Chasta Hamilton 

OWNER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:

Originally from Tennessee, Chasta relocated to North Carolina as a full, Park scholarship student at North Carolina State University where she graduated summa cum laude in 2007 with a degree in Arts Applications (Theatre) and a minor in Film Studies. In June of 2009, Chasta opened Stage Door Dance Productions. The studio features two locations: Brier Creek and Lake Boone Trail.

Within the studio, Chasta has initiated a strong intensive series that is committed to exposing students to the best in the industry. Students from the studio have appeared in Theatre In The Park's A Christmas Carol, North Carolina Theatre's Billy Elliot, Broadway's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,  A Bronx Tale The Ferryman, and The King & I, the Matilda National Tour, and Theatre Raleigh's The Wolf. The studio has received several prestigious recognitions including the titles of Master Dance of North Carolina (2012 and 2014), Teen Mister Dance of North Carolina (2012), Master Dance of America (2014 and 2016), and the Champion of Champion Honors at Dance Masters of America Nationals for Ages 12 & Under (2014).  Alum have attended the University of North School of the Arts and the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California. 

Giving back is also a core part of the studio's culture. The studio is a fixture in the community, performing at parades, ceremonies, and local events. In 2017, the studio raised over $7500 to fund a clean water well in Uganda via Global H2O through the Make A Splash Initiative. In 2018, the students raised $6000 for the Me Fine Foundation. with A Concert For The Kids. In 2019, the students raised $9000 for Frankie Lemmon School. This year, our fundraiser will benefit Comfort Zone Camp.  Service projects are regularly held throughout the year, and the focus on peer to peer philanthropy is one of Chasta's favorite accomplishments within Stage Door Dance. 

Chasta is also the founder and director of the dance program at the Carolina Country Club. Chasta authored a dance patch program, Make Every Dance Step Count, for the Girl Scouts of the Carolina Coastal Pines and served as the Founder/Director of the Sightless Rhythm Tap Project at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. She also remains heavily involved with local theatre groups and has had the privilege of directing and/or choreographing shows for the following companies: Raleigh Little Theatre, Theatre In The Park, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, Deep Dish Theatre, Athens Drive High School, Clayton Youth Theatre, and Clayton High School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for North Carolina Theatre.

Chasta is a member of Dance Masters of America, where she is certified by exam to teach ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics, and Dance Educators of America, where she is certified with high honors in ballet and jazz. She also serves on the Leadership Council of the Junior League of Raleigh and on the Selection and Symposium Committees for the Park Scholarship Program at NC State University. 

In January 2013, Chasta launched The Dance Exec, as an online collaborative resource for dance educators and dance enthusiasts. The site reached a national and international audience and offered regional seminars targeted towards best business practices for dance studios. In 2015, The Dance Exec was named "Best Dance Blog" in the 2015 Dance Upon A Dream Web Awards. In 2016, TutuTix acquired the contents of The Dance Exec so the information may live in perpetuity to an even larger audience. 

In 2018, Chasta launched Girls Geared For Greatness, a non-profit training series designed to empower and inspire girls ages 7-18. In its first season, the organization reached 200 girls with a focus on leadership, perseverance, and entrepreneurship. Currently under review for 501(c)(3) status, the organization is excited to grow in the future.

In 2012, Chasta was named a Goodmon Awards Recipient for excellence in regional leadership in the category of the Arts, and in 2014, Chasta was named to the Triangle Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40. In 2016, the Triangle Business Journal named Chasta a "Future Star' at the Women In Business Awards. She is also a proud member of the inaugural and second editions of the Raleigh KNOW Tribe, a collection of dynamic female business owners, leaders, and philanthropists. In 2019, Chasta was recorded for oral history archives of the state of the North Carolina under the She Changed the World: Women Breaking Barriers initiative.

Chasta is known for her energy, enthusiasm, and devotion to her students. She absolutely loves the performing arts and is so grateful for the opportunity to build a community of amazing, talented, and passionate dancers that are focused on technique, performance, community, and character.  

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