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Carrie

Carrie BrzezinkskiCarrie S. Brzezinski, MFA, owner, director, teacher, choreographer, has been dancing her entire life, with a strong foundation in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop and West African dance techniques. Starting at the age of 2 and a half, she began studying dance under the instruction of her mother, Lois Butcher-Poffley, PhD, and over the years has had the privilege of training with very talented and esteemed artists such as Henry Roy, Viktor Eliohin, Eva Szabo, Caroline Bones, Shandra Staley-Walker, Ione Nash, Leon Evans, Ann Vachon, Eva Gholson, Jeanne Ruddy, Merian Soto, LeVaughn Robinson, Roni Koresh, Wayne St. David, Fernando Bujones, Molly Misgalla, Kun Yang Lin, and Ruth Andrien to name a few. More about Carrie

Ms. Brzezinski earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2001, where she was awarded a Promising Artist scholarship. She founded her professional dance company, Venus, in 2003 and began performing original, contemporary modern dance works regularly in Philadelphia venues, including the annual “Female Persuasions” series at the Arts Bank Theatre,”A Dark Haired Night” at the Drake Theatre, “Goddesses” at the Arts Bank, “Searching the Spectrum” at the Lion Theatre, and in University of the Arts Alumni performances at the Merriam Theatre. In the last few years while attending graduate school, Mrs. Walsh has focused mainly on solo work, and was included in 2008’s Fringe festival as part of the “Stray Cats Collective”. Venus continues to prepare for upcoming performances in the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival where a new, evening length work, “Re/live/fe” will debut at Hip Philly in the Piazza at Schmidt’s.

Ms. Brzezinski will also be appearing in a new work by Michael Roberts, MFA at Chi Movement Arts Center. Her choreographical work has included themes of human nature, fact as it relates to fiction, fantasy, human relationships as well as sociological and political issues. Her movement style reflects classical and contemporary aspects of Modern dance and her preference for navigating the fine line of delicacy and strength, hard and soft, and what can be deemed as conventionally “pretty” and the decidedly awkward. She strives to reach the empathy and human-ness in audience members and relate to them the idea that sometimes there is no stronger form of communication than physical expression.

Ms. Brzezinski recently received her M.F.A.in the dance program at Temple University, where she has had the pleasure of being an Adjunct Faculty member.

Ms. Brzezinski has performed all over Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley in Venus, Underground Dance Works, The Monarch Dance Company,The A.D.D. Company and also as a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader. She is also a professional musician performing as a solo act as well as acoustic duos. Mrs. Walsh was formerly the lead singer with bands such as Jumper, American Tabloid, and Monkey Bus, appearing along the east coast from Boston to Virginia, all over the Philadelphia area and Atlantic City. She currently maintains residencies at the Trump Plaza and the Tropicana casinos.
Ms. Brzezinski began teaching dance as a teenager, and has had the pleasure of instructing students in a variety of settings. She has taught at a few fine dance schools in Montgomery County, as well as Upper Dublin Township programs, the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for Performing Arts, Temple University, and has served as Dance Director at the Abington YMCA.

Alison

Alison GoodwinAlison Goodwin attended The University of the Arts on the Promising Artist scholarship and graduated with honors with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance. She performed in numerous faculty and student pieces during her time there. Alison trained at the Pennsylvania Dance Conservatory and was a company member of Philadelphia Dance Theatre where she performed various soloist roles. Alison has danced for Busch Entertainment Corporation. She also was a part of the restaging of “Chair Pillow Dance” by Yvonne Rainer, staged by Pat Catterson & Leslie Rotman. More about Alison

Alison had the privilege to dance in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival as well as the PIFA during her time as a company member of Alchemy Dance company. Now you can find Alison dancing with Venus Dance company.

Kerrie

KerrieKerrie is a dance teacher and choreographer who teaches tap, jazz, and ballet. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old, as a competitive and award winning tap, jazz, and ballet dancer.Kerrie’s “Claim to Fame” is dancing right next to Savion Glover when she was 12 years old, at a dance convention. Tap has always been her favorite form of dance. Kerrie has been teaching dance for over 20 years. She has taught all ages and levels of dance. She has had many successful dances that have won numerous awards. She has also received recognition and awards for her choreography. More about Kerrie

Kerrie is a proud mother of 3 children whom she has had the honor of teaching. She was fortunate enough to be able to teach both of her daughters and her son the art of dance. Something very important to Kerrie is that a student leaves the dance floor happier and more confident than when they entered. Nothing is more important, as a teacher, to Kerrie than instilling confidence and a love for dance in her students. She is a child advocate, and truly believes in educating her students, not only on the art of dance, but positivity, creativity, and the value of believing in their dreams.

Alize

Alize M. Shechtman M.Ed attended West Chester University for both her undergraduate and graduate education. There she studied teaching and earned her degrees in elementary education, special education, and her reading specialist degree. Currently, she is a middle school special education teacher in the Coatesville Area School District. When Alize is not at school teaching, she enjoys being at the dance studio. Alize began dancing at the young age of 3 under the instruction of both Miss Carrie and Miss Kerrie. These women taught Alize until she was 18 and instilled dedication, perseverance, discipline, team work, and passion. During Alize’s dance career she spent years competing in jazz, tap, and hip-hop and has won numerous awards and recognitions for her talents.

Ashley

More about Miss Ashley is to come.

Gabrielle

Carrie Brzezinkski WalshGabrielle Joella, is a professional Tribal Fusion Belly Dance artist from the Philadelphia area. Trained on multiple instruments since the age of six, Gabrielle approaches dance as a visual representation of music as well as an expression of self. Motivated by her strong desire to be in a constant state of growth, Gabrielle has sought out classes and workshops with some of the world’s most well-known fusion artists including Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, and Kami Liddle. More about Gabrielle

As a member of local dance troupe, Hipnosis, from 2010-2012 she has performed in a variety of venues across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, as well as in Washington DC and California. She is currently the director of fusion dance troupe, Roll for Initiative, and teaches classes and workshops in multiple dance studios throughout the tri-state area. With an emphasis on strong foundational technique, Gabrielle delights in making this unique form of dance accessible to men and women from all backgrounds.

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