WINTER BREAK • Dec. 22-Jan. 7 • Classes Resume the week of Jan. 8!
Our Amazing Student Teachers
Read through the bios below to learn a bit more about the student teachers here at RISPA. All of our instructors strive to provide our students with an exceptional, safe, and fun experience that benefits both their minds and bodies. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Camille is a sophomore at Cambridge High School and has been a RISPA company member for six years. She is in Glee Voice, Intermediate Musical Theatre, and takes private voice lessons. Camille sings with Cambridge’s Mastery Women’s Chorus and their acapella group. She has performed in many musicals over the years including "The King & I" (Royal Child) at the Fox Theatre, "Seussical" at the Louchiey Theatre, and "Beauty & the Beast, Jr." (Belle) at Hopewell Middle School.
Camille also enjoys sharing her love of musical theater by working as a summer camp counselor and a teacher's assistant with RISPA Children’s Theatre. In her free time, Camille likes sewing, camping, and playing guitar and ukulele.
Grace Van Houten
Grace is a junior at Cambridge High School. This is her sixth year at RISPA where she is a member of Senior Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre companies. She has won multiple competition awards at NYCDA, Adrenaline, and Access Broadway. Grace is proud to have been chosen to receive the 2016 scholarship for Atlanta Dance Experience and has also attended several other widely-known intensives such as Joffrey Ballet, Jessica King’s SYTYCD Intensive, and The Columbia City Jazz Intensive where she is honored to have learned from people she is inspired by such as Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini, Kate Harpootlian, and Sonya Tayeh.
Grace feels beyond lucky to be able to have taken master classes with some amazing people such as Lonnie Davis and Tracie Stanchfield. Grace loves to dance at RISPA and enjoys studying the art of dance and choreography. She is blessed to work with her hard-working students by offering private lessons and assisting with open classes at RISPA. Grace is most excited to help young dancers explore and spread their passion for dance.
Maurgan Haynes is a junior at Cambridge High School. She has been a part of the RISPA Company for four years where she is a member of the Senior Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater companies. She has been in three "Nutcracker" productions (party boy, party girl and the Dew Drop Fairy), "Sleeping Beauty" (Aurora), and "Cats" (Macavity).
Maurgan has attended well-known intensives such as Joffrey Ballet and Debbie Allen Dance Academy, where she earned a scholarship to train with Debbie Allen in Los Angeles. She had the opportunity to learn from Karen McDonald, Eartha Robinson, and Ava Bernstein. Maurgan loves spending her time dancing every day and enjoys sharing her passion by working with the students she assistant teaches. What Maurgan enjoys most is helping dancers achieve their goals and becoming the best dancers they can be.
Lexi Skinner is a sophomore at Cambridge High School and has been a member of the RISPA Company for the nine years. She is currently a member of the Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Voice, Lyrical, and Modern companies, takes private voice and guitar lessons, and will be assistant-teaching classes this year as well. Lexi has also participated in the Access Broadway competition since she was 7-years-old and has won various high score awards there.
Lexi has performed professionally in “Annie” and “The King and I” at the Fox Theatre, as well as in “Cats “and “Leader of the Pack" at the Cumming Playhouse. She has also performed locally in “Dear Edwina,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “Cats” at the Louchiey Theater. Lexi is a member of the Cambridge High School dance team and is a part of Cambridge's yearbook staff. She is very excited to see what the 2016-2017 dance season has to offer!
Katy Plaziak is a 15-year-old freshman at Cambridge High School and has been performing at RISPA for the past 8 years. She is currently participating in the Musical Theater, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Glee companies. In addition to these, she takes private voice lessons and is a competitive figure skater. With RISPA, Katy has competed in solo, duet and group numbers at Access Broadway since she was 7 years old and has won various awards. She has also performed in the theatrical production of CATS at the Louchiey Theater and is proud to have served as a Company Captain for many years. Katy is thrilled to be assistant teaching in classes this year and hopes to share her love of performing and dance
with all the students she meets.
Taylor Boothe is a Junior at South Forsyth High School and is involved in DECA, South Dance Company, and a Flood Student Missions Leader. She began dancing at age 4 and is a 6-year RISPA company member in all styles of dance and voice. Taylor has performed in “CATS” (RISPA), “CATS” (Cumming Playhouse Theatre), and “In The Heights” (RISPA) as well as many Company Holiday and Spring shows. She enjoys every moment at the studio dancing and singing. Taylor is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach and thanks her family, Danny, Georgina, Chad, and all her teachers for all of her opportunities through RISPA!
Julie is a junior at Cambridge High School. She has been dancing at RISPA for nine years and is a proud senior member of jazz, tap, musical theatre, modern, and lyrical companies. Julie has performed in RISPA Theatrical Productions such as “CATS” and “Dear Edwina.” and has also been featured in other productions such as “The Wizard of Oz,” where she starred as Dorothy. Julie has placed at many Access Broadway competitions in group dances, duets, and solos.
She has modeled for American's Mart and other companies. Julie has volunteered as a camp counselor at RISPA and has been a company captain for many years. She has performed at various NBA Hawks halftime shows and has also done film work for companies such as Practice Happy. Julie is proud to be sharing her love of dance this year, as she becomes a student teacher.