Why Choose B.A.D.?

Beaufort Academy of Dance began serving the Beaufort Community as a dance studio dedicated to providing quality dance instruction to its students using a variety of dance genres.  Our highly trained staff is impassioned about dance, and all are qualified to instruct students from 18 months of age through adulthood. 

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BAD StaffHere at Beaufort Academy of Dance we strive to uphold a spirit of excellence. We employ only the best dance instructors, that are trained, and committed to teaching the art of dance. This ensures that your child receives only the very best of quality instruction in their dance lessons. This not only gives them new skills, but will improve the skills they already have. We invite you to meet and learn a little about our instructors & support staff.






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Melissa Derrick aka "Miss Melissa" studied classical ballet in Brasil, South America for over 15 years. She was part of the company group for 5 years at the "Academia de Ballet Lina Penteado"  in Campinas, SP where she traveled in southern Brasil competing nationally. Some of her teachers were Felipe Chepakovich, Ms. Lucina Checchia, Mrs. Maria Silvia de Gennaro, and Ismael Guiser. She has participated in La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and the Little Mermaid. She studied The Royal Ballet School's System Training and also Russian Ballet (Vaganova technique) at the Academia de Ballet Lina Penteado.   

Melissa graduated in Brasil as a Registered Dietitian and moved to the United States in the year 2000. She started teaching Classical Ballet in Beaufort County in the fall of 2005 at Beaufort Academy of Dance. My love is teaching young talented dancers the beauty of ballet and the passion of dancing. Miss Melissa will be "The Ballet School" dance company team leader. 

Marielle Richardson min

Marielle Richardson, Teacher (BIO Coming Soon).









Amber Engle min

Amber Engle, Teacher (BIO Coming Soon)









Laura Dansky min

Laura Dansky, Acrobatics Teacher (BIO Coming Soon).









Cynthia Armstrong2
Cynthia Armstrong, also known as Ms. Cindy, began her dancing career at the age of 3, with her first dance performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Cynthia has studied under Master Teacher -Lynda Gache (former Radio City Music Hall Rockette and Master Teacher for Dance Educators of America) in Long Island, New York; she studied ballet under Robert Christopher, who directed the renowned Long Island Ballet Theatre, as well as Valia Seiskaya (Russian-Based) ballet at the Seiskaya School of Ballet in St. James New York. Cynthia has extensive training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Broadway dance styles. Cynthia has taken numerous Master Training Classes in dance at various locations in New York City. She has also taken Masters Classes with Bill Derrico, Lloyd Cu!breath, the late Gus Giordano, the late Gwen Vernon in New York, and Alonzo King in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as studying Modern Dance. 
In addition to teaching dance, Cynthia is an educator and has been named "Teacher of the Year" with the Beaufort County School District. Moreover, Cynthia serves as an evaluator for in-coming Dance Teachers for the school district. Cynthia holds certifications in New York State and South Carolina in the areas of Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, and Dance Education and is Gifted and Talented Endorsed in SC State. Cynthia started her teaching career in Eastern Suffolk County - Long Island, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts - Dual Degree in Child Study (Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education) from St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York and a Master of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Educational Dance/Movement Science from C.W. Post Long Island University in Brookville, New York. 
Cynthia continued her studies with postgraduate work in Dance Education, from Walden University. Cynthia is a Professional Member of SHAPE - formerly the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), a profressional member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) as well as the New York State Dance Education Association, and a member of the American Association of Dance Instructors. Cynthia is an instructor/choreographer for ballet, tap, and jazz, and has been with Beaufort Academy of Dance since 1997.

Veronica Rosario min
Veronica Rosario, aka "Miss Veronica", started dancing with Beaufort Academy of Dance at the age of 5. She grew up in the studio and her love for dance continued. Veronica choreographed some pieces in high school several years ago and was offered an apprenticeship at Beaufort Academy of Dance. During her 2 years in our apprenticeship, she took master classes and continues her dance education. Veronica has also published a book which can be found in the high school library. Veronica is teaching at our Beaufort and Hampton locations.

Teresa SallemeTeresa Salleme, Assistant Teacher (BIO Coming Soon).

Tess Salleme minTess Salleme, Director's Assistant (BIO Coming Soon).


 Michelle Elliott, Office Assistant (BIO Coming Soon). Michelle Elliott min
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