Elise Archie- Owner/ Director/ Instructor
Elise Archie graduated from Winthrop University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. She created the dance program at Rawlinson Road Middle School and Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC. Elise also has a Master's degree in K-12 Multi-categorical Special Education. She has worked with and taught many groups & high schools throughout the state of SC as a guest clinician & choreographer. Elise worked alongside her husband, Will, from 2003-2019 co-directing the guard programs at Northwestern High School and Rock Hill High School. Together they also directed The District Independent Winterguard, a 2 time WGI finalist in A and Open classes. In 2019, Elise and Will took over as Colorguard Directors at Dorman High school where she also teaches in the Special Service Department. Elise has had some of her work published from Artopia to Dance Teacher Magazine. She has worked with many well-known choreographers such as Alonzo King, Amy Marshall, Abby Lee Miller, Mia Michaels, Teddy Forance, Noel Bajandas & Carol Abohatab.
Will Archie- Co-Owner/ Business Manager/ Instructor
Will Archie graduated from Walden University with a Master's in Educational Leadership in 2009. He was also a co-director for the Northwestern & Rock Hill High school colorguard programs from 2002-2019. Will was also co-director alongside his wife, Elise, of The District Independent Winterguard, a 2 time WGI finalist in A and Open classes. He also has worked with and taught many groups & high schools throughout the state of SC as a guest clinician & choreographer through the pageantry arts. Will also serves as a judge through out the state.
Ashleigh Joy- Instructor/ Choreographer/ Marketing Coordinator
Ashleigh graduated from Coastal Carolina University in August 2017, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She has 14 years of dance training and dance competitively in her hometown of Anderson, SC. Ashleigh received many awards during her time as a dancer such as Outstanding Jazz, Outstanding Hip Hop, and received a Yearly Scholarship. She has worked with many well-known choreographers such as Tyce Diorio, Dejan Tubic, and Kathryn McCormick. Ashleigh's favorite style of dance is Hip Hop and Ballet. She is our marketing coordinator and will be working with our competitive teams in the styles of lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and ballet.
Katie Jo Carter- Acro/ Tap/ Clogging/ Instructor
Katie Jo has danced her entire life and has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, and hip hop. Clogging is her favorite style and she is our first ever clogging teacher. Katie Jo has 10 years of teaching experience in the field of dance. This is her 2nd year with us and has had numerous top placings at competitions for her tap choreography. She will be working with our company tap, first ever company clogging, recreational clogging, and acro dancers.
Drew Ingle- Instructor/ Choreographer
Drew graduated from High Point University in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Electronic Media Production. He started dancing at 9 years old and his favorite styles are tap and hip hop. Drew's dance career has taken him all over the country. Drew has worked for Star Dance Alliance where he managed the backstage and emceeing. He believes that a dancers greatest tool is their body and focuses on strength, cardio, and flexibility. Drew has taken numerous classes in all styles of dance and will working with both our company and recreational dancers.
Kristen Hosenfeld- Office Manager
Kristen Hosenfeld has been a part of Palmetto Dance productions since it's opening. She started as a very involved parent, and moved into assisting with fundraising opportunities. She and her husband Kyle work to create props for our competitive teams and assist in day to day operations and maintenance around the studio. Mrs. Kristen can usually always be found around the studio and in the office assisting parents and staff. She has two daughters, Bailey and Hannah that are dancers on our competitive teams.
Where Are We Located?
We are conveniently located at 238 E Black Street in the heart of Rock Hill, SC.