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MEET OUR STAFF
2018-2019

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.

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.

TRICIA FORBES

Ms. Tricia began her dance career at an early age. She has studied all forms of dance but her passion is Hip Hop. She has worked in various schools and at Miami Children’s Theater. Ms. Tricia is seeking a degree in Early Childhood Education for students with special needs. Welcome Ms. Tricia to our studio.

NICOLLE GARCIA

Miss Nicolle is the recipient of UM's Presidential Scholarship. She is a jazz vocal major studying at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music as an undergraduate student. Miss Nicolle studies under the direction of today's jazz greats including Dr. Kate Reid and Multi-Grammy Nominated Dr. John Daversa. Although her main instrument is her voice, she also plays piano and gives lessons to students of all ages. Growing up in Miami and being bilingual has widened her knowledge in music. Her areas of performance have ranged from chorales, classical, jazz, to even latin jazz. Miss Nicolle makes lessons unique for each of her students, depending on whether they want to work on beginner-level skills, theory, technique, or performing. Please welcome Miss Nicolle to our studio.

ANDREW LUJAN

Mr. Andrew is currently a 4th-year student at Florida International University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He is working towards his student teaching internship in the Spring of 2019, and plans to graduate in May of 2019. Mr. Andrew also sings with his award-winning barbershop quartet, The Simple Life, and actively sings with other barbershop groups based in South Florida. His aspirations include pursuing higher level education (Masters/Doctorate), winning the International Barbershop Quartet Contest, and becoming a successful music educator. Mr. Andrew was born and raised in Miami, FL. He is currently 22 years old, and works part-time at a local coffee location. He has been singing since the 4th grade, and since then has participated in musicals, festivals, school concerts, and competitions around the country. He is kind, enthusiastic, and very professional. Please welcome Mr. Andrew 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.

SCARLETT QUINTO

Miss Scarlett started dancing at the age of 4 and is educated in the styles of Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop,Tap, and Flamenco, as well as being trained in Modeling and Acting. She has been to multiple dance intensives such as American Dance Festival, Joffrey Ballet School in New York (Jazz Intensive) and Alvin Ailey in Miami. She trained at South Miami in the dance magnet and South Miami Middle Community School in the dance program. She graduated highschool at New World School Of The Arts and is now working her way towards a BFA in the college program with a full scholarship. Scarlett has worked with two members of the Batsheva Dance Company and performed their famous piece Echad Mi Yodea. She has also performed pieces by Robert Battle, Peter London, Yara Travieso, Rebbeca Cannan,and Mark Morris. We are very happy to introduce Miss Scarlett to our dance program. Please welcome her to the Studio.

 

 

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GUEST TEACHERS

 

KAMERON BINK

Kameron has an extensive background in the dance world. He has appeared on SYTYCD as a top ten finalist, Latin Grammy Tribute Awards, Premios Juventud, and other Univision programs, including music videos for “Me Equivoque” and "Lets Party”. He has toured with “Rock the Ballet” in Europe and in Australia and also with SYTYCD. On stage, he has danced for Larry Kegwien and Rasta Thomas. His teaching skills took him to Australia teaching in Sidney, Brisbane and Melbourne, and in Capetown, Africa. 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.

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.