Aspire Dance Arts was created by husband and wife team Jamie and Christine Newnham. The pair met whilst working for Royal Caribbean Cruiselines in the summer of 2012. Christine and Jamie went on to do five contracts together performing all over the world including Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, as well as various islands in the Caribbean. After finishing their time with Royal Caribbean, Jamie and Christine were married in the fall of 2017. The two always aspired to create a home for performers to learn and grow and to be able to share their passion and experiences with the next generation. After alot of hard work and commitment, Aspire Dance Arts was created in the fall of 2018. Christine and Jamie could not be happier to have made their dream a reality and now reside in Canton, Georgia with their daughter Bella and their dog Squidge Ellington.
Jamie Newnham studied Musical Theater from a young age at the Medway School of Music in England. After training under the prestigious singing teacher Stuart Barr, Jamie joined the Youth Show Choir of London where he performed in various shows and events across London before attending the London School of Musical Theatre graduating in 2004. He has worked professionally in the industry since 2005 touring in shows across Europe and England and performing with the West End Chorus in London before joining cruise ships in 2008. Jamie joined the renowned Cunard Queen Victoria as lead vocalist. Thereafter, he began to work for Royal Caribbean as a lead vocalist touring the world for five years before working with the casting team of Saturday Night Fever and joining the cast of the musical as ‘Monty’ a featured actor, acting captain and fight captain.
Jamie has worked diligently on his craft for sixteen years and has extensive knowledge in musical theater, performing, directing, and voice. Understanding the need for physical fitness within the industry, Jamie worked for most of his career with fellow performers helping with fitness goals and personal training in general. Jamie most recently received his certification from the American Council on Exercise and has been working as a personal trainer with clients ranging from early 20’s to late 70’s on a variety of things. He continues to work with clients in the industry to achieve their performance based goals. His belief is that an understanding of how the body works and how best to strengthen and condition someone relative to their needs applies massively to the performing world and is excited to bring this new, much needed aspect to Aspire. Jamie is also Acrobatic Arts certified and adjudicates regional and national competitions with Dance Mania International.
A Native of Woodstock Georgia, Christine's passion for dance began at the age of six with the dream of becoming a professional dancer. She trained in all styles of dance throughout her youth and represented the state of Georgia in the 2006 Governor’s Honors Program as a dance major. Christine was awarded a scholarship to further her education with Steps on Broadway in New York before getting accepted to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she went on to pursue her dance degree.
During her college years, Christine was awarded a scholarship to train with Giordano Dance Chicago and furthered her dance training with classes at Broadway Dance Center and The Joffrey Ballet School. Christine was also part of the Xhale Dance Company in Philadelphia under the direction of Michael Susten. Ultimately Christine earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education Graduating with Honors.
Some of Christine’s notable performance credits include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, park swing at Busch Gardens in Virginia and dancing around the world for Royal Caribbean Productions as a Dance Captain and Aerial Captain. Most recently, Christine performed in the hit Broadway show “Saturday Night Fever” the Musical where she understudied the roles of Annette, Maria, Doreen and Linda. Christine also performed in aerial shows on various apparatus under the direction of C5.
Christine has over 25 years of dance training and has taught at numerous dance studios across the United States for over 15 years. She is an award winning choreographer, a member of the Dance Masters of America organization and an adjudicator for various dance competitions. Aspire Dance Arts is the culmination of years of practice, experience and dedication to her craft and is truly a dream come true.
The Aspire Staff
Lance Washington spent the past ten years as a principal dancer with the Patti Rutland Jazz company in Dothan, Alabama. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He received his professional hip-hop training from Maurice Fulkon in Chicago, Joshua Allen in Texas and Vincent Johnson from Atlanta. His professional credits include industrial television work in Chicago. National awards in choreography include, the Platinum Power Award from Platinum National Dance Competition, which also earned his crew the opportunity to be featured on the front cover for the Platinum Dance Convention brochure. In 2012, Lance made it through to Vegas for the hit television series So You Think You Can Dance. Lance also taught within the Patti Rutland Jazz Arts in Education Outreach program. This is the largest outreach program in the state of Alabama. It includes teaching over 6000 elementary and middle school children weekly. He taught at The Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Centre, The Dothan School of Dance, Enterprise School of Dance, Panama City Dance Academy and A Time to Dance studio. Lance Washington has also taught for the 2015 and 2016 Jazz on Tap convention in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Marcus Alford and Annie Day, and the 2019 Alabama Dance Festival. Lance has also taught and danced along side of Rustin Matthew, Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb, Rob Hoffman, Balta Monkiki, Nick Wilson, Nicole Kirkland,and Jimmy Locust. He also works as a hip-hop choreographer for many other groups throughout the Southeast and has won numerous regional choreography awards. Lance is very excited about how his career is taking him to so many places where he is meeting more and more talented dancers, choreographers and friends.
“Always Stay teachable!”
Jane, an Alabama native, began her dance training at the age of 6 at Briarwood Ballet. At age 14, Jane was accepted into Ballet Exaltation, Briarwood Ballet's pre-professional touring company. She toured nationally and internationally, including performances in the cities of Holguin and Santa Clara, Cuba.
After graduating high school, Jane was invited to dance with Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississippi where she performed through their professional training program for 2 years, as well as helped counsel groups of young dancers at their annual Summer Dance Intensive. Jane was offered a company artist position with Magnum Opus in Madison, Wisconsin, for its premier season. She had the opportunity to perform both soloist and corps roles for 2 years in the Madison area, as well as throughout the Midwest. While in Wisconsin, she also taught and choreographed regularly for a local studio, and was able to share her love of dance with her students.
Jane recently moved to Woodstock, Georgia with her husband, where she now dances & performs in the Atlanta metro area. She is excited to continue to teach the art of dance to students throughout the local community, and is grateful for all of the opportunities that dance continues to provide in her life.