Pat Brown first studied dance with Jane Hart in Hartford, Connecticut, and then at the Hartford Conservatory. She was trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet but believes that an eclectic approach to teaching and learning is the most beneficial for her students. After moving to Jackson, TN. from Upstate New York she opened the Pat Brown School of Dancing in 1963. She has been Artistic Director of the local civic group Ballet Arts, Inc., since its beginning in 1972. Under her direction many master teachers and famous dancers from various parts of the world and the United States have performed for Jackson audiences. In 1999 the Tennessee Association of Dance awarded Ms. Brown “Dance Teacher of the Year.”
“Miss” Pat has taught and touched the lives of young people that have gone on to careers in dance, as dancers, actors, singers and dance teachers. She is proud of those that work in the business and professional world, are homemakers and are parents of new dancers. She enjoys the visits of her former students and likes to see the added generations in her classes.
Kim (Brown) Turner
Kim Turner has been part of the dance studio for over 30 Years. As a child she started classes at age 3 and continued through high school. Her training with her mother, Pat Brown, prepared her to be an asset to the studio. After a brief absence she took over teaching in the satellite schools in Dyersburg, Corinth and Savannah. When the enrollment in the Jackson studio increased, Kim concentrated on the acrobatic, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and preschool programs at the Jackson studio.
Kim’s expertise in acrobatic/tumbling training is widely known to the mid south. Her students come to her from surrounding areas. She has trained dancers that have won places on University dance teams across Tennessee and Mississippi.
Kim brings a warmth and friendliness to the studio in her work with the “babies”. Her gentle but firm guidance with the young classes have helped develop many shy children into confident and budding ballerinas. Hip Hop classes taught by “Miss Kim” are popular with the dancers and Kim continues to educate herself by going to teacher conferences and training workshops.
Stephanie Freeman has taught at the Pat Brown School of Dancing for 18 years. Originally from Kansas City, Stephanie received her B.F.A. in Ballet from the University of Utah and her M.F.A. in Ballet and Modern Dance from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Stephanie has performed with several civic companies in Kansas City and Wichita, Kansas. She owned her own studio for 2 years and has taught at various schools in Missouri, Kansas and New Jersey.
Stephanie loves to teach and choreograph. “It’s wonderful to watch students reach new levels of technique and develop performing qualities. Seeing them really shine after all their hard work in class is especially exciting.”
Kim Borden received her dance training from Pat Brown at Pat Brown School of Dancing and was one of the original members of Ballet Arts, Inc. She began her teaching experience in 2001 and focuses on Primary through Intermediate dance education emphasizing Beginning classical ballet. She attends workshops and seminars and is a member of the Tennessee Association of Dance.
In addition to her teaching work and being a wife and mother of three, Ms. Borden serves Ballet Arts, Inc. by being coordinator of Ballet Rejoice!, and Rehearsal Assistant. She has also performed character roles in the companies’ productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan.
Ms. Borden hopes not only to educate the students in the concepts of movement, terminology and musicality, but to also inspire them to appreciate the beauty and life long benefit of ballet and dance.
Ashley Mc Knight began dancing around the age of five with Rosemary Tall-Dehart at the London Dance Academy in Las Vegas. As she got older, her studies included the famous Royal Academy of England, (R.A.D.) Technique. She passed all formal dance examinations pre-primary through Grade 8.
Ashley received her BS in Education at University of Nevada, which makes her knowledgeable to teach our younger dancers. She married and took time off to start her family.
In 2006 her family moved to Jackson and she began working with Pat Brown School of Dancing where she has been on staff for 4 years.. She is married to Robert McKnight and has two children, Mikey and Isabella. Ashley is a teacher for the Milan Schools., but continues to follow her love of dance by teaching with the Pat Brown Studio.