Christine Shimp

Christine Shimp

Owner

 

Christine started her dance training with Barbara Adams at the age of three. As a teen, she taught at Adam’s Dance Academy in Elmer and was a member of the Delaware Valley Jazz Company, also, taking tap lessons from Corrine Gangi in Pitman and teaching at South Jersey Danceworks, also in Pitman.
She began her teacher training in 1982 with Mary E. Sisome of Audobon, in the Royal Academy Ballet Syllabus, receiving distinction and honors on her exams in grade 1-5. And in 1983 began a small summer program, with eight students, at Old Cedar Campground in Monroeville.
Christine furthered her dance training at West Chester University in Pennsylvania as a member of the WCU Dance Team, before transferring to Rowan University in New Jersey. She continued with her summer program that was growing year by year. Upon graduating from Rowan, she decided to turn the summer program into a full-time studio.
However, opening the studio is not where the training ended. Christine began taking classes and performing with Ballet South under the direction of Shawn Doyle, as well as attending various workshops in NYC and Las Vegas. She attended the Dance Teacher Web Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, and ITDI workshops in NJ for several years. In addition to the Royal Academy Teaching Certification, she has completed a three year program from Dance Educators of America in NYC & Las Vegas, with certification in tap, ballet and jazz dance, and was a member of DEA and was a director and member of International Teachers of Dance. Each summer she travelled to Las Vegas for the Dance Teacher Web Convention & Expo, to learn from the country’s top “teacher’s teachers” and was very excited and fortunate to be able to bring her whole staff to learn from these masters of dance. In May of 2018, after 35 years, Christine announced her retirement from teaching and managing of the studio with her move to Houston, Texas.  While still owning the business, she has put it in the very capable hands of her prodigy and surrogate child, Brianna Smith. 

Brianna M. Smith

Brianna M. Smith

Director/Instructor

 

Ms Bree has attended Christine’s Studio of Dance since age 5 where she took a wide range of classes. She began student teaching her freshman year of high school and became an instructor in 2011 and office manager in 2012. Ms Bree was part of A.P. Schalick High School’s Dance Academy for 3 years where she concentrated her studies in dance history and modern dance. She holds two dance teaching certificates from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended Dance Teacher Web Conference and Expo for 6 years where she studied studio business, injury prevention, and costuming, in addition to classes in all forms of dance. She holds bachelor’s degree in business management from Wilmington University. During the spring of 2018, with the retirement of Ms Chrissy, Bree was named director of CSOD. After dancing at CSOD for over 23 years she is excited to run the studio that has been her second home.

 

Andrianna Beebe

Andrianna Beebe

Instructor

 

Ms Ange started her dance career at the early age of 2 at Christine’s Studio of Dance. Through the years, she continued training as a dancer in ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, and jazz. She attends workshops learning from choreographers and teachers from around the country including a preliminary workshop dancing alongside the Sixer’s Dream Team Dance Team. In 2010, Ms. Ange began student teaching hip hop and pre-school classes.  She became an instructor in the fall of 2012 and developed a new class for CSOD entitled “For the Love of Dance,” which focused on expression, technique, and strength in various genres. Ms Ange also taught jazz, creative pre-school, and hip hop at Rising Stars Cheer & Dance School in Millville, NJ.  She holds a certificate in dance from Dance Teacher University LV, Nevada and continues training in Philadelphia and New York taking classes in all genres of dance at studios, such as, Broadway Dance Center, Koresh Dance Company, and Millennium Dance Complex, as well as, attending workshops locally and nationally.

Jennifer Hanner

Jennifer Hanner

Instructor

 

Ms Jennifer began taking ballet classes at the age of six in Bordentown, NJ at “The Ballet School.” At the age of ten, she continued her training with Ballet Austin Academy, the official school of Ballet Austin in Texas. She went on to perform with that company in the corps de ballet. Jennifer was also fortunate enough to receive private coaching with Pixie Bevans of London Festival Ballet, now the English National Ballet, Barbro Roland of Ballet Caravan (the original New York City Ballet) and the Birgit Cullberg Ballet, and Thomas Hanner of San Fransico Ballet. She also has performed as a soloist with the Mt. Vernon Ballet Company of Baltimore, MD and Ballet South. Jennifer has taught regularly and given guest classes at over 30 different schools in the Delaware Valley. She looks forward to many more years of working with young people on developing their skills and character through the discipline of ballet. We are excited and honored that Ms Jennifer joined our CSOD family in the fall of 2018. 

Courtney Stimpson

Instructor

 

Ms. Courtney began dancing at the age of 3 and transferred to CSOD at the age of 8 where she began taking ballet and tap. As she has grown up with the studio and has picked up jazz, lyrical, modern and pointe. Ms. Courtney began student teaching at the age of 12 when entering 8th grade. She has studied closely under Ms. Bree since then, becoming proficent in the Al Gilbert and preschool curriculums. She was able to branch out of the preschool & combo curriculums last year to assist in the Level Jazz and Hip Hop classes. 

Ms. Courtney studies at the Salem County Vocational Techical School and has completeted 2 years of their medical sciences programs. She is also completing college courses throughout her highschool studies with the goal to have her associates degree by the time she graduates highschool. 

Ms. Courtney has donated her time by helping with free summer lessons, Open Houses, the Holiday Assistance Program, and recitals. She is so excited to become an instructor at CSOD and share her love for dance with her students.  

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Marissa Holstead

Marissa Holstead

Instructor

 

Ms Marissa began dancing at the age of 10 in various studios in South
Jersey. She came to Christine’s Studio of Dance as a student in 2018 and was delighted to be
put on staff in the fall of 2020. She is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern,
and hip-hop.  She was a member of two dance companies, performing at various venues and community
events, including the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, and Camden
Riversharks Stadium. Marissa danced competitively for four years, winning
numerous awards in solos, duets, trios, and group numbers. She competed
regionally at Step Up 2 Dance, Cathy Roe, Ticket to Broadway, Believe, Dance
Xplosion, and at the national level at Step up 2 Dance Nationals in New
Hampshire. Marissa has had the privilege to attend several dance conventions
including ASH, Nuvo, Nexus, and Wild. She has studied with popular
choreographers including Mia Michaels, Judy Rice, Theresa Stone, Talia Favia,
and many more. Marissa graduated high school from Westminster Christian
Academy in 2020 and is currently majoring in Business Management and
Entrepreneurship at Rowan College of South Jersey. Marissa is excited to share
her diverse experience as a dancer with her students at CSOD.

Student Teachers

Gabrielle Iwaszkiewicz

Lauren Warfield

Brianna Stimpson

Angelina Rodilosso

Cassidy Werkheiser

Maya Cope

Faith-Allison Foote

Savannah Hones

Elena McGovern

Sophia Costanzo

Rachel Miller

Kylie Stipes

Riley Headrick

Isabelle McKeever

Alexandra Grundlock

Lyla San Roman

Annmarie Podehl

Sophia Everingham