Jamie Rodriguez — Owner & Artistic Director
As the Owner and Artistic Director of Dancer’s Edge Dance Studios, I am grateful to be living out my dream as a studio owner. I began my career in Flint, Michigan, performing as a soloist with the Flint Ballet Theater Children’s Company. After receiving a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University, I earned a scholarship to the Harkness House School of Ballet in NYC.
I am currently studying to become an examiner of the Cecchetti method of teaching classical ballet and am a licentiate member of the Cecchetti Council of America. Having been involved with the Cecchetti way of life as a dancer since the age of 5, as a teacher I have always incorporated this method into my ballet classes. It is my belief that the structure, technique and precise nature of this curriculum will take any young dancer in the direction that he/she wants to go.
To this end, my current Dancer’s Edge ballet curriculum reflects the grade levels and class structure outlined by Cecchetti himself, which expands upon the principles set forth by Carlo Blasis. I look forward to training my future charges in this exciting path to classical ballet training.
Rachel Brown — Flamenco Dance Instructor
Miss Rachel is our Flamenco teacher and teaches ballet as well. She studied ballet as a student at the School of Performing Arts in Fern Park, Florida. She went on to Albaquerque, New Mexico to earn her degree in Flamenco Dancing. After dancing and touring in Spain, she returned to Florida to teach for Dancer’s Edge, along with her accompanist, El Papi, Flamenco guitarist.
Megan Kuczajda — Ballet & Pre-Ballet Instructor
Miss Megan is our Ballet and Pre-Ballet dance instructor. She began dancing at Dancer’s Edge when she was three years old, and has grown up dancing at the studio. She is trained and certified in levels I-V of the Cecchetti Method of classical ballet. Miss Megan is also a UCF student studying Biomedical Sciences and Dance, and hopes to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy. Throughout her time at UCF, she has been actively involved in the dance program, performing as a soloist in UCF Celebrates the Arts’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at the Dr. Phillips Center and choreographing in a number of UCF productions. Miss Megan looks forward to sharing her passion for dance and performance with her students at Dancer’s Edge.
Lanie Hoxie — Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, & Lyrical Instructor
Kisha Barber — Hip Hop Dance Instructor
Kisha Barber was born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She discovered her love for dance at an early age and has been dancing for over 20 years. She began performing with organized groups at school and church during her elementary years and continued to sharpen those skills during her middle and high school years. She assisted in the creation of and served in leadership positions for her collegiate hip-hop team, “Epitome” as well as the Frostburg State University Dance Company. Kisha is a naturally gifted dancer and choreographer and in her spare time enjoys reading, cooking and songwriting. Her passions are performing and teaching others who desire to express themselves through movement.
Casey Laughman — Production Choreographer
Matt Barry — Production Choreographer