Actor Galen Gering, of NBC's "Days of Our Lives" and his wife Jenna Gering, join actress/choreographer Christy Curtis Buss at the 20th anniversary celebration of her iconic dance studio The Studio Art of Dance (Event Photo).
LOS ANGELES - Actors Galen Gering (“Days of Our Lives”), Jennifer Hamilton (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Bill MacDonald were just a few of the VIPs who joined choreographer/actress and entrepreneur Christy Curtis Buss at Staples Center for the 20th anniversary celebration of her famed dance studio, Studio Art of Dance.
Gering, who plays Rafe Herendez on the popular soap opera, was joined by his wife, actress Jenna Gering, champion figure skater Luis Hernandez, award-winning choreographers Chucky Kaplow (“High School Musical”) and Marguerite Derricks (“Showgirls”) for the event.
Those unable to attend but sending their well-wishes were longtime friends and colleagues, actress Alison Sweeney (“The Biggest Loser”), singer LeAnn Rimes and actress Christian Alfonso (“Falcon Crest”).
Buss, who is the daughter in-law of late Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss and serves as choreographer for "Days of Our Lives," marked the anniversary with a VIP gathering at Staples Center’s Chairman’s Room on Oct. 11, with food, drinks, music and capped with a game between the Lakers and Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Premier League.
“It was amazing to celebrate the 20th year of the Studio Art of Dance and without the support of friends, family, colleagues and supporters, this celebration would not have been possible,” Christy Curtis Buss said. “It was 25 years ago that I decided to embark on a mission to create a facility that would allow me to share my passion for dance with children, their families and those who love dance.”
Having established the Studio Art of Dance two decades ago in Los Angeles, Buss has grown a small school into one of the largest private dance facilities in the country, with an enrollment of more than 400 students per year. The studio has helped teach students about dance, poise, perseverance, as well as about self esteem and confidence in one’s self.