Owner / Director
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.
RISE Movement Company Ballet Director
Tammie’s love for ballet began with her first class at the age of 4 and continued throughout her childhood. She later intensified her pre-professional training at La Mesa Dance Academy in Albuquerque, NM with nationally renowned Cecchetti instructor and company director Cecelia
Palladino-Jaramillo. Tammie accepted a position as a company member, where she danced some of her favorite roles, including a variety of solo performances. Tammie began her teaching career at La Mesa Dance Academy with a two-year apprenticeship under Linda Tillotson (Children’s Director) with a special focus on early childhood dance education. Through comprehensive training under the mentorship of Cecelia Palladino-Jaramillo, Tammie expanded her proficiency in teaching to include all levels of ballet and pointe. Tammie has attended summer programs at Richmond Ballet, New Mexico Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet and Steps on Broadway NYC, as well as countless master classes with legendary industry
professionals. Since moving to Florida, she has performed for 4 consecutive years in Northwest Florida State College’s Dance Facets and continues to stay on the cutting edge of ballet through a rigorous schedule of local and virtual classes. She finds great joy in teaching, where her philosophy is to encourage, support, and challenge her dancers while providing a safe and strong classical ballet education.