goodmonlogoChasta was presented an award by Leadership Triangle for her involvement in the arts in the Triangle Region of North Carolina. The press release for Chasta and the other winners is available online here.

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Arts: Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, Stage Door Dance Productions (award for her not the organization)

Chasta Hamilton Calhoun’s passion for dance is expansive, and she has worked tirelessly for the past several years to improve the dance industry within the Triangle region.  At only 27 years old, Chasta has taken the dance world by storm.  She is the Owner/Artistic Director at Stage Door Dance Productions in Raleigh, which opened in June 2009 and is now in its 4th season.  The studio is committed to the community, regularly performing at events and parades, donating to charitable events and organizations, and supporting local entities like the Durham Performing Art’s Suntrust Broadway Series, Theatre in the Park’s A Christmas Carol, Raleigh Little Theatre’s Cinderella, the Junior League of Raleigh’s A Shopping SPREE!, and countless school organizations.  Chasta has also expanded the studio’s reach through satellite programs at the Carolina Country Club and North Hills Club.

Aside from her main studio work, Chasta founded and directed the Sightless Rhythm Tap Project at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. Chasta also authored a dance patch program for the Girl Scouts of the Coastal Pines. Chasta is certified in ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics and serves as a member of the Carolina Dance Masters and as a National Board Member of Dance Masters of America.  Chasta is also on the Board of the North Carolina Dance Alliance and is a member of Dance Educators of America.  Chasta is increasing the standard of dance within the area.  She regularly guest teaches at area studios and approaches her work with excitement, enthusiasm, and passion. Through her dance work, students are passionate, open to learning and being inspired to be great citizens and leaders. Through her example, students see time management in action, realize the value of organization and gain an appreciation for her hard-work and commitment. Chasta’s energy is magnetic, and she’ll continue being a tour de force in the region.


Capitol Broadcasting Company published an article about the event entitled “Annual Goodmon Awards Honors Change, Innovation and Forward Thinking.” You can view is online here.