About the Instructors
Stephanie Karen 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 (Dance Instructor) 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 (Tumbling Instructor) Megan’s parents have always told her that she has been in motion since birth. Her mom thought dance would be a great outlet for her energy. At the age of three, Megan started her short career in dance. It did not take long for her to realize dance was not enough motion. After a year of dance, Megan’s mom decided gymnastics might be a better fit. She learn the joys of gymnastics. She started one day a week at the age of five. Very soon it became evident that Megan had found her passion. She begged her mom to go everyday! When she was there she never wanted to leave. Pretty soon she was turning flips all over the house and entertaining her family with stunts. Megan continued in gymnastics through elementary and middle school years. She competed in parallel bars, uneven bars, floor exercise and vault. By this time, Megan had mastered her front flip, back flip, and decided to try out for cheerleading. She cheered for Elm City Middle School for two years. Megan enjoyed cheerleading and wanted to improve her skills, which lead her to join EC Cats competition team her Junior year in High School. They traveled all over North Carolina and Georgia. These were two very exciting and challenging years in my tumbling career. Megan states, “My time at Toe 2 Toe has been a dream come true for me. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with kids and watch them grow. My dream is to make a positive impact.”
Alexa Ringley started her love for dancing at age 3. She grew up in Raleigh, NC where she attended CC and Company Dance Complex under the direction of Christy Curtis. Up until age 12, she also took tumbling and cheer. After a short time of dancing, she knew she wanted to compete. At age 4, she began competing in jazz, tap and hip hop. From attending CC and Company Dance Complex and the Raleigh School of Ballet, she was trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, acro, pointe, musical theater and contemporary. Growing up she was able to work with the best choreographers in the country including Travis Wall and Teddy Forance. In high school, she began helping teach classes at CC and Company Dance Complex. Upon graduation from high school, she left for Greenville, NC to attend East Carolina University. During college she was a member of the ECU club dance team. She just graduated this May from ECU with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and pre-health.