Jaye Allison (Ballet/Modern)
Jaye Allison (Ballet/Modern)

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.

Chania Garner (Acro)
Chania Garner (Acro)

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 (Studio Director)
Pamela Hetherington (Studio Director)

A Philadelphia native, Pam started a dance performance career at the age of sixteen, when she joined Tap Team Two & Company, under the direction of Robert F. Burden, Jr. Throughout the next 22 years of her own performance, choreography, artistic direction and community arts leadership projects in Philadelphia, the work consistently leads back to percussive dance education. Sound Space Performing Arts is the outgrowth of her two decades in dance education, during which time she saw a consistent need for a dedicated space that preserved and advanced percussive dance forms. Her first job as an 18-year-old teacher was leading the tap program at Chestnut Street Dance Academy (now Urban Movement Arts) in downtown Philadelphia. In the twenty years since then, she has honed her craft by leading hundreds of classes and directing performing arts programs, for people of all ages, at studios, recreation centers, universities, summer camps, public schools, private schools, festivals, conventions and more on the East Coast. As the artistic director of Take It Away Dance, her choreography has been consistently presented at major venues in Philadelphia and New York, most recently at Symphony Space: Stam-Pede. Her first original jazz composition for tap dance was published in the Philadelphia Real Book, 1st Ed. and 2nd Ed. (2017, 2018). Due to her community-building work in the Philadelphia tap scene and her founding of The Philadelphia Community Tap Project, she has been invited to speak about tap dance and jazz music in Philadelphia, on a variety of nationally-syndicated programs, including Articulate (WHYY) and The Arts Desk (WRTI), and she was recognized in the May 2017 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. For more, please visit www.pamelahetherington.net.

Tyra Jones-Blain (Hip-Hop, After School Program)
Tyra Jones-Blain (Hip-Hop, After School Program)

Tyra is currently a dance major at Temple University and continues to hone her teaching craft at multiple dance studios in the Philadelphia area. She is the 2018 winner of the coveted title of Mx. Everything.

Liliana Ruiz (Flamenco)
Liliana Ruiz (Flamenco)

Liliana Ruiz was raised in Mexico City and started dancing classical ballet at the age of six. Shortly thereafter, she began Classical Spanish dance and Flamenco. 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 among others. 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.