Robin Arvanitis (Dance Manager and Special Events Manager) began dancing at the age of three. She took locally until she was eight years old, and then continued training at Birmingham Southern College, Chicago City Ballet, Masi Ballet, Ruth Page, Ellis DuBoulay, and Lou Conte. She was accepted at Joffrey Ballet of New York City in 1989, but decided to begin a teaching career instead. Robin had her own studio until the spring of 1998 when she joined the staff at Patti’s All-American. Robin has staged over 20 recitals, three professional Nutcrackers, four musicals, dance engagements from 1998-2004 at Great America, and numerous parades. Many of her students have gone on to dance at the University of Iowa, Butler, Northern Illinois, Barat College, and the Joffery Ballet of New York, and Chicago Ballet. Some of her students have performed in Showboat, the Arie Crown Nutcracker, and the Great America Review. Robin is certified in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR. She also runs the Tri-Town Pop Warner Dance & Cheer which has won four National Dance Titles and has taken 15 teams to the Pop Warner Nationals at Walt Disney World. She also coaches the only “Tiny Might” team to be invited to nationals continuously to represent Pop Warner Tiny Dance. Robin resides in Schererville, with her husband, Tim, and their two children, Riley and Renn. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact Robin personally at email@example.com.
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Brittany Busby (Dance and Gymnastics Instructor) Brittany attends Valpo University. Brittany loves to dance and has been took dance lessons at Patti’s for 13 years. Brittany passed the Fast Track Training System for Preschool and School-Age Gymnastics, attended multiple gymnastics training workshops by national gymnastics expert Steve Lopacki, and is also CPR and First Aid certified. Brittany lives in Schererville with her family. Click here to watch a short “welcome” video from Miss Brittany.
Alissa Zellers, (Dance and Gymnastics Instructor) has taken 14 years of dance classes here at Patti’s All-American under the direction of Robin Arvanitis. She has taken ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, and contemporary dance classes. Alissa has also taken seven years of gymnastics and tumbling classes. She has competed with Tri-Town Raiderettes and has won a National Dance Championship in 2008. She loves to dance and tumble and can’t wait to share her talents with younger children. Alissa passed the Fast Track Training System for Preschool and School-Age Gymnastics, attended multiple gymnastics training workshops by national gymnastics expert Steve Lopacki, and is also CPR and First Aid certified. Click here to watch a short “welcome” video from Miss Alissa and click here to watch her do a full on the Tumbl Trak.
Renn Arvanitis (Dance and Gymnastics Instructor) has taken gymnastics and dance lessons since she was two years old. Renn is a member of the National Champions – Pop Warner Dance Team, the Tri-Town Raiderettes and also a student coach for the Tri-Town Raiderettes. Renn passed the Fast Track Training System for Preschool and School-Age Gymnastics, attended multiple gymnastics training workshops by national gymnastics expert Steve Lopacki, and is also CPR and First Aid certified. Renn lives in Schererville with her Mom – Miss Robin, Patti’s All-American Dance Director, Dad, brother and dog, Meechee. Watch a short welcome video from Miss Renn… click here
Amansu Eason (Dance and Ninja Zone Instructor), began performing at age 4 with the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse, and at age 10, began studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. During the same time he also began extensive training in West African folklore and dance with the Alyo Children’s Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Fast forward to 2003: as a dance minor at Bowling Green State University and a major of Africana Studies, he was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique by Dr. Halifu Osumare. Though his father was a professor at BGSU, he credits the Dunham Technique for giving him an academic voice and confidence to be a scholar. He has been studying Dunham Technique at the annual Dunham Seminar in St. Louis since 2008, and has been training for Certification since 2009. Throughout his career, he has performed with Ben Harper, opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, Mary, Mary, Arrested Development, and presented a solo for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He has performed on stages and in spaces all over the U.S. as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Brazil and has taught dance throughout Northwest Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area for the past 13 years. This fall 2013, Amansu joined the faculty of Dance at Columbia College in Chicago. He has been a part of the artistic staff at both the South Shore Dance Alliance in Griffith, IN) and Deeply Rooted Productions in Chicago, IL. He is currently the Assistant Director and principal dancer with the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. He has also choreographed an award winning tribute to Michael Jackson for the company. Amansu recently traveled to Ga ‘aton, Israel, where he gave a dance workshop series at the direct request of the Ga’ aton Kibbutz Dance Commune.