Faculty & Staff

Heather successfully juggles the roles of Director, Choreographer, Teacher and Entrepreneur. As the founder of UCDC, she has had the opportunity to teach thousands of dancers over the last 25 years. Heather began her training in 1976 with Teresa Wilson in South Carolina. Later she attended the Greenville Stage Company where she trained, danced, competed, and performed all over the United States. Heather’s passion for children and dance became a reality at the early age of 20 and now 24 years later, she has one of the most prominent and successful studios in the Southeast. Although she has trained in all areas of dance her entire life, Contemporary Clogging has become her specialty. She teaches and directs UCDC’s competition-clogging teams, and has one of the top clogging programs in the industry. Heather continues her education yearly by traveling extensively throughout the US studying, performing, teaching, and judging at dance and clogging workshops. Her competition dance companies and clogging teams have won thousands of awards both regionally and nationally. Some of her latest accomplishments include; leading her clogging teams to the 2016 CCA 3x National Champion title, 2016 Cadence National title, being named One of the 25’s Most Beautiful Women for Greenville’s Talk Magazine, CCA National All-Pro Director 2011, Top 50 studios on the move in the US by Dance Spirit Magazine, The 2nd most competitive studio in SC by Dancer Magazine, and Upstate Parent 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2016 Family Choice Award. Heather’s drive and passion is for her students, parents, and staff to have the best dance education and facility in the business. Heather’s Motto: “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

In 1993, Upstate Carolina Dance Center opened its doors and Leslie Adams was near the front of the line.  UCDC has been her home for the last nineteen years, and clogging is her passion.  Leslie became a member of the Rising Stars clogging team in 1998, and has worked her way through the clogging teams.  She is currently a proud member of the Elite Stars.  She was a member of the 2004 Overall Junior National Grand Champion Clogging Team & she also won 2010 Senior Miss American Clogger. Leslie was also awarded Clogging Champions of America All Pro Member for 2011, 2012. & 2013. As a student at UCDC she has had an opportunity to train with the most respected clogging instructors in the country including Heather Owens, Blake Bartlett Dunn, Brandon Norris, Shannon South, and Andrew Babbitt.   She is thrilled to be part of the UCDC staff and excited to have the opportunity to share her love for dance and clogging to the next generation.

Blaire started clogging at the young age of four and has never stopped. Since moving to UCDC in 2001, she has worked her way through the clogging teams starting with Rising Stars and still dancing with the Elites. She is currently assistant director for the Challenge Clogging Teams and loves every minute of it. She has trained under some of the industry’s most respected instructors including Andrew Babbitt, Blake Bartlett Dunn, Chip Harrison, Brandon Norris, Heather Owens, and Keegan Crosby. Blaire won the title of Overall Miss American Clogger in 2011 and also won overall talent, interview, and evening gown. She is a member of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Clogging Champions of America All Pro Team and at the 2012 Showdown of Champions, she placed in the top 3 overall females in freestyle solos. She was a member of the 2004 Overall Challenge National Grand Champion Junior Team at the CCA Showdown of Champions. Blaire graduated from Wren High School in 2013. She is excited to share her passion for clogging with kids of all ages.

Angela began her early training in 1977 with Pat Shepherd in North Carolina. From 1988-1990, she attended the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. In 1990 she attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts held at Furman University. From 1990-1992 she danced with the Greenville Ballet and performed in The Nutcracker. In the years following, she was a dancer and choreographer with recording artist Dana Russell. In 1994 she obtained an Associates of Arts degree in Marketing from Greenville Technical College. She was a pre-school/ballet instructor at Harvard Dance Centre until 1998 and became the Director of Dance at West Oak High School in Westminster, SC on a Target 2000 Grant. In 1997 and 1998 she instructed dance at Lakes and Mountains School for the Arts for gifted and talented students through the School District of Pickens County. She was the director for the same program in 1999. Angela was an Artist in Residence in several local schools, teaching dance programs for the public school children in Pickens County.  Angela has been teaching pre-school and ballet at UCDC since 1998. Over the past several years, Angela has attended dance educator workshops with Musicworks Unlimited in Indianapolis and Atlanta, and Rhee Gold’s Dance Life Teacher Conference in Orlando. In addition to teaching dance at UCDC, she is also the office manager. She is married and has two daughters, Alexa and Halle.

Krista began her training at Ballet Spartanburg at the age of 5 where she continued to dance for 11 years. While at Ballet Spartanburg, she competed in a world ballet competition, YAGP, where she placed top 12 in the senior division. She then continued her training at The University of South Carolina ,as a Dance Performance major. She studied under Stacey Calvert, previously a NYCB soloist, Susan Anderson, Kyra Strasberg, & Thaddeus & Tonya Wideman-Davis. While at USC she was given many oppurtunities to dance in many incredible ballets such asa lead in Emeralds, lead in Paquita, lead in Valse Fantasy, corps member in Serenade, Western Symphony, Allegro Briliante, and many more. She has received training from the instructors at Ballet Austin, The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and many more. At the age of 18 she was a guest artist at The Griffin Ballet as snow queen in the Nutcracker. Krista is very excited about being on the staff at UCDC!

Karlee currently resides in Greenville, SC. Karlee has extensive training in all genres of dance and grew up dancing competitively at UCDC for most of her life. Karlee’s resume is too long to list but here are a few of her accomplishments. Her broadway and musical shows include: The Heights, A Chorus Line, Aladdin, The Music Man, Hello Dolly, Thoughly Modern Millie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 42 Street, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, The Nutcracker, and NYE at the Bellagio Lead Dancer. Her film credits include; The Marc Pease Experience, Tuff Love, and Bolden. She has performed in Glee Eposides: The Power of Madonna and Home, ESPN College Game Day, The Hanks Sometimes, Ballroom like the Stars, and Shaun T’s Rocking Body Video. Karlee’s dance training comes from Jackie Sleight, Mark Meismer, Michelle Elkin, Joe Malone, Brooke Lipton, Tabitha and Napelon, Chonique and Lisette, Melissa Miles, Keri LeGrand to name a few. If you would like more info on Karlee you can visit her website www.karleeferreira.com. We are excited to have Karlee here this summer to share of passion and love of dance with our students.

Kimberlee comes to us from Blairstown, New Jersey where she is known for her versatile choreography. She began her serious dance training at the age of 12 when she won her first dance scholarship to Joffrey Ballet in New York. At the age of 15, she received her second scholarship where she attended the Southwest Ballet. She continued to dance with the Beaumont Civic Ballet and the Beaumont Opera in Beaumont, Texas. She was then accepted into Beaumont’s premiere dance company – Jefferson Jazz Ballet. Later she pursued her career in New York where she also found her love for theater. She is currently the choreographer for all shows at The Greenville Little Theatre and co-director of The Southeast Dance Theatre. Many shows to her credit include; NJ Premiere of A Chorus Line and Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Anything Goes, Annie and Oliver. Other credits include the Christmas Spectacular, Oklahoma 1776, My Fair Lady, The Music Man, and many others.

Becky is a former dancer and company member of UCDC. Becky began dancing at the age of 11 under a scholarship at the Greenville Ballet. After dancing and competing for a few years, Becky found her dance home here at UCDC. While a member of the UCDC Senior Company, Becky competed and won numerous Platinum and Gold metals, as well as a scholarship with Tremaine Dance. Becky also trained intensively for three summers in Los Angeles under numerous professional instructors in LA including; Wade Robson, Dan Karaty, Mia Michaels, Doug Caldwell, Mark Meismer, Dave Carter, Jackie Sleight, Tina D’Amato and others at PAC, The Edge, and The Millennium Dance Studio. Her disciplines include Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and more recently, she added clogging to her resume. In high school, Becky was the captain of the EHS dance team and in 2002, her graduating class voted her as the Most Talented female at Easley High School. Upon graduating high school in 2002 Becky moved to Rock Hill, SC where she completed her BS at Winthrop University in Early Intervention. Becky performed in many choreographer showcases while attending Winthrop University, and was also a member of the all girls Winthrop University Cheerleading Squad in 2003. Becky has been on staff with UCDC for 8 years, and has recently taken on the role of Assistant Director, on top of instructing preschoolers and our Upstate Challengers Special Needs group. She is married to Matt Gregg and has a 1-year old son named Chapman.

Preschool associate, Shan has been teaching at UCDC for 20 years. She began studying dance at the age of 4 from LaBruce Heist of Greenville. She has performed in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina with the adult cloggers. She has performed at the National Clogging Convention and competed in competitions all over the southeast. Her former clogging teams won numerous awards including platinums, golds, and first place at nationals. Shan loves working with the mom n tots and the preschool program watching your wonderful children learn and grow. Shan’s greatest accomplishment is her daughter Alexandra who is now taking her 6th year of dance here at UCDC. She is enjoying watching Alexandra’s love for dance grow and is excited for her daughter to experience all of the wonderful opportunities and family here at UCDC.

Adelaide began her clogging career at age 10 here at Upstate Carolina Dance Center where she was a student for nine years and a clogging competition team member for seven years.  She was a member of the 2004 Overall Junior National Grand Champion Team and won numerous other awards with the Shining and Elite Stars.  Adelaide began teaching in 2006 and thoroughly enjoys passing on her expertise and passion for clogging to her students. She is a 2006 graduate of Easley High School and a 2010 graduate of Clemson University.

Kaci currently resides in Easley, SC. Kaci has been dancing for the last 21 years and was a competition dancer for 9 years. Kaci started dancing at UCDC at the age of 14 and continued on the Jazz Company until graduation. Kaci trained under instructors- Kevin Maher, Bobby Newberry, Tovaris, Chonique and Lisette, and Robert Schultz. Kaci was a consistent overall winner throughout her dance competition years, and has much experience in the competition world. She is a very well rounded dancer, but Hip Hop is her strongest discipline and passion. While competing with UCDC, she was chosen as a Hollywood Connection Dancer in which she traveled and assisted the convention staff for 2 years. She also won a Shake the Floor/Break The Floor Scholarship, she was a hall of fame all-star, a part of Starpowers “Power Pak” and she won a pacific coast dance scholarship. Upon Graduation, Kaci moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her passion to dance. While there, she was represented by DDO talent agency and worked under choreographers such as: Brooke Lipton-Glee, Robert Schultz, Chonique Sneed, Lisette Bustamante, Katie Miller, Jason Kalish, Zach Woodlee. She has also performed in Robert Schultz’s carnival piece held at the key club in LA. Upon returning back to SC, she begin teaching at various studios across the upstate, but shortly found her way back to UCDC. Kaci is so excited to be back with her UCDC family and to bring her expertise and love for hip dance with all our students. Kaci is the hip hop team competition director and co-director of the Jazz Companies.

Angela Spake, better known as “A.B.”, has been UCDC’s Front Office Receptionist for the past 4 years. A.B. graduated from Wren High School in 1987. Angela went on to work for Liberty Life Insurance for 18 years until she found her work home here at UCDC. Angela married Glen Spake in January of 2013. She has a 23 year old son-Christopher, a 15 year old daughter-Brooke, and a 13 year old Stepdaughter- Elizabeth. Angela’s daughter Brooke was a part of the UCDC clogging teams for 8 years. In her spare time, A.B. enjoys cheering on the Clemson Tigers!

Carolyn is going on her 16th year at UCDC. She is our studio monitor and maintenance supervisor. Carolyn has become a safe face to parents and students of UCDC- while keeping everything clean, neat, and in working order.

Baylie Weeks has grown up dancing at UCDC. She has been dancing for 16 years and clogging for 14 years. She has been student teaching at UCDC for 8 years. Baylie has taken clogging workshops from the hottest clogging instructors in the nation and performed at the the Hatfeilds and McCoys dinner show. She has competed with the UCDC clogging teams for the past 11 years and has won numerous grand championships, many solo awards, a Grand champion duo title, three titles and the Passion award at the Miss American Clogger Pageant, and last year her team was first and second runner up at the Showdown of Champions. Last year Baylie was named the amateur clogging teams assistant director and gained experience teaching at clogging workshops and choreographing both solos and group routines. She was a member of the CCA All-pro team in 2013 and has served as a mentor to the CCA Youth Leadership Council for the past two years. Baylie is a Freshman at Anderson University, majoring in Interior Design.

Brooke is a full time clogging teacher at  UCDC.  Brooke directs 4 competition clogging teams and teaches all the recreational clogging classes. Brooke was a student at UCDC for many years and clogged on the competition teams. She was a member of the 2004 Overall Junior National Grand Champion Clogging Team.  She graduated from Easley High School in 2004. She then attended Anderson University, where she was crowned Miss Anderson University and won overall talent. She graduated from Anderson in 2008 with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education. Brooke is also married to Travis Williams and has two handsome sons Micah and Kobe, and a beautiful daughter Brooklyn. Brooke loves to teach clogging and share her excitement with her students. She wants all of her students to have the same life changing experience that she has received from clogging!