Faculty & Staff

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Patty Ogden

Patty Ogden holds a BA in dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has dedicated more than half of her life to educating children and adults in various forms of dance. Patty began training and competing in Pittsburgh as a child and often traveled to New York for National competitions. Patty also studied voice and performed in musicals including Carousel with the Civic Light Opera. She started teaching when she was only 14 to help pay for her classes, and found a gift that became her passion. By the time she was 25 she was opening a dance studio of her own. In the 9 years that followed she had built a successful business. She developed competition teams and trained other teachers. She also choreographed and directed many productions including the epic play, “The Promise” at the Texas Amphitheater in Glen Rose, TX. It was after all of this experience that she decided to finish her dance degree at Point Park University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2000. Immediately following she moved to Raleigh, NC and began teaching dance clinics for the Kerr Family YMCA after school programs. This soon progressed to her starting a dance education program for the students in Durant Elementary After-School Program. Patty’s love for children combined with her passion for educating in the area of fine arts has been the driving force behind the creation of Destiny Dance Institute.

Director of Ballet Programs: Ruth Leney-Midkiff

Ruth has been a master teacher, choreographer, and coach for almost 20 years. During her 12 years in Michigan, she served on the ballet faculties of the University of Michigan and the Flint School of Performing Arts. In addition, she established a youth program at the Dance Gallery Studio/ Peter Sparling Dance Company, where she later became director of the school. She has taught master classes throughout the United States and abroad in ballet, modern, and her own contemporary ballet technique, and has created over 60 original pieces of choreography, ranging in style from full-length classics to modern dance works. Her works have been honored in Regional  Dance, receiving “gala” recognition numerous times. In referring to her ballet “Tributaries,” the Michigan Daily wrote, “The only way to describe this work was magnificent.” and in “La Traviata” as “brilliant display of choreography.” In 1995, Ruth’s work with Pittsburgh Youth Ballet was honored in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s top 10 list in Dance. Ruth’s students have been awarded scholarships to some of the world’s most prestigious dance conservatories and she is proud to now have students dancing in some of our countries foremost dance companies. Ruth holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Michigan as well as two BA’s from the University of  Pittsburgh in French and Russian respectively.

Mark Goodman

Hoofer, choreographer, master teacher, and founder of TOTALLY TAP, Mark Goodman is the artistic director of the Mark Goodman Tap Company, an LA-based dance company that fuses New York swing-style tap with world rhythms and other dance forms to break new ground in tap dance performance. Mark began tap dancing at the University of New Hampshire under Gay Nardone. After receiving his BA in Theater Arts, he moved to New York where he joined the American Tap Dance Orchestra (ATDO), training with Brenda Bufalino. Mark went on to work with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Charles “Honi” Coles, and Buster Brown to name just a few. While in New York, Mark was on staff at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps. He performed with various dance troupes and as a soloist nationally and internationally in such venues as: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theatre (with ATDO), “Savion Glover and Friends” at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.”Goodman’s stage credits include Andy Lee in the European tour of “42nd Street,” the Lead Man in “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Anything Goes” with Melba Moore and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He also has held lead roles in “No No Nanette,” “Sugar Babies” and “Over Here.” His dramatic credits include “Mother Courage and Her Children” under Pulitzer-prize-winning director Tony Kushner, and “Death of a Salesman.”Following a move to California in 1996, Mark joined the faculty at The Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys. Mark has been teaching all across the US and internationally in such countries as: Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Guatemala and Canada. He started the Mark Goodman Tap Company in 2001 in Los Angeles and has produced and starred in “SEAL WITH A KISS” based on the music of Seal, “WORLD TAP” working with other dancers from around the globe and “RED,” an adaptation of The Red Shoes. Mark can be seen in the Sony Pictures Production of THE POLAR EXPRESS where mark worked alongside Tom Hanks.Among his private clients are: Harry Hamlin and Soap Opera star Eileen Davidson. Mark is currently on staff for HOLLYWOOD VIBE!

Hong Yang

Hong Yang was a First Soloist for the Carolina Ballet.  Originally from Beijing, China Hong studied dance at the school of the Beijing Dance Academy as a child and then graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1995. She immediately joined the National Ballet of China and was a principal dancer there before going to Toronto, Canada where she danced with Ballet Jörgen Canada.  Hong was a featured guest artist at Destiny Dance Institute for four years. We are thrilled to now have her as a part of our faculty.

Jan Burkhard

Jan Burkhard began her professional training at the School of American Ballet at the age of 9. She performed numerous ballets with New York City Ballet and was involved in the New York Choreographic Institute. Upon completion, she was also the recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award in 2005 for Most Outstanding Promise. In the fall of 2005, she became a member of Carolina Ballet’s corps de ballet. In 2009, she was nominated for the Princess Grace award. She rose through the ranks and was promoted to Principal in 2011. She has performed principal roles including Princess Aurora, Juliet, Firebird, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Giselle. Her repertoire also includes George Balanchine’s Tarantella, Valse Fantaisie, Apollo, Who Cares? and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; August Bournonville’s La Sylphide and Flower Festival; Zalman Raffael’s Rhapsody and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2; Robert Weiss’s A Classical Ballet, Intimate Voices, among others.

Terry Lehman-Munro

Terry was born “on the road”…and stayed there. Her father, John R. Lehman, was the founder & artistic director of the first state-chartered ballet company in the US – North Carolina State Ballet.  She began training with dad at age 4, and he was her mentor and artistic guide until his death. She received her B.F.A. at the University of Utah in SLC, where she created the teaching program – a ballet degree with a teaching emphasis – which still serves as their program basis today.  Her teachers there included Yurek Lazowski, Ramon Segarra, Bene Arnold, Mattlyn Gavers, Gordon Paxmon, P.W. Manchester, Rowland Butler,Toni Lander.  Terry spent 15 years as a judge and master teacher for children’s arts festivals throughout the former Soviet Union and Russia. She has had the distinction of studying with Asaf Messerer, Konstantin Sergeyev, Natalia Dudinskaya, Oleg Ignatiev, and members of the Moiseyev Folk Dance Ensemble. In her 35 years of working professionally, “Miss Terry” has worn the hats of teacher, coach, choreographer, artistic director, and business owner. At this point, her and husband reside in Louisburg, where she looks forward to returning to her roots: teaching, training and developing young dancers.  DDI is delighted to have her wealth of experience and knowledge!

Hip-Hop & Assistant Director: Rachel Glenn

Rachel Glenn- Hip-hop, Jazz/Contemporary instructor. Rachel has 12 years teaching experience. She studied at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA during her teenage years. Later, Rachel studied ballet with Ruth Leney-Midkiff and Jazz with Patty Ogden. In recent years she has enjoyed mentoring by Geo Hubela, Creator of ICONic Dance Crew & ICONic Boyz. His influence on her is evident in the excitement and growth of our Hip-Hop classes. Rachel continues to gain inspiration and knowledge by attending intensives at Point Park University and Cary Ballet Conservatory, as well as the New York Dance Teacher convention, Shock the Intensive and Showstopper Conventions. Rachel is also a certified Palates instructor and has studied yoga for 8 years.

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Kerry Dallin

Kerry Dallin has a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from DeSales University. Her career in musical theatre consisted of national and international touring companies, dancing and singing on a cruise ship and lots of regional theatre. Favorite shows include 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Crazy For You and West Side Story. Since moving to Raleigh, she was seen in NCT’s Annie Get Your Gun and had a lead role in A Christmas Carol with Theater in the Park. She has taught at Infinity Ballet in Apex and NCDI in Raleigh in addition to her time here at Destiny Dance Institute. Currently, Kerry is helping choreograph Annie Jr. at Hilburn Academy.

Sarah Learned

Sarah- Jazz/Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballet and pre-dance instructor. Sarah has been teaching for 13 years. Growing up, Sarah studied and competed in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical, and attended conventions annually such as Tremain and Dance Olympus. She began assisting her mother, Patty Ogden when she was 13, and pedagogy training by the time she was 16. She later discovered her passion for hip-hop, contemporary, and choreography. She trained in Ballet under Ruth Leney-Midkiff and Emanuel Vaceanu, and in Jazz under Patty Ogden. Her choreography and students have won many awards at competitions including “Best Choreography” in 2013 and 2014. Sarah is also a song writer and has spent several hours in the recording studio. Sarah loves children and has worked as a full time nanny for two years. Sarah’s enthusiasm and lively spirit makes her a favorite with little ones. Sarah continues to sharpen her skills by attending teacher intensives at Point Park University, Showstoppers conventions, Shock the Intensive and master classes with well renowned teachers.

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Carrie Mostoller

Carrie holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro along with a B.A. in Biology.  Before transferring to UNCG, Carrie studied at Point Park University in their Conservatory of Performing Arts.  Carrie has had the opportunity to study under such renowned instructors as Duane Cyrus, Gerri Houlihan, Robin Gee, and B.J. Sullivan respectively.  Carrie’s mother is an artist and fostered her love and appreciation for many forms of art. Carrie is excited to share her passion for dance and strives to inspire her students to realize their potential.   She also currently works as a Cytogenetics Technologist for Labcorp.

Michael Doerner

Michael Doerner

Mr. Doerner is grateful for having had a professional dance career spanning more than twenty years in both Canada and the United States. He has trained and developed his skills while attending School of American Ballet and The National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada.  Michael began his professional dance career as a member of Ballet Eddy Toussaint de Montreal in the 1988-1989 season. He became a member of the National Ballet of Canada starting in 1991.  Michael stayed with the National Ballet of Canada for nine years. In 1999 he joined the Alberta Ballet where he found the opportunity to dance for the artistic director Mikko Nissinen now artistic director of Boston Ballet. In 2001 Michael returned to the United States performing in California seven seasons with Dennis Nahat’s Ballet San Jose.  In May 2010, Michael relocated with his family to Raleigh, North Carolina. He began his teaching at the Destiny Dance Institute 2012.   Michael feels he has much to give back to the profession, and is honored to teach the next generation of dancers.

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Brianna Cooper

Brianna Cooper grew up training under Nina Wheeler in Durham, NC where she performed and competed as a member of the Company Dancers of Durham. She continued her dance education at East Carolina University, where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance. During her time at ECU she performed in several faculty works, student choreographed shows, at multiple ACDFA events, and with several guest artists including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Madeline Reber. After graduating in 2011, she spent her summer training and performing at the American Dance Festival. For two years, she had the privilege to train, work, and perform with talented artists from the U.S, Canada, and Europe through La Bella Vita Arts in Livorno, Italy. Brianna has most recently been working and performing with Natalie Marrone in Durham, NC and Code f.a.d. Company, under the direction of Autumn Mist Belk in Raleigh, NC.
Brianna also has a passion for working with and educating young dancers, and has many years of experience as a dance instructor and choreographer for pre-professional, competitive, and recreational students throughout North Carolina. Over the past few years she has been recognized for her exceptional group choreography by dance competition circuits, including Dance Troupe Inc. and Star Talent Productions. Brianna also works in group fitness and as a certified Pilates Instructor, and holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.

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Kayla Grinnell

Kayla is a 2013 graduate of Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies.  In the fall she will be performing Eleanor Smith’s choreography in the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour.  She trained in modern, jazz, and ballet while at Meredith and performed as a backup hip hop dancer with Ronnie West’s company Black Irish.  Kayla was a full company member of Meredith Jazz & Tap Company and Meredith Dance Theatre for two years.  One of her hip hop/modern pieces of choreography was chosen to be performed at the All Dance Festival, a part of the North Carolina Dance Festival hosted at Meredith.  Another modern piece was selected to be performed in the American College Dance Festival, where she has also performed.  Kayla has received many awards such as Outstanding Student Choreographer, Outstanding Student Performer, and the Meredith Dance Theatre Dedication award.

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Lisa Larson

Lisa holds a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Dance from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Lisa worked previously at DDI for 3 years. She taught pre-dance, ballet, hip-hop, jazz and modern. Before teaching with Destiny Dance Institute she taught 3rd grade at Heritage Elementary and Sanford Creek. Miss Lisa has 2 girls, both of which take classes at Destiny Dance. We are so pleased to have Lisa back working with us again!

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Erika Marschke

Erika Marschke is from San Antonio, Texas and has been dancing since the age of seven. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and musical theater. Erika graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Stephen F. Austin State University, where she was a member of the SFA Repertory Dance Company. Through being a part of the company Erika had the opportunity to work with many master teachers and guest choreographers along with participating each year at the American College Dance Festival. Since graduating in 2013, Erika has taught dance in Texas and also had the opportunity to travel and teach in Southeast Asia. Erika is excited to be a part of the DDI faculty is looking forward to a great year.

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Accompanist: Roseli Stafford

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Guest Instructor: Debra Austin

Debra Austin received a scholarship to the School of American Ballet when she was 12. At 16, she was handpicked by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet. While at New York City Ballet, Debra danced many principal roles by both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, one of which was filmed for a PBS television special, Live From Lincoln Center. She later joined the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland where she danced principal roles in works by all of the major choreographers. Ms. Austin toured with the company throughout Europe. After her return to the United States, she was invited to join Pennsylvania Ballet as a principal dancer where she danced roles in Swan Lake, Coppelia, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Giselle and La Sylphide. She went on to assist Lynne Taylor-Corbett in Ms. Taylor-Corbett’s ballet The Dancing Princesses, and in Florida was a preliminary judge for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.

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Guest Instructor: Marin Boieru

Marin Boieru began his ballet training in Romania and later trained at the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad. Mr. Boieru came to Carolina Ballet after seven years as principal dancer for the Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella. He has performed as a principal for such companies as the Pennsylvania Ballet, Maurice Bejart’s Ballet of the 20th Century, Roland Petit’s Ballet Company of Marseilles, France and Opera of Bucharest. He is the winner of the gold medal at the prestigious Varna and Moscow Ballet competitions. Mr. Boieru starred as James in Peter Martin’s PBS production of La Sylphide and as Albrecht on European television in the Romanian National Ballet’s production of Giselle.

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Guest Instructor: Mayerlín Muñoz

Mayerlín Muñoz is originally from Cali, Colombia. She began dancing at age eight at the school Incolballet.  During her eight year training, her studies included extensive work in ballet, modern, folklore and character dance. She obtained her dance degree in ballet and continued to pursue further, higher education through ballet masters from National Ballet of Cuba. Her professional career started with Ballet Company Incolballet. In 2011 she moved to New York City and had the opportunity to dance with Ballet Hispanico as a member of the second company for two seasons. Ms. Muñoz expanded her contemporary and modern experience on stage as a guest artist with JKing Dance Company and performing in several Alvin Ailey workshops

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Guest Instructor: GEO Hubela – Creator of ICONic

Dance Crew & ICONic Boyz. GEO is one of the most popular and sought after dancers/choreographers in the music industry thanks to his extreme talent and versatility. As a performer GEO has danced his way to the stages with Michael Jackson, Will Smith, PINK, Britney Spears, ‘NSYNC, and Jennifer Lopez to name only a few. Geo’s crew ICONIC was featured on the inaugural season of America’s Best Dance Crew and this spring his ICONic Boyz made history as the youngest crew ever on the show. GEO was a guest at our intensive last year and made it one of the most memorable ever!We are so excited to welcome GEO back to DDI!!

Office Staff

Office Manager: Robin Miller