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Meet Our Staff

Meet Arts International professional staff.  All of our staff members are  masters in their

area of expertise and bring to our classroom a level of professionalism with a heart of

worship that sets us apart from other art schools.  

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Prima Ballerina & Sensei
 
Susanne Sanders 

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Owner / Director, Master Teacher

Arts International Ministries Executive Director

  • Ordained minister, teacher, speaker, and author

  • B.S. in Biology and Pre-Med with an emphasis in dance from Charleston Southern University

  • World champion kick boxer, Black Belt Hall of Fame member and 3rd degree Black Belt

  • Former prima ballerina, principal dancer, and choreographer with both international ballet and jazz companies

Susanne has studied, taught, and performed nationally and internationally, Chicago, N.Y., Oklahoma, Atlanta, S.C., Germany, Switzerland, Africa, Israel, and Scotland. As a Principal dancer, choreographer, and producer with both: International Ballet & Jazz Companies.

Her principal roles include Le Corsaire, Don Quixote’, Chopiniana, Four Seasons, Coppélia, Carmen, Pas de Quatre, Facade, Grand Prix, Swan Lake, and many other original productions she has written, choreographed, and produced.

Education background: Virginia Intermont College, Oklahoma University, North Carolina School of Performing Arts, Reformed Theological Seminary and graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Pre-Med. Minor in English with an emphasis in Dance.

Honors: Susanne is an ordained minister. Tri-Beta National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among Colleges & Universities, Outstanding Young Women in America, Cambridge Whose Who, and has participated Spoleto, USA and in the Artist in Residence program for S.C.

Susanne is a former South Carolina’s Junior Miss (winner of four preliminaries) then represented SC at America’s Junior Miss, two-time finalist in the Miss South Carolina, and 1st Runner up in the Mrs. S.C. International Pageant. Through her extensive performing, pageant, television commercial, and modeling career she participates in all phases of pageantry and stage production.

Karate is another area of expertise for Susanne. She owns Arts International (Conservatory & Dojo) an affiliate school of Karate World under Master Gene Lewis, which trains Zen Ketsugo and American Tae Kwon Do Styles. Susanne was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame,

Won the World Title in Kickboxing and has the rank of a 3rd degree Black Belt.

Presently, she owns and operates Arts International (Conservatory & Dojo), which trains all levels of dance, karate, etiquette, manners, and modeling education, as well as a talent development and booking agency.

Founder and Executive Director of Arts International Ministries 501(c)(3) (non-profit professional company), an outreach touring performing arts company. Arts International offers scholarships for students that qualify for any of our class disciplines.  We offer local outreach performances such as “The Lovely Ducklings” production about children with disabilities, and “Waging War” ministry production about learning to have a Braveheart, which is also being put into a Bible Study workbook.

Finally, Arts International has had the opportunity to travel to ten countries over the last 16 years taking our youth, as well as our professional company members, to perform and do outreach service to all peoples, languages, and cultures.

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 Brooke Spence 

Instructor, Choreographer, Company Assistant, and

 Executive Board Secretary

Brooke is a graduate from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Political Science and Pre-Law. She was one of the founding members and teachers of Arts International (Conservatory & Dojo) and Arts International Ministries and has extensive dance education and pageant experience. She is a Former Miss South Carolina Teen 2004. Along with being a proficient teacher in ballet, pointe, worship and lyrical, she is one of the studio's main choreographers. Her love for God and the arts has opened doors for her to travel with our outreach performing arts team on several missions' trips. Brooke is currently the Vice President with Cable Conveyor Systems her family business.  

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 Ellen Neely Hinkle 

Arts International Ministries Executive Vice President, Teacher, and Graphics Designer

Ellen is a mother, artist, registered nurse, and butterfly enthusiast.

She has worked in children’s ministry, graphic design, photography, pageantry, and has toured internationally as a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, and minister. Ellen has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina, and she does her best to advocate and care for her patients. She loves encouraging other parents through homeschooling ideas and sharing God’s word.

Ellen enjoys being outside in nature, having story time, and learning new Taekwondo skills.  She was the founding member of Arts International formerly (Turning Pointe Centre for the Arts) and is currently Arts International Ministries 501(c)(3) Executive VP. 

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 Rachel Miller 

Instructor, Musical Theater, Kid’s Music, Vocal Coach, Beginner Piano

Rachel Miller (Rizzuti) is a young artist who loves to share her voice and her music! She grew up in Lexington, South Carolina. Eventually moving to Virginia and where she graduated from Liberty University in 2008, traveling with many music teams and bands along the way. She began working in full-time children’s ministry for 5 years in Asheville, North Carolina, which only deepened her desire to live in a way that impacted lives. Singing came naturally. Songwriting came slowly. But over the years, the songs came, grew, and changed right along with her. Over the years she has traveled to Germany, Canada, Mexico, India, Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. Rachel eventually began singing in English and Spanish frequently! Her passion for crossing over cultural boundaries has been a defining characteristic of her musical journey.

In 2012, Rachel sang the National Anthem four separate times for Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign events in South Carolina and in Asheville, North Carolina. Singing at the Asheville Civic Center for over 10,000 people during the final weeks of the election.

In 2014, Rachel began singing and acting in local and regional musical theater productions, often getting lead roles and solos with no prior experience, other than competitions in college. Her first acting role was “Judy Bernly” one of the three leading women in “9 to 5, The Musical.” Her musical theatre repertoire increased during “New York Minute: A Musical Revue.” In this show, Rachel sang and acted in varying roles such as, “Eliza Doolittle” from “My Fair Lady” and “Elphaba” from “Wicked.” She was cast in, “Legends of Country Music” at Onstage Productions singing with an ensemble cast of fifteen vocalists and musicians, where she sang songs by Dolly Parton and other notables! Most recently she performed in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” with Onstage Productions as “Viola/Cesario!”

After completing her solo Christian worship album and releasing it in January 2014, Rachel immediately began planning for the next recording project. After successfully reaching her Kickstarter goal, She is currently recording two more album projects after successfully selling out both nights of her showcase called “Light Up The Night” which debuted at OnStage Productions May 22-23, 2015!

Her new projects include Broadway covers as well as original pop/rock/folk songs born out of the last two years of growth and personal development.

She currently teaches voice lessons and musical theatre out of Arts International (Conservatory & Dojo) in Lexington, South Carolina.

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Abigayle McEntire

Teacher, Assistant Teacher NCA EEC,

 Arts International Ministries Company and Karate Team Member

Abigayle (Abbi) has been training in karate for three years, dancing for seven years and her music, vocals, and acting for ten years.  This year she is bringing her gifts and talents to our students as our newest staff member. 

 She is originally from Knoxville Tennessee and has been training with Arts International for six years.

Abigayle has played lead roles in Arts International productions such as: The Lovely Ducklings she played - Addi, Aladdin she played the lead -Aladdin.

Currently she is an assist to Ms. Susanne at Northside Christian Academy EEC on site dance & karate programs along with helping her write and direct production for the studio. Last year she helped with writing, staging, and production in our 2022-2023 The Father’s Heart production and looks forward to working in this capacity this year.

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 Tori Schneider 

Modeling, Etiquette, Makeup Artist,

 Hair Stylist and Arts International Vocalist 

  • Graduate of Lacy Cosmetology School

  • Experience: modeling, singing, acting

  • Special Events: weddings, proms, pageants, formal occasions, photo shoots

Tori is married and has three beautiful children and is the daughter of Susanne Sanders and has been raised around the love of the performing arts.  She has been an assistant to her mother all her life and has traveled on several mission trips as a vocalist with Arts International Ministries 501(c)(3).  Tori has experience as a Make-up Artist, Model, Singer, and Actor.  She has traveled on the company missions' trip to Germany, Scotland, France, and Switzerland as a singer/actor.  While on tour, Tori has instructed children’s acting classes and workshops, as well as sings many of the company worship songs the dancers perform.

Tori has a passion for horses passed down from her Nana and is a competitive Equestrian Horse Rider and loves everything to do with riding.  She is a graduate from Lacy’s School of Cosmetology and has assisted in our stage make-up artistry for several of our major productions (The Lovely Ducklings, Waging War and recently Creation Story.  

Currently Tori and her husband own and operate Southern Oak Construction & Design LLC where she is an interior designer.

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 Lynette McCoy 

Arts International Ministries Executive Board, Worship Company Vocalist,

and Prayer Support

Lynette McCoy is a wife, mother to three beautiful young ladies, grandmother and a vocalist and prayer warrior.

She has worked in our musical theatre children’s ministry,  photography, and has toured internationally as a professional actress, singer, and on the ministry team. Lynette has a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina. She has been a faithful supporter, and member of Arts International formerly (Turning Pointe Centre for the Arts) and is currently Arts International Ministries 501(c)(3) Executive Board Secretary. 

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 Jordan Huberty 

Guest Instructor

Jordan Huberty was born in Port Washington, Wisconsin. She was a trainee at Portland Festival Ballet, under Artistic Director John Magnus.  Graduated from Kettle Moraine Perform – Performing Arts High School with a focus in dance. From there, Jordan spent two years as a trainee at BalletMet, in Columbus, Ohio, under Academy Director Timothy Lynch. She was then an apprentice with Fort Wayne Ballet.  She danced professionally for BrayBallet Company, under Artistic Director Eddy Bray.  She has done work in ballroom, film, modeling, and commercial dance. 

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