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Traci Marchetta (Owner, Choreographer, Instructor)

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Traci started dancing lessons at the age of 2. Her love for dance has been her encouragement to continue learning, performing, and teaching throughout her life.  She continued to take dance lessons, and at one point in her life Traci was on 2 competition teams at 2 different dance studios simultaneously. Traci competed in many regional and national dance competitions including Dance Olympus National Finals in Kansas City, Kansas. She also had the opportunity to dance in many carnival balls and fairs including the 1984 Worlds Fair held in New Orleans. In 1991, Traci completed both an oral and written exam to graduate and complete her formal education in dance.  In 1992, she auditioned for the New Orleans Saintsations, where she was selected from a group of over 300 applicants. Traci continued to earn a place on the 40 member Saintsations Dance Team for the next 8 years. During that time, she appeared in a Sound Track dance commercial, Bryan Mitsubishi Saintsations dance commercial and a dance video for R.C. Cola. There is also a scene in the movie, "Saintly Switch", where Traci is shown showing her many dance moves and techniques. Traci danced in the 1993 American Bowl held in Tokyo Japan.  She was asked to return to Japan in 1999 as an individual to represent the New Orleans Saintsations, and perform with one other cheerleader chosen from all of the other NFL Teams. She had to turn down this terrific opportunity due to her love and devotion to her dance studio, which opened in 1997.  Traci also traveled to Memphis, TN, with 3 other Saintsations to represent the New Orleans Saints for an Amtrak Trains promotion. She performed alongside the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders in a Saints vs. Cowboys scrimmage held in Shreveport, LA. Traci retired from the Saintsations in 2000 to dedicate more time to her dance studio.

Traci's students have shown their talent in the studios beautiful recitals, parades, competitions, fairs, and have had the opportunity to dance in Disney World and on Carnival Cruise Lines.  Traci has won outstanding choreography awards for showbiz National Talent Dance Competitions and received the Top Choreography Awards for the Kids Artistic Revue National Dance Competitions.  She is very proud of the PADC Marching Group having won 1st Place overall 3 years in a row and 1st place runner up in 2014 for the the Krewe Du Monde Parade.

Traci's has a love for teaching children. Teaching them the art of dance is extremely rewarding for her. If she can put a smile on a child's face or give them a little more confidence, then she knows she has been a positive influence in their lives.

Traci's other TV and print work appearances include:

• The Saints Sideline Show
• The Mike Ditka Show
• The Dolly Parton Show
• Various Posters and Calendars
• Venus Swimwear Magazine
• Cover - Mopar National Magazine
• Cover - News on Wheels (5 times)

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Ashlee Barré Brister (Choreographer, Dance Company)

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Hi, my name is Ashlee Barre' Brister and I will by your child's dance teacher this year. I have been dancing for over 20 years with competitive dancing and teaching for over 12 years. I have been dancing and teaching for Performing Arts Dance Center since the days the studio opened in 1977.

In my competitive years I won many awards which included being titled “Miss Showbiz”. I also have won many overall high scores, special awards, including entertainment awards. I have been the Dance Company (competition students) choreographer for the past 5 years.

I graduated in dance from Performing Arts Dance Center in 2001 and I am certified to teach. I have been a faculty member at Performing Arts Dance Center since 2001. I have been the Dance Company teacher since 2007. Also, for the last couple of years, I have been teaching the lyrical classes, as well as, tap, jazz, and hip hop classes.

I graduated from Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana in 2001. I was on the Dance Team (Spartanettes) all four years and chosen to be an American All Star Dancer. I received a high award to perform in London and to perform at the 2001 Super-bowl.

I have graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in December, 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in General Business and a concentration in Business Technology.

I continue to study the art of dance by attending several competitions and conventions each year. Dance is really a BIG part of my life and I am really excited about sharing a fun, exciting, and knowledgeable dance year with your child.

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Brittany Andry (Choreographer)

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Hi, my name is Brittany Andry. I am 23 years old and have been dancing at Performing Arts Dance Center for 16 years. I am so excited to start off a new dance year teaching your child!

I was part of the Performing Arts Dance Center dance company for 9 years. Throughout my competition years, I’ve won many awards including: Miss Starmaker Dance, overall placement awards for my solos, judges special awards, etc. I was also invited multiple times to take master classes with the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. In 2010, I had the experience of teaching a jazz class as part of my teacher graduate training. I am formally trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and modern styles of dance. Today, I continue to study dance by attending competitions and conventions throughout the year. I graduated from dance at Performing Arts Dance Center in 2010.

I graduated from Riverside Academy in 2010. During my time in high school, I was a member of the high school dance team, the Southern Sweethearts, where I served as captain my senior year. I was chosen as an American All-Star dancer for 3 years having the opportunity to perform in Hawaii, Paris, and Spain! My team also performed in the 2008 Sugar Bowl halftime performance and in 2010 performed in Walt Disney World. Along with dance team, I was also involved in many other clubs and organizations.

I am currently finishing my last semester at Southeastern Louisiana University. I will graduate in December of 2014 with a major in Elementary Education. I plan on becoming an elementary school teaching along with teaching dance!

I am looking forward to teaching your child dance this year!

Miss Brittany

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Lynne Barré (Choreographer, Instructor)

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Lynne has over 30 years of dancing experience. She has been a part of the faculty and teacher / choreographer of PADC since 1997. Lynne studied with many choreographers from around the world. She has been in the competitive world for over 25 years, and continues to learn the latest styles of dance by attending numerous conventions and competitions throughout the year.

Lynne also initiates the Teacher Graduate Study Program for PADC. She has assisted with the choreography for the Andouille Pageant, and has served as a judge for several other dance events. Her favorite style of dance is tap.

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Ashley Reid (Choreographer)

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I am a Faculty Member/Teacher Assistant at Performing Arts Dance Center. I have over 16 years of dance experience in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and lyrical. I have completed the Teacher Graduate program in 2009 at PADC and I am certified to teach.

I graduated from St. Charles Catholic High and I am currently attending Southeastern Louisiana University studying creative writing with a minor in film criticism/liberal arts. I have also studied ballet at Southeastern.

Today I teach at PADC and look forward to teaching your child again.

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Jessica N. Shull (Choreographer / Ballet)

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Professional dancer coming from Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Where she was the choreographer for several theatre companies as well and a member of the Sierra Nevada Ballet and WNCC Theatre program. Starting her career as a young adult in Los Angeles, she starred in Laurianne Gibsons Born To Dance in Atlanta, Georgia. Moving back to Los Angeles she did tons of commercial work as well as danced with Shakira at the Latin Grammies and assisted choreography to Nick Cassavettes in his move "Yellow". While working in the industry she was a teacher/choreographer for New World Dance in Los Angeles, California. Moving her career over seas. She performed as a dancer, aerialist and magicians assistant for several cruise lines traveling through many countries such as Italy, France, Portugal, Canary Islands, Turkey, Spain, Greece and the Bahamas. Bringing her career back on land, she was asked to perform for a cabaret   company in Reno, NV. Now furthering her career she has uprooted to New Orleans, Louisiana to continue her adventure on her road of success.

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Jessica Levet

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I have been dancing for over 20 years. I can proudly say I have been involved in some way or another with Performing Arts Dance Center since the beginning. I assisted dance for 8 years and have been a teacher at PADC for 7 years. I graduated as a teacher from Performing Arts in 2003. I did some competing on dance team and with Performing Arts for several years when I was younger.

I am married and have two wonderful children, Kylie and Kayden. My daughter dances and absolutely loves it! I am a radiologic technologist and a certified MRI tech. I currently am working at Touro Imaging Center in MRI.

I have always loved to dance and absolutely adore children! I'm looking forward to another fabulous year.

Ms. Jessica

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John Hymel (Acro / Gymnastics Instructor)

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Years ago, as a young kid, I attended Children's Gymnastics. I then started competing in gymnastic meets across Louisiana. I placed 1st in most events & became too advanced for their level of training. I was immediately referred to Zee's Gymnastics in LaPlace where the training was more advanced. I worked my way up to class 3 optional in less than 2 years. This level required me to create most of my own routines in competition. I stayed competing for a few more years and placed 9th (All around) Louisiana State, meaning 6 events combined. I even had the honor of meeting with Bella Caroli who trained Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Dominique Moceanu to name a few. I was learning Russian techniques before a bad ankle sprain took me out of competition for a while. I was getting older & interested in other sports. I then stopped competitive Gymnastics. Started many other sports after healing up. I joined the U.S. Army at the age of 20 and still maintained all my gym skills. I was training other soldiers standing back flip along my tour. I've always practiced to maintain my skill level. The past few years, I've been coaching Basketball & Football for young kids in Norco. Recently I've been involved in training Cheerleaders in stunts and basic tumbling. I can proudly say that I helped many girls get prepared for cheer try outs at Harry Hurst Middle School. I still work with cheerleaders and specialize in trampoline and tumbling skills.

 

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Caitlin Giroir

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Hello, my name is Caitlin Giroir, I am 19 years old and I have been dancing for 13 years at Performing Arts Dance Center. I am so excited to start off the new dance year teaching your child hip hop. I was part of the Performing Arts dance Center- Dance Company for 8 years. During my years of competing, I have won many awards such as Overall Placement Awards, Overall Best Costume Award, Judges Favorite Award and many more. I am trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and modern. Today, I continue my education of dance by taking more classes and learning new things every day.

I am a 2013 graduate from St. Charles Catholic High School. At school, I was a member of the dance team called the SCC Starsteppers for 3 years and I served as Cocaptain my senior year. During my years on the team, I was chosen as an American-All-Star for 2 years and had the opportunity to dance in Paris, France, and Spain. In 2010-2011, I attended Nationals in Disney World, where my team took home many awards and placed number one in the state for our Novelty dance. During my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to dance in the Superdome with my dance team. I have had the opportunity to dance with some of the New Orleans Honeybees and Saintsations. I was also involved in many other clubs when I was in high school.

At the moment, I am currently a freshman at Delgado Community College studying General Studies, but then soon moving into Sports Medicine. I plan on becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant in Sports Medicine along with what I love doing best teaching dance. I am so excited and looking forward to teaching your child hip hop this year!

Sincerely yours, Miss Caitlin

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Sammi Reid

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Hi, I am Sammi Reid and I am super excited to be teaching your child. I have 13 years of dance experience with Performing Arts behind me. Was part of the Dance Company for two years. I still show my support by attending the competitions, where I learn new setups and I love cheering the Dance Company on. I've completed the Teacher Graduate program in 2013 and have been part of the PADC faculty family for 3 years now as an office assistant.

While in high school, I participated in the Colorguard as a freshman and sophomore. We competed and performed in may locations including the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio. It was a new and different experience. Along with Colorguard and dancing, I participated in a student work program as a Marathon employee. I graduated from East St. John High School in 2012.

I am now studying Developmental and Child psychology as a sophomore at Southeastern Louisiana University. I plan to continue to be part of the Performing Arts faculty while in school for the years to come. I can't wait to teach, as well as learn from your child.

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