Sonshine Academy, INC., is pleased to announce the hiring of Haley Stone to the Dance Faculty.
Haley recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University. She has been trained to be an organized, passionate, and professional dance teacher and choreographer. In addition, to her "degree training" she has spent the last four years as a student of the Ann Lacey School of American Dance Arts and Management on the Oklahoma City University campus. Haley spent the last two years teaching at a dance studio affiliated with OCU and therefore has extensive experience teaching in the classroom setting. Haley began dancing when she was just a young girl receiving much of her studio training at Sonshine Academy, where she took classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Pointe under the direction of Michelle Knell and Allison D’Auteuil Whitfield. Later she expanded her training at numerous conventions such as OCUNYC, Tremaine, OKLA Dance Connection, For the Love of Dance Winter Workshop, and the Thea Foundation Workshop. For several years Haley was an active member of the award winning competition team Xtreme Dance Force. During that time she traveled regionally and nationally taking home numerous awards. After graduating from Conway High School, where she was a member of the Varsity Dance Team she received a dance scholarship to Oklahoma City University. While studying at OCU, Haley danced in "An Evening with Berlin," an MFA Thesis Performance which was directed by a fellow student and also performed in "Dancing Until the World Ends," a student choreography show.
Miss Stone has valuable experience as a choreographer’s assistant, photographer, assistant costume mistress, and backstage crew member for the American Spirit Dance Company. She also recently became a licensed Zumba instructor and a member of the Zumba Instructor’s Network. Haley’s training and experience will be a tremendous asset to Sonshine Academy as they continue to expand their dance program with the addition of the fourth dance room and many new classes.