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October 10, 2012MILTON, Ga. – Young and hopeful dancers, singers and actors have a school just for them in North Fulton. RISPA (Renaissance International School of the Performing Arts) prepares youngsters from preschoolers to teenagers as well as adults for a life on a stage.
The school's owners, Georgina Fox-Louchiey and Danny Louchiey, have experience as talent onstage and talent scouts. Georgina has appeared on the London stage and is an internationally known dance teacher. Danny has 25 years of experience in the entertainment business and as a producer, director and talent scout.
They wanted to bring their family to America, and settled in North Fulton where members of the Louchiey family reside.
"We know how to get the best out of our students, and in turn, they are able to be the best they can be," Georgina said. "We teach dance, music and acting. It is not unusual for students to appear on Broadway or in touring shows.
"What we want to do is provide excellent training for people who want a career in the arts," she said. "We do that by developing their talent, their self-confidence and discipline."
Locally, children perform at the Alpharetta Children's Festival, the Alpharetta Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Taste of Alpharetta, as well as the RISPA annual variety show and one to two musicals a year. They have also won jobs in several professional videos and the "Atlanta Hawks Prime Time" show.
RISPA students also compete regionally in talent competitions sponsored by Access Broadway out of New York.
Their newest facility – they have had to keep expanding to meet the demand for more space – is a 25,000-square-foot facility at 14155 Ga. 9 just across from the Crooked Creek golf community. It contains six dance studios, five voice rooms, a piano studio and an industry-standard recording studio.
More than 100 classes a week are offered, and students can attend as little as once a week or take several classes.
Bill Stampfl is a Milton parent who has had his three daughters enrolled since RISPA opened its doors.
"It has been wonderful for my daughters Alexandria, Madison and Sophia. We are one of the RISPA first families because we have been with it from the beginning," Stampfl said.
"We are doing figure skating right now, dance. We have been at RISPA five nights a week for the last seven years," he said.
His middle child Madison, 7, recently had a role in the Fox's presentation of "The King and I."
Stampfl said the RISPA classes do much more for his girls than teach singing, dancing and acting.
"It helps tremendously with their self-confidence and their self-esteem. It really makes each of my daughters a better person," he said.
Helping out at the RISPA ribbon-cutting for its new facility was family friend and Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell. His comments before the scissors cut sums up RISPA's purpose.
"When you have a place where you can pursue your dreams, then dreams can come true," Littrell said.
For more information, call 678-620-3500 or go to www.RISPA.net.
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