Discovery Program Director
Phaedra has an extensive background in the performing arts spanning over 35 years. Throughout her career, she has trained in studios in California, at the Washington Ballet Academy (Washington DC), the Burchfield Ballet (Home of Ballet Mobile – AL), several month long summer intensive classes with masters from Joffrey Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, and New York City Ballet, and master teaching classes with several prominent choreographers/teachers, including but, not limited to: Mandy Moore, Misha Gabriel, Fhinis Jung, Katy Spreadbury, Judy Rice, Ronda Miller, Bob Rizzo, Debbie Dee, and Bill Evans.
She performed under the direction of former MGM and Jack Cole Company Choreographer, Dale Lefler, in Carmel, CA, was a principal dancer in the JTW Dance Company in Alabama and enjoyed several leading roles in Broadway musicals presented on a regional theatre basis. Her credits include a leading song and dance role in the premiere of the original musical, “Closed Session”, written by Gold Record winner Milton Brown – which included a nationally released music album cut in Nashville, TN. She was also blessed to work for a season with the Moscow Ballet training local students for joint performances with this renowned professional company. In addition to her studio classes, Phaedra serves as the choreographer for the CBC Kid’s Choir and CBC Special Programs, a choreographer for Insight Dance Ensemble, and a choreographer for various NEISD show choir and musical theatre performances. Several of Phaedra’s choreography concepts was published as a chapter contribution to the book release: “JUST ADD KIDS” written and compiled by Celeste Clydesdale. Her choir choreography has been contracted for and released on video nationally by LIFEWAY. Phaedra’s knowledge of and experience in the various disciplines of dance – ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and theatre dance – exposes her students to a high level, energetic, and most of all, understanding approach to teaching. Currently, Phaedra also serves as the Assistant Director for Move and Groove Innovative Dance Program.