Barbara English, Owner, Ballet Mistress,
& Creative Director
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
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.
Oxaly Barreto, Instructor
Bio coming soon!
Kiersten Rist, Instructor
Kiersten grew up dancing with Andrew and Merry Kuharsky at Greenville Ballet, before attending the Fine Arts Center under Jan Woodard. She then graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities, where she studied under Josee Garant, Irina Ushakova, Miriam Mesa Pelly, and Thomas Shoemaker. She attended summer intensives with Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street, Lar Lubovich, The Rock School of Dance Education, and Arts Umbrella. Kiersten attended Purchase College, where she studied dance in their Conservatory of Dance. In the Fall of 2019, she studied abroad at the Western Australian Academy for the Performing Arts (WAAPA), in Perth, Australia. In the Fall of 2020, Kiersten was set to begin a 2-year program with Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, Cananda.
Deidre Whitwell, Instructor
Picture & Bio
Tabitha Murphy, Office Manager
Tabitha “Tab” Murphy is a married mother of 4. She has a diploma in Early Childhood Development and a certificate in Child Care Management from Greenville Technical College. She has a background in musical theater, theater production, & performance choirs. Tab, along with her husband Lee, homeschools their children and is a part-time caretaker to her nephew and special needs niece. Her oldest daughter started dance classes at English Theatre Arts in 2016 and joined the Company the following year. Tab quickly became an involved parent volunteer helping with the Nutcracker Tea production and heading up props for the year-end Recital productions. Since then her younger daughter and nephew have joined ETA’s Company. In 2019 Tab officially became part of the English Theatre Arts team as the office and account manager. She assists parents and staff in any way possible while maintaining daily operational duties.