Meet Our Staff 

Larisa Dahabi is the owner and ballet instructor  of Mt.Pleasant School of Performing Arts, LLC.  

In addition to teaching all levels of Ballet she trains her dancers to perform on stage. She is also the founder, artistic director and choreographer for the schools resident non profit dance company Mt. Pleasant Performing Arts Company where she has produced and directed many wonderful performances over the past 12 years.  She continues to bring the art of dance to the low country with her teaching and performance skills. 

She resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC with her husband and three adult children.  She devotes her time and energy to enhancing young lives with the art of dance and performing on stage thru her love of dance.    

Sonya Cole trained in classical ballet at the New Jersey School of Ballet, where she started dancing at age 6. She was part of New Jersey Ballet’s Junior Company throughout high school and apprenticed with the company into college. She performed demi-soloist roles in the Nutcracker on tour with the company throughout the Northeast. She has performed in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Concerto Barocco, Hansel and Gretel, Flower Festival at Ganzano and Le Bayadere, to name a few. Sonya taught ballet for all children's levels from 2007-2017 at Danceworks Studios in Montclair, New Jersey, before she moved with her husband and two daughters to Mt. Pleasant.  Sonya is a graduate of New York University and Seton Hall Law School

Anne Vesery has been with Mt. Pleasant School of  Performing Arts and its resident dance company since its inception in 2000.  Prior to retiring to Mt. Pleasant with her husband Rene’ (scenary designer and creator for MPPAC), she worked as a Registered Nurse with a OB/Gyn doc for 8 years and before that as a Labor and Delivery Room nurse at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.  That is definitely a far cry from what she is doing now as Business Manager and Production Coordinator.  She is the glue that holds the busines end of MPSPA and MPPAC together.  Can’t live without her.  

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