GIN JANS SMITH
Gin is thrilled to be joining the team at Passion Academy. A recent transplant to Richmond, Gin grew up in Little Rock, AR and Central Florida. She trained at Ballet Arkansas and Southern Ballet Theatre until finding her love for musical theatre. After performing around Central Florida throughout high school, she performed in a variety of parades and shows at Walt Disney World. Gin received her BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she continued her dance training with Ron Tassone and Keisha Lalama. Along with a love of performing, she has a profound love for teaching and has spent much of the last decade teaching dance and musical theatre, as well as directing and choreographing productions throughout the Orlando area. Favorite credits include Ragtime (Choreographer/Assistant Director), Big Fish (Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer), Mary Poppins (Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer), Seussical (Director/Choreographer), Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), A Chorus Line (Lara), and Crazy for You (Tess). Gin also teaches Pre-Kindergarten and is pursuing her Master’s of Teaching at VCU.
Gin is honored to be leading Passion Academy’s Musical Theater dance program. In this class, students will learn the foundations of musical theater dance, including body awareness, coordination, and musicality, which draw heavily from ballet and jazz technique. Students will have the opportunity to learn various styles of musical theater dance through learning original choreography from a variety of musical theater shows. In addition, students will learn how to prepare for an audition. This class is being offered at beginner and intermediate levels starting at age 7. Placement will be determined by mentor.