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                               MAXINE PATTERSON SCHOOL OF​ DANCE


                             "dance  like  nobody's  watching"

2212 Lincoln Street 

Savannah, GA 31405

(912) 234-8745

[email protected]


     What's happening at the studio this summer?

S U M M E R  I N T E N S I V E   2 0 2 1

JULY 16-17


ballet - jazz technique - lyrical - contemporary - jazz funk - broadway - improv


Marisa started dancing in Jacksonville, Florida training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Her love for the arts led her to pursue a BFA in dance and a BFA in graphic design at Jacksonville University. During this time, Marisa was also a part of a contemporary/hip-hop company called A Rhythm Nation and danced in many local performances.

Marisa attended Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City and got to work with Gelsey Kirkland herself. She was then accepted to the Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester Program and moved to New York City. During this elite program, Marisa trained with renowned instructors, performed original works from prestigious choreographers, and was awarded many professional opportunities such as performing on Good Morning America and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Marisa had the pleasure to dance with the Broadway cast of Spiderman: Turn off the Dark in their final Gypsy of the Year performance in the Minskoff Theatre. She was also

a part of JT Lotus Dance Company and performed in many shows and performances throughout New York and surrounding areas.

Marisa has since then moved to Orlando, FL. She is currently dancing at Universal Studios Orlando in a variety of shows. She is continuing to work as a freelance dancer, performing with multiple production companies. Marisa is avid in sharing her knowledge and passion with young dancers through teaching dance. She travels all around the

southeast region to teach workshops and masterclasses, adjudicate and teach at competitions and conventions, choreograph routines, and work one-on-one through private lessons. Marisa is also the co-creator and Artistic Director of the Dancelook Apprentice Program, a program designed to train and help young dancers transition into

a professional career.


Carlos was born and was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. When Carlos first started his dance training, he equally trained in many styles of dance. Becoming versatile was a fun challenge and passionate goal to him. It later on became essential in order to create and sustain a career in dance. Prior to dancing, Carlos has a martial arts background inTaekwondo and is a second-degree black belt!

It was in Jacksonville where Carlos trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, breakdance, dance teaching methods, choreography methods and various world ethnic dances at Lavilla School of the Arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts. Carlos’ first professional dance performance was at the age of 15 for “Jacksonville Symphony’s: First Coast Nutcracker.” There he performed in front of thousands as the “Lead Russian”, a position previously held and handed to him by one of his first male dance teachers. During his curricular studies, Carlos sought out  many opportunities for training and performing in Jacksonville. He trained in and performed contemporary, lyrical, jazz-funk, and African dance with companies by Kavin Grant: Ka'mia and A Rhythm Nation. Carlos also trained and performed with his hip-hop dance crew, Systematic. With Systematic Dance Crew, Carlos achieved his first national television debut, and together they won BET’s “106th & Park’s” dance competition twice!

Later on, Carlos danced with Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys Of Dance and performed in their hit show "Rock The Ballet." With Bad Boys he has toured over 8 countries in Europe, along with Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the U.S for 3 years! After his tour finished, Carlos became a top 20 finalist on the Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 10!

Next, while living in NYC, Carlos performed with the Broadway cast of "Spider-man Turn Off The Dark" in their final Gypsy Of The Year performance. He also performed as the principal character in the off- Broadway show, "iLuminate, Artists of Light" with the company iLuminate (as seen on America's Got Talent). During this time he became an instructor at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway in NYC and still teaches there when in the area.

Carlos currently resides in Orlando, FL, and has worked as a performer at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. He is steadily traveling, choreographing, teaching masterclasses and conducting private lessons with many dance students. A proof of his passion as an instructor is that up to date, Carlos has now taught and choreographed at over 75 dance schools around the world! He has now created in order to benefit the dance community!

Guest Instructor - Hailee Hutcherson

Lyrical, Jazz

JULY 23-25

Keith “HappyFeet” Prater is a dancer and choreographer from Pasadena, CA where he received his formal training in Tap, Hip-Hop, Horton and Graham Modern techniques, Jazz, Contemporary, African, and Classical Ballet at Sue B. Dance Company, founded by Eugene “Pineapple” Jackson. While at Sue B., Keith met and trained under Tap Master Chester Whitmore. Keith studied Dance at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK., and holds a Certification in Dance from the International Dance Academy Hollywood (IDA Hollywood.)

From there Keith went on to study under names such as Chloe and Maud Arnold, Jason Janas, Derick Grant, Sarah Reich, and Greg Russell. He has won several choreography awards and has enjoyed teaching dance for the past nine years. Some of Keith’s credits include working with Dawn Richard, Cedric The Entertainer, the “Syncopated Ladies,” Tulsa Opera, Theatre Tulsa, and Brian Nhira from Season 10 of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Guest Instructor - Keith "Happyfeet" Prather

Tap, Hip Hop


Guest Instructor - Madelon Curtis


Madelon Curtis  ballet training is Balanchine based, having studied extensively with Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Jacques D'Amboise, Pat Wilde, Wilhelm Burmann, and other notable New York City Ballet members and teachers in NYC and Saratoga Springs. She also trained with David Howard, The Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre School, Boston Ballet and with Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France. She has performed with numerous regional ballet companies in New England, New York and New Jersey.

A former New England Patriots cheerleader, Madelon was responsible for developing and operating numerous dance programs in the Northeast and in California. Madelon owned and operated her own ballet, jazz and hip-hop dance studio in Massachusetts for many years. Her performing ensemble, The Madelon Curtis Dancers, features both concert and commercial work and is renowned for its versatility which spans classical ballet to cutting-edge jazz and hip-hop.

In addition to classical ballet, she has trained and performed extensively with all the well-known notable teachers in jazz and hip-hop. Her jazz dance background includes the Boston Gold Dance Company, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Tremaine, Millenium, and Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.

Lazar Womble is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Art in Fashion Education. He was principle dancer of Denver Ballet and Atlanta Ballet in roles in The Nutcracker, Don Q, and Copellia as well as principle dancer for Disney Cruise Line in Orlando. He has danced in musical performances featuring Mariah Carey and Britney Spears.

Lazar teaches and choreographs at various studios in the Southeast and is also a judge for Inspire Dance Competition.

Guest Instructor - Lazar

Jazz Technique, Lyrical, Contemporary

Guest Instructor - Nakia Young


Nakia Young is a native of Savannah, GA. She began her early dance training under the direction of Madame Coy. By the age of 10, Ms. Young started dancing at Maxine Patterson School of Dance where she studied and trained in jazz, pointe, ballet, and tap.

Two years later, Ms. Young was accepted as a member of Ballet South. For six years, she enhanced her dance training at Ballet South under the tutelage of Gayla Davis-Lehotay, Gaye Baxley, Karen Brock-Carlye and John Carlye.