All three of us began dance classes at two years of age. What a gift that we shared that love and were blessed with parents who encouraged us to follow our passion. Over the years we danced together in group numbers, duets, and trios and cheered each other on in solo performances. We collaborated on choreography and costumes, stretched, and practiced in our basement.
We love Sanford. The small town and the people in it gave us a great foundation for the future. As adults we knew starting a dance studio here would give us an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream while also giving back to the community we love so much.
Triple Pointe Dance Academy is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Students will find their voice, grow in discipline, and build their self-esteem and self-confidence. Dance isn’t just good for the body. Research shows it’s good for mental health too! Our goal is for our students to leave class each week with an enthusiasm and optimism that fills their hearts until our next meeting.
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Lexie Anne, Mary Blaire, and Colbie Normann are all certified teachers under Carolina Dance Masters, Dance Masters of America, and Dance Educators of America.
Lexie Anne Stephens Brown, a Sanford native, began dancing at the age of 2. From a young age, she knew that she always wanted dance to be a prominent part of her life. After graduating from Lee County High School in 2011, she attended Meredith College where she obtained a B.A. in Dance Studies and received her K-12 License to teach dance in Public Schools. While at Meredith, Lexie Anne was a full company member of Meredith Dance Theatre, a modern based dance company, as well as Meredith Jazz and Tap Company, where she served as company manager her junior and senior year. Lexie Anne especially enjoys choreography and it shows! Her choreography was chosen consecutive years for the gala performances by adjudicators at Meredith.
During her senior year, Lexie Anne interned at Leesville Middle School as their dance teacher and choreographed and judged for dance company auditions at schools in Wake County. After the completion of her internship, Lexie Anne was recognized for her excellence in teaching with the Student Teacher of The Year Award. After graduating, Lexie Anne taught dance in Durham at Jordan High School, before beginning a dance program for Lee County Schools in 2016. Lexie Anne has experience teaching competitive and recreational dance in all genres, ages, and ability levels. At competition, her work has been recognized with special awards, including choreography awards, and overall placements at various events. She is so excited to be realizing her childhood dream of owning a dance studio here in Sanford and can’t wait to share her love for dance with you and your child.
Mary Blaire Stephens grew up in Sanford, NC, where she began formal dance lessons at the age of 2. After graduating from Lee County High School in 2013, she continued her education at Meredith College, obtaining a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and minoring in Dance Studies. Mary Blaire was a full company member of the Meredith Jazz and Tap Company all four years, and served as co-manager her junior and senior years. She also has a love for choreography and her work was chosen for gala performances every semester.
At the end of both her junior and senior year, she was recognized by her professors with the Choreography of the Year award. Mary Blaire’s senior year, she was also awarded the Performance of the Year award. During her time at Meredith, she judged and choreographed auditions in several public schools in Wake County. After graduating, she lived in Raleigh and coached the Cardinal Gibbons High School Dance Team until moving back home to Sanford in 2019. She has experience teaching in both competitive and recreational classes in multiple genres, and at different skill levels. Mary Blaire has a drive for helping students achieve their goals and loves experiencing that “aha” moment with her students when they finally achieve their goal. She looks forward to having many of those moments with students at Triple Pointe Dance Academy.
Colbie Normann Stephens also grew up in Sanford, NC, where she followed in her older sisters’ footsteps, enrolling in dance classes at the age of 2. After graduating from Lee County High School in 2016, she attended Meredith College, graduating in 2020 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Finance and a minor in Dance Studies. She was a full company member of Meredith Jazz and Tap Company for four years. The gift of choreography is present in Colbie Normann as well, and she was chosen for the gala performances consecutive semesters.
Her senior year she was selected by her professors to receive the Choreography award. She was a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO); as well as, the National Honors Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) where she served as the Vice President. Colbie Normann has experience teaching in both a recreational and competitive capacity, in multiple genres and at many skill levels. Colbie Normann has a special passion for working with young children and has volunteered in classrooms in public schools, and served as a student dance teacher growing up in the dance studio. She can’t wait to form relationships with students and see them grow in their love for dance, and as people.
Kensey Covert Taylor was born in Sanford, NC, where she began dancing at the age of 3. After graduating from Overhills High School in 2013, she attended Meredith College, obtaining a B.S. in Business Administration with minors in Dance Studies, Marketing, and Communication. Kensey was a full company member of the Meredith Jazz and Tap Company all four years of college, and served as co-manager. During her time in college, Kensey received multiple awards from her professors in regards to choreography and performance. Kensey has choreographed and taught at many studios across North Carolina, as well as public schools. Kensey looks forward to impacting the children at TPDA and watching their confidence grow.
Kayla Jane Smith, a native of Wilmington, NC, began her dance training at the age of 2. Upon graduating from Ashley High School in 2015, she attended Meredith College in Raleigh, NC where she graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Dance Studies. While at Meredith she was a full company member of the Meredith Jazz and Company all 4 years and served as co-manager her junior and senior years. Her choreography at Meredith was chosen multiple semesters for gala performances. Her junior year she was awarded the Performance of the Year award. After graduating from Meredith in 2019, Kayla Jane taught dance at a studio in Raleigh. She is so excited to be a part of the TPDA family. She can not wait to share her love and passion for dance with everyone who walks through the doors at Triple Pointe.
Kirby Forbes was born in Sanford, NC, where she began dancing at 2 years old. Upon graduating from Lee County High School in 2015, she attended Meredith College, where she discovered her strong love for choreography and teaching dance! She obtained her B.S. in Mathematics, a 6-12 teaching license, and a dance studies minor. At Meredith, Kirby was a full company member of the Meredith Jazz and Tap Company and served as co-manager her senior year. Her choreography was chosen for the gala performance’s consecutive years. Kirby has recently moved back to Sanford after spending 2 years in Orlando, Florida working/performing for Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios. She has years of experience teaching dance to children of all skill levels and ages. She is so excited to join the Triple Pointe Dance Academy family and to share her dance passion with each of the dancers.
Lakyn McGlamery Holder was born in Wilkesboro, NC, where she began dancing at the age of 4. Upon graduating from North Wilkes High School in 2015, she attended Meredith College. During Lakyn’s time at Meredith, she was a member of the Meredith Jazz and Tap company and Meredith Dance Theatre. Her choreography was chosen by adjudicators for the gala performance at Meredith. Her Sophomore Year, Lakyn moved to Boone, NC, where she would attend Appalachian State University to pursue her B.A. in Dance Studies and obtain her K-6 Teaching Licensure. She was a member of the Appalachian State Dance team and was actively involved in the dance department and the momentum dance club. After graduating from Appalachian State in 2019, she moved back to Raleigh and taught dance at both a private studio and in a public school. Lakyn has recently moved to Sanford, NC, after getting married and cannot wait to be a part of TPDA and watch all of the students fall in love with dance.