Dare to Be Different

At Centre Ballet, we know that being different is a good thing! We pride ourselves in the fact that we are the only studio in our area where the traditional art of classical ballet foundation is the primary focus. Our ballet training foundation is based on a codified syllabus, the Cecchetti syllabus (think Suzuki Method for music). Each student begins their journey with this beautiful ballet foundation so that when the time comes, they can beautifully and safely explore additional dance genres offered at Centre Ballet, all while discovering their true inner Artist.

The success of our students is culminated through their commitment and the commitment of our instructors, and the true joy of dance is found in the process, not the destination.


Owner, Director

Lyrical Ballet, Contemporary Modern


S. Noel Ware

S. Noel (Dillow) Ware began her ballet training with MaryAnne (Snyder) Sowers of Bristol School of Ballet at the age of nine. She also trained under Constance Hardinge, founder of Bristol Ballet and creator and head of Virginia Intermont College Dance Department. Noel was a member of Bristol Ballet Company during the years when the company was an Honor Company of South Eastern Regional Ballet Association.

Mrs. Ware also trained under the tutelage of Karen Gibbons Brown, current Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Ballet, for 10+ years, at the Kingsport Guild of Ballet, where she also taught with and for Ms. Gibbons Brown. When Ms. Gibbons Brown left Kingsport for Fort Wayne Ballet, she left her school in the hands of Mrs. Ware, as well as the Interim Directorship of the State of Franklin Dance Alliance Performing Company.


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As she continued her dance training with Frano Jelincic and Dagmar Kessler at Radford University in VA, she also completed a B.S. in
PHed/Sportsmedicine, which complimented her dance background, and has been of utmost importance as an effective teacher of classical dance.

She has also had the opportunity to study with many other influential and renowned teachers such as David Howard, Mary Day, Jeremy Blanton, Robert Joffrey, Richard Englund, Gelsey Kirkland, Sean Curran, Cynthia Pratt, Suzanne Farrell, and Gus Giordanno , as well as many other tremendous artists.

Mrs. Ware accepted a job offer with the Joffrey II Ballet of New York as a professional dancer under the direction of Jeremy Blanton and Richard Englund in 1989.

She began her teacher training early on as a teacher assistant and was first mentored by Karen Gibbons Brown and was also an assistant teacher at Bristol Ballet. She has continued to teach and perform for various studios and companies over the years as well as creating and setting pieces of original choreography. In addition, Mrs. Ware has choreographed and performed in headline musicals for Theatre Bristol, and more recently for Theatre! Statesville, and was nominated by the MTA for Outstanding Choreography for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also served as an adjunct Professor of Dance at King University in Bristol, TN.

Mrs. Ware continues her professional development education working through the many levels of the Cecchetti Method teacher’s certification through the Cecchetti Council of America, a national organization with whom she holds a teacher’s membership. As a certified teacher of each particular level, she can present students of those levels to test in the Cecchetti Student Examinations. She is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor, and is the current Secretary for the Southeast Chapter of the Cecchetti Council of America.

The love she has for preserving and passing on the traditional art of classical ballet and knowing the joy of performing is what sparked her to open Centre Ballet, where ballet and arts education is truly the center and purpose of the studio.

When Mrs. Ware (and the family) is not busy working at the studio, she is usually home spending time with husband Paul, children Holston and Amelia, and step sons Austin and Hunter, and, of course, Radford and Louie, the mini Aussies.

Christina Henderson

Originally from Statesville, Christina began dancing at the age of three at Miss Treva’s School of Dance in Newton, NC. She continued her training with Donna Harrington at Miss Donna’s school of Dance in Taylorsville until she completed high school in 2011. She attended the Visual and Performing Arts Center High School under the instruction of Mrs. Cheryl Klaft where she received a background in composition and improvisation, ballet, jazz, and Horton (modern) technique. During high school, she had many different performance opportunities in theatre and dance, including winter and spring dance concerts, doing the “Spanish Panic” in Once Upon a Mattress at Statesville High, performing in the North Carolina Theatre Conference, and playing Glory in Almost, Maine.

Upon graduation from the Collaborative College of Technology and Leadership Early College with her high school diploma and Associates in Arts in 2012, she attended Appalachian State University and majored in Communication Studies with a minor in Dance. During her time at ASU, she worked part time in the Theatre and Dance Office, interned for the Arts and Cultural Programs, and served as Open Class Coordinator for Momentum, the dance organization on campus. She also had the privilege to perform in the Fall (2013) and Spring (2012) Appalachian Dance Ensembles, the Momentum Showcase (2013;2014), the ASU Performing Arts Series production of Kiss Me, Kate, The Hayes School of Music production of Dido and Aeneas, as well as numerous independent projects. Since graduating with her Bachelor degree in May of 2014, she continued teaching at Ms. Donna’s School of Dance and Centre Ballet in Statesville under the direction of Noel Dillow-Ware. In 2017, she took over Miss Donna’s School of Dance in Taylorsville and renamed it Parallel Dance Collaborative, and has since continued teaching students in Alexander County. She loves teaching and contributing to the dance community, and hopes to share her passion for dance with students.

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