Performing Arts Program for Ages 3-5
We are so thankful and blessed to still be a part of the AFS family, as it was an easy choice to continue weekly lessons. Rhiannon developed such a true love for music and dance by receiving the most exemplary training available for early childhood development; this concept has a major impact in the elementary educational system.
If you are looking for a unique, highly reputable, inspirational facility to maximize your child’s potential, the Preschool Performing Arts program is a decision you won’t regret!
AFS – West
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:45am-11:45am
Number of Classes
3 days per week
AFS – North New!
Tuesday and Thursday 8:45am-11:45am
Number of Classes
2 days per week
There is an annual $125 supply & registration fee.
Meet your Head Instructor: Miss Karen Viets
Education: Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a Teaching and Choreography concentration. Prior to coming to Knoxville, Karen taught at the Chesapeake Dance Center (Virginia), The Dance Center (Maine), Northeast Academy of Dance – (Maine), Portland School of Ballet (Maine) and Mercyhurst College (Pennsylvania). She has danced professionally with the Portland Ballet Company, The Mercyhurst Dancers, and Mercyhurst Liturgical Dance Ensemble.
Karen was awarded the prestigous title of Children’s Rehearsal Coach for the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker in 2019. Just a few days after the producation, Moscow Ballet had requested her return for the 2020 season. During her experience she worked closely with Moscow Director, Yuriy Kuzo from the Ukraine and 80 dancers from the Knoxville and surround areas ages 6 to 18.
In addition, Karen has a background in teaching preschool with a church organization for many years and is now in her 7th season with Angela Floyd Schools as an instructor. Karen is married to Dan Viets (retired Navy/Special Operations), AFS music instructor and they have a son, Victor who takes both dance and music at AFS.
Meet your Assistant Instructor and Head Musical Instructor – Mr. Alex King
Education: Alex attended Pellissippi State Community College before turning his focus to music. After relocating to New York City, Alex attended the premier music school DUBSPOT. Dubspot is a global leader in Electronic Music Education. Alex has an extensive background in drums but wanted to continue to train in electronic music. At Dubspot he was able to ramp up his training in producation of music with Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Sound design, Mixing and Mastering, and more.
Alex and his brother continue to write and create music. Just ask him what his latest platform is to find their newest music.
In addition, Alex is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Culinary School and continues his passion for creating amazing dishes.
Alex has a passion for music, creating comfort food masterpieces and any outdoor sport such as hiking and more, but loves teaching music in the preschool program most. You can also find him playing a guitar, bass and piano in his free time…..he is all about music and bringing it to the next generation.
Meet your Curriculum Specialist: Carolyn Palffy Becker
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, May, 2012 Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.83
Frederick County Public Schools Frederick County, VA Substitute Teacher 2010 – Present -Substitute teacher for grades K through 12, all subject areas. Implemented and taught lesson plans while utilizing classroom management skills.
National Dance Institute New York, NY Trainee Teacher Assistant 2012-2013 -Trainee Teacher Assistant at NYC public schools with their 3rd grade classes and special education students learning fundamental dance movements. Responsible for recording notes and blocking for each session.
Tuscarora High School Marching Band Frederick, MD Dance Instructor (2011), Colorguard Technician (2012) 2011-2012 -Taught beginner ballet and jazz dance technique. Choreographed dance portions to be included in field show.
Brunswick High School Marching Band Brunswick, MD Dance Instructor 2009- 2010, Indoor Colorguard Lead Instructor 2010 -Taught beginner ballet dance technique and choreographed dance portions to be included in field show. -Designed, wrote, taught, and rehearsed an indoor colorguard show utilizing flag, rifle, sabre, and dance elements.
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Carlisle, PA Resident Advisor Summer 2009 -Supervised a hall of nineteen females, ages 12-14, providing care, guidance, and support to the residents on a daily basis. Participated in staff training, weekly meetings, and organized RA office areas.
DANCE PERFORMANCE National Tours Sesame Street Live: Abby Cadabby/Dancer/ VEE Corporation Let’s Dance & Can’t Stop Singing Spokesperson/Trainee Performance Dir. National Tour of Super WHY! Live: Alpha Pig/Dancer S2BN Entertainment You’ve Got The Power Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Miracles Principal Dancer Dir. Christopher D’Amboise Kings Dominion: Unstrung Featured Dancer MoonMaxx Productions Promenade Dancer Robert Battle Chor, GMU Dance. 2016-2017 National Tour PAWS PATROL: Dancer and Manager.
National Dance Institute Teaching Artists Training Program 2013 (Received full scholarship to attend program) National Dance Institute Teaching Special Populations Teacher Training Program 2013
***In addition, Miss Carolyn has an extensive musical background with many years of training.