Ms. Greenly directs The Dancer’s Edge Company Senior and Junior Companies and will teach Ballet, Jazz, and Dance Movement Classes this season.
Penni Greenly is the Artistic Director of Southern Dance Theatre. She and her mentor, E. Joan Miller, of the Palm Beach Ballet Center co-founded Southern Dance Theatre in 1982. Ms. Greenly attributes her passion for dance to Genia Howard, her first dance teacher, who introduced her to a world that would become her destiny and life.
Ms. Greenly began training at the Palm Beach Ballet under the tutelage of Joan Miller who greatly inspired her to teach and choreograph. While studying ballet, jazz, and modern Ms. Greenly was instructed by Joan Miller, Benedict Chamby, Joyce Straub, and Brenda Gooden. Later, she privately trained with Debbi Dee in tap and took class with Jim Franklin to further her jazz training.
Ms. Greenly was a dancer with The Palm Beach Ballet Company and a featured jazz soloist in “Praise the Dance,” choreographed by Tuttle and Skinner from Dance Alive.
Ms. Greenly’s quest was always to become a teacher and choreographer of excellence. She is noted for her innovative, award-winning choreography which has been seen in The Macy’s Day Parade, Miami Dolphin Half Time Shows, WXEL Special, Commercials, and international dance competitions in Japan. It was her belief that dance could and should be taught to everyone.
In 1979 Ms. Greenly was Dance Director of The Conservatory of Arts for Handicapped Citizens which was founded by her mother, Yolanda Greenly, and based at Palm Beach Community College. She currently directs The Special Arts Ensemble, a division of The Dancer’s Alchemy, at Southern Dance Theatre.
From 1979-1982, Ms. Greenly co-directed the national champion dance team, Atlantic High School Eagle-Ettes. In addition, she taught a pilot dance program for high-risk students which aimed to improve reading scores with great success. She hosted the first free after-school dance program for ESOL students in the 1980s as well as developed and taught a ballet class as cross-training for agility, coordination, and timing for the football team at Atlantic High School.
Ms. Greenly was hired to direct and implement the first 4-year dance program in the Palm Beach County School System in 1985. Using a curriculum she wrote for ballet, tap, and jazz, the program grew to over 300 students in 3 years and created a need for 2 teachers.
Ms. Greenly founded The Dancer’s Alchemy, a non profit organization established to raise funds for performing arts programs and to raise awareness of the impact the arts have on people and our youth, in 1996. Ms. Greenly directed A Love Affair, an annual benefit show which ran through 2012 and was funded in part by The Dancer’s Alchemy.
Ms. Greenly worked with Plumosa Elementary School in developing “Do Your Best and Dance the Rest” as a reward for ESE students who improved their grades in 1999.
While dancing in shows is what enticed Ms. Greenly, her success has been a result of a purpose driven life, strategically planned out by God to bring the world of dance everywhere she goes.
Julie Bravata is from Honolulu, Hawaii where she received her early dance training from Barbara Thuesen. She continued her studies on full scholarship at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, IL and in New York City at the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Scholarship Program, and with Madame Darvash.
At the age of 15, Bravata became a member of ABT’s Ballet Repertory Company. At 18, she was invited to join American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. While with ABT, Bravata appeared in several Dance in America and Live from Lincoln Center television special presentations and worked with some of the world’s leading choreographers, such as, Kenneth MacMillan, Antony Tudor, Roland Petit, Jerome Robbins, and Twyla Tharp. She then went on to dance as a soloist with Ballet du Nord in France and with The Feld Ballet in New York City.
Since retiring from her performing career, Bravata has taught all levels of ballet from creative movement through professional classes and was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for inspiring young dancers and for her commitment to the arts in both 2002 and 2009.
Bravata joined the dance faculty of Southern Dance Theatre in 1994 and became the Director of the Ballet Department in 2000. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bak Middle School of the Arts in Palm Beach, FL and since 2009 has been on the ballet faculty for ABT summer intensives in both Austin, TX and Orange County, CA. For the past two years Bravata has served as the ABT summer intensive artistic coordinator in Winston Salem, North Carolina and is an adjudicator for the ABT summer intensive national auditions.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Florida Atlantic University. Bravata is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Roger Dunson Jr
Instructor – Jazz
Roger Dunson Jr has recently returned to Palm Beach county to rejoin the theatre and dance world of South Florida. While living in New York City, Roger continued his dance education, studying Simonson technique at Dance New Amsterdam, Horton technique at The Ailey Extension, musical theatre with Jeff Shade at Steps, and jazz with Frank Hatchett, Stephen Harding, and jazz legend Luigi.
Roger began his training in 1996 in Southern Dance Theatre’s open summer program. That fall, he became a scholarship student at Ballet Florida while also taking ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at Southern Dance Theatre. He soon joined the dance department at Atlantic High School led by Elizabeth Gonzales and competed for two years with the award winning Atlantic High School Eagle-ettes and Company under the direction of Gina Dicillo-Gelfand and Laura Comas. Following high school, Roger studied education, philosophy, and dance technique at Florida Atlantic University and Florida State University. He took part in programs at Palm Beach Ballet Center and Boca Ballet Theatre
Penni Greenly coached Roger on dance education curriculum and added him to the Southern Dance Faculty in 2000. He taught guest classes and choreography for the Atlantic High School dance department from 1999-2004 and for the Boynton Beach High School dance department since 2005. He went on to receive multiple choreography awards for his work with the Dancer’s Edge Company, Atlantic High School Eagle-ettes and Co, Santaluces Chief-ettes, and the Fusion Force Dance Company. From 2000-2005, Roger directed X-10, a preprofessional dance workshop and performance group for local dancers. In 2006, Roger began training in modern dance under Demetrius Klein while teaching jazz at Klein Dance in Lake Worth.
Before moving to NYC, Roger taught Jazz 4 & 5 and directed the Dancer’s Edge Senior Company. He conceived and directed Southern Dance Theatre’s 2010 Recital “Cirque Hommage” and performed as a dancer in a local professional production of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret.
Instructor – Pre-combo 2, Hip Hop, Tap
Kerri Fouchet began her dancing career at Southern Dance Theatre at the age of 5. She was trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, pointe, modern, and leaps and turns. She was a member of the Dancer’s Edge Company for seven years and was captain for two of them.
Kerri received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in May 2014. She was on the competitive dance team, Seminole Dance Force, for four years where she served as captain for two years. Her team was self run and competed nationally at National Dance Alliance. The dance team has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation and #1 in Florida competing in both jazz and hip hop. After two years on the team, she brought them from a student organization to a university sponsored sports club team. As a member of her dance team, Kerri also choreographed, costume designed, and was treasurer.
For the past two years Kerri has assisted with Ms. Wesa’s Rhythm Rascal’s dance program. Ms. Fouchet will join the faculty and be teaching Pre-Combo 2, Hip Hop, and Tap. In addition to beginning her teaching career at Southern Dance Theatre Kerri will also begin her career as a high school math teacher.
Mr. Fowler has performed in the opening acts for many celebrity artists including Mario, Far East Movement, Jason Derulo, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Shaggy, The Marley Brothers, 50 Cent and Jay Sean. He has choreographed for various celebrity artists and a production number for Ben Vereen. Kenny also has also made numerous TV appearances, and hosted a workshop with MTV award winning choreographer Darren Henson.
Elizabeth Gonzalez received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1988. After graduating she continued her dance training at Southern Dance Theatre and Palm Beach Ballet Center. She has been on the faculty at both of these schools.
Ms. Gonzalez has been in dance education in Palm Beach County since 1990 and was on faculty at Atlantic High School. She has earned choreography awards for pieces set on the Atlantic High School dance team and the Dancer’s Edge company of Southern Dance Theatre. She is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2002. Since 2005 Ms. Gonzalez is the Director of the Boynton Beach High School Dance Academy.
INSTRUCTOR-GRAHAM/ LIMONE MODERN, Open adult ballet
Sandra Goodnough received her formal dance training in South Florida under the direction of Betty d’Avray. She has danced professionally with several ballet and modern dance companies including Freddick Bratcher & Company, Momentum Dance Company, Corpus Christi Ballet Theatre and Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Goodnough founded, was Artistic Director, and Resident Choreographer for Contemporary Dance Company of Boca Raton; a non-profit dance company that offered professional dancers and advanced students a venue to perform and serve the community through artistic outreach. She also owned The Dance Conservatory; a school dedicated to quality instruction and education. Goodnough is trained in many forms of dance, specializing in all levels of classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance.
Instructor – Modern, Pilates, Creative movement
Deborah Kahan is a dance educator, choreographer, and Pilates instructor.
Deborah holds a MFA in dance and is Power Pilates certified.
A Miami native, Deborah’s professional career was primarily in the Boston area before returning to South Florida. Most recently Deborah’s work was showcased on FAU’S Professional Company and on to the Piccolo Spoletto.
Deborah has her own fully equipped Pilates Studio, Courtyard Pilates, and is always available.
Instructor-Contemporary Jazz 4/5
Joseph Jehle began his dance training at age 10 at June Claire Dance Center located in Long Island, NY under the direction of June Loesch and Lynda Gache ́. It was there that Joseph truly discovered his love of dance in ballet, tap, and jazz and eventually venturing into other styles of dance including lyrical, contemporary, and modern. In 2009, Joseph was brought onto the June Claire Staff where he taught ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, and modern. While on staff Joseph also had pleasure of being an assistant to choreographer Llyod Culbreath. Joseph also had the opportunity of teaching at JCC of the Greater Five Towns, a community center on Long Island.
Joseph graduated from Hofstra University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance where he received several dance scholarships, including being the first recipient of the Lance Westergard Senior Dance Scholarship. It was at Hofstra that Joseph continued with his ballet and modern training and had the privilege of working with a highly talented faculty as well as many guest choreographers. Several of the choreographers Joseph had the opportunity to dance for currently direct New York City-based companies, including Robin Becker and Amy Marshall.
Joseph had the honor of performing as a featured dancer for Robin Becker Dance in an evening length dance work titled “Into Sunlight” inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss’ powerful book on the Vietnam War, They Marched Into Sunlight. Joseph danced in the premiere of the work in 2011 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison as well as at Hofstra University. Later performances in 2012 included Georgetown University and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Instructor-Ballet Basic, Jazz/Tap Basic, & Jazz
Stacy has been dancing since the age of seven, training in ballet, tap, and jazz. While in high school, she danced on scholarship at Joe Tremaine’s in Hollywood, CA, and also received a Fine Arts recognition from Eastern Washington University. Other jazz artists she has studied with are Doug Caldwell, Gus Giordano and Luigi. Some of her professional career credits include performing with The Greg Thompson Follies aboard the M/S Song of America, with Dennis Levinson Productions at Harrah’s in Atlantic City and a Tribute to Broadway in Miami Beach. Her TV credits include a national commercial for RCCL and as a featured performer for the Miss. WA. USA Pageant. Along the way she has been blessed with the opportunity to meet many star performers such as Ben Vereen, Sammy Davis Jr., Rita Moreno, Suzanne Summers and Linda Carter. Stacy is currently the Dance Team Director for St. Marks Catholic School and the Dance Enrichment Instructor for American Heritage in Delray Beach.
DIRECTOR-DANCER’S EDGE Apprentice COMPANY; INSTRUCTOR-JAZZ, TAP, HIP HOP
Ms. Morales was one of the first 75 students to attend Southern Dance Theatre! While training, she was a member and soloist with the Dancer’s Edge Company.
After graduation, Lori lived her dream of being a professional dancer. She has done numerous convention shows, filmed training videos, performed in Disney’s “Kids of the Kingdom” and “Beauty and the Beast” (3 years). She has also worked for Universal Studios, local dinner theatre and Hardrives Productions in Orlando.
As a member of the production company, Lori was asked to be the featured dancer in “Island Breeze” at the Hilton Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. She also served as dance captain for the six month engagement.
Lori’s work in Las Vegas included the “Jubilee” show at Bally’s for two years and performances in “Midnight Fantasy” (as dance captain) under a 2 year contract with Anita Mann Productions for the Luxor Hotel. In addition to dancing, Lori designed and created costumes for the show, as well as for the performers of Australia’s “Thunder from Down Under.”
Lori has built upon the lessons learned at Southern Dance Theatre, one of which is giving back to the community. She has donated her time and talent in support of charitable annual fundraising shows such as “The Headdress Ball” in Orlando and “The Golden Rainbow Show” in Las Vegas. She is very grateful for her training and the support of her mentor, Penni Greenly.
In 2005, Lori returned to Southern Dance as a Dance Instructor and as Assistant Director of the Dancer’s Edge Company. She is now Director of Dancer’s Edge Apprentice Company.
Instructor – pre-combo
Amanda began dancing at the age of 2 in her hometown of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania with LuAnne’s School of Dance, under the direction of her mentor, LuAnne Hughes. She studied acrobatics, jazz, ballet, and tap, and also competed in pageants and competitions. At the age of 10, she was asked to be a student assistant and at the age of 15, she began teaching classes and helping with costuming and recitals.
Amanda then attended the University of Pittsburgh, obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. While there, she joined the Dance Ensemble, Dance Team, and Cheerleading Squad, where she served as a Captain for the Company during her junior year. She had the honor of working with many different choreographers and performing in New York and Washington, D.C., while continuing to teach in Burgettstown.
After moving to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Amanda taught at Holliday Dance. She was an instructor for the Competition Team and set several pieces that won Gold and Platinum Awards at such competitions as Dance Educators of America and Star Power. She started the acrobatic program at the school and assisted with productions and costuming.
Amanda will be teaching the Pre-Combo class this year, after assisting Miss Wesa in the program last year. Amanda enjoys working with students of all ages and hopes to inspire those children to find their true passion. She has four daughters who dance at Southern Dance Theatre and a son and husband who actively support their dancers. Amanda also serves as a faculty member at Bethesda College of Health Sciences in the Nursing Department and is a registered nurse at Bethesda Hospital.
Christine O’Shea received her formal dance training in Raleigh, North Carolina, from Betty Kovac, before receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Upon her arrival to Palm Beach County in 1984, Mrs. O’Shea joined Ballet Florida becoming a Principal Teacher and Director of Education and Outreach.
Through her outreach work Christine established many educational partnerships in the community as well as having established the nationally recognized programs.
In addition to her long stay with Ballet Florida Christine has been a part of the faculty for Bak Middle School of the Arts as well as a guest teacher
throughout the Southeast. She is recognized in the education community as a Master Arts Integrator having consulted in numerous district and private schools collaborating with and training teachers in using dance to teach classroom curriculum.
Currently Mrs. O’Shea is a teacher of the gifted at Imagine Schools Chancellor Campus and an Adjunct Faculty member at the Harid Conservatory. Christine, a resident of Palm Beach County since 1984, is married with two teenage children.
Instructor – Ballet
French born ballerina, Anne Polajenko, enjoyed a long professional career with major European ballet companies, during which time she performed every classical ballet and had works created especially for her. She worked with such diverse choreographers as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Nicholas Beriosoff and Serge Golovine. The culmination of her career came when George Balanchine became Artistic Advisor to the Geneva Grand Theatre Ballet and for the next four years she had the privilege of dancing 14 of his ballets, most notably such master works as “Symphony in C”, “Serenade”, “4 Temperaments”, “Agon” and “Concerto Barocco”. At the same time, she became company Regisseur and, under Balanchine’s expert tutelage, she learned the intricacies of company management. Retired from the stage in 1973, Anne devoted herself to teaching and coaching future generations of dancers. Her teaching credits include Point Park College (Pittsburgh, PA), Houston Ballet (Principal Teacher and Ballet Mistress), Ballet Florida, Harid Conservatory and Miami City Ballet where she was appointed Children’s Ballet Mistress in charge of restaging Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker.”
From 1976-88 she was the Artistic Director of Houston Dance Center, a school and company she helped found and whose students joined such companies as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Cleveland Ballet and Joffrey II.
Anne has been a guest teacher or choreographer for schools and companies throughout the Southeastern United States, as well as for Dance Masters of America. She has been honored by the City of Houston and the State of Texas for her commitment on behalf of the arts, and recognized by the National Foundation for the Arts as a Teacher of a Presidential Scholar.
Instructor-Jazz, Modern, Tap
Tosha Robinson began her dance journey at age five with training in ballet, jazz, and tap. She has danced under the direction of Penni Greenly and Elizabeth Gonzalez at Atlantic High School, while competing nationally with Atlantic High School’s Eagle-ettes & Company.
Tosha received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2005. This was where she received much of her modern training, under the guidance of Demetrius Klein. Ms. Robinson teaches liturgical dance at Shewbread School of Worship Dance in Pembroke Pines, Fl and is currently an Artist in Residence at Boynton Beach Community High School, a performing arts dance academy, teaching modern, tap, and jazz.
Daylena Ruiz Garcia
Ms. Daylena Ruiz Garcia began her training when she was three years old under the Ballet Mistress, Laura Alonso. At age 9, she received a scholarship from the Cuban National Ballet School. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Dance Education.
Ms. Ruiz Garcia became a dancer in 1993 and danced with “Classical-Contemporary National Company” and “Musical Theater Company”, companies which supported theater productions. Her performance credits include Corsair, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Paquita, Nutcracker, Graduate Ball, and Flames of Pari and she has danced around the globe in Cuba, Thailand, Austria, Hong Kong, Italy, and Mexico.
Choreography is one of Ms. Ruiz Garcia’s passions. Her repertoire includes more than thirty different solo and ensemble pieces in Cuba, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S. for which has received recognition and critical acclaim.
Ms. Ruiz Garcia began teaching at the Cuban National Ballet School in 1998 and later taught in the U.S. beginning in 2011. Her teaching experience has centered around Louisville Ballet School, Sacred Heart School for the Arts, 360 Dance, Joann Fryer Academy, Louisville Academy, and Governor’s School for the Arts, Fort Wayne Ballet, Private Students, Bluegrass Youth Ballet, Carol Colbert Dance Studio, Dance Academy of Boca Raton, and Southern Dance Theater, prestigious dance and ballet schools in Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida.
Within the last 18 years, Ms. Ruiz Garcia has earned a well-deserved reputation. Her students have gone on to successful careers in major dance companies worldwide, including Cuban National Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Sarasota Ballet Company, Hungary Opera Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Louisville Ballet, The HARID Conservatory, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Du Capitole, South-Africa Ballet Theater, American Ballet Theater II, Mexican National Company, Laura Alonso Ballet Company, Barcelona Dance Company, Dance National of Cuba, Chile National Company, Milwaukee Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, Lima Municipal Ballet, Monterrey Ballet, The Arts of Classical Ballet, Center of Arts and Dance in Alcala. Ms. Ruiz Garcia’s students have successfully competed in prestigious international dance competitions such as Cuban International Competition, YAGP Competition, Mexican National Competition, Attitude International Competition, and Barcelona Dance Competition.
Jean Louisa Steele
TAP DIRECTOR; DIRECTOR-DANCER’S EDGE Mini & Juniorette COMPANies; INSTRUCTOR-PRE-COMBO & Basics classes
Jean Louisa or “MisWesa” as students know her, began her early dance training at age 4 in Charleston, South Carolina. At her family’s school, Dance Unlimited Studios, Jean Louisa was her mother’s assistant and began traveling to study with professional instructors and choreographers from all over the United States. She has trained with Luigi, Gus Giordano, Joe Malone, Joe Tremaine, Frank Hatchett, and Mia Michaels. She considers her training with tap dance legends Al Gilbert and Henri LeTang the most rewarding experiences of her career.
Professionally, Jean Louisa has danced in the mini-series Queen, served as the choreographer for the Showtime Movie They Watch, and was dance consultant on the remake of the classic The Yearling. All of which were filmed on location near her hometown. Jean Louisa was choreographer for Miss South Carolina USA Pageant for 3 years and Miss North Carolina USA Pageant for 2 years. She has also choreographed and danced in numerous local and regional theater productions in the Carolinas.
“MisWesa” has her certification from the SC Arts Commission to teach, direct, and choreograph in any state supported fine arts program. She has worked as Dance Artist in Residence in dozens of elementary, middle, and high schools. From 2001 to 2004, she taught for the Project Artistic Fine Arts Grant program as well as other fine arts programs such as the SC Creative Teaching Institute and the Piccolo Project in conjunction with Spoleto the Festival of Two Worlds.
Since moving to Florida, “MisWesa” has taught for Bravo! Academy for Performing Arts, Summit Montessori School, Unity School, S.D. Spady Elementary School, Palm Beach Ballet Center, and will begin her 6th year on the distinguished faculty of Southern Dance Theatre as the Head of the Tap Department and Director of the Dancer’s Edge Mini and Junior Companies. She also serves as the Assistant to the Director of The Special Arts Ensemble.
Office Manager & Instructor-Pre Combo
Michelle Zupo, born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida, was introduced to dance at age 6 and has been dancing ever since.
Michelle became a student at Southern Dance Theatre in 2002. She knew dance was her passion and joined Atlantic Community High School’s Eagle-Ettes & Company under Director Gina DiCillo Gelfand and Assistant Directors Lori Morales and Kristen Deiser Rullison.
Michelle enjoyed dancing with Florida Atlantic University’s Dance Department and had the privilege of working with talented instructors. She joined the Ballroom of FAU Club and trained in many styles of both traditional and nontraditional ballroom dancing.
Michelle turned her passion into a career. She’s performed professionally with Melanie Moore Productions in shows such as a Corporate Party City Event in 2009. She taught dance classes for students ages 2-18 at Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in the Orlando area in 2011, under Director Kathryn Austin. Michelle joined The Sky Dance Productions Company in Deerfield Beach in June 2012 and has been performed at the Hard Rock and the Gulf Stream Park and Casino. She also recently danced in a National Auto Nation commercial.
Michelle loves working with children and has been a Behavior Assistant with Positive Behavior Support Corp. working with special needs children since 2010.