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.
Mr. Willy is our Hip-Hop teacher, as well as director and choreographer of our Performance Company’s shows. He is the Artistic Director of Casting Shadow Productions, who have performed at the Orlando Fringe Festival and have done other numerous productions around town.
Mr. Willy has been dancing and choreographing for entertainment entities such as Universal Studios and Sea World for many years. In addition, he has danced and choreographed for artists such as Janine Fatone, Chataqua and a plethora of establishments throughout Central Florida.
Mr. Steven is our Tap teacher and teaches some ballet as well. He began studying dance at Dancer’s Edge with Miss Jamie and Mr. Willy. From the classical and hoofing methods learned in tap, Mr. Steven has created his own unique style as he teaches for Dancer’s Edge. Mr. Steven is a company member of DRIP, a modern dance company, and performs as a freelance artist through the Central Florida area.
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.