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MEET OUR STAFF
2017-2018

ROSEMARY BAKER - DIRECTOR

"Miss Rose" is the proud owner of Dance Gallery and was the previous assistant director of Mary Linick Dance Studio. Dance Gallery is now entering into its 20th year. "Miss Rose" has studied and taught all forms of dance. She is a member of DANCE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA, and formerly a member of DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA and FLORIDA DANCE MASTERS. Many of her students have competed in national talent competitions and have earned top awards as well as gone on to have danced professionally in Broadway's West Side Story, Spamalot, Women on a Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Radio City's Christmas Spectacular, danced with Beyonce,and are in professional dance companies. Her student, Jimmy Arquello, was in the top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance Season 3. She has been teaching since the age of 18 and has taught several master classes in the elementary and middle schools. She is also a member of DADE PARTNERS. Her enthusiasm and encouragement motivates her students to reach their full artistic potential.

KRISTY BAKER – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

"Miss Kristy" is “Miss Roses'" daughter who has been dancing since the age of three. She has trained at Mary Linick Dance Studio, now Dance Gallery and has also studied with Henry LeTang, Debbi Dee, Judy Bassing, Katherine Krammer, Jared Grimes, Mike Schulster, Peter Schabel, Brice Mousset, Chio, Eric Jenkins, Miss Vee, Raye Young and Scott Benson. She is trained in all forms of dance. She has danced in a music video for Miss Dee Records, Super Bowl Half Time Show, Dan Marino's Retirement Halftime Show, and has also demonstrated for several instructional dance videos. She graduated from Florida International University and received a Bachelors degree in Dance Education. “Miss Kristy” was a judge for the Fitness Universe Pageant that was televised by ESPN. She currently judges for National Dance Competitions and teaches master classes at conventions. She went to New York City for an internship at Broadway Dance Center. In NY, "Miss Kristy" appeared in the off Broadway show, “Break The Floor”. She also travels with Miss Judy Bassing, to assist her in demonstrating techniques at seminars for dance teachers. During the summer months, "Miss Kristy" enjoys traveling to back New York to take classes at Broadway Dance Center.

ALEXANDRA BRANDENBURG

MS. Alex is already making her mark in the jazz community and has a keen attention to lyrical expression, and playful improvisational style to captivate audiences large and small. She brings a refreshing modern twist to jazz standards, and in turn sings pop and musical theater with a jazz-influenced sheen. She studied with Matt Harris, Tom Connell and Tierney Sutton. She performed in various groups directed by educators such as Christine Guter and John Daversa. Alex has shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Ira Nepus, Dena DeRose, Karl Hunter, Mike Fortunato, Willie Murillo, and Becky Martin. Recently, she appeared in the Stanford Jazz Festival's "Celebrating the Ella Fitzgerald Songbook" concert, where she sang alongside Kenny Washington, Bobbe Norris, and an all-star quartet led by pianist Larry Dunlap. Alex attends the University of Miami's Frost School of Music on full scholarship, studying in the jazz vocal program. Please welcome Ms. Alex to our studio.

AMANDA BRITT

MS. Amanda began studying dance at age of three at Price Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. She was on the competition team by age 6 and danced at the competitive level for 20 plus years. Amanda continued her training at Kansas Dance Academy with advanced training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Jazz. She began her teaching career out of high school and performed as a member of the Dance Theatre at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fl. She has worked at the National Dance Team Competitions and College National Dance Team Competitions and was also a guest judge at the Florida Regionals. Amanda is an alumnus of FIU Golden Dazzler Dance team and is a graduate of FIU School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. We welcome Ms. Amanda to our studio.

ISMELLY ECHAVARRIA

Ms. Ismelly was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has an intensive dance career with over 20 years experience, teaching ballet techniques and choreography. She was dancing as Soloist in her country and also at Ballet Concerto Company of Miami, and the Cuban Classical Ballet Company Of Miami. Her repertory ranges from romántic classical ballet to contemporary and lyrical. Throughout her dancing career, she has intérpreted: "Muñecos"from Alberto Méndez, "Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", " Black Swan PDD "," Don Quixote"," Giselle"," Paquita PDD"," Carmen ballet" "Blue Bird PDD", " Por la Danza"," P D'Trois Swan Lake Ballet ","Mozart No 21 / 2nd Movement" "Tango", "Elements" and " A Tríos ". She has participated in the ballet Gala, Festivals and Competition in Puerto Rico, Cuba, México, Pettion Village (Haití), Perú and USA. We welcome her experience to our studio.

BERNICE GUINALDO

Ms. Bernice moved to the US with her family and began her dance training at age 5. Her forte is Ballet, but has trained in other dance techniques such as Modern, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Jazz, Flamenco, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Ballroom. Her training began at Balletique Dance Studio. She has performed in roles as Clara, in the Nutcracker, and the Snow Queen. Ms. Bernice was part of the South Miami Magnet program. She auditioned and was accepted on a scholarship to the Joffrey School of Dance for their summer program. She has been accepted at the New World School of Arts. Ms. Bernice has trained at Irmah's School of dance and the Fred Astair Dance studio. She participated in the prestigious ballet competition at the Youth America Grand Prix. Ms. bernice continues her ballet training with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. We are excited to have Ms. Bernice at our studio.

CHRIS NEGRET

Mr. Chris has proven it is never too late to be passionate about something, which in this case is dance. He placed first in his category, as well as winning judges choice awards and placing high at various competitions. He is attending New World of the Arts to perfect hislove of Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz and Fusion (hip hop mixed with contemporary) dance styles. He wants to pass on to his students the incredible training he has received from many known professionals. Please welcome Mr. Chris to our studio.

SONIA PRIDEAUX

We are very happy to welcome back "Miss Sonia" to our ballet program. She studied both performing and teaching of dance at the London College of Dance in England where she graduated as a teacher of dance in ballet, modern, national folk and elementary tap. She then performed on board "Costa" and "Carnival" cruise ships and later moved to Florida. "Miss Sonia" has taught creative dance at schools both in London and in the United States for many years. Miss Sonia has been with Dance Gallery over 17 years. She is looking forward to working with our students once again.

LEE PUGH

Mr. Lee is a native of Miami and has been in the arts for many years. He began teaching at age 16 with his specialty dancing styles in Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theater. He has choreographed lots of musicals for The Opera/Musical Theater workshop at Miami Dade College - Wolfson campus. Some of the shows are Cabaret, In The Heights, Guys and Dolls. Mr. Lee is also an accomplished musician and studied under the direction of Jon Secada. Mr. Lee is the director of his own dance company, "Body Image Dance", which has performed in various shows. Years ago, Mr. Lee was a teacher at our studio, and we welcome him back.

RUSS SPIEGEL

Dr. Russ Spiegel is a commissioned composer and arranger as well as a guitarist, bandleader, writer, producer, and actor. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Michigan, majoring in Philosophy, studied Composition, Arranging and Guitar Performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Afterwards, he spent more than a decade living and performing in Europe before returning to the US. In New York City, he worked as a musician, composer, and bandleader. Russ earned his Masters degree in Jazz Performance at the City College of New York, and a doctorate in Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow. A Downbeat student award winner for audio engineering, he has released several CDs, scored music for film, run workshops and seminars, and has appeared in a number of feature films and television shows as both a musician and actor. We welcome Dr. Spiegel to our studio. His website is www.russguitar.com

 

 

BOUTIQUE AND OFFICE STAFF


Customer Service Representative:  Mary Kelly
Secretaries:  Kennie Silva, Vicky Bitar

GUEST TEACHERS

 

EDWIN HOLLAND

Edwin is a well known dance instructor He is a member and master teacher of Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. His unique style and intense energy is extremely exciting and his classes are enjoyed by students of all ages. We are very lucky and look forward to working with Edwin again.

JUDY ANN BASSING

We are very lucky to continue to have "Miss Judy" as one of our Master guest teachers. She is a well-known international teacher and choreographer. "Miss Judy" is a world traveler and has choreographed and taught master classes in France, Spain, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Scotland, Slovenia and Germany as well as numerous major dance organizations in the United States. "Miss Judy" has been a Jazz and Tap guest artist for the Joffrey Ballet School, Tap, Jazz and Acrobatics artist for Jo Jo's Dance Factory and has been a faculty member for Hines and Hatchett Performing Arts Center in New York City to name a few. Many of "Miss Judy's" students are performing on Broadway and in the national tours of major musical productions. She has received "The San Diego Circle Critics Award" for "Best Musical Choreography for the Lawrence Welk Theatre's production of Sugar and is the recipient of six Los Angeles Drama Logue awards for Director/Choreographer. Welcome back "Miss Judy".

DEBBI DEE

"Miss Debbi" has earned the honor of being referred to as a "teacher's teacher." A Master tap technician and exciting stylist, her tap technique and choreography is known worldwide. She has appeared on teaching platforms for every major American dance organization and has extended her influence internationally as a guest teacher in Japan, France, South America and throughout Canada. "Miss Debbi" has performed professionally as a soloist on Broadway, Lincoln Center, Las Vegas, USO Shows, and nightclubs as well as performing on television, and has many movies to her credit. She has held the title of Choreographer, Dance Captain, and Assistant Choreographer to many off-Broadway productions as well as industrials, fashion shows, professional and community theaters. She has held faculty positions in New York at Broadway Dance Center and has worked with legend Henry LeTang. She is a special guest choreographer and master teacher for special projects at Walt Disney World and continues to give her own Tap Intensive Seminars in Florida. She has been a pioneer in the dance video market as her technical and educational videos are training aides for teachers and students throughout the world. As a [professional dancer, teacher, private coach or choreographer, she has worked on Broadway, Lincoln Center and in theatre, nightclubs, movies and TV with some of the biggest names in show business. Her professional reviews have often compared her to Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller, yet she has a magical style of her own. The "Debbi Dee tradition" continues as she challenges herself and others to be the best they can be. She is often copied, but never duplicated. "Miss Debbi" is truly born to tap. We welcome back "Miss Debbi" as a master tap guest teacher!

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We try to give our students as many opportunities as possible to dance with guest teachers and choreographers. We have been lucky to have such teachers as Flow 40, David Mann, Jason Samuel Smith, AJ Russo, and Curtis Holland and look forward to working with them in the future.