same love of movement and expression through technique, exposure, performance and intellectual learning.