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MEET OUR STAFF
2019-2020

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.

KAMERON BINK

Kameron Bink was born and raised in South Florida and started his training at the Age of 6. He started working professionally at the age of 16 dancing in Miami with artists such as Paulina Rubio, Ivy Queen, Don Omar and Celia Cruz. In 2007 Kameron was a Top 10 Finalist on Fox's “So You Think You Can Dance”. Since then Kameron has had the Opportunity to teach all over the world in countries such as Australia, South Africa, Germany, Spain, Iceland, Italy, Singapore and Switzerland. In 2009 he had the opportunity to follow his true passion; performing and dancing in the company Bad Boys of Dance in Rasta's Thomas's “Rock The Ballet” and has been on 3 World Tours with the company. Kameron also had the opportunity to work under renowned Contemporary Choreographer Larry Keigwin and Premiered his Piece “Runaway” at the Joyce Theatre in New York City in the Spring of 2011. From 2011-2013 Kameron spent two years as a teacher and guest of The Icelandic Dance Company. He has appeaed at Latin Grammy Tribute Awards, Premios Juventud, and other Univision programs, including music videos for “Me Equivoque” and "Lets Party”. On stage, he has danced for Larry Kegwien and Rasta Thomas. He has also taught at the American Dance Project Convention. His training includes acrobatics, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop, giving him a well rounded background in dance. Kameron is currently living in South Florida, though still travels to cities all over the country, where he continues his education in Dance and hopes to continue to bring joy to audiences and inspire young dancers all over the world.

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.

KRYSTAL NORIEGA

Ms. Krystal first started dancing at the age of four at Heidi and Joe's Dance Center in Miami, Fl. It wasn't until she was introduced to the more competitive aspect of dance, at age fourteen, that she discovered her true passion for dance. She began dancing competitively and was trained in the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip-hop during which she won numerous awards. She continued pursuing her passion for dance in college by performing, competing and becoming co-captain of Florida State's Seminole Dance Force as well as, teaching at The Tallahassee Ballet School. Since moving back to Miami she has had the privilege to choreograph for Pinecrest Preparatory Middle-High School. Ms. Krystal is currently attending Florida International University where she is in her last year of studies as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student. She hopes to one day unite her passion for dance and her love for physical therapy to serve the performing artist community. She is excited to begin her 2nd year as a teacher at Dance Gallery!

TYANA PEREZ

Ms. Tyana, aka Ms. Ty, was born in Miami with familial heritage in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Spain. She is 18 years of age and is currently studying biological sciences at Florida International University. She has trained in almost all styles of dance and has won national titles in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and lyrical dance performances. She was very timid growing up; however, her mother made her join the middle school dance team at her school and ultimately found an immense passion for dance. She furthered her dance career as she trained at “The Vault” with artistic director Carmen Arvesu. She began teaching at the age of 15 at Center Stage Miami Dance Academy and later taught at Miami Dance and Music Academy. She has trained all levels from beginner to competition teams as well as ages 3-16. Ms. Tyana specializes in technique, contemporary, and jazz; however, she has a wide range of teaching styles such as ballet, modern, improvisation, and strength training. She is currently an FIU Dazzler in the Spirit Program. Her objective with every class she teaches is to give her students the freedom of expression while maintaining disciplinary skills in a fun environment. Watching her students blossom and grow into the true passionate artists they are, is her objective. Please welcome Ms. Ty 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.

GABRIELA RODRIGUEZ

Ms. Gabriela was born and raised in Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba. Her true passion, dance, began at the early age of 9 when she was accepted into the EVA (Escuela Vocacional de Artes Olga Alonso) specializing in Classical Ballet. Gabriela kept pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ballerina, and years later was accepted to the Cuban National School of Arts (ENA – Escuela Nacional de Artes) where she learned and developed professional dance skills. At the age of 16, Gabriela moved to the United States and was accepted into John A. Ferguson’s dance team, Fusion Dance Troupe where she became an officer her junior and senior year. While being a high school senior, Gabriela started her journey as a dance instructor at Magic Dance Studio. After high school she enrolled in the Miami Dade Honors Program as a biology and chemistry major pursuing a carrier in medicine. Gabriela is now attending the University of Miami as a Jack Kent Cooke scholar, a very prestigious scholarship provided to 50 students in the US to complete their higher education at no cost. Gabriela is currently working hard with the hopes of attending medical school and become the cardiothoracic surgeon pioneer she aspires to be. Please welcome her to the Studio.

 

 

BOUTIQUE AND OFFICE STAFF


Customer Service Representative:  Mary Kelly
Secretaries:  Kennie Silva

GUEST TEACHERS

 

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!

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.

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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.