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Kimberly Williams

Dance teacher



Dance teacher extraordinaire Kimberly Williams has worked at Jamie Masters School of Dance for the past three years. Before coming to Charlotte, Kim was a member of the dance team at UNC Chapel Hill, and taught dance in Kansas. "The [Chapel Hill] team was called the High Kickin' Heels -- they nixed that title the year before I got there. It was unique but cheesy."

Kim's father Roy Williams is the head basketball coach at UNC Chapel Hill. He took the job after Kim graduated with a B.A. in English.

"I always knew I loved dance. When I went to college I didn't know if it was a career. After college an old dance teacher asked me to teach, and I fell in love with it! It wasn't until I was in the class, in charge, and I was like -- hey, I kinda like this!"

She teaches jazz, tap and hip-hop. Her youngest student is 4 years old, and her oldest is in her 60s.

The inspiration for her choreography comes from the music and her students. "In hip-hop, some of the girls want to do the moves that they see in the [music] video, so if they can show me, I'll let them add it to the routine."

The weirdest thing that ever happened while she was dancing was when she hit the wall -- literally. As a student, Kim says "there was one corner that stuck out a little further from the wall. I saw it out of the corner of my eye during the routine, so I bailed on the turn, afraid I was going to hit the corner. I hit the wall instead!"