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.
Founder and director of CCE’s award-winning hip hop dance troupe, Energy, Drew has over 20 years of experience working with youth. He has trained in the streets of New York City as well as with professional choreographers in the business. Drew has been teaching choreography and performing various styles of dance in the Tri-state and Hudson Valley area for many years. He … Read More
Meridith started volunteering at CCE in 2002, later becoming Board President. In 2016, she became Administrative Director and in 2017, Deputy 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 … 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
JODI AMATO _is so excited to be dusting off her tap shoes after a ten-year hiatus. Jodi 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, … Read More
Sue Fick is a Health Kinesiologist and energy healer at Sue Fick Healing Practice in Lake Katrine. Sue fell in love with the DXF program as a student and went through training to become a Licensed DXF® Coach. She currently coaches a low impact level Dance Xross Fitness at CCE. Dance Xross Fitness® is a fun, uplifting, cardio-interval fitness program … 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