Dorothy O’Neill

Owner and Director
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Dorothy O’Neill is a native of Hillsborough, North Carolina.  She grew up dancing under Orpah Hamlett at the Hillsborough School of Dance.  During her years with Ms. Hamlett, Ms. O’Neill participated in multiple performance companies and competitions.  She also participated in Ms. Hamlett’s Teacher Apprentice program, where she began learning how to effectively and safely teach various genres of dance and acrobatics to children.  In high school, Ms. O’Neill became a junior member of Carolina Dance Masters.  Ms. O’Neill continued her study of dance at the University of Richmond, during which time she became a full member of Dance Masters of America through certification exams.  Since college, Ms. O’Neill has taught at many dance studios in Virginia and North Carolina, including the historic Bounds Dance Studio in Chapel Hill.

Additionally, Ms. O’Neill owned and operated Southern Elite Pageants, which became one of the largest child glitz pageant systems in the country under her ownership, from 2010-2016.  During her time with Southern Elite, Ms. O’Neill appeared on TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” as well as numerous documentaries and news articles regarding child pageantry, including several international documentaries.  During her time traveling in pageantry, Ms. O’Neill continued to work with children on stage presence, confidence, and poise.

In 2016, Ms. O’Neill became licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  She currently practices domestic law with Foil Law Offices.  Ms. O’Neill also holds certification with the American Aerobic & Fitness Association, the Association of Professional Women, and the All Star Cheer Federation.  Ms. O’Neill designed Hillsborough Cheer & Dance Company to provide children and teens a one stop shop where they can be part of a certified All Star Cheer program, and also a competitive dance program if they choose; and can also receive quality non-competitive training from certified teachers.

Bret O’Neill

Owner
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Bret is the Chief Financial Officer for a company based out of Greensboro, NC.  He is excited to bring top quality Cheer and Dance instruction and teams to Hillsborough.  Having daughters of his own, Bret is focused on the safety of our athletes and looks forward to working with the parents and staff.

Devon Chamberlain

All Star Cheer and Tumble Coach
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Devon joined HCDC in its first year as a head cheer and tumble coach and quickly became loved by her students for her upbeat and motivational coaching style. Devon is very passionate about cheerleading. She grew up in cheer classes and continued to cheer throughout middle school and all through high school. She was on varsity for two years and was captain her senior year. Devon has led cheer groups and worked with the All Star Cheer teams during the 2019-2020 season. At HCDC, Devon is known by her students as loving stunting, encouraging, kind, hardworking, and funny!

Alexis Hobgood

Head Dance Coach
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Alexis is a Hillsborough native and began her dance training at the age of two. She has trained in lyrical, tap, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, ballet, pom and jazz. Alexis became part of a competitive dance team at the age of six. Throughout her career as a company dancer, she has had the opportunity to take classes from many well-known professional dancers and choreographers, such as Travis Wall and Brian Friedman. She also competed against some of the top studios on the east coast. Alexis attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts summer dance intensive for two summers. For five weeks, she took class and collaborated with professional dancers. Alexis joined HCDC during its first year and quickly became loved by her dance students for her kind and encouraging style.  Alexis is an accomplished choreographer and has an eye for detail.  Her HCDC students describe Alexis as determined, elegant, fun, helpful, hardworking, and caring. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends. She is super excited to share her passion for and knowledge of dance with others!

Annalie Cummings

All Star Cheer and Tumble Coach
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Annalie has been doing competitive cheerleading since she was 7 years old. She has experience in all positions (flyer, base, and backspot).  She currently cheers on a national All Star Team. Annalie has coached and taught stunting, tumbling, jumping, and dancing. She loves cheerleading and passing on her knowledge and experience. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family and just relaxing.  Annalie joined HCDC in its first year as a head cheer and tumble coach.  Annalie is an excellent choreographer and has shown strong leadership skills from a young age in working with All Star teams.  At HCDC, Annalie is known by her students as sweet, determined, thorough, and positive!

Coach Mak Boyer

All Star Cheer Coach
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Mak is from Dallas, Texas.  She has 14 years of cheer experience, 7 of which she spent at an All Star Cheer program in Dallas.  In 2013, Mak’s team won the Summit! Recently Mak served as the head varsity coach for a local high school competitive cheer team.  During her All Star days, Mak was a base and back spot.  Currently, Mak is a member of the Elon University cheer team where she is a back spot specialist.  Mak’s true passion is All Star Competition Cheer! At Elon, Mak is a psychology major with a criminal justice minor, and hopes to go to law school.

Coach Kelly Pham

All Star Cheer Coach
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Kelly cheered on her high school competitive team and now cheers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the UNC All-Girl Competition Team.  Kelly is a flyer with basing experience.  She is excited to work with HCDC’s teams and flyers.  Kelly enjoys traveling and being with friends and family.  She is a student at UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.

Kathy Morgan

Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Kathy has coached gymnastics and tumbling for over 40 years.  She has coached competitive gymnastics teams through Junior Olympic level 9/10.  In addition, Kathy has coached tumbling to cheerleaders and dancers.  Kathy was an advanced gymnast and an AAU All American for North Carolina.  She earned a fully gymnastics scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill where she was the top bar worker in NC for several years.  Kathy has coached gymnastics and tumbling at over 13 gyms over her career.  She loves helping children achieve their goals.  Kathy joined HCDC with offering tumbling clinics which have proved to be very popular with HCDC’s dancers and cheerleaders.  HCDC kids have shared that Kathy is kind while also pushing them to continue progressing their skills.

Haley Wade

Assistant Cheer and Tumble Coach
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Haley has been involved in competitive cheerleading since She was 6. She has experience in Pop Warner Cheer, gymnastics, school cheer, and All Star Cheer.  She has experience in all stunt positions (including regular stunts and one man stunts). She is currently on an international level 6 team. She has coached special needs teams for 2 years.  She loves coaching and being able to teach others about cheerleading. At HCDC, her students describe her as kind, smart, and a great tumbler.

Savannah Durfey

Assistant Cheer Coach
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Savannah joined HCDC during its first year as an assistant cheer coach and quickly became beloved by her students for her cheerful, energetic, and enthusiastic coaching style! She is currently a senior at Eno River Academy and will be attending Louisiana State University in the fall of 2020! Savannah has been cheering at school since the seventh grade, and has loved getting to switch roles and be a coach this year!

Kristin

Dance Instructor
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

Ms. Kristin Pruitt grew up studying ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, clogging, hip-hop, and acrobatics. She was an Elite Company dancer and assistant instructor at Dance Elite and was also Captain of her middle and high school dance teams. Going to competitions and conventions was Ms. Kristin’s favorite part about her time there. While a student at NC State, she continued to study dance and began her teaching career. Ms. Kristin has been teaching for over 15 years and has been choreographing for competitive dance companies for over 10 years. Her dances have won multiple awards for her choreography, costumes, technique, and entertainment. Ms. Kristin also continues to dance in local shows and take as many classes as she can! She loves to challenge her students and see them achieve their goals. Ms. Kristin also works in healthcare at BlueCross NC and currently lives in Durham with her multitude of rescue animals!

Kat McGee

Ballroom Dance Instructor

Hillsborough Cheer & Dance

(Kaylin) Kat McGee has been a member of Dance Masters of America and Carolina Dance Masters since 1980.  Kat’s discipline is Ballroom Dance and she has taught continuously since the late 70’s.  She offers American Standard Bronze Level instruction. In addition to Group Classes and Private Lessons, Kat specializes in First Dance Wedding Dance and Special Occasion Choreography.  Kat also has an extensive background in fitness coaching, dance fitness and youth movement classes.

Ruby Martini

Founder, Creative Director, Producer and lead Choreographer

Ruby Martini is the Founder, Creative Director, Producer and lead Choreographer for The Bottom Line Burlesque & Comedy Troupe, and Miss Ruby’s Vaudeville Revival & Follies Revue.  These community performance troupes offer a unique alignment with non-profits to assist in their fund-raising efforts.  Ruby has been teaching Burlesque and Stage Movement since 2012.

Jessica

Lead Cheer Coach
Hillsborough Cheer and Dance

My name is Jessica and I’m originally from Buffalo, NY. I have an 11-year cheerleading background, 5 of which is was an instructor for a Nationwide company, NCA or National Cheerleaders Association. I had the pleasure of traveling all around the Northeast and parts of the South teaching Cheerleaders ranging from youth-college aged teams. I’m very honored and excited to be teaching all that I’ve learned over my many years of cheering to help make you the best cheerleader you can be! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!