2020 INSPIRED DANCE, ACRO AND GYMNASTICS PROFESSIONALS
Miss Chylene Player Burdick
A Sumter native and Winthrop University alumni with over 30 years of teaching experience. She began her training at Betty Freed School of Dance and climbed up to the ranks of Freed Spirit at the age of 12, studying under Andrea Freed-Levenson. She was captain/choreographer and eventually coach of the Winthrop dance team and a dance minor at the university too. After teaching in Fort Mill, she returned to Sumter to teach and she co-founded the Rising Stars at Miss Libby's and led them to a National Title before leaving to start her own dance school in Darlington, SC with Miss Brenda Cranford of Hartsville, SC. Miss Chylene returned to Sumter to open DREAMWORKS and sees her gift as a ministry to the youth of Sumter. Her students have traveled internationally on mission trips and have found that dance is the international language and a gift in sharing Christ with others.
She traveled to Botswana, Africa in the summer 2011 to help lead a Christian children's conference. She volunteers at Crosswell Children's Home, ADMS Special Needs, ADBC Sunday School and VBS, and Harmony Church Bible Alive. She has taught choreography for the Alice Drive Elementary Spring Fling for the past 10 years. She was the Dance gifted and Talented instructor for School District #17 for 5 years. She has national titles and choreography awards to her credit. She was a special needs dance instructor at Public Schools in Florence and Sumter and Owned Dance Dynamics Darlington for 7 years. It is my true desire that every Dreamworks student feel loved and appreciated for whatever they are interested in pursuing, regardless of level or talent. Available for solos, duet/trios and technique work.
Miss Jane Player Privette
Jane has been in Sumter over 40 years. She is the director of the Little Miss Sumter/Manning preliminaries and the Iris Festival Pageant. She has directed pageants for over 30 years. She ran her own baton and modeling school for several years in the Sumter Community at PARD and the Sumter Y. She worked as a realtor and administrative assistant at Alice Drive Baptist Church. She has been with DDA since the beginning, she loves people and is always willing to help. She is married to Ken Privette and they have 5 children and ALOT of grandkids!
Philip Ingrassia - Ballet master
Soloist with Columbia City Ballet
This ballet star will return this year to teach our ballet program on Mondays. Philip is a former soloist with CCB and is highly sought after as a ballet master teacher. He is married to Autumn, also a ballerina, and they have one beautiful daughter. Philip transformed our ballet program last year with his grace and positivity, as well as, his diligent focus on the details. He is an asset to our program.
Praise Dancer/Singer and choreographer
Rebecca will be joining us again in 2019-2020 dance season!!! Her routines were a showstopper in our Spring Recital and her students love her! She started dancing at the age of 5 in Manning, SC. In elementary school, she moved up to Sumter and joined Miss Libby’s Dance School where she studied several different styles of dance and worked her way up to be a company dance team member. Rebecca has experience in leading and choreographing hip-hop, lyrical, jazz and praise dance. Each summer, Rebecca travels to Dallas, TX to choreograph performance shows for Premier Designs National Rally. She is a also a singer and performer. She has been an asset to our Adult dance program for years. She absolutely loves using her talents for the Lord and would like to give it all back to Him.
Miss Heather Merritt DuBose - Tap, Jazz and Ballet instructor (She's back!)
Original Dream Team member and one of our first students
She is the Children's Minister at Alice Drive Baptist Church and has trained in dance and gymnastics at DDA for 7 years and has taught on her own for 4 successful years. Heather has led our Junior dream team and her choreography is inventive and entertaining. Several of her 2016 recital dances used Christian music and really shared each message so well. She has teaching experience and training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, tumbling, and gymnastics. She is a former cheerleader and competitive dancer. We are so thankful to have such a lovely Christian young woman on staff. She was an honor graduate of SHS and she has her Bachelors in Elementary Education and is currently working on her Masters in Ministry. Heather has dedicated a summer to work as a missionary in Thailand and also Children's ministry in Sumter and New York. She has taught at our Crosswell Home outreach and MINI-mester. She is ready to pass on her Dreamworks training to the next generation of dancers, acrobats, and gymnasts. Available for solos, duet/trios and technique work.
Senior Dream team member, Governor's School of Arts participant, National Scholarship Winner
Olivia Burdick will be joining us as a teacher and lead assistant in 2019-2020. She was selected and attended a 5 week intensive ballet study with the Governor's School for the Arts in Greenville, SC in 2018. She is a Jump VIP Finalist, REVEL scholarship winner, and also has won numerous regional and national dance awards, National scholarships, New York and LA dance scholarships, as well as, National honor socity SHS. She attended the Acrobatic Arts Training in 2017 as an assistant. She began assisting classes at DDA at 10 years old and will now begin teaching her own classes. We are glad to have you on staff!
Madison Weeks - Former Dream Team Member -
Madison has joined our staff again after a short break for college to run our Tiny and Mini gymnastics program on Wednesdays. She has extensive gymnatics teaching experience and enjoys this age group. She will have themed months incorporating Acrobatic Arts syllabus and USAGymnastics recommendations for specific ages and levels. We are excited to have her back in Sumter and teaching for us. You will also see her in the dance classroom as a qualified substitute teacher. Madison is studying Exercise Science at the University of SC in Columbia.
Riquelle Robinson - 15 years experience as All Star Cheerleader, competitive gymnasts and dance
Riquelle is a Sumter High graduate and former cheerleader with her Masters in Higher Education from Columbia College. While recieving her Bachelor degree in Exercise Science at Coker College, she was a leader on the cheer squad and dance department. She began gymnatics at age 3 and has loved the sport and explored many avenues in competition and cheer. Riquelle always has a smile on her face and enjoys encouraging students to their personal best!
STUDENT ASSISTANT - MALLORY HOBDAY, ABIGIAL CARROLL, EMMA CHAPMAN, MOLLY DAVIS, AUSTIN BURDICK,
2020 Guest choreographers - Mr. James Schuller, Ms. Jaimie Cranford, Mr. Aaron Burr, Mr. Brien Rich, Mr. Chandler Brown, Ms Morgan Paschal, Mr Alexander Edwards, Mr Glen Meynardie, Mr Joseph Boyd