“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 exclusively 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 for Time Life Cds, Arizona Lottery, Powerade with Dion Sanders, “Bad Boys” and “Just Cause” and special extra parts in “The Specialist” with Sylvester Stallone, on-air talent as “Tommie Storm” on 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 © and Dance Bod Fitness Fusion Fit Flow™. Ms.Wolf was the recipient 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 (501c 3)©, which hosts free outreach programs for senior citizens and has also spearheaded 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, admittance and graduation to some of the highest level Pre-Professional Ballet Conservatories and Universities around the nation, ABT in NYC, UNCSA, Houston Ballet, Kaatsbaan Summer Intensive, Miami City Ballet Summer Intensives, Bolshoi Ballet Intensives, Kirov Academy DC, Governors School, SC, Joffrey Ballet, NYC, Patel Conservatory, Wake Forest University. She 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 and is currently an entrepreneur and Creative Director of Ballet Rocks® dance fashion/dance accessories.
Ms. Dulce Anaya
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. Ms.Anaya has been an instructor at Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company since 2015.
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 R. Rodriguez
Carolina R. Rodriguez M., Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company faculty since 2012, 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.
Sandy Leland began her study at Pnte 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.
Joanna DeFelice joined Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company in August of 2020. Joanna is a producer, artist, dancer, and teacher. A graduate of the Kirov Academy of Ballet, she trained under Alla Sizova, Nikolai Morozov, and Adrienne Dellas. Joanna has worked with Debbie Allen on numerous shows at the Kennedy Center and in Los Angeles and has toured internationally with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. She has performed works by Igal Perry, Ohad Naharin, Robyn Mineko Williams, Bryan Arias, Macia Del Prete, and Kristin Sudeikis, among others.
As a producer, Joanna has worked on projects with major brands such as Travel and Leisure, Target, and Honda. She has been commissioned as a set and technical designer for multiple art installations across the United States.
Joanna and her creative partner, Melanie Hamrick, choreographed Porte Rouge which premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg Russia and the Youth America Grand Prix Gala at Lincoln Center. Most recently she and Melanie directed and choreographed the video Ghost Light with dancers from The Royal Ballet to help raise funds for the arts.
Joanna currently teaches dance, choreographs, produces events around the country, and is always finding new ways to explore the depths of dance, music, and design.
Ashley began her dance training under Marta Jackson-Maduro, who studied under George Balanchine directly and was a dancer in the Metropolitan Opera and the National Ballet of Cuba. Under Marta’s instruction, she studied extensively in Vaganova and Cuban techniques. Ashley also trained locally at the Florida Ballet under the direction of Laurie Picinich-Byrd.
In order to expand her dance training, Ashley spent the summers of 2009-2013 attending Joffrey Ballet School summer intensives and pre-professional programs in NYC.
Ashley is an alumnus of The Governors School for the Arts, where she studied classical ballet and modern dance under renowned artists Todd Rosenlieb, Joni Petre-Scholz, and Kathy Brenner-Lasakow. During her time at GSArts, she was both a participant and volunteer at the National High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, VA and Miami, FL. This is also where she was introduced to the world of inclusive dance. Under artistic director Todd Rosenlieb, Ashley assisted in Adaptive Dance Classes. These classes were designed specifically for dancers with special needs, to ensure that everyone has the access and ability to take dance classes in a safe space. Ashely has been an instructor with Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company / Fusion since 2021.
Ashley continued her dance education at the University of South Florida where she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Dance Studies. While there, she continued her research into the healing properties of dance and completed her honors thesis on Dance For Parkinson’s disease.
After graduating college, Ashley combined her passion for dance with her love of sports and returned to Jacksonville as a member of The Roar of the Jaguars, the cheerleading team for the Jacksonville Jaguars. In her three seasons with the Jaguars, she has traveled around the world and performed with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, New Kids on the Block, 69 Boyz, 95 South, and more. She made her choreographing debut in the 2021 season, with her original work performed on TIAA Bank Field during a pre-game show. Ashley’s extensive dance training has been recognized with her Veteran Outstanding Dance Technique award for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Hilly Bodin: Contemporary Ballet
An instructor with Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company since 2018, Hilly has danced professionally with Company XIV Dance Company in NYC as lead ballerina in their production of Snow White and as a dance artist/performer with Artery Collection Dance Collective in NYC. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.F.A in Performing Arts/Dance and was a local student in her early training at La Villa and Douglas Anderson School for the Performing Arts.
Hilly has trained in all dance styles, sharing her knowledge and experience in physical movement with all ages and levels. She has danced all over Europe and trained with the top ballet and[expand]contemporary choreographers, William Forsythe, in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as trained under top Lumpinee statium (Bankok, Thailand) muay thai fighters and premier coaches, Gen Hongthonglek and Joe Hongthongnoi. She brings a plethora of knowledge on movement langage, awareness, creativity and self defense.
Jill Eathorne Bahr Recognized for her unique and personal choreographic approach, Jill Eathorne-Bahr has been heralded as being sleek and explosive in her range of styles. Works of Bahr include her nihilistic Firebird and the "World War II Slant of Life in France" in Last Vestiges of a Torch Song Café in addition to her primal tale of a matriarch society turned upside down, The Rite of Spring.
She is a Senior Faculty Member and Choreographer for the Charleston Ballet Center for Dance, (Don & Patri- cia Cantwell - Directors). Her awards include two National Endowment, (NEA) Fellowships, four Monticello Fellowships, William Habich Choreography Award, two South Carolina Arts Fellowships, and two Astral Choreography Awards. Her choreography can be found in the repertoires of Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cary Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Eddy Toussaint, Eugene Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Nevada Dance Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Michigan, State of Alabama Ballet, Ballet Omaha, Joffrey II Dancers, Douglas Anderson School of Arts, the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Florida Ballet at Jackson- ville, Heartland Youth Ballet, Project Ballet, and the Fort Wayne Ballet.
She taught summer intensive workshops throughout the US including Boston Ballet (8 summers) and Ballet Aspen (3 summers). s. In 2008, Bahr was the recipient of the Governor's Award -"Elizabeth Verner Award"- the highest Arts Award. In South Carolina. Jill has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Panel and served as an Adjudicator with College Dance Festivals. She is a robust devotee of Regional Dance America. Jill has adjudicated all five regions and this 2017 National Festival marks the second time she has been national adjudicator.
Roxanna Lewis is an award-winning director, celebrated choreographer, filmmaker, writer and producer. Roxanna’s creative approach to filmmaking springs from her expert understanding of motion, composition, and storytelling as a professional dancer and choreographer. International repertory highlights include: Infinity Dance Theatre, HT Chen & Dancers (NYC) and The National Ballet of Guatemala. Her ground-breaking work Dreambody is archived in the Lincoln Center Library, was remounted off-Broadway at Judson Church and currently the subject of a documentary. Roxanna was a featured choreographer for Broadway’s Christopher Reeve's First You Dream - A Tribute to Courage, Diva Diaries and assistant choreographer (to Patti Wilcox of Broadway’s Motown) for The Cole Porter Songbook.
Roxanna’s artistic portfolio expands into music videos for SONY’s multi-platinum group Manic Street Preachers, Latin-pop artists VOZ on Rock Records as well as large-scale live commercial industrials for Dow Chemical, National Salute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Meridian Development. Her work has been presented at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors and the US Department of Agriculture, as well as for dignitaries and audiences in France, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. Grants include: Art Ventures/NEA partnership (2020 & 2017) and Community First Cares (2017). Having earned her BFA in Dance at S.U.N.Y. Purchase, Roxanna taught at the prestigious Steps on Broadway (NYC) and adjudicated in the USA and Canada for dance and theatrical competitions and events. She’s held positions as Adjunct Professor at FSCJ and led numerous workshops at Flagler College and Universities across the USA.
In Maryland, she was hand-picked to initiate a Dance Program for St. Vincent Pallotti High School, as well as for the Montgomery County Council for the Arts as Teaching Artist for the esteemed ELO-SAIL program. Her progressive curriculum emphasized Dance, Story-telling and Theater to teach principles of Math, Science and History to Title 1 elementary school children. More info: www.ROXANNALEWIS.com IG/Twitter@roxannalewis
Tap Program Director
Raised in Jacksonville, Andrea Toledo has been dancing all her life. She trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop, with a deep love for Tap. She is the assistant direction of the professional touring tap company, Noise Complaint. When not dancing she is a chemist, crafter, and bibliophile.
Ana Di Fato
Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Nutrition from The University of Alabama, December 2021. Her dance training was under the instruction of Cornelius Carter (Jazz), Lawrence Jackson (Jazz), Rita Snyder (Ballet), Qianping Guo (Ballet), Fenella Kennedy (Modern), Rebecca Salzer (Modern), Sarah Barry (Modern and Choreography), Aidan Nettles (Jazz).
Ana has performed with Walt Disney World: Orlando, FL for Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration: Castle Forecourt Stage Show (2019 Cast, Character Performer) and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade (2019 Cast, Kringle Crew Elf) Character Performer: Disney College Program (March 2019-January 2020) & Seasonal Cast Member (January 2020-December 2020). She has also performed with the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre: Tuscaloosa, AL Golden Field by Qianping Guo (Soloist) Adjust by Rita Snyder (Soloist) Schumann’s Sonatas by Mikhail Ilyin (Demi-soloist) Voyager by Todd Bolender, staged by James Jordan of Sarasota Ballet (Corps) Dream Scene from “Don Quixote”, staged by Rita Snyder (Corps) Finish Empty by Qianping Guo (Corps) and with Dance Alabama!: Tuscaloosa, AL
She has also choreographed several pieces while dancing in Alabama. She joined Ponte Vedra Ballet/Fusion Performing Arts staff in January of 2022.
Born in the U.K. Kirsty Walker trained full-time at Elmhurst Ballet school from the age of 11 after completing 3 years as a Junior associate of the Royal Ballet School. Following her graduation from Elmhurst in 2019, Kirsty spent 2 years at Orlando Ballet as a Trainee before joining Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida as a company member performing principal and soloist roles for the 2021/22 season.
Kirsty also joined the teaching faculty at Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s associate school Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet at the start of 2022 where she currently teaches the professional division along with the community outreach program "arts Ballet goes to school”. Kirsty has recently graduated university with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Practice: arts and creative industries (dance) with first class honors and is working towards completing her sports nutrition certification.
Kirsty has been guest teaching at PVBallet since 2019.
Emily joined Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company in 2019 and is working towards her BFA in Dance from Jacksonville University with emphasis on kinesiology and dance performance. She has performed modern and contemporary works at JU by Lana Heylock, ANdrew Carroll, Joe Cotler, Amy Miller, Michael Lomeka, Antonio Brown, Paula Weber an Brian Palmer. Emily joined Cleo Parker Dance Company in Denver,CO 2020 and will be performing professionally for the 2020-2021 season.
Artist in Residence
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.
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 [expand]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.
Winter Bosenko is currently a candidate for MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee lo residence program and recipient of the UVM Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship. She has had the opportunity to study with Jan Ekert, SImone Linhares Ferro, Mair Culvreth, Daniel Burkholder and Ferne Caulker. Ms. Bosenko produces and creates her own works through WInter Dance Collective which will hold community performances through out 2019 and 2020 through Ignite Artists Collaborative at PVBallet’s in house Black Box Theatre. Ms. Bosenko is currently 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 [expand]Central Florida Dance Celebration. Winter teaches and choreographs for Fusion Performing Arts Academy and continues working on projects throughout the Jacksonville area. Mis Bosenko has been an instructor at Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company since 2015.
Colae Green: Classical Ballet
Colae began her dance training at the Sarasota Ballet at age seven under the direction of Diane Partiington, Isabel Dubroque and Tessa Williams. She continued training in Tallahassee, Florida under the instruction of Suzanne Farrell, Richard Sias and Katherine Cashi as a dual enrolled student with Florida State University’s Dance Department. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for high school and attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet, School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet under the direction of former NYCB principal dancer Peter Boal. Colae danced as principal soloist in the Tallahassee Ballet for six seasons while completing her B.S in English education at Florida State.
She is the recipient of the John Simmons Award for Excellence in education at FSU. Under the direction of Artistic Director Rick McCullough, Tallahassee Ballet, her repertoire consisted of Tatiana in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Paquita Variations, Cinderella, Wendy in Peter an, Clara, Dew Drop and Sugar Plum in the Nutcrackerm and the Evil Queen in Snow White. In addition to classical works, she has also performed various contemporary works by Henry Hernandez, Rich McCullough and guest faculty from Florida State University. Colae also danced for one season with the Carolina Ballet. We are excited to have her join the faculty of Ponte Vedra Ballet & Dance Company in 2019.