LAUREN BRENNA began
dancing at age two under the guidance of Joyce Smilek in the very same
dance studio she owns today. Miss Lauren is accomplished in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Creative Movement, Yoga and Acrobatics and has competed in regional
and national dance competitions/conventions. She
began student teaching at the age of eleven and has been teaching ever
since. While sharing her love of dance with younger students, she continued her own dance education at the Princeton Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City. In 2001, she
began teaching for Dance Attitudes and took over as Assistant Director
of their Hamilton location. In 2007, she became full owner and changed the studio's name to Front
& Center Dance Studio. Over the years, Miss Lauren's students have had great success at various competitions and are always involved in local community events. Miss Lauren is a graduate of Rider University, finishing with her Master's degree in Accounting. Miss Lauren has joyously combined her love of dance and teaching with her business sense to create the perfect environment for confident young dancers to develop their own passion for the art form and achieve great success in all they do. Her healthy mix of fun and discipline in the classroom sets the tone for the entire studio's atmosphere. She truly was born to do what she does!
CAITLIN MAXWELL grew up in Aurora, Ohio where she studied under Sharron Burge Voelker while furthering her dance training at the Cleveland City Dance Academy. Miss Caitlin has an accomplished background in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Modern and Tap. As an experienced competition dancer, she was named Senior Miss Dance of America (Dance Masters of America) in 2003. Since then, Miss Caitlin has graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in dance (jazz concentration). She is currently teaching at Ballet Academy East in NYC and dancing with a contemporary company called Eidolon Ballet and ALMA Dance Company. Her reputation as a loving, hard working teacher follows her wherever she goes. Her classes are always prepared and she is very dedicated to her students.
MEAGHAN MAXWELL grew up in Aurora, Ohio where
she studied under Sharron Burge Voelker while furthering her training and
Cleveland City Dance Academy. Miss Meaghan has an accomplished background in
Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Acrobatics. After many years of
competition experience, Miss Meaghan continued her education at The Ohio State
University, where she graduated with a BFA in dance performance. She is
currently teaching at Ballet Academy East in NYC and dancing with a
contemporary company called Eidolon Ballet. Miss Meaghan is dedicated to
sharing her knowledge and love of dance with her students and helping each of
them realize their potential.
JAMIE ASKEY is originally from St. Cloud, Florida and is
currently living and dancing professionally in NYC. She has been teaching and
choreographing in the tri-state area all the while furthering her own dance education
and career. Miss Jamie recently worked for RWS and Associates on the Holland America Cruise
Line and for Matt Davenport at Hershey Park. While performing on the Holland America
Line she had the privilege of working with the stars from ABC's Dancing with the
Stars. Along with that, she has worked with ME Dance Company and Dawn Branch
Works in Orlando, Florida. Miss Jamie is a fabulous new addition to our teaching staff
bringing a whole new outlook on what it means to work hard and challenge
ourselves. Miss Jamie has the knack for turning recreational students into
superstars and the ability to take advanced students to the next level. We are delighted to have her on our staff! You
can find more information about Jamie at www.JamieAskey.com or follow her on
KATIE LADUCA is a native of New York where she has been singing and dancing
since the age of three. At seven years old, she made her first professional
theater debut in New York City Opera’s La Bohème at Lincoln Center and has been performing professionally ever
since! She has recently come off the National Tour of Saturday Night Fever
where she served as dance captain, swing, and cover for all female lead roles.
Katie has been teaching for several years and has been recognized for her
choreography in regional and national dance competitions across the country.
She is passionate about sharing her experiences and love of dance with her
students and is honored to be a part of the Front & Center family! We absolutely love Miss Katie's exuberant personality and are thrilled to have such a talented and vibrant teacher on board! You can find more information about Katie at www.KatieLaDuca.com.
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