Faulkner's Faculty

Mich Faulkner

Position:
Gymnastics Operations Director, Head Coach and Director of Competitive Gymnastics, USA Gymnastics Competitive Gymnastics Meet Director and Director of Boys' Gymnastics
Biography:

Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations, Special Events, Journalism, Broadcasting and Marketing from Barton College along with a Minor in Religion. Mich played on a 4 year golf scholarship at Barton College. Mich was a competitive gymnast for over 20 years. Mich was trained in gymnastics by former UNC Gymnast Dr. Debra Bell for over 12 years. Mich is the former publicist for 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist and America's Most Decorative Gymnast Shannon Miller. Mich has been coaching recreation and competitive gymnastics for over 16 years. Mich has coached numerous kids from 1 years old to adult in recreation and competitive gymnastics. Mich was the Duke University Cheerleading Gymnastics Head Coach for over four years with it coming to end in the Spring of 2014. Not only is Mich a gymnastics instructor but he currently is a personal trainer at the Levin JCC Center in Durham, NC. Mich has been a certified personal trainer for over 13 years.

Mich's certifications include:

USA Gymnastics Certifications
  • Member of the United States Gymnastics Association (USA Gymnastics)
  • Meet Director of Women's USA Gymnastics Sanctioned Events (USA Gymnastics)
  • Safety & Risk Management Certified (USA Gymnastics)
  • USA Gymnastics University: Instructor Certified (USA Gymnastics)
  • Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Junior Olympic Team Coach (USA Gymnastics)
  • School of Recreational Gymnastics: Advanced Teacher (USA Gymnastics)
  • School of Business: Executive (USA Gymnastics)
  • First Aid Basics (USA Gymnastics)
  • Development Coaches Course: Sport Science (USA Gymnastics)
  • Stewards of Children (USA Gymnastics)
  • Safe Sport (USA Gymnastics)
American Heart Association Certifications
  • AED Certified
  • CPR Certified
American Sports & Fitness Certifications
  • Personal Trainer
  • Nutritionist
  • Kettle Bell
NFHS Certifications
  • Role of the Parent In Sports
  • Sportsmanship and Concussions in Sports
  • NCAA Eligibility
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Learning Pro: Homework Helper
  • Research Skills
TRX Certifications
  • TRX Certified

Sue Faulkner

Position:
Co-Owner, Artistic Director, & Competitive and Recreation Gymnastics Instructor
Biography:

Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University. Sue has over 40 years of dance training which began with Fred Kelly (Gene Kelly's brother) in N.J. Sue was a college cheerleader and dancer at Curry College and Ohio University.

Sue continues to further her training in dance from Master Teachers - Jason Samuels Smith Guest Performer for Fox Televisions "So You Think You Can Dance" (Tap), Phil Black (Tap, Jazz), Frank Hatchett (Jazz), Shea Sullivan (Tap), Crystal Chapman (Tap), Gene Medler (Tap), Germaine Salsberg (Tap), Mike Minery (Tap), Germaine Goodson (Tap), Cindy Vallone (Ballet), Sue Samuels (Jazz), Lynda Gache (Tap-Jazz-Line), Sheila Barker (Jazz), Chio (Hip-Hop), Lane Napper (Jazz-Tap), Ken Prescott (Tap-Jazz) and Debbie Dee (Tap) to name a few.

Sue also did acrobatics for over 15 years during her days as a cheerleader. Sue is a USA Gymnastics Member and is Safety Certified. Sue also ran the Hillsborough United Methodist Church Ecumenical dance group which involved children and adults from area churches. Sue also organizes the World Day of Prayer in Hillsborough involving over 24 churches in the area. Sue's mother Anne Salomon founded World Day of Prayer over 38 years ago and Sue has been involved with World Day of Prayer for over 26 years.

Sue continues her training by attending classes and private lessons at the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York City at least five times a year. Sue has been a member and certified by Dance Educators of America for over 30 years. Sue oversees the gymnastics routines on beam and floor.


Mike Faulkner

Position:
Co-Owner & Director
Biography:

Bachelor Degree in History from Curry College where Mike received valedictorian. Mike was the Class Orator at Curry College and received a teaching fellowship to Ohio University. Mike received his Masters Degree in Asian and European Studies from Ohio University. Mike is a retired Orange County school teacher for over 24 years. Mike is CPR and AED Certified.


Debbie Hughes

Position:
Front Office Staff
Biography:

Former Real Estate Agent for Remax in South Lake, Texas. Attends New Hope Church in Durham, NC./p>


Sasha

Position:
Faulkner's Mascot
Biography:

Beloved mascot of Faulkner's Dance and Gymnastics.


Toni Champ Faulkner

Position:
Management
Biography:

Toni Champ is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and currently works at World Clinical Trials in Raleigh, North Carolina. Toni is AED and CPR Certified. Toni participated in gymnastics for cheerleading for over five years. Toni also works as an Executive Assistant to the stars at 123 Talent, Inc. where she oversees event financial obligations and booking inquires. Mrs. Champ was a four year collegiate softball player and also participated in numerous beauty pageants and national cheerleading competitions growing up. Toni was a judge for the Southern Elite Beauty Pageant organization.


Candace Reid

Position:
Dance Company Director, Hip Hop Director & Dance Instructor in All Types of Dance
Biography:

Bachelor Degree in Bio-Chemistry from Shaw University. Candace currently is attending UNC Chapel Hill to receive her Master's Degree. Candace has danced for over 20 years and auditioned and was accepted to attend Talent Unlimited High School in New York City where she performed with numerous dance companies throughout the country. Candace is a former National Dance Competitor. Candace choreographed the dance "Lose Control" which was performed on BET's Television Show 106 and Park on Wednesday April 12th 2006 for "Wild Out Wednesday". Candace has taught dance since she was 15. Candace continues to be recognized for being one of the top all around dancers on the east coast.


Hattie Cutcliffe

Position:
Competitive Gymnastics Instructor and USA Gymnastics Judge
Biography:

Graduate from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. Hattie is a native from Morrison, Colorado and is a former Level 10 competitive gymnast. Hattie competed for over 15 years in competitive gymnastics. Hattie won numerous awards during her middle school and high school career. Hattie was a member of the Duke Cheerleading squad for all 4 years of her college career and even served as the Captain of the Duke University Cheerleading Varsity Squad during her senior year.

Hattie is a member of USA Gymnastics as well as as being Safety, AED and CPR Certified. Hattie has coached gymnastics from beginner to Level 10 for over eight years. Specializes in coaching Levels 5 - 10. Currently is a third-year Ph.D. student studying Biomedical Engineering at Duke. Hattie has been coaching at Faulkner's for over four years.

Hattie currently is a USA Gymnastics Judge for Women's Levels 4 & 5.


Nina Bass

Position:
Director of Ballet
Biography:

Graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts where she trained under the direction of Nina Danilova, Melissa Hayden, and Frank Smith. Nina began her training at Greensboro Ballet with Maryhelen Mayfield, John Dennis and Elissa Fuchs. Nina has spent summers at the Boston Ballet and Richmond Ballet. As an NCSA alumni, Nina spent two summers with Rick McCullough for the Manteo Summer Festival, performing at Roanoke Island. Nina currently is a professional dancer with the Greensboro Ballet and also teaches in their school.


Karissa Isola

Position:
Competitive & Recreation Gymnastics Instructor
Biography:

Graduate from Fresno City College and Fresno State University with a degree in Physiology and Child Development. Karissa has been coaching for several years and specializes in pre school, recreational and competitive gymnastics classes.


Ashley Lewis

Position:
Director of Clogging & Dance Instructor in All Types of Dance
Biography:

Ashley is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with a degree in English Literature and creative writing. Ashley received her first pair of tap shoes at age two, and has been dancing and performing ever since. While attending UNC, Ashley performed with the Starheels Dance Company for four years. After college, Ashley joined the Cane Creek Cloggers, and has performed with them at countless music festivals, schools, and events around the state. While percussive dance is her favorite, Ashley also loves ballet, lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop styles of dance. In addition to her dance experience, Ashley also has a background in musical theater, most recently performing as Margot in CTG's The Diary of Anne Frank.


Abby Britt

Position:
Dance Instructor in All Types of Dance
Biography:

Abby currently attends UNC Chapel Hill where she is majoring in Radiologic Science within the UNC School of Medicine. At UNC, Abby is a member of the first co-ed hip-hop team on campus, KamiKazi, and has performed and choreographed for various other collegiate groups. Abby has been dancing since the age of 5 and was a cheerleader in middle and high school. Abby was a member of the WJHS Dance Team, where the team was recognized as Edge Camp winners 2 years in a row, and National Champions 2 years in a row. She placed 3rd at Nationals with her Musical Theater solo her senior year, as well as winning various group awards in hiphop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and tap. She represented the city of Raleigh at the Miss North Carolina 2017 Pageant as Miss Raleigh 2017 within the Miss America Organization.


Hannah Dix

Position:
Dance Instructor in All Types of Dance
Biography:

Hannah currently attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Public Policy. Hannah has been dancing since the age of 3. Hannah has been dancing in the studio and choreographing for collegiate companies at UNC. Hannah has extensive competition experience, having been recognized as a finalist at many dance competitions.


Emery Pulido

Position:
Dance Instructor in All Types of Dance and Competitive & Recreation Gymnastics Instructor
Biography:

Emery currently attends NC State University where she is a member of the NC State Dance Team and majoring in business. Emery is a former Level 8 competitive gymnast as well as a former 4 year cheerleader at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC where she was captain the last her 2 years of her high school career. Emery was a member of Faulkners Dance Company for over thirteen years and the Faulkner's Competitive Gymnastics Team for over seven years. Emery has been a part of the Faulkners program for over 17 years. Emery has won numerous awards in dance, gymnastics and cheerleading as well as academic recognition awards.


Amanda Hill

Position:
Competitive & Recreation Gymnastics Instructor
Biography:

Amanda graduated from Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC in June of 2015. Amanda currently attends Sandhills Community College where she currently plays on a golf scholarship. Amanda played 4 years on the Orange High School Golf Team. Amanda is a former Level 8 Gymnast where she trained at Faulkners. Amanda competed for Faulkners for over 7 years and was with the program for over 9 years. Amanda has coached gymnastics for over 3 years.


Alandra Williams

Position:
Competitive & Recreation Gymnastics Instructor
Biography:

Alandra recently graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Psychology. Alandra is a Durham native and a former gymnast with over ten years of experience. Alandra is a former competitive Gymnast, as well as a former dancer and cheerleader. Alandra danced all 4 years in high school and cheered for 3 years as well. While at UF, Alandra also competed with Florida Club Gymnastics, the school's club team.


Chelsea Stackhouse

Position:
Dance Instructor in All Types of Dance
Biography:

Chelsea is a graduate from Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. Taught recreation and competitive dance classes, solos, duets and trios at Starpath Dance Academy (2015-2016).Taught recreation and competitive gymnastics, motion evolution classes and special needs classes at Carolina Stars Gymnastics (2010-2011) & (2013-2015). Was an instructor for the Carolina Stars Summer Camp. Taught recreation gymnastics and recreational & competitive dance classes, solos, duets and trios at Studio of Dance (2008-2013).


Calleah Solomon

Position:
Dance Instructor in All Types of Dance
Biography:

Calleah Solomon is a recent graduate of Salem College, where she received her Bachelor's in Arts Management and Dance Studies. During her time of study, Calleah was given the opportunity to work and perform with professional choreographers and dance companies, as well as choreograph some pieces of her own for various events. Calleah has trained mainly in ballet and modern, and has much experience in lyrical and African dance. As a strong foundation, Calleah's passion for dance lies in her gift to minister and worship through movement and music, and she is continuing to seek more ways to share with others.

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