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About Us

Established in 2014, Southern Sapphires Dance Company aims to provide superior dance education through the use of well-trained staff in a positive and safe environment. We strive to offer a dance experience that is suited to the individual needs of each child. Beyond teaching dance, we believe in instilling life long lessons of commitment, discipline, respect, and teamwork . . . all while having a great time!


We offer classes in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Clogging, Acrobatics, Pom, Pointe, Performance, and Competition. We offer dance instruction for students ages 3 and up, with classes in both recreational and competitive levels. Our competition teams compete at regional and national level competitions across the state. 


Our facility is equipped with Marley flooring, three dance studios, two comfortable waiting areas, and much more. Stop by our studio to discover all we have to offer!


 Ava Lyne is the owner and lead teacher of Southern Sapphires Dance Company. She started dancing at the age of 3 and continued throughout her high school career at a competitive level, winning numerous awards. She went on to join the Bailey Mountain Clogging Team and the Mars Hill Dance Team while in college at Mars Hill University. While on the Bailey Mountain Clogging Team, they won 4 National Championships, and Ava Lyne had the opportunity to travel to Spain and Germany to perform. During the same time, she represented the USA at International Folk Festivals.

After graduation, Ava Lyne moved back home to Fairmont, NC, and started teaching classes at Carolina Performing Arts Company in Lumberton, NC. In 2014, she had the opportunity to buy Carolina Performing Arts Company and changed the name to Southern Sapphires Dance Company. Ava is now living her dream of owning her own studio. She was named Dance Teacher of the Year in 2017 and 2021, and her studio was named Studio of the Year in 2019. She has judged numerous dance competitions and taught at dance conventions over the last four years. She enjoys being a 3rd grade teacher with the Public Schools of Robeson County. 


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Jamie Kessinger

Jamie Kessinger lives in Lumberton with her husband, Stephen, and daughter, Linley.  Since the age of 3, she has always had a love for dance, and danced competitively from elementary through high school, winning various awards. While in college she danced for the UNCP dance team, frequently choreographing performances.  Jamie is looking forward to sharing her experience and knowledge in dance with the students of Southern Sapphires Dance Company. 

Teaches Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop

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Kaylee Chavis
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Suzanne Hodge

Suzanne Hodge lives in St. Pauls with her husband, Daniel, and their daughter, Peyton. From ages 5-18, she danced at Karen Gibson School of Dance, taking ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. She has a degree in Accounting from NC State where she was a member of the Wolfpack Clogging Team for five years, then went on to earned her MBA from Campbell University. Suzanne has helped to coach teams with Robeson County Dancing with the Stars for three seasons, and is looking forward to teaching and sharing her passion of dance at Southern Sapphires Dance Studio.

Teaches 3 & 4 year old Combo Classes, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Pom, Clogging

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Rachel Jacobs

Rachel Jacobs started dancing at age four with Karen Gibson School of Dance taking tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, and lyrical and also clogged competitively with Triple Toe Cloggers. During that time, she clogged at Disney World twice, was a captain and hoe down caller, and choreographed multiple routines for different dance styles. She is getting her masters degree in Counseling at The University of North Carolina of Pembroke. She is the guidance counselor at Ed v Baldwin Elementary School.  Rachel is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with the students of Southern Sapphires Dance Company.

Teaches Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Clogging

Sofia McLamb

Kaylee Chavis' love for dance began at the age of three, when she has began training in many different dance styles, including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and clogging. She has competed with Southern Sapphires Dance Company since 2015, and earned dance convention scholarships, top placements, and judge’s awards. She was named “Over-All Miss Ultimate Starz Dance” during the 2021-2022 National Ultimate Starz Dance competition. Kaylee looks forward to continuing her dance career and is excited to be sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with students at Southern Sapphires Dance Company.

Teaches Jazz, Clogging, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Tap

Ella has been involved with dance since she was three years old. In 2014, she began dancing
with Southern Sapphires and has been dancing competitively for six years. She is trained in
many aspects of dance including, jazz lyrical, clogging, hip hop, ballet, and tumbling. Performing
is Ella’s passion and for this reason she enjoys dancing on stage. Ella is looking froward to
having a great year with students at Southern Sapphires Dance Company.

Sofia McLamb is 16 years old and attends Lumberton High School. She started dancing at the
age of 2 and has been dancing for over 12 years now. Sofia’s favorite styles of dance include
clogging, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Sofia is looking forward to teaching and seeing what this
year’s dance season bring at Southern Sapphires Dance Company.

Rebecca Cole

Rebecca Cole is 29 years old and a teacher with the Public Schools of Robeson County. Rebecca has been married for two years to her husband, Andrew and they have a golden-doodle named Lady. She resides in Red Springs, which is where she was born and raised. She is excited about having the opportunity to work with children through dance. 

 Instructor for Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Tap

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Jailyn Newberry

Jailyn Newberry is 14 years old and a Freshman at Lumberton Senior High School. She has been dancing since she could walk and is in her 6th year on the competition team at Southern Sapphires. Her goal after high school is to attend UNC Chapel Hill to study to become a pediatrician and become a part of their dance team. She loves helping others discover their passion for dance.

Assistant instructor for Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pom, Acrobatics

Madison Horne

Madison started dancing at the age of eight under Ava Lyne Graham. She has taken tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, clogging, and hip hop. Madison competed with the Southern Sapphires Competition Teams since she was 10 where she and her team won numerous awards. Madison is getting her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is a 3rd year veteran and captain of the dance team at UNCP. Madison looks forward to sharing her love of dance to students at Southern Sapphires Dance Company. 

Instructor for Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical


3495 Fayetteville Rd. Lumberton NC 28358



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