About Our Creative Directors
Valerie Curran, Owner
Valerie attended NC State University to major in chemical engineering, she danced with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet and Tap Company at Fletcher's School of Dance in Asheville, NC where she performed lead roles in the Nutcracker as well as danced competitively in tap and jazz. At NC State, Valerie was a dancer and captain of the NC State Dance Team for 4 years.
After college, she danced professionally for the Carolina Cobras Arena Football team and then moved to Philadelphia to cheer professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team. While an Eagles cheerleader for 4 years and captain of the team for 2 years, she performed in the Super Bowl, in Bosnia and Kosovo for the troops stationed there, in Hong Kong in the Chinese New Year Parade, on tv shows such as Cold Pizza and Good Morning America, and was featured in publications such as FHM, Fantasy Football Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.
Valerie also has a knack for planning. While in Philly, she worked for Max and Me Catering at the National Constitution Center as a sales manager and wedding specialist. There she planned weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and corporate events for clients such as Comcast, HBO, Subaru, KPMG, GSK, and Dikembe Mutombo.
Now back in Raleigh with her husband, Eric, and 4 dogs, Nuala, Sulley, Cocoa Bean, and Sissi, Valerie owns Elevate, a live performance company and The Titled Stage!
Kelsie Jayne, Boutique Manager and Lead Costume Designer
Kelsie graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. She has traveled all over the nation performing, choreographing, and judging different dance and theatre styles. She spent several seasons performing at Cedar Point in shows such as Luminosity and Vertical Impact. Kelsie recently had the opportunity to perform at California's Great America in Ed Alonzo's The Second Greatest Showman. Between contracts, she was dancing in Chicago for Chicago Dance Crash, Moonwater Dance Project, and Peckish Rhodes Performing Arts Society. She was also a judge for Triple S Dance Competition all around the midwest. Having been teaching for approximately eight years, Kelsie has taught and choreographed for all ages and levels. She is currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina where she performs and choreographs for Elevate Performance and Production Company, of whom she has been performing with for ten years. She is also the Manager of The Tilted Stage, where she enjoys being creative and connecting with others involved in the theatre arts.