Maia has been teaching music and dance for more than fifteen years as both a private dance and music instructor and a public school educator, and was a semi-finalist for the Wake County Public School System's Teacher of the Year Award in 2011. Maia earned her B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Music Education from Elon University where she studied as a N.C. Teaching Fellow and Presser Music Scholar. She is fully trained in Facilitative Leadership and Positive Behavior Intervention & Support and is always working to learn more about how to effectively manage her classroom and business for the success of all involved. Maia has also trained extensively in the A+ Schools Program, an arts-integration and multiple intelligences based approach to teaching, learning, and school reform.
A dedicated yoga practitioner in her own life, Maia completed her Children’s Yoga Instructor Certification at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2013. She has performed as a vocalist and dancer throughout Europe and the United States and has shared the stage with the N.C. Symphony, Ben Folds, David Dorfman, Springs Dance Company, elan Vocal Jazz, and many more. When she is not teaching, dancing, or bending, Maia serves as a board member for Pawfect Match Rescue & Rehabilitation, and has been on the leadership team for the Morrisville Innovation Foundation’s East Meets West Festival since 2014. She has a passion for service and giving back to the community and loves sharing this passion, along with her love for teaching and the arts, with her students and the Morrisville community.
Maia's most favorite role in life is being "Mama" to her son, Gunnar, who you'll often see hanging out at the studio! He loves to help clean the floors. check the mail, reorganize the props, and interrupt ALL of her phone conversations.
Caitlyn began her dance journey 18 years ago at Holly Springs School of Dance, studying under several instructors including Open Arts’ very own Ms. Maia. As a student she dreamed of teaching and choreographing works for students of her own one day. She was excited to begin that journey as a dance teacher for the Town of Holly Springs in 2015 and has been a part of the Open Arts Family since 2016.
Caitlyn has worked with many different age groups since becoming a community dance teacher, offering classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She has extensive training in Early Childhood Dance Education and is a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor as well. She strives to maintain a positive and encouraging atmosphere in all of her classes where students feel confident in their individual power to succeed. Her main goal as a dance educator is to teach her students about the power of dance inside yourself and how that impacts the world around you.
With a passion to dance and perform herself, Caitlyn has studied alongside So You Think You Can Dance finalist, Katheryn McCormick, and some of Walt Disney’s master choreographers and performers.
If you find Caitlyn outside of the studio, she will most likely be just that: outside! She enjoys being outdoors on a hike or walk and loves spending time with any furry creature. She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and on the art canvas.
Katie is a Meredith College alumna where she received a degree in Dance Education. She completed her student teaching at Leesville Road High School to earn a K-12 licensure. After graduating from Meredith, Katie long term subbed at Garner High School and served as the Dance Educator at Holly Ridge Middle for two years.
While attending Meredith, Katie was actively involved in the dance program where she served as co-manager of the modern dance company, Meredith Dance Theatre. She was also a member of Meredith Jazz and Tap Company all four years in her college career. Katie also served as President, Vice President and Secretary for the dance honor society, Nu Delta Alpha. She loved to perform and was constantly onstage at every dance performance at Meredith. Katie has been dancing for close to 20 years and now shares her love for dance with her students as a dance teacher. Katie was the recipient of the North Carolina Dance Alliance’s annual event scholarship for three years. Katie has trained under many great dancers and choreographers such as Tyce Diorio, Chris Judd, Dave Scott, Mia Michaels, Brooke Lipton, Carol Finley, Dr. Sherry Shapiro, Alyson Colwell-Waber, Marilyn Chappell and the famous Rockettes. She is a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor.
When Katie is not in the dance studio, she enjoys spending time with her fiance and dogs. She also enjoys baking and cooking. While in college Katie’s apartment was known to always have something baking in the oven.
Katie is so excited to be a part of the Open Arts community! She looks forwards to a great dance season!
Gabby is our resident "Love Your Body" Queen here at Open Arts although you may also find her wrangling baby dancers at Showcase, keeping us organized at Costume time, and building all the props that require a glue gun. She's also the Co-Creator and Director of our Brave Fearless Friends Program. She is passionate about helping young people grow up feeling good about their bodies and all they can accomplish after losing her beloved sister to an eating disorder. She is a low-key expert of all things Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction & she loves mentoring young people through the stickiest parts of life.
Gabby is the proud mom of Open Arts Dancer Olive and her son Evan and everyone's favorite furry studio greeter, Ruby!