Bryant “Drew” Andrews, Executive Director, Dance Xross Fitness Creator

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

Maia Martinez, Program Manager, 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, Funky Drum Beats, Kingston

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

Jodi Amato – Tap & Jazz for Youth & Adults

JODI AMATO graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Musical Theater concentration. She has performed in numerous shows throughout the Hudson Valley and was the owner/director of Blanche’s Off-Broadway in Kingston for 14 years teaching tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop before selling her studio to focus on her family. Jodi changed careers, … Read More

Roberto Rodriquez – The Listening Drummer

Born in East Havana Cuba, and raised in Miami , percussionist and composer Roberto Rodriguez brings groundbreaking new music through his cross-cultural roots. Drawing upon his influences across the board of traditional Cuban music roots to contemporary genres of world music and Sephardic music, pop, jazz and improvisation, electronic, classical, he is one of the most versed performers and intriguing … 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

Meredith Sweeney

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

Naimah Muhammad

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.