First a student of FSOD, and now the Owner/Artistic Director, her heart has always beat for this studio, which has been serving this county for over 45 years!! With a strong focus on ballet, Jeanna’s training includes summer intensives at BelHaven University with Ballet Magnificat, Nutcracker performances with Civic Ballet, Dance Alive and Southern Ballet Theater. Also, master classes and Pas De Deux training with Tae Kwan Chu from Dance Alive and Prima Ballerina Assoluta-Galina Mezentseva from Kirov Ballet. “Ms. Jeanna,” as called by her students, contributes her versatility and strong foundation from her devotion to ballet, and strongly feels the technique gained from this art form paves the way for success in all other dance forms. She traveled to compete and studied under big names such as Frank Hatchett, Janice Barringer and Hank Crabtree. She was the captain of her high school’s dance team and competed with the UDA (Universal Dance Association) and attended summer workshops at Florida State University. After graduating in 2000, Jeanna became a wife and mom, and obtained a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. From 2009-2013, she was an English/Reading teacher at Matanzas High School where she also directed the dance department. During this time, she was the choreographer for their spring musicals such as “Once on This Island,” “School House Rock, “ and “Little Shop of Horrors.” And returned to MHS in 2020, as a guest choreographer for their spring musical "Newsies." She also choreographed for “Grease” when she worked with a local, children’s musical theater group. Jeanna has a heart for giving back to her local and international community. In 2010, Jeanna volunteered her time to rehearse and direct the party scene for Dance Alive’s Nutcracker. She has embarked on two, international mission trips to Guatemala with her local church, and coordinates yearly visits to elderly, assisted-living facilities where her students perform for the residents. Flagler School of Dance also sponsors the Down Right Dancers and donates studio space, so that children and adults with special needs can also experience the joy of dance! She is a firm believer in continuing education, and still strives to further her own professional development. As a result, she was accepted as a Dance Performance Major to the Florida School of the Arts from 2014-2016 and was awarded a Presidential Scholarship. During this time, she continued her studies and performances in ballet, modern, improvisation and ensemble work. Under the direction of Mary Love Ward and Jessica Mayhew-Borrero, Jeanna experienced opportunities to learn from universities, companies and individuals from all over the country such as, The University of Florida, Einsenhower Dance, Larry Albright (Soul Studios) and Sara Procopia (Shen Wei Dance Arts). Jeanna’s most recent adventure included a week-long dance experience at the world-renowned studio, Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she took classes in tap, contemporary floor-work, contemporary fusion and contemporary jazz. Currently, Ms. Jeanna is embarking on her 9th year as a competitive dance coach and has received awards such as "Outstanding Professionalism,"(Shake The Ground) and "Stand-Out Studio" (DanceMakers). Her work has received many awards including "Outstanding Choreography" "Most Entertaining" and "Judges Choice." When not at the studio, Ms. Jeanna enjoys traveling, painting, spending time with her three daughters, and grandson, and THE BEACH!!
Instructor-Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary
Lisa Smith Lisa Smith was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She started dancing at age 9 with Ballet Teatro musical de Julie Mayoral, Ponce Puerto Rico. Lisa started training en pointe at 11 years old, and started dancing with the company as a soloist performing the ballet Los Cuentos De la Alhambra, Pas de deux as the principal dancer of the 3 princesses. At age 13, Lisa received a full scholarship to summer intensive camp at Eglevsky ballet in New York City, and at age 14 Lisa won 1st place for her dance imitation of Eva Peron. Lisa had the privilege of obtaining the starring role of Alice in Wonderland (pas de deux) in teatro la perla Ponce, Puerto Rico, and she starred as Cinderella (pas de deux) as well. Lisa was elected to summer camp at Ballet Escenario en Mayaguez and was trained by Julie Mayoral and Joey Zarazen from Boston Ballet and Elizabeth Calero and Rodney Rivera. At 16, she started dancing on a tour for a Puerto Rican singer Lizmar in Santo Domingo, NYC and locally in Puerto Rico. As a young adult, Lisa started teaching ballet in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. In 2008, Lisa moved to Florida and started teaching at the European School of Ballet, 3’N Motion Dance Studio, Flagler School of Dance and Abella’s School of Dance. In 2015, Lisa performed as Flower with the company for The Nutcracker St. Augustine Ballet, and also as a guest dancer for the Flagler Auditorium in 2017 as Kitri with a Don Quixote variation. In 2018, Lisa volunteered her time to choreograph for the Civic Ballet of Volusia County Nutcracker, working specifically on the Spanish choreography. She also worked as dance evaluator for the National Fine Arts in Orlando and trains students to compete in YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix). In December 202, Lisa Performed at The Twisted Nutcracker with SCDT/RAKR Dance Company. Presently Lisa is the ballet mistress at FREED Performing Arts and Flagler School of Dance. She strongly believes in excellence in ballet technique and strength, and motivates dancers towards striving to become a beautiful masterpiece. Lisa loves her job, which was once her dream, but has now become her passion and her life.❤️ We LOVE YOU Ms. Lisa!!
Morgan Rae Currie Ms. Morgan has been teaching with FSOD for five years, and has 17 years of performance experience!! Morgan has performed with Universal Studios as a “minion” in “Despicable Me” productions and parades, and as “Raggedy Ann” in the Macy’s Holiday Parade in NYC! In addition to theme parks and nationally-recognized parades, Morgan also was a dancer with semi-pro sports teams such as the Orlando Predators Arena Football League and the Jacksonville Sharks. Traveling the state of Florida, Morgan debuted in multiple performances for companies such as ESPN, Ritz Carlton, Microsoft, Ulta Beauty, Toyota, Harley Davidson and as a competitive ballroom dancer with Fred Astaire Studios. Some cool gigs Morgan has been able to score, have been promotional projects with television companies such as NFL, Bright House Sports, ABC and ESP. Also, promotional work with radio company WJRR, and a promotional model for Kevin Hart’s “What Now Tour,” a KISS concert at the AFL Arena Bowl and also the PGA Show. Along with her expansive performance and promotional work, Ms. Morgan also has 10+ years of teaching/choreography/coaching experience with Vixens Talent Productions, New Dimensions Dance Academy, Flagler Palm Coast High School, Orlando Predators Prowlers, Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team, and the Stetson University Dance Club. Ms. Morgan truly has a heart for children. In her spare time, Morgan has volunteered countless hours with GAL (Guardian Ad Litem), and eventually, and rightfully, earned a position as the Director for the Flagler County Foster Care Program. Her talents are infinite, and her heart is huge!! We are so lucky to have Ms. Morgan on the FSOD teaching team!! We Love You Ms. Morgan.
Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Javier Garcia Bustos “Javiolo” is a skilled dancer and choreographer with years of experience spanning around the globe. He fell in love with dance at the young age of 3, finding the art form beneficial to his coordination, memory, and overall health. Honing his dance skills over the years has served as a therapeutic outlet for creative self-expression, and Javiolo hopes to give this to others through the classes he teaches. Serving as a professional dancer since the age of 8, Javiolo is proud to have danced, choreographed, and trained all around the world, having performed in top European cities such as in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, and London, and in major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston. He has performed in dozens of music videos for up-and-coming artists, and in 2010, he was a backup dancer for RCA recording artist Ke$ha, following the release of her hit debut album, Animal. Javiolo’s vast dance experience has also taken him from the Broadway stage to the Top 10 finalists (out of 2,000 dancers) in the Spanish version of So You Think You Can Dance. Now having lived in Northeast Florida since 2017, Javiolo has discovered his calling in teaching hip-hop, ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance to students of all ages and skill levels throughout Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Ormond Beach. After many exciting life experiences and positive lessons learned through dance, Javiolo has found a true passion in entertaining people and taking them on a journey to a place where they can let go of their worries and enjoy the present moment through the fine art of movement. New to FSOD this season, we are pleased to welcome Mr."Javi!"
Jada Hathaway started dancing with Flagler School of Dance at five years old and danced with them until she graduated in 2021. She was on their competitive dance team from 2017- 2020, and will always say she has FSOD to thank, for all her knowledge of dance and what it takes to be a performer!! Growing up at Flagler School of Dance, Jada had the pleasure of assisting with the Down Right Dancers (community outreach class for students with Downs Sydrome) along with assisting Pre/Junior ballet, tap and jazz classes! In 2013, Jada participated in “The Nutcracker” with Dance Alive National Ballet, along with many other dance gigs and intensives! Including yearly holiday performances for nursing home residents, DanceMakers, Inc., ASH (Artists Simply Human) and The Festival of Dance with The Civic Ballet of Volusia County. From 2017-2021, Jada danced with the FPC Dance Company, and enjoyed the opportunity to choreograph many dances for students and peers, in styles such as contemporary, jazz and hip hop. Ms. Jada will be attending DSC in the Spring and plans to major in Psychology. She is so grateful to be able to transfer her passion of dance onto her students and is so excited to see all of them grow!!
Janelle Hodgson began her dance training in St. Augustine at only three years old, and by age five, she found her home studio with Flagler School of Dance. As a teenager, “Ms. Janelle", became an assistant teacher to the Pre/Junior classes (ages 3-4) and eventually a co-teacher along with another dance peer. She adores all of the children who she’s taught over the years and she loves seeing them continue to grow year after year. During her training with FSOD, Janelle was also part of the Competition Team from 2017-2022. She started team when she was 13, became Co-Captain when she was 16, and ended her senior year as the Team Captain. While on competition team, Janelle competed many styles including contemporary, hip hop, jazz and also choreographed her own contemporary ballet solo on pointe. In addition to awards received for group participation, Janelle has also been recognized individually amongst hundreds of her peers, and received scholarships in ballroom style convention classes. To further her training and experience in ballet, Janelle traveled for two years to compete in Youth America Grand Prix, which is is the world's largest international student ballet competition and scholarship program. In addition to competing a contemporary ballet solo and a classical ballet solo, Janelle also attended YAGP’s master classes with renowned instructors. In her community, special performances include roles in “The Nutcracker” produced by The Civic Ballet of Volusia County, in which Janelle has performed as a soldier, dragon and party girl at the Peabody Auditorium. Currently, Janelle is working on her AA at Daytona State College and will eventually transfer to a university to her begin her studies in becoming a physical therapist specializing in sports medicine. Janelle is passionate about this field because, as a dancer, she feels she can relate to athletes, and the injuries they endure; therefore, wants to help them rehabilitate to better health. Janelle’s personal teaching philosophy: “I strive to make the younger children feel comfortable and excited to come to class. I know sometimes it can be hard for 3 and 4 year olds to adapt to something new, but with a little guidance, I can ensure that they will learn something new but, they will also have fun.” We are so blessed to have Ms. Janelle on the FSOD teaching team!