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

Sugely Melenciano – Outreach Coordinator, Find The Fun Facilitator

Sugely is originally from the Dominican Republic, and was raised in Miami, Florida. She is a graduate of both Borough of Manhattan Community College with an Associates in Business Administration and of The University of Connecticut with a Bachelors in Human Services. She has worked in the education and business field as well as various non profit organizations, most recently … 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

Becky Longazel -DXF DANCE

Becky’s passion for DXF all started when she moved to New Paltz and started taking Yani’s class back in 2018. She immediately fell in love with everything DXF and its community had to offer.  After learning from CCE teacher and DXF Coach Yani for about a year she decided it was time to become a coach herself. She was certified … Read More

Carrie Wykoff, Dance Xross Fitness

Carrie has been in the event industry for over two decades and is also an ordained interfaith minister creating unique and heartfelt ceremonies. She founded “Events That Matter” which specializes in producing all types of events, conferences, celebrations, and ceremonies. Since 2006, a large component of her work has included creating some of the most elegant weddings in the Hudson … Read More

Kai M Sorensen, Brooklyn Music Factory

Kai was born in Cedar Rapids, IA but grew up in Blair, NE. IN. He has a BA in K-12 Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an Associates in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music. As a child, music wasn’t difficult for Kai to find – It ran in the family! “The first … Read More

Jalen Carr, Community Theater

Jalen Carr is a Kingston, NY local. He has been performing since the age of eight years old in his first local production of the Polar Express (2009). He then continued singing in his church choir. In 2012 he was cast in his first performance at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck in “Hairspray”. Not too soon after he … Read More

Jason Vance, Brooklyn Music Factory

Jason grew up in Bluefield, Virginia, a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. He attended the University of Virginia and majored in English with a minor in theatre, stating, “I always knew I wanted to teach, and even hoped to be a drama teacher. This is why I love the story and game based curriculum of Brooklyn Music Factory so … 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

Megan Lui, Storytelling & Songwriting

Megan Lui is a Teaching Artist based in the Hudson Valley and Greater NY region. For the past 6 years she has worked with children aged 3 – 16 as a songwriting and music teacher, theater director, and arts program creator. Megan attended Berklee College of Music ’11 where she studied vocal performance and songwriting. A member of SAG-AFTRA for … Read More

Michele Howard, Dance Xross Fitness

In June 2021, Michele retired from a 38 year career as a Speech Language Pathologist. She became a certified DXF coach in 2015 and has been teaching since 2016. She currently teaches Low Impact DXF at CCE and Intermediate DXF at YogaMat Studio in Tivoli, NY

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

Sakinah Bennett, Lyrical & Jazz Dance

Sakinah Bennett is a 20 year old native of Douglasville, Georgia. Sakinah first fell in love with dance at the age of 5, when she started taking ballet and hip-hop classes at A.D. West Dance Company in Douglasville. After dancing with A.D. West for 8 years training in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop; in 2012 Sakinah was accepted into … Read More

Skylar Walker, Harmonic Hearts Youth Choir

Skylar Walker, 20 Born and Raised in Atlanta Georgia the stage has been her sanctuary and safe place . Skylar’s Story starts at her church where she participated in endless productions and led the drama , dance, and music ministries while also attending the The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the performing Arts. After graduating High School Skylar Was … 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