Our Teachers

Lorraine Christen

Lorraine Christen, a Mobile, Ala. native, began dancing as a child at the prestigious Sheffield School of the Dance where she studied ballet, tap and jazz through her early teen years. As an adult, she continued to pursue her love of dance while honing her skills as a marketing and communications professional, and worked as a substitute teacher and marketing director for a 400-student dance academy in Orlando. While in Orlando, she assisted at Urban Jamm Dance Convention, studied acting at the famed Arts-Sake Acting Studio and worked behind the scenes for various music artists. She's had the pleasure of taking class from many of the industry's best choreographers /instructors including the late Frank Hatchett, Mia Michaels, Cris Judd, Stephen 'Twitch” Boss, Alex Magno, among many others. Lorraine is also a certified Pilates and Barre instructor and is pursuing a certification from the National Dance Education Organization to further her dance instruction training. She is a passionate advocate for the arts and serves on the Board of Directors for the Emerald Coast Theatre Company. Her mission is to create an inspired environment for dancers to thrive and discover their own artistic vision.   

Nate Beechum


Texas-born Nate Beechum started dancing at age 17 and quickly discovered an innate passion and amazing aptitude for the art form. Since then, he has trained rigorously in many dance styles including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, step, musical theater as well as gymnastics. Nate is a graduate of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) and was the first male to receive a dance scholarship from the college. While at NWFSC, Nate was honored to choreograph for their dance team as well as create and perform original pieces for Dance Facets, a yearly concert produced by students and faculty. While Nate continues to seek opportunities to perform and pursue the stage, he is profoundly impacted by the students he teaches and enjoys seeing his dancers succeed in all areas of life. He loves being an instructor and feels he learns as much from his students as they do from him.