Susie Bainbridge
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Susie Bainbridge

Susanna Michelle Bainbridge was born and raised in Liberty, NC. She has 3 older siblings, David Jr., Julia, and Josh, and 4 younger siblings, Sam, Becca, Rachel, and Abby. She was homeschooled at Ten Oaks Christian Academy. Susie has danced at AFAA since she was 4 years old (with a 2 year break), so a total of 13 years! She has taken classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and, her favorite, liturgical. One of her favorite opportunities at AFAA has been being part of Rejoice! dance ministry for the past 5 years. She has had a variety of roles through the years in ballet productions including “Jennifer” in The Best Loved Doll, “Good Queen” in Snow White, and “Aurora” in Sleeping Beauty. When Susie is not at AFAA, she spends time as a caregiver for the elderly (including her Papaw for a couple of years), and for the last 2+ years, as a nanny for 2 sweet little boys. She also loves organizing, helping out around the house, and finding ways to see her new nephew, baby Jake! Susie is excited to be able to continue her time with AFAA, now as a Dance Instructor!

Savannah Blackburn
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Savannah Blackburn

Savannah Blackburn is finishing up her homeschool career this year while also pursuing her associates in arts degree at Alamance Community College. She has been a part of the theater community for the past 9 years and has worked in various capacities including Directing, Music Directing, Stage Managing, Choreographing, and Acting! Savannah is passionate about her faith and hopes to pursue full time ministry post college. She is so thankful to get to be a part of the Alamance Fine Arts Academy team!

Acro
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Acro

Acro is short for "acrobatics," and it uses strength and flexibility to perform gymnastic-based tricks. At AFAA, our goal is to train our dancers so that they may incorporate these skills into choreography in their dance classes, which is why students must enroll in either a Ballet or Jazz class as a co-requisite when enrolled in an Acro class.

Our Acro classes are taught by Ms. Laney Lee, who has been trained and is certified by Acrobatic Arts. The classes will focus on safety, flexibility, strength, beginning and finishing positions, and proper body, foot, and leg positions. Acro I will work towards will include splits, bridges, forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, round offs and starting walkovers. Acro II & III will continue to fine-tune and build upon these skills as well as add more as each class demonstrates their readiness to do so.

To be sure the students possess the strength and flexibility needed to begin the skills, the first few months will focus heavily on conditioning exercises for flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination so that they will be able to safely move into learning the basic skills above the second half of the year.

In order to enroll in Acro, students must also be enrolled in either a Ballet or Jazz class, or have had completed 2 years of Jazz.

Hip Hop
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Hip Hop

This style of dance was born in the Bronx in the late 1970s, and had gone global by the 1980s. The name came from "hip" meaning "trendy", and literally "hopping" to the rhythm of the music, which was usually rap music. Contrary to popular opinion, you CAN have Christian Hip Hop!  There has been an explosion of songs in the genres of Christian rap and Hip Hop music, and it is possible to develop choreography that is God-honoring! So we invite you to join this style of dance that truly explores feeling the beat of the music!

Because the body isolations and movements require a higher level of body awareness, we strongly encourage students to take a Jazz class as well to get that training in technique.