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Brett has been dancing for 34 years and has been teaching for 20 years. During that time she has also performed in numerous dinner theater productions at Elaine's Dinner Theater in Cape May N.J. As well as being a performer and lead dancer at Elaine's, she was also the choreographer for the theater for a number of years. Brett has also worked on Premier Cruise Lines as a lead dancer, actor, singer as well as the choreographer. After working professionally for a number of years, she wanted to be a dance teacher and a role model like all of the teachers that she had when she was younger. Brett was ready for the next step in her career. She opened a dance studio in New Jersey, Rising Stars Performing Arts Company . She loved being the owner and director of her studio, and teaching tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet and pointe. We feel privileged to have her as part of our studio family.
Riki Shinfuku first started Hip-Hop/Urban dancing his Sophomore year of High School on a team known as Kaba Kids. He danced with them for 3 years before eventually moving up to the collegiate team know as Kaba Modern, a dance group originating from Irvine, California that has participated in multiple national competitions and gained recognition in the media, including MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. He recently finished up his third year with Kaba Modern before moving to Georgia to further pursue his dance career.
Haley Edmondson co-directs the Blairsville Dance Force Elementary team. Ms. Edmondson is a graduate of Hiwassee Dam High School and has achieved multiple competition successes as a team member and soloist with both BDP’s competition clogging and hip hop team, where she has competed for over eleven years. She currently attends Tri-County Community College, where she is majoring in Radiology and also works at Union County Elementary School.
Since 2006, Blairsville Dance Project has been is dedicated to providing north Georgia and western North Carolina dancers quality instruction in a supportive environment for dancers of all ages and skill levels. BDP focuses on providing an enjoyable physical activity and encouraging self-discipline, while building confidence and social skills.
Tour de Force
Tour de Force is a Performing Arts organization dedicated to preserving the culture and tradition of dance and providing performance and competition opportunities to dancers in North Georgia and Western North Carolina, regardless of their families’ financial situations. Tour de Force provides dance scholarships and Work Study programs and promotes an enjoyable, family-friendly recreation, as well as a competitive outlet in a supportive environment for dancers of all ages.
Angela is a Georgia native that brings 37 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, hip hop, modern and International and American style Latin and Ballroom Dance to Blairsville Dance Project. Angela is an American Clogging Hall of Fame inductee, the former Adult Miss American Clogger, and over the years, has competed nationally both as a soloist, and as part of an ensemble with both Quiksilver and the Dixieland Dolls Grand Champion competition teams under the direction of Hall of Fame dancers Scotty Bilz and Shannon Kerpics. In addition to numerous local and regional festivals, she has also performed at Dollywood, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Six Flags, World of Coke, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, and on Premier Cruise line. She has studied and competed nationally in International Latin dance under American Style 9 Dance Champion Gunnar Sverrisson. Angela has also studied under well-known industry professionals such as Bubba Carr and Keiko Guest. In addition to competing, Angela is also a certified competition judge and workshop instructor and remains active in the southeast dance community where that commitment to professionalism and learning is shared with her students through her professional instruction and award-winning choreography.
Molly Brendle has been teaching dance professionally for four years at Blairsville Dance Project. Prior to joining the BDP staff, she studied dance for nearly seventeen years, with a focus on Jazz, Hip Hop and percussive dance styles. Prior to becoming a lead dance instructor, Molly was an assistant teacher for seven years, assisting with students of all ages and has competed in regional and national dance competitions countless times in both Hip Hop and Clogging as a team dancer, as well as a soloist. As part of her continued commitment to quality dance instruction and study, Ms. Brendle continues to study dance through master classes and has trained with many internationally known industry professionals, including Tony Dovolani and tWitch. When Molly is not dancing, she enjoys spending time helping her husband at their family owned restaurant, The Griddle Cafe in Blairsville, GA.
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Blairsville Dance Project offers private and group lessons in 11 different dance styles.
Tour de Force has won numerous trophies, including dozens of Grand Champion awards.
Blairsville Dance Project offers Work Study Programs and scholarships.
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