Meet Our Staff

Stephanie started dancing with Char-Mar at her preschool when she was 2 ½ years old.  With Mrs. Mary Jane as her teacher, Stephanie fell in love with dance. Char-Mar School of Dance provided her with a loving, warm, and guiding environment that she will always be thankful for.  Mrs. Mary Jane’s energy and light-hearted approach to life and getting through tough times inspired Stephanie, as did Charlie’s frequent teaching of important life lessons.

 

The teachers at Char-Mar helped train Stephanie for her audition process at Bak Middle School of the Arts.  Attending this prestigious art-based middle school opened Stephanie’s eyes to a world of possibilities in dance.  From there, Stephanie continued to dance at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and in college. 

Stephanie has been a teacher at Char-Mar School of Dance since she was 22.  In 2014, Stephanie was offered the opportunity to take over the studio and business and has been proudly representing the Char-Mar name ever since.

Stephanie places a large emphasis on embracing the old with the new and continues the same family-friendly environment as created by Char-Mar’s founders, Charlie and Mary Jane Grant.  As the new owner and director of Char-Mar School of Dance, Stephanie works hard to encourage and push students to the next level of their dance education. Stephanie loves working with kids and sharing her passion for dance with the next generation.  She lives her every dream every day through her work.

Stephanie Ford

Owner/Creative Director

Dance Education

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Academy of Art University

Sean’s Dance Factory

 

Fun Fact: Maria has taught Venus Williams!

MAria Hernandez

Hip-Hop Instructor

Dance/Teaching Experience: 

Sean’s Dance Factory

Debbie Reynolds, LA

Broadway Dance Center, NYC

ML Convention, Chicago

Florida Training in Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville

Florida School for Dance Education

Burns Road Community Center

Precision Dance Conservatory

Organized Kaos Dance Academy

Dance Unlimited

Dance Universe

Muse Center for the Arts

Spotlight Dance Studio

Flow

Hip-Hop Instructor

Originally from NY, Flow has a very unique take on Hip Hop. His first style under the umbrella of Hip Hop is Breaking. Over the years Flow has studied and learned many styles ranging from House, Popping, and New Jack Swing. Rooted in both technique and creativity, Flow teaches both foundation and finding your own creativity within Hip Hop. Flow has been featured in music videos as well as movies while performing with music artists. He is also an active competitor in the national and international underground hip-hop dance scene.

Toni lipscher

Acro-dance Instructor

Dance Education:

Florida State University

Dance/Teaching Experience: 

Florida State University’s Golden Girls

Miami Heat Dancer

Philadephia Eagles Cheerleader

New Jersey Nets Dancer

REACH Dance Company

Ruth Anne Hollingsworth

Instructor

Ruth Anne Hollingsworth  started dancing at the age of nine, and completely fell in love with it. For nine years she trained at Barfield School of Dance in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. she also competed on their competition team. She taught at local studios in Middle Tennessee for 5 years where she enjoyed passing on a love for dance to the next generation. Most recently she graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bs in dance focused on performance and choreography. she also performed in the pre-professional company there. At MTSU she pursued a minor in the recording industry with a concentration in audio production. She thoroughly enjoyed broadening her knowledge of a different area of the arts and she received a production internship from Jacob’s Pillow in the summer of 2020. Now she has relocated to South Florida and is excited to continue sharing her passion for dance education with her students.

JASMINE WRIGHT

Instructor

Jasmine grew up competitively dancing in Rochester NY. She was trained competitively in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Acro and Musical Theater from the age of 2 . During her training, she traveled to numerous workshops and conventions such as NYCDA, ADA, and DMA to be trained under master teachers and attended many regional and national competitions. She attended the University at Buffalo where she expanded her dance training, and was additionally trained in choreography, improvisation, and Aerial Arts. During her time in college, she was given the opportunity to perform with their in house dance company as well as set choreography. She graduated with her Bachelors in Dance in 2016. Since then, she has continued her dance education through Dance Masters of America’s Teacher Training School and relocated to Northern Virginia where she taught at various studios, choreographed for competitive dance companies, and was a choreographer in residence for a local theater troupe! Jasmine is so excited to continue her journey as a choreographer and dance educator here in South Florida, and cannot wait to share her passion for dance with our students.

MYCAELA EVERLY

Instructor

Mycaela is a Jupiter local and Florida native. She was part of the first class of dance minors at Florida Atlantic University and she is also an English major and a studio art photography minor. She graduated with her bachelor's degree and a professional and technical writing certificate. Mycaela has been dancing since the age of 3 and is a Dreyfoos School of the Arts alumni. She has trained and danced with choreographers from around the globe including Christopher Huggins, Margo Sappington, Levi Marsman, Ryan Redmond and more. 

LEAH STRICKER

Instructor

Leah began dancing at the age of three in Boynton Beach, Florida with Southern Dance Theatre under the direction of Penni Greenly. Leah was a part of the Dancer’s Edge Company for seven years and was captain of the Dancer’s Edge Company her Junior and Senior year of high school. Leah attended both Bak Middle School of the Arts for middle school and Dreyfoos School of the Arts for High School as a dance major. 

Recently, Leah attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, graduating in three years with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and a minor in dance and accounting. While in New York City, Leah trained at Broadway Dance Center with choreographers such as Ashlé Dawson, Theresa Stone, Ellenore Scott, Phil Orsano, Sheila Barker, and KC Castellano. She also trains with Academy of Villains located in Los Angeles, California with choreographers such as Michelle Olson and Taylor Berry. Leah has been accepted into Broadway Dance Center’s professional semester program where she will continue her training in August of 2021. 

Over the past three years, Leah has been a choreographer for Loud Live Productions under the direction of Kenneth Fowler. Recently, she has choregraphed for the company Katel Mizik where her choreography will be featured in a live band performance. Leah has taught at many studios in the South Florida area, has created many concept videos featuring dancers all around, and has choregraphed for a projection mapping workshop hosted by Loud Live Productions. Leah aims to give dancers new, exciting opportunities that enhances their abilities as a dancer. 

TRACY BAILEY

Instructor

Tracy has been teaching for 25+ years in South Florida. She started her dance and acrobatic training at the age of 5 and danced competitively until college. Tracy has certifications from Dance Educators of America, Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique, and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. While at UF, Tracy minored in Dance and performed with Danza, Floridance, Soundstage companies as well as Pofahl Studios, the home of Dance Alive! National Ballet. After moving back to South Florida, Tracy started teaching full time and has choreographed many award winning competition pieces and more importantly, helped her students grow and safely develop their artistry and strength. Ms Tracy is continuously exploring new methods and approaches to introduce to her students to keep them motivated and learning in a positive atmosphere.

KENNY FOWLER

Instructor

Kenny is a Belle Glade Native. He began dancing at the age of 7. Kenny has choreographed for several dance troupes, high school marching bands, modeling shows, drum lines, and cheerleading competitions. He attended Bethune Cookman College where he studied music and became part of the world-famous marching band, “The Marching Wild Cats,” as a drummer. Kenny is now sharing his gift with young kids in WPB as a dance teacher and the creator and director of his new theatrical show “LOUD”. Kenny has toured the world choreographing and dancing including opening acts for many celebrity artists such as Mari, Far East Movement, Jason Derulo, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Shaggy, The Marley Brothers, 50 Cent, and Jay Sean.

Dance Education:

New World School of the Arts; BFA Dance

 

Dance/Teaching Experience: 

American Dance Theatre of Miami

Heidi & Joe Melchiona’s Dance Center

Freddick Bratcher & Company

Palm Beach Ballet Center

Ballet Florida

Bak Middle School of the Arts

After dancing at char-mar for 14 years, reece attended the University of Miami where she graduated with a b.a. in psychology and b.s.ed in community and applied psychological studies. 

 

Reece's experience ranges from web design for small businesses in South Florida to speech writing for prominent politicians on Capitol Hill. Her successful projects and ventures include large-scale event planning, social media management, communications, and non-profit planning.

Each dance season, reece coordinates the logistics for char-mar's students, instructors, and classes. she manages the studio's virtual presence through cha-mar's website, social media, advertisements, and more.  throughout the covid-19 pandemic, reece has facilitated virtual classes and consulted Char-mar's health and safety policies. 

Holland Schiller-Romaine

Instructor

Reece Haire

Communications & Program Manager