ALAINA DE RENZO ~ MODERN INSTRUCTOR
Alaina is a dancer, choreographer, and educator originally from South Florida where she began dancing at Susan Lyle Studios in Lake Worth. She graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida receiving her BFA degree in Dance Performance. Alaina has a passion for teaching; she has been teaching dance as an instructor and assistant instructor for eight years throughout the West Palm Beach area. Recently, she interned at Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts in Tampa, Florida as an advanced-level Modern dance instructor. Throughout her teaching career, it has always been Alaina’s goal to prepare her students for all realms of the dance world; it’s her mission to provide diverse dance education that will ensure that her students are prepared for anything and everything in the field.
CARLOS MARTINEZ ~ HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR / CREW CHOREOGRAPHER
Carlos "Quito" Martinez was raised in the Bronx New York, where he first found his passion for the art of dance. He grew up idolizing Adam G. Sevani "moose" from the film series Step Up. Carlos started training at the age of 14 and excelled quite rapidly in his training. He became an apprentice and protege to Mistah O his dance instructor within 2 years. He loves to work with children and enjoys watching the progress in their training. Carlos one day would like to choreograph and dance with the great artists of this time. His style of dance is a mix of sharp and smooth movements like what you would see in a Chris brown video.
SABRINA CARDINAL ~ JAZZ INSTRUCTOR
Originally from Canada, Sabrina Cardinal began dancing at a young age. Very passionate, she became an important teacher in her own community. Building her own dance company in her hometown she created opportunities for a professional level of dancers, training dancers who are now succeeding on the international scene as well. In 2008,Steve Bolton recruited her to be a part of the 8 count family as a teacher and dancer. She has now been touring to Egypt, Canada and most of the US, dancing on productions such as Best of Broadway, Michael Jackson Man in the Mirroir, Holiday extravagenza, Madame Houdini and more. Currently established in Florida, Sabrina has worked for national channel Univision on La Banda.
DEVRON RICHARDSON ~ ACRO INSTRUCTOR
One of my dreams when I was little was to do gymnastics and all kinds of crazy flips. I never quite fulfilled that dream, but I stumbled onto something better. Cheerleading! I began tumbling in high school, and have been doing it ever since. (1993-'95) I cheered for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats & competed at the UCA Nationals (1995-'99) During that time I started teaching tumbling and acro. Over the years and through working with many talented coaches, I have developed my unique style of teaching. In 2001, I moved to West Palm Beach to pursue another life long passion. I attended the Florida Culinary Institute where I earned degrees in Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Management. Throughout my time in South Florida I have continued training and coaching. In 2008 I started my own company, Tumblefreak. I work with a variety of gyms, studios and schools, providing various training, camps & clinics. Recently, Tumblefreak has expanded into producing athletic apparel. For a brief stint in high school I took some jazz and ballet lessons, with some convincing from the same girls who talked me into cheering, which is why this is so exciting! I am honored to be working with JJ & her incredible dancers and staff at Vantage Pointe Dance Studios!
ODINNI JONES ~ CREW DIRECTOR / HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR
Odinni jones was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He was raised in the Bronx, New York where he was introduced to dance. He trained in jazz and Hip Hop in high school. He also attended training classes at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, Ny. He was apart of a traveling Hip Hop charity company called Ala Mar Inc. He later attended college at Barry university where he minored in dance. He later was captain of the dance team for Barry university. He has worked with artist such as Fat joe, Brooke Hogan, Git Phresh, and Flo-rida just to name a few. He was co-choreographer for a dance crew formally known as Collateral Damage Crew. They have auditioned for dance shows such as Americas Best Dance Crew, Americas Got Talent and featured on Brooke Hogan Knows Best. He has judged dance competitions and taught master classes all throughout south Florida, NY, and Georgia. His style is a smooth high energy jazz funk/ hip hop. Relatively close to the choreography seen in Janet Jackson, Ciara, Beyoncé and usher's music videos. Odinni strongly believes in the potential in each child to be great and wants to help nourish and expand his students confidence and self growth. Teaching is his number one passion and seeing the growth in his students is his biggest reward.
ANGELINA GRANITZ ~ CONTEMPORARY INSTRUCTOR
Angelina Granitz, born and raised in Florida. Graduate from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts as a dance major. She has fourteen years of training in Horton, Ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary and Hip hop at Palm Beach Ballet, Sean’s dance factory, and Stars dance studio. She has been featured on SYTYCD and assists conventions Intrigue and The Pulse. She has been in many performances with artists such as Sean Kingston, Natalia Jimenez, and Andres Cuervo. She has also been on screen performances such as the Jo & Jax commercial, Radio Disney, and Univision’s Talent showcase. Her goal after graduating Nova Southeastern University with a BFA in dance is to move to California and be a modern/contemporary/commercial dancer. Her goal is to be Beyoncé’s backup dancer.
JENNIFER SIMMERS ~ BALLET INSTRUCTOR
Jennifer Simmers has been dancing ever since the age of four. She has received scholarships to study at the Joffrey Ballet and Steps in New York City. She is a graduate of Palm Beach County School of the Arts where she studied dance. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education from the University of South Florida. While attending USF, Jennifer received the leading role in Madame Gabriella Darvash’s ballet, “Rossiniana” and Bruce Steivel’s ballet, “Haydn Variations.” She was selected to dance in Danny Buraczeski’s classic piece, “Swing Concerto”, in which was performed at the American College Dance Festival and was chosen for the Festival’s Gala. She has had the honor of receiving the BRAVO! Scholarship for Excellence in Performance and Academics, the Talent Scholarship Recognition Award for Talent/Potential in Performance/Choreography/Dance Education/Academics, and the Henry Parrish Performance Award. While studying at USF, she has trained with Albena Arnaudova, Gretchen Ward Warren, Sandra Robinson, Jeanne Travers, Michael Foley, John Parks, Jennifer Salk, Gerri Houlihan, Madame Gabriella Darvash, and Bruce Steivel. Jennifer served as co-chairperson of USF’s Dance Education Organization. She has served on the Conference Committee for the annual Florida Dance Education Organization Conference. She served on the board for the Florida Dance Education Organization from 2010-2014. Jennifer was the Co-chair of the Florida Dance Performance Assessment and was the Chair of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts for the state of Florida. She had the opportunity to organize the Miami Sharing Concert for the National Dance Education Organization Conference in which Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “So You Think That You Can Dance, “was in attendance. Jennifer has been the Director of Dance at Wellington High School for the past fifteen years. She is currently the Fine Arts Academy Chair. She was nominated for the Dwyer Award, Excellence in Education, and represented Wellington High School. She directs the Wellington High School Dance Company and has created the National Honor Society of Dance Arts Chapter FL1012 at WHS. Her students have been accepted to college dance programs, dance teams, ballet companies, and as dancers at Theme Parks. She enjoys teaching and being able to share her gift of dance with others. Jennifer has been teaching ballet, jazz, tap, and modern for more than twenty years.
ASHLEY WARMSTEIN ~ COMPANY DIRECTOR IG: ashleyd73
Ashley Warmstein grew up in South Florida and has been dancing since the age of 5. She began her training in Ballet, and after her first season, began Jazz and Tap as well. At the age of 10, Ashley began dancing competitively and continued through her high school graduation. Throughout the years, she has also performed at many charity events
and festivals. During her senior year of high school, Ashley was given the opportunity to perform at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Buffalo, New York in a piece entitled, “Arranged Disorder”. After graduating high school, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she continued her dance education at UNLV, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance. She performed in many faculty and student concerts during her four years at UNLV. In March of 2008, Ashley was invited to perform at the American College Dance Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was also given the amazing opportunity to travel abroad to Germany in June 2008, where she performed at the Kiel Dance Festival and taught classes at the Cologne Dance Center. While studying for her Bachelor’s degree, Ashley became certified in Pilates through D.K. Body Balancing. Ashley has been teaching and sharing her passion for dance since the age of 14. She loves working with students of all ages in a variety of genres.
J.J. BUTLER ~ OWNER/DIRECTOR IG: vpdance
J.J. Butler began her training with the Fort Worth City Ballet. She went on to train with the San Francisco Ballet, Steps NYC, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, Debbie Reynolds Studio F and Edge Dance studios. She trained under such people as Doug Caldwell, Luigi, David Wright, John Wey Ling, William Martin-Viscount, Jaymi Marshall, The Moscow Ballet and the revered Mikhail Baryshnikov. She began her professional career at the age of 16, performing on a local and nationwide show under the direction of Gordon Graham. Upon finishing school J.J moved to New York City to continue training, auditioning and working. At 19 she left for Italy to join her first cruise ship and to co-choreograph two (2) multi-million dollar production shows produced by Jean Anne Ryan and Neva Rae Powers. Three years later J.J. formed Trans-International Entertainment where she employed and placed dancers on several major cruise lines - such as MSC and Starlight Cruises including the ill-fated "Achille Lauro". J.J Butler left the cruise ship life in '98 to raise a family and to continue her passion as a dance teacher to young children. She has since then had countless award winning dances and had many talented children come into her classes and train then to go on ans receive scholarships to prestigious universities. Her previous students, Billy Bell and Tiffany Maher, were contestants on Season 7 and Season 9 of “So You Think You Can Dance”.
SHERYL TAUTIVA ~ DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Sherry Tautiva has been teaching and choreographing jazz dance for many years; both in the north east and most recently in Florida. Her background is extremely varied and Sherry teaches everything from Lyrical, Latin Jazz, Musical Theatre to Jazz Fusion to name a few. Her former students have performed in Gregory Hines Dance Company, Disney, Cruise Ships and Television shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance” as well as “America’s Got Talent”. Sherry studied and competed with Willie Rosario for many years. Willie performed in many Broadway Shows including Cats, the revival of West Side Story and the TV series Fame. Sherry has a ballroom background which she incorporates into her jazz choreography. Sherry won a number of dance competitions, including the Eastern United States, the Middle United States, and the California Star Ball Championships, the titles of Ohio Star Ball Champion (of PBS television’s Championship Ballroom Series), as well as reached the finals of both the USBC (US Open Dancesport Championships) and La Classique du Quebec (Canadian Open Championships). Culminating her career with the title of North American Latin Dance Champion. Sherry also performed as lead dancer for Kenny Vance Videos shown on MTV. Sherry has coached and choreographed for Olympic and World Figure Skaters. Including the National Champions of France, Poland, Russia and the United States. Sherry takes immense pride in teaching young dancers. Her favorite expression is; “I love turning caterpillars into butterflies!”
KELLY CARTER ~ RYTHYM DIRECTOR / TAP INSTRUCTOR
Kelly Carter began her dance career after she graduated from Howard W. Blake high school in Tampa, Florida with a "Masters in Dance." Kelly then went to study economics and marketing at Florida Atlantic University. While at FAU she became a professional dancer for the Florida Panthers NHL team. Kelly has been teaching tap dancing for 5 years at studios across Florida. She has continued to study dance at multiple schools including; The Boston Conservatory, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and the Human Rhythm Project. Kelly has won many awards for her choreography at regional and national competitions, and she hopes to continue to inspire young dancers and #BringTapBack!