OUR TEAM

Brandon Simmons

Instructor, Adam in Chatham and Chance to Dance

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Brandon grew up in Connecticut and quickly realized as a young boy that he had a passion for dance and theater.  He could say his first introduction was the old technicolor move musicals starting the great names like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.  But he didn’t get his formal start until he was 16 when he marched into Jill Chase Dance studio in his hometown and said: “I want to dance!”

 

Well, that’s exactly what Brandon did.  He moved to NYC after high school and started taking class with some of the best teachers at Steps NYC, Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey Studios.  Brandon has had the privilege of working for Royal Caribbean cruise lines as a dancer, Dance Captain, and aerial artist.  He has worked with recording artist Kristine W, and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, been on the North American tour of Evita directed by Larry Fuller, featured dancer in Shake Rattle and Roll at the El Dorado Showroom in Reno Nevada, and dance on the Radio City Music Hall stage with David Byrne, in addition to industrials for Southern Living at Home, Bud Light, and the US Open. He’s also had the pleasure of teaching at several studios in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, in addition to teaching for Dance Masters of America.

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Samantha Gendreau

Samantha Gendreau is a professional dancer from Longmeadow, MA. As an adolescent she trained in ballet, jazz, and modern under Ken and Shelly Lipitz at the New England Dance Conservatory, and became a feature dancer for their company at just 13. When Samantha was a teenager she joined the Pioneer Valley Ballet under the direction of Noble and Ruth Barker while also attending Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School as a dance major. There, she won an award for best choreography with The Catalyst Dance Company (directed by Jodi P. Falk and Jen Pollins) at just 15 years old.

 

Soon she began traveling the east coast attending and performing at dance festivals as well as choreographing PVPA's spring musicals, including: Guys and Dolls, The Hating Pot, Children of Eden, and Fame which she also starred in as Iris. Samantha spent her summers training with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre before graduating and heading straight into The Joffrey Ballet School at 17.  Samantha eventually began her career in ballroom around the age of 24 as an advanced Pro/Am dancer. In 2013 she was a national finalist and ranked 5th in the country.

 

Currently Samantha is a Professional Competitive American Rhythm dancer being coached by National Rhythm Champion Ilya Reyzin and World Latin and 10-Dance Champion Diana McDonald. Sam trains in Rocky Hill, CT at The Ballroom Project and at Rodgers Dance Center in New Jersey.

Christine Harvey

Christine Harvey

Available for private coaching, by appointment.

Born in London, Christine Harvey began ballroom dancing at an early age and has been dancing, competing, and teaching for the last 45 years.

 

Representing England, Christine was consistently a finalist in all the major European and World Championships. Her competitive career has taken her to many parts of the world and eventually to Massachusetts where she has become one of the most sought after coaches in the area.

 

Christine is a World Class Adjudicator and judges competitions all over the United States. Christine has coached the MIT Ballroom dance team and currently coaches the Brown University ballroom teams.  In her teaching, she concentrates on working the feet and ankles as to create a solid foundation for dance, and she also thinks dancing is all about enjoying and having fun.