Our Dance Instructors
Our highly qualified instructors are dedicated to instilling the love of dance in each child by teaching with loving encouragement. We strive to be a positive influence through our age-appropriate music, costumes & choreography.
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Mindy Kluttz ~ Instructor
Ms. Mindy began her dance training at the age of 3 at Miss Donna's School of Dance in Charlotte, NC. She later moved to Dance Trap where she studied Tap, Jazz, Pointe and Acrobatics. She has been teaching Acrobatics for Dance Trap for the past 15 years. She is currently teaching all levels of Acrobatics. Mindy resides in Locust with her husband, Trent and two children, Bailey (17) and Tessa (16).
Lauren Elliott ~ Owner/Director/Instructor
Ms. Lauren began dancing at the age of 2 at Miss Donna's School of Dance in Charlotte, NC. She moved to the Mt. Pleasant area and began her training under the instruction of Terry Earnhardt (previous owner and founder of Dance Trap) in 1987. She studied Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Lyrical and was also a Trapette for 4 years. She went on to further her dance education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she minored in dance and majored in psychology, specializing in child psychology. She taught at Dance Trap for 2 years before purchasing it in June of 1998. She feels very blessed to have combined her passion for dance with her love for children as a career. Lauren currently resides in the Mt. Pleasant area with her husband, Jim and 2 daughters, Ragan (17) and Anna Claire (15).
Tara Henry~ Instructor
Tara received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from UNCC. She has more than 20 years experience in teaching gymnastics as well as 15+ years teaching preschool through elementary aged children. She enjoys music, dancing, basketball, racing, the beach, gardening and eating! She is married and has 2 children.
Building Confidence Through Dance For MOre Than 32 years!!
Mackenzie Loudin ~ Instructor
Ms. Mackenzie started dancing at the age of 2. She began dancing at Let's Dance in Kannapolis, NC and moved to Dance Trap when she was 12. She studied Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. She was a member of the Competition Team for 11 years and was also a Trapette for 4 years. She was a Concord High School Cheerleader for four years. Mackenzie is currently working as a Cosmetologist. She has been teaching Jazz, Acrobatics & Lyrical for Dance Trap for 5 years. She will be getting married next year to her fiancé', David, and has 2 dogs, Walter & Wrigley.
Heather Freire ~ Instructor
Ms. Heather recently moved to Charlotte from Los Angeles, where she resided for 5 1/2 years exploring her horizons with dance on the west coast. She has been dancing for 28 years and received her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree from Oklahoma City University in 2003. Heather has danced and choreographed with multiple companies including the Joseph Allen Decker Dance Co., Deborah Brockus Project Dance Co., Kybele Dance Co., and The Illinois Ballet to name a few. She has also worked with Holland America Cruise Line, where she was Dance Captain as well as a featured dancer, traveling throughout Hawaii and Alaska, East/West Caribbean, and Panama Canal. She has performed in Sydney, Australia and Beijing, China as well.
Heather has had an extensive amount of dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Partnering, Swing, and Hip Hop. She has enhanced her training by attending workshops with the infamous Donald O’Connor, Leonard Reed, Rhonda Miller, Dana Michaels, Debbi Dee, and Scott Benson.
While attending OCU, she helped create A Chance to Dance program that emphasized dance movement as an outlet for emotionally disturbed children in the St. Anthony’s Hospital Children’s ward in Oklahoma City. She was also a dancer for UNICEF with choreographer June Taylor and special guests Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli.
She has been teaching at Dance Trap for 4 years. She currently resides in Charlotte with her husband, Renato, and their 2 children, Dominick (6) & Juliana (4).