Founder, Artistic Director
Caroline’s first ambition in life was to open a dance school (and a unicorn farm) and has been building her business over several years (the dance school not the unicorn farm). Caroline has worked as an actress, dancer and singer on the professional stage globally. Since moving to the DC area in 2009 she has been worked professionally as a Choreographer, Medical Dance Therapist, Dance Instructor and Performer. She is passionate about providing a reputable performing arts education available to everyone despite physical or economical limitations while also being prestigious enough to contribute to student preparation for professional dance and theatre. Her focus is not on profit, trophies or “fluff “ but artistry, encouragement and unadulterated performing arts education. She aims to provide curriculum that is physically, mentally and emotionally appropriate for each individual student and laden with imagination, awareness and injury prevention. Ms. Caroline's desire is to show the unfailing love of Jesus to every student, teacher, parent, etc that enters the studio doors.
HIS GRACE IS ENOUGH!
Training & Education
Texas Christian University
BFA Performance, emphasis: Musical Theatre, Pre-medical Sciences
Fort Worth, TX
George Mason University
Dance, Human Biology
The Gaiety School of Acting
Movement, Voice, Acting, Devising
University of California, Irvine
The San Diego Ballet Company
High Desert Dance Studio
High Steppers Dance Studio
Joan Golden Dance Studio
Shenanigans Youth Theatre
Maple School of Irish Dance
Culkin School of Irish Dance
The End Film Productions
Ms. Nicole has been dancing since the age of two and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern and Latin. She was Captain of the Latin Dance Team in High School. She went on to pursue her love of dance and theater at Montgomery College in MD, where she was a member of their Dance Company. During her time there she had the opportunity to study under choreographers Alvin Mayes and Daniel Burkholder. From there she began to work as a choreographer/ performer in the DC Metro Area. Performance credits include: Willy Wonka, Children of Eden, Annie, Brigadoon, Hello, Dolly!, Gypsy. Choreography credits include: Children of Eden, Willy Wonka, Annie, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Pajama Game, Avenue Q, Rent, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Footloose, Hairspray and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Both Hairspray and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee were awarded 1st Runner up for Outstanding Achievement in a Musical in the 2012 and 2011 Ruby Griffith Awards. Avenue Q won the 2013 award for Outstanding Achievement in a Musical.
Jordan (Miss Jojo) has always been in love with the performance arts, and has always been partial to ballet in particular. After starting ballet at 13, she found much inspiration not only from her teachers, but also from her peers to push forward. Along with this, she’s found much inspiration in Misty Copeland, principal dancer at ABT, as she started at the same age. Ballet has always been a form of expression and freedom for Jojo, but what she loves the most is how specific it can be. She has very much enjoyed growing up in the cornerstone Ballet family, and getting to learn and work with Nicole and Caroline. She spent many of her years here at Cornerstone training, assistant teaching, and helping out with classes wherever she could; Now she is very excited to return as both a teacher, and a student in 2022 and get back into the rhythm of 5678!
Julie Longmire was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area, graduated from James Madison University with a degree in piano performance, and then attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where she earned a master’s in music theory. After a short assignment teaching music theory at UNCG, she relocated to the Northern Virginia area and opened a private piano studio, where she continues to teach classical piano.
Mrs. Longmire has always loved singing and accompanying choirs, with over 25 years of experience as a choral accompanist. She directed the Wesley Foundation choir at James Madison University, and has sung in choirs from childhood through her college years. She continues to accompany choirs in Fairfax and Loudoun County public schools. She is thrilled for the opportunity to share her love of the choral arts with children.