IINSTRUCTORS AND STAFF

Our Instructors

Dawn Wolf“Miss Dawn” , originally from the suburbs outside of NYC began her passion for dance, the arts, and especially ballet at a young age.  She began her early training under Diane Frankel’s Coupe Theatre Studio with Diane Frankel, Robert Pagent, Helen McLennon, Natasha Fisher and Bernadette Erlon, later training in classical ballet ,on scholarship,in the Pre-Professional Trainee program the Joffrey Ballet NYC under Trinette Singleton, Francesca Corkle and Jacques Cesbron, David Howard, Briansky Ballet, Boston Ballet, NYC Ballet & Kirov Ballet Dancers. She has performed around the NY metropolitan area. Ms.Wolf also has experience in various radio/ television commercials and movies as spokes model/actress , on-air talent Coast 97.3 FM in Miami, FL and MIX 102.5 in Florence, SC,  along with print work for Revlon, American Express, Ton Sur Ton and DuPont Flooring.  She received her B.A from the University of Arizona and  has been a member in good standing of the International Association for Dance Medicine since 2012 and continues her instructional ballet training and injury prevention. She is also the creator of FUSION Ballet ©.  Ms.Wolf was the receipient of the 2008 Hermitage Ballet Teacher Scholarship in St.Petersburg, Russia and 2010 Ponte Vedra Hero for the Arts.  She is a trained martial artist 3rd Dan, 2005 U.S Open Karate Tournament winner 1st place weapons and forms, 3rd in sparring, along with Battle of Atlanta and various other martial arts competitions.  After over 18 years in the Ponte Vedra community she continues her passion for inspiring and teaching proper technique to students from Ponte Vedra, Nocatee, Jacksonville, Saint Augustine and surrounding areas. Ms.Wolf is the executive director of Ignite Artist Collaborative ©,   free outreach programs for senior citizens and spearheading the Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company’s Tendu Scholarship program for gifted students. She is committed to our children and community to provide the highest quality instruction, whether dancing for enjoyment or en route to a professional career.   Ms. Wolf’s students have received scholarships and admittance to some of the highest level Pre-Professional Ballet Conservatories and Universities around the nation, ABT in NYC, UNCSA, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, NYC, Wake Forest University.   She has accepted a 2017 seat as Board Member of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra in order to continue to foster dance and the arts in our community.[/expand]

Sandy Leland

Sandy Leland began her study at Ponte Vedra Ballet in 2008 and began instruction in 2009. In addition to instruction of ballet and flexibility, classes she has created and taught: FloorEx, Cadence, and Rhyme Time Ballet ™.

Sandy voluntarily taught a class of her own creation, “Suppleness & Balance” at The PLAYERS Community Senior Center in Ponte Vedra from 2008-2013. She developed an after school tumble program at the Ponte Vedra YMCA in 2009, continuing to present day. The program expanded to include introductory level

ballet instruction in 2016. She has also developed gymnastics programs for Jeanne Benson Dance Academy, Ocala, FL; Salem Gymnastics, W-S, NC; and ALLSTARS Cheerleading and Gymnastics, Roswell, GA.

Sandy studied ballet at Academy of Dance in St. Petersburg, FL, the Jeanne Benson Dance Academy and the Academy of Dance Arts, Inc., under Wanda Moore. She performed with Marion Performing Ballet, Ocala, FL. Sandy began gymnastics as a young child and competed at advanced levels. She began ballet as a young teen.

Sandy’s relevant certifications include:USGF Safety Certification, 1987; National Association of Woman’s Gymnastics Judges, 1992- 1994; USA Gymnastics Level 1 professional development program 2003; Redwoods Institute Safety Certifications, ongoing, including: CPR, basic first aid, emergency oxygen, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Blood borne Pathogens, and “Heads Up” Concussion in Youth Sports Training.

Sandy studied economics and received her Bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also enjoys spending free time with her family and being a Grandma.

In 1947, Ms. Dulce Anaya started her professional career as a ballet dancer at age 15 dancing in New York City for American Ballet Theatre. In 1947, at the age of 15, Ms. Anaya started her professional career as a demi-soloist in New York City for the American Ballet Theatre. She was an original member of the 1948 Ballet Alicia Alonso, later named Ballet Nacional de Cuba, where she gained soloist status.  She obtained her Prima Ballerina title in Europe after dancing Sleeping Beauty with the Stuttgart Opera Ballet. Title that she maintained when was invited to join the Bavarian State Opera Ballet in Munich, Germany, where

she created the role of Ondine.

At age 7, Dulce’s mother, Dulce Ventayol, a Cuban schoolteacher with a great appreciation for the arts, took her to study under George Milenoff and Alicia and Alberto Alonso at Sociedad Pro-Arte Musical. Ms. Anaya never had a perfect ballerina physique. She didn’t have the height, the extensions, the natural turnout, or the feet for ballet. She had to work harder than the other naturally talented girls.

Ms. Dulce Anaya was invited as Prima Ballerina to the Hamburg State Opera Ballet. Her repertoire included Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Fire Bird, and many others. Ms. Anaya’s career took her all over the world, dancing for illustrious audiences such as President Peron in Argentina and the Prince of Albania. George Balanchine and other great choreographers created ballets specifically for her.  She has performed with illustrious partners such as Erik Bruhm, Edward Villella, Ted Kivitt, Rudolf Nureyev, Heino Hallhuber and OlegBriansky.

In 1970, Ms. Anaya founded the Jacksonville Ballet Theatre, producing the first Nutcracker in Jacksonville at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre.  She was also one of the directors of the First Coast Nutcracker. She is currently the founder and one of the artistic directors of the Community Nutcracker.     As owner and director of the Dulce Anaya School of Ballet, she continues teaching students and staging professional level performances for the Jacksonville community.   She was awarded the 1998 GEMS International Television Woman of the Year Award for Dance.

In 2012, she was honored in Miami for her career accomplishments and received an award from the citizens of her hometown of RanchoBoyeros in Cuba for promoting and teaching ballet around the world.  Ms. Anaya has influenced hundreds of dancers over the past 40 years, passing on her exceptional technique and artistry and her experience as a Prima Ballerina to her students. Her students have gone on to stand out in auditions, workshops and performances, and have gained recognition and scholarships to national and international professional dance companies and schools.

Carolina Rodriguez

Carolina R. Rodriguez M., sometimes credited as Carolina de Santiago, is of German/Puerto Rican descent. She initiated her studies in classical ballet at the age of 6 in Germany under the instruction of M. Seconde and A. Doganis.
She continued professional training with Ballet Masters Mario Leyes and Marta Torrico, among others. Carolina resided in South America where she performed and taught for many years. During that time, she pursued another passion, Spanish Dance.

In 2004, Carolina moved with her husband to Jacksonville, Florida. She has been

actively working on establishing a close knit Flamenco community, which comprehends collaborations with schools and artists from both the US and Spain and includes the development of structured and officially approved teaching programs for Bolero Dances, Classical Spanish Dance, Classical Castanet interpretation as well as Flamenco.

In 2010 she joined Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company where she and Mrs. Dawn Wolf, director of the company, introduced and developed the classical Spanish Dance program, Flamenco Perspective, to the Ponte Vedra Ballet, a completely unique style of dance for Jacksonville. She also developed a classical Castanet program for students of all ages. This has earned the school a continuing invitation to represent Jacksonville in the Flamenco Schools Festival, which is held every year in the US, as well as requests for private workshops for local and out of state students. Carolina teaches adult classes, a Flamenco Fitness program and workshops for all levels, including non-Ballet students.

When she is not teaching, she is frequently offering artistic presentations, including a 2013 feature with the Jacksonville Symphony String Quartet as Castanet soloist as well as didactic presentations for schools and colleges. Carolina acts as the US counterpart for the American Castanet Society. She is an independent writer for Yallah Dance Magazine and has been featured on TV.

Winter Maravallis

Winter Maravallis is a dancer with Jacksonville Dance Theatre and a graduate of Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Winter has had the privilege to move with beautiful choreographers such as Juan Rodriguez, James Morrow, JoAnna Ursal and Kristin Jansen to name a few. She danced two seasons with Collective Soles Dance Company of Tampa and one season with Mary Love Dance Projects of Orlando. Her choreography has been performed by Tampa Bay Dance Theatre, Collective Soles Dance Company and showcased in various projects throughout Florida, including Youth America Grand Prix and

Central Florida Dance Celebration.  Winter teaches and choreographs for Fusion Performing Arts Academy and continues working on projects throughout the Jacksonville area.

Anna Torres

Anna Torres has been teaching at Ponte Vedra Ballet and Dance Company since 2012. She instructs master classes around the South East and Midwest.

Anna’s dance experience includes: Southern Ballet Theatre/Orlando Ballet Apprentice/Corp 1996-2001 Director: Fernando Bujones and Vasili, Orlando FL Repetoire: Balanchines Serenade, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Nutcracker, Paquita, La Bayedere, Le Sylphide, The Four Seasons and Sleeping Beauty Ballet South Company member from 1998-2000 under direction of Russell

Sultzbach Fern Park, FL. Academia Ana Pavlova 1994-1996 Senior Company Member Bogota, Colombia South America. Ballet Municipal Apprentice 1993-1994 San Juan, Puerto Rico. Awards: Silver Medalist of the International Ballet Competition of Havana, Cuba and Scholarship recipient to attend the Academia Anna Pavlova 1995-1996.

Joanna Ursal

Joanna Ursal trained primarily in Afrocuban Folkloric Dance, Filipino traditional martial arts and dance, and various techniques in contemporary/modern dance, JoAnna Ursal brings a unique global perspective to teaching choreography and contemporary dance that draws from her diverse training in African, Asian and Contemporary dance forms. 

Since earning an MA in dance education from UCLA and an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University, Ms. Ursal has taught dance in higher

education and from K-12 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Jacksonville FL. Ms. Ursal developed the dance curriculum and taught dance to children in Los Angeles Public Schools for the nonprofit youth arts organization, Equal Opportunity Productions, (EQOP) and was chosen to choreograph and teach dance for their cultural exchange program The Sol Project in Havana Cuba.  She has also taught and developed a dance curriculum for the G.A.M.E.S. Division at Stanford University that brought dance to after school programs for elementary girls at risk for juvenile diabetes and was the dance instructor at Berkeley High School in Berkeley CA.

Since becoming a mother of three, Ms Ursal has been able to balance her teaching career by serving on the dance faculty at various school K-12 schools and colleges including  Emma Willard High School, Douglas Anderson School for the Arts, Jacksonville University, Union College and Miami Dade College. Most recently, she was one of twelve teaching artists in the nation to be chosen for Luna Dance Institute’s summer professional development program for dance teachers based in Oakland CA and currently uses her knowledge and experience to teach children creative movement at Seaside Community Charter and is also honored to be teaching contemporary dance and choreography at Fusion Performing Arts Academy.

Patricia Frank

Patricia Frank has had complete dance training and teaching experience in all dance disciplines as well as having participated in a month-long ballet seminar with her students in Russia. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts (dance emphasis) from Douglass College in NJ.

Miss Pat was the proprietor of a successful Dance and Theatre Arts Studio in New Jersey for many years.   Her students have gone on to dance in international companies such as Ballet Hispanico and teach with schools like

Boston Ballet. The NJDTE Company she founded is still performing in NJ & NYC under the artistic direction of her former student, Nancy Turano.

Tap is a particular favorite among the many types of dance she teaches. Her tap mentor was Edward Sinclair who coached many famous tappers, including Buddy Ebsen & Ray Bolger.

Currently Miss Pat enjoys teaching tap and ballet at Fusion Performing Arts in Ponte Vedra Florida and performs at assisted living spaces with a local tap group. 

Gabby Roque

Gabby Roque received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Jacksonville University. She has had the opportunity to dance with several guest artist such as, Jennifer Muller, Bliss Kohlmyer, Michael Blake and Glenn Edgarton. In addition to dancing she also has choreographed several pieces throughout the community.  Gabby is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration to one day open up her own dance company.

 

 

Rochelle Underdue

Rochelle Underdue’s dance experience includes 10+ years performance experience, 6+ years of choreography in mastering elements of hip hop, contemporary-modern, African, jazz, ballet, and basic dance movement, 3+ years of teaching performance and competition studios (solos, team, and recital) and 3+ years of technique training of modern, ballet, and technique-stretch. Rochelle Underdue is an evolving dancer, choreographer and teacher in mastering her movement Modern-Fusion. A blend of hip hop-modern teaching rudimentary of technique, fundamentals of hip hop and body motion as one unique expression.

Rochelle Maria Underdue has strongly utilized her 10+ years of experience in dance here in Jacksonville, Fl. Her dance styles consist of variations in hip hop: old-school, new-school, house (footwork) island grooves,voguing, pop and lock, breaking, whacking, modern-contemporary, and ballet. Her natural ability to move led her to experience many opportunities as she continues to build her name in the Jacksonville community through her participation in art performances and instructing dance classes. Some of her accomplishments are The Ritz hip hop dancer and choreographer, alumini of ARN, manager and member of Danceworks (modern company) FSCJ, Semi basketball Giant’s rookie cheerleader, Hip Hop teacher at Polly b Dance Academy, Hip Hop and Contemporary teacher at Studio K Dance, Asst. Member of Morgan Brown Dance Company and choreographer/backup dancing for local artists throughout Jacksonville, Fl. Her most recent accomplishments include One Spark representative of Dance workshop series ImoveUmove, Asst. dance Choreographer and Coach at Atlantic Coast High school, Wreckless Dance Crew and Dance Educational teacher at Foundation Academy.

Rochelle is currently an active member of Moving Testimonies,  a member of 3Hearts of Dance, and dance instructor throughout Jacksonville, Fl. She is currently completing her AA to receive her associates and will be continuing her educational pursuit at Alabama State University to receive her BFA in dance. Rochelle’s purpose and goals are to educate by connecting with people locally and internationally, sharing love, passion and testimony through dance, spreading knowledge of self love through artistry and wanting to serve others using the creative arts to open a center to help people discover their inner gifts and purpose in life.

“Love can conquer ANYTHING! ” Rochelle Underdue

Jill Donnellan

Jill Donnellan has been a Hollywood T.V. & Film Acting coach for major studios and actors for over 25 years and a writer for “Power Rangers” for over 15 years. She has also owned her own Hollywood Acting Studio and talent management firm for over 20 years and now brings Hollywood Acting Studio Jax to Jacksonville.

She has worked with names such as Tom Cruise, Beyonce, Hillary Duff, Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, Eddie Murphy, Jeff Foxworthy, Jayden Smith, Jonathan Lipnicki and many more, well known stars.

Sally Wacht

Sally Wacht – Shortly after arriving in New York City at 19 yrs. old, Sally was cast in her first Off-Broadway show with the theatre company, L.O.O.M. (Light Opera of Manhattan). Soon after, she got a television agent and worked on shows such as One Life to Live and The Guiding Light.

Continuing to pursue a music career, Sally developed her own cabaret show and subsequently signed a recording contract with Epic Records as part of the vocal group, OSCAR. After appearing on the Arsenio Hall show and David Letterman,

Sally toured as a background vocalist for Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates), ENYA, Sister Sledge and Debbie Gibson and became an internationally published songwriter.

Sally has been a vocal teacher and coach since 2007. Whether you are a beginner or fine tuning an audition piece, she brings extensive experience to the table and, of course, tons of fun!

Becky Milon

Becky Milon has training in classical ballet as well as jazz, modern and musical theatre for the past 17 years. She has worked with both Joffrey New York, American Repertory Ballet and currently works with the Wake Forest University Dance Company. She has performed the roles of Giselle, a fairy in Sleeping Beauty and various others. Becky has been teaching with Ponte Vedra Ballet for two years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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