Andree Harper, originally from New York City, began her ballet training in El Paso but left at age 17 to join the Harkness Ballet. She returned to El Paso and became the recipient of the first degree in Ballet Performance granted by The University of Texas at El Paso. During her undergraduate years, Mrs. Harper was on the Dean’s list, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities; and Men and
Women of Mines. She also received much notoriety for her long performing career which included dancing such roles as the Tsarevna in The Firebird, Rosalinde in Romeo and Juliet, the Lilac Fairy in Aurora’s Wedding, Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty, the Hostess, the Snow Queen and Coffee :from Arabia in The Nutcracker, Lucile Grahn in Pas de Quatre and one of the wicked stepsisters in Cinderella.
Mrs. Harper taught ballet at UTEP from 1974-2014. Many of her students have successful careers in ballet. Her students are now performing with such companies as the Sarasotta Ballet, Ballet Memphis Montogomery Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet. Some of them are making a name for themselves as teachers and directors at such places as the Peoria Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Pointe Park Ballet, Carnegie Mellon Institute and several local high schools. Mrs. Harper has been a rehearsal assistant for the David Taylor Dance Theatre of Denver, VIVA! El Paso, and Ballet El Paso, as well as a drama coach and choreographer of liturgical dance at St.
Raphael School. From 2004-2008 she was the choreographer for VN A LOS NINOS for the Ysleta
School District. In 2009, Mrs. Harper was a choreographer of”NOSOTROS” for the “Theatre in Education” program for the El Paso Independent School District.
Becky has 40 years of dance training and 32 years of experience teaching and choreography. She started dancing at the age of 8 in ballet, jazz, and tap. At the age of 10, she expanded her technique in modern, lyrical, hip hop, flamenco and belly dancing. At 15, she was offered a full scholarship to the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago; she went to Chicago after graduating from Irvin High School at 16 years old. Rebecca’s knowledge grew while in Chicago and her talent paved a path for her to train and perform alongside great dance companies in Chicago, Gus Giordano, Joel Hall, Chicago City Breakers and Lou Conte. While in Chicago she did her first video with Huey Lewis and the News. In 1986 she was offered a full contract with Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida with the Epcot World Dancers. Her first year she was placed in the Epcot Convention Dance Company and was featured in multiple Disney Television specials, such as Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve, and Disney’s 15 years of Magic just to name a few. She was also one of the Walt Disney World’s dancers to be taken on Target Market Tour shows where she performed throughout Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterey. She quickly became a lead dancer with the Walt Disney Company and became not only the lead but a park swing. As such she performed at numerous Disney shows Kids of the Kingdom, Diamond Horseshoe Revue and Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers. While in Florida she quickly was hired by entertainment companies providing dancers for many conventions and industries throughout the U.S. Upon returning to El Paso in 1999 Rebecca was hired as the assistant Artistic Director for VIVA El Paso with Hector Serrano and as the UTEP Golddigger Dance Coach at The University of Texas at El Paso. She also was hired by Douecette Entertainment as an Assistant Director and Choreographer for the Dirk Arther Magic Show and The Carlson Show held at Mandalay Bay and Planet Hollywood both in Las Vegas. She continues her career as a judge for nationally ranked dance competitions and a Master class instructor/choreographer across the U.S. Rebecca was recently inducted into the El Paso Dance Hall of Fame 2015 for all her continued support of dancers in all art forms. Art from the Heart began as Solo Competitors only in Summer of 2015, all 8 competitors were all overall winners along with our national title holder here at Champion Studio
Luz Happy is the Ballet Folklorico Director at Champion Studio and has been part of our staff since 1991. She has studied Mexican Folklore Dances and traditions at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez and graduated from the Instituto Regional de Danza from Chihuahua, Mexico. Luz Happy was assistant Director to Ballet Folklorico Paso Del Norte for three years before starting the Folklorico class at Champion. Her representation of the traditional Mexican Folklore includes performances in several cities of Mexico as well as Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Her Folklorico Cuauhtli group here at Champion Studio has won 2nd place at the All Star Competition at Americas High School. Mrs. Happy looks forward to welcoming you as a member of out Folklorico family!
Davina Heredia had her first ballet class at the age of 5 and has danced ever since. She has taken classes in such styles as jazz, flamenco and her favorite, ballet folklorico. She has been a proud member of Cuahtli, Paso del Norte and Viva El Paso!. Davina is also a UTEP Alumni and works as a licensed professional counselor when she is not teaching or dancing.
Dane Denning has been practicing martial arts for 33 years and teaching it for 26 years. All his certification is in Martial Arts instructorship with the International Self Defense Federation of Japan and World Martial Art Group. Instructor Denning teaches youth Karate, Kung Fu, and Chanbara (sword sports from Japan) and for mature teens and adults Kobudo the 5 weapons from ancient Okinawa the birthplace of Karate. Lastly, he teaches basic Taichi. “ I have devoted my entire life to the teaching and practicing of Martial Arts. I have high quality programs for everyone, every age.”