Instructors

Christina

Christina

BIO

Christina has danced since she was just 3 years old. She is trained in jazz, tap, and musical theatre. Christina is known locally as an exceptional musical theater performer and director and has performed leading roles in many productions throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas County. Some of her favorites include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Grizabella in Cats, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Additionally, Christina is 305 cardio dance certified and loves nothing more than inspiring people through dance and movement. Christina has been a local choreographer for the past 7 years and is so excited to be at ABASI Dance Lab. She enjoys working with teenagers especially encouraging her students to love themselves in the here and now.

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Christina is a certified Life Coach and is obtaining her Masters in Organizational Psychology

Kim

Kim

BIO

Kim is a dancer with a background in classical ballet and modern dance. Kim’s dance studies include the DeParis School of Ballet, St. Petersburg College, and as a dance major at USF. Kim professionally danced with the Florida Gulf Coast Ballet Co. and St. Petersburg College Modern Dance group. Kim has a 200 hour Yoga Certification, 85 Hour Prenatal Yoga Certification, and is also certified in the BarScuplt Barre method. Kim is passionate about sharing dance with others and her classes are always fresh, fun, and challenging in an encouraging environment.

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Kim is absolutely hilarious 

Stephanie

Stephanie

BIO

Stephanie started dance at the age of 4. Once graduated she started teaching all styles of dance and professionally dancing at Busch Gardens Tampa. She enjoys pushing her students to a new level and seeing them grow as dancers and individuals. She has worked for many dance competitions and enjoys traveling to judge on weekends. She loves to incorporate yoga, balance, and core for her students to help benefit each one of them individually. 

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Stephanie is currently in school to pursue dental hygiene.

Jordan

Jordan

BIO

Originally from Tampa, FL, Jordan Freed is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she earned her BFA degree in Dance – with a concentration in Ballet. While attending USF, she had the opportunity to perform in numerous works by faculty members Andrew Caroll, Paula Nunez, John Parks and Andee Scott as well as guest choreographers Alex Ketley and Claudia Lavista. She has studied all dance forms including the codified techniques of Lester Horton, Martha Graham, and Jose Limon. 

Jordan previously attended Peridance, in NYC, for the BluePrint intensive where she studied under Rachel Patrice, Joshua Beamish, Enzo Celli, Antonio Brown and Laura Rae Bernasconi. She also had the opportunity to perform in a work choreographed by Joshua Beamish in the final showcase. 

Post graduation, Jordan has been working as a guest dancer with the Tampa City Ballet under the direction of USF faculty member Paula Nunez. She has performed in two parts of a trilogy called 7th Ave & Ybor. 

Prior to earning her BFA from the University of South Florida, she graduated from Blake High School and Orange Grove Middle Magnet School, and spent her years training at Frank Rey Dance Studio as well as taking summer intensives at Patel Conservatory. She has had the opportunity to study under many excellent teachers such as Kelly King, former captain of the Rockets, Ivonne Lemus, Ballet Mistress at Patel Conservatory, Duncan Cooper, former ballet dancer with San Francisco Ballet and the Dance Theater of Harlem, as well as Carlos Dos Santos, former dancer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Alvin Ailey. 

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She is currently pursuing certifications in Spin and Barre Techniques.

Melissa

Melissa

BIO

Melissa is a former professional ballet dancer for the Atlanta and Central Florida Ballet, an ABASI certified instructor in our proprietary POINTE Program, and Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” Choreographer! Melissa is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, an innovative program for muscle memory conditioning for classical ballet. Melissa especially loves teaching adults and seeing them improve in technique and performance. She is silly, creative, and known for her incredibly precise teaching style.

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Melissa rescues animals ALL THE TIME.

Maggie

Maggie

BIO

Maggie has been dancing since she was two years old. She is a dance major at Blake High School for the Performing Arts and plays the violin. She won PTA Reflections at the National level for dance in the 4th grade. At age 12 she was one of 50 Beautiful Children- a nation wide photography magazine project. Maggie was a part of Centerstage Dance Academy’s award winning competition team for 7 years and has won multiple competitive dance awards. Maggie has worked with Dr. Quinn and ABASI Dance Lab since 2018, and is proud to be learning about dance pedagogy, and loves teaching our mini dancers under the amazing ADL teacher’s guidance.

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Maggie will order UberEats for literally anything, including a coffee.

Macy

Macy

BIO

Macy began dancing at the age of three in Taylorville, Illinois. She went on to earn her B.A. in Dance from Southeast Missouri State University, where she was trained in ballet, jazz, and modern, while also given opportunities to perform in several main stage productions, work with guest choreographers, present her own choreography, and teach her peers. After graduation, she spent a season as Studio Director for Center Pointe Dance Academy where she taught classes in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop from ages two to adult. In 2018, she moved to Tampa Bay to teach children’s dance classes at Tampa Bay Dance Academy. Along with dance, Macy also has a passion for fitness and is a Certified Personal Trainer. 

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Macy has a border collie named Mav who loves to go to the beach with her!

Tabitha

Tabitha

BIO

Originally from San Diego, Tabitha is a certified 200-hour Yoga Teacher and has practiced yoga for over a decade. She truly loves sharing her heartfelt practice with others and believes in the healing power of yoga; its ability to help you feel good in your body and find peace in your heart. Tabitha has a background in theater and performance and loves working with our teen musical theater performers helping them find peace and decrease performance anxiety through grounding techniques and yoga. She has an extensive background in yoga acrobatics and also enjoys teaching our students how to do headstands.

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Tabitha likes talking about the moon and is kind of funny.

Amanda

Amanda

BIO

Amanda Gomer has been dancing since before she could walk. Starting in ballet and tap at a very young age, she quickly moved on to competitive figure skating and cheerleading, and later musical theatre. While getting her degree in psychology, Amanda started training in jazz and lyrical and developed a love for hip-hop and funk. She is currently active in community theatre, partner/group acrobatics, and performs for local DJs and at festivals. Amanda is so excited to be a part of the ABASI Dance Lab family. Let’s dance!!!

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Amanda got her Masters degree in Psychology while living in Scotland

Shelley

Shelley

BIO

Ms. Shelley has been teaching dance for over a decade in the Tampa area. She was awarded a scholarship to train and dance with the Baltimore Ballet, and has also danced professionally with the Tampa Ballet Theatre and the Brandon Ballet. She has performed in many classical and contemporary ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Chopiniana, Dracula, Carnival of the Animals, and Alice in Wonderland.

She specializes in teaching all ages and levels in ballet, as well as pointe (including pre-pointe), and classical variations. She is also certified in the three levels of Progressing Ballet Technique; an innovative conditioning program assisting dancers to achieve their best through understanding the correct activation of muscles, and proper alignment and weight placement. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced dancer, private lessons with Ms. Shelley will help you reach your goals!

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Shelley once shared the stage with the infamous Evgenia Obraztsova, a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet!

Shreeya

Shreeya

BIO

Shreeya is a PhD student in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University of South Florida. In 2018, Shreeya completed a B.S. in psychology at the University of Florida during which time she assisted in ABA research for problem behavior and skill acquisition. She began her clinical work in ABA at a center that treats children with Autism. In 2018, Shreeya returned to her home in Tampa to begin her M.S. in ABA at the University of South Florida which she completed in May 2020 under supervision of Dr. Raymond Miltenberger, and research with Dr. Mallory Quinn at ABASI Dance Lab.

Shreeya has a background in Indian classical dance and other styles which inspired her research in dance performance. As a master’s student, she worked with beginner-level recreational dancers at ABASI Dance Lab to help them improve their performance using ABA procedures. As a PhD student, Shreeya is continuing her research in ABA and dance.  

Shreeya is currently working at ABA Sports Innovations and ABASI Dance Lab as a Registered Behavior Technician through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She provides ABA therapy in combination with dance or personal training to individuals with special needs. She also assists in training competitive dancers using behavioral interventions and conducting training seminars on behavioral coaching procedures in the POINTE program.  

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