Barbara English, Owner
Barbara English is originally from Liverpool, England, and moved to this area 25 years ago. Barbara started dancing with her Aunt at age four, and it has been her passion ever since. She has been teaching dance for 30 years, and has worked with many studios in the area. The curriculum she mainly teaches is from the IDTA curriculum. She was the ballet teacher for 12 years in the after school enrichment program at Stone Academy of Communication Arts. Many of her students have gone on to study dance at the Governor’s School and then to College or to Major Dance Companies. Barbara is currently the owner of English Theatre Arts.
Stephanie Cureton, Director/ Instructor
Even though Stephanie Cureton was born in Greenville, SC, her passion for dancing was sparked at the age of 3 in Fort Knox, KY. After moving back to Greenville she started my ballet training with Barbara English which lead her to the SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities. While there she studied ballet, pointe, and modern under the direction of Lloyd Whitmore, Irina Ushakova, and Stanislav Issaev. She continued her studies of dance at Agnes Scott College graduating with a BA in dance/psychology. There she studied with guest artist such as Sean Curran, Christian Clark, Armando Luna, and Odette Blum. Under the direction of Bridget Roosa, she became certificated in Elementary Labanotation and had several original works showcased. While her heart still lies with teaching,she also a freelance performer and choreographer. At English Theatre Arts, she currently instruct all levels in Ballet, Pointe, and Contemporary, as well as co-direct the Performing Company.
Patience Hunter, Director/ Instructor
Patience started dancing at the age of six at her local competitive studio. During her 10 years as a competitive dancer, she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-hop, Lyrical, Tap, and Ballroom. She was a member of the competition team, and won many awards including overalls, high platinums, judges choice awards, precision awards, and many others.
Patience attended The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where she studied Ballet, Pointe, and Modern under the direction of Lloyd Whitmore, Irina Ushakova, and Stanislav Issaev. She has also done work with International Ballet, and Ballet Spartanburg. At the age of 16, Patience joined the Carolina Ballet Theatre as a part of their professional ballet company where she trained under Hernan Justo and Anita Pacylowski-Justo. While at the ballet company, she also got to work with Alanzo King from Alazo King Lines Ballet, and Dwight Rhoden from Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
After being with the ballet company for several years, Patience started traveling as a dance competition photographer. During this time, she was able to take classes at dance competitions and conventions, including Star Systems, Open Call, and The Pulse. Patience has taught at multiple dance studios across the upstate, as well as outreach programs and master classes, and has won several choreography and teaching awards.
At English Theatre Arts, she is a resident choreographer, instructor, and Co-director of the Performing Company. She is also currently a professional company member of Vaughn Newman Dance.
Samuel Painter, Instructor
Samuel Painter received his training under Barbara English at English Theatre Arts. Where he performed multiple principal roles in the English Theatre Arts performing Company. Such as the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake, the pas de deux from flower festival, and many other original contemporary roles. He’s been accepted into multiple world class summer intensives such as Juilliard, Alonzo King Lines, and San Francisco Ballet. In 2016 he attended the Chautauqua Institution on full scholarship to train under Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre-Bonnefoux. While at Chautauqua his original ballet “the village of broken people” was selected to not only be showcased in the choreography workshop, but he was also interviewed for a piece done about his choreography in the Chautauquan daily. In 2017-2018 he went on to study for a semester at The University of North Carolina School Of The Arts under Brenda Daniels & Susan Jaffe. That spring he moved to Chicago to dance under Alexandra Wells director of the pre-professional program of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & spring board dance Montreal. He is currently a resident choreographer and teacher at English Theatre Arts.