Shauna

Shauna Godwin

Dance Team Head Coach

Nicknames: Nonnie, Shanazz
Occupation: Choreographer/Personal Trainer
Hometown: Boone, NC
College: Neighborhood Playhouse, Appalachian State University
Degree: Professional Theatre Performance,  BA Theatre Performance, BA Dance Studies

Shauna’s Favorites:
Movie: Batman (Tim Burton, ‘89)
TV Show: Right now? The Path on Hulu
Quote: “You must never, even for a second, let yourself think that you can fail.  Our first principal is that failure is impossible. You may not get what you’re trying to do right the first time or the second time or the tenth time or the 100th time, but if you shut out of your mind the possibility of being licked, then you are bound to win.”- Henry Ford
Holiday: Halloween
Charity: Humane Society and Mercy for Animals

Background: Shauna Godwin is the choreographer and director for the High Country Honeys. As the daughter of a professional dancer, she became involved in dance since (probably before) she could walk. She has performed professionally in dance and theatre both regionally and in New York, where she lived, trained, and worked before relocating back to Boone. Ms. Godwin has choreographed in many different capacities including musicals, outdoor theatre, theme parks, competitive dance, and sports dance teams. She currently teaches and choreographs at regional workshops and in private dance studios. In addition to teaching and choreographing, she is also a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Shauna is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre (Theatre Performance) and Appalachian State University (Theatre Performance and Dance Studies).

Alana

Alana

Nicknames: Lana
Occupation: Student/Entertainer
Hometown: Boone, NC
College: Appalachian State University Degree: Biology, Secondary Education, minor: Psychology (I will graduate this May!)

Alana’s Favorites:
Movie:
Princess and the Frog
TV Show: Parks and Recreation
Quote: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton
Holiday: 4th of July
Charity: NC Sea Turtle Project

Background: I started my dance career at Studio K Dance when I was three years old; I still dance there to this day. When I got to high school I joined the Watauga High School Pacer Dance Team. IN those four years I learned a variety of style including pom, hip-hop and kick. My junior and senior year I was honored to be a captain. My senior year if high school I was cast as a dancer in Tweetsie Railroad’s Diamond Lil’s Cancan Revue. This summer will be my sixth season in the entertainment cast.

Brenner

Brenner

Nicknames: BabyGirl. My whole family and our family friends from my hometown still call me that and I love it!
Occupation: Waitress
Hometown: Concord, NC
College: Appalachian State University Degree: Health Care Management (Graduating December 2017)

Brenner’s Favorites:
Movie:
The Fast & the Furious
TV Show: Blindspot
Quote: From IBD’S 10 Secrets to Success- “Be Persistent and Work Hard: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.”
Holiday: Halloween
Charity: Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County

Background: I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I have experience in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, modern and clogging.

Gabby

Gabby

Nicknames: Gabbers
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Boone, NC
College: Appalachian State University
Degree: BSBA Marketing and BSBA Management (May 2017)

Gabby’s Favorites:
Movie: Mean Girls
TV Show: Bring It!
Quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
Holiday: Christmas
Charity: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Background: I started dancing at the age of 2. My mom was a dance teacher, so it was something that ran in my family. I was trained in many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and clogging. I was a member of the Junior Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for 7 years. I also participated in competitive cheerleading in middle school, and cheered for my school in high school.

Laura

Laura

Nicknames: Lou
Occupation: actor/dancer
Hometown: Boone for the past 10 years
College: CCC&TI
Degree: Associate in Arts from CCC&TI and working on getting my BA in Graphic Design and Media Arts as an online student.

Laura’s Favorites:
Movie: TOO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM, but right NOW, The Shawshank Redemption.
TV Show: House of Cards
Quote: ”My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” One of MANY from Maya Angelou
Holiday: Thanksgiving or Christmas
Charity: I am an animal lover so I will say, Friends of Animals, but it’s difficult to pick a favorite out of groups that strive to improve life for people, animals, and the earth.

Background: I have been dancing for about 12 years now.

Melina

Melina

Nickname: Lina
Occupation: Artist and bartender
Hometown: Charlotte
College: Appalachian State University:
Degree: BFA Art Education

Melina’s Favorites:
Movie: About Time
TV Show: I have not owned a tv in 10 years
Quote: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately” – Henry David Thoreau
Holiday: birthdays (everyone’s)
Charity: Autism Speaks and Cageless Birds

Background: I cheered throughout high school and recreationally on a collegiate stunt team. I’ve taking dance classes throughout my life as a passion hobby.