Bryant “Drew” Andrews, Executive Director

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 Robb, Director of Administration and Media Management

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, Dance Instructor / 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

Jodi Amato – Tap & Jazz for Youth & Adults

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 – DXF® – Dance Xross Fitness®

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

Sakinah Bennett, Dance Instructor

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

Jim Fitzmorris, Brazilian Drumming, 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

Ubaka Hill, Percussion Orchestra of Kingston (P.O.O.K)

Ubaka Hill is a visionary artist, performer, poet, singer/songwriter and teacher of hand drumming for over 30 years.  She has taught hundreds of new and experienced drummers in the United States and internationally.  Ubaka teaches and performs at festivals, conferences, drum camps and community events.  She brings her creative talent, skills and mastery to the Omega Institute, The Dance Flurry, … Read More

Roberto Rodriquez – Ritmo en Espanol – Kingston

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

Maia Martinez, Program Manager, Groove Kids Instructor

Maia is Co-Director and instructor of Dojo Dance Company & Hudson Valley Tango. Maia’s dance background extends from ballet, Argentine Tango, Latin dance, Modern Jazz, Folk, Flamenco & belly dance. She is also a licensed DXF – Dance Xross Fitness coach and Groove facilitator for kids and adults. In 2017 created with her husband “The Hudson Valley Tango Festival”, the … 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