What began as the dream of a mother and a busy housewife has become an institution in the Zebulon Community for fifty 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. Hrt 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 of one, 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 trained on full scholarships at the Joffery Ballet School and the American Ballet and has had the honor of studying with many prominent New York Teachers. After her performing career, Eileen returned to Joffery Ballet School to pursue a teaching career in children's program. She served on the faculty of the Princeton Ballet School and owned and operated her own dance studio for 15 years. Miss Eileen developed the innovative teaching program BalletBarreNone. Her 3-DVD series take students away from the barre and presents progressively layered approach to harnessing essence of ballet movement in three levels designed for ages 3-9.
Born In Raleigh, Kathleen Black began performing with Carolina Ballet as a child in productions such as the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, and George Blanchines'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.