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MEGHAN SINCLAIR,

Co-Owner


Meghan Sinclair is a Full Member of the Royal Academy of Dance. She has had 20 years of classical ballet and dance training through the Royal Academy of Dance and trained under Master teachers, from all over the world, including: Delice Teamer RAD RTS, Gillian Davis ARAD, Phillip Burnham ARAD, Katrina Steel RAD RTS and her mentor and mother Rebecca Bryan RAD RTS.  She was successful in her RAD Major Syllabus Advanced I Exam and has been accepted into the RAD Teaching Certificate Program.


Meghan took  her first RAD exam at the age  of seven passing with Distinction. She has been in love with the art of expression through movement ever since. Meghan has encompassed the passion of discipline, love of performance and the heart and patience for teaching.



ERIKA HAND

Guest Faculty


Erika Hand (Repertory), a native of Sarasota FL, lived and worked as a professional dancer in New York City for eight years. She danced with John Jasperse Projects, Nicholas Leichter Dance, Jen McGinn, Shani Collins/Eternal Works, and others. In collaboration with Isabel Lewis, she co-founded The Labor Union and their work together was presented in New York City at various venues including Dance Theater Workshop. As a dancer, Ms. Hand re-created a role in Jasperse’s Bessie award winning Fort Blossom revisited (2000/12). She has worked extensively with the American Dance Festival (ADF) in many capacities including teaching in the ADF 6 Week School, The School for Young Dancers, and internationally at ADF Shanghai. She has also taught at Florida State University (FL), University of the Arts (PA), Troy University (AL), Hollins University (VA), and Booker High School for the Visual and Performing Arts (FL). Ms. Hand received her B.A. in Dance and Women’s Studies from Hollins University in 2003 her M.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University in 2016 where she danced in faculty works by Rodger Belman, Ilana Goldman, Gerri Houlihan, Gwen Welliver, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. At FSU she was a Research Assistant with the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) where she assisted MANCC artist Nora Chipaumire on her work, portrait of myself as my father and her film AfroPromo #1 Kinglady. Hand’s work Love’s Sea represented FSU at the American College Dance Festival in Atlanta, 2016. Most recently, she choreographed the FSU summer opera Maria de Buenos Aires, a tango operita by Astor Piazolla.


DEX HONEA

Guest Faculty


Dex danced professionally for fifteen years with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Eugene Ballet Company and The Sarasota Ballet. He has been teaching since 2004, and directed the Sarasota Ballet School for five years, until recently transitioning into professional photography.


Dex specialized in teaching ballet technique, partnering and character classes. He has directed numerous successful summer intensives that included international students and teachers.



EMILY GIUFFRE


Emily Giuffre has had 11 years of experience in RAD classical training. She was born in Calgary, Canada where she started her dance training at the age of 4, and by age 5 she wrote her pre-primary RAD exam. She has danced in over 40 competitions and has received many awards and scholarships for her performances. Outside of her in studio training she performed with The Young Canadians (a world renowned dance troop). Emily is a previous student here at SDA and continues to keep close to our close knit “Dance family”. She is currently enrolled in the University of West Florida working towards her Pre-Med degree.

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REBECCA BRYAN RAD RTS,

Co-Owner


Rebecca Bryan is a fully certified-registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, one of six in the state of Florida. She has been teaching for over twenty years, owning and directing three schools in Houston, TX, Bradenton, FL and now Sarasota, FL. She has had extensive classical ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance and the Cecchetti Council of America.


Former owner and Director of Sinclair Dance Academy in Bradenton, FL, her school was awarded The Bradenton Herald "No 1 Dance Studio" in 2006. SDA students who entered for the international Royal Academy of Dance examinations in the Vocational and Major Syllabus were successful with  marks ninety-nine percent above average receiving marks of Merit and Distinction. Some of her student have continued their professional training and study with the world renowned Houston Ballet Academy.


Her keen sense of communication and patience with students and their individual abilities instills a discipline and eagerness to learn with her students. Her unique method of teaching sparks a love of the arts in students of all ages.




PEDRO BATISTA


Pedro Batista received a BA in Dance from James Madison University.  He has performed with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre, Florida Dance Theatre, The Sarasota Ballet and mostly recently with the Sarasota Opera House. Batista has also worked with several local community theatre groups such as Sarasota's Players Theatre and Manatee Players Theatre.  He is the Artistic Director for Booker Middle School's VPA Dance Program. This is his fifth season working with Sarasota Ballet's DNG program where he teaches the Boys Conditioning Class and Jazz.


Pedro Batista is an ABT (American Ballet Theater)(R) Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT(R) Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT(R) National Training Curriculum.





KABRENA ROBINSON


Kabrena Robinson was born and raised in Sarasota, FL began her formal ballet training at the age of 6 in in the Dance the Next Generation Program in Sarasota, fl. An Afro-Modern dancer at heart, Kabrena’s first formal training in Afro Modern was with choreographer/professional dancer, Carolina Garcia who is a former member of the Urban Bush Women Dance Company based in New York and a former dance member of Fuzion Dance Artists. Kabrena has danced extensively in New Orleans with Chard Gonzalez Dance Theater Company under the artistic direction of Chard Gonzalez performing in unconventional yet, breathtaking venues in New Orleans for over two years. Kabrena has an extensive 17-year dance background which stems from ballet, modern, jazz, afro modern, West African, and Afro Caribbean. She has studied with professional choreographers/performers from Alvin Ailey, Urban Bush Women, Horton, Jose Limon, Martha Graham Dance Company and more. Upon moving back to Sarasota, Kabrena danced for a year with Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, formerly known as Fuzion as a project based dancer. Most recently, Kabrena worked alongside Urban Bush Women and other dance activists creating work around undoing racism in New Orleans. Currently, Kabrena looks forward to another successful school year and is excited to be choreographing for Booker High’s dance VPA program for their 2017 Spring dance showcase; a program that she too, graduated from in 2008. Kabrena’s strong passion lies in choreography and performance and working with people from diverse backgrounds while simultaneously tackling social issues that looks to evoke an emotion that exhibits the complexities of life.





Sarasota Dance Academy is co-owned and directed by mother/daughter team, Rebecca Bryan and Meghan Sinclair. Both are passionate about dance and each bring a unique blend of expertise to SDA. They have been brought together by more than family roots, they have grown together, first as mother-daughter, second as teacher-student and now have grown into partners and friends who share one vision: to offer excellence in dance education, whether you are a beginner student wishing to explore dance for fun or a more serious student with professional aspirations.


“Dance training is life training!  Come be a part of our dynamic  family, as we build friendships and memories that will last a lifetime!”


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