Meet the Instructors

Meet the Instructors

Lora Garcia-Carreras

DIRECTOR

Lora Garcia-Carreras is a Georgia native who, along with her husband of seventeen years and their four children, moved to Greensboro for its small-town, community feel. Lora was inspired by the arts from a young age, clogging with her brother as a preschooler, and singing and dancing with her mom. These abilities were honed in Rockdale County's Class Act Show Choir, numerous theatrical performances, and the color guard at Rockdale County High School. After college, she went on to work with differently-abled, as well as typically-abled students, where she came to appreciate more fully what each individual had to contribute to those around them.

At 19, Lora, launched her first dance program in Conyers, supported by Conyers' first clogging teacher, Carol Brown. Lora specializes in Appalachian-style Clogging, America's national folk-dance. As the program grew, she developed a focus on Clogging For a Cause - using the talents of the group to raise funds for hurricane and tsunami victims, filling food pantries, and buoying the spirits of those in nursing homes and care facilities. Over the years Lora has choreographed shows for Woodward Academy, Heritage High School, Class Act and Eastminster School; taught music at the Montessori School of Covington; directed original theater productions and assisted Mary Lynn Luke at Eastminster School. She now is the award-winning director of Lake Oconee Academy's theatre department.

Lora had the opportunity to represent the United States overseas several times in Folk Dance Festivals through her participation with Special Edition Cloggers. Lora's own clogging troupe, Sole Momentum (formerly known as Toe Jam Time) has represented the US at The RIFE International Children's Folk Festival in France. In addition every summer, Sole Momentum entertains at Kirk Cameron's Camp Firefly, a retreat for critically-ill children and their families in Callaway Gardens.

Her love of service and the arts has led Lora to embark on a vision of serving the Greensboro community through programs offered at The Arts Barn.

Sarah Christopher

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Sarah has been involved with The Arts Barn since it came to be in 2016. Like the Garcias, she made the permanent move to Greensboro from Conyers when the school they were all a part of closed in 2015. Reflecting on the studio’s history, Sarah says, “The Arts Barn is so much more than a studio offering some performing arts classes. It is a place actively committed to growing and supporting every aspect of an individual’s development, and to that end, making positive contributions to our community. The Barn is family!” When not tending to Arts Barn business, Sarah can likely be found enjoying the company of her grandkids (and their parents!).

Jessica Womack

CLOGGING INSTRUCTOR

Jessica thrives in the creative world; it's her happy place. She started dancing at the age of 4 and has done many forms of dance throughout the years. As she got older, her primary focus became clogging, and she started competing in competitions. In high school, she became a junior instructor, which led to teaching her own classes. Jessica graduated high school and attended the Aveda Institute of Atlanta. She gained her master's cosmetology license and began her career. Jessica also attended the Aveda Advanced Academy in NYC, which opened the door for her to start working in New York Fashion Weeks. On top of building her clientele, Jessica became an instructor within her salon and began teaching new stylists. In 2015, Jessica got married, and in 2018, she started her family. today, Jessica has put her salon career on hold to be home with her daughter. She is still teaching dance and finds herself helping out The Arts Barn's theatre program by doing hair and working with wigs... still feeding her creative outlet.

Elisa Garcia-Carrerars

CLOGGING, GUITAR, UKULELE INSTRUCTOR

Elisa Garcia-Carreras is a junior at Lake Oconee Academy. She has been clogging with Sole Momentum at The Arts Barn since she was two. She has been playing instruments since she was 6, and enjoys learning new ones. She has been able to put these talents to use by teaching the intermediate clogging class and heading up ukulele circle with The Arts Barn. When she's not dancing and singing, Elisa enjoys writing music and participating in school shows. She won "Best Supporting Actress" at the 2019 Region One Act Competition in her school's production of Quilters. Other shows she's been in include: Shrek Jr, Seussical the Musical Jr, Once Upon a Mattress, and All Shook Up. She hopes to be a musical therapist when she is an adult.

KEvin Alexander

GUITAR AND UKULELE INSTRUCTOR

Kevin Alexander is a music educator who lives in Eatonton. He is the Worship Pastor at Lakeside Church at Lake Oconee as well as the 5th Grade Band Director at Lake Oconee Academy. Kevin began playing guitar in high school in local blues/rock and christian bands. While attending Georgia College on a music scholarship, he applied music theory to his guitar playing as he continued making music in college. Kevin graduated with a Music Education degree and has taught 5th-12th grade band for four years.

Kevin is married to Sidney Alexander and they have two incredible children, Miles and Sam.

Helen Garcia-Carreras

THEATRE INSTRUCTOR

Helen Garcia-Carreras is a sophomore at Georgia College and State University pursing a BA in Theatre and a minor in Dance. Helen is an avid dancer, singer, instrumentalist, and actress. She has been in many roles in theatrical productions including sound designer, musician, director, choreographer, prop mistress, set building, set painting, and of course, acting. Local theatrical appearances include Puffs, Godspell, Once Upon a Mattress, Big Fish, and Quilters {1A Public Best Actress} {1A Public State Champions}. Choreography credits include Beauty and the Beast Jr., Shrek the Musical Jr, Rats! The Story of the Pied Piper, and Stone Soup. Directing credits include Behind the Desk.