Sandra Hunnicutt Griffin – Tap, Jazz, Ballet – picture on home page
Sandra Hunnicutt became certified to teach through Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America in 1978, the year after she was crowned Miss Hendersonville. In 1979, as a member of the Carolina Dance Masters was the Miss Dance of the Carolinas pageant coordinator and choreographer. Sandra moved to Las Vegas,NV in 1982 to pursue a career in professional dance. Sandra is the owner of Dance Ventures. She is married and lives in Greenville, SC.
While in Las Vegas, Sandra learned to figure skate and her first show – an ice and tap dance production show – was City Lights at the Flamingo Hilton. During her first 5 years at the Flamingo Hilton Sandra put her teaching skills to work and was named to middle management as Dancer’s Line Captain. From there she did backstage tours at the Flamingo Hilton for USA Tours of Las Vegas; a lounge show, C’est Magnifique, at the Dunes Hotel; modeled for Marshall Rousso, was a ring girl for light, welter and heavyweight fights at the Alladin Hotel & Ceasars Palace, a backup tap dancer for Suzanne Somers at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, taught master tap classes at Backstage Studio – including a warm up session for Gregory Hines class – when he was in town and then she entered into another 2 year production show contract with the Hacienda Hotel, Minsky’s, A Salute To Burlesque. After that contract, she returned as middle management to the City Lights show at the Flamingo Hilton as both the Showgirls and Boys Line Captain. She attended UNLV, earned a retail management certification and retired from the stage in 1994.
While still in Las Vegas, Sandra was the Assistant Manager for Sun Shade Boutique at the Fashion Show Mall and then for Sun Gear sunglass boutique. She moved back to Hendersonville, NC in 1995 and worked in sales for WHKP, where she also did a weekly Sunday afternoon radio show, House Detective. Sandra taught Adult Tap and was the Office Manager at Pat’s School of Dance from 1998 until 2008. August, 2012 Sandra taught at the Dance Teacher Web LIVE teachers’ convention in Las Vegas, NV presenting CardioTAPdance on a national level.®
She and Randy Griffin were married in 2004 and moved to Greenville, SC.
Anita Efird LeBold – Ballet and Tap
Anita studied the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet from the age of 5 through her college years. By 12 years old she was on pointe and at the tender age of 15 became the youngest dancer accepted into the corps de ballet Charlotte Regional Ballet Company under Artistic Director Gay Porter. (Arts Ballet – London, England) While dancing with the Charlotte Regional Ballet Company Anita performed as a Petite Swan (Swan Lake) and also with the corps for the company production of Giselle. She reached the Cecchetti Method coveted Professional Level of Grade 5 during her tenure with the company in Charlotte. Anita was also an avid student of Tap Dance during these same years.
She is alumni of UNC-Charlotte and while getting her degree added Modern Dance to her arts portfolio. Anita is certified through American Council of Exercise to teach aerobic classes. She taught group aerobic classes for 12 years at various sports clubs in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. After moving to Greenville, SC taught these group classes at the Greenville Hospital System fitness facility. Through Dance Ventures Anita has returned to her roots of Classical Ballet with variations of American Ballet technique for Adult Study.
She is married to Jeff LeBold and they share their home with 2 cats, Buffy & Jody. They love to travel, mostly to New York City to enjoy all of the Arts, especially ballet, through musical theater. An avid reader she is well versed and also a member of the Eastside Kiwanis Club. Being ever active, she serves on the board of the Judson YMCA. By day Anita is a mortgage banker and by night a dance instructor of Ballet and Tap.
Dance Ventures welcomes Anita as a ballet and tap teacher!!