Southside Dance Center Instructors 

Lori Gelezinsky  

Owner/Director & Instructor

Lori is a native of Chadbourn, NC and a current resident of Tabor City, North Carolina. She graduated from West Columbus High School as Valedictorian in 1990. During high school she trained locally, and studied at the North Carolina Governor’s School of Dance. While pursuing her degree at East Carolina University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow Scholarship Recipient, Lori performed with the college’s nationally ranked dance team for four years – competing in the ESPN College National Championships held in San Antonio, Texas (where they were ranked fourth in the nation) and San Deigo, California. She was also cast in ECU’s annual Dance Theatre for three years consecutively. Lori graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Dance Education from ECU in 1994.

Lori holds a certification from the State of North Carolina to teach dance to grades kindergarten through twelve in the public schools and taught dance and theatre arts to students at East Columbus High School from 1994 to 1998. While there, she created and directed the county’s first and only School Dance Team, the Gator Girls, who competed in the National High School Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Florida. She directed “Oliver!”, “Westside Story,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”   Lori was voted twice by her fellow faculty members at ECHS as the school’s “Teacher of the Year.”  Lori also served as choreographer for the Columbus County Theatre Association in their production of the musical “Grease.”

Lori taught at Turning Point Studio in Whiteville in 1996 and 1997 and has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Dance Alliance. She has been honored four times with an invitation to serve as guest dance clinician for the largest student arts festival in the state – “Celebrate the Arts” in 2001, 2004, 2012, and 2016.  Lori has also judged auditions for the ECU Dance Team and for professional teams in the Winston Salem area.

Lori has been honored to serve as guest choreographer for the Wilmington Ballet Company’s production of the Nutcracker for the past six years.  She will choreograph and set the “Entrance to the Land of the Sweets” on Southside Dancers again in 2019.

Having opened Southside Dance Center in 1997, she has directed and taught in the studio since it’s beginning. 

Lori ultimately holds family as her highest achievement and greatest possession. She is married to Barry Gelezinsky and they have two children, Brady and Layla. She is an active member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church where she co-teaches an adult Sunday School class and serves on the Youth Advisory Council.  Lori feels extremely blessed and most importantly, proclaims Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord.

Sloan Elizabeth Blair

Sloan is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Dance and Early Childhood Education.  She was a member of Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority during all four of her college years.  During her Senior Year, she choreographed for the 2014 Homecoming competition, Spurs and Struts, on behalf of her sorority, leading them to win the small group organization. The annual competition is held between all campus organizations.  In the summer of 2014, Sloan taught dance at Arts In Action Music Studio summer arts camp for underpriviledged children in the West Columbia, SC community.  The summer camp introduced children to five arts concentrations that included dance, acting, voice, piano and violin.  Sloan is a Southside Dance Center alumni, having trained at Southside during her younger years and graduating from Green Sea Floyds High School.  While at SDC, she performed with the competitive teams, and assisted with various ages of classes.    In 2017, Sloan served as the choreographer for the Green Sea Floyd’s High School production of “Annie” and became a professional member of the National Dance Education Organization.  Sloan is the dance and theatre teacher at East Columbus High School and recently directed “Honk!” in 2018 and “Annie” in 2019 as the school’s spring musical.  We are excited to welcome Sloan back “home” to her SDC family. Our students love her fun and energetic choreography! 

Jaclyn Ray

Jaclyn is a Columbus County native returning home as a 2016 graduate of East Carolina University. She holds a degree in Public Health Studies with a concentration in pre-health professions. She graduated from South Columbus High School as Salutatorian in 2012. While at ECU, Jaclyn performed all four years with the Magnolia Belles, the only all female a cappella ensemble at the university. During her two year tenure as President of the Belles, the group hosted the first A Capella Invitational held on campus at ECU in the fall of 2015. While an extremely talented vocalist, Jaclyn also has an extensive dance background. She was a student at Southside for several of her younger years and continued her training with family in Loris, SC. She performed dance competitively for numerous years during her training and has also served as an assistant instructor. Recently, in April of 2019, Jaclyn choreographed nine pieces for the Loris High School beginner and advanced show choirs.  Jaclyn brings professionalism and creativity to our studio and we are so thankful she is a part of the SDC Team.  During the day, Jaclyn works with Myrtle Beach Billboards and in the evenings, she is busy dancing with and teaching our SDC students.  All our dancers love her sweet personality and exciting choreography!


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