Morriss Partee is a musician and audio engineer specializing in creating soundtracks for choreographers.
Morriss got into remixing and editing music for dance teachers after meeting his girlfriend, Lesley Lambert, a dance teacher and choreographer for a renowned competitive dance studio based in Westfield, Massachusetts, and Granby, Connecticut. In addition to needing music for scores of group routines and solos every year, Lesley also has two daughters who both dance. Since Lesley teaches at a top-caliber studio, Morriss assumed that all of her music was edited at a professional recording studio. When he discovered that she had to edit all of her own music herself, he realized he could apply his decades of music and audio engineering experience to elevate the musical foundation for not only Lesley’s students, but also dancers everywhere.
After much success delivering music for Lesley and her students, he decided to pursue this endeavor under the name Squirrel Trench Audio. In addition to creating custom edits and remixes for competitive and recreational studio owners, dance teachers, and gymnasts, both nationally and worldwide, he has developed a library of ready-to-go edits and remixes available via a new service called Legitmix. These songs are available for immediate download and are located at legitmix.com/discovery/remixer/34037.
One of the most common music edit requests Morriss receives is to clean songs of objectionable lyric content. In keeping with YPAD’s mission, nearly every song in his Legitmix catalog has been cleaned of all objectionable lyrics.
Morriss’ passion for delivering exceptional music for dance teachers stems from the amazing dedication to the craft of dance by Lesley and her two daughters.
When I learned of YPAD, I immediately recognized the value of its goals. As a parent, I understand the need to protect our kids’ childhood. Kids are always in a rush to grow up — but why? You only get to be a kid once. Childhood is a precious gift, and it is the responsibility of everyone who touches the lives of kids to protect that gift. And while most educators are mentors and role models to the children they teach, few do so as intimately as dance teachers. It is my honor to help spread Y.P.A.D.’s message; a small way of giving back to the dance community.