Bryant “Drew” Andrews is a dynamic community leader with over 30 years of human service experience, an unbridled passion for the arts and a dedicated focus on youth engagement. Encapsulating art-based pedagogy: Drew provides high-quality arts education, a safe and supportive learning environment, a platform for youth to find their voice and prepares, encourages and guides students of all ages … Read More
Meridith is a remarkable individual whose dedication, passion, and intelligence shine through her work. As an invaluable member what the CCE family, she is known for her unwavering work ethic and her exceptional problem-solving abilities. Meridith’s journey with CCE began in 2001 when she selflessly started volunteering her time. Over the years, her commitment and contributions to the organization led … Read More
Lisa Brown has been dancing since the early age of 5, when her father forced her to participate in an art showcase he coordinated for their community in Staten Island, NY where she was born. Despite the impromptu nature of this request, Lisa immediately connected with her natural given skill to dance and stole the show. At that point Lisa … Read More
Maia is Co-Director and instructor of Dojo Dance Company & Hudson Valley Tango. Her dance background extends from ballet, Argentine Tango, Latin dance, Modern Jazz, Folk, Flamenco & belly dance. She is also a licensed DXF coach and Groove facilitator for kids and adults. In 2017 created with her husband “The Hudson Valley Tango Festival”, the only existing Tango Festival … Read More
Jim Fitzmorris is a percussionist and vocalist who has performed in Vermont, New Jersey, and New York City with Afro-Brazilian ensembles and baterias such as Maracatu New York, Sambatucada, Naquele Tempo, and M’Zumé Carnaval. He studied intensively in 2007 and 2008 with percussion masters Jorge Alabe, Scott Kettner, Jorge Martins, and Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro at California Brazil Camp. Also … Read More
Sue has spent the last 25 years as a Health Kinesiologist and Energy Healer and has loved to dance since she could stand! She started taking classes with Drew about 12 years ago and was hooked. She participated in the first ever DXF coach training 6 years ago and has been teaching a low impact/beginners class ever since. It is … Read More
I started with the Energy Dance Company when I was in 6th grade, and danced for six years with the ensemble. Doing so PUSHED ME OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE – I was so quiet and shy when I was younger. “Energy” helped me be more social and definitely ALLOWED ME TO EXPERIENCE things, places and people. This would not … Read More
CCE has been inspirational in HELPING FIND MY PURPOSE today by instilling confidence in me when I was a little girl. Dance allowed me to EXPRESS MYSELF physically and verbally. Stimulating memories of practice sessions in the studio still remind me of the POWER OF TEAMWORK, the blessing of having an impressive instructor, and the lasting strength of accountability.