Faculty

 

These directors and teachers are highly trained professional performers who are commited to the individualized care of each student, while nurturing a supportive group environment. 

Grace VandeWaa (Studio Director)

 

Grace is originally from Zeeland, MI where she learned to dance, sing, and act at her public high school. She fell in love with the performing arts and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree at the University of Alabama in Dance and Theatre where she was a Presidential Scholar. Throughout college she performed in various capacities including as Dance Captain for Theatre Tuscaloosa, Agnes in the play She Kills Monsters, lead in an award-winning short film Dance Macabre, and too many dance productions to count as both dancer and choreographer. Grace also had the privilege to study dance and Shakespeare for four months at the University of Roehampton in London, UK. Other professional credits include projects in Grand Rapids MI, Sanspointe Dance Company in Birmingham AL, and Legends In Concert based in Las Vegas NV.

Grace began teaching at 16 years old and never stopped. She has experience teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theatre, tap, contemporary, and modern. As a choreographer, Grace has worked with students of all ages and abilities and finds so much joy in helping create something that can bring joy to both the students and their parents. She is overjoyed to share her love for the performing arts with the Once Upon a Ballet and Musical Theater Center community!

Molly Wiley (Ballet, Acting, Musical Theater)

Molly is very happy to work and play with Once Upon A Ballet! Molly began her studies in Musical Theatre at James Madison University, but graduated from Brenau University/The Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Recently she has worked with companies like The Legacy Theatre (GODSPELL), The Wallace Buice Theatre Co. (PARADE, A BING CROSBY CHRISTMAS), and OnStage Atlanta (HEATHERS)!  When she’s not with her ballet gals- she’s teaching piano and voice lessons. You can follow her adventures at: mollywiley.com

Caroline (Ballet, Acting, Musical Theater)

Caroline has been dancing and preforming her whole life and is so excited to be teaching with Once Upon a Ballet & Musical Theater Center where she got her start! Caroline is a senior at Holy Innocents Episcopal School. Anytime she is not at school she is dancing. She has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, and acrobatics.