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Stella Palumbo - "Miss Stella"

Stella Palumbo - "Miss Stella"

The owner and founder of Stella's Dancers' Studio, she began teaching dance at age 15 and has owned and operated her own studio since she was 19. Today, more than 300 students study Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Modern. Additionally, she founded and currently directs the nationally acclaimed Illusion Dance Company, which has won countless competition titles and performed at area hospitals, nursing homes and community events. Stella’s Dancers' Studio has celebrated their 31st Anniversary Recital.

While encouraging the members of the company to strive for success in competitions, Stella emphasizes having fun and learning proper technique to instill a positive self-esteem in all her students.

Trained by the prestigious Dance Educators of America she has continued her dance education by attending master classes, conventions and studying in New York at the Broadway Dance Center. Miss Stella’s students have been accepting into top higher dance education schools like New World School of Performing Arts High School and College, University of Buffalo and Fordum University. Her students are also going on to professional careers, including dancing in the new Broadway Show, Can Can, TV show Smash, Radio City Rockettes, MTV and Grammy music awards,Pit Bull, Enrique Inglesias, Gloria Estifan Miss Ellioit, Lou Bega, Deborah Cox, P.Ditty, Siegfried and Roy, Debbie Allen, performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Super Bowl XXIX, Disney Tokyo, Walt Disney World, Bush Gardens, cruise ships, nightclubs and local theater.

Tracy Bailey

Tracy Bailey

Tracy started her dance and acrobatic training at the age of 5. Mentored to be an assistant at a young age, she started her teaching career at 15 with a heavy emphasis in Acrobatics as well as other forms of dance. As a competitive dancer from a young age, she has been introduced to many styles and worked under a variety of master teachers. Tracy continued her dance training through college at The University of Florida with a minor in dance and was a member of various companies and performance groups: Floridance, Soundstage, Dance Alive and Danza. After moving back to South Florida, Tracy started teaching full time again and has choreographed many award winning competition pieces and more importantly, helped her students grow and safely develop their strength and skills. Certified by Dance Educators of America and currently in training with Acrobatic Arts, Tracy is continuously looking for new methods and approaches to introduce to her students to keep up with the fast paced cutting edge dance world

Judy Ann Bassing

Judy Ann Bassing

Judy Ann Bassing is an international artist in great demand as a Choreographer/Director and teacher. She is the recipient of six Los Angeles Drama-Logue Awards for outstanding choreography and directing and a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for the production of "Sugar" presented at the Lawrence Welk Theatre. France, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Yugoslavia, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Czech Republic are countries where she choreographs, directs and teaches. While in Essen, Germany choreographing "Company", Judy directed and choreographed Gala for the President of Germany, She recently choreographed "Me and My Girl” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, starring Bruce Adler, Tony nominee for “Crazy for You”. Theater credits include: “Nunsnse”, “Funny Girl”, “Cabaret”, “Sweet Charity”, “Peter Pan”, “Man of La Mancha”, starring Doug Carfare, “She Loves Me”, "Panama Game", Singing in the Rain", “The Unsinkable Molly Brown", "Promises Promises", "Oklahoma", starring Tony nominee Alice Ripley, "Hello Dolly", "Guys and Dolls", "l do, I do" starring Richard Kline of the TV series "Three's Company" and Belle Calaway, "Bells are Ringing", "Dames at Sea", "Anything Goes". Industrial credits are: Merrill Lynch, 'Dance in America”, and M & M Mars. Television: BBC '”Special on Dance", Scotland. "Production Numbers" European International Sports Competition. Judy recently choreographed "Crazy for You" in Las Vegas and was the choreographer for the opening number for the "1999 World Ski Cup Championships". Judy just returned from Prague, she was one of the guest artists invited to participate in workshops and performances celebrating American National Tap Dance.

Vanessa Bembanaste

Vanessa Bembanaste

Vanessa Bembanaste danced with Stella's Dancers' Studio for 8 years and has competed with the Illusion Dance Company throughout high school in the styles of contemporary, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, and hip hop. She now studies ballet, jazz and modern in college in the hopes of becoming a well rounded choreographer when she graduates. She is majoring in nutrition and wants to be able to educate dancers how to take care of their bodies so they can dance for as long as they dream. 2016-17 Vanessa started an internship with the studio and is now a teacher in the baby program.

Jill Ezzell

Jill Ezzell

Miss Jill became a part of the Stellas Dancers Studio family 14 years ago when her daughters Kaylee and then Kendall began their dance careers as Baby Ballerinas. She joined the front desk staff a few years later. She has been teaching in the public school system for 13 years, the past 11 teaching 1st graders at the Pembroke Pines FSU Charter Elementary School. She is happily married to George Ezzell.

Josiane Geyer

Josiane Geyer

Mrs. Geyer directed all productions and outreach performances at EOJ Ballet for 10 years (A private Christian Ballet School). Her passion is to teach students of all ages and levels to use the art of dance to express their own passion and be inspired.
She began studying dance, music, and drama at the age of ten in her native country Brazil. She mostly studied under Mr. Wald Oliveira, who had an eclectic approach to dance– mainly Ballet and Contemporary, but also Jazz and Hip-Hop. She grew up in Santa Catarina, a Brazilian state known internationally for its cultural sophistication and its international dance festivals which featured special guests such as The Bolshoi Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet along with some of the greatest modern dance companies in the world. She personally teaches the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus and has been certified by John White (author of Advanced Principles in Teaching Classical Ballet), who learned directly from visiting Soviet ballet master Victor Zaplin, who remained in Cuba for two years and established the Vaganova Method there (at The National Ballet School of Cuba).

“It was a great privilege to have learned from Mr. John White himself and become certified under his tutoring twice from beginner to advanced levels – An experience of not only technical maturity, but deep history, wisdom and artistry that I will never forget!”

In South Florida Mrs. Geyer has received a Certificate of completion from The Vaganova Method Teacher seminar also but under Maestro Vladimir Issaev (Arts Ballet Theater). She directed, taught, and danced with The Joy Foundation and served as choreographer for many Christian and independent musicals. She has also taught and directed Expressions of Joy Ballet and Company for 10 years, teaching at workshops and intensives for the National Dance Association of America and Step Up. Josi has also joined Ft. Lauderdale Ballet Classique in Ft. Lauderdale, performing classical roles under Mrs. Magda Aunon which she considers a dear mentor until today. Most recently, Mrs. Geyer received training under John Wittenborn studying RPM (Revolutionary Principles of Movement.) by Ruth C. Petrinovic which focuses on professional classical ballet training under the principles of kinesiology and anatomy “I hope to never stop learning so that by receiving, I never stop giving”

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

Chris Lee is an exciting and widely sought-after dance teacher and choreographer who is currently enjoying his 23rd year in business. His skill and versatility in both tap and jazz/lyrical combined with a creative choreographic style have kept him both very busy and happy. He is a certified member of Dance Masters of America. His teaching credits include Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in N.Y.C. both at the professional and children levels. He has also served as dance department chairperson at Belvoir Terrace, an internationally reputable performing arts camp in Lenox, Massachusetts. Chris also teaches master classes and judges for major dance organizations, private organizations and schools nationwide and in Canada. His students have won numerous high score awards at competitions such as American Dance Awards, Dance Masters of America and Starquest, as well as 2 gold medals at the World Tap Dance Championships in Reisa Germany. Chris’s students have also gone on to appear in films, music videos, TV programs and on Broadway.

Lara Luzim

Lara Luzim

Lara's choreography has been performed and showcased at the JCE Jazz Choreography Enterprises, PMT Performance Showcase, Disha Theater Company ,Summerstage in Central Park, Dumbo Dance Festival , WaxWorks , DNA Showcase , Chris Palacio Performance Project and Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester Showcase. She has produced work with her company Lara Luzim Dance "Rip Tides" @ The Bridge for dance and "Cut Loose " @ Cunningham Studios . These works were performed in front of sold out audiences and were reviewed as " A feast for all the senses ". Lara has judged and taught for competition /conventions such as NYLA , Beyond the Stars and All American Talent.  Most recently she was hired as creative consultant and assistant to Jona Biddle on the Afflelou Sunglass Commercial Campaign.

Kim McGuire

Kim McGuire

Miss Kim is one of our friendly receptionists. She is also in charge of accounts receivable. You will find Miss Kim to be extremely detail oriented and most helpful to all you needs. Her daughter Jessie is a market operations manager living in Washington, DC and still dancing and teacing.

Rebecca Nunley-Masel

Rebecca Nunley-Masel

Miss Rebecca is from Lexington, KY where she grew up as a competitive dancer studying all dance forms with a special emphasis on Ballet. She won numerous local, regional and national awards including “Ohio’s Female Dancer of the Year” (American Dance Awards), “Miss Dance of Ohio” (Dance Masters of America), and was 3rd Runner-up in the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant (a preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant) and performed in many local and regional theatre productions. She attended the University of Kentucky on a full academic scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. After spending 2 years as a full-time dance instructor at her home studio in Lexington, she moved to New York City to pursue her dance dreams. She was hired by famed jazz instructor, Frank Hatchett, as a class and convention assistant. She met a lifetime goal when she had the honor of becoming a Radio City Rockette performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She is now mom to daughter, Alexandra, and son, Spencer, and joins our staff as a Ballet technique specialist.

Paul Rodriguez

Paul Rodriguez

Paul discovered his love of dance at the age of 9 while attending Stella’s. He continued to grow his love of dance at Stella’s for the next 10 years while being trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. He was also a member of the Illusion Dance Company where he competed and received several awards. During his last few years as a student he began teaching and choreographing as well. In August of 2008 Paul auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and was hired to perform on The Monarch of the Seas through July 2010. In July 2011 Paul opened his own dance studio in Coral Springs, Top Had Dance, where he taught classes in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, hip hop and Autism Movement Therapy. In August 2013 Paul returned to where his love of dance was discovered, Stella’s where he teaches lyrical, jazz, hip hop and tap.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor has been a master teacher for 28 years, giving seminars, setting original choreographic works and teaching dancers around the world in both the private and public sectors, in addition to college, university and fine arts programs. As a performer, some of his credits include: Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, serving as associate director and rehearsal choreographer for six years; River North Dance Company, AKASHA Dance Company, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, serving as an assistant choreographer for five years, as well as several theater, fashion and industrial credits to his name, including Papermill Playhouse’s Funny Girl, and Disney’s Magical Moments in Chicago and Rome, Italy. Recently, Michael proudly served as a director and rehearsal choreographer for Royal Caribbean Entertainment, also providing service in the audition and casting departments. Mr. Taylor has also taught and adjudicated for numerous internationally recognized dance organizations and institutions including American Dance Awards, Dance Masters of America, and Dance Educator of America.

Kathleen O’Donnell Vega

Kathleen O’Donnell Vega

Miss Kathleen, a native New Yorker, grew up a stones throw away from Manhattan, where she trained on scholarship at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps 74. Here she learned from many great teachers like Frank Hatchett, Chris Chadman, Henry Le Tang and Finis Jhung, to name a few. This is also where she began teaching at the age of 16, and started performing professionally at 17.

Since then she has worked in many aspects of the dance world such as: Performing, Casting, Choreographing, Commercials, Cruise Ships( Royal & Norwegian) , Dinner Theater (Grease, Guys & Dolls, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity & 42nd St.), Industrials, Video, National Tours (Dirty Dancing), Judging, and of course more teaching including master classes. Along the way, Kathleen has had the pleasure of working with the amazing Bob Fosse, Ben Vereen, Debbie Allen, Bill Medley and many others. Some of her past students have gone on the perform on Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Macy's Day Parade's, Pro Bowls' dance & music videos, teaching, Las Vegas and more. Over the years, Kathleen has received numerous awards for her choreography and teaching.

She is currently celebrating over a decade of wonderful years at Stella's, while she also continues to judge competitions, cast & choreography for ADC Productions and raise her son Dylan.

Kamille Walker

Kamille Walker

Kamille has been dancing at Stella's Dancers Studio for 15 years and teaching for 4 years. She has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Currently, Kamille is continuing her training with a Miami dance company as well as studying marketing at Florida International University. She is also in the process of applying to various dance programs in Los Angeles and New York. Along with teaching and dancing, Kamille recently opened her own Dance Production Company, All Out Event Dance Productions, where she choreographs dance routines for parties, weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, private lessons, charity events, etc. Kamille strives to challenge her students in order to not only help them progress through dance, but also build up their confidence and self-esteem.

Gabrielle Velardi

Gabrielle Velardi

 Gabrielle Velardi is the newest member of our front desk staff. Gabrielle trained at Stella’s Dancers’ studio for 15 years and was an active member of Illusion Dance Company. She will be receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Education in 2017.

Guest Choreographers

Katie Draper

Katie Draper

Katelynn Draper is an enthusiastic dancer who has dedicated her life to dance and teaching. She received an eclectic span of dance training from Stella’s Dancers studio. Currently Katelynn is studying at New World school of the Arts to obtain her BFA in dance. She has worked alongside and performed repertoire from world renowned choreographers such as Judith Jamison, Ariel Friedman, Tony Fabre, Kyle Abraham, Patricia Lent ( Merce Cunningham’s work), Peter London, Gerard Ebitz, Darshan Bhuller, Rennie Harris, Robert Battle, Frank Hatchett, and Shelia Barker . She has had the incredible honor to study at the school of Jacob’s Pillow in the contemporary program, under the direction of Milton Myers. Through her studies and exploration of art, Katelynn will continue to nourish the minds of young dancers through her educational and inspirational classes.

Casper

Casper

Intrigue’s emcee Chris “Casper” Lupis has over 15 years of experience in the field of entertainment and performing. His first step on to the floor as a dancer came when he joined his high school step team, Chi Theta Omega. Along with this, he began dancing at corporate events put on by J & R Productions – his parents’ entertainment and audio visual company. Shortly after graduating high school, Casper took his first job as a dance teacher. From there, he began to dance with several groups, including Under A Groove. UAG performed nationally, as well as, internationally. From 2004 to 2006, the group took first place each year in Culture Shock DC’s East Coast Dance Competition. Casper used his success with UAG to build his career as a choreographer. He continued to teach at various studios, including the prestigious Hard Drive Productions. Doors continued to open all around him. He has choreographed for: the Orlando Magic Dance Squad, Tyra Banks, Nike and Movie Park, a Germany based theme park.

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