About the Instructors
Stephanie Stancil (Artistic Director) is the daughter of Steve and Karen Stancil and has lived her entire life in Wilson, N.C. Her love of dancing began at a very young age. She started taking dance at 3 years of age and continued for 15 years through high school. Stephanie took classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe.
She attended Fike High School where she participated in Ensemble under the instruction of Kathy Sherrod. Stephanie was asked to help choreograph for the dancing pieces. During her Senior year, Stephanie and her friend Heather Davis, performed a Ballet during the spring chorus concert. Also during high school, she joined the cheerleading squad for all four years. During her Sophmore year, Stephanie was captain of the squad and taught them a dance that she learned from her competition squad, East Carolina Cheer Academy in Rocky Mount, NC. She was a member of East Carolina Cheer Academy for a year. Stephanie graduated from Fike High School in May of 2003.
In the fall of 2003 she attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. During her four years at UNCW, Stephanie studied dance under the instruction of Nancy Carson. While living in Wilmington Stephanie was an active member and performed in a number of productions for the Dance Cooperative of Wilmington as well as the North Carolina Dance Festival. Upon completing her College education with a Batchlor of Science in Business Management and a minor in Spanish, Stephanie has returned home to teach her love of dance.
Since she has graduated, Stephanie has attended a teacher’s training in New York City, NY with the American Ballet Theater where she was trained in Classical Ballet under the National Teacher’s Training Curriculum. While in NYC she took assorted dance classes at Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center, Jeoffrey Ballet, Ballet East Academy, and Steps. Along with the many other trainings, Stephanie has become a certified level 1 and 2 Zumba instructor, certified Yoga instructor, Certified Pilates Instructor, and takes all types of dance classes on a regular basis to further her education.
Toe 2 Toe Dance, LLC was established in August of 2008. In December of 2010, Stephanie choreographed for the Wilson community the Ballet, “The Nutcracker”. This Christmas time performance is an annual fundraiser for a local non-profit that aids in child development. In 2012, T2T attended their first compeitions. Stephanie’s choreography has won awards at multiple competitions.
Holly Leanne Alligood is the daughter of Major Alligood and Robin Alligood and was raised in Washington, NC. She began dancing at four years old and has studied predominately in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, and tap with some training in hip-hop and pointe.
Holly graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Business Administration in May 2015. While at ECU, she was taught from instructors such as Galina Panova (ballet/ pointe), Tommi Galaska (jazz), John Dixon (modern /improvisation/ choreography), Teal Darkenwald (ballet/ contemporary), and Patti Weeks (modern/ dance history). During her freshman year, Holly was chosen to perform with David Dorfman Dance in their piece called A Funky Little Prelude. She was able to perform in countless shows while at ECU including: Dance 2012, Dance 2014, Dance @ Wright, Random Acts, Contemporary Concert, Senior Choreography Concerts, other student choreography works, at the Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro, and at the Art Museum in Raleigh.
For three years at ECU, Holly was a part of East Carolina Dance Association and was the Senior Class Representative for the 2014-2015 school year. With this organization, she was able to volunteer within the community, such as at the Maynard Children’s Hospital and within the dance program itself helping set up auditions, Day of Dance, etc. She has taught at ECU’s Day of Dance and ECU’s Summer Jazz Dance Intensive. Holly has had the opportunity to attend a week-long intensive at ECU with members of Koresh Dance Company from Philadelphia and at Inaside Dance in Chicago after graduation. Holly is excited to be a member of Toe 2 Toe Dance and to be able to share her love of dance with others.
Holly has performed in the Nutcracker Ballet. She has also received awards for her choreography at multiple dance competitions. The summer of 2016, Holly will be living in NYC as a chaperone for the Jeoffrey Ballet.
Megan Pate Barrett