Spotlight Dance Company will offer students a place to learn to dance, meet new people and have fun while boosting their own self-confidence. We offer a variety of classes at affordable prices. We will provide our students with the newest dance trends as well as the classical knowledge they need to be a great dancer.
Who We Are
Located in the heart of downtown, we have a unique offering of children, adult & fitness classes. Our classes are taught by extensively trained and educated teachers who have a vast background in performance and education.
Marianna Riley Jarrett started Spotlight Dance Company in 2013. She attended UNCC and majored in Dance Education.Marianna danced all her life
starting at age 2 due to her Mother who owned Donna’s School of Dance in
Statesville and Donna’s Dancers Studio,in Salisbury. She also studied
ballet, jazz, and tap dancing at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City on
long weekends, since she was 10 years old. Marianna studied tap dancing with
the Rockettes of New York City at Radio City Music Hall when a Freshman in High
School. During her dancing career, she has lead her students to winning
numerous awards such as: Regional and National Showstopper Champion in
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Baton since 2013. She was the lead in the Sleeping Beauty
Ballet, Peter Pan Ballet & the Beauty & the Beast Ballet. Since opening Spotlight
Dance Company, Marianna has taken interest in her students and been invited to
perform for many functions in the Southeast such as Royal Caribbean Ecstasy of the SeaCruise Ship
in 2014, Disney World in 2016, Globetrotters halftime entertainment at Catawba College and UNCC in 2014, 2015, 2016, and was
invited to be the Studio Host for the amazing Moscow Ballet in the Nutcracker last year in Durham. She has choreographed 1st
Overall Winning Competition dances and many award winning routines. Every year, their dancers perform at Dancer Against Cancer; a Non-Profit Organization that raises money for cancer research.
Marianna also finds it important to help others in the community by raising money for The Cancer Fund, the Heart Fund, The Terry Hess House, local churches, VA Hospital, nursing homes, and Retirement Center
Ms. Donna is a highly skilled and trained dance teacher. She has taught children for over 40 years and her love and passion shines through in her choreography.
Kristin began dancing at the age of 9 at Palm Valley Gymnastics & Dance in Harlingen, Texas. She progressed in many dance styles including jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, pointe, and ballet. She performed in many recitals and received leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty Ballet and The Peter Pan Ballet. During her time there she also competed in numerous conventions and competitions from L.A. to Houston where she won Best Technique Overall and 1st in her division.
She attended Brigham Young University to pursue her passion for dance and achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance with an emphasis in
Contemporary. Kristin has traveled to China with the Dance Department for a 7-week study abroad performing contemporary works, along with tap, and taking classes at renowned schools such as the Beijing Dance Academy. While at BYU, she received an award for Outstanding Leadership in the Dance Department and assisted with various classes. Kristin also danced with and was an officer for DancEnsemble, a contemporary company at BYU. In addition, she continued to tap by participating in the tap company, Foot Poetry. She is excited for this next chapter teaching at Spotlight!
Miss Katie began her dance training on Cape Cod at the age of 4, training in Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical till the age of 18. During her training she was in many dance competitions and held leading rolls. She went on to further her education in dance at Dean College in Franklin Massachusetts where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, Modern and hip hop. In addition she studied Pedagogy, Dance History, Dance composition, and Kinesiology, to further her knowledge in the art of teaching dance. Miss Katie graduated as a double major from Dean College in 2010 with a Bachelors in Dance and an Associates in Health sciences. While still in school she started an after school enrichment program at a local elementary school where she taught kindergarteners through 5th graders Jazz and Hip Hop. Since graduation Miss Katie continues her training in various styles of dance. She has been teaching for the past ten years choreographing award winning solos, as well as small group, large group and production numbers. She is excited to begin her new journey in North Carolina and here at Spotlight Dance Company. She looks forward to continuing to pass on her knowledge and love for dance.