Dance.Laugh.Learn. was born out of the shared belief in the power of teaching and learning through the arts. Kerri Ford and Rylee Card have been colleagues and friends since 2009 when they were cast in a regional production of “Brooklyn Girls.” Kerri and Rylee share common ground in their training and development as artists and decided that combining their strengths would give them the blueprint for a successful educational program. Kerri and Rylee both have been performing and teaching in the NY/NJ area for many years and saw the need and market gap for a unique program that combines the elements of Musical Theatre, Dance, and Drama in a safe, imaginative, and educational environment for children.
Dance.Laugh.Learn. combines music, dance, and theatre with proven methods in childhood development aimed at sparking a child’s creativity and establishing an early love for the arts. As a new program, we are constantly growing, and incorporating our own continuing education into the program. Each program offers different and unique objectives that are achieved in a positive and nurturing learning environment. Dance.Laugh.Learn. programs are designed to give your children the opportunity to express creativity, expand the imagination, strengthen communication abilities, and cultivate social skills through the use of the performing arts. All Dance.Laugh.Learn classes are educational and process-based and will develop skills in your child that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Artistic Director/Teaching Artist
Rylee is a Pennsylvania native who alongside her performing and teaching dreams to NYC. Rylee holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Ramapo College of NJ and has performed regionally and locally with such companies as; Joey Casella Productions, Theatre Rehabilitation for Youth, Roxy Regional Theatre, RWS and Associates and American Entertainment Productions. Alongside her performing, Rylee has been teaching Musical Theatre, Voice, Dance and Acting in the NY/NJ area for over 5 years. Rylee is a certified Kindermusik (Music Education program for children) and Leap n Learn (Dance Education program for children) instructor.
Managing Director/ Teaching Artist
Kerri is a New York based performer who specializes in theatre for young audiences (TYA). She is an alumna of the educational theatre program at NYU where she graduated with a B.S. along with a certification to teach theatre in the state of NY (K-12;2004-2007). She has performed with a long roster of theatre companies who make it their mission to provide educational shows and assemblies to both children and adult audiences including: Winceyco, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, Arithmitickles, and Periwinkle Theatre for Youth. Kerri is also professionally trained in movement and dance and has taught at private studios in the past. She continues to perform in the TYA field.
hails from Cedarhurst, NY. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2010 with a B.A. in Music and Theatre. As a performer, Rebecca has worked with Friends Always Creating Theatre (FACT), Sharkmother Arts, The Original Pronunciation Shakespeare Company, The Secret Theatre, Underworld Opera Productions, Shakespeare in the Valley in NH, Plaid Couch Productions, and more! As an educator, Rebecca has taught music, movement, theater, and stage combat to kids of all ages.
Sarah Ripper was born and raised in Houston, TX. She earned her MA in Educational Theatre from NYU, and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University. She had the honor to perform at The Kennedy Center in a production of The Laramie Project, as part of ACTF. Sarah had the amazing opportunity to tour Asia for seven months in a production of Cinderella, starring Tony Award Winner, Lea Salonga. While on tour, Sarah recorded an original cast album of the production, which can be purchased on Amazon.com. After appearing in the Off-Broadway show, Looking For Billy Haines (Swing), she became a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Along with directing, acting, and choreographing, she enjoys entertaining children all the while educating them through the arts!
Jenna is originally from Houston, Texas, but is now a New York based performer. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she spent four years acting, choreographing and directing. She has performed regionally and locally in both Houston and New York. Jenna has always loved working with theatre for young audiences and has taught dance, music and acting to kids of all ages.
If you want your child to gain a splash of color to their life, this professional organization can do it for you. Rylee is an actress herself and brought her techniques to the table. My daughter looked forward to Saturday morning dance. Each day my child attended she came home having learned yet another song. These classes provided the basic understanding of entertainment while provoking my daughter’s imagination each week. I was especially impressed with the show the parent’s were invited to at the end of the program. The girls did a scene from “The Little Mermaid.” This program will build confidence and character into your child’s life. I highly recommend this organization. The teacher makes the class. Rylee’s technique with the children engages them easily which is such a plus!
- Carol M- Parent of ShowKidz student
Kerri and Rylee have an amazing ability to create engaging, entertaining and artistic classes for children. Their programs will spark your child’s imagination and have them yearning for more!!! I would highly recommend Dance. Laugh. Learn to anyone with children!
- Jessica P.
Highly Recommended! Wonderful new program. Got to see both Rylee and Kerri teach sessions and both are fantastic teachers; extremely prepared, organized, full of knowledge, and able to connect with children of all different levels and give them the attention they need! Such a great way for children to have fun, express themselves, and grow and learn all at the same time. I would highly recommend this program and will definitely be spreading the word to EVERYONE!
- John W.
This is an amazing organization with a remarkable ability to create child-focused sessions that help your child cultivate their imagination, while nurturing them as individuals. Kerri & Rylee are second to none in their training techniques & abilities to connect with children on their level. You will be very happy with the programs & your children will love the experience. Two thumbs up for this awesome company!