Sarah Brady graduated in 2004 from Virginia School of the Arts where she trained under artistic director and esteemed artist Petrus Bosman along with many other prestigious dancers/choreographers. In 2004, Brady continued her education in ballet at Point Park University for one year before deciding to further her professional career. After this, she accepted a position with Nashville Ballet II under Paul Vasterling for two years, and then continued on to Louisville Ballet with artistic director Bruce Simpson as a trainee for one season. Next, Brady joined Found Movement Group for nearly two seasons here in Nashville. Presently she is teaching for several local studios around the city inspiring the community’s young artists to achieve their dreams.
“After having studied under Beth as a young dancer and now teaching at her studio, I must express it has been a blessing. I first took from her when I was about 8 years old. I was not only taught the art and beauty involved in dance, but also learned to present myself courteously and with motivation outside the studio. She is an inspiring individual with a giving heart and an inspiring understanding of this art.” Sarah
Tom Shoemaker was a principal dancer with companies including the Atlanta Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Augusta Ballet, and Charleston Ballet Theatre in a professional career that spanned 25 years. As a guest artist, he has worked with numerous dance and theatre companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Shoemaker also served as ballet master for the Augusta ballet from 2001-2004. As a teacher, Thomas has worked with students in high schools, performing arts schools, and colleges and at numerous summer programs and festivals throughout the southeastern United States. He received his training, starting at the age of 10, from Tommy Armour, Robert Pike and Judith Newman, in his hometown of Miami, Florida. Mr. Shoemaker now resides in Nashville, where he is currently teaching and choreographing for the Vanderbilt University Dance Program and is Artistic Director of Vanderbilt Dance Theatre. He has also been on faculty with MTSU Dance Program, APSU Dance Program and the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts Summer Program. Thomas also serves as Associate Artistic Director for StillPoint Dance Theatre.
His ballet, an original adaptation of The Princess and the Pea and followed that up with The Ugly Duckling in 2008. Last year he staged the romantic classic Les Sylphides for the Vanderbilt Spring Concert. “I have taught here 6 years the one thing that always leaves an impression on me, when I look at these young dancers, is the fact that their growth and development as dancers is almost always matched by their growth and development as individuals. The environment at D.E. is such a nurturing and loving one, and I’m very proud to be a part of it. It would be impossible to put into a small paragraph, all of the ways that my life has been enriched since I’ve been a teacher here.”
Patrick Todd started dancing seven years ago at Ridley’s School of Dance. From there went Nashville School of the Arts. He is trained in African, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern. He danced in an African dance company until 2010. He is also in a company called Found Movement Group. I have been in the company 3 yrs. Now he teaches at the Dancer’s Edge and helps his church with the dance ministry.