BDC Spring Concert companies 2019

Betsy Walker, Owner

Ballet Companies, Pointe Variations, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap Classes

BDC trains dancers in classical ballet, inspires a love of dance, promotes excellence based on the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, respect, love, and responsibility in a nurturing environment.
Burlington Dance Center is Burlington NC’s Premiere Ballet Studio, serving Alamance County, Burlington, and Graham, North Carolina.

ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

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Our Teachers

Betsy Walker


Betsy Walker grew up studying dance in her mother’s studio in Wilson, North Carolina. Before graduation from high school, she spent her summers studying ballet, modern, flamenco, jazz and Bharata Natyam in Bar Harbor, Maine and Estoril, Portugal. During these summers, she studied with Madame Hilda Butsova, George Zoritch, Anna Marie and David Holmes, Murray Lewis, Luis Montero and Nala Najan.

Christine "Cricket" Foster


Christine “Cricket” Foster started her dance training at 8 years old. She danced with the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre in Maryland. She loved dancing in many Nutcracker productions as she grew up in her studio. One of her most memorable roles as a child was Small Alice in Alice in Wonderland in The Baltimore Ballet (Professional).

Essence Shoffner


Essence Shoffner, from Liberty, NC, began dancing at the age of three in Burlington, NC. She trained in various styles of dance, such as African, Ballet,  Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern. Essence continued her passion for dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Fall of 2015. 


Juliana Gagliano


Burlington Dance Center welcomes Juliana Gagliano. Juliana will be teaching Ballet to ages 3-7 on our 2020-2021 season.

Juliana, from Jamestown NC, began dancing at 14 as a part of a private liturgical dance group.

Tara Rooks


Burlington Dance Center welcomes Tara Rooks. Tara will begin teaching Acro, Jazz, and Tap in our 2020-2021 season.

Tara Rooks is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2019 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance.

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