Constance Stamatiou began her dance training at Pat Hall’s Dance Unlimited and North Carolina Dance Theatre. In May 2002, she graduated from Northwest School of the Arts and studied at SUNY Purchase before becoming a fellowship student at The Ailey School. In 2009, Ms. Stamatiou received the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts, which is awarded to exceptionally talented and promising artists. She performed at the White House Tribute to Judith Jamison, guest appeared on Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, featured dancer for film Bolden! Ms. Stamatiou was a member of Ailey ll, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and performed for Dance Grand Moultrie and Caroline Calouche & CO.
After I left Northwest, I graduated from William A. Hough High School and then The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelors of the Arts in Exercise and Sports Science. Due in part to inspiration from my time with a spinal stress fracture at Northwest, I plan to pursue Physical Therapy school and help other people get back to doing what they love.
Since high school, I have choreographed 3 musicals, taught dance to elementary school students in an underprivileged area of Durham and became an alum of one of the most amazing organizations at UNC. At UNC I joined Blank Canvas Dance Company, an all-level, all-style company that teaches and encourages everyone to dance. I served as both Treasurer and Vice President of Choreography for this 300 dance company and choreographed 5 times for dancers of all levels. The piece I am most proud of, and the piece I won the Spring 2016 Choreographer Award for was called “Jungle” and focused on the struggles of mental health, as well as the people who helped loved ones stay strong through their tough times. I wanted everyone to know that they have someone that is willing to help them, someone who will catch them when they fall (View piece).
Dance has continually given me incredible new friends, an outlet to express myself and a safe haven from all of the chaos going on in the world. Although I left Northwest before graduation, it was a vital part of what made me the dancer I am today. Any NWSA alum who has seen me dance can pick out my choreography from a show without a program and name the NWSA teacher I learned that technique from. I hope that as a prospective student you can read this and know that you can come to Northwest and they will make you great. A great dancer, great performer, and great individual.
Willie Smith III a native of Charlotte, NC began his training at the age of ten at Weir Dancing Inc and numerous other intensives such as Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Philadanco, and International Ballet Classique. After graduating with honors from Northwest School of the Arts he continued his education and training at The University of the Arts. Willie graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Willie was a member of Eleone Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and is currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Willie has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Noir, Waheed Works, Ballet Folkloric Di’Haiti, Collage Dance Collective, and on Americas Got Talent. He has also assisted several major choreographers such as Desmond Richardson, Troy Powell, Ray Mercer and Camille A. Brown.
I am currently at junior at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I am also in the middle of rehearsals for Merce Cunningham’s Change of Address. While also balancing an 18 credit hour semester, I am a Resident Assistant for a dorm hall here at the school of the arts. With that, I am not only growing as an artist but as a human being; learning a great deal of time management and responsibilities. NWSA Dance Department has given me the skills that I use in everyday life. Some of those skills include never marking, always willing to step outside of my comfort zone, and the ability to take correction well. After several conversations with each faculty members of the NWSA’s DAB, I knew I was ready to be a college dance major. What I appreciate most about the NWSA was that no matter how far I go.. it’s always home!