Meet The Director

Laurel Allen

 

Owner/Director and Ballet Instructor

Laurel has devoted her life to ballet and the arts. From the eight year-old little dreamer at Rochester School of Dance in Michigan, and on to summer programs with The Royal Ballet in London, New York City Ballet and Cleveland San Jose Ballet, she enrolled full time at the School of American Ballet in New York at 16 years of age. By age 17, she was hired into the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, and was performing principal and soloist roles less than a year into her career. Her list of roles and performances is long, and includes well-known ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Apollo, Carmina Burana, Serenade, and many more. After retiring to have a family of her own little dancers, she has been teaching ballet for over 20 years.  She is dedicated to helping others achieve their dreams. She is a passionate, hands-on teacher who inspires greatness in others and leaves them excited to learn more.

Meet The Staff

Biz Young

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Vocal and Acting Coach 


 

Biz is currently a Performer for the Walt Disney World Company. She has a degree in Opera and Theatre from Oklahoma City University. She was one of fifteen seniors selected to perform at the Pearl Theater in New York City. She has been a part of the theatre and singing community since she was seven; ranging from Stage Combat, to Improv, and Directing. She was part of the coaching staff for Elite Gymnastics and Aquatics as well as a gymnast for the competitive team. She recently came off a contract with Carnival Cruise Lines Entertainment. 

Kerrin Allen

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Acro and Conditioning Instructor


Kerrin has trained as a competitive gymnast for over 10 years and is a athletic supergirl. She is a favorite among all of our students as she is patient and encouraging to all of them when learning difficult skills, physically and mentally. Kerrin is rejoining us as part of our team after joining the US Marine Corps. She will teach our outreach students at El Bethel Christian Academy in addition to our Friday acro classes. We are so happy to have her back. 




Katherine Ruble

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Musical Theater/Jazz Instructor


 Katherine is currently a performer with the Walt Disney World company and has previously been a performer at the Universal Resort in their SuperStar Parade. Her professional Career began as a performer in Williamsburg, Va at Busch Gardens in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Katherine started dancing at 3 years old in Staunton, Va. at the Ballet Box/Valley Dance Theatre. While there she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Gymnastics. Irish Dance with the Good Foot Dance Company. She moved to Williamsburg, Va and found a new passion for Musical Theatre dance in addition to Vocal Training and Competition team performances with Broadway Dance Arts. At Broadway Dance Arts she was given many opportunities to perform voice and dance solos for the community and competition. Katherine also had the chance to Choreograph “Seussical” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” for Williamsburg Christian Academy.

 

Matt Barry

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Contemporary/Urban Dance Instructor


Matt is a dancer, choreographer and juggler from Orlando, Florida, who promotes positivity through motion. He has been dancing for nine years and is a graduate of Dr. Phillips Dance in Motion Company & Dance Magnet, where he had the opportunity to perform as a company member both regionally and nationally. In addition to training under magnet director Kathy Follensbee, Matt has also received training at Motiv Dance and has participated in many regional and national workshops and residencies focused on different styles.

Mason Allen

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Student Teacher


Mason has been dancing for eleven years in multiple disciplines. He also holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, where he began instructing others at ten years old, so he is no stranger to discipline, mastering techniques, and following through. His style is one of patience and focus with gentle corrections, and sincere praise for progress. Mason is always loved by those who he teaches, and is truly one of the nicest student teachers you will ever meet!

Nadia Allen

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 Student Teacher 


Nadia has been dancing for ten years, and is already a blossoming choreographer. Nadia loves all forms of dance, and exhibits a fun and enthusiastic style that children love. She is a patient and supportive teacher who wins the hearts of her students from the first moments she meets them. Her talents with not only dance, but music and choreography bring a level of creativity to her classes that is rarely seen in the dance world.

Brett DeBeaulieu

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Acro Instructor


Brett is our Acro instructor for all levels, His professional background has years of experience in Dance, Ballet, Circus, Aerial, Partnering and Acro Gymnastics. He has worked and performed all over the world. In 2018 he danced in "LUNA" the patrons pick show winner of the Orlando Fringe of the Pink venue, and "Hombre" in 2019.

Danielle Blasingame

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Tap and Hip-Hop Instructor


 Danielle’s dance training began at the age of 3 when her mother, Shawn Blasingame, opened Broadway Dance Arts. She became a member of the competition team as a “Mini” team dancer, continuing competition in all styles of dance for the next 15 years. Her participation in many dance conventions over the years and exposure to Nationally renowned instructors has enhanced the excellent training that she received in her home studio. Her favorites have included Access Broadway, (Bobby Clark, Tom Long, Rachelle Rak, Ron DeVito), Hollywood Vibe, (Christopher Smith, Chaly) and Dancemakers, Inc. (Frank Hatchette, Tommy Alexander). Danielle is currently a professional animal trainer and performer in the show "Pet's Ahoy" at Sea World Orlando. Her other performance credits include, “Pet Shennanigans” at Busch Gardens. Her other performance credits include, “Those Fabulous 50’s” on the Carnival cruise ship “Imagination”, “Return To The 60’s” at Hershey Park and “Bitten” at Busch Gardens. During 2015 in her first year instructing our competition dancers, Danielle’s tap trio won Platinum & First Place Overall for “The Clapping Song” at the Nexstar Competition and her Hip Hop, “Got Money” an overall “Most Entertaining” award.  

Aretuza Garner

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Aretuza's Ballerina Project - Guest Instructor


Ms. Garner is the founder of Aretuza's Ballerina Project, a local performance company for young dancers and adults. She coaches them in Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, and Modern pieces to present at local events, shows, galleries, competitions and more. She focuses on teaching and offers private coaching. Most importantly, Aretuza teaches children love for the art of dance.