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Donna has had an exciting career teaching children and adults in fine arts, creative writing, literature, history and more in both public and private schools. She believes everyone should be able to realize and expand their own creativity. Donna has a B.A. from TCU and a M..Ed. from SMU.
Jennifer has been working in different aspects of the arts community for over 30 years. Originally from Oklahoma, she began her dance training at the age of three, having trained in various forms of dance from jazz, tap and ballet to modern, African, Flamenco and more. She began teaching when she was sixteen years old and has instructed students not only in the U.S.but in Mexico and China as well. Jennifer has worked and performed for Six Flags America, Texas Ballet Theater, Double JJ & Golf Resort, Artisan Center Theater as well as for Arts Fifth Avenue. Jennifer is also a choreographer in the D/FW Metroplex having choreographed such productions as Camelot, Phantom the Musical, Scrooged, Sound of Music, Shrek the Musical, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Aladdin Jr., High School Musical, Seussical and many more. She is proud to be a dance teacher in the D/FW Metroplex working with up and coming performers, including right here at Arts Fifth Avenue.
Voice & Piano
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Brandi Pace is a singer, pianist, and songwriter. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in jazz studies from Howard University in Washington, DC, where she concentrated in voice and took classical and jazz piano. At Howard, she was a member of the critically acclaimed vocal ensemble Afro Blue, where she had the opportunity to share the stage with jazz greats Geri Allen, Carmen Lundy, Andy Bey, Jimmy Cobb, Nneena Freelon, and Bobby McFerrin. Mrs. Pace began teaching children's jazz choir at Arts Fifth Avenue's summer playhouses in 2009, and also teaches private jazz voice and piano. She has performed at Arts Fifth Avenue, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, and Bass Hall. Mrs. Pace also teaches elementary music in Fort Worth ISD.
Gracey Tune is one of only a handful of internationally recognized women exhibiting
extraordinary talent in the field of tap dancing. A recipient of the Outstanding Woman
in the Arts Award from the city of Fort Worth, Gracey was inducted into the Texas
Women’s Hall of Fame by Gov. Ann Richards in 1983. The Dance Council Inc. of North
Texas honored her with the inaugural Texas Tap Legends Award in 2005 and the Tarrant County Theatre League presented her with the Elston BrooksLifetime Achievement Award in 2015. She is a frequent guest artist at major events in the world of tap. She provided choreography for the productions of “Steppin’ Out” and “My One and Only” on Broadway; performed with and produced shows for tap legends Cholly Atkins, Savion Glover, Sarah Petronio, Ron Young and her internationally recognized brother, Tommy Tune; and continues to teach and perform at Arts Fifth Avenue
Glenna is a Fort Worth natavie and received her Bachlor of FIne Arts from TCU. While living in Mexico, Glenna also studied at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, the Institute Allende and the Institutio Nacional de Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allnde. She also apprenticed for at the Enruiqe Mirlada Sculpture Studio and the Manola Ruiz Ceramics Studio in Mexico City. Glenna's work has been shown in galleries in Mexico City, Sante Fe, Denver, Dallas and Fort Worth. In addition to her work in sculpture, painting and ceramics, Glenna also has a strong dance background. She studied with Mia Slavenska and while living in San Miguel de Allende, Glenna taught ballet at the Nacional de Belle Artes. Glenna moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1981 and while there she again taught ballet and choreographed several musicals while teaching ceramics and sculpture at the community college.
A native of Fort Worth and began playing professionally at the age of 10. Eddie has over 30 years of experience drum set, hand drums and percussion. He's performed with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mose Alison, Maser Cylinder, French Tap Dancer Sarah Petronio and West African dancer Titus Fotso. He has hosted workshops through the Van Cliburn Foundation with the Brazilian percussion group Uakti and internationally renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie. You may have heard him over the past 20 years working on musicals with local theaters such as Jubilee Theater, Circle Theater and hip Pocket Theater. Eddie is also founder and artistic director of Mondo Drummers.
Abi Abel is a Fort Worth native and a life long tapper. This actress/singer/dancer/choreographer began her dance training at age 3 with Frances Lea at 8 she began studying under her tap mentor Larry Howard. She has studied with many tap greats including classes Ted Levy, Ryan Kasprzak,Miller & Ben, Andrew Nemr, Sarah Reich, and Max Pollak. Abi began her professional theatre career at Casa Manana when she was 7 as a featured tap-dancing orphan in Annie. At Casa Manana, she worked with and studied with many great actors, directors, and choreographers. Her Casa performances include Anything Goes , Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler on the Roof, Moon Over Buffalo, 42nd Street and She has appeared as a feature dancer in Sonic commercials, a PB Max candy bar promotional film, and a Dr Pepper industrial production. A graduate of Texas A&M, Abi studied Journalism and Philosophy and chose to gain her entertainment education in the world of professional theatre and dance. Abi is a tap educator, performer and choreographer around DFW. Her choreography credits include Fiddler on the Roof, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Seussical, Jr. She is is currently singing, collaborating, and creating with a local band, and is a lead dancer with The Velvet Kittens.
Dale's background is primarily in ballet and he has over fifteen years of study and performance experience with Margo Dean and is a lifetime member of Ballet Concerto. TAP came into Dale's life by accident. While taking class from Gracey, she needed to take a leave of absence and she asked Dale to teach her classes...the rest is history. Dale has studied with Tex Clyde, Gracey Tune and French Tap Master, Sarah Petronio. Dale enjoys all styles of Music and believes "Dance Keeps You Young."
A consummate tap artist, April holds a BS in Eucation from the University of Texas. She worked in the public and private school system for many years. April has taught Tap at Arts Fifth Avenue for four years and is a member of the Legacy Tap Project and LaFeet Tap Ensemble. She continues her tap education with master classes sponsored by Legacy Tap Project, the Rythym Junkies, and the Tapestry Dance Company.
A dynamic singer, actress and musical director, Peggy has her BFA in Music from the University of Tulsa. She is a founding member/performer of Hip Pocket Theatre. She is recognized locally for conducting workshops for Imagination Celebration, the Fort Worth Independent School District and the "I Have A Dream" Foundation. Peggy has been activein the Hip Pocket Theatre's outreach programs at Cook Children's and John Peter Smith Hospital and is currently working to establish and implement AFA's outreach program in assisted living and senior facilities in our neighborhood.
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Ms. Edele is the artistic director of the Velvet Kittens of Le Cabaret Burlesque, and has been working as a dancer, choreographer, actor, and instructor for 20 years. She has worked in the mediums of TV, film, and theater, and received a degree in the Applied Arts in Acting Performance. She worked as assistant director/choreographer for EIM, creating dance shows for city and corporate events. Ms. Edele has studied the Luigi jazz technique under Jay Hall, and went on to assist Mr. Hall in the dance and theater departments at MVC. She created her first full length variety show at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub in Fort Worth, the Red Light Burlesque Revue, which ran for a year. She then created the Velvet Kittens shows which ran in Dallas at Rembrandt's Dutch Pub for three years, and are now housed at Arts 5th, as is her Burlesque Body Sculpt dance classes. She continues to work as an actor and freelance choreographer for stage and theater, with some of her past clients include Dallas Museum of Art, Ed Hardy, Island/Def Jam Records, Discovery Channel's Planet Green Series: Battleground Earth (Dallas episode). She is on faculty at the Ballet Center of Fort Worth, teaching the disciplines of jazz, modern, lyrical, ballet, tap, and musical theater.
Upright Bass, Trumpet, and Flute
Chris began playing trumpet in Park Forest Illinois School System in 1966. He holds a degree from Drury College in Springfield Illinois. Chris has toured extensivly across the US playing with various artists a various instruments including the Frnech Horn, Flute and Bass. He has recently retired from a career as an Orchestra teacher with the Fort Worth ISD. He has performed locally with Johnny Case, Jubilee Theater, Arts, Fifth Avenue, THe Joe Rogers Trio and many local jazz clubs.
Julie discovered yoga after 9/11/2001 when she took a trip to Costa Rica ans was hooked. Since then, she has practiced yoga on and off over the years until becoming fully devoted after having her babies. She began practicing at Arts 5th Avenue about 5 yrs ago and have hardly missed a night since! She now has her 200 hour certification from the Urban Yoga Deep Study and teaching apprenticeship including the study of pranayama, asana, meditation, and the chakra system. She teaches at both Arts 5th Avenue and Urban Yoga.
Julie lives in Southside and loves supporting our local arts. Her classes are for all people, all levels, everybody! You will learn to slow down and Be Present while moving along with your breath and connecting mind, body, spirit!
Yoga is a way of life, a way to breathe, a way to connect!
Bruce began his musical career while in high school by playing and writing music as the founding member of the band “Eastborne”. He majored in music at Southwest Community College and completed his degree at North Texas State University. As part of the popular trio, “Williams, Scott, and Whitfield” and other bands, he performed at clubs and venues in Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas, including Shaw’s, Blossoms, the HOP in Fort Worth and The Filling Station in Dallas. At the Caravan of Dreams he opened for many national touring acts including Loudon Wainwright III, Michael McMurtry, John Martyn, John Cale, Sara Hickman, John Ims, and Graham Parker. At the Sound Warehouse stage in the Dallas Starplex he opened for Larry Carlton, Bella Fleck, Dwight Yoakum, and Luther Vandross. He collaborates with Kerri Kreiman and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth, has a one man show about the Life of Woodie Guthrie and was the Program/Technical Director for the Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration from 1992 until 2011. He has been teaching since 1975 and currently teaches Beginning Guitar I & II for Adults and Beginning Guitar I & II for Youth for extended education classes at TCU.. Bruce has been teaching piano and guitar at Arts Fifth Avenue since 2012.