Our instructors are personally selected for their ability to effectively share their passion, communicate their knowledge and understanding to children of all ages.
Meet Our Team
Nancy has an extensive background in Dance and Figure Skating and the two have always gone hand in hand with her career. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, she was a National Figure Skating Competitor with an impressive competitive career. She has traveled all over the world with Professional Ice and Dance Shows. Settling in South Florida for over 25 years, she raised her three beautiful sons and loves to call this home!
For the past 20 years, Nancy was the Director of Skating Development for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club. Over the years she has helped to develop Figure Skaters from the entry level to elite World and Olympic levels. Nancy has taught thousands of students to fall in love with Dance and Ice Skating. Her dedication and devotion, goes above and beyond at all times. She is always the first one to work and the last one to leave. Her first priority is ensuring her students and customers are well taken care of. Nancy is also a former Mrs. Coral Springs and Ms. Broward County. She was also second runner up to the Ms. Florida Pageant. Nancy also enjoys directing and judging beauty pageants all over South Florida. With her vivacious personality, high energy, warm and loving ways, students always enjoy being around her! Nancy’s love has always been working with children and she is passionate about everything she does.
Music has been a part of my life for over 4 decades. I stepped onstage when I was 15, and have been active in the music business ever since. I was raised in the New York / New England area, and performed for many years to audiences throughout the Tri state area. I started to donate my time to my child’s school to teach an art and music program and found that I had the knack for connecting with and teaching children. I began to develop a curriculum that mixes all of my talents together to bring out the creativity in children in a way that both delights and inspires them. I taught for a year in a private school to children from Kindergarden to the 6th grade and it is there where I developed a lot of the ideas and methods that I use today.I play many instruments…the guitar, the banjo, the ukulele, mandolin, keyboards, percussion, harmonica, even the bagpipes. I also privately teach the guitar, banjo, and ukulele. As a part of my sing-a–longs with the children, I sometimes incorporate a puppet into my performances. I love to get the children involved and it is very fulfilling that I have a chance to give back to the next generation and share what I have learned along the way. I love to bring out the creativity and inspire the soul of the children I perform for. I look forward to entertaini
Yasmin Llevada is a former professional dance competitor, performer, choreographer & champion now-turned Physical Therapist. Born in Miami, Yasmin grew up with a love for creative movement & dance. Yasmin is trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Salsa, Ballroom Dancing & Yoga. Yasmin has won numerous dance awards & championships throughout the years such as winning the titles of the 2003 Junior Olympic Dance Champion, 2005 Emerald Dancesport Champion, placing 2nd at the United States Dancesport Championships two years in a row, winning 2008 ASM Best Choreography for a Musical as well as Yasmin has appeared on tv shows such as Burn Notice & The Glades as a dancer & choreographer for scenes shot. Yasmin has also trained & prepared many up & coming dancers that have appeared on SYTYCD who have now gone on to Broadway. Yasmin although retired from professional dancing loves to stay involved by choreographing & teaching when consulted or inspired. Yasmin is passionate about sharing her love for movement & believes dance should always be an inclusive medium, not exclusive.
Nuria Martinez was born in Spain. Her first training in Ballet was received at the Madrid’s National School of Ballet under the direction of Maya Plisetskaya. Then completed a Dance Diploma at the Laban Center in London and the Merce Cunningham Studio in NYC through various fellowships. Her first international appearance was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the production of “West Side Story”. In NYC she performed as a modern dancer for the Dance on Camera Film Festival, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the NY State Theater. In 2004, Ms. Martínez became an apprentice for Jennifer Muller/The Works and a highlighted dancer of the Washington National Opera. She has appeared in theater as a dancer/actress in off-Broadway productions, the Midtown International Theater Festival, and at the Cherry Lane Theater, in NYC. As a Tango dancer she appeared at “Jazz at Lincoln Center” with Avantango, in the Opera “Y Borges Cuenta Que…” directed by Luis Bacalov in Italy, with Jon Secada in the Broadway-style show of “We” directed by Neil Goldberg and in the C’est Rouge Show at The Faena Theater in Miami Beach, Directed by Blanca Li. She has performed and taught Ballet, Modern dance, and tango at Tango Festivals, public and private events, cultural organizations, private and public schools, universities, dance studios, and theaters throughout Europe and the United States.
Coach Ricky, also known as Sensei Ricky, was born in Anchorage, Alaska but grew up in the beautiful city of Miami. He has studied Psychology and Counseling at FIU and Trinity International University. Coach Ricky played various sports throughout his childhood, which was always a great outlet in his life, and finds that coaching is an opportunity to pour into the next generation in the same way that his coaches and instructors did for him. He believes that his role as a coach is not just to raise up his students’ athletic ability but also to inspire them to reach their full potential.
On and off the field or mat, Coach Ricky is always looking for ways to give back to others. He enjoys being involved with kids at his church and volunteers with kids in foster care and in underprivileged circumstances. He has spent many years working as a coach, martial arts instructor, counselor, and even camp director for various after-care programs and summer camps. Coach Ricky is currently training towards his 4th-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo.
Ms. Yura specializes in Zumba, Cuban dances, International dances, Son, Rumba, Danzón, Chá-Chá-Chá, Mambo, and Casino, Rueda de Casino, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Bachata, and Pro-Balle. She has more than fifteen years of experience as a professional dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer. She has participated in events such as; Weekend Cote D’Azur, France, Festival Cuba in Tunisia, Tunisia, Cuban All Star Festival, Bulgaria, Hungarian Summer Salsa Festival, Hungary, Festival Cubano, Bielsko-Biala, Poland, Cuban All Star Festival, Tunisia, KAMARINA, Italy, Super Cubano, Finland.
Trisia Brown has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has worked for several dance studios in South Florida and has worked with Miami Dolphins Junior cheerleaders along with doing choreography for several high school teams and colleges. Trisia specializes in creative movement, hip hop, and jazz.
In addition to being a mom and grandmother, Nancy Andrade has over 25 years of experience as a choreographer, dancer, singer, actor, and fitness instructor. She specializes in group fitness, hip hop and jazz dance styles, and performing for musical theatre. Nancy is also a Business and Life coach as well as Group Fitness Master Trainer
I have always had a passion for sports, always trying to develop spirit, mind and body. My first experience was with weight lifting and free-style wresting and then later on to various forms of Martial Arts.
My ambition is to experience all that Martial Arts has to offer and pass along my knowledge and experiences to my students. My desire for my students is to instill respect for others, self disciple and to work and play hard enjoying the moment.
Valeria Mengari Paparoni comes from Italy. Since she was young, she studied Ballet and flamenco.
She was formed artistically studying dance methods like Royal academy, Vaganova and Horton technique.
She then became a professional dancer performing in some southern Italian dance companies.
Valeria has a diploma to teach dance and gymnastics and two certificates, one for modern dance and ballet and the other for mindfulness.
In 1990, she founded her own dance school that stayed in business until 2009. During those years, her school participated to TV programs, fashion shows, live performances and shows for charity to give the entire profit to UNICEF. Valeria has a real passion for everything that is healthy and natural, from food to lifestyle. Her dream is to teach children with the art of the dance how take care of themselves through body and spirit
Christine, originally from Boston Massachusetts, received her BA in Theatre with a double concentration in Performance and Direction from Muhlenberg College. After graduation, Christine moved to New York City and worked as a Director/Choreographer for Tada! Youth Theatre and the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center. She was the Executive Assistant to Marc Tuminelli, founder of The Broadway Workshop (nominated Best Theatre Program in NYC) and was a resident member of the theatre faculty for the Rodeph Sholom School in Manhattan. Christine performed, directed, and choreographed for multiple theaters and schools throughout the city including The Kew Forest School and The Looking Glass Theatre, where her directorial work was lauded by the New York Times as one of the company’s production “highlights”.
In 2012, Christine moved to Florida where she wore many hats at the nationally acclaimed and award-winning StarStruck Academy & Theatre. Her favorite performance credits include CAN CAN (Pistache), and BYE BYE BIRDIE (Kim Macafee). In addition to acting she has director, choreographed, stage-managed and performed in countless productions throughout New York City, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, and Pennsylvania. She currently has students on Broadway, National & International Tours, attending BAK Middle School, Dreyfoos High School, and almost every top tier performing arts university & college in the country.
Christine founded BARCLAY Performing Arts in January of 2016 and dedicates her company to the memory of her late and amazing Director Dad who always found a way to bring out the very best in each and every person, whether on the stage or behind the scenes.