FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Mrs. Lee hails from NYC and is a proud member of all three professional unions: Broadway Actors Equity AEA -Screen Actors Guild - AFTRA. Her students have been cast on Broadway, National Broadway tours, NYC Rockettes, SAG Movies, National TV Series, Broadway Shows on the largest Royal Caribbean tours, and national television.
Lee has been in Bucks County for over twenty-six years inspiring her students to reach a new understanding and mastery of musicality in the arts and also reach their personal goals through the use of dance theater education. Many of her students are now living their dream performing on Broadway, in the Rocketts, film, national television, and many national and international tours. Lee founded SIMBT/PSPA with a mission to inspire a lasting passion and appreciation for theater, dance, and music through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, touching choreography, and dominant lifetime educational programs.
After graduating from the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lee moved to NYC with a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet and The Gregory Hines - Frank Hattacht Dance studios next to The David Letterman studios on Broadway, now known as the famous " Broadway Dance Center"! Lee made her Broadway debut with The Three Musketeers - with Ed Dixon, Chuck Wagner, Liz Calloway - Mark Bramble - directed by Joe Layton & Tom O'Horgan. From there, she continued to perform in many professional productions including The Big Broadcast of 1944 with Harry James and his Orchestra, the revival of West Side Story with Jerome Robbins - Tommy Abbott Directors with Rex Smith & Luis Perez. Other Lee’s extensive professional career in Broadway, film, and TV commercials has allowed her to travel the world and perform with many great dance legends including Bob Fosse, Pat Birch (Grease), Lester Wilson, (Solid Gold) Billy Wilson, (The Sands Copa Girls) Michael Peters (Michael Jackson's Thriller), Judy Kaye, Eartha Kitt, and many others. Additional training throughout her career included the Neighborhood Playhouse Acting (Misner technique) and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. She also trained with Scholarships from The San Francisco Ballet, The Minnesota Ballet, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Steps, and The Broadway Dance Center.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER
Akasha Alvarez was born a raised right here in Bucks County. She tends to call PSPA her home as she grew attending the school as a dancer since she was 5 years old. She soon found that dance was not only a passion of hers but her life calling when she started teaching and choreographing dance. Akasha graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. While her time at West Chester, Akasha was a key member of the University Dance Company and choreographed for the company 4 times. One of her pieces was presented at the regional conferences for the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Akasha is an alumni of the Pennsylvania School of Performing Arts Company, performed with the Philadelphia Fringe Fest, Ballet Magnificat, and ComeUnity's collaboration with Lustig Dance Theatre. Akasha has studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, pointe, lyrical, theater dance, and tap.When Akasha is not at the studio, she is a first grade teacher at a local school district in Bucks County. Akasha has been teaching children dance for over 12 years and has studied under the direction of Mrs. Lee for over19 years.
MUSICAL THEATER, TAP
Lester Holmes has had a memorable and successful career as a dancer/singer/actor/acrobat on and off-Broadway tours, in national tours and in theaters up and down the East Coast. He has performed on television, in nightclubs, in regional and dinner theaters, and has tumbled at the Met. In addition to his performance credits, Lester has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and musical theater for decades. He has taught at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and has, through the years, taught numerous master classes throughout the U.S. He had the pleasure of teaching and choreographing in Florence, Italy for three years, Lester once had his own studio and he taught dance at the Peabody Prep, Goucher College and Towson University for almost 2 decades. He is now actively teaching and choreographing in Bucks County and is thrilled to continue collaborating with artistic director Akasha Alvarez at the renowned Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ski realized his passion for dance and music at a young age. Creating and producing his own music, Ski stumbled upon the world of dance specializing in Hip Hop. He began his career in dance at the age of 15 and earned a position in the Hip Hop Company, IAMPHRESH/Academy of Phresh. Dancing with the company, his teams have won several awards at World of Dance and Prelude. Ski takes the time to travel throughout the US to train under the industry’s best dancers and choreographers. Ski has been instructing at local dance studios and colleges throughout the Greater Tristate area since 2011. When Ski is not teaching he takes every opportunity to train and network. Ski’s classes range from beginner to advanced with students of all ages. During his class he likes to cover topics such as musicality, dynamics, wordplay, texture, and body control while focusing on authentic, current Hip Hop styles.
Magge received her training in Northeast Philadelphia at Olga Kresin’s Ballet School. Under Ms. Kresin and Russian Master, Lev Assoulyak, Magge participated in international competitions such as Tanzolymp Danz Festival, Youth America Grand Prix, Barcelona International Dance Competition and Prima de Roma. Magge became a member of the Mystic Ballet Company and danced world premieres by Brian Enos, Sergei Vanaev, and Gregory King. In 2012, she premiered Gabrielle Lamb’s Marooned at Jacob’s Pillow. In 2015, Magge moved to Rome, Italy to finish her BFA in Art History through Temple University where she continued dancing with companies in the city. Her last performance was with Compania Ballet de Nicaragua where she performed the bedroom pas from Manon. Magge has been teaching in the Philadelphia area since 2016.
VOICE & ACTING CLASSES
Soprano Tracey Richards Chebra holds a Master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has performed with numerous musical organizations including the the Boheme Society of Trenton and the Opera Repertory Theater of Greensboro, NC. Her performances have received critical acclaim throughout the East Coast. While at the University of North Carolina, Ms. Chebra was a recipient of the Prince Scholarship and received honors from Mu Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Lambda. She is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is actively involved in training young singers for careers in music. Her students have won numerous competitions and she currently has two students rehearsing for upcoming Broadway productions. Ms. Chebra teaches voice at Westminster Choir College and is currently head of the voice department at Westminster Conservatory of Music.
PRECISION JAZZ, MASTERCLASSES
Lauren is a Pennsylvania native and former PSPA student, who holds a B.F.A from Elon University. For seven holiday seasons, Lauren has performed as a Rockette in The Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. She has appeared on NBC's July 4th Fireworks Spectacular performing the work of Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels. Lauren has appeared with the Rockettes on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, LIVE! With Kelly and Ryan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Today Show.
Lauren is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
In addition to performing and teaching Lauren is on the commercial team at Dance Media, publisher of Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Pointe, Dance Business Weekly, and The Dance Edit.
GUEST ARTIST - MUSICAL THEATER
Weston Krukow, a University of Arizona School of Dance alumni, has danced with Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Smuin Ballet, and for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Weston has most recently taught workshops and master classes across the country while touring with An American in Paris. Television credits include working with Marguerite Derricks on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and he produced, choreographed, and danced in BaseBallet: Into The Game, the documentary film showcasing the athleticism of dance, which was featured on NBC Sports Bay Area, honored in over ten film festivals nationwide, and receiving five Emmy awards. Weston also received first place in the Cabaret Division of the US Open Swing Dance Championship and was honored in the 2015 MacCallum Choreography Festival for a Pas De Deux he created with Nicole Haskins. His professional teaching and choreographing experience include creating several works on Smuin Ballet, and setting Charles Weidman’s On My Mother’s Side on American Midwest Ballet.
Since at a young age, Weston has dealt with chronic back spasms and sciatic episodes. This has led him on a search for answers to finding a way to live and dance without pain. He has since then discovered a personal breakthrough through the power of the mind-body connection and our ability to help ourselves through thoughtful re-purposing of our mental and physical evaluations. His classes are focused on the celebration of movement and the idea that we hold the power to find joy through understanding tension and how to release it.
TAP, JAZZ, BALLET, BROADWAY SERIES
Ted was PSPA's first male dancer when the performing arts school opened in 1995. Five years later, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he graduated from high school and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Dance in his senior year. Ted went on to earn his Bachelors of Science from Indiana University in Ballet and Business with high honors and has danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Smuin Ballet of San Francisco. He also danced in the National Choreographers Initiative for three consecutive years. Since switching focus to musical theater, he has performed in Young Frankenstein at Ogunquit and Gateway playhouses, and has traveled across the US and Canada with the national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and, most recently, The Phantom of the Opera in the role of Slave Master. Ted currently lives in NYC and is on faculty at the Institute of American Musical Theatre.
TYLER J. ELDRIDGE
Tyler J. Eldridge, BFA is a polished performing arts and education professional who resides in the river city of brotherly love. He has followed a trend throughout his childhood; exposing himself to music and the arts where he has discovered his passion in theatre. Tyler is also phenomenal with the youth and continues to inspire them to this day in the community. Tyler has served as an adjudicator for The Philadelphia Independence Awards for High School Musical Theatre, production director and theatre teacher at The Conservatory of Music and Dance and voice and acting teacher at The Pennsylvania School For The Performing Arts. He is also represented by AMA Talent Agency. Currently, Tyler is the Director at Zhang Sah Martial Arts and Learning Center where he serves as the site leader and enrichment teacher. The next phase of his life consists of his scholarly advancement toward an MA.
BALLET, MUSICAL THEATER, ACRO, POINTE
A Bucks County native, Julianne had the good fortune of getting her ballet training from a diverse group of seasoned professionals hailing from the Harkness Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Hungarian National Ballet, and Kiev State Ballet to name a few. Her pre-professional intensive training was obtained at such schools as the Nashville Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Nutmeg Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society. Her professional ballet experience includes Northern Plains Ballet and Hamilton Ballet Theater with contemporary work for Alden Moves Dance Theater. Upon retiring her pointe shoes Julianne received her BA in Anthropology from CUNY- Hunter College where she discovered a newfound inspiration through the history of dance and its diverse global influences. While pursuing her degree Julianne studied ballet and jazz with various teachers at Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center. Some of her favorite repertoires include the Black and White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker, and Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. A mother of 4 boys Julianne knows the value of learning through fun without sacrificing quality yet maintaining her orientation of detail and technique and looks forward to imparting her knowledge onto her students.
Nathalie has choreographed and creatively directed live stage & television productions for fashion house Dosso Dossi with supermodel Miranda Kerr, Koc Festival, Miss Turkey Elidor, Adidas, Smirnoff for Madonna (MDNA), British Petroleum (BP), Sony Experia, Ziynet Sali, Hale Caneroğlu, Yuksek Sadakat for Eurovision, maNga for RedBull Soundclash, Tarkan, Star TV, The Beyaz Show, equity musicals Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, South Pacific and more.
In 2012 she began collaborating with Turkey's reigning recording artist Kenan Doğulu and creatively directed a 10 dancer, 16 city tour for Fanta Coca Cola. She has been featured in magazines abroad such as Marie Claire, Kadinca & 10SAYFA.
As an actress/dancer she has appeared in episodes for Disney, Hellcats, Superman, Doctor Who, Eureka, Flash Gordon. Film credits include Center Stage II, Night At the Museum, Step Up & Life Movie Network.
After two years as Female Swing u/s Olga on the First National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical "An American in Paris" Nathalie is now a resident of New York City She is guest faculty for DeSales University, University of Hartford and an adjudicator for Showbiz National Dance Competition. Dancers can find her weekly classes at Broadway Dance Center in midtown Manhattan.
GUEST ARTIST - MUSICAL THEATER
Paloma Garcia-Lee is the proud daughter of Terri Garcia-Lee owner and founder of PSPA Studios! American actress known for her role as Adrienne on the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon and as Graziella in Steven Spielberg's upcoming and highly anticipated West Side Story. Paloma began her training at the age of 3 at PSPA. She left Bucks County at 14 years old to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she completed High School in 3 years. She graduated from UNCSA's School of Drama and within a few months of moving to New York made her Broadway debut at 17 years old. She has been seen on stage in New York in 6 Broadway shows and has also appeared in numerous live television broadcasts in addition to her other Film/TV credits.
PAUL A. SCHAEFER
Paul Schaefer has been a member of the Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera for over a decade. He performs the title role and Raoul on a regular basis. He’s also played in many leading roles in regional houses all over the country. He also takes time to do various guest stars on TV shows and independent film, including “Law and Order” and the recent new ABC show “The Baker and the Beauty.”
Paul studies acting with Allen Savage, Bob Krakower and Eric Reis. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan’s MT department. He also coaches many different types of classes from audition technique to song interpretation to cold reading work.
Paul’s been a coach for more than a decade to age groups 8-adult, helping actors and singers allow their humanity and individuality to shine through the work. He’s taught on-camera, stage and monologue work, song prep, college audition prep, whatever the student/client needs. He has worked within the class and one-on-one formats, live and virtually. Passionate about helping people find their art, he has a following of regular students who take his classes and/or work with him privately.
Chip Abbott is a NYC based choreographer, director, and dancer who’s performance career spans the worlds of concert dance, commercial dance, and Broadway. Chip served as assistant choreographer, dance captain, and swing to Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse on the Broadway Revival of On The Town (Tony nominee for best choreography) and he was also seen on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
His choreography was most recently seen at ACT of CT in their world premiere of a newly adapted version of Working, under the artistic advisement of Stephen Schwartz. As a director, Chip created two IAAPA Brass Ring Award winning shows Dance, Dance, Dance, Heartbeat (Best Theatrical Production Worldwide) and The Enchanted Journey (Most Creative Christmas Show) both produced by RWS Entertainment Group at HersheyPark. Chip has directed numerous shows for HersheyPark and Azamara Club Cruises in addition to choreographing for Step One Dance Company on Holland America Line and The Little Mermaid at Red Mountain Theatre Company.
Other performance credits include NYC theatre: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 1st national tours: R+H’s Cinderella, Andy Blankenbuehler’s Joseph… Dreamcoat. TV/Film: Isn’t It Romantic?!, The Tony Awards, The Today Show, Avon’s “Boss Life,” British Vogue, and MAC Cosmetics. Chip is a member of guest faculty at Steps and Broadway Dance Center in New York City and has taught master classes in many schools across the country including PACE University, Oklahoma City University, Point Park University, the Boston Conservatory, and University of Central Oklahoma. Proud graduate of Oklahoma City University.
Eloise has performed on Broadway in Cats (JennyAnyDots), Dames At Sea (Ruby), and On The Town (Claire U/S). Recently she was one of the dancers in the Fosse/Verdon on FX, a dancer on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3, and just finished being a Jet Girl in the West Side Story remake directed by Stephen Spielberg. Other regional credits include Minnie Faye in “Hello Dolly” at The Muny, Louise in “Carousel” at Goodspeed Opera House, the world premiere of “The Honeymooners” at Papermill Playhouse, Anytime Annie in “42 Street” at Scottsdale Musical Theatre Co, multiple City Center Encores!, Kennedy Center Broadway Series, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Music Theatre Wichita, and more.