2594 N Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando FL 32803
Troy was born in Naples, Florida. His early training was with Karen Mishler of the Carol Burnett Show. At the age of 14 he was awarded the "Best New Artist" award for Young American Theatre and began a domestic tour of his first equity show: Cabaret. After high school Troy earned a theatre scholarship to Florida State University and continued from there to earn his bachelors degree from University of Florida. Realizing dance was his passion Troy returned to Florida State University to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the prestigious third nationally ranked dance program in the country. There he trained with greats in the concert dance world including program founder Dr. Nancy Smith-Fichter. After College Troy accepted a contract from Walt Disney World Entertainment to perform in Disney's Beauty and the Beast where he enjoyed a fifteen year run as acting dance captain and lead. Troy has enjoyed the opportunity to perform in dance and television. He has worked with Britney Spears, Betty White, Glenn Close, Donna Summer, Kelly Clarkson and Harry Connick Jr. to name a few. Troy has had the honor of performing with many concert dance companies including; Dance Repertory Theatre, Southern Ballet Theater, Tallahasse Ballet, Savannah Danse Theatre and Atlanta Ballet. Recently Troy has choreographed the last three seasons of the Orlando Opera. But by far his greatest challenge and accomplishment has been creating Movement Arts Studio and sharing his ongoing professional career and education with his students.
Gina was born in Provo, Utah. She began training at age 4 with Colleen Collins Smith School of Performing Arts. She became a member of The Company at age 15, dancing the lead in Swan Lake, Carmen, Nutcracker, and Jekyll and Hyde. Gina was the recipient of the Willam F. Christensen scholarship to the University of Utah. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in addition to teaching at the University for two years. She performed with Utah Ballet and Ballet West, working with Jaque Debois, Atilla Fizzaire and Willam F. Christensen. Soon after graduation, Gina became a member of Hubbard Street Dance Company working with Twyla Tharp, Alonzo King and Lou Conte. Gina directed the dance department at Payson High School for two years then moved to Florida to perform with Walt Disney World Entertainment. Gina performed in The Magical World of Barbie, Jolly Holidays, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderellabration and Story Walkers, as well as numerous conventions. She became a Radio City Rockette for the 1996 Christmas Spectacular and returned to complete four full seasons. Gina performed for Universal Studios in the Grinchmas show in 2009. She is also a dance clinician for Disney Performing Arts, and Universal Starz Dancing Seminars. She performs and teaches at Central Florida Ballet and Movement Arts Studio. Gina performed the principal role in Allure at SeaWorld Orlando. Most recently, Gina has been chosen to choreograph Universal Studios’ largest and most ambitions live show to date, “Universal Studios SUPERSTAR Parade.” She has also choreographed Despicable Me, Bikini Bottom, Hop, Dora, Macy’s Parade, High Kick Girls, Beetlejuice live on stage, and many convention shows as well. Gina is currently performing in Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Gina is mother to Ellexis Skye, Ledger Gregory, London Maurice, and Leyton Cole. She is married to Greg Hatch. Gina loves participating in the performing arts. Gina is very excited to be teaching with her dear friend Troy Davis at Movement Arts Studios. Gina is working with composers on new works; this will be a very exciting year! She especially appreciates her mother’s, Colleen Collins Smith, patience and gift to learn and to excel. Gina hopes to pass on her knowledge and love of dance to all.
Suzanne grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she started dancing at the age of 5. Directly out of high school she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer. Since then she has traveled and performed as a professional dancer in various shows throughout the world for 17 years. She found her other love of the aerial arts 6 years ago where she started training at Every Day Circus in St. Louis. She performed solos and duets of aerial performances, which include silks, lyra, and hammock with a 40 foot ceiling every weekend in St. Louis, while traveling back to Orlando, FL during the week. Since then she has incorporated her love of ballet in the air to students sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm making dancers well rounded in class. She is excited and proud to be at Movement Arts for the second year leading the aerial program. You can also catch her working as a Registered Nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, while continuing her education onto Nurse Practitioner.
Owner & Artistic Director
Gina Smith Hatch
Assc. Artistic Director
Movement Arts Studio is a performance based studio. We will offer four major shows each season. This is a fast paced program that teaches a child to learn quickly and efficiently.
The opportunity to perform and be seen is critical to the development of a confident and healthy thinker. Every child will experience dancing, acting, singing and delivering lines on stage. Students study all forms of dance to be competitive in the market place.
We prepare our students to be successful in every aspect of the entertainment industry. In doing so we build confidence, nurture respect and self worth. Essential qualities needed for success regardless of what career path the student may follow in the future.
Movement Arts Studio provides the very best education for our students by employing the best working professionals in the business. Our students study all dance forms with a strong foundation in ballet. Our dance principles are based on the Cecchetti ballet method. Students study ballet, pointe, character, tap, modern, aerial arts, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, voice and acting .
We encourage students to pursue multiple interests. Our program teaches critical life skills in planning, management and execution.
Our season require a nine month commitment requiring discipline, passion and management skills of both the dancer and parents.
We believe that the art of dance in all its forms should be enjoyed by all. The process of training in dance is priceless to the development of a child. Whether the intent is to seek a professional dance career or to study dance for its physical and preparatory benefits, the education and drive is the same. The personal rewards garnered from this process will serve the student throughout their lives.
Dance is an art form not a sport and should only be taught by competent and passionate teachers. Teachers who bring the benefits of a truly professional dance career to each student. We treat dance with respect and ambition as we are a non competition studio.
Movement Arts Studio expect our students to be well rounded citizens, to maintain good grades, have excellent manners and to understand the importance of committing to preparing for their careers. And finally to respect what an important role they play in our studio and to their own futures.
Joy Andersen, originally from the Chicago area, has been working for Walt Disney World for over 20 years. Shows include: German Beer Garden, Beauty and the Beast, World Showcase Players, Canadian Comedy Corps, Adventurers Club, Diamond Horseshoe, Comedy Warehouse, Flights of Wonder, American Idol, and Mulch Sweat and Shears. Joy was also a performance coach for Billy Elliot on Broadway, has done Choreography for the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and was a Radio City Music Hall Rockette in New York City. She is currently performing at The Monsters Laugh Floor at Walt Disney World and also teaches master classes for Disney Performing Arts.