The philosophy behind Impact Creative Arts Academy is to offer a high level of instruction to the Low Country -- and that starts with our staff! We hand select each member of our team and challenge them to look at the studio as a unique opportunity to collaborate with other instructors. Impact instructors come from very diverse backgrounds and professional experience yet come together on their approach to teaching.
Rob Hazelip (aka Robert Forrest)
Robert is the owner and founder of Impact Creative Arts Academy.
He came to Summerville with his wife, Jen and 3 children 6 years ago with the
intension of bringing his love of acting, filmmaking and the creative process by opening a studio that combines all the creative fields under one banner - Impact! He has numerous NY and LA film and television acting credits including guest starring roles on LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT and HOME IMPROVEMENT as well as recurring roles on ARMY WIVES and the NBC soap opera PASSIONS. He’s currently still very busy with working and auditioning in this incredibly vibrant Southeastern film and TV market. He is also very proud to have studied acting at the William Esper Studio in NY. Rob has written and directed dozens of musicals, plays, short films and commercials.
Jen is co-owner of Impact and will specialize in acting, voice and dance classes as well as special events.
Jen got her start in acting and modeling while she was earning her degree in Theater at Penn State University. She understands the rigors of putting in the time for preparation as well as driving hours into New York from State College in pursuit of her dreams. She moved to NY and also studied at the William Esper Studio which led her to Los Angeles. In LA, she (among other TV credits) was selected to be the main contestant on the new version of THE DATING GAME! Between NY , LA and here in SC, she was lucky enough to film dozens of commercials and industrials and continues to flourish in her acting career.
Contemporary, Jazz and Musical Theatre Instructor and Team Coordinator
Alexandria comes to us from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where her dance story began. She began dancing at age 5 at Lakeshore Dance in Port Washington, Wisconsin. During her school-years Alexandria participated in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Pointe, Hip Hop, the Company team, the Competition team, and School Dance team. Alexandria was accepted into the "nationally acclaimed" University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Dance Program "with a concentration on" the Modern style of dance. Alexandria "then" spent a year at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) for a yearlong Ballet Intensive. During summer breaks she choreographed for Danceworks Inc. which partners with local artists to create performance pieces. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Alexandria spent "several" years training dancers at (coincidentally) Impact Performing Arts Center in Port Washington, Wisconsin under a former Chicago based Company dancer. She has experience choreographing solos, duets, and groups in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern for competitions.
Alexandria is very excited to bring her "fresh, new" style to our corner of South Carolina. She looks forward to learning and growing with us at Impact and introducing her unique blend of classical technique and modern style that they may have never experienced before.
Hip Hop / Choir and Voice / Singer Songwriter Instructor
Brooke Robinson comes from a family of musicians and dancers of every generation and has been performing her entire life. She has been a part of several choirs and volunteers frequently to teach adults and children about what is most special to her. Music.
Brooke was accepted into an international music outreach program called The Young Americans, where for years she trained, taught, and performed in several different cities throughout Southern California and over 15 cities inJapan. Brooke is a singer, song writer, dancer, musician, actress and stand up comedian. She has also be rewarded the opportuntiy to work with children with special needs and is able to make profound and deep connections through her use of music and movement.
Ms. Walborn learned from Marcia Dale Weary’s syllabus. She focuses on strong classical ballet technique, pointe classes and coaching various classical variations . She has taught in schools all over the country including The Washington Ballet School, Kansas City Ballet School, East Tennessee Ballet Academy, Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet, Robert Ivy Ballet, Nuevolution in Queen Creek, AZ, Cannedy Performing Arts Centre, and Impact Dance in Mesa, AZ. Ms. Walborn also continues to go back to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to teach in their world renown Summer Intensive Program.
Ms. Walborn began her training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. In 2007, Ms. Walborn was invited to be an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet. She performed many roles with the company, including George Balanchine’s Diamonds and Helgi Tomasson’s The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle, and The Sleeping Beauty. After joining The Washington Ballet in 2009, Ms. Walborn originated roles including a world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Sueno de Marmol, one of the twins in Septime Webre’s Great Gatsby, and various roles in Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland). She has performed with the company in George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, and the staging of Anna-Marie Holmes’ Le Corsaire and Don Quixote, as well as Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove, and the pas de deux Strangers in the Night from Nine Sinatra Songs. In 2012, Ms. Walborn joined Kansas City Ballet under the direction of William Whitener.
Ballet / Contemporary / Jazz Dance Instructor
Emily Scolaro began her professional dance training at The Florida Ballet Training Center and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Fl. She graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the Florida State University. During this time she performed in works by Monica Bill Barnes, Stephen Koester, Lynda Davis, Gerri Houlihan, Tim Glenn and Anthony Morgan. She was a member of the University’s Dance Repertory Theater, Ella Rosewood Dance, and Mary Love Dance Projects. Emily has performed in New York City festivals such as DUMBO Dance Festival and Dance Gallery as well as internationally in London’s Cloud Dance Festival.
Emily has taught dance technique to students for over seven years at training centers such as the Florida Ballet, Rollins College, and The Center for Contemporary Dance. She is excited to share her passion for the arts, love for movement and teaching experiences with Impact Creative Arts Academy!
Ballet / Tap / Jazz Dance Instructor
Andrea Griffin is originally from Spartanburg, SC and started dancing at age 3. She trained in ballet, tap, and jazz for 7 years at a studio in Spartanburg where she had the opportunity to both perform and compete. Upon graduation, she received her Associate of Arts Degree in Speech/Drama from Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, SC. Andrea owned Rising Star Dance Company in Inman, SC for 15 years where she was also choreographer, director and instructor for both recreational classes and competition team.
After moving to the Charleston area, she taught tumbling, jazz, hip hop and tap at Cambridge Street Dance Academy in Mount Pleasant. She lives in West Ashley with her husband and thrilled to be part of Impact!
Acting / Musical Theatre Instructor
Lizzie Mears is a film and stage actress with a love for teaching kids! She was the theater director at Trails End Summer Camp where she produced over 16 stage productions involving kids of all ages. Lizzie has also performed in a number of professional stage productions and can be seen in TV shows such as Hidden Heroes on CBS and a number of recreations on the Investigation Discovery network. After studying elementary education and theatre at Salisbury University, Lizzie moved back to Charleston to be with her family and close friends!
Lizzie is excited to be part of Impact studios and to work with kids who have been bitten by the acting bug!
Fine Arts Instructor
Hi. My name is Carly Horton. I am very excited to take on some artistic adventures here at IMPACT! I have been an artist all my life. Even as a child, I loved painting, drawing, working with clay, and experimenting with new and different materials. I knew I wanted to share my passion for the arts with others, so I decided to become an art teacher. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Winthrop University with an emphasis in Ceramics. I also have a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Winthrop University. I have taught art at numerous camps and after-school programs as well as in the public school system. I am currently an art teacher at Flowertown Elementary. I cannot wait to share my new projects and ideas with students and learn alongside them!
Ellie Jos began playing violin at the age of 5. Her violin studies began in Charleston, SC where she studied classically in addition to participating in Na Fidleiri. She earned her Masters Degree in violin performance at the University of Minnesota. She gained her Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied under Kevin Lawrence. She performed in many master classes including a chamber music master class with David Finckel of the Emerson String Quartet. She has been the countermistress as well as section player for the opera and symphony orchestra at UNCSA. She is trained in all three books of of the Mark O'Conner Method as well as all ten books of the Suzuki Method and she loves to teach all levels!