NICK VAN HORN is originally from the Chicago area, Nick moved to North Carolina where he attended Pfeiffer University, met his wife, Dana, and then attended Duke University for seminary. Since then, he has been the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Paul’s, eventually becoming ordained as a priest. Nick’s vision of youth ministry coincides with the missions of Big Brother Big Sisters and Take the Lead NC when he says, “Our purpose is to create a community where people can be who God created them to be, quirks and all. If we can do this, than the Holy Spirit will do her work to transform our young ones to participate in the world as disciples of Christ.” Nick has two daughters, Eleanore and Audrey.
AUDRA ADAMS was born into a musical family and grew up traveling domestically and internationally in musical performance. After training as a student of Ballroom Dance for 3 years, Audra became a Teaching Artist for Dancing Classrooms! “I realize the monumental impact dance made in my self-confidence. I believe if I had been afforded the opportunity to learn dance at a younger age, I could have been walking with my chin up a lot earlier!”
After 3 years of teaching Dancing Classrooms, Audra has seen the difference ballroom dancing has made in her life and in the lives of countless children throughout our community, “I am a better wife, mom, and communicator, the concepts we teach are priceless.”
Audra is Taking the Lead because she believes children in our community need what Dancing Classrooms have to offer.