Robert is the owner and director of Storytellers Dance Academy, and he is involved in both the recreational and competitive programs. He began dancing at the age of five, and he has trained extensively in the styles of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Musical Theater. While growing up, Robert was regionally and nationally recognized for his dancing, with an emphasis in Tap. He also learned the true value of teamwork and leadership under the guidance of Jennifer Long, another member of our SDA family! He has made appearances on TV shows such as "Little Miss Perfect," "Paula Abdul's Live to Dance," and "So You Think You Can Dance." He has also performed in the Carolina Voices Spring Show, as well as at Belk Corporate events and as the leader for a BECO South flash mob. He began choreographing when he was a junior in high school and fell in love with the creative process. Since then, his choreography has been recognized on both a regional and national level numerous times. In 2012, he decided to open Storytellers Dance Academy with the help and support of his family. He wanted to create a positive, welcoming place where all dancers could come to enjoy themselves while learning to grow through dance. He also recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, specifically with a focus in Marketing. This allows him to make sure SDA is run as well as possible, with open communication with its students and an emphasis on creating the best possible experience for the SDA family. He is incredibly proud of all that the studio has grown since it originally opened, and he can't wait to share with everyone his plans for the future of SDA!
Ms. Jennifer has been dancing since the age of five. She quickly developed a love of dance, music, and especially performing. Growing up, dance taught her many valuable life skills, such as commitment, dedication, perseverance, and teamwork. She began teaching as a way to offset the cost of lessons. This opened up a new world and a whole new passion - sharing the beauty of dance as well as positively impacting the lives of others. For 25 years, she has shared her unique style of teaching with students of all ages and levels. Her students and choreography continue to be recognized on a regional and national level. Ms. Jennifer has earned honors at all levels in many different genres, but specializes in the Petite and Junior levels in Musical Theater, Tap, and Jazz. She also uniquely specializes in Performance Coaching at all age levels. Through it all, her goal is to continue to share her experience, strength, and hope with all her students for another 25 years. Outside of dance, Ms. Jennifer is married and is the proud mother of three sons.
Breanne Horne attended the Columbia Conservatory of Dance in Columbia, South Carolina and performed with the Columbia City Ballet until 2001, when she traveled to continue her ballet training in Winston-Salem at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. During her seven year stint at UNCSA, she realized the fullness of the international dance community through several styles and techniques that were regularly taught and/or brought in through guest teachers. Since graduating, Ms. Horne has performed with several North Carolina-based artists and has created dance for community events and festivals ranging from the Wake County EMS Survivalist Ceremony in Raleigh to the 20th Anniversary Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington. She has also taught in programs for public dance as well as in private conservatories. She continues to teach, perform, and create throughout North Carolina, and she looks forward to her third year as a part of the Storytellers Dance Academy family!