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, and is a passionate, hands-on teacher who inspires greatness in others, and leaves them excited to learn more!
Ms. Laurel's experience on stage dates back to 1985 where she started just like your little "petite performer". Her advancements landed her on stage in front of thousands, sharing her talents with the world.
Her passion continues today in the form of hands-on, passionate teaching. Her goals for her performers are not only to improve their dancing, but to give them confidence, poise, and a drive to succeed.
Irish Dance and Musical Theater Instructor
Kyra is a Southern Regional Champion Irish Dancer with 8 years of experience both dancing and teaching students of all ages. She competed in 2015 at the World Championships of Irish Dance in Montreal and won a Regional Champion Title in 2017 in Dallas, TX. She has performed numbers from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and is an accomplished Ceili team dancer and soloist. With a Degree in Musical Performance from Rollins College, and with performance credits in the Corps de Ballet for Giselle, Nutcracker, and Coppelia, Kyra is an enthusiastic teacher and choreographer who tailors her pace to her student’s needs. She works hard to help students achieve their best work in a friendly, fun environment.
Contemporary Dance Instructor
Matt Barry is a mover and creator from Orlando, FL, whose passion is to promote artistry and push movement to the creative extreme, while inspiring and maintaining humanity. Matt has been dancing for 11 years in all forms of dance and continues to pursue and explore the “unknown”. After graduating from the Dr. Phillips Dance Magnet and Dance in Motion Company, they started working as a freelance instructor, dancer, and choreographer in the Orlando area. Through their instruction, students will explore movement and contemporary techniques while developing their own humanity and personal artistry.
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 challenge the kids and keep them modivated to achieve an amazing physical fitness and acrobatic level. We are so happy to have her back.
Pre and Petite Ballet Instructor
Nadia has been dancing for eleven 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.
Lyrical, Jazz and Ballet Instructor
From Orlando, Florida, Brent Locquiao is a performer and dance instructor/ choreographer at Perform Orlando. Brent attended Dr. Phillips High School of the Performing Arts, where he was a member of the Dance in Motion Company. As a part of the Company, he traveled and performed throughout Florida and many other states. Brent has also held two titles from Florida Dance Masters competition as well as receiving several scholarships. Brent also had the opportunity to train with professionals such as Lehrer Dance Company, Pilobolus and, former Royal ballet principle dancer, Phillip Broomhead.