Brooklyne is a native to the Wilmington area and began dancing at the young age of 2. She has always had a passion for the arts and for children. Brooklyne danced competitively in Wilmington throughout grade school. She won many dance awards and honors including overall placements at Nationals, America’s Dancer of the Year, America’s Teen Miss Dance and America’s Miss Dance. Before opening EDC, Brooklyne was in the top 20 finalists for the Radio City Rockettes in NYC and she was 3rd Runner Up at the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant in 2012. Brooklyne is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in Theatre. She was also a member of the UNCW Dance Team while in attendance. She currently enjoys volunteering with Opera House Theatre Company in her spare time. She has played many leading dance roles and choreographed Billy Elliot last summer. She continues her dance education by constantly attending dance conventions so that she can teach her students to the best of her ability. Brooklyne encourages her students to attend conventions themselves and she also brings well-known instructors and choreographers from across the country into the studio to teach master classes throughout the year. She believes in training dancers to be well-rounded so they can grow into successful professional dancers/artists. Brooklyne is an Active Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation where she has led a yearly fundraiser through the studio which has raised over $90,000 for children with terminal illnesses. One of her goals is to not only provide a healthy, nurturing, yet challenging dance environment for our youth, but also teach the EDC students the importance of giving back to others. Through her years of teaching, Brooklyne has won a number of teacher’s awards and choreography awards and her students and fellow staff members have been extremely successful as well. Brooklyne’s current teaching passion is private lessons, choreographing competitive routines, and teaching technique classes! Brooklyne is proud to say that EDC has been awarded the Top Studio Award as well as the Backstage Award for being a “class act studio” in recent years. She is grateful to have the best and top of the line instructors to teach Wilmington’s upcoming generations the art of dance!
preschool age groups | tap | ballet | jazz
Crystal Cammack has been teaching dance in Wilmington for over 25 years. She has taught all subjects and ages but specializes in Tap and in Preschool classes. She earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1995 and shortly took over a dance studio named Wilmington Dance Academy and operated it for seven years before selling. Fun fact, Crystal owned Wilmington Dance Academy while Ms Brookyne was a young child dancing under her instruction. She has enjoyed watching Brooklyne mature from a precious young child to a beautiful adult and studio owner. Crystal is married to Michael and has three wonderful children. Ms Leah is a teacher at EDC and Valadie is a company dancer, and then she has a son named Christian who is a Junior at Hoggard. She is obsessed with her goldendoodle, Jovi, and enjoys boating, taking long walks on the beach and decorating her home. She loves calling EDC home and enjoys the camaraderie amongst the staff of teachers whom she has known for years and feels the students are receiving top notch training. The students of all ages melt her heart and inspire her to continue to be a better teacher.
ballet | pointe
Susan Sirianni began her ballet studies with Jean Harris at 7 years old. She continued her studies and performance with the Raleigh Civic Ballet followed by University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In Atlanta, Susan danced with Lee Harper and Dancers and Dance South. She has worked in Musical Theatre as well as contemporary dance. Her most influential instructors were Johnny Walker, Anthony Ferro, Gyula Pandi, Lee Harper and Lou Criscuolo.
tap | creative movement classes
Leah Avant was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. She has grown up dancing studying under many teachers of Evolution Dance Complex, including her mother, Crystal Cammack, and studio owner, Brooklyne Williamson. Growing up, Leah’s favorite style to compete was always tap. She is so thankful that she gets to continue her passion of teaching Tap dance to both the Company and Recreational dancers at Evolution. Leah also teaches Creative dance to the youngest members of the Evolution Dance family! She very much enjoys her time teaching Creative Movement, and loves to see the joy within the little ones who are starting dance for the first time!
Mary Beth Henderson
ballet | tap | jazz | lyrical | acro
Hello everyone! My name is Mary Beth Henderson and I have been teaching dance for over 35 years and have been teaching at Evolution Dance Complex since 2014. I even taught Ms. Brooklyne, owner of EDC when she was a young dancer, as well a Mrs. Crystal, Ms. Leah, Ms. Cameron and Ms. Skylar! I enjoy teaching every level of dancer and some of my favorite dance techniques to teach are ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and acrobatics. One of my greatest blessings is my husband Steve and our children: Hunter, Alexandra, Anderson, Walker, Stevie and our furry child Mollie! I am a big advocate of integrating the arts into education and I serve on the board for Wilmington School of the Arts. A Fun Fact is when I was young, I enjoyed a professional performance career which enabled me to travel and experience so many fascinating and different cultures around the world, as well as some amazing, life changing experiences with other performers who shared the same passion. A couple of my favorite gigs were the National tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat”, Royal Cruise Lines and Tokyo Disney World. My hobbies are decorating, creating art, and outreach opportunities in our community. I simply love my dance family at Evolution Dance Complex, and I am extremely grateful to Brooklyne for the gift to continue to share my passion to so many amazing and gifted young dancers.
conditioning | technique | choreography
Samantha Ray Mifsud is EDC’s resident conditioning teacher for all company members, and also serves as a choreographer and technique teacher, specializing in Musical Theatre. Ms. Samantha has been with Evolution Dance Complex since Ms. Brooklyne opened its doors in 2014. She has training and certifications in Yoga, personal training, group fitness, and corrective exercise techniques, but her unique background as a musical theatre performer and dancer brings EDC a specialized understanding of performers’ needs when it comes to strength and conditioning. Additionally, as the owner of EDC’s sister company, Evolution Healing Arts, Samantha provides individualized coaching and instruction for artists of all ages in this venue. Dancers may come to her for personal training or acting and vocal lessons, while many adults in the community come to see her for one-on-one Yoga sessions and artistic coaching.
ballet | tap
After years of teaching predominantly tap and jazz, Angela throughly enjoys fine tuning ballet technique in her students. Ballet and Choreography were her focus areas during her time at East Carolina University where she earned her Bachelor or Fine Arts degree. She is the former owner of Wilmington Dance Academy and Footworks Express Dance Arts Center in Wallace. Angela is also a pageant coach, claiming 5 Azalea Princesses and many winners and runners up across pageant systems. Angela enjoys boating with her husband Robby and her 3 children, decorating their home for seasons throughout the year and caring for numerous pets who have called the Brown house their home over the years. Angela will be a grandmother for the first time in May of 2021.
ballet | jazz | contemporary | lyrical | acro | tap
Shiloh Autry has been teaching in Wilmington and the surrounding area for over 25 years. She has won numerous choreography awards and her students have gone on to prestigious programs such as Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and The Harid Conservatory, to name a few. In addition to attending UNCW, Shiloh supplemented her dance training in NYC and at North Carolina School of the Arts. She teaches ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acro, and tap.
jazz | contemporary
Shannon McCarthy was born and raised in Orange County, California, and began dancing at the age of 5. She started her training at McCoy Rigby Dance Academy, and continued on at Orange County Performing Arts Academy in her teenage years being heavily involved with the competitive team. Simultaneously, she attended Orange County School of the Arts to further study dance from 2008 – 2014. She grew up attending and assisting numerous competitions, intensives, and conventions along the way. In deciding to pursue dance as a career, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University studying Dance and Sociology. At Chapman, Shannon was fortunate to partake in various performances each year. Following graduation, Shannon moved to Los Angeles to officially begin her professional career, and had the opportunity to work with many well-known choreographers in the dance industry. Several choreographers include Brian Nicholson, Andrew Winghart, Alicia Guy, Will Johnston, Sarah Davison, Ido Tadmor, Justin Giles, Cindy Peca, and Chad McCall among many others. Shannon is well trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Ballet, Modern, and Tap. Since starting her career, she has had the opportunity to perform in various venues — most recently including Cirque du Soleil’s One Night for One Drop in Las Vegas at the “O” Theatre located in the Bellagio. While in LA, Shannon discovered another passion of teaching fitness and realized how beneficial standard exercise and conditioning was for dancers. When life took a turn in 2020 due to the pandemic, Shannon decided to refocus her life of auditions and performing into teaching dance and fitness. Relocating to North Carolina with her marine boyfriend, Shannon was thrilled to find Evolution Dance Complex and have the opportunity to teach these amazing kids.
jazz | contemporary
Alexis Bomer is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor from Pittsburgh PA, where she has trained in ballet/pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre, modern, heels, and acrobatics. Alexis grew up in the competition circuit and started working professionally at 15 as an apprentice for Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Company, under the direction of Gerard Holt, where she later became a company member and choreographer performing all around Pittsburgh including Hienz Field and The Andy Warhol Museum. She was also a part of Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh’s first company program where she received private training from highly qualified and in demand instructors and choreographers from all over the United States. With Millennium Alexis performed works by “ON the DL,” Eddie Moody, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, and Jessie Lee Santos in Pittsburgh as well as Los Angeles, and World of Dance Chicago. Since, 2016 Alexis also taught drop-in and enrollment classes for Millennium Pittsburgh in several styles, ages, and levels, as well as choreographing for their annual showcase “Ascendance” and their student showcases. Also, in 2016 Alexis became a company member for Firewall Dance Theatre based out of Carnegie PA under Elisa-Marie Alaio, where she has performed in four full length dance productions in their resident theatre as well as in New York, guest pieces in local showcases, and a music video for artist Mason Ashley. In addition to working for companies Alexis is also a freelance choreographer who has been a part of Texture Contemporary Ballet’s “WIP” showcase, the Harlem Globtrotters’ halftime show, won Intrigue Dance Intensive’s young choreographers’ competition, and is sought out by dance studios for pieces in most styles and ages. Alexis is very excited to be a part of Evolution Dance Complex this season and fuse her love for intense competition training and artistic freedom in all her classes.
EDC Apparel Manager | Front Desk
Vicki Williamson is thrilled to be part of the Evolution staff. Most know her as “Mrs. Vicki” or “Miss Brooklyne’s Mom!” Vicki has been a dance mom to Brooklyne since Brooklyne stepped foot in her first dance class at age 2. She has been one of EDC’s biggest cheerleaders alongside her husband and Brooklyne’s father, Eddie Williamson since 2014 when EDC first opened its doors. Vicki loves running Evolution Dance Apparel where she helps all of the dancers find the perfect dancewear, shoes, and accessories. She has 30 years of knowledge in this area and is always continuing to provide the latest and most current styles for dancers ages 2-18! She is also a huge help at the front desk of the dance studio with Ms. Tiffany. Vicki and Eddie are so proud of their daughter for her constant hard work, continuing to grow and develop her passion for dance through all these years, and sharing her talents with the students of EDC. Vicki loves each of the students and teachers at EDC and looks forward to many more wonderful years of growth and success!
Ms.Tiffany, known to many as “Tiff Dawg”, has been the smiling face that greets you at the door of EDC. She is a native of Wilmington and has been a member of the dance community for more than 30 of her 29 years of life. Tiffany is a past dancer, instructor, and award winning cheer dance coach. She now concentrates on training our local pageant title holders to the success of their next crown. She is the proud mother of Cameron, one of our dedicated instructors of EDC, and NoahAyden, a member of our team of dancing “dudes”. Tiffany not only manages the front office, but assists Brooklyne and her staff on whatever is needed for the success of our dancers, and has since the doors of EDC opened in 2014. She welcomes you to our studio, and encourages you to trust that this talented and qualified staff will train your child or children to be their personal best in a safe and healthy environment!