BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED DANCERS ARE WELCOME!
Nicole Willis is starting her second year working for Dansations. She graduated from Florida School of the Arts under Freddick Bratcher and is thankful for the knowledge he has given her from the beginning of her training with him. Nicole's background and her constant positive attitude makes her the perfect fit for this studio. Look for her teaching on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings!
Kim Okie McDonough has owned and directed Dansations for twenty years. She has been teaching and choreographing since 1986. She was the founding member and president of Rutgers Performing Dance Company in New Brunswick, NJ. Her Company won Organization of the Year and President of the Year in 1990-91. This Company is still in existence at Rutgers today. While teaching at Jazz Unlimited and Rutgers University, Kim won regional and national acclaim with many of her dance pieces. Living in New Jersey, Kim had many opportunities to study with many famous dance instructors such as; Carryl Slobotkin, Frank Hatchett, Joe Laniteri, Suzy Miller, Ronen Koresh, Finis Jhung, Bill Hastings, Chet Walker and Countless others.
Kim moved to Jacksonville in 1994 and since that time has taught at Landon Middle School, Lavilla Middle School for the Arts, Fascinatin' Rhythm, FCCJ, Jacksonville University, Georgio's American Dance Center, Theatre Jacksonville and many other dance schools in the area. Some of her accomplishments include Regional Director of Northeast Florida for National Dance Week since 1996, Access Broadway and LADF Choroegraphy Awards, Company Dance's Educator Award in 2002 through 2004.
Since the summer of 2008, Kim has been a Guest teacher for Rios Dance, Guatemala City, Guatemala. other guests appearances include The Dance Consevatory, Phoenix Arizona; Jazz Unlimited, Marlton, New Jersey, and Georgio's American Dance Center.
Kim founded Dansations in 1997 and has been going strong ever since. Celebrating it's 21st year, Kim has made a commitment to make dance a memorable experience for all dancers. She has surrounded herself with a highly qualified staff to insure that with every class this commitment is renewed.
Kelly Radcliffe, a native to Pennsylvania, began her professional career while still in high school, performing with such artists as the Mandrell sisters and Dino Kartonakis. Upon completion of high school, Kelly attended Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, where she studied with world-renowned teachers and performed with Alvin ailey's Dance Ensemble. Since receiving her certificate of dance from Alvin Ailey, Kelly has taught and directed at various Universities, Schools and studios throughout Florida, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Aside from teaching, Kelly choreographed the theatrical productions "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" and "Two by Two" for the Cookeville Theatre in Cookeville, TN, and directed The Movement Center's 2003 production "Super....docious!" in Honolulu, HI. Kelly has also performed as a principle dancer in "The Nutcracker AllJazzed Up", "Jesus Christ Superstar", Planet Rock 2000, Dance Fusion Dance Company, Dancer's workshop Dance Company and was a guest artist in FCCJ"s Spring Dance Concert 2000.
Kelly has been part of the Dansations staff since 1998. She is a yearly guest artist at LaVilla Middle School of the Arts. Her varied expertise in Tap, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, hip hop and creative dance education makes her an integral part of the studio.
Danae Carey, born and raised in Jacksonville, has been dancing since she was 6 years old. She started her dance training at Step by Step in Orange Park, FL and spent her teen years training at The Florida Ballet, and Dansations Performing arts Center. She continued her education in dance at FSCJ in the repertoire company and studied under Kavin Grant in his company "National Rhythm." After that she started teaching at Wehners School of the Arts for 8 years. While also dancing with Paradigm Flux for a year. She also taught at Step by Step for a year and a half and now has returned back to Dansations to continue her journey in teaching dance and her love for the Arts.
Katharine Graham graduated Magna Cum Laude from Goucher College in May 2016. Her studies at Goucher included a dance major with emphasis on performance and choreography and a minor in communications. While in attendance she had the privilege of performing works by choreographers such as, Ronen Koresh, Michou Szabo, Gina Patterson, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. She attended the American College Dance Association’s Mid-Atlantic conference 3 out of her 4 years of study, performing works for adjudication and taking a variety of classes from different artists around the country. In Spring 2015, Ms.Graham spent the semester abroad studying dance at the University of Roehampton in London. Ms. Graham’s training has also stemmed from numerous intensive programs that she has attended including, Doug Varone and Dancers, Bates Dance Festival, and the Paul Taylor summer intensive. Ms. Graham received her Progressing Ballet Technique certification for Junior, Senior, and Advanced programs in April 2017. She has been teaching for The Florida Ballet and is now joining our Dansations family to teach on Monday nights.
Breanna King began her dance training at the age of 9 at Dansations Performing Arts Center studying the styles of ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and hip hop. Traveling to such places as New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Chicago Breanna has had the great opportunity to reinforce her training and expand her performance opportunities. Breanna continued her dance and artistic education at the University of South Florida in Tampa where she had the opportunity to work with and perform in the works of Jeanne Travers, Andee Scott, and Katurah Robinson as well as visiting artists Sarah Gamblin and Donna Mejia. While in Tampa Breanna was also rehearsal director and choreographer to student organization Relentless Dance inc. Breanna received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree with honors from the University of South Florida in the spring of 2015. She is thrilled to be back with her dance family in Jacksonville and will continue seeking opportunities to further expand and share her knowledge and passion for the arts.
Sarah Soto began her training at the young age of 2, and has pursued the life of a performer. With dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Flamenco, Salsa & Hip Hop this young Latina is a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor. Sarah trained at Dansations Performing Arts Center until her graduation from High School in 2006.
Soto's dance training has taken her from NYC to LA with stops in Philadelphia PA, Jacksonville FL, Chicago IL, and Atlanta GA. She has studied under several dance legends including Frank Hatchett, Fredrick Bratcher & Finis Jhung. Although most known for her dancing, Ms. Mendes enriched her education in entertainment with acting lessons through out her high school years. After high school, Soto dove further into her pursuit for success when she received a full talent scholarship from Florida School of the Arts. She studied modern dance styles [Graham, Horton], piano, & vocal training. Soto graduated in 2009 with a degree in Dance Entertainment.
Since then Soto has been blessed enough to grace the stage and the big screen alongside icons such as Paula Abdul, Jennifer Holiday, Janet Jackson, Biz Markee, Shaquille O Neal and many more. The studio and staff is so proud of alumni, Sarah Soto!