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TARA DREW

Tara Drew began dancing at age three at Ballet Mississippi, and continued her training at Ballet Magnificat School of the Arts. At fifteen, Tara was a semi-finalist in the 1994 USA International Ballet Competition, and has received many scholarships to dance schools including Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet. She danced professionally with Ballet Magnificat touring the US and Europe. After moving to Atlanta, Tara danced for the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, had the opportunity to dance at the NBA All Star Game and the TNT Celebrity Game, and choreographed for the team in 2004. She also danced for Phyzics Urban Dance Company, studied at the Atlanta Ballet, and taught at the Praise Him With Dance School.  She performed in many projects including the independent film “Petunia”, Mak Attack Fitness Fashion Show, and an IBM Industrial Show.   Tara is a guest teacher and choreographer for schools and artistic groups across the US, and is a faculty member of the Summer Workshop Intensive at Ballet Magnificat. Her choreography has received top honors at several recent competitions. Tara’s dance education continues today at various studios in Chicago, including Lou Conte Dance Center. Tara lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, and is married to Bryce Drew, former NBA player and associate basketball coach at Valparaiso University.

TARA DREW


JORDAN BROWN


STEVE SOUTHHALL

The best Hip Hop teacher in NorthWest Indiana!  Steve brings his vast knowledge of the hip hop world as well as his unique style.  The change in our students after only having Steve for one year has been night and day!!  


SUZI LANGLOIS

Suzi has been with us for almost 1 year and the increase in enrollment of our Kinder Dancers has almost tripled!!  Suzi not only has a way with the little ones but she is instilling the knowledge of correct technique all the way down to our 18 month old dancers.  ( We affectionately call her the Toddler Whisperer)   Suzi in unique in the fact that she also has a teaching degree in elementary Education.


RACHEL CRUM

Rachel is the newest member of our team and we are thrilled to have her.  I was fortunate enough to have her walk through my door literally one week ago!   Look for more classes to be added to sustain the growth that her style of dancing will bring!


AMITY MCKIDDY

Amity began dancing at age 4 in nearby Portage, IN.  Her dance experience is varied and diverse, including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop.  She began teaching at the age of 15 and found her true dance passion- choreography.  Her interest in choreography started when she assisted other choreographers at Dance Educators of America, including Lyn Knight, Matthew Clark, as well as Mia Michaels of So You Think You Can Dance?  fame.  After attending Columbia College in Chicago, she opened, owned, and operated Crown Point Dance Affiliates, where her dancers won numerous Regional and National titles.   She taught on Move Intensive with Tokyo, Leo Morimune, Lizzie McKenzie, Emily Shock, Zandra Thomas, Aly Moss, Deja Riley, and Amanda Anderson.

Her students have won countless top awards and have gone on to perform in very prestigious groups (we like to think it’s due to, in large part, Amity’s talent and dedication!).  In 2012, top awards were won at Starquest Nationals, Applause Rockford, Hall of Fame Dance, Showstopper Battlecreek, and NRG.  Some of her students have won awards such as Pulse Protégée, NRG Prodigy, Hall of Fame Inductee, Hollywood Vibe Jr. Dancer of the Year, and numerous Starquest National Titles.  Amity’s dancers have also gone on to perform for the University of Louisville Dance Team, the Purdue Dance Team, the Purdue Gold Dusters, Higher Ground Dance Company, IU in Motion Dance Company, IU Theater Department, and the Butler University Dance Program.  Amity’s students have also appeared in Miss Teen USA pageants, and with the Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO, Pauly D., Beyoncé, Katy Perry, M.A.D.D.Rhythms, ABT, and the Joffrey Ballet.  Her dancers have also appeared in numerous publications, including Dancers Among Us, Dance Spirit, the Leo’s Catalog, and Illinois Theatrical.

All of that notwithstanding, Amity is very excited to join our family and looks forward to  sharing her passion for dance with us!


JENNA ROBERTS

Jenna RobertsBorn in San Luis Obispo, CA Jenna Roberts started off as a gymnast but shortly after moving to Indiana she began taking dance classes. By the age of 15 Jenna was part of her dance studio's competition team which traveled throughout the Chicagoland area to compete. She was involved in the dance competition/convention circuit throughout her high school career aside from also being a part of her high school's Pom Team. After graduating from Valparaiso High School, Jenna began teaching dance classes in Northwest Indiana. She taught every style of dance: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and even hip hop! While teaching Jenna continued to dance under the instruction of Tara Drew.  She later transferred to Purdue University in West Lafayette where she was a member and choreographer of the Higher Ground Dance Company. Jenna graduated in December of 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in General Biology and a minor in Psychology. She has been teaching dance for over 8 years and has been a choreographer for the Eclipse competition team for the past 3 years. Her competition dances have consistently received platinum awards, top placement and numerous special judges awards. One of Jenna's most recent dances from the 2012-2013 competition season, entitled "Falling in Love" , was the Teen Small Group National Champion and World Series Champion at Hall of Fame Nationals. She now lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband Justin Roberts, who is also a professional hip hop dancer/choreographer.


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