Christine Fehr received her professional training at L’Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec, in Montreal, Canada. Among the courses studied were Advanced ballet technique, Classical ballet variations, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Modern (Graham technique), Character , Jazz and Dance History.
Christine is an honors graduate of the dance training program at George Brown College. She is a recipient of the Lois Smith Foundation Grant. Among her list of teachers were such notables as: Daniel Sillier (of the Paris Opera and Ballets Ruses de Monte Carlo), Kathy Beiver, Vincent Warren, David Earle, Lois Smith, (Prima Ballerina of Canada), Elizabeth Keeble,9former soloist with the Stuttgart Ballet), Joyce Anne Sydimus (former Balanchine dancer), and Cristina Pora (former soloist with the Bucharest Opera Company)
Christine danced such ballets as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Don Quixote, Tchaikovsky's Concerto in Bb Minor,
Tarantella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Song of a Nightingale and Gaiete Parisienne. She has performed and toured internationally.
Christine has served on the Faculty of; Atlanta ballet, Pebblebrook High School and Avondale High school. She was hired as a consultant to The Bristol Ballet to bring up the level of technique. She is repeatedly invited to teach at The Highland Center for Ballet Arts and most recently was invited to brainstorm for a junior program at Wesleyan's College’s “Midsummer Macon.” As part of a commitment to elevating ballet technique, she has written and implemented a grading process, for which she was invited to be Director of Curriculum Development at The Hardinge Ballet Center. Ms. Fehr owned her own Ballet School for four years before closing it to move to Savannah and join the team at Savannah Arts Academy.
Ms. Fehr’s students have received national recognition, being awarded acceptance to The School of American Ballet, The Joffrey, and the Kirov School in Washington, Walnut Hill, The Herod Conservatory and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Many of her students have gone on to dance in Ballet Companies or on Broadway.
||Christine Shawl Department Chair
Christine Shawl, originally from New York,is the Dance Department chairperson at Savannah Arts Academy teaching Modern, Dance History and Dance Composition. Ms. Shawl is also adjunct professor of Media and Performing Arts at SCAD teaching Jazz. Before relocating to Savannah, Ms. Shawl was adjunct professor at The University of Michigan and Oakland University teaching Modern, Choreography, Somatic Studies, Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance, and was Artistic Director of the student dance company Oakland Dance Theatre. Ms. Shawl also served as the Director of Education for the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble where she managed and directed the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Center for Dance. Ms. Shawl received her M.F.A. degree in Dance from The University of Michigan, her B.F.A in Dance, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio University and is certified in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. As a student Ms. Shawl had the privilege of performing as a feature dancer in famous dance works such as Lar Lubovitch’s North Star and Paul Taylor’s 3 Epitaphs. Ms. Shawl’s solo choreography was showcased at The American College Dance Festival in 1995 and 2003. In 2006 her group choreography was selected as a finalist for the Maggie Allesse Young Choreographers Award. As an instructor Ms. Shawl has taught ballet, modern, competitive jazz, hip-hop, tap and creative movement to age’s 3-adults at Patti Vigon’s School of Dance in Midland Park, NJ and Karen’s School of Dance in Milford, Michigan. In higher education, Ms. Shawl has taught as a guest artist at Wayne State University, the University of Toledo, and Hillsdale College. Ms. Shawl performed professionally in New York City with Mary Seidman & Dancers, Ellen Shadle Dance Works, Pi Dance Theater, Perspectives in Motion and in Michigan with the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, More Dances Contemporary Dance Company and was a guest dancer for the Peter Sparling Dance Company and Ann Arbor Dance Works.
Jay Jernigan began dancing while performing in high school color guard, later receiving his formal training and undergraduate degree, during his tenure at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Since then, Jay has performed nationally including Universal Studios, Atlanta Festival Ballet, Gainesville Ballet, The Academy Dance Company, Augusta Ballet, Fayette Ballet, Dance South, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, The Madison Dance Company, The Ashland Youth Ballet, Dance Arts Inc., as well as numerous contemporary/modern companies, such as Big House Dance Theater, Axam Dance Theater Experience, and Randy James Dance Works. Jay’s choreography has been commissioned all over the United States and he has taught numerous workshops for a variety of organizations ranging from public elementary schools, to high school bands, to independent arts organizations, to professional dance companies.
In 2004, Jay founded The Metro Movement Ensemble, a company that knows no bounds in terms of demonstrating technical fluency, often working Classical, Neo-Classical, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop styles. In the summer of 2009 he was invited to join the instructional and artistic staff at Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre/Georgia Dance Conservatory. He has truly enjoyed the last decade in which he has been able to play most of the Princes of Classical Ballet originate the role of Peter Pan and the Grinch for some of the most renowned dance companies in Georgia. Jay is delighted to be a member of the Dance Faculty at Savannah Arts Academy.