Welcome to Pucci Performing Arts Centre (PPAC)
Pucci Performing Arts Centre (PPAC) is committed to providing high-quality dance classes to enhance the overall development of the child. We provide a safe and child-centered environment to encourage our students to explore dance with qualified, nurturing teachers.
We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image as they increase awareness of their physical being. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement.
The highest educational standards are expected from all Pucci Performing Arts Centre (PPAC) faculty members and they are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through certification programs, teacher-training schools, conferences, and other learning opportunities.
This handbook will serve as your guide to Pucci Performing Arts Centre and its philosophy of dance education. As a condition of enrollment at Pucci Performing Arts Centre, students and their parents or guardians agree to abide by all the policies set forth by Pucci Performing Arts Centre, its director, faculty, and staff.
Pucci Performing Arts Centre reserves the right to terminate any student’s enrollment at any time for misconduct or inappropriate actions by either the student or his or her parent(s).
We take our roles as a mentors and teachers in your child’s life very seriously. Therefore, it is our objective to inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors. And so in the process, we strive to set the right example and help your child (and you) create memories that will last a lifetime.
The faces of PPAC
PPAC runs through the hard work, passion and dedication of our amazing Faculty and Staff.
Director & Owner
Kathy is also a producer of special events through Pucci Productions. As a child she trained in Buffalo, NY at the American Academy of Ballet. Kathy studied and performed in college and with the American Dance Festival at Duke University. She was a dancer-soloist with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Chautauqua Festival Ballet, L’Image de Ballet Jazz, Miami Momentum Modern Dance Company, and Buffalo Ballet Theatre. As lead dancer, dance captain, and adagio soloist at Les Violins in Miami, Florida, she received the ACCA Award for Best Female Soloist in a musical revue for her performance in Frankie Kein’s “One of a Kind” by the Association of Critics and Commentaries of the Arts.
She has toured as a dancer-soloist throughout the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Europe with various dance companies and theatrical productions. Kathy has taught children and adults for over 25 years. She has worked as an adjudicator for dance and theater competitive events. She has been on the faculty at the University of Miami, Chautauqua Institution, and Broadway Dance Center. Kathy is a member of the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey.
Bianca Paige Smith
Bianca Smith, from NJ, USA has been living in Ireland for the past four years, having completed her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick. She holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. She is primarily trained in traditional Irish dance with experience in hip-hop, lyrical and ballroom dance. Bianca was a dance tutor on the BA in Voice & Dance at the University of Limerick.
Most recently Bianca created a new duet work called Two Can Do, which premiered at the inaugural Limerick Fringe Festival in the spring of 2017. The work was awarded the Most Innovative Show. She has also received Arts Council Funding to train in Brussels to continue evolving the work. Two Can Do performed at Culture Night in Dance Limerick, Ireland, September 2017.
She participated in the Step Up Dance Project, a selective dance performance project for 5 dancers in Ireland whom are performing in an Irish Tour of an original work created by Award-Winning UK Choreographer Gary Clarke. Bianca works closely with Kathy, as a consultant on all things social media and digital marketing related. She helps to promote PPAC camps and services and makes sure that PPAC’s online presence is in tip-top shape!
Barbara serves as a part of our PPAC family working mostly in the office and from home doing special projects. She also handles our billing and family accounts. From answering the telephone to selling tu-tu’s and tights, she is there for you — even if you just need a hug or a smile!
Barbara has been with PPAC since its inception in September of 2012 and has been a driving force in the concept and mission of the school. She is an integral part of how the team functions, from managing operations and maintaining our class database. She is also always there to lend a helping hand whenever we need! Barbara has an extensive background in elementary education including pre-school and has served as a one on one aid to many children with special needs and autism.
PPAC has a very special place in Barbara’s heart, and she is grateful to be a part of the team!
Renee began tumbling at the age of 10 years old and continues to do so today. She grew up playing the typical sports; softball, basketball, soccer, but in high school she became a dancer training in Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Acro where her Company Competition Team placed first in multiple competitions. Renee was a college cheerleader at Rowan University where she graduated from with B.A. in Elementary Education and Mathematics, as well as a Special Education certificate. Currently, she is a teacher in Jersey City teaching a Preschool Autistic class. Renee loves sharing her passion and knowledge of tumbling and cheerleading with the PPAC dancers!
For over 20 years Christopher Livsey a NJ native, has been a performer/ teaching artist (acting, musical theatre, jazz/hip-hop, working throughout the tri-state area. From elementary through high school, he studied with Marie Thomas and the Children’s Theatre Workshop/Peppermint Players. Then, continuing on to Montclair State University, he studied acting with Diane Holub and Susanne Trauth.
He’s toured Europe in several productions, including playing Hud and serving as dance captain in Euro-tour of the musical Hair, directed by its creator James Rado. Returning from Europe, Christopher entered the scholarship program at Broadway Dance Center studying Ballet (Evie Lynn) , Latin/Jazz (Maria Torres), and Hip-Hop (Darrin Henson). He continued touring the US, working with award winning director/choreographer George Faison.
And later earning his Equity card in the NY Public Theater production of Radiant Baby. Featuring choreography by Hip-Hop dance-pioneer Fatima Robinson (Dreamgirls; film), with direction from its very own artistic director, the incomparable George C. Wolfe.(Angels in America, Lackawanna Blues). As an actor/performer Chris continues to work in theater film and TV. He can be seen as “Legba” in the upcoming film Rode. And most recently Christopher was invited to perform with Broadway Sings for Pride; Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the musical Hair!
Join the PPAC Family
If you’re interested in learning more about what we do or have questions about classes or other services please do not hesitate to reach out to us!