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Christy Curtis Buss, Choreographer/Actress and Entrepreneur joins Mother Love in studio to share her enthusiasm as she celebrates her 20th anniversary of her dance studio "The Studio Art Of Dance". She has her niece Jaice with her who chimes in about her life as well.
Choreographer/actress and entrepreneur Christy Curtis Buss who is known for her choreography work on NBC's "Days of Our Lives," is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her iconic dance studio, Studio Art of Dance.
Buss, who is the daughter in-law of late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, is marking the anniversary with a VIP event at Staples Center next month featuring a number of celebrities and friends.
Having established the Studio Art of Dance 20 years ago, 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. The studio has helped teach students about dance, poise, perseverance, as well as about self esteem and confidence in one's self.
"The kids have learned so much by the time they leave that it's not just about dancing and learning the necessary moves to take their talent to the next level," Buss said. "It's also about learning what it takes to succeed in their studies, career and at life. We really stress the positive values that we all as human beings need to be live a good life."
Born in St. Louis to a family with a strong background in dance – her mother owned a dance school – Buss became an elite dancer within a short few years. Her ability to learn new moves and a variety of dance styles seemingly ensured her success as a ballet dancer. Once in college, she injured her foot severely and thus ended her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer.
With dreams of becoming an actress, Buss moved to Los Angeles after winning The ABC-TV Special "All American Girl" in 1979. When she moved out west, her first endeavor was becoming a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader, where she was dance captain and was able to travel world. She then went on to join the Los Angeles Clippers Cheerleaders as a dancer and choreographer which led to her meeting and then marrying Johnny Buss, son of Lakers' owner Jerry Buss.
It was during this time that her acting career began to take off as she was cast in a number of television commercials and films. Acting on soap operas led to her choreographing for shows, such as "Passions" and "Days of Our Lives." Buss started her own business in 1993. She is now still running her business with over 450 students and three companies, while also choreographing with partners and groups for special occasions.
The Studio Art of Dance is known for its Children's Program based on the award-winning Miss Christy's Dancing Video-DVD Series. Awards include: The Parents Choice Seal and the Openheim Toy Awards in Gold and Platinum and featured on "The Today Show." The studio is also home of the Christy Curtis Dance Company.
LOS ANGELES - Actress/choreographer/businesswoman Christy Curtis Buss is known for her choreographical work on NBC's long-running soap opera "Days of Our Lives" and for her famed dance school in the City of Angels. As the former wife of Johnny Buss, son of the late Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Christy Buss is also known as much for turning out some of the best young dancers in the area as for her association with the Buss family.
Today, Christy Buss is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her dance school by reminiscing about her early days as a young dancer and the road that led her to Hollywood and the creation of her iconic dance studio, The Studio Art of Dance in El Segundo, located just 20 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles and Staples Center, home of the Lakers.
Having gone from a young ballet dancer and actress to cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Clippers, Christy Buss is today happier than ever helping children realize their dance dreams. As an entrepreneur, philanthropist and a renowned choreographer, Buss shares her thoughts on her life and career.
Question: You're celebrating the 20th anniversary of your dance school. How did you get it started and did you think back then that you would still be involved with it after all these years?
Answer: I never thought that it would be around after all of these years, I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished with my studio. I started it in a small room at Manhattan Beach Woman’s Club with two students in 1989. It took time, but it has grown into a great program that has seen students go from 3 years old to college graduation and beyond. Starting the Studio has really been an amazing experience.
Q: Where are you from originally and how were you introduced into dancing?
A: I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. As a child my mother owned a dance studio so I’ve grown up dancing.
Q: Was it an easy transition into dancing?
A: Since my mom owned the studio, I’ve always danced. I never had to get acclimated or transition into it since I’ve always done it.
Q: What was it like growing up in a family of dancers?
A: It was great, looking up to my mom is what really inspired me to keep dance in my life. Dancing always makes me think of home and family. It really kept me close to my siblings, disciplined and hard working.
Q: What did you study besides dance? Where there any other subjects that excited you?
A: Business in college. Sports was not subject, but i love the business of sports as well.
Q: How did you end up coming to Los Angeles? Was it a culture shock for you?
A: I won a competition on the ABC Special "All American Girl." I received two TV contracts and thats what got the ball rollin. No culture shock. I knew what Iwanted and LA was it.
Q: You became an actress and traveled the world with Bob Hope's USO shows. How did you meet him and what was he like?
A: Through the L.A. Rams' USO tours. He was an amazing talented humble human being. I loved being in his presence.
Q: Tell me about how you became a Rams Cheerleader and a Clippers Cheerleader. What led you pursue becoming a pro cheerleader?
A: I was dancing at Knotts Berry Farm theme park [near L.A.]. The first tryout had a thousand girls, but somehow I made the cut. It was five years of cheerleading after that. There were a lot of shows, games and tours so I feel blessed. I was later asked to join Clippers dance squad and that was a great experience to choreograph as well as be a dance captain. I have always loved sports and I was really lucky to be able to combine my love of sports and entertainment.
Q: How did you meet Johnny Buss? Did you know from the beginning that you would marry him someday?
A: Through a friend who was a dancer on Clippers she had also danced with the Laker girls. She couldn't wait for me to me to be with Johnny. It was quick 3 months he proposed!
Q: You've been involved with "Days of Our Lives" as choreographer for over 20 years. How did you get involved in the show?
A: I had read for many small roles as well as Hope on the show. But with my resume and dance background they called me one day asking if I could be there in an hour. The rest is history.
Q: Today, you're back pursuing acting and modeling. What made you take on those challenges?
A: Passion for all I do. I love to be creative and getting older takes you realize how to recreate yourself. That's exciting and challenging at the same time.
Q: You're still a part of the Lakers family. Do you miss Dr. Buss and the success he brought to the team for so many years?
A: Dr. Buss was the most amazing man. His generosity, his passion for the arts and traveling as well as his love for the Lakers was priceless. I miss him dearly.
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Just Club Me
LOS ANGELES - It was a celebratory evening for actors Galen Gering (“Days of Our Lives”), Jennifer Hamilton (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Bill MacDonald and many others who joined choreographer/actress and entrepreneur Christy Curtis Buss at Staples Center recently. The event celebrated the 20th anniversary celebration of her famed dance studio, Studio Art of Dance.
Gering, who is otherwise known as Rafe Herendez on the "Days," was joined by his wife, actress Jenna Gering, champion figure skater Luis Hernandez, award-winning choreographers Chucky Kaplow (“High School Musical”) Marguerite Derricks (“Showgirls”) and many other VIPs at the event.
Although Buss's longtime friends, actress Alison Sweeney (“The Biggest Loser”), singer LeAnn Rimes and actress Christian Alfonso (“Falcon Crest”) were unable to attend, they sent their well wishes to the acclaimed choreographer/entrepreneur.
Buss, whose name is recognizable to Los Angeles Lakers fans, is the daughter in-law of late team owner Jerry Buss. She also serves as choreographer for "Days of Our Lives," and is owner and instructor at her iconic dance studio which she marked the anniversary with a VIP gathering at Staples Center’s Chairman’s Room on Oct. 11. The event featured food, drinks, music and was capped with a game between the Lakers and Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Premier League as VIPs moved courtside to watch the Lakers win the game 126-83.
“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.
St. Louis Magazine
St. Louis native Christy Curtis Buss has come a long way from her mother’s North County studio. She’s done choreography and dance for the Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders and the Clippers spirit squad, and she’s also choreographed concert tours for LeAnn Rimes and scenes for Days of Our Lives for nearly 20 years. And she’s married to Johnny Buss, whose family owns the Los Angeles Lakers. Curtis Buss spoke with SLM about her path to this point and the future.
What do you remember about dancing at your mother’s studio?
My mom was very good at what she did, and I always wanted to dance like her. I started assisting her at 10 years old, and I remember having this little rubber poodle bank. I [earned] a $10 bill each month, and I thought I was the richest person in the world.
How did you get your big break?
I would go to The Time Machine—it was like a disco club. I couldn’t get in, because I wasn’t 21, but I used to go there and teach line dance… There was a contest for an ABC special called the All-American Girl. I won $50,000 and two TV contracts, so that pretty much brought me to California.
What are your favorite dance memories?
I did eight USO tours, but the most memorable was when we went to Beirut in 1983, and the war was still going on. Bob Hope had an eye ailment and couldn’t travel, so we traveled there for him. We didn’t know what we were in for. Bombs were going off, and we were trying to perform. It was very dangerous territory, but the most rewarding experience.
How did you thrive in such a tough industry?
I had to find my niche. I auditioned a lot for soap operas on the acting level, and I got a few parts here and there. But because of my background in dance, that’s how I got choreography for 20 years on Days. You just never know what you’ll fall into based on just getting out there and doing a lot of different things.
What’s in the works?
I’m working on a show in Vegas about relationships—like the romance of dance. You can bring your spouse, versus the burlesque shows that are really enticing for men. It’s for two people or couples; it’s a better experience.
Do you still have St. Louis ties?
My family’s still there. I root for the Cardinals. The Rams used to be in L.A.…now they’re in St. Louis, so there are still a lot of connections.
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Christy Curtis Buss, who is married to Johnny Buss – the son of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss and one-time president of the Los Angeles Sparks before the senior Mr. Buss sold the women’s basketball team – echoes the fact that being related to a famous man can have its downsides. (The couple have since separated, though they remain legally married and maintain a good relationship, she said.)
Though she’d already had a successful career as a professional dancer and choreographer before meeting Mr. Buss more than 20 years ago, “people assume that you’ve just been taken care of. They just thought ‘Oh, they just gave her the money.’”
To those naysayers, she said, “even if that were true, all the money in the world can’t make a business go well.”
Partly to counter other people’s assumption, Ms. Curtis Buss, who owns and operates her own dance studio, The Studio Art of Dance near Los Angeles, said she doesn’t usually tell her students who her husband is, unless they ask. To many of her professional contacts, she’s simply ‘Christy Curtis.’
Her studio was launched after a long career both as a dancer (including a stint as a Clippers Girl for the Los Angeles Clippers),and as a choreographer for NBC’s Days of Our Lives and several USO tours.
She said her business’s success is mostly the result of her own hard work ― she puts in six days a week and runs it without the help of secretaries or assistants.
For women wanting to start their own business outside the shadow of a famous family man connection, she said simply to do what you love – the success will follow.
“I teach because it’s what I love to do,” she said.
“I don’t have to work, that’s true. But it’s part of who I am. I have to feel good about me.”