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The faculty has been carefully selected for their professional knowledge of a particular dance discipline as well as the ability to teach a particular age or ability level.  The studio only employs instructors with professional experience and/or dance degrees. 


THE PRIMARY CONCERN of the faculty is the development of each student's skill and appreciation for the art of dance, respect for their teachers and fellow students, and the development of their own personal self-esteem.



  • Kim Tuttle - (Intermediate through Advanced Ballet)  See "Directors" 


  • Carla Amancio -  (Adult Ballet) Born in Brazil, Ms. Amâncio trained at the Grupo Corpo Ballet School until joining Ballet Cristina Helena where she was featured soloist.  Ms. Amâncio was then invited to join Sesiminas Dance Company where she performed as First Soloist until beginning a freelance career as guest artist.  She stands out in roles in “Esmeralda”, “The Corsaire”, “La Bayadere”, “Coppelia”, “Don Quixote”, and “Diana and Acteon” which she performed in Havana, Cuba at the Closing Gala in 1997. Ms. Amâncio was awarded 1st Place at the III Junior Capezio Festival, Brazil; 1st and 2nd places at the CBDD Unidanca Competition, Brazil; and Finalist at the Concours Internacional de Danse de Paris, France. Ms. Amancio joined Dance Alive National Ballet in 2008, and quickly rose to the position of Principal Dancer with her beauty, brilliant technique and charismatic stage presence. She is on the faculty of Pofahl Studios, Official School of Dance Alive.

  • Paloma Berjano (Pre-Ballet) Paloma, a native of Spain, comes to Dance Alive National Ballet after 5 years dancing as a member of the prestigious Philadelphia Ballet. A lyrical and musical dancer, she excels in both classical and contemporary works. Before joining the Philadelphia Ballet Paloma was a member of the Larreal Professional Dance Conservatory of Mariemma, Madrid, Spain, dancing principal roles from ballets such as Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Nutcracker and many more. She has been finalist in several dance competitions, including Youth American Grand Prix in both the USA and Spain, World Dance Fair, Dance World Cup Final and Confederation National de Danse Concours National Lyon (France). In addition to dance, Paloma is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and was on the marketing team of the Philadelphia Ballet.


  • Rosemary Deiorio (Beginning  & Intermediate Ballet)  Prinipal dancer DANB. Ms. Deiorio began her training with Pofahl Studios in Gainesville, FL. at age 12. During a summer program at the prestigious Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL. She was awarded the Director’s Outstanding Student Award and a full scholarship to stay for their year-round program. This is the only time this award has been given. At Harid she received three years of rigorous training - specialized ballet training as well as the diverse styles such as Spanish/Flamenco, Character, Modern and Jazz. She enjoyed dancing roles such as Waltz soloist and Mirlitons in The Nutcracker, Raymonda in Raymonda, Giselle friends, and corps works in Le corsair, as well as in modern pieces by choreographers Mark Godden and Lauren Carey. While at Harid, Ms. Deiorio received the Dance Study and Music Study awards, as well as numerous scholarships for summer programs nationwide.


  • Beatrix Povoas, (Beginning through Intermediate Ballet:)  Principal DANB. Povoas joined DANB in 2016. She participated in numerous ballet competitions (Argentina, Berlin, Brazil) and worked professionally since 2015 at Ballet Marcia Sampio/Cabo Frio-Rio, Cia Jovem de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro da Dalal Achcar and Sesiminas Dance Company since 2013.  She conducts a dance program in Brazil when not performing with DANB


  • Rachel Ridley, ( Ballet, Contemporary, Tap/Jazz and Hip-Hop:  Principal DANB.   Trained at Pofahl Studios, the Official School of DANB, Ms. Ridley performed in DANB’S production of The Nutcracker since she was a child, and has toured with DANB from the age of 12.  She co-directs The Next Generation and is that complete dancer – able to perform and teach almost any dance form.  Ms. Ridley graduated from USF and has her degree in speech therapy.

  • Andre Valladon -   (Partnering/ Advanced Ballet/ Boys Class)  Mr. Valladon, Principal Dancer and Assistant Artistic Director for Dance Alive National Ballet,  studied at Studio de Danças  Cristina Helena in Brazil before joining Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Company.  One year later he became Principal Dancer at Minas Gerais Dance Company.  In 1995 he represented Brazil at the International Dance Competition is Osaka, Japan where he received the Lift Prize and a contract with Jeune Ballet de France.  Mr. Valladon was then invited to join first the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Ballet and then Sesiminas Dance Company as Principal Dancer.  Mr. Valladon has been awarded several Gold Medals, Revelation Prize, Character Dance Revelation Price and Grand Prix at the Joinville International Dance Festival, Brazil; Gold Medal Classic and Contemporary at the Brazilian Dance Council Competition, Brazil; Lift Prize at the International Dance Competition in Japan; Finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and Concours de Danse de Paris, France.  Mr. Valladon has danced the lead roles in all of the great classic ballets and is a descriptive and expressive contemporary dancer. He is technically brilliant, artistically profound, and loved by all audiences.  His favorite role is the challenging role of  Robin Hood in Kim Tuttle’s full length ballet of  the same name.

  • Roberto Vega (Adult and Advanced Ballet) Prior to joining DANB, Mr. Vega was first soloist with the Cuban National Ballet. Mr. Vega has performed as soloist and first soloist with ballet companies all over the world, among them companies in the Dominican Republic, Canada, Nicaragua, Spain, Italy, Mexico, England, France, Australia, Puerto Rico, and the United States. He has danced leading roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Theme and Variations, Napoli, La Fille Mal Gardee, Time Out of Mind, and Flames of Paris among others. Featured and principal roles at DANB include the Firebird in Gerard Ebitz’s Firebird, all principal roles in The Nutcracker, A Haunted Swan Lake, Corroboree, The Ring, Lady Bug: Action Hero, ‘Puck’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, L’Amour, and Don Quixote. Mr. Vega is a virtuosic and versatile dancer and has a beautiful daughter, Valeria.








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  • Tales Ribeiro (Intermediate & Advanced)  Born  in Brazil, Tales Ribeiro trained at Studio Arte Dança (Divinópolis - Brazil).  He participated in numerous ballet competitions, national and international, such as: "Passo de Arte Internacional", "Festival Internacional de Dança de Goiás", "Passo de Arte Grand Prix" and "Festival de Dança de Joinville".  He received numerous prizes in First, Second and Third places, in particular: Festival de Dança de Joinville and Passo de Arte Grand Prix.   He also won special Awards, such as "Best Dancer" in 5 different competitions between 2017 and 2019.

  • Rachel Ridley, As above. 





  • Judy Skinner - See directors.



  • Rachel Ridley - As above                  


  • Nathan Fernandes  Intermediate/advanced.    See Below.

  • Mariana Mancuso    Beginning.    See below.



  • Judy Skinner - See directors

  • Rachel Ridley - See above.


  • ​Tucker Gokey  (Int/Adv Hip-Hop) Guest Artist DANB.  Former member Streetz Dance Convention & Competition Company Member. 

  • Marianna Mancuso, Beginning Hip-Hop:  Ms. Mancuso, a student at Santa Fe College, trained at Pofahl Studios.  She is a member of the Corps de Ballet of DANB.  Ms. Mancuso has toured with DANB since the age of 12 and assisted and demonstrated for studio classes for the last 3 years.  A well trained dancer, Ms. Mancuso is another one of those dancers who is able to perform and teach almost any dance form.

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