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The Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts/SIMBT offers the aspiring student a more complete and rewarding learning experience. Students are afforded the opportunity to learn with experienced, professional instructors.

Proper training provides the necessary skills needed to compete in the new performing arts market and is placed in the forefront of our curriculum. We focus on teaching the skills and techniques that allow our students to excel and thrive in all forms of the performing arts.

Our programs are designed to meet the personal and professional goals of our members while providing skills that will serve for a lifetime. We welcome you to be a part of our new season.


Terri Garcia - Lee:
Artistic Director / Founder/Master Teacher: A proud member of AEA -SAG- AFTRA. Mrs. Lee has been inspiring all her students to reach a new understanding and mastery of musicality and acting performance as well as inner accomplishments through their dancing. A graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts in Ballet, Mrs. Lee made her Broadway debut with The Three Musketeers directed by Joe Layton & Tom O'Horagan and The Revival of “West Side Story “ with Jerome Robbins. She has worked with other dance legends including Bob Fosse, Pat Birch, Lester Wilson, Billy Wilson, and Michael Peters and many others. During her professional career on Broadway and National Broadway tours she studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse (Misner technique) and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. She trained with Scholarships from The San Francisco Ballet, The Minnesota Ballet, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey and The Broadway Dance Center. She has been teaching and performing for over 30 years. She is a proud of all her students’ accomplishments as we help give them wings to fly. Mrs. Lee is also a proud mother of daughter, Paloma Garcia - Lee who made her Broadway debut at the young age of seventeen in the longest running Broadway show in history The Phantom of the Opera and other Broadway Shows as: Nice Work If You Can Get It, & Guys & Dolls. She welcomes you to a wonderful enriching, warm, creative, fun studio atmosphere, to learn and grow for a lifetime! A pre - professional performing arts school for children and adults of all ages. PSPA is the official training school for Spirit In Motion Ballet Theater.

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Bucks County’s Premier Performing Arts Center, The Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts of Newtown welcomes exciting new addition of new teachers from New York City!  Jennifer Paige Chambers and Todd Shanks are distinguished performers from New York City to add to the list of other teachers as Denise La Pointe from STEPS on Broadway and Kristen Scott with American Repertory Ballet Company of Princeton and other professionals in world of Dance/Theater and Ballet.

Todd Shanks from NYC STEPS ON BROADWAY has been featured in Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher Magazine and has performed in many music videos, commercials and television programs.  He comes to us from Steps on Broadway in New York City.


Jennifer) Paige Chambers (AEA, SAG, AFTRA)
was last seen on Broadway in The Producers, where she appeared as Ulla, the Swedish secretary. She then went on to appear as Diane Lorimar in 42nd Street, She began her professional career at 17, while still in high school, with an offer by director and choreographerYoung Frankenstein, and others) to appear in Crazy For You. Then at the age of 19, she appeared as Judy in A Chorus Line and worked alongside Mitzi Hamilton and a Radio City Rockette in NYC.She then went on to the 4th National Tour of the longest running musical (at that time), Cats, as the Siamese Cassandra. She was honored to perform the role of Purity, one of Reno’s Angels, in Anything Goes with the one and onlyat Lincoln Center. On television she has had roles on Sex and the City, Law and Order, Monk, and The Late Show with David Letterman (10 episodes), and national commercials for E-Trade, Levi's, Nissan, USA Today, and Sky Vodka. She is excited to be working closely with Terri Lee and the Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts


Kevin Backstrom (Director/Choreographer) After receiving his BFA in Theatre from Ohio University .New York City, A Chorus Line, Broadway Company. Broadway and on tour with 42nd Street, Cats, La Cage aux folles, Meet Me In St. Louis, as well performing in industrial shows and commercials and backing up Mitzi Gaynor. Kevin is now one of only two people authorized to re-create the original direction and choreography for West Side Story. This distinction has allowed him to travel all over the world.

 


Quincy Pronker – Founder and Director of Work of Arts Studio in NJ ~ He has studied at "Ballet Magnificat!" Quincy received scholarships at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Magnificat and other schools on the east coast.


Billy Johnstone: Guest Master Teacher
This Broadway dynamo is a six-year veteran of “Cats”. Other Broadway credits include “A Chorus Line” and “West Side Story“. Mr. Johnstone is a Master Instructor at the renown Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, NYC.


Kristen Scott:

Ms. Scott graduated from Indiana University in ballet and in 2000 she joined American Repertory Ballet in NJ, where she still dances today. She spent seven weeks in Kenya during the summer of2007. Her experiences in Africa were more impactful than any of the other places she had been and since returning to the US she has been committed to making a difference. Kristen,Director of COME UNITY, a non-profit organization that aids dance groups in hosting fundraising events like tonight's and is grateful for SIMBT's participation in this venture.


Natasha Zeiger:
The Bolshoi Ballet Company, Russia. The Rock School in Philadelphia

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