board of directors
Tori Closson-Simpson - Director/Owner
Tori is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She began her dance training at the early age of 5 years old and studied Ballet, Tap and Jazz for fifteen years at Florence Cowanova Studio of Dance. After graduating from Hampton University in 1999 receiving a BA in English Arts, Tori began dancing professionally, appearing on MTV's Global Groove. She continued training under Rennie Harris PureMovement, studying the elements of Hip Hop Dance: Popping, Locking, B-girl and Street. She has also studied ballroom and Latin dance.
In 2000, Tori created the WTXF 'Good Day Philadelphia' Hip Hop Dance Team. She choreographed for the 76er's Junior Hip Hop Dance Team for four seasons and was a Master Teacher at the 76er's Dance Camps. She has choreographed for the 76er's Dance Team (basketball), The Kixx Dance Team (soccer) and a number of college dance teams. She has danced for Neil Young, The New York
Jets and New York Giants Award Cermonies, NBC10 FitFest, The Illadelph Legends Festival and much more. Tori directed and choreographed for her own company, FloMotion, and pre-professional Company, Flo2. Her company was featured in the national magazine 'Young Dancer' in March 2005. In the summer of 2006, FloMotion was a headliner for a major performance in Tokyo, Japan.
Tori lived in Dallas, Texas three years. She taught Hip Hop and Dance Team Jazz for three years mentoring young women who wished to audition for major sports arena dance teams. She has helped girls land spots on the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and she has mentored for the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans. From this experience, Tori co-created Arena Dance Pros which was a consulting company assisting young women with going through the audition process. ADP has helped girls with the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, The New York Jets Flight Crew, The Washington Redskins and many others.
Tori currently lives in Bear, Delaware and is the head coach for Padua Academy Dance Team, the Hip Hop program director at American Dance Academy and the co-founder to Beat Addikts United, Incorporated.
Andre Morris - Artistic Director
Andre Morris began his Hip Hop training at the age of 8, and after taking a short hiatus to study musical theater and music, returned to dancing at the age of 12 at Carousel Performing Arts Center in Kennett Square PA. Andre Has been trained in all subgenres of Hip Hop, including but not limited to, Breaking and House, as well as funk styles such as Popping and Locking.
After years of training and hard work, Andre joined Beat Addikts United as a dancer and received a scholarship for his accomplishments throughout the season. Through Beat Addikts United, Andre was given the opportunity to choreograph pieces for their third annual showcase and has since exploded as a choreographer and teacher. He’s touched upon multiple facets of teaching and choreographing, from choreographing for multiple high school dance teams, competition pieces, and musicals, as well as teaching at multiple studies in the
Tri-state area. Andre is also acting director/choreographer of FloMotion Dance Company’s junior company, FloMotion Xclusive. Andre has studied Hip Hop from Industry level teachers such as Chuck Maldonado, Rhapsody James, Kevin Maher, and Parris Goebel. He has also been nominated to perform in the Monsters of Hip Hop annual showcase in Los Angeles. Through multiple different outlets, Andre has had the opportunity to perform and audition in multiple cities and states such as Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, New York City, and Los Angeles, California. Andre most enjoys getting to share his talents and what he’s learned with others and hopes to continue to inspire and guide young dancers to grow each day.
A New Jersey native, Lisa began her studio training in ballet and jazz at the age of five. At eleven, Lisa began dancing with The New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, a semi-professional ballet and modern dance company under the direction of Nancy Turano (Ballet Hispanico principal dancer.) Lisa has been formally trained from the staff of companies such as Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, New Jersey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, and Paul Taylor. She was captain of her varsity high school dance team and choreographer and coach of her college dance team at Monmouth University.
Lisa began her hip-hop training in 2010 under the direction of Geo Hubela, director of Iconic from America’s Best Dance Crew. She has worked with other talented choreographers such as Cecily Bradley of Nu-Stylz (long-time choreographer for Missy Elliot) and other up-and-coming choreographers. She
has performed at events such as KTU’s Beatstock, World of Dance, various charity events, and with local artists in the Philadelphia area. Lisa is currently a member as well as on the board of directors of the female hip-hop company, FloMotion. This will be Lisa’s second year choreographing for Beat Addikts and her first year with Pennsylvania School for Performing Arts in Newtown, PA. When she is not training or dancing, Lisa is a full-time special needs elementary teacher.
Shannon Cooper received her Bachelor of Science Degree at West Chester University in Finance and a minor in Dance Education/Choreography. She began her early dance training at the age of five in the Lancaster County area where she grew up. There she studied Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Lyrical dance at Carol's Academy of Dance and with Chet Zercher at Dancer's Workshop. She has also studied dance at Broadway Dance Center in New York, Koresh Dance Center in Philadelphia and has attended dance conventions and studied from numerous internationally recognized teachers such as Frank Hatchett, Jermaine Brown, Brian Friedman, Joe Tremaine, Mia Michaels and Wade Robson. Shannon performed in West Chester University's Contemporary Dance Company both as a student and an alumni, the WCU Dance Team, and WCU’s Dance Production Workshop where she served as both President and a choreographer. She has also performed with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company based out of the
Philadelphia area. Shannon has provided cheerleading camps for both Lionville and Downingtown Middle Schools, choreographed musicals for Downingtown Middle School, and choreographed for Great Valley High School Dance Team. Shannon is also a member of the female hip hop company, Flomotion.
She has been teaching dance since she was fourteen in Chester County, Delaware County and Lancaster County and loves being able to serve her community of Coatesville through the art of dance. Shannon and her husband reside in Valley Township with their son and two daughters.