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.
Ariana Cribelis began dancing when she was 12 years old. Although she has trained in many styles of dance, she has always had the strongest passion for Hip Hop. Ariana is an Alumni of the Fleming Island Dance Team where she competed at the state and national level. During this time, she received the recognition of being named an All American by the United Dance Association (UDA) which recognizes the top ten percent of dancers in the country. Ariana is a also a proud Alumni of Dansations Performing Arts Center where she was a member of the Next Step Dance Company. Ariana is starting her third season as a member of Paradigm Flux Dance Company where she serves as a role model in her community. She currently attends Florida State College Jacksonville and will obtain her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with pediatric specialty in December 2018.
Starr McKnight trained year-round on full scholarship at the prestigious School of American Ballet, official school of New York City Ballet, and at Kirov Academy of Ballet. He trained on scholarship during the summers at Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Ballet West. He has danced professionally throughout New York, Colorado, and Texas with companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Colorado Ballet. McKnight founded Texas Dance Theatre (TDT), a ballet company, serving as the company’s Artistic/Executive Director, and primary choreographer. With TDT, he choreographed and staged classical and contemporary works, created an outreach program, bringing dance to children in schools throughout Dallas and Fort Worth, and developed a company-affiliated school for young and adult dancers alike.
McKnight is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, and Florida Coastal School of Law, where he received a law degree. He is excited to join Dansations as a ballet instructor!
Linda Surrency grew up in Jacksonville Florida dancing under the direction of Buddy Sherwood.
Linda’s studies include the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists (N.A.D.A.A.) , Dance Masters of America, Hollywood Connection, Tremaine, Broadway Dance Center, Dance Makers, Dance Troupe, Dance Caravan, Applause Talent, Celebration Talent, Encore, Jump, Showtime Dance Challenge, Dance Caravan, and Fusion.
She began teaching for The Buddy Sherwood School of Dance in 1976 and the Duval County School Board. She opened the World of Dance in 1979 and operated the studio for 38 years till recently selling it in 2017. Linda studied early childhood education and business at FCCJ and went on to study with Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School & Certified dance education at the University of Buffalo. Linda is the former choreographer of the USFL Jacksonville Bulls Cheerleaders. She is a former member of the Artistic Dance Association, as well as the National Association of Dance and Affiliative Artist. (N.A.D.A.A.) Dansations is thrilled to have Miss Linda!!!
Taryn Clarke is a high school senior and has been dancing since the age of 3. She has been dancing at Dansations for 12 years, and a member of Next Step since 2010. Taryn has been trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Through Dansations, she has earned scholarships at various conventions, studied commercial dance in LA, and toured with Fluid Dance Conventions as an assistant. She has performed not only at various events across Jacksonville, but performed at Disney World 3 times as well. Taryn looks forward to her senior year at Dansations this year, and hopes to continue dancing in the future.
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.
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.
904-880-0403 Dansations Performing Arts Center 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd #132 Jacksonville FL 32258
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!