Celebrating 30 years as an independent female in the performing arts world, Pew Arts & Heritage Dance Advance Awardee, Jaye Allison holds an MFA from Ashwood University, attended Philadelphia College for the Performing Arts (UARTS), and completed a UMass at Amherst certificate in Arts Management. Her training includes: Philadanco, the Ailey School, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, the Performance Institute, and Broadway Dance Center where she was awarded a scholarship. Her teachers included the best in the modern, jazz and tap dance arena, including; Frank Hatchett, Maurice Hines, Hinton Battle and Cecilia Marta. She has trained generations of students in the Delaware Valley and continues to inspire children in the performing arts.
Michaela has trained at various schools including Center Stage, Princeton Dance and Theater, Princeton Ballet, the Rock School, Alvin Ailey, and the Royal Danish Ballet under the direction of Vivi Flindt. She was accepted into Alvin Ailey's Pre Professional Fellowship Program where she trained in West African, Horton, Graham, Ballet, Tap, and Pointe technique. Michaela obtained her Bachelor of Arts in International Management from Franklin University Switzerland where she had the opportunity to serve as Vice President and President of the University’s dance group, Lugano Street Dance. Since moving to the Philadelphia area, Michaela has participated in many shows including The Outlet Dance Project, the Come Together Festival, and more. She currently is a member of Ujima Dance Theater under the direction of Shana El.
Chania Garner trained at various dance studios in Philadelphia and Delaware and joined the Delaware Contemporary Dance Theater at age 21. Her favorite performance to date was when she had the honor of dancing at the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference and she has worked professionally with Anthony Burrell and Christopher Huggins. She greatly enjoys training and teaching the acrobatic arts and has already made her mark on the kids at SSPA!
Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia tap dancer. Her artistic work aims to expand the boundaries of jazz tap, both as a soloist, a choreographer, and a composer. She was a principle dancer with Tap Team Two & Company, under the direction of Robert F. Burden, Jr., from 1996-2011, during which time she performed widely in major theaters all over Philadelphia and the East Coast. Those experiences led her to create and produce dozens of tap dance and live music events in Philadelphia. In 2014, she created Take It Away Dance, a tap dance and live music company has been presented consistently in Philadelphia and New York. Her work has been presented by Jazz Bridge, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Creative Philadelphia, The Barnes Foundation, Allentown Art Museum, Dixon Place, and Symphony Space. Her work moves fluidly into music writing and recording: she has an original jazz composition published in the Philadelphia Real Book (2018) and is a featured recording artist on “The Whitman Project” mixtape (2019), published by The Philadelphia Jazz Project. Pam has been interviewed about her work on Articulate (WHYY) and The Arts Desk (WRTI), and she was recognized in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Dance Teacher Magazine for her work with The Philadelphia Community Tap Project. For more, please visit www.pamelahetherington.net.
Besides her own creative work, dance education has been a part of her life since she was 18 years old. For the past twenty-one years, she has honed her craft at countless studios, recreation centers, camps, after school programs, universities, elementary schools, and secondary schools. She is a passionate teacher and also a forward-thinking pioneer of the dance field. Sound Space Performing Arts is an outgrowth of her dance education experience and fills a need for a dance environment where children are encouraged to grow as thinking, creative, innovative artists.
Tyra hails from Northern New Jersey and is currently a dance major at Temple University. She continues to hone her teaching craft at multiple dance studios in the Philadelphia area. She is the 2018 winner of Mx. Everything.
Liliana Ruiz was raised in Mexico City and started dancing classical ballet at the age of six. When approaching her 13th birthday, she was asked to perform professionally in Culiacan Sinaloa (Mexico). Ever since, Liliana has been actively performing, choreographing and studying a diversity of dances, including flamenco. Her flamenco master teachers in Mexico include Chunny Amaya, Winny Amaya, Cristobal Reyes, Cristina Aguirre, and Mario Maya. Liliana studied classical Spanish Dance with Milagros and Pilar Rioja. Her notable dancing credits include performances in Carmen with opera singer Placido Domingo at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, Premier Club with Julio Iglesias, Noches Españolas (Spanish Nights) with the “Poeta de Granada” (Granada Poet) Manuel Benitez Carrasco. Her experience allowed her to choreograph and participate in plays such as Cyrano de Bergerac by Roberto Sen and Don Juan Tenorio by Gonzalo Vega at the Teatro Helénico, Los poetas que hablan tan alto by Ricardo Brust at Teatro San Jerónimo, and El rey de los gorilas at the Teatro de los Insurgentes. Ms. Ruiz served as Artistic Director for the Centro Asturiano dance ensemble for ten years. This group performed at the magnificent Palacio de Bellas Artes, and had the honor to perform a few times for the King Juan Carlos I of Spain, his wife Queen Sofia, and Prince Felipe of Asturias. Liliana Ruiz taught at the Spanish Academy of Dance Rioja for a few years. She then created her own dance school/company Suspiro Español, which performed twice a year at the Teatro Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. When Liliana moved to the United States in 2000, she joined the company New York Express, and performed throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Shortly after, Liliana started to dance with local companies and in theatres in NY and Philadelphia, such as the Cashama Theatre (Broadway), the Wilma Theater, the Painted Bride, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Annenberg Center, and the Kimmel Center at the International Festival of the Arts. In the USA, Liliana continued her flamenco studies with masters such as Raquel Heredia, Rosario Toledo, Almudena Fernandez, Juana Amaya, Chiqui de Jerez, Antonio Hidalgo, Isabel Bayón, Angel Atienzo, Pilar Ortega, Manuela Rios, La Meira, and Inmaculada Ortega. Ms. Ruiz has performed Classical Spanish dances with the two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero and the Philly POP’s at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, as well as with the Atlantic Bay Symphony, the Pottstown Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, and the NJ Patriots Symphony directed by Dan Spalding. She also performs with the band La Revancha throughout the USA including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Cleveland, and others.
Mr. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Rutgers University and currently works as a freelance artist and designer. He has been an integral part of our after school program and has served as Program Manager since 2019.