ABOUT THE FACULTY

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.

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BALLET

  • 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.

  • 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, ( Pre- Ballet, 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.

  • Fhilipe Teixeira - (Adult Ballet) Trained at Cristina Helena School in Brazil, he was Principal Dancer at Sesiminas Dance Company.  Silver Medal at Joinville Ballet Competition. He is an honored judge and guest artist in Brazil and a frequent guest artist throughout the south.  Classical pas de deux include Nutcraker, Diana and Acteon, Romeo Juliet and Flames of Paris.  With DANB he has been featured in Nutcracker, Phantom, rivers of Belief, Heat, Carmina Burana and Spring Water.

  • Sarah Beth Thompson - ( Pre-Ballet) Ms. Thompson trained at Pofahl Studios and with her mother, Lara Thompson. She was a  member of the corps of DANB and toured with the Company in Lady Bug: Action Hero, Robin Hood and Nutcracker.  Ms. Thompson is an experienced teacher and will teach  Pre-Ballet and Teen Ballet.  Ms. Thompson recently graduated from UF and will be attending seminary school.

  • 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.  

 

                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

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      CONTEMPORARY 

  • 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. 

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JAZZ

 

 

  • Judy Skinner - See directors.

 

                                                    

  • Rachel Ridley - As above                  

ACROBATIC DANCE

  • Nathan Fernandes  Intermediate/advanced.    See Below.

  • Mariana Mancuso    Beginning.    See below.

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TAP

  • Judy Skinner - See directors

  • Rachel Ridley - See above.

HIP-HOP

  • ​Nathan Fernandes (Int/Adv Hip-Hop) Soloist with DANB.  Studied at Studio Arte Danca in Brazil where he participated in numerous competitions and taught hip-hop and jazz.

  • 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.