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.
Patience Paul, Competition 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 competition team member and won many awards, including overalls, high platinum's, 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 Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Dwight Rhoden from Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
After dancing 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 and outreach programs and masterclasses 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 at Vaughn Newman Dance and is a certified teacher in Giordano Jazz Technique.
Stephanie Cureton, Competition Manager
Stephanie's passion for dance was sparked at the age of 3 in Fort Knox, KY. After moving back to Greenville, SC she started her training with Barbara English at English Theatre Arts. She graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities in the dance pre-professional program. While there she studied ballet, pointe, and modern under the direction of Llyod Whitmore, Irina Ushakova, and Stanislav Issaev. She then went on to receive her BA in dance/psychology from Agnes Scott College. While there she studied Ballet, Martha Graham Modern Technique, Jazz, and Labanotation under Bridget Roosa. Not only did she perform in Studio Dance Theatre, the school's dance company, she also choreographed several pieces for the company. She has choreographed and performed for local projects both in Atlanta and Greenville. Currently. She teaches in a variety of places throughout Greenville county while also being a freelance performer and choreographer. In the future, she plans to pursue Graduate school with a master's in dance and physical therapy.
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.
Kamariana Jordan, Instructor
Kamariana is a twenty-year-old from Greenville South Carolina. She began her formal Ballet training With English Theatre Arts in 2014. She also trained at the Fine Arts Center of Greenville SC. During her time at ETA she competed successfully in ballet and commercial competition earning the highest-scoring entree Award. Kamariana was invited to study with many programs including Ballet West, and The Governors School for the Arts and Humanities. She has attended the University of South Carolina summer dance program as well as the Dance Theatre of Harlem summer program. Kamariana was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet’s pre-professional trainee program in 2017. To further her dance education she spent her first year of college at the University of South Carolina dance program. Soon after she began her professional career with Columbia City Ballet in fall 2019. She will continue her career this fall when she dances with Ballet Spartanburg in their professional company.