Bryant “Drew” Andrews is the longtime Executive Director of the Kingston, NY-based Center for Creative Education (CCE), a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the social and cultural awareness of children, youth and community through arts, wellness and education. Drew has dedicated his life to working and mentoring in the community through arts education and wellness, strongly believing that … Read More
Meridith Robb, Director of Administration and Media Management, Dance Xross Fitness, Soul Line Dance
Meridith started volunteering at CCE in 2002, later becoming Board President. In 2016, she became Administrative Director bringing 28 years of Business Management and Human Resource skills to her position. Her daughter, Gabriela, who was drawn to the dance program through an after school program taught by Drew at the Edson Elementary school, traveled internationally as a dancer/choreographer with Energy … Read More
Lisa Brown, Program Assistant / Choreographer / DXF® – Dance Xross Fitness®
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 Martinez, Groove Kids & Movimentoen En Espanol
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, Rockin’ Round the World (Percussion)
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 Fick – DXF® – Dance Xross Fitness®
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.
I don’t know where I would be today without the CHARACTER it has helped me build; the obstacles it has HELPED ME OVERCOME; the fear it has helped me leave behind; the DOUBT IT HAS REMOVED from my mind; and the BLESSINGS it has brought to my life.
From constantly encouraging my SELF-CONFIDENCE, building lifelong friendships and giving me ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES to give back to the community, CCE has had nothing but a positive influence on my life from the first day I walked through those studio doors.