Resurrection Dance Ministry Teaching Faculty 

Teresa Gardner
RDM Director / Artistic Director

In addition to her role as Director for The Resurrection Dance Ministry and Zion Center for Worship and the Arts, Teresa continues to oversee, teach and choreograph for all of the Worship Dance Classes.


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Linda Sloan
Ministry Assistant 

In addition to her role as Ministry Assistant to The Resurrection Dance Ministry and Zion Center for Worship and the Arts, Linda also teaches worship dance to our youngest students on a weekly basis.

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Cathy Lash
Ballet, Core Conditioning

Cathy began her training under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Dancing from her mother, Marion S. Mills, a former professional ballet dancer at the Saddler's Wells in London. Cathy performed professionally in a variety of theatre productions and was a founding member of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet Company in Louisiana. She served on the company's Board of Directors, while her husband, Mike, served as company president for several years. While in Louisiana, she earned her B.A. in Communication from LSU. She has studied under teachers such as Robert Joffrey, David Howard, Gus Giordano and Joe Tremaine. And, while living in Madrid, Spain, she studied Flamenco dance. Through the years, Cathy has trained many students for their Royal Academy of Dancing exams.

Her studies at the world-renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX began a lifelong desire to greater understand the anatomy and biomechanics of movement, which she enjoys sharing with her students. Cathy teaches the Core Conditioning class, designed for the dancer and everyone desiring a healthy body and strength for life's journey. Her interest in movement goes beyond the dance studio. After five years of study, Cathy, Mike and their three children, Christa, Michael and Sarah, received their black belts in American Mixed Martial Arts. Cathy and Mike, who is now third-degree, helped to train U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, from throughout the country, in self-defense. Cathy and her children also compete in trail-running races throughout North Carolina.

Over the past 30 years, she has graciously shared her technical expertise in a variety of venues throughout the Charlotte, NC area. A beautiful servant's heart and uncompromising expectations for each student's technical best, mark this woman of God.

Cathy and her husband operate Lash Engineering in Matthews, NC and love spending time with their three children!

Sarah Atwell
Guest Artist/Teacher: Modern

Sarah began her dance training with the Resurrection Dance Ministry at a young age and continued to grow with the ministry until she graduated high school. Her training also includes ten years of formal training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern from King David Christian Conservatory. Sarah attended UNC Greensboro where she studied Safety Release Technique under BJ Sullivan. In 2011, Sarah served in a Music, Art, and Dance school with Youth With A Mission in Australia. She has since completed her Bachelor’s degree in International and Global Studies with a minor in Dance and currently works with the local refugee and immigrant community with a non-profit organization called Project 658. She is passionate about developing a marriage of excellence and freedom in the arts, especially dance. 

Sara Pelfrey
Guest Artist/Teacher: Modern

Sara Pelfrey, who teaches Modern Technique, brings over twenty years of both study and teaching experience in the fields of dance and fitness. During her performing career in the Charlotte, NC area, Sara danced with Martha Connerton’s Kinetyx and Kinetic Works, and with Caroline Calouche and Company.  She also performed at the Greensboro Fringe Festival and choreographed for Greensboro Dance Theatre. We are always delighted to have Sara as a guest teacher. Sara served as one of the founding teachers for Zion Center for Worship and the Arts’ DANCING TOGETHER – A Multi-Cultural Youth Dance Program. Sara received her BA degree in dance from Coker College and is an American Fitness Professionals Association (AFPA) certified Pre/Postnatal Fitness specialists. She is a proud wife and the mother of three lovely children.

Jessica Reynolds

Jessica started attending Resurrection Dance Ministry classes in the Fall of 2010 and began technical Worship Dance training under Teresa Gardner, Cathy Lash, Dena Hardee and Valorie Davis.  In 2012, Jessi became one of the first students to participate in the Resurrection Dance Ministry's ongoing Teachers in Training Program and she is now on the teaching staff for the Teachers in Training for Youth Program begun in 2017. Jessi currently ministers with RDM’s Vessels of Honor – Level 5 class, and also serves as a Teacher and Teacher Assistant for all of the RDM Worship Dance Classes. In 2014, Jessi began serving administratively with RDM and provides invaluable assistance in many areas of ministry production. In 2013, Jessi visited the Holy Land for the first time, where a seed was planted that she wouldn't fully understand until returning again in 2017, this time with her whole family. Jessica recently became the Communications Coordinator for Resurrection Church. 

Amy Ray


Amy has been associated with The Resurrection Dance Ministry and Zion Center for Worship and the Arts, for the past 20 years (since she was 3 years old!). During that time she has been a student, choreographer, and teacher. Amy has also participated in several of RDM/ZCWA’s Dance Missions Trips to Israel. In addition to her work with RDM/ZCWA, she has also learned from various artists including former professionals from Ad Deum Dance Company, Doug Varone Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cirque Du Soleil, New York Ballet, Jose Limón Dance Company, and Betsheva Dance Company. Amy has continued to regularly study modern techniques and teaches Horton, Graham, and Duncan based modern, in addition to incorporating Bartenieff Fundamentals Patterns of Total Body Connectivity. She also studies ballroom, Latin dance, and other fusion styles. Currently, she is a full-time student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Zoe Freas


Zoe has been with the Resurrection Dance Ministry and Zion Center for Worship and the Arts since the Fall of 2014.  Zoe is currently a freshman in college at Central Piedmont Community College and continues her involvement with RDM/ZCWA as a dance minister in Class 5 (Vessels of Honor), and also as a choreographer and teacher since 2018.  She has traveled to various places with the ministry including Washington D.C. and Israel.  She hopes that she will be able to not only minister to those in her community but also continue her travels to other countries and states carrying the great news of the Gospel. Zoe shares: “I have had the greatest time being a part of such a loving group.  I have never wanted to put myself in the secular dance environment, so finding Resurrection’s dance ministry was incredible.  I am still able to grow in my technique, choreograph, and teach while staying in a Godly environment. Being a part of this ministry has taught me to feel comfortable reaching out to others. I have grown in my faith tremendously and I will forever be grateful for the knowledge I’ve gained.”

Resurrection Dance Ministry Spring 2020
Class Assistants

Anna Babcock

Mary Elliott

Emma Miller

Gabrielle Pierce

Kathryn Reynolds