What began as the dream of a mother and a busy housewife has become an institution in the Zebulon Community for almost sixty years. After the death of Mrs. Wade in 1960, Alma Doris Massey realized the need for dance to continue for the young people in this area. Her husband, Frank Massey, closed in their two car garage and in the fall of that year the journey began.
In 1967 Debby Massey Driver took the reins of Massey School of Dance, teaching in the same studio until her husband Eddie Driver, built a studio in the basement of their new home north of Zebulon. Later, Eddie built a larger studio with two teaching studios (now three studios). In 1989, Eddie built a second location in Wilson, where "Miss" Debby and several teachers taught for eleven years.
Now, with Inga Beck as assistant director, the school has six teachers, and office staff and many extremely talented volunteers who together ensure that the journey continues.
Our goal...our Mission Statement... is to love these children, to help them realize their self worth, to share our love and our knowledge of dance, to be a very small but positive part of what they become as adults... and to share the journey.
Inga Beck is the Assistant Director of The Massey School of Dance. She is a native of Zebulon, North Carolina and has been dancing since the age of 5 studying tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, modern and contemporary. She also performed on a competitive level. She grew up in this studio and has been teaching dance for 26 years. She had the privilege of competing in local competitions as well as in Atlanta, Florida and New York City. Inga also had the opportunity while at the Massey School of Dance to take classes at Broadway Dance Center, in New York City and perform in the half time shows of the Peach and Orange Bowls. She teaches pre-school classes, tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and our Pee Wee and Senior performing groups and is also a licensed Zumba instructor.
Inga is a graduate of Meredith College, earning her Major in Dance, with K-12 Certification, student teaching in dance at Martin Middle School. While at Meredith, she was a member of the audition based, Meredith Dance Theatre, she had the opportunity to work with various guest artists, such as David Beadle and Kenneth Tosti, one of the former lead dancers for Paul Taylor Dance Company. She was chosen by Tosti as one of four lead dancers in his MDT piece and was invited to perform for the Dance and Dialogue of Women’s History Month at UNC-G.
Teaching and being a part of the Massey School of Dance family has brought many wonderful opportunities, master classes and workshops with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Savion Glover, Mark Goodman, the Moscow Ballet, Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, Daryl Rhetter, Tammy Colucci and most recently Allison Holker, Alex Wong, Kent Boyd and many more. She had the opportunity to assist in rehearsals for the Moscow Ballet’s “Nutcracker” while they were in residence here at the studio and in the Russian Ballet’s “Nutcracker” .
Not only does the studio provide a place to dance and provide opportunities for furthering dancers dance education, most importantly, it is a place where life long friends are made, traditions are passed on and little dancers, are taught to become successful, polite and poised young people in this world. She is very proud to say she is so blessed to have a job that she loves and she is especially blessed to have her husband and three beautiful children by her side!
Eileen Juric grew up in New York City and began her career training on full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet, afterwards dancing professionally as a soloist with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet.
After her performing career, Eileen shifted into teaching and directed her own ballet - centered studio in New Jersey for 15 years before moving to her current home in North Carolina and transitioning into freelance teaching.
Recognizing first-hand how traditional approaches fell short in mainstream settings, Eileen developed the technique program BalletBarreNone and produced the acclaimed 3 - DVD series The Children's Hour of Power. Building on the foundation, she later created the PowerDance Technique Elements Video Series for all ages, levels and genres.
Eileen travels extensively and internationally as a faculty member for such conferences as the Dance Teacher Summit, the DanceLife Teacher Conference, Dance Masters of America, the Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, and the Florence Summer Dance Intensive. She recently filmed her PowerDance Technique Body Mechanics class with CLI Studios in LA.
Born In Raleigh, Kathleen Black began performing with Carolina Ballet as a child in productions such as the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, and George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In Spring of 2012 Kathleen was invited to perform in Robert Weiss' The Double, Zalman's Raffael's La Mer, and Lynne Taylor Corbett's Carmina Burana. Before joining Carolina Ballet, she trained at Infinity Ballet and then at the Raleigh School of Ballet and was a member of the pre-professional company, Raleigh Dance Theatre. Kathleen also trained semi-privately Gyula Pandi. During the summers Kaethleen trained at American Ballet Theatre-New York, The Harid Conservatory, on scholarship at Boston Ballet, and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. While at SAB, she was chosen to perform in the New York Choreographic Institute under the direction of NYCB's Peter Walker. From 2009-2012 Kathleen performed in Ira David Wood III's annual production Theatre in the Park's A Christmas Carol dancing the featured ballet role. She toured with the show to Raleigh's sister city, Compiegne, France. Kathleen was a competitive Scottish Highland dancer, having won both the National and North American Championships.
Ivey Jae Carroll knew she had a passion for dance and cheerleading since she was a little girl. She studied and performed varies styles of dance in her hometown of Asheboro, NC at Studio J Dance Center. She competed ballet, lyrical, hiphop, tap, jazz, and modern as well competing for Cheer Extreme AllStars in Kernersville, NC. After her sophomore year of high school, she was accepted into Governor School East for dance. Once there, she studied modern for 6 weeks. Ivey wanted to continue performing and competing her passion and auditioned for the NC State Dance Team. She performed at NC State basketball and football games, and various school events for 2 years and also competed at NDA Nationals in Daytona, Florida. During her summers, she worked for Edge Cheer and Dance as a cheer and dance instructor for 4 years. Ivey then moved on to work for a performance company based out of Raleigh, NC for 4 years. Here, she performed at many events on the East coast.
Now, Ivey shows her love for dance and cheer by choreographing, teaching, and judging. She specializes in acrobatics and hiphop but continues to study her craft through organizations like Carolina Dance Masters, Acrobatic Arts and taking master classes whenever she can. Ivey loves sharing her passion for dance through teaching and finds joy in creating a safe environment for dancers and cheerleaders to learn, grow, and create confidence within themselves.
Cassidy is a Junior at Meredith College from Raleigh, NC. She is majoring in Dance Studies with a K-12 Li censure. Cassidy has danced since she was 3 years old and has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, clogging, hip hop, lyrical, modern and contemporary. She is a member of the audition based Meredith Dance Theatre and Meredith Jazz and Tap company. She has choreographed and performed for dance concerts at Meredith, one which was selected for the gala performance. Cassidy plans to become a high school dance teacher while also teaching at a studio. She will be student teaching next year with Betsy Graves, Broughton High Schools dance director, who was Wake County Public School's teacher of the year 2017 - 2018 and has been named the Magnet Schools of America 2019 Teacher of the Year for region IV.
Cassidy is a Junior at Meredith College from Raleigh, NC. She is majoring in Dance Studies with a K