MEET THE LAKE CITY DANCE ARTS INSTRUCTORS
SITTING: Pam Barrs & Tammy Hallam
STANDING: Debra Caley, Lisa Browning, Laurie Readout-Schmidt, Beverly Herget, Violet Lindo
Laurie Readout-Schmidt (Owner/Instructor) began dance studies at the age of eight in Wauchula, Florida. She continued extensive ballet training in Winter Haven and was a member of the Central Florida Ballet Company. After graduating from high school, she established Studio One-Dance Arts in Avon Park. While attending Newberry College and completing a B.S. degree in Accounting, Laurie taught at the Carousel School of Dance in Newberry, South Carolina. During that time she performed in and choreographed various college and community productions. After moving to Lake City in l980, Laurie choreographed many productions for the community theater, FGC, CHS and community events. Laurie was selected Volunteer of the Year at Summers Elementary & Niblack Middle School and currently volunteers for the Math Superstar program at Summers Elementary. She also received the first Friend of the Arts award which was presented by the Lake City Arts Council. Laurie enjoys working with Dance Alive and the Santa Fe College dance program. She is a member of the IDEA dance association which encourages teachers to maintain traditional core principles in the dance industry while furthering their dance education. Laurie is very proud of her two children, Stacey & Brian. Laurie@lcdancearts.com
Beverly Herget began dancing at the age of four in Homestead, Florida. Graduating from the University of Florida in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, her dance training includes Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Choreography, and African. Beverly has appeared in: “Quotations” under Alberto Alonso, sections of Paul Taylor’s “Esplanade,” Ric Rose’s Shadow Dance Theatre, Kelly Cawthon’s MOD Project “Vote,” Mohamed DaCosta “Agbedidi,” Neta Pulvamachers “Air,” and multiple student choreography shows. Beginning as a teaching assistant at age fourteen she continued to teach all styles of dance through school to present. Beverly also works at Cambridge Academy. She is married to Ben, an amazing physical therapist, and has two sons, Baron & Beckham.
Lisa Harris-Browning grew up at LCDA and has danced with us since the age of 4 thru high school graduation in 2010. She was a stand-out dancer in all of our performances including dance competitions, Praise in Motion, The Nutcracker, SRC clog team and various community events. She received her bachelor’s degree in Practical Theology with a minor in Evangelism from Southeastern University in the Spring of 2013. Lisa currently works at Summers Elementary, is the director of LCDA’s “Praise in Motion” team and is also co-leader of New Life Christian Fellowship’s young married adults life group. She is married to Josh and is “Mama” to their Husky, Shiloh.
Violet Lindo has been dancing at LCDA since 2013. Her dance training includes Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz and Hip Hop. Her senior solo last year as “Robot Girl” won the hearts of many of our students and encouraged them to want to dance. She is excited to share her love of dance, especially Hip Hop, with our students. Violet is currently attending Florida Gateway College and will continue seeking a career in dance.
Pam Barrs has been a part of LCDA since its opening in 1995. She handles office duties and supervises our students in the lobby which also makes her a teacher outside of the dance rooms. She encourages the students to get prepared for class, be safe and to have good manners. She has previously been involved in the dance world through family members who owned the Broward County Civic Ballet. Pam has enjoyed raising three children, Melissa, Stephen & Robby who were part of our dance program. We are fortunate to have her ability to promote positive Christian values for our students. She is enjoying being a Grandma to William, Stephen, Brayden, Penelope, Wesley and Jude.
Tammy Hallam came to LCDA in 2015 and was one of the Lobby Instructors/Office Managers this season. Her mother owned a dance studio in Texas where Tammy trained in all forms of dance. She is married to Gary and they have three children Kari, Joshua and Zachary living in Texas and Wisconsin with her seven Grandchildren. Tammy also works at Drummond Community Bank. We are very fortunate to have her share her expertise in the dance world and she loves to work with the students and their families.
Debra Caley has been a part of LCDA since she was four years old. She is always available to help wherever she is needed. This year she worked in the lobby and helped teach all of the pre-school and Kindergarten classes. Debra also teaches at the Columbia County School’s Chrysalis Center.