Anna has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She found her passion and began pre-professional training in Houston, TX at age 10, and has never stopped. Having benefited from top-quality, well-rounded dance education in everything from classical ballet to contemporary styles, at 13 years of age, she began performing with Dance Arts Civic Ballet, directed by Edna Herzog. She’s had the privilege of dancing full-length productions such as: Swan Lake, The Dancing Princesses, Snow White, Pandora’s Box, Jewels (Emeralds), and more. During her teen years, each summer she traveled to NYC for multidisciplinary dance study with industry professionals such as; those from Joffrey Ballet NY, David Howard at Ballet Academy East, NY, Ann Reinking, JoJo Smith and Frank Hatchett & Maurice Hines of Broadway Dance Center (formerly known as Hines-Hatchett Performing Arts, NYC). She went on to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC. She says, “I have had incredible experiences and opportunities, over the years. Such amazing teachers pushed me and inspired me to perform and dance with my whole-being…and later, to teach.” She loves teaching and inspiring young artists to dance with fervor. Anna has worked and toured internationally with a variety of dance & musical theater projects and absolutely loved working with dancers and artists from all over the world! She also holds a National Certification in Group Fitness and Personal Training through NASM/AFAA & teaches Pilates, Zumba & a variety of other fitness formats. She is married to her husband of 31 years, has raised 4 children, loves family, creative arts, travel and fun times with her grand-children!
Ms. Tahis started the drama arts in 2005 in courses at the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, Cuba's national art school. In 2008, she obtained her evaluation as a professional actress working in a professional theater company in Cuba. In 2013, she joined the company Dance-Theater Retazos under the direction of Isabel Bustos, as an actress and dancer. From there she began to teach contemporary dance and theater classes to children and young people in a project of the same company as well as the specific technique of the company's style that encompasses other ways to perform. Also she collaborated with Unicef in some dance projects. And danced and performed in some of the most important festivals within the Dance in Cuba. She gained experience and also participated in the organizational part. Ms. Tahis has danced in various performances in different branches of fine arts with theater, music, films, and dance, She also participated in festivals as a choreographer where she won prizes for her choreography. Also, she has danced in international festivals like Dance Days, Swansea, Wales with the memory wax company which is in Sweden, where she also taught workshops. Ms. Tahis is skilled in various dances such as: contemporary, modern, ballet, tribal, belly dance, Butoh dance, break dance, aerial dance, and capoeira.
Eugenio Ruiz is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer from Cuba. He has studied and instructed for ten years in ballet, contemporary, modern, and ballroom with a focus on salsa. He was a member and choreographer of two different companies in Cuba, including Danza Teatro Retazos. He is excited to bring his experience to the dancers of Studio Elite.
Mrs. Jenny has been dancing for over 30 years. She started assistant teaching at the age 12 and fell in love with teaching. Over the years she has studied many forms of dance such as, but not limited to, Ballet, Technique, Pointe, Contortion, Acrobatics, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Production, Cecchetti, Contemporary Pointe, Partner work & Lifts, Musical Theater and many more from world renowned and superior educators in Florida, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Texas. She has also trained in Drama, Theater & Stage Performance, Lighting & Sound, Singing (and belonged to a competitive vocal ensemble group), and also Modeling (and was selected to travel the U.S. with an agency). She was hired frequently to pose for dance photos for professional photographers and by artists as moving art at art galleries. She was selected to attend Cypress Lake High School Center of the Arts for dancing. Competitive dance is something she has always enjoyed since the age of 6, traveling the U.S. throughout her years bringing home many titles and overalls as a soloist and as a part of many dance teams throughout her youth. During her travels and studies she has taken countless master classes, workshops and conventions from many professional performers such as Frank Hatchet, Radio City Rockettes, and the cast from Cats on Broadway. She has completed many seminars and training in the dance and theater performance world like Walt Disney World of Arts specializing in show business and performance magic and was given the opportunity to become a performing cast member in Orlando FL. Mrs. Jenny owned and solely taught classes at her own successful performance center for over 10 years and became known for her exceptional contortion training and clean technique training in the dance circuit. Her students have had many accomplishments like being sought after by professional photographers and their photos used for advertising due to clean technique and artistry; they have also been featured in competition and convention websites and calendars and have won countless scholarships. Some have gone on to pursue successful careers in dancing being accepted into prestigious schools all over the U.S. including Point Park University for the Arts. As a teacher and competitive team director she has won awards such as Choreography Perfection, Staging, Creative Ideas, Legs for Daze, Prop Use, Creative Characters, Costumes, Artistry, Flawless Technique, Partner Work, Contortion Creations and more. She was chosen to be the representative for dance education through Washington County PA library systems running workshops and intensives for the state. She has run talent shows for elementary centers, dance training for Montessori school systems and High Schools for the PA school system cleaning baton, band and dance team performances. Mrs. Jenny has worked hand in hand with hospitals, sports medicine staff and physical therapists to assist children to gain range of movement and coordination. She was chosen to instruct the senior Olympics program and judged the art and talent division for the Olympic Games for the county in Pittsburgh, PA. She has also judged the dance and talent divisions of many pageants over the years. Mrs. Jenny has had the privilege to teach with many competitive cheer and gymnastics center's working together to produce well-rounded students. She has always had a love for teaching and took courses receiving certificates in early childhood gross and fine motor skills education and in many forms of dance over her years of study. In all she was blessed to teach professionally at many dance, gymnastics, art and performance centers with 32 years of endless study and 20 years of teaching because she believes in always growing in the education of dance and the arts, you are never done learning and creating.
Outside of dance her passion is creating art - her pieces have been chosen to hang or display in places like airports, galleries & schools, she has won numerous awards for her artwork. She also has a heart for animals as she has spent years volunteering at animal rescues and veterinary offices caring for animals of all sorts. She has a love for the ocean and was accepted into an aquatics program and spent many summers studying marine biology and doing hands on work with manatees like bottle feeding the orphaned calves and caring for the injured adult manatees in their rehabilitation sanctuary at SeaWorld Orlando. Her entire household hobbies in aquariums - both fresh and saltwater. Above all she loves spending time with her children and husband enjoying the life they have built together.
Miss Chrissy took her first ballet class around the age of 3, but became serious about dance in high school. She studied various styles including classical ballet/pointe and character under Madame Inesse Alexandrov of the Bolshoi Ballet. She also studied acrobatics and competed on her high school gymnastics team. In addition to dance and acro, Miss Chrissy is a musical theatre enthusiast and studied acting/theatre at various places, including Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. She was involved in voice lessons and choir and performed in many musicals in high school and around the community. Chrissy has a general BA from Western Illinois University where she performed with the University Dance Theatre and studied dance under Heidi Clemmens, Candace Winters-March, and Denise Brakefield. She started teaching in 2008 in Kalamazoo, MI where she also studied ballet and performed through the dance company. She moved to the Chicago area in 2009, where she taught various styles including Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Jazz, Tap, and tot classes. She attended conventions and teacher training classes through CNADM, she is certified through Acrobatic Arts, and has also taken courses through Lisa Howell, USAG, and Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. She is dedicated to safe, healthy dance instruction. Chrissy moved to Cape Coral in 2016 with her husband and children, and she is so happy to be joining Studio Elite.
Marvin Davis has been dancing professionally for almost 8 years. His love for dance was fueled by a supportive family background. After bouncing around from a few other hobbies he began to take dance seriously as a high school freshman. Marvin attended Lehigh Senior High School Center of the Arts Academy where he began to hone his skills in the open studio. It wasn’t long before the Dance Department Director, Melissa Booth, approached him about joining the Center for Dance. Marvin was one of six male dancers in the entire dance department and he specialized in hip-hop with unique floor-work moves and fluid movements including break dancing and waving. Meanwhile, he also trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap. He then began attending Master Classes and took his first job teaching dance at a studio in Ft. Myers, FL. He taught multiple classes including an all-boys hip hop class.
Continuing his career and education as a dancer, Marvin joined a competition dance team and attended conventions such as iHollywood, Bravo, Monsters of Hip Hop, and more. He also took classes at Footnotes Dance Studio and studied by taking master classes as well.
Flash forward a few years and Marvin feels he has found his home at Studio Elite. Marvin is a fun-loving, high energy, bright spirited, caring, loving teacher who is always eager to bond with his students. He aims to provide a safe, comfortable, and encouraging environment for all his pupils.
Miss Jessica has always had a passion for dance and began training at the age of 6. She has had training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, tap, baton, and African. At 11 years old, she began assisting in classes, and she began teaching classes in 2015. She is a product of our Studio Elite teacher training program, and continues to assist and work with our directors. When she was 13, she had the opportunity to perform as a Snow Maiden in the Moscow Ballet's production of The Great Russian Nutcracker. She was able to take master classes from principal ballet dancer Ekaterina Uksusnikova of the Moscow Ballet. In 2015, she performed at Disney through the Disney Performing Arts Program. She has attended workshops, such as Dance Revolution, Ballet Magnificat, and Radix. At Radix, she took classes from Janelle Ginestra, Billy Bell, Jason Janas, NappyTabs, Tina Caspary, and Talia Favia. At 14, she started dancing competitively. Her biggest accomplishment was scoring a 1st overall in the advanced senior tap solo division at a dance competition in Orlando in 2016. She strives to give her students the best training possible and instill the same passion she has into them. She not only wants to create a dancer with perfect technique, but one with extraordinary artistry.
Born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba, she began her professional training at The Vocational Arts School in Matanzas Cuba, and the National Ballet School in Cuba, where she graduated in 2010 as a professional dancer and teacher. Ms. Garcia won a gold medal at World Ballet Competition in EUA. She is regularly sought after as a guest performer for many events including the Miami International Ballet Festival in 2012 and World Ballet Competition Gala. She has been a frequent guest artist with companies like Rochester City Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet and Florida Classical Ballet. She joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2013 where she danced Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Camelot choreography by Victoria Morgan and Symphony in C. In 2015, Milena joined Oklahoma City Ballet as a soloist. Some of Milena’s favorite roles with Oklahoma City Ballet include Peasant pas in Giselle, Sugar Plum in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker and Odalisques in Dennis Speight’s Scheherazade.
While she was dancing with Cincinnati ballet she taught at Tech Ballet of Ohio and NCYB Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet where she was frequently invited for the summer program. Then she moved to Oklahoma City where she began teaching for Dance Phase studio, Tilt Dance Company, and Pulse Dance studio for two years.
Born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba, Julio’s professional training includes The Vocational Arts School in Matanzas Cuba, and the National Ballet School in Cuba, where he graduated in 2008 as a professional dancer and teacher. Julio joined the National Ballet of Cuba. His repertoire with National Ballet of Cuba included Espada (Principal Toreador) in Don Quixote, Encuentros pas de deux by Lazaro Martinez, Principal in Adagio de las Espigas production of Coppelia and Sleeping Beauty. He joined Cincinnati Ballet as corp de ballet in 2013. He danced with Cincinnati Ballet in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Camelot choreographed by Victoria Morgan, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland choreographed by Septime Webre, Symphony in C, Sit choreographed by Jennifer Archibald and Mozart’s Requiem choreographed by Adam Hoagland. Julio joined Oklahoma City Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2015. With Oklahoma City Ballet, Julio has danced the Principal roles in Giselle and Dennis Spaight’s Scheherazade 1001 Arabian Nights, Serenade and Rodeo. Julio has been invited to dance at Ballet Galas and Festivals such as Miami International Ballet Festival and the Carreno Festival.
While he was at Cincinnati Ballet he taught at Cincinnati Ballet Academy and Ballet Tech of Ohio for two years, and then he moved to Oklahoma City where he taught at Oklahoma Ballet Academy.
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