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Nicole Thate: Owner/Director/Choreographer

Nicole Thate started dance when she was 3 years old. She began her training and love of dance at Jon Mullen’s Performing Arts Center in West Palm Beach, FL and then later Wellington, FL. As part of the Jampac dance company, Mrs. Thate trained there for 15 years. She competed annually at competitions both regionally and nationally winning judges awards and regional titles. Mrs. Thate has performed in The Orange Bowl half-time show with Ciara, Miami Heat basketball games, The Breakers, cruise ships, Disney World, So You Think You Can Dance and many more.

Nicole continued her dance training in college at Palm Beach Atlantic University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Dance. She was a member of the Dance Ensemble and performed in Fall and Spring concerts at the Kravis Center as well as at ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association), now known as The American College Dance Association. Mrs. Thate has several classical ballets in her repertoire including Le Corsaire, Stars and Stripes, Le Sylphide, Don Quixote, Carmen, and the solo The Dying Swan from Carnival of the Animals. She then continued her dance training at the Hubbard Street Dance Center in
Chicago while in graduate school.

Mrs. Thate’s teaching career began in 2005 and she has loved teaching the art of dance to students ever since. She has experience teaching ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and acrobatics. She has choreographed several production, solos, and group competition pieces. Her passion is to train dancers and provide an environment for them to grow and thrive in. She is certified as a Progressing Ballet Technique trainer as well as certified as an Acrobatic Arts instructor in both Module 1 and Module 2 as well as being a member of National Dance Education Organization as well as Dance Educators of America.

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Megan Dunn, Ballet Teacher

Megan Dunn was born and raised in Palm Beach County. She has trained with numerous studios in the area including Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida and Susan Lyle Studios. She has also studied at The Boston Conservatory and Orlando Ballet as a full scholarship student. After dancing with the Joffrey Ballet Concert group in New York City, Megan returned to her hometown and danced professionally with Ballet Palm Beach. Megan has traveled on trips with Ballet Ambassadors to Cuba, Budapest, Russia, Croatia and Bosnia. She is active in the community and is currently a member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.

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Ben Slayen, Ballet Teacher

Ben Slayen began his dance training at Oregon Ballet Theater, and the Portland Ballet, in Portland, Oregon. He continued his dance training at The School of American Ballet in New York City and Miami City Ballet School. Ben then went on to dance professionally with the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, Alberta Ballet, and Ballet Memphis. He has performed many works all over the world from classical ballet to contemporary performances working with choreographers such as Trey Mcintyre, Vincente Nebrada, Matthew Neenan and Christopher Wheeldon. As well as performing works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Alonso King.

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Alyssa Thompson, Ballet and Modern Teacher

Alyssa Thompson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. During college, she performed works by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Peter London on stages throughout Miami and the Joyce NYC. Upon graduation, she began her career with Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah where she performed works by prominent classical and contemporary choreographers including Isadora Duncan, Michio Ito, Jose Limon, Bill Evans and Zvi Gotheiner. While touring with RDT, she expanded her teaching experience to students across the nation in studios, schools, and universities. Alyssa returned to Florida to dance with Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theater and pursue a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University. Currently, Alyssa continues to perform with Ballet Florida, Agatha Wright, and Rakr Dance.

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  Jason Masloski, Modern Teacher

Jason was born in Connecticut, where he started dancing at the age of 5. Music and dance have always been his passion. Jason studied Jazz for 5 years until he moved to Florida. Upon coming to Florida, Jason attended Dreyfoos School Of The Arts. While there, he majored in Modern dance. He was classically trained in Horton, Limon, Graham and Afro-Caribbean techniques. He choreographed several dance pieces and productions before graduating.

After graduating, Jason joined the Hip Hop Dance Company – Pop Starz. While there, he danced with Cris Judd & Darrin Henson.

Jason’s teaching career begin in 2003. He has been teaching throughout the community ever since. He has taught Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hip Hop and Lyrical. His true passion is choreography. He loves creating a piece and seeing where it goes.

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Isabelle Bienvenu, Ballet Teacher

Ms. Bienvenu is originally from Belgium. She expressed her passion for dance very early and started her apprenticeship at the young age of only seven. Her talents were soon recognized when she became a member of the Children Dance Theater Company under the direction of internationally known Angele Albrecht.

Ms. Bienvenu next started performing throughout Europe and returned to Brussels where she taught children’s ballet classes. A few years later she became a principal dancer with Arcoballo; a Modern Dance Company. She later joined various dance festivals in Europe.

Upon moving to Florida, she was selected to join The Millennium Dance Syndicate, then decided to further advance her career by obtaining her TAG Teach Certification, taking master classes and attending numerous workshops. Months later, she performed her own choreography as a guest artist at the University Center for the Performing Arts during the 1999-2000 season. Later she started coaching gymnastic teams while also teaching ballet at various South Florida Schools including The Grand Ballet Academy, where she was invited to teach at a Summer Intensive workshop with David Fonnegra as a guest teacher. She also has assisted at Starbound and Ultimate Dance Challenge USA as a judge during their dance competitions.

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Nia Ramirez, Ballet and Lyrical Teacher

Nia  began dancing at the age of 2 in South Florida. After competing for several years she moved to Cali, Colombia to begin her professional ballet training at Incolballet under the direction of Gloria Castro. At this time she would also train in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop and Tango. After attending Earl Mosley’s summer intensive in 2011 she discovered a great passion for teaching.  Later she became the Artistic Director of a children’s Jazz and Lyrical company with Be! Danza in Cali, Colombia. She is constantly traveling and taking classes to expand her dance knowledge, to places such as New York City, Cuba and Los Angeles. Her goal is to give students a new language through which they can express themselves freely and confidently.  Nia is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. During the summer she will be completing her Progressing Ballet Technique training as well as becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. Nia also has a bachelors degree in Film, and currently works as a professional photographer when she’s not teaching.

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Larry Albright, Hip Hop Teacher

Mr. Larry graduated with a bachelor’s concentrated in Hip-Hop Culture from Rutgers University in 2003 and has been teaching, dancing, training and performing his style of hip-hop for more than 15 years.  He has had the pleasure of choreographing for artists such as Sean Kingston “Fire Burning,” JRand “Spirit of the Radio,” Black Dada “Imma Zoe” and Kat Lane of Hits 97.3 (FL). He has also been featured as an opening act for such artists as B.O.B., T-Pain, Cobra Starship, Rae Sremmurd, Kirko Bangz, Sean Paul, The Spinners and the Village People. Larry has also been seen on MTV with Pitbull and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where he performed with JRand featuring Flo Rida. Though he loves to perform, his passion rests in teaching. His teaching experience is quite extensive, having taught all over the country and abroad. He teaches all levels from elementary to collegiate and professionals. Some of his former students have gone on to dance with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Rihanna.  He has conducted master classes for many conventions including Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Pick the Stars International (CAN), and UDX Hip Hop Convention. He has also taught at many colleges including Rutgers University, FIU, FSU and Florida School of the Arts. His latest projects include being one of the choreographers for the interactive and energetic stage performances “The SHOP” and “TWISTED,” presented by Loud Live Productions. Currently, Mr. Larry teaches dance for the school district of Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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Sherry Tautiva, Lyrical and Beginner Tap Teacher

Sherry Tautiva is a ballroom dancer, coach and choreographer. Sherry won a number of dance competitions, including the Eastern United States, the Middle United States, and the California Star Ball Championships, the titles of Ohio Star Ball Champion (of PBS television’s Championship Ballroom Series), as well as reached the finals of both the USBC (US Open Dancesport Championships) and La Classique du Quebec (Canadian Open Championships). Culminating her career with the title of North American Latin Dance Champion. Sherry also performed as lead dancer for Kenny Vance Videos shown on MTV.

Sherry has coached and choreographed for Olympic and World Figure Skaters.  Including the National Champions of France, Poland, Russia and the United States to name a few. Many of her dance students have gone on to perform on Broadway, TV and are now competing and teaching all over the world.

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Veoletta Range, Pilates Teacher

Veoletta Range Dyer is a trainer, instructor, and dance artist based in West Palm Beach, FL.  She earned a MFA in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography and Performance from Florida State University and holds a B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy with a Minor in Dance from Duke University. Her love of anatomy and dance led her to merge her interests by choosing an additional concentration in Dance Science at FSU where she taught Pilates, conducted dance science research, and helped condition and rehabilitate dancers. Veoletta has taught conditioning classes for Suzanne Farrell’s Workshop for Young Dancers and helped develop and teach the cross-training program for FSU’s Summer Intensive Dance Workshop.  Veoletta has taught master classes at the American College Dance Association’s Southeastern Conference, The Dancer’s Space, and local dance studios in Palm Beach. Veoletta loves helping dancers enhance their skills and balance their overall well-being and is delighted to bring her knowledge to Palm Beach County.