Lori Christensen  Owner  |  Adult Tap
“Ms. California” has travelled a long way from teaching dance in the den of her California home at age 13 to Woodbury, Tennessee, where she seized an opportunity to provide dance to Cannon County. Along the way she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from the University of California, Irvine, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from California State University, Fullerton, and a Special Education credential from MTSU. Her dance training began at the age of 5 and continued through her college and adult years, most notably with Broadway dancer, Jimmie Defore. One of the highlights of her long career was assuming the choreography responsibilities of Celebration, a performing group of special needs adults, who performed at the White House. Throughout the years, Lori has shared her passion for dance in a variety of venues including Dance2Go in Kansas City, and as Drama / Dance Department Chair at Fairgrove Academy and McPherson Magnet Schools in Southern California. Alongside her public teaching career, she developed and maintained her dance studio, Canyon School of the Arts, in Silverado, CA. The Woodbury community dubbed her “Ms. California” when she brought dance and drama to Woodbury Grammar school in 2006. She started Cannon Arts Dance Studio in 2007 for the purpose of providing quality dance instruction to “build dancers and change lives.” Lori also teaches ESL and Theater Arts at Warren County High School, where she has formed the California Club, a Ballet Folklorico performance troupe.