Lindsay Tilley began dancing locally at the age of nine. During her local studio training Lindsay was a member of the Durham Children’s Ballet Company as well as Alyanfe, the African American Dance Ensemble’s Children’s Company directed by Dr Chuck Davis.
She performed and competed on local and national levels, being crowned Jr. Miss Dance of the United States at thirteen. At fourteen, Lindsay left Durham to attend the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem as a high school ballet major. While there, she performed in many roles from classical ballet to jazz. During her high school years, Lindsay attended dance programs with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as professionally guest performing with the New Jersey Coastal Ballet. Upon graduation, Lindsay returned to the triangle to pursue professional dancing and teaching. She danced with the Duke University Dance Program, Chapel Hill Dance Theatre and the 15-501 Ballet while teaching in the Durham Chapel Hill area.
Later Lindsay went on to join the Carolina Ballet as their first paid professional dancer. After enjoying three years with Carolina Ballet, Lindsay decided to start a family and return to teaching, becoming a certified member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America , Acrobatic Arts , Alixa Flexibility , Progressing Ballet Technique, National Dance Education Organization, Dancing Memories & Dance Studio Owners Association.
While owning and teaching at Encore Academy of Dance Lindsay also teaches at many workshops and community events around the state, as well as teaching master classes for other studios in North Carolina. She spent 15 years teaching preschool, first at St. Luke’s Preschool and Kindergarten then at Grey Stone Preschool and Kindergarten before becoming a teaching assistant for Kindergarten. Lindsay then went on to create the dance program at Excelsior Classical Academy, a local charter school, while teaching grades Kindergarten through ninth. Lindsay has recently returned to Grey Stone Preschool and Kindergarten. She is the mother of four very wonderful boys; Omar, Ayman, Ethan and Isaac, and the proud grandmother of Ryker.