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 40 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.” 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.
When she’s not dancing, Ms. Jeanna, and her husband of 17 years, are busy caring for their three beautiful daughters.
Instructor-Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary
Born in Yonkers, New York, Jose’s dance experience began at 4 years old. With with his grandmother’s cultural dance team, Jose performed plena, merengue and salsa, and danced his way down the streets of New York City in the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Voted Most Talented Male, c/o 2008 in high school, Jose was captain of the step team, and also a choreographer for the dance team. During this time, he traveled throughout Florida entering many student-choreography events, and his determination and passion were rewarded. Jose received “Best Student Choreographer” at the “I Love Dance” competition and First Place for his Hip Hop Group number at the “Showdown in O-Town.”
Following graduation, and under the direction of Kevin Veiga, Jose danced with Daytona State Dance Theater for four seasons. Recognized for his choreography skills, he had the privilege of choreographing two pieces for the company. During this time, Jose worked with guest choreographers such as Kristin Polizzi (Artistic Director of Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theater), Mary Love Ward (Professor of Contemporary at Florida School of the Arts and Founder of Mary Love Dance Projects) and Carla Lester (Dance Performance Professor with Bethune Cookman University).
Since his time with Daytona State in 2012, Jose has now become part of the Flagler School of Dance family and continues to grow as an instructor, choreographer and competition coach. In addition to his weekly classes, Jose travels with the studio’s competition team attending conventions such as DM, ASH and Surfscape. Jose’s choreography amongst competitions with FSOD has received awards such as “Entertainment Pick,” “Choreography Pick,” and “Judges Choice.”
When it comes to teaching, Jose likes to keep his classes fun!! He strives to encourage students to tap into energy deep inside themselves that shines when they perform. His goal is to keep students motivated, interested and striving to continue to improve. He tells students, “You inspire what I create!”
Jose also makes time to continue performing with companies such as Vixen Talent Productions and back up dances for local entertainment companies in Orlando and Dallas, Texas.
Instructor-Hip Hop, Jazz
Lisa Smith was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She started dancing at age 9 at Ballet Teatro musical de Julie Mayoral, Ponce Puerto Rico. Lisa started training en pointe at 11 years old, 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).
Presently Lisa is the ballet mistress at FREED Performing Arts and Flagler School of Dance.
She strongly believes in excellence in ballet technique, strength and dancers striving to become a beautiful masterpiece.
Lisa loves her job, which was once her dream, but has now become her passion and her life.