About Us

Academy of Dance Dynamics is dedicated to enriching the lives of all students. We offer a diverse program where students may choose to dance as a form of recreation or strive to achieve a higher level of technique and performance skills. Whether the student's intent is to pursue a professional career, or develop grace and confidence as an individual, the cultivation of mind and body is fundamental to all.

We believe that the discipline, determination, and drive we instill in our students, stand them in good stead for the challenges they face, as they become adults. Our goal is to provide an environment that is both fun and gratifying for all of our students



STAFF

Renee Melanson

I have encompassed my life around the performing arts.  Some of the greatest experiences were due to my love of dance.  As a child, I trained in competitive gymnastics, performed with The American Entertainers, The Professional Children’s Theater, and The McDonald’s Kid Performers. I received a scholarship for dance in college. I have had the opportunity to travel abroad and perform with Extraordinary Students of America, The Devil Ray Dancers and the streets of New York are not unfamiliar.  I look forward to nourishing the love of the arts in each and every student.

Patricia Plummer began her training in Tampa, Fl under Lucia

Hatcher, Director of Firethorn School of Dance. She has since

then continued her studies at Joffrey School of Ballet in New

York, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and The National Academy

of the Arts in Champaign Illinois. Her professional career

includes work with Empire State Ballet in Buffalo, New York,

Ballet Arkansas, Atlanta Ballet II, Tampa Ballet, Dance Theater

of Florida, as well as receiving her certification through Dance

Masters of America, and Dance Masters of Florida. In 1992

Patricia competed in the XVth International Ballet Competition

Varna, Bulgaria performing Les Sylphides. In 1992 she became

manager and Ballet teacher at Firethorn School of Dance and in

2002 became Director of Firethorn school of Dance

Tianna Holmes began dancing at the age of 3 in Orlando, FL. She has 16 years of dance training under her belt which include studio, competition, and convention life training in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, lyrical/contemporary, pointe, and hip-hop. Tianna competed with the University Performing Arts Center for 10 years across the star of Florida in both regional and national competitions. Not only was she a part of the company here, but at age 12 began assisting classes and teaching by age 15. At the age of 16 Tianna traveled to L.A. to audition for Tremaine Dance Convention's Performance Program. With this program she trained under Keri Lagrand and Derrick Shrader in Joe Tremaine’s national program. For 2 years in high school Tianna travelled with the team assisting in convention classes and performing with the faculty.

She is now a proud alumni of both TPC and USF Sundolls Dance Team. In July of 2017, Tianna founded Golden Bulls Dance Team with the hopes of sharing her love for dance with her classmates! This team is ran by Tianna and allows USF students to train in various styles and compete with their fellow students at local dance competitions. In their first year, all 4 routines placed 1st overall in their division at Starbound National Talent Competition.

When RayVan Wilson an Orlando native became a teenager she started dancing for Fantashique Apprentice Dance Company where she trained in Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary And Hip Hop. RayVan also competed with Fantashique at regional and national competitions throughout her high school years and began assisting when she was in high school as well. RayVan began teaching on her own once she moved away for college and this is where she became a choreographer for an on campus hip hop based dance team. Although Hip Hop is what RayVan feels is her strongest dance style she also enjoys Jazz and Contemporary. RayVan has a love and passion for dance and enjoys sharing it with others through performance and teaching!

Caitlin Adcock is a recent graduate of USF and has been dancing since she was 6 years old and it has been a huge part of her life ever since. She started dancing in Ocala, FL at A Step Above Dance studio and over the course of 10 years where she became experienced in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and clogging. She was an assistant to several hip-hop classes for beginner as well as being on the performance team for several years! She attended the Tremaine Dance convention and trained under several amazing choreographers. During this time she was also a part of the dance team at Vanguard High School  Her senior year of high school, she attended Mary Ellen's School of Dance in Ocala, FL  when she discovered her love for contemporary and improv. In 2018, she moved to Tampa to attend USF and joined the Golden Bulls Dance Team. During her time with the Golden Bulls she was able to teach several hip-hop classes, win superior ratings and Gold level achievements at competition, perform in local events, participate in parades, perform solos and group dances at showcases, and make incredible memories with an amazing team. She's so excited to continue dancing and look forward to an amazing first year of teaching!

Morgann Evette began dancing at age 5 at Danzsource (White Hall, AR). She is an experienced dancer and choreographer with 15+ years of training in various styles including (but not limited to) ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and pom. From age 7 to 18, Morgann was a competitive dancer and won numerous awards, scholarships and championships. While attending the University of South Florida for theater, she was a member of the Sundolls dance team for 2 years. During the same time, she joined VYB Dance’s adult company and placed first on World of Dance Atlanta 2017. In 2018, Morgann was awarded a scholarship to train with Joffrey Ballet at their Hip Hop intensive in LA. She is currently a member of the Florida Sunsations Cheer Team and captain for VYB Dance Company.

Brenna DeLucia is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania where she began her love for dance at Roxy’s Dance Expressions at 5 years old.  She studied and performed Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, and Musical Theater for 12 years there under the tutelage of Angela Bugay, Sherry Hill, and Johan Cruz.  Brenna is very grateful for her time at Roxy’s Dance Expressions as they also provided her the opportunity to teach classes, strengthening her creativity and passion for choreography.  Brenna continued performing at the University of Tampa where she trained under Susannah LeMarquand and participated in the Dance Department’s  semi-annual recitals and was a member of The Spanish Dance Team.  Building on her love for dance and physical fitness, she is a certified Zumba instructor and led group classes at UT.  Brenna is very excited to share her enthusiasm of dance with the students at the Academy of Dance Dynamics.

Yulanda Minnifield is a Tampa native and danced on her school's color guard team. While on the color guard team, that is where she grew to love dance. She learned the basics in jazz and worked on her flexibility with color guard. She was on the color guard team for all 4 years of high school and was a captain for 3 years. She is excited to start her new journey at the Academy of Dance Dynamics!

Gabbi Crane is from Brandon, Florida, and immediately fell in love with dance when she attended her first class at the age of 18 months.  She started assisting with classes at the age of 12 and landed her first teaching job at 17.  She grew up training in a variety of styles including Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop.  Gabbi is currently in Aaron Tolson’s Speaking In Taps Company and is a captain of the Rhythm and Sole Tap Ensemble and  has been a member for 7 years. She has taught at a variety of studios and currently teaches at Contempo School of Dance.  Gabbi has performed at numerous events and shows such as Universal’s City Walk, Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel, Disney Springs and multiple venues in New York City. She performed at The Big Apple Tap Festival on 3 occasions including one self-choreographed solo.  Among Gabbi’s many accomplishments in other dance genres are her ABT certification and receiving her first choreography award in 8th grade. While attending a middle school dance program she started to focus on her interest on Tap dance and since has taken classes from and worked closely with many master teachers.  Gabbi is a full-time college student and plans to pursue a professional dance career after graduation.