The best kept secret in Raleigh!

Dance & Fitness Professionals

Let us introduce you to the amazing team of professionals affiliated with Southern Star!

Shari Huggett-Milton

919-539-7513   *   *

Shari & MattShari is not only the President of Southern Star Ballroom Center, she is also a teacher of partner style dances such as Ballroom, Latin, Country and Swing. Among her many talents, she also teaches line dance, Zumba and Dance Cardio Fitness. Shari (pictured with her husband, Matt Milton) has over 24 years teaching experience and believes anyone can learn the skill of dancing if they wish. To learn more on Shari’s technical achievements and credentials, please visit her website:


Becky Deitrick

919-977-3467   *


She has over 20 years of dance experience in Country Western, Ballroom, Swing and Line dance. Becky received her certification in Ballroom from the Arthur Murray school of dance in 1998.  Becky holds 2 World championship titles in United Country Western Dance Council in 2004 & 2005. As well as several other UCWDC titles. 

Becky has been involved in dance since the age of 13, and has taught children, adults and persons with special needs. You can often find Becky and her husband Shawn out with family and friends cutting a rug on the dance floor. Becky always leaves her heart on the dance floor. Her motto: Everyone can learn to dance. It’s not about the moves, it’s about having fun!  Becky is excited to teach and be part of the SSBC family


Frankie Hagan

919-696-5770   *   *   See Frankie dance @

Frankie dance Frankie Hagan is a lindy hop and balboa instructor, a certified professional ballroom dance instructor, and has been a member of the NDTA (National Dance Teacher’s Association), the World Swing Dance Council, and the Triangle Swing Dance Society. Frankie has numerous competitive awards for lindy hop and balboa and has more than a decade worth of experience as a professional dancer and choreographer, having trained in several American Ballroom syllabi, and with numerous world-class dance coaches. Frankie Hagan and former dance partner Brooke Katz appear as swing dancers in such motion pictures as “The Notebook.” Frankie is excited to provide quality group class instruction and private lessons at Southern Star Ballroom.


David & Kathryn Moody

919-607-9727   *   *

David and KatKathryn discovered ballroom and Latin dancing in 1998. After a few years it became clear she wanted to make teaching dance her career. Kathryn graduated from the Ballroom Dance Teacher’s College in 2006 and moved to North Carolina in 2007. In addition to co-owning In the Mood to Dance Studio, Kathryn also performs and competes with her husband, David.

Kathryn specializes in training people to become dance teachers and in preparing current teachers for their exams. Currently, she is working on earning the certifications necessary for her to become a ballroom & Latin competition judge and professional examiner.

Kathryn holds DVIDA® certifications in Bronze and Silver American Smooth, American Rhythm and International Standard; and in Bronze Hustle, Salsa, Nightclub Two Step, and Argentine Tango.

David Moody
David began teaching the ballroom dances at Fred Astaire studios over 12 years ago. He then expanded to teaching Latin and swing dances. Currently, David competes nationally in swing dancing and works regularly with top international coaches. He co-owns In the Mood to Dance Studio with his wife, Kathryn.

David’s philosophy is that learning to dance should be fun! David creates a personalized learning experience that focuses on the student’s interests and moves at a pace that matches the individual’s learning speed and abilities.


Other SSBC Teachers Include:

Brian Holder: 919-802-1551 or
Melody Carr: 919-948-9715 or
Joy Avila:
Raquel Williams: 919-655-5346 or
Audrey Yosai:



Other Independent Teachers Include:
Capital Squares-Square Dancing: Contact Mike Sarisky;
Luis Guzman: 919-633-7484 or
Jeanne Beegle:
Irene Coons:
Katie Bigelow:


Joan Caviness

919-539-1458     *

JoanBallroom, Country, Swing and Line
Born to a musician, Joan began studying music at the age of five, and she still considers herself primarily a musician and her body the instrument. Her passion is to make music come alive in a visual performance. Her calling is to help others do the same. Joan is available for private lessons in American Smooth and Rhythm, International Latin, Country-Western, Swing, and Line Dance. She can also help you refine your instrument with private sessions in core development, strength training, flexibility, and balance. Joan leads a popular line dance class on Monday nights at 8pm at Southern Star Ballroom Center where you can learn short routines choreographed to specific popular songs. “Line dancing is all about individual expression and learning to dance your own body. It can improve your technique for all your other dances.”


Sunny Davis

919-394-7140   *

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Sunny Davis is a Yoga & Pilates instructor and fitness consultant with 30+ years of experience teaching at local, national and international levels. She is a former competitive cyclist, equestrian, and longtime practitioner of Yoga who is committed to lifetime learning, both for her own benefit and for her students. Her work centers around helping people explore somatic awareness, which is the body and movement awareness that allows us to live in and move our bodies in a more efficient way. This healthy, efficient movement pattern is facilitated by Sunny’s masterful teaching of core strength and physical and energetic alignment. Learn more about Sunny at her website:


Rince na h’Eireann School of Irish Dance:

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Lisa Clark:
lisaLisa is the Director and lead teacher of the Raleigh Rince na h’Eireann (RNE) school of Irish dance. Lisa has danced, trained and taught under Sandra Connick (TCRG and director of all six RNE school locations) for the past 6 years. Lisa competed in Irish dance for 8 years and after finishing her last Irish dance competition at the North American Irish Dance Championships in 2007 in Canada, she decided to study for her teaching exams and received her TCRG in 2009 – Lisa is honored to be representing one of the top ranked Irish Dance Schools in the Southern Region.


Colleen Corry:
colleenColleen assists Lisa with the Irish dance classes on Tuesday evenings. Both of her parents are from Ireland where she learned the importance of Irish culture. Colleen started Irish dancing at the age of 4.She competed at the Open Championship level and she has danced with The Chieftains, Natalie McMaster and a very successful Irish band called Blackthorn. Colleen is pursuing her TCRG while she currently teaches Kindergarten here in Raleigh.

Haylee Dawe:

HayleeDaweBio2Haylee assists Lisa with the Irish dance classes on Thursday evenings: Haylee started dancing with Rince na h’ Eireann in Charlotte, N.C. when she was 5 years old and competed until age 18 when she graduated high school.
Throughout her very successful competitive career, Haylee medaled nationally and internationally, competing at numerous Oireachtas, Nationals, All-Ireland Championships, and World Irish Dance Championships as both a soloist dancer and as a teams dancer. Haylee is now a Senior at Elon University in Burlington, NC studying Accounting.