Affirmation Ballet Company and Performing Arts Centre
Our Faculty & Performing Company
Britta has been dancing for thirty years and hopes to never stop. As a child she danced for six years in Miami City's "The Nutcracker" and Dance Alive. She studied at Studio Brochette and Dance Theater Academy and graduated from Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts in Fort Meyers, FL. In 2006 Britta earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Studies at the University of South Florida. For the past eight years she has taught all levels of ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop at community centers, schools and private studios in Tampa Bay.
In 2007 Britta became a member of Affirmation Ballet Company. In 2009 she traveled with ABC on mission to Costa Rica to work with the indigenous people of Talamanca and Las Tablas using the gift of dance to bring the gospel. Britta is excited to be in her tenth season with Affirmation Ballet Company and fifteenth year on faculty. Britta lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband Chris and four children, Lydia, Lucille, Oliver, Lillika and Serenity.
CiGi was born in Pinellas Park, Florida. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pinellas Park High School in 2007. After high school she pursued a teaching degree at St. Petersburg College where she graduated with her Bachelors in Education, 2011. For the last three years she has been teaching in Pinellas County Schools, Kindergarten and Third grade. CiGi began her formal dance training in 1999 at The Ballet Society in St. Petersburg, FL. In 2004 she began training at Affirmation Centre for Ballet Arts where she studied ballet, jazz and modern dance and danced as a company member from 2004-08. In the summer of 2006, CiGi traveled to Jackson, Mississippi to train at Ballet Magnificat's summer dance intensive. In 2007 she was accepted to Sarasota's Ballet's summer intensive. She has danced various roles with ABC and leading role in the ballet "Transfiguration" in 2008. CiGi has been on faculty for five years and headed up our outreach program partnering with the YMCA. She is excited to share her passion for dance and follow God's calling in her life. This is her seventh year on faculty. CiGi, her husband John, son Bradley and daughter Emmalyn live in Clearwater, FL.
Andrea Sanders, director
Andrea began her ballet training at the age of seven in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She received her formal training and performance experience with Robert Joffrey, NYC., Edward Vilella, Miami City Ballet, Violet Verdi, Henry Parish, Edith Royal, Martin Friedman and mentor Anzia. Andrea has performed with Tampa Ballet as principal dancer, Spanish Lyric Theater, Baton Rouge Ballet Company, Miami City Ballet and Southern Ballet Theater. Her college focus was Music and Dance at St. Petersburg College and University of South Florida with extensive study, performance experience and directing background in Musical Theater. She has appeared on national TV commercials, exercise videos and Disney children's show. She developed and directed summer theater camps for the City of Largo and Cultural Center for four years and taught Arts Education in Pinellas County private schools for ten years. Andrea was a pioneer in developing the dance program for Pinellas County Center for Performing Arts, Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, FL. As Artistic and Administrative Director for Affirmation Ballet and Performing Arts Centre she designs programs and curriculum for all levels of dance, theater camps and summer outreach. On mission Andrea has traveled with the ABC team to Costa Rica and Ecuador several times to bring the gospel using the medium of dance and theater to the lost. Dedicated to reclaiming the ARTS for the Lord she has helped establish dance and drama ministries in local churches and abroad. She and her husband Don have raised two children and have eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Several are gifted in the ARTS. Andrea is grateful to be a servant of Jesus surrendered to His creative call in the Arts to further the Kingdom.
The Company Dancers
Alpha and Omega
Britta Devitt, Emma Handelsman,
Olivia Villoria, Kayla Trujillo, Halle Villoria, Emily Mayer
Andrea Sanders, Director