Progressive Movement Arts Centre
TIFFANY GORMAN (Founder/Artistic Director) Multi-talented dancer, teacher and choreographer. She began her love for dance while training with Kathy Ryan, Regional Director of Nexstar National Talent Competition. Her Drill Team held the State/National Championship Title for 5 Consecutive years. She went on to train at 42nd Street Studio under the direction and guidance of Cynthia Spero-Stein, owner and director of 42nd Street Studio/Disney Dancers, and was a faculty member and a member of 42nd Street Dance Company. Tiffany studied classical ballet at La Roche College under the direction of Gerald W. Holt, Co-Artistic Director of The Mid-Atlantic Contemporary Ballet. She also studied Modern under the direction of Michele de la Reza director of Attack Theatre. She was a competitor at the regional and national levels. Tiffany's performances include CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl Halftime Cast Member, UDA Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, among others. Tiffany coaches Cheerleading for Cuthbertson Middle School. She has been awarded in regional and national competitions around the US for her choreography. Tiffany won the Prestigious Marjorie Perry Spirit Award! "The Marjorie Perry Spirit teacher award is an award bestowed upon a teacher who demonstrates the same love and devotion to teaching dance that Marjorie Perry displayed." This award is presented to a studio owner/teacher that displays an amazing ability to promote all areas of dance, provides a positive environment, and gives youth the opportunity to establish goals and reach for their dreams. Our PMAC Performance Company, Faculty & PMAC students and families are thankful for the love Ms. Tiffany bestows upon us. Tiffany has learned so much from her mentors and teachers and is thrilled to be the Artistic Director of Progressive Movement Arts Centre. For her students and those with whom she works, Tiffany hopes to inspire a love and appreciation for dance, while providing a safe, nurturing place for her students to participate in the fine arts.
CONSTANCE BOEPPLE (StudioManager/Faculty/Seamstress) Connie Boepple has created costumes for many students over the past 20 years that wanted that one of a kind costume. Connie is a High Fashion & Photography Graduate from Vogue Modeling. Connie started her career as a runway model for Snap Dragon and Happy Legs. Dance has been a major part of Connie’s life for 30 years. Starting with her daughters’ love for dance was the beginning of Creations By Connie Costumes. She currently holds the title of Studio Manager for Progressive Movement Arts Centre. She continues to design cutting edge dance costume for studios all over the United States, Her passion for dance arts shines through in her craft and in class with the creative movers. Costumes for solos, duos, groups, and productions are produced and not repeated. Accessories are also added. Mitts, hats, and jewelry are made to order. You also can sometimes find her on the Nexstar Competition Circuit with their promotional sales team.
JORDAN BERRY Jordan fell in love with dance at the age of ten and has been dancing and competing ever since. Over the years, she has won numerous performance and choreography awards. Jordan graduated from the dance program at Central Academy of Technology and Arts. There she got the opportunity to work with Bianca Morgan, Janice Aguilera and Allison Cyphers. She also works and teaches at dance studios around Charlotte and has danced in local performances such as Carolina Voices. Jordan is currently continuing her dance education pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in performance and choreography. She can’t wait to leave her mark on the dance world and hopes to inspire as many dancers as possible.
LAURA BROWN is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a BCA in Dance Education. She was n faculty at Queens University of Charlotte for many years teaching Ballet Technique, History, and Repertory. Professionally, Laura danced with The North Carolina Dance Theater, The Louisville Ballet and Bay Ballet Theater in Tampa, Florida. She has performed in Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and other well known ballets . Laura began her teaching career in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She implemented the Dance Program for Northwest School of the Arts, where she received the “Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year Award.”
LAUREN GILKS began her dance training under the direction and guidance of Tiffany Gorman, founder and artistic director of Progressive Movement Arts Centre. She is a current PMAC Performance Company member as well as a faculty member at PMAC. Lauren currently teaches children 3 - 6 years of age ballet and tap in our combo class.
SUSAN GOWER began gymnastics when she was 4 years old. By age 9 she was doing gymnastics competitively. She qualified & competed in regional, national, and international competitions. Susan travelled to Germany to compete and brought home a 1st place! She also travelled to Romania at age 14 and trained at their national gymnastics facility. By the age of 16 she decided to end her competitive club gymnastics career. She then joined the high school gymnastics team. Upon her highschool graduation she went on to study sport and exercise science and cheer for the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Since her time studying and cheering at UNC-G Susan has coached recreational gymnastics for several years in college and has also judged competitions. Currently she is the Cheer Coach at Cuthbertson Middle School and the lead instructor for PMAC Dance Tumbling program.
ALYSSA MACOMBER is a graduate of Central Academy of Technology and Arts who has been dancing for 17 years. She is based in Charlotte, NC where she grew up and received dance training from some of the best in the area. She is well versed in Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern and Ballet. Being a member of competitive dance teams has helped her to discover her love of dance and desire to be a choreographer. To continue her dance career, Alyssa has been an assistant at SHOCK the Intensive, Encore Extreme and Dance Productions. E'Clatez and the Discovering are professional dance companies that she is an active member of, under the guidance of Christopher Robbins and Andrea Jasper. She most recently completed a year of dance training under the direction of Krista Miller as a Launch Member at Brea Space in Brea, California. Alyssa just completed her 6 month contract dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines on the Quantum in Shanghai, China.
JAELYN MURPHY has been dancing since the age of four. She danced competitively for 8 years, winning numerous regional and national titles. She is an alumna of Clemson University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, with a minor in Chemistry. While at Clemson, she was on the Tiger Dancers dance team for three years, and served as the captain of the team for two of those years. Jaelyn is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and currently works as a clinical and outpatient dietitian at CHS University.
JOEL PAULUS is a dancer, singer, actor, musician, choreographer and teacher originally from Baytown, Texas. Mr. Paulus has performed with many regional and civic ballet companies across the United States including Rochester City Ballet, North Star Ballet, and Contemporary Ballet Theater of New York. In New York when not dancing freelance, he could seen performing for three seasons as a supernumerary with the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre. He was also a member of Dance Spectrum, At Marah Dance Theater and in conjunction with the Jose Limon Dance Company danced in There is a Time for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Cambridge, England. Other credits include choreography for the NIV Kids Club video series, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, and various regional musical theater productions ranging from Pirates of Penzance to South Pacific. Places of study include: City Ballet of Houston, Joffrey Ballet School as full scholarship trainee, Broadway Dance Center, Steps, a BFA in Musical Theatre/Dance emphasis, and an MA in Christian Apologetics researching the theological value of ballet. Mr. Paulus' studies afforded him the opportunity to glean from a spectrum of dance luminaries including David Howard, Elenor D'Antuono, Fernando Bujones, Donald McKayle, and Charles McGowan. He has taught ballet classes in the greater Houston, Charlotte, and New York areas. Currently, Mr. Paulus is pursing PhD studies in theology and the arts and is artist in residence with the Union County Youth Ballet.