The Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts is dedicated to offering a curriculum of Performing and Creative Art study in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Great care and individual attention is given to nurture the ability of each student.The Academy offers a staff that is both college and professionally trained in each instructor’s area of expertise. Emphasis is placed on proper technique and professionalism.

Fall Office Hours

Monday 4pm-7:30pm, Tuesday 10am-7:30pm, Wednesday 10am-7:30pm, Thursday 2pm-7:30pm, Saturday 10am-1:00pm

September 2019

Dancer of the Month



About Our Academy

The Wake Forest Academy of Fine arts was started in 1991 on South White Street in Down Town Wake Forest. After being down town for 12 years the studio has since moved to a newer facility on Durham Road. Aimee Sellars and Alicia Rothman are now our new Artistic Directors. Aimee has been with the Academy since 2008 and in 2013 became Co-Owner and Assistant Director. In 2019 she became the Academy Director. Alicia has been an instructor with the Academy for 15 years before becoming Co-Director. The Wake Forest Academy is proud to be one of the premiere dance studios for dancers in the North Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Youngsville area! Your professional source for dance and music education.

The Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts is dedicated to offering a technical curriculum in the performing arts while maintaining a fun and exciting atmosphere. Each student’s growth and development at every age and level is important to us. We strive to offer opportunities to dancers of all ages and skill levels. 

 The Academy places great importance on hiring staff that is highly qualified through college, professional, or personal experience in his or her area of expertise. 

Aimee Sellars   Artistic Director

Aimee Sellars

Artistic Director

Our Facility
The Academy is a 5,000 sqft top of the line studio! There are 3 dance studios within our facility. Each studio has floor to ceiling mirrors and sprung floors. Sprung flooring helps to protect our dancers while dancing. The sprung floors act as shock absorbers when dancers jump and dance across the floor. The advanced flooring helps to prevent injuries and enhances the dancers performance!  Our studios are equipped with JVL audio systems for great music in every class.

The Academy has 2 bathrooms as well as 2 dressing rooms for our dancers and parents! There is a spacious lobby to wait in while you dancer is in class and is a great place for dancers to do home work in between classes!


Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts offers professional instruction in the following dance categories: Click the genre for more info!


Info:Our year-end GALA is in May. It is an exciting themed showcase of our technique and competition dances! Performance is part of learning and all Academy dancers must participate.

There is a $40.00 recital fee due with your April Tuition ($40.00 for the first child and $10.00 for each additional child). The recital fee is used to rent the auditorium, hire a stage manager, technicians, etc.

Each family will receive two free tickets to the recital and additional tickets can be purchased at a minimal cost.


Info: Here at the Academy we have 6 award winning competition teams. We have 4 groups that are a part of our “Company”. Company dancers compete at a recreational level of competition. They are invited by the teachers to be a part of the team. These dancers dance a total of 3 hours per week for technique and rehearsal. They attend 3 regional competitions every season. National Competitions are optional.  We also offer a Competitive team; “Ensemble”. These dancers take a minimum of 9 hours a week of dance. They attend 5 Regional competitions/Conventions, National Competitions and travel to NYC to further their training in the summer.

Aimee Sellars  Artistic Director

Aimee Sellars
Artistic Director

Stephie Duguid  Ballet

Stephie Duguid

Jillian Boelte  Contemporary

Jillian Boelte

Brittany Mora  Tap

Brittany Mora

Barbara Outterson  Music Director

Barbara Outterson
Music Director

Alicia Rothman  Ballet & Acro

Alicia Rothman
Ballet & Acro

Caitlin Nizam  Preschool, Tap, & Jazz

Caitlin Nizam
Preschool, Tap, & Jazz

Moira Stiefel  Acro & Jazz

Moira Stiefel
Acro & Jazz

Caley Davis  Office Manager

Caley Davis
Office Manager

Yevgeny Shlapko  Ballet

Yevgeny Shlapko

Lindsey Cyrus  Hip Hop & Contemporary

Lindsey Cyrus
Hip Hop & Contemporary

Guest Instructors

Dres Reid
Hip Hop

Nina Lafarga
 Musical Theater & Jazz

    DebbieWilson       Commercial Jazz

Masha Maddux Modern

Gerard Heintz
Hip Hop

Neil Schwartz
 Hip Hop & Street Jazz

Dionna Pridgeon  Contemporary

Sheila Barker
 Jazz & Contemporary

Emilee Harney  Contemporary & Modern

Sarah Gibson Musical Theater & Jazz





Justin Mann
Lyrical & Contemporary

Ashley Lindsey  Contemporary & Modern

   Sam Nelms and Melia Barns Hip-Hop