Kevin Bacon may have popularized the Six Degrees of Separation theory, but you can get one degree away from Hollywood by rubbing shoulders with the dancers at the Walnut Hills-based dance company Planet Dance.
Owner Missy Lay Zimmer’s credits include: The national tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Saturday Night Live,” MTV and VH1. Zimmer has also performed and choreographed for artists Mariah Carey, 98 Degrees and rapper Rakim.
In New York City, at the acclaimed Broadway Dance Center, she met business partner Andrew Hubbard. His credits include Broadway companies of “Cats” and “Footloose,” Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, national commercials, “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless.”
Zimmer and Hubbard brought Kristin Denehy on board, and for good reason. She’s one of LA’s most sought-after dancers and one of the industry’s best choreographers. Denehy made her mark in the dance industry in the late 90s by dancing for artists such as Prince, Rolling Stones, *NSync, No Doubt, Backstreet Boys, Mya, Will Smith, P. Diddy and George Michael. More recently, she’s danced for Usher and Jennifer Lopez.
Denehy is now tangoing with her choreographer role. First, she assisted Fatima Robinson and High Hat (Missy Elliot’s choreographer) and eventually broke out on her own. Denehy recently choreographed for Reebok, the NBA, Target, Kylie Minogue, Marc Anthony and “The Man Show.”
Interested in learning a thing or two from these famed dancing divas? Come to one of their classes where you can enjoy all the benefits of world-class training in a low pressure, non-competitive environment, where everyone is treated as an artist and respected as an individual.
Planet Dance celebrates all forms of dance and expression, from classical ballet to contemporary and free form. The class schedule is as varied as the instructors, offering everything from hip hop to jazz to belly dancing. If that interests the dancing queen in you, orbit your way over to Planet Dance.
Photo: Courtesy of Missy Lay Zimmer