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 as a member of 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.

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 grandkids (and their parents!).

Jessica Womack

CLOGGING INSTRUCTOR

Bio Coming soon!

Helen Garcia-Carreras

Clogging and Theatre Instructor

Helen Garcia-Carreras, senior at Lake Oconee Academy, is an avid dancer, singer, instrumentalist, and actress. Local theatrical appearances include Godspell, Big Fish, Pieces of Us, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten {All Star Cast Award} {1A Public Runner-Up}, and Quilters (Sarah McKendree Bonham) {1A Public Best Lead Actress} {1A Public State Champions}. She has received recognition as a participant in District Honor Band in 2017 and 2018, as a GHP semifinalist, and as an All-State Production performer in 2020. Choreography credits include Beauty and the Beast Jr., Shrek the Musical Jr, and Rats! The Story of the Pied Piper. Helen plans to begin her collegiate education toward a BA in Theatre in the Fall.


Magen Ballard

Clogging Instructor

Magen Ballard is a Georgia native who began dancing with Sole Momentum (formerly Toe Jam Time) when she was four years old. She began competing and placing at state competitions with the competitive clogging group and individually by the age of eight years old. She uses her 23 years of dance experience and her love of dance to teach beginner clogging classes and to choreograph new dances for the studio. She loves building relationships with her students and seeing them grow not only as dancers, but also into amazing young ladies and gentlemen. In her spare time, she lives to spend time with her fiance, family and fur babies. She also enjoys community activities and Georgia football. Go dawgs!

Elisa Garcia-carreras

Clogging and ukulele instructor

Elisa Garcia-Carreras is a freshman at Lake Oconee Academy. She has been clogging with Sole Momentum at The Arts Barn since she was two. She has also been playing the ukulele for eight years. 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 playing soccer with her school and participating in school shows. She won "Best Supporting Actress" at Region One Act Competition this year 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.