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. .
Born in Miami, Bernardette Kalyan- Salgado grew up with a strong passion for dance and movement that eventually led to her study of yoga. While teaching at a Reggio inspired school, she began practicing yoga with her students before the academic portion of the day. The result was that the children worked calmer, more analytically and socialized with one another better.
Simultaneously, she was getting her master’s in Non-Profit administration from the University of Miami in the hopes of applying that knowledge to help people in the local community.
Combining her desire to enrich people’s lives with her deep understanding of healthy exercise it was a natural progression for her and Movement Yoga is the result of that fusion.
Reflected in the Movement Yoga classes one can see not only her Yoga training, but also her background in ballet, aerial and modern dance as well as her experience with children’s gymnastics and teaching with the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
Rachael is from Dallas, Texas originally and started dancing, gymnastics and cheerleading at 5 years old. She was a competitive cheerleader for 5 years and cheered for her school cheerleading teams from 6th grade through senior year of high school when she was head cheerleader. Rachael attended the University of North Texas and earned an Education degree.
While in college, she danced in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks for 3 seasons. After college, she was an elementary school teacher for two years- having taught 1st grade and 4th grade. She also cheered in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals last season and is currently with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.
Through her professional dance career alone, Rachael has had much experience teaching dance, gymnastics and cheerleading to young children through various camps and programs. Rachael loves living in Florida now with her husband and continues to stay active through various arts!
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 entertaining and inspiring your child.
Im a professional Modern Dance teacher Choreographer and Artistic Director. Graduated from the "Dance School of Caracas " Venezuela under Jose Ledezma Direction. Former principal dancer for professional Modern dance Companies over 15 years, including Esdanza INC and Azahar Troupe. Professional Teaching experience in the Unite States, Canada and Venezuela for over 18 years.Offering professional dance instruction of : Classic Ballet Vaganovah style, Partnering Classes, Master Classes, Summer Intensive Classes and Workshops. Modern Dance Cunnigham Technique. Staging Ballet and Modern Performances, Stage Costumes and Makeup designer. Running rehearsals, preparing students for auditions, Summer intensive workshops , Dance Competitions and other performances. Providing private instruction focusing on specific dance or technique.
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.
Mr Ms Yasmin
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.
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.
Andrea started her dance education and training at Mass Motion Dance in her hometown, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Andrea has been trained in various styles of dance, including Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Lyrical. She is a graduate of Keene State College, where she received a B.A. in Dance. Andrea has had the pleasure of working with Marcia Murdock, William Seigh, Candice Saylers, Cathy Nicoli, Nii-Yartey, and Heidi Henderson. Andrea attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival, for each of her years at Keene State College. She danced professionally for Kairos Dance Theater, under the direction of Ingrid Schatz and DeAnna Pellecchia, while also teaching dance full time to a variety of people of all ages.
Luis A. Rivera Jr. or Coach Luis as he is known to the kids, was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1991. Both his parents are born and raised in Colombia. He has grown up and lived in Miami, Florida since he was 1 year old as he is considered a Miami native. In Miami he grew up training in youth soccer teams while learning both Spanish and English as he trained. From the age of 6, he has participated in youth soccer leagues all the way through till finishing high school. During that time, he was involved in his youth club travel soccer team at the same time as playing in his high school soccer team. Luis became captain for both his youth soccer team and high school soccer team in his last 2 years of high school.
Luis graduated from Barry University located in Miami Shores, Florida with his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training. In completing his master’s degree at Barry University in Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injuries in sports and exercise (Movement of Science), he earned the opportunity to work professional minor league baseball (MiLB) as the assistant athletic trainer for the Toronto Blue Jays Dominican Summer League (Rookie Ball) team in 2017.
In the most recent he has provided his medical services as Certified Athletic Trainer to various USL and PDL semi-professional soccer leagues in the South Florida region. Currently, he is a Certified Athletic Trainer for Johnson and Wales University in North Miami. There he is responsible for a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, track & field, cross country, golf, and volleyball. Growing up he has always loved soccer and is willing to help others with his knowledge in the sports medicine field. He is devoted to his passion of helping people of all ages in preventing/reducing injuries and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
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.
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.
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
Kelly has had 40 years dance/competition experience and 30 years teaching experience. Born and raised in upstate NY where she started dancing at the age of 3 and fell in love with the art of dance.
She trained in acro, ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, theatrical dance from some of the top teacher/choreographers such as Gus Giordano, Frank Hachett, Judy Bassing, Karen Hebert, Ron Daniels, Charles Kelley.
She moved to Florida in 1985 and in 1987 opened up her own dance studio which owned and operated for 25 years teaching all phases of dance to ages 2 1/2 years thru adult.
Kelly loves to share her art and enjoys watching the growth and development of her students.