Freed School of Performing Arts

Faculty

“Each dance instructor is selected carefully, both for technical skills and their ability to work with children. Our staff consists of trained professionals with extensive backgrounds in all our areas of concentration. All of our teachers have at least 5 years of teaching experience - some as many as 25 to 40 years. They also have a rapport with students and a desire to help them reach their full potential.”

-Andrea Freed-Levenson

 

Andrea Freed-Levenson, School Director, has been dancing all her life. A well-known dancer and choreographer, she majored in dance at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she served on the dance department faculty after graduation. She has studied and performed extensively in New York. She has also served as choreographer with summer stock as well as summer faculty at the University of Southern California. Andrea was selected as one of the outstanding Young Women in America. She has taught all ages of students, youth and adults in a wide variety of dance arts including tap, ballet, gymnastics, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and ballroom. Andrea is also a Licensed Zumba Instructor. She was chosen to be on the prestigious "Artist in Residence Roster" sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission. This enables her to teach dance residences in the public schools of South Carolina. Currently she is on the faculty of USC-Sumter, Head of the Dance Program at Thomas Sumter Academy, Artistic Director of the Sumter Civic Dance Company and owner of the Freed School of Performing Arts.

 

                            Erin Levenson Harms

                            graduated from

                            the University of South Carolina

                            with a degree in Dance

                            Performance and

                            Choreography and a masters

                            degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

                            In the Dance Department Erin followed a

                            contemporary dance track where she

                            performed the works of Martha Graham,

                            including Sketches from the Chronicles. She

studies in New York where she frequently visits to take classes at the Broadway Dance Center and the Martha Graham School. As a member of the Sumter Civic Dance Company, which is on the “Artist and Residence Roster” she is able to teach dance in South Carolina Public Schools. Currently, Erin works as a therapist at Senior Life Improvement Center and Colonial Counseling, she is a teacher at the Freed School, and an active member of the Sumter Civic Dance Company.  As a principal member of the Sumter Civic Dance Company, which is on the “Artist and Residence Roster” she is able to teach dance in South Carolina public schools. Erin is USA GYMNASTICS safety certified.

                           Andrea Barras Govier

                            graduated from the

                            University of South Carolina with a

                            B.S. Degree in Business

                            Administration. She frequently trains in

                             New York and is a member of the

                            Sumter Civic Dance Company and

                            has performed all over the US.

                            Currently she is a teacher at the

 Freed School, on staff in the dance department at Thomas Sumter Academy and an active member of

the Sumter Civic Dance Company.  As a principal

 member of the Sumter Civic Dance Company,

which is on the “Artist and Residence Roster” she

is able to teach dance in South Carolina public

schools. Andrea is USA GYMNASTICS safety certified.

Tia Robinson graduation from the                             University of South Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a former member of the Sumter Civic Dance Company and is still dancing as a teacher for many of our preschool dance and tot gymnastics classes.     Tia is USA GYMNASTICS safety certified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cedric Hobbs

is USA GYMNASTICS safety certified.

 

 

                           Emily Woodard Ridgeway  graduated

                            from Columbia College with a

                            Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance

                            Performance and Choreography. She

                            returns to us from dancing and working at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and later Performing with DanceFX, Charleston Dance Project and  Charleston Performing Arts Center in Charleston, SC. She currently teaches Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Competition Company at the Freed School and works through the Sumter Civic Dance Company as the dance teacher at Lee Central Middle School.  Emily is a principal member of the Sumter Civic Dance Company.

 

 

 

Freed School of Performing Arts Teacher Assistants:

 

                                                          Mary Catherine Matthews                                                      Ruby Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                    Brooke Delbocca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Manager:

Sondra Tidwell

 

 

 

 

 

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