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.

Bailey Rader has always had a passion for dance. She began dancing at the age of seven at Julestarz she danced on the performance and competition team there until eventually moved to BSDA where she competed at regional and national levels. She began assisting dance classes at the age of 14 and began teaching her own classes at the age of 16. Bailey is now a teacher here at Dance Dynamics, she teaches ballet, jazz, tap, clogging, and leaps and turns.

Erika Gilmore grew up dancing in the Tampa area under the direction of Gloria Tyndall and Kimberly Willis. As just a junior in high school Erika took on teaching classes of her own and developed a passion for being behind the scenes of things: teaching and choreographing. The following years Erika choreographed several pieces for recreational classes and competition teams going on to win prestigious awards for her works. She has taught at several well known studios in the Trinity and Largo areas. As a dancer Erika received scholarships to national events and was recognized for her commitment and performance on stage. Erika moved to New York City to broaden her own dance studies and worked with industry professionals in theatre and commercial dance. She studied extensively at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Gibney Dance Company training in all styles with a focus in ballet and theatre. Absorbing the techniques and styles of all who have trained her have molded her unique, theatrically inspired, seemingly effortless movement and teaching methods.

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

Zaleigh Paige Richardson is from Lakeland, Florida. She attend Kennesaw State University, graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance with a concentration in modern. She has been dancing for 13 years. She attended Rochelle School of the Arts and Harrison School of the Arts. She is trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and musical theater.

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.

April began clogging in 1980 at the age of eight. She has danced with several award-winning competition clogging teams including the Berry Patch Cloggers and a short time with Buckshot Cloggers. She has been a choreographer since 1987 for Berry Patch Cloggers and Grayson School of Dance.  She took some time off from clogging (2001 to 2005) while having her two beautiful daughters and then resumed teaching at Grayson School of Dance in 2005.  Most recently April has had the privilege to lead her clogging teams to the 2016 NCHC National Championships in Nashville TN where they were awarded National Champion in the small group category, the 2017 Starpower Nationals where both her junior and senior teams took home the national title, as well as the 2018 Nexstar Nationals where her senior clogging competitive team took home both the National Title and the Big Show Champion Title.  She has also received several choreography, entertainment, and performance awards at several competitions throughout her teaching years.

Kayla Simpson, I am a previous student of 12 years at The Academy of Dance Dynamics and am so excited to be back and working at the front desk. This studio has given me some of my closest friends, people that I would consider family. I think that is one thing that sets this studio apart from all the others- it can give you friendships that last a lifetime. My love for dance came from the amazing teachers I had at this studio during my time dancing here. It is so great seeing many new amazing dance teachers coming in and inspiring the same love for dance in these kids. I participated in the performance and competition team at the studio during my years here and from it gained many great experiences.

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!

Maggie Sullivan, currently a professional ballet dancer with Florida Dance Theatre in Lakeland, is a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and began her ballet training with Kristin and Peter Degnan at the Degnan Ballet Center. She studied jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and modern dance under Tim Early, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, and Lynne Mariani, and founded the Holy Redeemer High School Dance Team. She continued her studies at Mercyhurst University, under the direction of Tauna Hunter, where she received a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy, choreographed a number of works presented at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, acted as coordinator of the Liturgical Dance Ensemble, served on the Leadership Team and as an Ambassador for the university. She studied under ballet instructors Melissa Bobick, Michael Gleason, C. Noelle Partusch, and Lesley Scalise. In her career, she has performed roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Etudes, The Firebird, Giselle, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Little Match Girl, as well as various contemporary works. She has taught a wide variety of dance classes, master classes, and community outreach demonstrations  in varying age and technique levels at studios and schools in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, and Florida. She has performed with SOMAR Dance Works in Erie, PA, District Dance Theater in Germantown, MD, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Gaithersburg, MD, and Connect The Dots Dance Company in Washington DC. She has recently been the regional director of the Northern Virginia branch of Little People’s Creative Workshop, a theater arts program for preschool-aged children.