Special Guest Instructors
2018 Dance Intensive
Maggie grew up in the New Jersey Ballet Company. Her studies expanded to other disciplines while attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Martha Graham and Jose Limon schools in New York City. After receiving her BFA in dance from the Juilliard School and a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, she was asked to join Ailey II which performed all across the United States and the Caribbean. Ms. Pelton had the great honor of being the last female chosen by Alvin Ailey himself to join his first company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre which tours internationally. While living in southern California and now Nashville, Maggie has danced in television commercials and music videos and has gone on to teach, choreograph, and act as a consultant for dance and fitness in various projects. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Belmont and Lipscomb Universities as well as a faculty member of Cookeville Leisure Services School of Dance and the YMCA of Middle TN. She continues to serve as a guest artist teaching master classes and dance workshops nationwide. Maggie is certified in many group fitness disciplines but her passion lies with Zumba and Dance Blast. She is kept very busy at home with her children Jonah 16, Levi 15 and Mikyah 12.
Ballet and Contemporary
Nashville Ballet Dancer
Mollie Sansone began her ballet training with Melissa Hale-Coyle, Claudia Folts, Lisa Leone, Rebecca and Daniel Wiley, and Maniya Barredo. She also studied at the Joffrey Midwest Workshop, the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, and Atlanta Ballet. Mollie joined Nashville Ballet in 2004 and has performed works by renowned choreographers such as Paul Vasterling, Jirí Kylián, George Balanchine, Christopher Bruce, Salvatore Aiello, Gina Patterson, Stephen Mills, and Christopher Stuart. Some of Mollie’s feature roles include Juliet in Vasterling’s Romeo & Juliet, Lizzie in Vasterling’s Lizzie Borden, Lady Macbeth in Vasterling’s Macbeth, The Chosen One in Aiello’s Right of Spring, Wendy in Vasterling’s Peter Pan, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Vasterling’s Nashville’s Nutcracker. Mollie danced with MOTION Dance Theater for several summers, where she performed original works choreographed by Nick Kepley, Gabrielle Lamb, and James Gregg. She has also performed the role of Louise in Carousel with the Asheville Lyric Opera, and West Side Story with Nashville’s Studio Tenn. Mollie was the 2013 recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission.