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Pete the Purple Bull is a program of QC United, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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Pete's Dance & Music Studio

Pete the Purple Bull believes in the power of the Arts to positively impact the World. Pete also knows that we as a community are fortunate to have so many talented young people who are excited to share their awesome, creative skills to make a positive difference in their schools and neighborhoods. This has led Pete and his Team to develop a new kind of studio where students learn to hone their skills while also focusing on building leadership skills and “giving back” to their community.

Pete’s studio features a variety of dance and music lessons as well as community performance opportunities for participating students. Pete the Purple Bull is often invited to visit area schools and to participate in community events where he promotes a Bully-Free environment. Music and dance are incorporated into Pete’s presentations as a way of engaging the audience in his important message.

Beginning May, 2021…

Dance Lessons and Workshops

Pete is excited to introduce Alyssa Gordan, a teacher, freelance artist and choreographer, and entrepreneur based in Rock Island, Illinois. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Whilst achieving her degree, Alyssa was awarded the Talented Student Tuition Award from Department of Dance (2013-2017). She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop. In addition, Alyssa has studied at the David Dorfman Dance Winter and Summer Intensives (2019), Quad-City Dance Network Annual Fall Workshop (2018), and the American College Dance [Conference] (2014). She has recently performed in Central Illinois Ballet’s Women in History and Contemporary Dance show, portraying Harriet Tubman (2021).

Alyssa will be offering Saturday classes at Pete’s Studio in May and July of 2021 for beginner and intermediate dancers. Classes are $12 each. Scholarship opportunities are available based on financial need. Call or text Kim about scholarships (563-349-1870). Check out dance options with Alyssa HERE!

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Alyssa Gordan

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Alyssa portraying Harriet Tubman (2021)

Singing Lessons

Music with Mandy: Featuring private voice and/or beginning piano lessons Monday and Tuesday evenings provided by Mandy Collins. Lessons are available for students of all ages. Mandy assists students in improving their singing voice while also building self-esteem and arranging performances with Pete the Purple Bull. Mandy is happy to assist students in preparing for any of the following:

  • Solo performances
  • Vocal Health
  • Music Education
  • Choir Opportunities
  • Pageant/Audition Prep
  • Talent Development

All individual voice lessons are scheduled 30 minutes for $20 each
Piano Lessons are 45 minutes for $30 each
(Scholarships are available based on need.)

CALL OR TEXT AMANDA TO SCHEDULE LESSONS (309) 558-4327

Mandy Collins has 20 years of music performance/teaching experience in which she has provided private singing/music lessons to hundreds of students and assisted them in preparing for annual recitals and a variety of other performances.

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Mandy Collins co-wrote and directed Pete's Grand Plan - the Musical (November 2019)