Born and raised in neighboring Columbus County, Dana is a true Carolina girl. A career in renewable energy took her across the southeast, but when she had a chance to move back "home" in 2009, she took the leap with her family and landed in Southport, NC. By 2014, an interest in real estate allowed her to become a Realtor, now with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, and by 2017 she purchased and retrofitted the beautiful Inspirations Dance Centre (IDC) facility where her three daughters now dance! Her efforts produced a Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year for 2018 and the Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year Award in May of 2019 courtesy of the Wilmington Business Journal and UNCW. In October of 2019, she was named one of "Brunswick Magazine's Future 10 Professionals for 2019." January 2020 served as board member, July 2020, Vice President, June 2021, President of the Board of Directors for the Brunswick Arts Council 501(c)(3) nonprofit, she has been influential in the "Dancing on Air" outreach program that delivers ballet to underserved communities in Brunswick County, NC. Not limited to just dance, Dana has her hands in many of the projects and outreach programs for all forms of art. Hosting many "Healing with Arts" workshops at IDC during Covid-19 to allow for social distance and healing for the community members and veterans. Look for her influence in all programs at Brunswick Arts Council, River Run Laundry and Inspirations Dance Centre.