Artistic Director-Acting, Hip Hop, Modern, Revolution Competition Team, Pom, Tap
Casey Nemec has been in the performing arts for 35 years, and instructing dance for 19 years. She was formally trained in tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet at The Dance Network and the Academy of Performing Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and studied hip-hop with renowned choreographers Wade Robson and Dan Karaty. Casey also grew up competing in Winter Guard International, where she honed her dance and performance skills throughout the nation. Her choreography has been seen on stage, on screen, winning awards in dance competitions, in state championship high school dance team competitions, and even on the basketball court of her alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast University (Go Eagles!), where Casey was a Magna cum Laude graduate. She has been certified to teach through both Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. In addition to dance, Casey trained at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts, having been both a lead actress and a teaching/choreography assistant in their prestigious Summer Stock Program. Casey became a professional actress at the age of 12 when she appeared as the lead actress in the touring production of The Troll and the Elephant Prince . She has appeared in international campaigns for Sega, Buick, and Artistry Beauty, among others, numerous theatrical productions, and made her silver-screen debut in the Academy-award winning film Dreamgirls. Casey has also been featured in print modeling campaigns, commercials, runway shows, as a feature model on Beauty Report with Amy Morrison on the Home Shopping Network, and on the cover of best-selling novels Could I Have this Dance?, For the Rest of My Life, and All I’ll Ever Need. She is also currently working as an on-air Fashion Contributor on the Home Shopping Network. Casey has been a guest instructor at Beer City Barre in Grand Rapids, and frequently attends teacher workshops and master classes throughout the nation to continue her training and inspiration!
Assistant Artistic Director- Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Revolution Competition Team
Sarah McBride began dancing at the age of 5. She was formally trained in jazz, contemporary, acro, tap, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, and circus. She has performed for Disney and the Sailor Circus in addition to competing in dance competitions regionally. In addition to performing and competing, Sarah began choreographing a wide variety of genres of dance for children ages 2-18 when she was 15 years old. In 2008, she graduated from USF in Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She currently teaches acro, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. She is an award-winning choreographer and member of Acrobatic Arts. She is also a certified ADA (Acro Dance Association) Adjudicator. Sarah has a passion for dance, and inspiring children to have a love for dance as well.
Jennifer, an Ohio native, began dancing as a toddler. She went on to become a competitor (and award winner) on the national stage, and danced her way through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Jennifer holds her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, and her Master’s in educational leadership. She is a second grade teacher at Deep Creek Elementary, and is excited to return to preschool dance instruction!
Hip Hop Junior
Paige Deno has been dancing since she was three years old. She joined the Studio Seven family in 2014 and has since then been happily competing for the Revolution Team. Paige has been trained in multiple styles of dance, and plans on continuing to further her dance career with Studio Seven in the years to come. Being versatile in her dancing abilities, Paige was able to instruct and assist all the dance camps held at the studio in the summer of 2019. She is excited to get to share her passion with her students to help them learn and grow as talented young dancers.
Acro, Children’s Combination, Hip Hop, Revolution Performance Team
Ali Gregoire started dancing when she was 8 years old, and soon after started to dance competitively around the state and country. Ali is formally trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet. Ali recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Children’s Mental Health. While attending USF, she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, and choreographed a number of performances for philanthropic events. She is very excited to be a part of Studio Seven and can’t wait to see what is in store for this season!
Melissa began dancing when she was 3 years old in Oxon Hill, MD. At the age of 9, she began competing in a troop and as a soloist statewide and in the regional north east. Formally trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe, Melissa began teaching dance when she was 17 and by then had uncovered an all-out passion for tap. Melissa continued to study dance her freshman year at Washington College in Chestertown, MD and was offered the opportunity to teach the tap program for the college. Instead she chose to take her remaining years off from dance to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After college while working in Washington, DC she dusted off her tap shoes and began taking classes at the Joy of Motion Dance Center, a longtime fixture of the DC dance community, in order to expose herself to different forms of tap. Today, Melissa is a wife, a mother of two and works in the financial services industry. While life has pulled her to and fro she remains a dancer at heart and is more than excited to be a part of the Studio Seven Team.
Megan Lebeau began taking dance lessons at the age of five. When she was nine, Megan joined a competitive dance team that traveled throughout the state of Florida. She attended numerous workshops, where she was provided the opportunity to train under many well-known dancers and choreographers. Over the years, Megan studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, acrobatics, circus, and gymnastics. In 2010, she graduated from Warner University with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and exceptional education. She taught at the elementary level for five years, and is now teaching and coaching track and field at her alma mater, Charlotte High School. Megan loves working with children, helping them build confidence and a love for learning.
Jazz, Revolution Competition Team, Tap
Ms. Sarah started dancing at the age of 3 in Warren, Ohio. She started her competing career at age 9 throughout the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and South Carolina. She moved to Florida where she continued competing throughout the state. Upon graduating Venice High School in 2004, she followed her love of dance to college at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (GO STARS), where she graduated with a degree in Dance Management. While attending school she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Students of Arts Management and Relay for Life. Ms. Sarah worked in numerous concerts, dance competitions, and theatrical productions, learning all aspects of show business. Sarah moved back home to tend to her family, and continue her love for kids and dance. Ms. Sarah is a Kindergarten Teacher at Deep Creek Elementary School, and their team captain for Relay for Life.
Ballet, Children’s Combination, Leaps and Turns, Lyrical, Pom Junior
Keri is a classically trained dancer who began her ballet training as a child, along with her twin sister. She furthered her education at Columbia College in Chicago, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, with a minor in Dance. It was at Columbia where she trained and worked with respected choreographers and instructors Liz Lerman, Jan Erkert, and Margie Cole, among others. Keri was also a regular choreographer for performances at The Dance Center at Columbia College-Chicago. Keri’s ballet technique is Vaganova-based; this approach allows dancers a full awareness of their bodies, thus giving them the opportunity to execute their movements with precise technique, fluidity, and expression. Keri’s approach to teaching emphasizes confidence, self-discipline, and instilling a love of dance. Keri is also employed as a planning assistant at Ameriprise Financial, but teaching the art of dance is her passion, so she looks forward to heading to the studio right after work!
Vanessa started dancing at the age of 4 practicing ballet, jazz, and tap in Windermere, FL. At 14 years of age she began studying other genres like lyrical, modern, and contemporary and began dancing competitively with Joan Crawford School of Dance (currently known as Shooting Stars School of Dance). She was on her high school dance team who also competed and traveled with the school marching band performing at football halftime shows. After graduating high school, Vanessa was chosen for the NBA’s Orlando Magic Dance Team, the Orlando Magic Dancers, from 2001-2006 and team captain for the last two seasons. As an “OMD,” she performed at Orlando Magic home games and promotional events, and was invited by the Armed Forces Entertainment to perform for the US Military and their families in several countries overseas. Vanessa graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in event management from the University of Central Florida, and later worked as Development Associate for the non-profit organization “Be a Star” Foundation, in North Palm Beach, FL from 2008-2011. She moved to Punta Gorda with her husband and two children in 2015, and is excited to return to her passion for dance inspiring young dancers.
Art Director-Art, Set Design
Ron Bates is a freelance graphic artist, muralist, set designer, and internationally-published illustrator. Ron’s cartoons are published regularly in The Charlotte Sun and Harbor Style, and have also appeared in USA Today, Gator Country, and on the nationally-syndicated television show Fox & Friends. Ron has been the recipient of numerous first-place journalism awards for his editorial cartoons from such prestigious organizations as The Florida Society of News Editors, The Florida Press Club, and The National Newspaper Association. Ron was also recently recognized for his contribution to the 2016 Pulitzer Prize won by the Charlotte Sun. Ron not only has murals painted throughout the nation, and designed sets for over 15 theatrical productions, but he has also custom designed, constructed and painted beautiful pieces of furniture housed in ten libraries throughout the state of Michigan, and at the famed Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Ron’s most recent international commission came from designing the official commemorative t-shirt for high-wire legend Nik Wallenda’s historical Chicago Skyscraper Live! stunt. Ron was also invited to participate in the internationally-recognized and highly-selective ArtPrize Seven competition!
Scott, who also teaches Social Studies at Port Charlotte High School, joins us with over ten years of drum instruction experience. Scott began his career in drumming as a percussionist with both the Austin Symphony and the Rochester Symphony. Before moving to Florida, Scott was a director for the Boys and Girls Clubs for fourteen years. Upon his relocation, Scott accepted a position as the Music Director for Harvest United Methodist Church in Bradenton. After moving to Punta Gorda, Scott played the drums for First United Methodist Church for eight years. Scott is married to Natalie, and they have one daughter, acrobat extraordinaire, Rachel. Scott is excited to be a part of the Studio Seven team and share his love of music!
Piano, Vocal Performance
Mia White is an established vocal performance and piano instructor, currently celebrating her 31st year instructing students here in Charlotte County! Ms. White graduated from Stetson University in Deland, Florida in 1972 with her Bachelor of Music Education degree. She also received post-graduate training at Florida State University and Indiana University. Her training has also included traveling to New York, and abroad to study classical music. Mia has performed in several musicals and operas, including Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Carousel, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fleder-maus and The Mikado, having leading roles in all. She has also done extensive solo vocal work, performing throughout the nation, including singing at the grand opening of Walt Disney World. Mia is an ordained minister, and currently hosts a ladies’ ministry called “Women of Destiny.”
So You Want to Be a Rock Star
Angel Bartolotta (aka Andrew Bartolotta, born November 26, 1981) has been playing drums his whole life. From a kid banging on pots and pans, to a studio session drummer and hired-gun, touring the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Angel has devoted his entire life to the art of drumming. Angel is best known as the drummer for Dope, Genitorturers, PIG, Crossbreed, Switched, The Undead, and many other bands, as well as being an Artist on the DW, PDP, Zildjian, Evans and ProMark rosters. He is also the founder of Team Cybergeist, a collaborative music project featuring over 100 musicians from all around the world. Angel has a true passion for teaching. He is currently a member of the DW Drums Department Of Education and teaches private lessons, group lessons, online lessons, and drum clinics. He is also the creator of The Dinosaur Method, an easy-to-use lesson plan for kids, and the owner of The RockBox Music School and Stage in North Port.
So You Want to Be a Rock Star
Emily Morgan has an extensive background in the performing arts, ranging from choreography to costume design, on the screen and on the stage. The theatre is her first love, having obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and her Master’s in Fine Arts-Costume Design from the University of California, San Diego. Her work in Costume Design has been featured on the stage of Yale University, in the famed LaJolla Playhouse, on Nickelodeon, and on The Today Show, among hundreds of others. In 2013, Emily was invited to lecture on early theatre career development at New York University. She has also been on faculty at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Television and Film Institute, and a teaching assistant at the University of California, San Diego. Emily is currently employed as the Costume Director for the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, Virginia. We were thrilled to have Emily here at Studio Seven to kick-off our Performance Series!
Robin Warsaw is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ with a Bachelor of Music in Education. Ms. Warsaw has taught private piano and vocal music for over 25 years. Her most recent position was as a kindergarten assistant and private music instructor at the prestigious Gerstell Academy in Maryland. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Warsaw is also a published composer of children’s anthems.
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