Artistic Director-Acting, Hip Hop, Modern, Performance Team, Pom, Tap
Casey Nemec has been in the performing arts for over 30 years, and instructing dance for 15 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. Her choreography has been seen on stage, on screen, winning Platinum 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, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree. 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/choreographic 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 and Buick, 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 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. Casey frequently attends teacher workshops and master classes throughout the nation to continue her training and inspiration!
Assistant Artistic Director- Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Performance Team
Sarah McBride has been in the performing arts for over 20 years. She was formally trained in jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, tap, and ballet. 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, and taught at the elementary level for five years. Sarah has a passion for dance, and inspiring children to have a love for dance as well. She looks forward to an exciting season!
Jackie Blair has been practicing Ashtanga/Vinyasa Flow (Power Yoga) for over 13 years. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Jackie relocated to Charlotte County in 1993. She is a graduate of Charlotte High School, as well as SunState Hair Academy, after which she worked in the beauty industry for 18 years. During that time, she developed a passion for distance running, and has been an avid distance runner for the past 13 years. She has completed 23 half-marathons, and is currently continuing to train and compete. It was during her training/running endeavors that she discovered her passion for yoga. Jackie found that yoga complemented her running in mind, body, and soul. Combining breath to movement, yoga develops strength, stamina, endurance, and intention, enabling the body to communicate with the mind. She further expanded her skills by becoming certified in meditation, which compliments and enhances the way she approaches instructing her classes. From this combination of skills, her unique style of teaching was born. She is a passionate meditation and Power Yoga instructor, and has now dedicated her life to bringing mindfulness, breath, intention, and a health to the community. Her classes offer a unique approach to yoga incorporating fun, challenge, and energy.
Katrin Kochler-Gerow was born and raised in Germany. She first came to the US in 1996 as an au-pair, and lived in Washington DC. While there, she met her future husband Justin, who was raised in Charlotte County, Florida. Katrin holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Business from Germany and the US. She and her husband Justin moved back to Punta Gorda in 2005, and have two children, Dominik and Helena.
Katrin always wanted to become a teacher, and Pilates instruction was a good fit for her. She has been practicing Pilates for 3 years and fell in love with Pilates for its precision and straightforwardness. It goes well with her everything healthy lifestyle. Her regular Pilates practice has resulted in better body awareness, improved posture and flexibility, a strengthened core, and greater stamina.
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, Performance 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.
Hip Hop, Zumba
Celina began her journey into the world of the performing arts at age 5. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and picked up the latest moves in her native Jamaica Queens, New York. In recent years, Celina taught ballroom dance in Cape Coral. She also has an extensive musical theatre background, performing at both Universal Studios Orlando and Walt Disney World, and in theatres from Naples to Orlando. She has also toured as a backup vocalist for Mr. Glenn Leonard, the former lead singer of the legendary Motown music group, The Temptations. Celina is a licensed Zumba fitness instructor, with specialties in Toning, Gold, Kids, and Core, a licensed MixxedFit instructor, and a personal trainer at Planet Fitness.
Children’s Combination, Pom Junior
Miss Abby danced from ages three to five, when she decided to take a hiatus and pursue cheerleading. At twelve, she began dance again at Studio Seven, training in all genres. When she is not teaching or taking class, Abby is a student at Florida Southwestern College, where she is pursuing a career in the medical field. Abby also enjoys fitness, nutrition, and all-things nature.
Ballet, Leaps and Turns, Lyrical
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, which allows for a greater range in expression. Keri’s approach to teaching emphasizes confidence, self-discipline, and instilling a love of dance.
Acrobatics, Acting, Children’s Combination
Melissa began her career in the performing arts as a young child, studying dance, acting, and fashion at John Robert Powers in St. Louis. In 2000, Melissa moved to Florida to study theater and dance at Edison State College. She participated in several theatre productions at Edison before graduating with her Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education. Melissa was a finalist in the 2001 Miss Gulf Coast pageant, did runway modeling and commercials for Jansport, and appeared in the film ‘The Brothers.’ Melissa also worked for John Casablanca’s Modeling Agency in Tampa as a talent scout, organizing acting and modeling workshops. In 2007, Melissa graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
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!
Bass, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele
Noah began teaching himself music when he was 11 years old. Since then, he has pursued multiple instruments, and continues to do so. Through excellent mentorship and personal devotion, he has learned to sing and to play Guitar, Piano, and Bass. Graduating from Charlotte High School in 2013, Noah immediately began working towards his passion. He continues to learn more about music daily and has a strong desire to use these gifts for God. He loves to work with all ages, bringing understanding to anyone interested in music. Noah is currently a Worship Leader at Deep Creek Community Church and has found his calling leading others in worship. He will soon be attending Southeastern University, where he will continue to grow and develop the gifts he’s been given.
Piano, Vocal Performance
Mia White is an established vocal performance and piano instructor, currently celebrating her 25th 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 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 Fledermaus and Mikado, having leading roles in all. She has also done extensive solo vocal work, performing throughout the nation. Mia is currently a worship leader at her church, and hosts a women’s ministry called ‘Women of Destiny.’ She is a licensed minister in the State of Florida.
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.
So You Want to Be a Rock Star
Emily Morgan DeAngelis
Emily DeAngelis 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. 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.
Barre, Power Vinyasa Yoga, TurboKick