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Piano, Flute, Guitar
Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical
>Music, Acting & Art
Voice, Musical Theater
Guitar, Guitar Ensemble
Ruth “Bootsie” Campbell
Julie CarrierMiss Julie began her dance career when she was three in St. Louis, Missouri. Her love of the art continued throughout her life, culminating in her decision to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wyoming. Julie has danced in many venues across the country, including Chicago and New York, and with many legendary dancers and dance companies including Peter Pucci, Jay Franke, the Martha Graham Dancers and the American Repertory Dance Company. In addition to her professional dance career, Julie has choreographed The Unsinkable Molly Brown and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, among others. She was voted best choreographer by students and faculty alike in her senior year at the University of Wyoming, as well as best dancer. Her choreography consistently earns top scores and places her dances among the Top 10 in their divisions at competitions. Additionally, Julie was a cheerleader/dance squad member all through junior high, high school and college. Julie was chosen to represent the U.S. on the Superstar Performance Team, traveling to Ireland. Her goal is to bring her variety of knowledge and joy of dance into their lives so they may experience a well-rounded fine arts education.
Theresa ByrneTheresa has had a love for dancing since she was a little girl. Her formal training started at age 12. She excelled in multiple disciplines and was awarded a full scholarship to her dance school several years in a row. The foundation she was given allowed her to represent her school through their performance company. She has had the privilege to train under world renowned choreographers through various dance conventions such as Tremaine, NYCDA, and Dupree as well as private studio workshops that were by invitation only. Performing has always been one of Theresa’s favorite things to do. In addition to competitions and community performances, she has had the privilege to perform multiple roles in the Nutcracker and as a dancer for a dinner theater show with a local production. Theresa has had the privilege of teaching dance since she was 16 years old. She is excited for the opportunity to impart her knowledge, experience and love for dance with the students at Time To Shine.
Kathy MessickKathy started her dance career at the young age of 2½ at Dorothy Warren Willard School of Dance in Jacksonville, Florida. She was always an active young girl so her mother thought it would be great to put that energy into something she’d do for the rest of her life. She loves all forms of dance but her favorites are tap and acrobatics. She was a part of the Bambi Phillips Dancers, competed in Miss Dance of Florida, and Showstopper. She has performed in productions of Nutcracker and Pagliacci as well as over 40 years of recitals. Kathy has attended multiple workshops by DMA, ADA as well as those taught by the amazing Al Gilbert and Anthony LoCasio. She also recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to dance with the Rockettes in New York City. As she says, “Dance is my passion so let’s get tapping!”
Christy RossMiss Christy has extensive professional ballet and modern performance and teaching experience. She is originally from Oak Harbor, Washington but her professional career was centered in the Midwest. She has trained with internationally renowned teachers and choreographers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais companies, among many others. She has danced with Grand Rapids Ballet, Aerial Dance Theatre, Detroit Dance Collective, Contemporary Motions and the University of Iowa’s professional touring company. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, she had the honor of performing in George Balanchine’s “Stars & Stripes” and the privilege of working under Balanchine ballerina Jillana as she staged the choreography. In addition to extensive private studio teaching experience, she has taught ballet as adjunct faculty for Oakland University (Rochester Hills, MI) and Oakland Community College (Royal Oak, MI) as well as summer faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Her choreography was selected to be showcased at the Mid-States Regional Ballet Festival and the American College Dance Festival and she was given Hope College’s Florence Cavanaugh Award for Outstanding Dance Student. Her recent choreography has helped her students earned Top 10 placement in their solos at competitions. Her passion for teaching comes from cultivating the individual potential in each student while helping them understand the rich tradition and history of dance that has come before them.
Carol BishopCarol has a B.S. in Music Education from Minot State University in North Dakota. She has taught band, elementary music and general music in public schools in North Dakota, Texas and Kansas, but prefers to teach private lessons. Even when she has had full-time positions in the corporate world, she has always given piano lessons on the side. In 1998 she began teaching piano on a full-time basis. Many students who have started piano in kindergarten with Miss Carol stopped only when they graduated high school! And it is quite clear just how nice and likeable she is as a person as she was named the “Kindest Woman of Dodge City, Kansas.”! Many of her students have placed high in various festivals and competitions throughout the years.
Carrie RogersCarrie Rogers taught musical theater, dance and voice at the Performing Arts School at the NUMC and in the Navarre Youth Haywire Disaster Choir community arts program for 5 years. She studied musical theater, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and tap at the Orange School for the Performing Arts in Orange County, VA for 6 years and was awarded a scholarship to Northwest Florida State College in 2008 for Music and Dance. She performed with various groups through the Mattie Kelly Art's Foundation in the United States, France, and Italy. She has volunteered and headed various arts and community building programs for the past 7 years. Carrie was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies with a Minor in Women's Studies from University of West Florida in 2014 and is currently a lead vocalist and composer/song writer in a band that tours the United States.
Katie DiamondKatie was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. She began her musical career in 2nd grade at Pensacola Christian Academy where she began playing flute and has kept with it ever since. She learned guitar during her freshman year of high school and went on to play the following year in the Jazz Band. Her junior year, Katie’s band director needed new baritone players for the concert season whereupon Katie immediately volunteered. She couldn’t pass up the free lessons, and played the baritone through her senior year. She was a member of Escambia High School’s Indoor Percussion Ensemble, the Diamonds, as not only a percussionist, but a dancer as well for three years. She has also participated in several other honor bands and ensembles throughout her academic career such as the Troy Honor Band, the All-County High School Band, PSC Woodwind Quintet, and also continues to play in the orchestra for the musicals at PSC. Katie is currently a Music Education major at Pensacola State College, majoring in flute under the direction of Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s Bethany Wood, with a minor in piano. She is continuing her education at the University of West Florida after obtaining her A.A. degree.
Ryan EtheredgeRyan was born in Warm Springs, Georgia but was raised in the small town of Brewton, Alabama. At the age of 12, in the summer of 2005, he moved to Pensacola and in the first few months was taking guitar lessons and has been playing ever since. While earning his A.A. degree for music from Pensacola State College, he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a recipient of the Donna Fassett Scholarship. He recently earned the Scholastic Achievement Award for maintaining a 3.9 GPA throughout his degree. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree for Classical Guitar at the University of West Florida under the direction of Dr. Joseph Stallings. For almost 6 years, Ryan has played bass, rhythm, and currently lead guitar for the Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church worship band. He was the guitarist his sophomore through senior year for the Escambia High School Jazz Band and was the first guitarist for Escambia’s Indoor Drumline, “The Diamonds,” his senior year. He has played in the pit orchestra at P.S.C. for the recent musical productions of Big, Jesus Christ Superstar,and Zombie Prom. Ryan enjoys playing a wide range of music with his early primary influences being in blues and jazz. However, since becoming a Classical Guitar student, most of his studies have been focused towards building his classical repertoire in aims of one day earning a Master’s degree.
Lisa HilliardSoprano Lisa Hilliard has performed and recorded with legendary conductor Robert Shaw throughout Europe and at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Atlanta Symphony Hall. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and the New York Choral Society and has been a featured soloist in concerts at the Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Lisa has enjoyed the unique opportunity of singing the soprano solos in the world premiere of two newly-commissioned Requiems performed in Atlanta. A native of Atlanta now living in Santa Rosa County, Miss Lisa was honored to sing the National Anthem for President Bush’s first appearance at the Pensacola Civic Center. Locally, she has performed with Pensacola Opera and as a soloist with the Pensacola Choral Society and the Gulf Coast Chorale. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, where she attended on voice and piano scholarships.
Frances MichaelsCurrently a member of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra since 1986, Miss Frances brings us a wealth of experience. She holds a B.M. in Music Education & Music Therapy from Loyola University, as well as her M.A. in Psychology from University of West Florida. She is originally from Miami and has been teaching violin for a number of years in Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, including being the Thibodaux, Louisiana middle schools string class director and director of the Brownsville Arts & Sciences Academy orchestra. She recorded her own CD of music, including several of her own original compositions. In addition to classical violin, she is proficient at fiddling and brings great versatility to her teaching. She received Suzuki method teacher training from Doris Hansen, who trained directly with Suzuki himself in Japan.
Lindy BrownLindy is originally from the shores of Lake Michigan. She moved to Pensacola to attend The University of West Florida where she earned a B.A. in English, Creative Writing with courses in computer design and education. Her musical skills began to develop in middle school where she played saxophone and later the clarinet. In these teen years, she also taught herself to play the guitar and piano and then continued her training with various musicians including Sewell Griffith, Mike Potters, Tanya Gallagher, Gary Hodges, Gary Seaman, and others. She has used her passion for music to perform in musicals, worship chorus, The Choral Society of Pensacola, and to lead small group worship. Lindy has always had a strong interest in technology and has worked in church sound and recording. She also enjoys writing her own music, taking photos, growing tea and is an avid wind surfer and paddle boarder, and even owns her own surf/SUP rental concession on Pensacola Beach with her husband. Her vision is to help train up another generation of creatives who will use media and performing arts to become world changers.
Tanya WesterkomTanya Westerkom’s love of art began at an early age alongside her sister. Born into an artistic family (grandmother and mother are painters), she developed her talents during her formative years with a autodidactic approach. Tanya attended Florida State University where she minored in Art, and has worked as a freelance designer for four years. She and her sister, Lidia, were co-owners of Tee and Lee Designs, which specialized in a variety of artistic activities, from designing, painting and printing artwork and stationery to face painting at local events like Mardi Gras and the Sertoma July 4th celebrations. Tanya is excited to bring her love of all things Art to the classroom, and encourage a passion for Art in the children of Pace and surrounding areas.
Ruth “Bootsie” CampbellRuth “Bootsie” Campbell was born and raised inSt. Louis, Missouri and her claim to fame was that she, along with the help of God and over 50 agents, created the #1 Century 21 Company in the entire State of Missouri, holding that position for over SEVEN YEARS.She is the proud parent of Julie Carrier and grandmother to Ashley Ruth. After years in the punishing frozen tundra of Wyoming where they ran a successful dude ranch, she and her faithful husband, Wayne (“Pard”), decided to semi-retire and become snowbirds, bringing their 45 horses, dogs and cats back and forth to Florida. However, after Hurricane Ivan, they thought it best to settle in one place and remained here in Milton. Between the two of them, they have been blessed to be at the helm of several extremely successful (and quite varied) businesses through the years. They are proud to be the head of the newest and most exciting arts enterprise in the greater Pensacola area!
Stacy GriceStacy Grice was born in Tacoma, Washington. Shortly after she was born her father enlisted in the Air Force and the family began the journey of moving to a new place every three years. She lived in California and Germany until her father was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base and the family moved to Niceville, FL. This is where they stayed until Stacy graduated from Niceville High School in 1995. She went to college at Troy University on an athletic scholarship despite never playing a sport in her life. She worked in the Sports Information Department at Troy compiling stats from all sports and working closely with their marketing department. Convinced that this what she wanted to do in her life she pursued a degree in Journalism, but not willing to let go of her dream of possibly teaching one day she also majored in English. It was in the Sports Information Department that she met her husband Brad who was pursuing a Master’s in Education after a career in newspaper publishing. After college the newly married couple moved to Mississippi to work at a small newspaper in an even smaller town. Eventually Brad got the job he had been looking for as a basketball coach and teacher in Cottondale, FL, and Stacy took a job at the Panama City News Herald. It was here that she truly began to learn and love graphic design. But the call and desire to be a teacher never died, and when the opportunity came to become a teacher she jumped at it. Eventually God worked His magic and Stacy now gets to teach part of the day and stretch her graphic design skills by advising one of the top-ranked middle school yearbooks in the country at Sims Middle School. God has also blessed her with two wonderful children – Trey and Emileigh. Emileigh’s love of dance is what led Stacy to our family here at Time to Shine! where she now lends her graphic eye to enhance all of our printed materials and our image in the community.
Liz DickensMiss Liz began her dance training at age 3. She has spent 20 years in the dance world training in multiple styles. She spent the first few of those years on competition teams, attending multiple competitions and conventions including Showstopper, I Love Dance, Tremaine, and Dancemakers. At age 8, her family moved to the Pensacola area and she spent several years at Northwest Florida Ballet. While there she performed in several productions including the Nutcracker and Cinderella. Later she went back to competing and spent a year on the Pensacola Junior College (now PSC) dance team, although ballet remains her favorite discipline. Miss Liz is so excited to be a part of the Time to Shine family.
Julia RayJulia, originally from the Tampa Bay area, started her dance training at age 3. She studied ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and acrobatics, but ballet was always her first love. At age 11, she began performing with the Brandon Ballet, whom she trained with until graduating from high school. Julia then went on to study dance at the University of Alabama. While at UA she performed with the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre in classical, contemporary, and modern works. She also choreographed for and performed in student produced shows with Dance Alabama. During summers she participated as a counselor at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive. After graduation, Julia returned home to perform as a professional artist with Brandon Ballet, performing soloist roles in Dracula, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, and Aladdin. During this time she began teaching dance in preschools and studios. She recently moved to Milton and is very excited to join the Time to Shine family!