REBECCA BRYAN RAD RTS,
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.
Kelsey has over 25 years of dance experience ranging from major motion pictures to teaching students all across the country and judging for several prestigious dance competitions within the United States. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University.
Some of Kelsey's professional performing credits include Anchorman II: The Legend Continues, Rock of Ages (major motion picture), Million Dollar Arm, HSN, Royal Caribbean International, Feld Entertainment/Feld Motor Sports, Cirque Productions, Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens, Hardrive Inc., Event Show Productions, D Squared Productions, Cirque USA, and many more.
Along with performing, Kelsey has a passion for providing quality instruction and choreography.
You can find Kelsey on the judging panel of several different national competitions and as a member of Impact Dance Adjudicators. She is always working to provide the most beneficial and valuable critiques possible to help both students and teachers alike grow and develop. Her passion for dance spreads wide and far and is always looking for new ways to continue to expand her wings in the entertainment and education industry.
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 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.