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  Alicia Corcoran-Scott
     Alicia first donned a pair of dance shoes at the age of 2 and found her niche in life from that moment on. She grew up training with her mother, Patty Simmonds, who later sent her to train in classical ballet with the Louisville Ballet Academy, which is known today as the University of Louisville dance academy. Alicia made her professional debut in musical theatre at the meager age of 8 when she played Gretel in Derby Dinner Playhouse's production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Falling in love with the stage, Alicia continued to work as a child performer up through high school. While growing up, Alicia travelled nationwide with Simmonds competing and performing. She has won top awards in the solo divisions of national dance, talent, and cheerleading competitions. She was even selected to represent her homestate as Miss Sweatheart with I Love Dance talent competition and got to perform at Caesar's Palace at the age of 12. 
     After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, Alicia moved to NYC to further develop her career in performing arts. She spent two and a half years there studying, auditioning, and performing alongside some of the world's finest talent. She continued to study dance at the famous Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and participated in musical theatre workshops acting and singing. Alicia spent six months of her time in NYC working for the international touring company SPIRIT OF THE DANCE. She was a member of this company's first American cast of BROADWAY! THE STAR-SPANGLED CELEBRATION, which had its debut in Branson, MO. Alicia has performed in numerous professional productions including: A CHORUS LINE, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, 42ND STREET, JOSEPH..., CHILDREN OF EDEN, GREASE, CATS, and THE MUSIC MAN.
     Alicia moved back to her hometown of Jeffersonville in 2005 to take over the family business. Today, Alicia performs locally with Derby Dinner Playhouse and choreographs for local theatrical productions. She is a staff members for Spirit Over the Water Productions, a theatrical production team founded by Patty Simmonds and is a featured performer with this team at the Riverstage venue, located at the foot of Spring St. in downtown Jeffersonville. In all of her spare time, Alicia is a full time English teacher at Jeffersonville High School. Her favorite job, however, is that of Mommy to her three children, Sebastian, Serena, and Dakota.
  Alena Waters
     Alena is also a member of the 3rd generation Simmonds family. She is the youngest of Patty Simmonds' three children. Alena has competed in dance and gymnastics throughout the country all her life. As a child actress, she turned professional, performing for Derby Dinner Playhouse at a young age with such shows as THE KING AND I. Alena displayed her comic abilities with the role of "Mama" in her school's production of BYE, BYE, BIRDIE. She was a Junior Varsity Cheerleader and Dance Captain of the Rhythm - n - Red Dance Team for Jeffersonville High School. She, like her sister Alicia, has studied dance and performing arts intensively since childhood.
     A graduate of Indiana University Southeast, Alena is today a part-time preschool teacher and full-time mommy. She is still involved with the family business and its performances, but dedicates the majority of her energy to raising her three beautiful little boys Chaz, Carson, and Cash.

  Patty Simmonds
     Patty Simmonds, mother to current owner Alicia, was the second generation to own Simmonds Dance Studio from 1978-2005. She studied dance all her life and lived in NYC studying with the apprentice program of the Joffrey Ballet. A renown choreographer she toured the country teaching teachers all over America with Dance Olympus, Dance Caravan, and Star Systems. She has a Masters Degree and Plus Thirty Degree in Education and continues to work with Greater Clark Schools.


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