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.

 

See Teresa's full bio.

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.

See Linda's full bio.

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!

Durell Comedy
Guest Artist/Teacher

We are always thankful when Durell can come teach and impart to our ministry from his rich and vast dance ministry experience.

 

Durell R. Comedy is a native of Prince Georges County, MD and began dancing at the age of 6 with Spirit Wings Dance Company. He graduated from the Visual & Performing Arts program at Suitland High School in 2004 and from George Mason University (magna cum laude), receiving his BFA Degree in Dance Performance in 2008. He has worked and performed with artists such as The Metropolitan Opera, Troy Powell, Matthew Rushing, CorbinDances, Roger C. Jeffrey & Kyle Abraham. Described as a “scrupulous dancer with a serious jump” & “quick-footed, [and] elegant” by the New York Times, Mr. Comedy was a member of the Limón Dance Company from 2009-2015, was a soloist dancer with the Baltimore Opera and a Principal Dancer & Dance Captain with the Washington National Opera from 2013-2014. An instructor certified in teaching Limon principles, he has taught master classes and workshops at Vassar College, Maryland Youth Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, CityDance Center at Strathmore & the Limon Institute. Additionally, his choreography has been presented by Ad Deum Dance Company, Belhaven University, Peoria Ballet, Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, Samford University, and The Ailey School (New York, NY). A former fellowship student at the Ailey School and a recent adjunct faculty member at George Mason University’s School of Dance, Mr. Comedy was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts of George Mason University. Durell danced with the Mark Morris Dance Group in 2015/2016 and retired from his performance career in 2019. He, his wife, Hannah and 2 daughters, reside in Charlotte, NC. He currently works on staff with the music department at First Baptist Church of Indian Trail in Indian Trail, North Carolina.

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 completing her Graduate Studies in preparation for becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

Zoe Freas

 

Zoe has been with the Resurrection Dance Ministry and Zion Center for Worship and the Arts since the Fall of 2014.  She currently serves with the ministry as a Teacher and Choreographer for all classes, and continues to minister through dance with the Vessels of Honor (Class 5).  She has traveled to various places with the ministry including Washington D.C. and Israel, and 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.” Zoe recently graduated with an Associates Degree from Central Piedmont Community College.

Anna Babcock

Anna has been serving as a Teacher's Assistant, Choreographer, and Teacher with the Resurrection Dance Ministry and Zion Center for Worship and the Arts since the Spring of 2017. In the Fall of 2009, Anna began taking classes at Resurrection Dance Ministry and is currently a dance minister in the Vessels of Hope (Class 4).  She also began teaching Christian dance classes at Branch Christian Academy in the Fall of 2019 and teaching dance at NewSong Church's summer camp. During this time, she has learned invaluable lessons in godliness, responsibility, and the importance of dance ministry. From a young age, Anna has had a passion for worship dance, which has grown substantially due to her technical and spiritual training with Resurrection Dance Ministry. Sharing the gospel with and through RDM/ZCWA has been a focal point in her life, which has helped her develop a deeper relationship with Christ. Anna is currently a junior in high school while also taking dual enrollment classes with Central Piedmont Community College. (We are very blessed to have Anna join our faculty! – TG)