OUR OWNER, RENDEE COMBS
Rendee Combs has been dancing since the age of 5 and has been teaching dance since the age of 14. She began her dance career dancing under the direction of Wanda Manville in the company at Tempe Dance Academy, voted as one of the top 50 dance schools in the US and Canada. Rendee has danced, performed, and competed all over Arizona and the US as well as traveling abroad to perform in the Carribbean. She has received many awards during her youth as a company dancer with TDA.
Rendee also danced in college for the prestigious University of Arizona Pom Line for 4 years from 1991 to 1995. As a Wildcat Pommie she danced and performed at Wildcat basketball and football game in arenas and stadiums before thousands of people and on national television. Highlights included performing on the field at the 1993 Fiesta Bowl and on the court at the 1994 NCAA Final Four tournament in Charolette, NC.
Before coming to North Central Phoenix, Rendee owned and directed Desert West Dance Academy in the West Valley for 20 years. Starting her studio with just a boom box in a rented classroom, she grew DWDA into one of the premier dance studios in Arizona. Her students performed at community events throughout the Valley and state and won championships and awards at regional and national competitions. Rendee grew her small studio into the studio of her dreams by believing in herself and never giving up, qualities she tries to instill into all of her her students. Rendee’s former students can be seen in professional musicals, commercials, videos, collegiate, and professional performance teams, and as a die-hard Wildcat she is most proud that two of her dancers went on to follow in her footsteps as members of the UofA Pom Line.
Rendee is also an award-winning choreographer and is a certified member of Dance Masters of Arizona. Besides her work at AZDD, she serves as a judge at the high school and college level competitions and tryouts in Arizona.
Rendee feels blessed to get to continue on the legacy of Cannedy Performing Arts Center which will operate under the new name AZ Dance District. She is excited to bring her expertise of owning and teaching to the studio to the families and staff here.