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 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 attended the prestigious University of the Arts in Philadelphia, but her journey began as a child with the dream of becoming a professional dancer. Christine began teaching dance at just 15 years old and she herself represented the state of Georgia in the 2006 Governor’s Honors Program as a dance major. She was awarded a scholarship to further her education with Steps on Broadway in New York before heading off to UArts to pursue her dance degree. Whilst studying at the University of the Arts, as well as tutoring other dance majors struggling with the rigorous curriculum, Christine trained at Broadway Dance Center, The Joffrey Ballet School, Giordano Dance Chicago in addition to performing with the Xhale Dance Company in Philadelphia under the direction of Michael Susten. Ultimately Christine earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education Graduating with Honors.
Some of Christine's performance credits include park swing at Busch Gardens in Virginia, performing at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios and for the last five years working for Royal Caribbean Productions taking on the roles of Company manager, Dance captain and Aerial captain. She most recently performed in the hit Broadway show "Saturday Night Fever" the Musical where she understudied the roles of Maria, Annette, Doreen, and Linda.
Christine has been dancing for over 20 years and has taught at numerous studios throughout the metro Atlanta area for over ten years. She is an adjudicator for Dance Mania dance competition and is a member of the Dance Masters of America organization. Aspire Dance Arts is the culmination of years of practice, experience and dedication to her craft and is truly a dream come true.