Fredrick Davis, Conditioning
Mr. Davis travels the world as a professional ballet dancer. In 1998, he was encouraged to audition for the Dept of Chattanooga Parks & Recreation ‘Dance Alive’ program offered with Ballet Tennessee. Despite a turbulent personal life, he found inspiration & support from instructors at Ballet Tennessee, his church family and a caring community. As a result of his determination & the support he received, he was invited to study at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School & went on to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Lisa Rudin, Drama & Improv
Lisa is the Founder & Artistic Director of Theatre Playground, a NY native and graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in Acting. She has performed regionally and nationally as a singer, actor, and dancer before moving to LA. There, she expanded into casting for film as well as teaching theater at both professional studios & after school programs.
Aileen Smisek, Contemporary & Lyrical
Aileen is currently the Owner and Director of Artistry in Movement studio of dance in Babylon Village, New York. She began dancing at the age of 3 and for 30 years she has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. While dancing on the competitive level for close to two decades, she won numerous special awards and high score awards for her performances. She was chosen at 19 to be a part of Starpower National Talent Competition's elite Power Pak dance team in Las Vegas, NV. While there she was selected to be a performer for Royal Caribbean cruise lines. After graduating high school, Aileen was accepted into Long Island University-CW Post as a Dance Major. She has received training over the years from Broadway Dance Center in NYC as well as many master teachers on the convention circuit. Her choreography and dancers have won many regional and national honors including the overall Technical Excellence Award for her work on a lyrical piece as well as Top Choreographer for Access Broadway's 2017 NY Regional event for "I Dreamed a Dream." Aileen believes in making sure all of her students feel good about themselves, always know their worth, and put forth their very best. Aileen loves teaching, and her greatest reward is how her students continue to inspire her year after year. "To dance is one thing but passion, that's everything."
In addition to our guest teachers, our own Mr. Lucas Sverdlen and Ms. Krystina Wendelken will be teaching a Bolshoi Ballet technique classes and partnering class, and ballet technique, respectively.