It’s the start of our 2016-2017 year, and we are so happy to start another year with our faculty, family and students. In sharing and teaching the love of performance art, we choreograph the physical expression of the human conditions that can make us happy, make us aware and teach us all how to pass that love to others. By doing so, we remember purpose and our reason for being. Our new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and, like our current faculty, have shown that love of their art can realize a love of our world.
Chris began dancing at the age of 14, focusing on Hip Hop, while also performing in many Broadway style productions in his hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. At the age of 19, he decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional dancer and he relocated to Florida where he began teaching Hip Hop for ages 5-18 while also intensively training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Acro at Clermont Academy of Dance, now known as Inspiration Dance Academy. He immediately began competing and choreographing for the competition team winning multiple student choreography awards and overall top ten placements for his Duet/trios and large groups. Aside from the studio, Chris attended several conventions and had been awarded a scholarship from Choreographer Dave Scott at The Pulse. During his time in Florida, he also attended a talent showcase performing for agents and managers from all over the country and has since then been hired on as a staff member and choreographer. In the Fall of 2015, Chris moved to New York City where he now lives and works at a studio upstate. Since living in NYC he has trained with multiple choreographers including Luam, Candace Brown, Miguel Zarate, Hollywood, Janelle Ginestra, and KK Harris. Chris most recently received a full scholarship from Janelle to the Build-A-Beast experience in Los Angeles, California at the end of July 2016. Chris’s style as a choreographer is challenging, fun, and energetic and leaves the dancers excited and eager to learn more.
Patti is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she has graced stages in NY and LA. Her passions led her to a career in music while producing events for children’s charities. (Boston/NY AIDS Rides, www.varietyny.org, www.songsoflove.org)
In 2005, she opened The Children’s Center of Goldens Bridge, an art and music center for preschoolers, where Miss Patti’s ArtSmart was born. With the help of her music producer husband, Kevin, Patti released her children’s cd, “Feeling Groovy with Miss Patti” in 2009. They have just released her follow-up EP “Pop Art” featuring songs about Monet, Rodin & Lichtenstein! Patti a musician, actress, and a proud mother of 3.
“When you see the world through the eyes of a child the colors of life have a voice and they are laughing”
Miss Ally began dance lessons the minute she turned 3 years old and was allowed in the studio. Soon ballet and tap were not enough for Ally. She began to study jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, contemporary, modern and pointe. In 2nd grade, Ally’s dance teacher invited her to join her first competition dance team. She has won a variety of awards for solos, duets, trios and groups from multiple dance competitions over the years. The biggest highlight so far was being chosen out of over 1100 girls who auditioned nationwide, to be a scholarship dancer for the Rockette Summer Intensive in New York City. It was truly a once in a lifetime honor. Miss Ally continues to train and live in New York City as well as LA pursing a professional career in dance.