About Us



F.A.T.E. Center for the Arts is Frederick County, Maryland's

premier school for the arts. We cater to students ages 2 to Adult,

and we welcome every child wishing to add an artistic element to

their life.  Our program has a wide variety of opportunity ranging

from recreational level classes to a pre-professional training

program. Learn more about our programs and schedules by

clicking the link below.


The name F.A.T.E. is actually an acronym for "Future Artists of Tomorrow, Empowered!" That is precisely what the F.A.T.E. faculty strives to instill in our students. Empowerment. We want every child to walk out of our doors each day feeling stronger then they were and more confident than ever! The way we achieve this is by ensuring our students have access to the best of the best. They will not only be trained by a phenomenal resident faculty, but in addition will have access to top professionals in the industry through in house master classes and organized excursions to New York City. If you choose F.A.T.E. for your child, you choose to EMPOWER them. 





Zac Norton
Artistic Director

Zac is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, before a 10 year career touring both nationally and internationally. Performance credits include Broadway's "Chicago" the Musical and Broadway's "MAMMA MIA!" onboard the worlds largest vessels. He toured nationally with "CATS" the Musical, and internationally with "The Bad Boys of Ballet."  In addition, he has performed in productions at regional theatres throughout the United States. Such as, Signature Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, and the Arvada Center. 



Rikki Huff
Hip Hop Teacher

A DMV native began his dance journey at the age of 6, training in various styles, but over the years predominantly focusing on Hip Hop and the education of its culture. With an Associates Degree in Dance Performance, he was Assistant Choreographer for Don Diablo’s “Save A Little Love”. Eventually, Ricki headed to CA where he has assisted at Millennium Dance Complex, EDGE Performing Arts Center, PULSE, and more. His dance & choreography credits include Don Diablo, DIM MAK, Chris Lake, Capitol Movement, Choreographers Ball, Armed Forces Entertainment, and video credits: Speaker of The House, Lunatics, and all photography & videography for Gabby J David socials.  


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Dylan Duke
Ballet Master

Dylan is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and is thrilled to be back in the DMV  teaching what he loves. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, Dylan began his ballet career as an apprentice with Ballet Austin. He then went on to dance with Ballet Pensacola and Ballet San Antonio.

While in San Antonio, Dylan performed many lead roles in such ballets as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, The Fire Bird, as well as works by Dominic Walsh and George Balanchine. Dylan is very excited to give his knowledge of performing to the students of The  F.A.T.E. Center as the Ballet Master. 




Gabby David
Contemporary, Shuffling & Heels Teacher

She began dancing at the age of three, 
becoming classically trained in ballet, 
jazz, contemporary, and jazz. 
She has had video collaborations
with several artists, including
DJ Chris Lake. She has also
worked with Autoerotique and
Steve Aoki's label Dimmak.


Madison Knapp
Tap Teacher

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