MEET THE TEAM
Alicia began dancing at the age of 3 when she started studying Ballet and Tap. Throughout her childhood she continued studying multiple styles, adding Jazz and Broadway Jazz to her list, while strongly focusing on Tap. In 2005, Alicia joined Precision Dance Company in Rockledge, FL led by Marty (Eyster) Mercado, performed around the county, and continued to further her education into other styles, including Modern, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. During this time, Alicia began to gain experience teaching tap and hip hop classes to children ages 4-10, and was an assistant teacher to Natalie McKnight-Palmer during her summer musical theater workshops. Alicia spent the next few years performing with Evolution Dance Company at different events, including baseball games at Space Coast Stadium as a part of Space Coast Surge Entertainment. In 2019, Alicia choreographed for the musical "Guys and Dolls" at Eastern Florida State College. She also works alongside the Brevard Achievement Center with a residency in their Arts4All program working with Special Needs students for their annual Performing Arts Showcase and is a Certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor. Alicia's passion for dance is long-lasting and she hopes to bring something new and exciting to Brevard County by offering a wide range of classes for everyone to enjoy!
Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certification
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Member
Creative Dance in Early Childhood (NDEO-Endorsed CEUs)
CLI Studios Member
Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) Certification
First Aid/CPR Certified
Brooke began dancing at the age of 2 in a studio located in Brusly, Louisiana. At age 6 she began competitive dancing and by 13 she began traveling and assisting for Tremaine and The Streetz Dance Conventions. Brooke spent time assisting and learning from many esteemed dancers and choreographers such as Paula Abdul, Joe Tremaine, and Derrick Schrader to name a few. During the summer, Brooke would travel to study dancing at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio located in Los Angeles, California and Joffrey Ballet School located in San Antonio, Texas. At age 15 Brooke began choreographing and teaching many different styles of dance including technique, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet classes around Louisiana. When she graduated, she moved to Orlando, Florida to begin her career as a performer for Walt Disney World. Brooke performed for 2 years and was even cast in the 2019 “Mickeys Most Merriest Celebration” Castle Stage Show for Walt Disney World. Brooke now works for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort as a Children’s Activities Hostess and is studying to become an Elementary Teacher. She is excited to share her passion and skill for dance with many aspiring dancers in the studio and hopes to become a valuable role model in your children’s lives.
Stephanie has been dancing since the age of 2 and when she took her first dance class,
she immediately fell in love with the art. Her favorite style to dance is Hip Hop and her
favorite style to teach is all of the above! She has been trained in all genres of dance
including; Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Clogging, and
Breakdancing. Stephanie was in a pre-professional company, Boston Community
Dance Project, from ages 12-15. Stephanie has had the opportunity to dance at Epcot,
has won numerous national titles and has been recognized by many nationwide
choreographers; Travis Wall, Aaron Tolson, Peter Sabasino, Twitch, Skooj-Choreo,
and Allison Holker. Stephanie has traveled across the country for several dance
opportunities and to teach alongside these choreographers. She has been
demonstrating/teaching students since she was 13. She loves every child she works
with and she believes the most rewarding part of the job is being able to give children
the space to be themselves as well as make connections with her students year after
year. She is excited to teach children the joy of dance and can’t wait for what this year
has in store!
Marlene started dancing in 2005 and fell in love with it forever.
Throughout the years she has gained experience and passion in various styles of dance including Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Pom and Latin. Her interest, however, lies mostly in ballet and in teaching. She is currently a member of the National Dance Education Organization and has credit hours with the NDEO in dance education. She is very passionate about making a positive influence and helping her students to develop their talents and skills. Marlene made her start in competitive dance in 2005 while living in Indiana, where she competed at State Finals through IHSDTA in Jazz, Pom and Lyrical with the CHS Dance Team. Regular Ballet classes with CHS helped her maintain and develop her skills during that time. She also performed in various shows including the CHS Music Department Variety Shows, annual Christmas Programs, and Musicals. She also participated in the CHS Color Guard, which competed at State Finals. During her time with the CHS Music Department, she also participated in Spring Performance Courses for four years which gave her valuable experience in practicing the elements of choreography and music editing for her dance performances. Marlene went to college in 2009 at Spring Arbor University in MI and participated in the Swing Dance Club there as a hobby during the school year. She later went on to gain dance education experience in 2012, when she joined Jackson School of the Arts in Michigan as a dance instructor for 3 years; she also continued taking adult ballet classes there for herself. On the side, she taught Ballet classes at the local YMCA in Jackson, MI. Through this, she built valuable experience in both teaching and choreographing. From 2017 through 2021 Marlene furthered her Ballet training with advanced adult ballet classes at Go Dance Studio in Goshen, IN and at Debbie Werbrouck School of Dance in Mishawaka, IN. She also participated in South Bend Latin Dance as a hobby during that time. Then, in Sept of 2021, Marlene joined Southold Dance Theatre in South Bend, IN and continued to refine her Ballet abilities there. Finally, Marlene and her husband moved permanently to FL in November 2022, at which point she joined Dance Variations as a dance instructor. Marlene currently also gives private ballet lessons at Space Coast IcePlex for figure skaters on behalf of Dance Variations. In her spare time, Marlene is currently a band member at ECCC in Merritt Island as a piano player and vocalist, because music has also been a lifelong passion. She also enjoys practicing Yin yoga, exploring the outdoors, and long walks onthe beach with her husband and their Greyhound dog.
From a very young age, Alex has been always on the go. From dancing to martial arts to climbing buildings and trees to flipping all over the place. Alex has not been able to sit still. He has been dancing since he could remember, going as far as playing football and doing the worm in the middle of the field during kick off. Martial arts he started before he turned 10, earning his black belt in Karate at a very young age. Then at the age of 13 started Freerunning. A combination of Acrobatics, Parkour and Dancing. To this day Alex says if he wasn't able to move, he doesn't know where he would be.
Rachael began dancing at the age of 5. She took 15 years of ballet, jazz, and pointe. She always loved dance and ended up getting into Show Choir in College, where she continued to perform and enjoy dancing. She also found a love for both the music and the dancing genre of swing and salsa. When she graduated college the first time her career path took her away from
dancing. After having her first 2 children, she found Yoga and Zumba both of which are a former dancer’s friend. She has taught Yoga and Zumba for over 9 years at the YMCA and then at the Melbourne Athletic Club. She is happily married and a mother to 4 amazing children and a pug. She now works as a registered nurse while teaching on the side. She believes dance brings joy and she loves bring joy to others.
Ash began their career at the Cocoa Village Playhouse from the ages of 10-16. They spent those years in the Stars of Tomorrow program building a foundation in theater. They then started dancing when they were 13. They began their dancing journey in 2018 on Edgewood jr/sr high school’s dance team. They spent the next 5 years on their varsity competition team where they were a captain their senior year. Throughout that time they were studying under Ashley Figueroa. For 4 years, and many more to come, they were a demonstrator for Ashley at Dussich Dance Studio. The later 2 of those years they became a substitute teacher there. Throughout that whole time they have come to love the styles of hip hop and contemporary in order to break the norms in dance, and embrace the individuality that it allows dancers of all kind!