FROM OUR COLLECTIVE ARTISTIC FAMILY WE
WILL EDUCATE, INNOVATE, AND INSPIRE FROM
PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES ONLY ATTAINED BY PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE KNOWN SUSTAINED HIGH-LEVEL SUCCESS ACROSS THE INDUSTRY.
TRAINING WITH THE DANCE COLLECTIVE WILL PROVIDE OUR DANCERS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO PURSUE SUCCESS IN THE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRY, PREPARE FOR COMPETITIVE COLLEGIATE DANCE PROGRAMS, OR SIMPLY DEVELOP AND FOSTER A PASSIONATE PURSUIT OF THE ART FORM.
THROUGH A CULTURE FOCUSED ON SUPPORT, COMPASSION, AND ENCOURAGEMENT,
THE DANCE COLLECTIVE WILL OFFER SUPERIOR DANCE INSTRUCTION IN ALL STYLES,
TO ALL AGES, ACROSS ALL LEVELS.
WHY & WHO
PROFESSIONAL. DYNAMIC. ENGAGING.
HANNAH is a native of Louisville, Kentucky where she began her fundamental dance education. She attended the Youth Performing Arts High School as a Dance major, and received her BFA in Dance from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She performed regionally in the Dayton and Indianapolis areas with the Human Race Theatre Company, Gem City Ballet, and Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Most recently, she performed at Walt Disney World in Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage, and was a member of the original cast of Rivers of Light. She also enjoyed several years as a valuable member of the Disney Performing Arts team of teaching artists. Hannah is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
At a young age Hannah discovered her passion for teaching. She has taught at dance studios across Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida, and has been recognized on a regional and national level for her performances and choreography. Hannah’s love of dance as an artform and a source of entertainment is what motivates her moving forward with The Dance Collective. She believes that a solid education in multiple forms of dance can lead to unparalleled opportunities in a dancer’s career and is hopeful she can instill her love and passion for the artform in her students for years to come!
J.J. is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. During his BFA Acting in Musical Theatre studies at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, he took his Equity card while working with the Human Race Theatre Company. He went on to tour nationally, work regionally in New York, Ohio, Nebraska, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale. He enjoyed a nearly ten-year stint working for Walt Disney World, performing in numerous shows spanning every park.
He discovered his profound love and appreciation for dance when he learned in college, dubiously and ironically, that it would be something he would never be able to do at a very high level himself. Still, he enjoyed his dance classes and always signed up to be a part of the run crews for the annual dance concerts hosted by the dance department.
His professional experiences with both non-profit and large corporate entertainment companies have provided him with a unique mix of production and show business acumen. He is thrilled to be constantly developing The Dance Collective’s cultural impact, both inside the studio walls and out; and, strategizing for the long term success and security of a home where we can Educate, Innovate, and Inspire young artists!
Director of Operations
BETHANY was born and raised in South Florida, and is a former dancer/singer/actress. She has danced at Walt Disney World in shows such as “Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage”, “Dream Along with Mickey”, and “Villian’s Mix & Mingle”. Bethany has also performed in shows at Universal Orlando, such as “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure”, the Macy’s Holiday Parade, the Mardi Gras Parade, and “Grinchmas”. She was given the opportunity to travel the world dancing for Celebrity Cruise Lines, she performed at Atlantis, and was also a dancer in a circus in Japan, “Circo Luci”.
Bethany has transitioned over the last decade into Executive Office Administration and Management supporting CEOs for Destination Management Companies, Law Firms and Real Estate Brokerages. She is so excited to be back in the world of dance and to be able to tie all of her passions together to be the Director of Operations at The Dance Collective.
Ballet - Ballet Technique - Pointe - PBT
MS. ANI was born in Baltimore, MD where she began her early training with the Susan Ina Dance Studio, Sudbrook Arts Center and Carver Center for Arts and Technology. She continued her studies graduating on scholarship from the Kirov Academy in Washington DC and furthered her studies with the American Ballet Theater (NY), Boston Ballet and Richmond Ballet.
After high school, she pursued a BFA at SUNY Purchase Conservatory, while working and performing with companies in NY. While in NY, she was selected by Bruce Mark’s to attend the Orlando Ballet summer intensive and was asked to join the company shortly after.
She was a company member with Orlando Ballet from 2007-2021 performing soloist and principal roles. Some of her favorite standout roles include Dark Angel in Balanchine’s Serenade, the Stepmother in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, the Red Queen in Wonderland, Tigerlily in Jorden Morris’s Peter Pan, Vampiress in Robert Hill’s Vampire’s Ball, Strangers in the Night Pas in Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Songs, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Prayer in Coppelia. Some other featured roles included Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker.
Ms Ani is recognized as a guest teacher on a national level. Some of the classes she offers include ballet technique, pointe, variations, partnering, PBT/conditioning, and choreography. Additionally, she has sat on the judging panel for dance competitions and coached Olympic ranked gymnasts in ballet technique.
She is certified with the ABT National Training Curriculum as well as Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). She has done project development and choreographed works in collaboration with several organizations including the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Fringe Festival, Orlando Fashion Week, Casa de Mexico and Cirque de Solei.
J-DUB graduated from Evans High School where he began his gymnastics career in high school as captain of the boys team. His team would place first in Metro and third at State and he won awards like most valuable and most consistent.
After graduating he began his coaching career in TNT and mens gymnastics. J-Dub has coached many National winning gymnastics teams. He then moved onto coaching power tumbling and cheerleading and is a former D1 collegiate cheerleading coach.
He has instructed International tumbling camps in England, Wales, Jamaica and Germany and is known worldwide for his perfection before progression tumbling techniques.
He has judged Internationally and continues to work with gyms on consultations. Many of his students have gone on to perform in Cirque, TEAM USA, Disney, Sea World, various cruise lines as well as stuntmen in movies.
Tap - Team DC
JENN is a performer, educator, and choreographer currently residing in Orlando, FL where she performs in “Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage” at Walt Disney World.
As a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, she has worked with the world’s leading entertainment companies such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Viking Ocean Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Universal Studios, and The Walt Disney Company as well as appearances and events for multimedia brands such as ABC, Lifetime, HGTV, and The Food Network.
Jenn’s experience in the industry also includes back up dancing for award winning recording artists such as The Pussycat Dolls, Mya, LeAnn Rimes, and many more. Though her success has lead her into many genres of the industry, opportunities such as 42nd street in Las Vegas to recording tap tracks for major network shows have allowed Jenn to share her passion for tap educating and choreographing for numerous studios and competitions.
Jenn strives to keep the arts a medium accessible for all, traveling the country helping dancers from all over to reach their goals and further their understanding of the industry.
Limitless! - Jazz - Team DC
SCOTTI currently lives in Orlando and is an Equity performer in Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage at Walt Disney World. Other days of the week she can be found performing as a Beauxbaton dancer in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios or as Pearl Dancer at the Edison at Disney Springs.
She has studied in cities all around the United States and toured with Tremaine Dance Conventions.
Scotti graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wright State University with a BFA in Dance
performance, there she studied Dance History, Pedagogy, Choreography, and many
other styles of dance.
JENNIFER is a native of Winter Garden, Florida where she began her dance training at a local dance studio. After graduating high school, she received her dance teacher certification from Florida Dance Masters Association where she is still an active member.
She spent fifteen years teaching at Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance. She attended the University of Central Florida and earned her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and then Saint Leo University where she earned her Masters in Educational Leadership.
This is her 17th year with OCPS and currently teaches 4th grade at a local Winter Garden elementary school. Jennifer has always had a love for teaching and feels blessed that she is able to combine her education background with her passion for dance.
Pre-Pointe - Stretch & Strength - Team DC
KELSEY has been involved in the dance world in many capacities: performer, teacher, and choreographer. She has worked with companies including Universal Studios Orlando, Norwegian Cruise Line, Music Theatre International, and Virgin Voyages. She has performed in and choreographed industrials for Sherwin-Williams, Chik Fil A, Give Kids the World Village, Tupperware, and Universal Studios. She has been a judge and show director for Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Starbound, and Starpower competitions.
Kelsey holds a degree in Dance and Exercise Science from Indiana University Bloomington, and is also a certified personal trainer. She loves blending her passions for fitness and dance to create strong yet artistic performers.
Ballet/Tap - Acro/Hip-Hop
Me & My Shadow - Tumble Tots
RACHAEL is a dancer with interests in performance, teaching, and theater tech. Originally from Farmville, Virginia, she is a 2019 graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory with a Bachelor of Arts.
At Shenandoah, she was active dancing in mainstage and blackbox dance concerts and working behind the scenes for several dance and theater productions. She has showcased her passion for teaching by choreographing group dances, solos, and duets for local studio performances and national competitions.
Rachael relocated to Orlando in 2020, and is actively pursuing her dreams of performing and teaching. At her former studio, Rachael taught several classes, helped manage the desk, and ran summer camps.
She currently travels for Groove National Dance Competition running their backstage operations. She has extensive experience working with children, coaching dancers, and managing groups.