Our Story

The X-Press Yourself: Creative and Performing Arts Center offers students the opportunity to learn to positively express themselves utilizing creative and performing arts. Our program is designed to address the individual as a whole so that we are not just developing a better artist, but we are preparing our students to become overall people better people for the enhancement of our communities.

In the summer of 2007, Fayette Coppock developed the X-Press Yourself Creative and Performing Arts Program for children ages 6-16, which was housed in the People for People building.

Early 2015, XPY moved into their own building.

FOUNDER/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

At 4 years old Fayette’s mother enrolled her into Settlement Music School’s Dance Program. After a year, she was transferred to South Philadelphia Dance Center, which later became Progressive Center for Dance (PCD) and is now known as Ms. Carol’s Center for Dance where she continued her dance training into adulthood. She has trained under the late Carol C. Davis, Rodney “Itola” Byrd, Shawn-Lamere, Milton Myers, Deborah Chase, Patricia Thomas, Patrica Scott Hobbs, Deborah Manning, Hope Boykin, Christopher Huggins, Desmond Richardson, Bernard Gaddis and a host of other world-renowned instructors. While still attending PCD, she also studied at Philadelphia Dance Arts (Philadanco), Freedom Theater, Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (1995 Award Scholarship Recipient) and Temple University.

FAYETTE N. COPPOCK

At the age of 13, Fayette became a Student Teacher at PCD and at 17 she was given her first Jazz class. She later went on to teach Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Tap at various studios, which include Young Performers Theater Camp, Point Breeze Performing Arts, and J-Rock Performing Arts Camp. Fayette became a member of the Training Company of Company Grace (now Grace Dance Theater) in 1994 and in 1996 she was promoted to the 1st Company. In 2001, although she had many reservations, God said that it was time for Fayette to lead the dance ministry of Greater Exodus Baptist Church. The ministry has grown to include over 50 members ages 4-adults. In the summer of 2007, she developed the X-Press Yourself Creative and Performing Arts Program for children ages 6-16, which was housed in the People for People building. 

In 2011 she reconnected with a longtime friend and together they launched The Feltonville Dream Center’s Arts and Education After-School Program. Each year FDC grew to include additional creative and performing arts programs. After 4 years of serving as the Artistic Director of The Feltonville Dream Center and increasing its enrollment to over 100 students, Fayette revamped the X-Press Yourself: Creative and Performing Arts curriculum and launched the X-Press Yourself Creative and Performing Arts Center.

Fayette is a graduate of Temple University where she received her BA in Psychology.

Faculty

YOLANDA HINES

yolanda hines

Yolanda “Yogi” Hines has been the Administrative Assistant at X-press Yourself for the past five years and is the force behind the Finance Department. With the assistance of Danielle, Yolanda is responsible for making sure all student’s accounts are current and up to date.

Danielle Davis

Danielle is your one-stop shop for all things related to fundraising, volunteering, and recital costumes. She can be found in the office assisting Ms. Yolanda. She has a Masters of Social Work and works to empower children and families in our city. She’s a lover of all things creative so bring all your ideas her way.

Warren Edwards

Warren Edwards

Warren is a proud father of 2 beautiful and talented young ladies who love the arts. He’s been employed for 19 years as a field technician with the Nielsen Tv Ratings Co. and  heads the video ministry at GE Baptist Church. Warren loves serving people and cooking!

Instructors

DEVON BRISBON

A native of Camden, New Jersey, Devon M. Brisbon began her dance training at the early age of 3. Devon has trained at DeMarco Dance Center (Merchantville, NJ), Dance Sensations of NJ, Inc. (Pennsauken, NJ), and The Pointe! Dance Studio (Philadelphia, PA) working with teachers and choreographers such as Dara Meredith, LaCeda Nelson, Shawn-Lamere Williams, Wayne St. David, Eric Bean, Teneise Mitchell, Kareem Goodwin, Tommie Waheed-Evans and Lamar Baylor. Devon currently teaches Level I Jazz and Level II Jazz.

JASMINE BROWN

Brown took her first dance class at Progressive Center for Dance (now Carol’s Cubbage School of Dance) at the age of 5. Unfortunately, she only stayed for one year but her love for dance never subsided. She later returned to PCD at the age of 11 where she stayed and trained in ballet, tap, hip hop, and her two favorite styles modern and jazz until graduating from high school. Jasmine currently teaches Children’s Dance A, Middle School Hip Hop and Intro Jazz.

JULIANNA TAYLOR

Taylor is Philadelphia native and started her dance career at the tender age of 4, where she attended ballet at her local YMCA. At the age of 9, she was enrolled at the Progressive Center for Dance (PCD) for the 1995-1996 dance season, under the direction of the late Carol Cubbage-Davis. Julianna soon shared a bond with Mrs. Carol; it was through her that Julianna discovered he love for the arts and an appreciation for placement, persistence, and dedication. Julie currently teaches Junior Elite Jazz, Pre-Pointe, and Lower School Tap.

RASHAN JACKSON

Rashan Kenyatta Jackson (Ensemble Co-Director), a native of Philadelphia, PA where he began his dance training at age 13 at the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) in the training program. He later joined Philadanco II. Jackson is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where he served and Dance Captain and Choreographer of the schools Dance Company. Rashan currently teaches Senior Elite Contemporary, Level I Ballet, and Level III Jazz.

LAURA MONROE

Laura Monroe was born and raised in West Philadelphia, PA. She was introduced to dance at the age of 8 at the Progressive Center for Dance (PCD), where she took her first dance class. From there she went on to take Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, and Hip-Hop. Although she trained in various styles of dance, she really developed a passion for Tap. Laura currently teaches Children’s Dance B and Upper School Tap.

JEANINE FENNAL

Fennal is a Philadelphia native who began her dance training at Progressive Center for Dance (PCD). Jeanine fell in love with the art of dance at a young age. She branched out and received training at Philadanco’s Children’s Program and became a camper at Young Performers Theater Camp. A couple of years later, Jeanine furthered her dance education at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). Jeanine currently teaches Lower School Acro and Lower School Hip Hop.

ERNEE SEWELL

Sewell is a Philadelphia native, and truly believes “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players.” She holds a B.A. in Theater from Temple University, and is a proud alumna of Philadelphia’s Freedom Theater and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. Believing acting is a gift and a privilege, she gives her all to every project she is apart of Her recent credits include: The Pastor’s Chambers, Purlie Victorious, The Emergency Room, Zooman and The Sign, and VII Deadly Sins. Ernee teaches all Drama courses. 

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