Studio Seven Center for Creative Studies was born out of a lifelong love of the visual and performing arts. We are dedicated to sharing our joy, passion, and inspiration with students of all ages in the areas of dance, music, art, acting, and creative movement.
Our mission and commitment is to foster a love of the arts through provision of a high-quality education, focusing on the individual needs of each student, in a compassionate and encouraging environment.
Owner/Instructor-Acting, Acro, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern,
Revolution Performance Team, Tap
Casey has been in the performing arts for 37 years, and instructing dance for over 20 years. She was formally trained in tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and ballet at the Phil Osterhouse Dance Studio and The Dance Network in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Casey also grew up competing in Winter Guard International, where she honed her dance and performance skills throughout the US and Canada. Her choreography has been seen on stage, on screen, winning awards in studio dance competitions, 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, and is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization. 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, WWE, Buick, Amway, Vintage Cosmetics, 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, documentaries, 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. She is also currently working as an on-air fashion contributor for the Home Shopping Network, and as a resident teaching artist for Arts4All. Casey also holds her Master’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts, and is the proud mom of two boys, Brixon and Hudson.
Ms. Sarah started dancing at the age of three in Warren, Ohio. She started her competitive career at age nine, competing 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 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 at 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 first grade teacher at Deep Creek Elementary School, and their team captain for Relay for Life.
Contemporary, Hip Hop
Obinna comes to us from Nigeria, where he is a graduate of the Society for the Performing Arts. He is a member of the Stars on Earth dance team, which was the first dance team to represent Nigeria in the World Hip Hop Championship, held in Las Vegas. Obinna is a founding member of the Pincode Family, and is a choreographer for the Apex Dance Company. Obinna is trained in hip hop, contemporary, and jazz, and has taught throughout Nigeria, the United States, Benin, and Togo. We are excited to have Obinna's unique blend of technique and storytelling here at Studio Seven!
Ballet, Ballroom, Group Sing!, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Whitney began dancing at the age of five right here in Punta Gorda! She took a hiatus from dance to study elementary education at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she graduated Summa cum laude. She briefly worked as a first grade teacher before changing gears and moving into the arts professionally. Whitney studied voice with Craig Wich (of Boston Conservatory) as well as ballet with Elaine Hebron (ABT) then moved to NYC to pursue working in the arts. Whitney has appeared in numerous commercials, print campaigns, and made her television debut as a dancer on TBN in NYC. She has been performing in regional theatres for the past eight years, in productions such as West Side Story, Hairspray, Crazy For You, Spamalot, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, and many others. Whitney owns a production company, (Bazazz.co) through which she creates and performs one-woman musicals. She also owns and operates Growing With Grace Studios in Arcadia, FL. Whitney is very excited to join the Studio Seven team!
Children's Combination, Hip Hop
Sofie Hansen has been involved in the arts since the age of four, and began her time with Studio Seven in 2014. In addition to studying jazz, hip hop, tap, modern, and ballet, she also enjoys watercolor painting, cooking, and theatre. Sofie is currently a junior at Charlotte High School, and is working on graduating with her AICE diploma as part of a Cambridge program in 2024. Sofie has been seen in numerous Charlotte Players musicals, and is very involved in the theatre program at her school. She plans on attending a university with a focus on psychology and art history, and using these skills to have a career devoted to helping others. Sofie finds joy in spreading kindness to others, and can’t wait to continue doing that this year. She looks forward to having another great year at Studio Seven!
Acro, Children's Combination
Emma has been dancing at Studio Seven since she was nine years old, and is a member of the Revolution Performance Team. She enjoys all styles of dance, but has a special place in her heart for ballet, lyrical, and tap. In addition to taking numerous classes at the studio, Emma has been assisting in dance classes and dance camps for the last several years. She attends Charlotte High School, where she is enrolled in honors classes. Emma is also a varsity football cheerleader, and loves cheering her teammates on, both at dance and on the football field. After high school, she plans to further her education at the university level in order to become a teacher. Emma is also a member of Deep Creek Community Church, where she volunteers in kids ministry teaching preschool-aged children. In any free time she may have, she loves going to the beach, working out, or lounging around watching Netflix.
Olivia began taking gymnastics when she was seven years old in Washington state, and continued upon her moved to Florida. Olivia has won several state titles as a competitor, and has been coaching recreational and competitive gymnastics for the last four years. Olivia is an honors graduate of North Port High School, and is currently studying radiology at Keiser University. Olivia loves working with children, and is excited for her first season at Studio Seven!
Barbara Marangon was born in New York, and received pre-professional ballet training at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. While studying, she had the opportunity to dance with the Royal Ballet in Sleeping Beauty, with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Later, she performed with the Garden State Ballet and the New York Dance Ensemble until she received a contract to dance with the Stadttheater of Klagenfurt, Austria. She has danced in classical ballets, operas, musicals—and the circus. Barbara has performed in a variety of famous venues such as the Metropolitan Opera, Madison Square Garden, New York World’s Fair, and Italy’s historical Teatro Goldoni in Venice. Barbara taught and choreographed ballets in Italy, the Czech Republic, and Spain. Before Carla Fracci’s appointment, she was the choreographer for the Italian Renaissance Festival, La Dama Castellana, for five years. Students from her ballet school, Scuola di Danze American Ballet, near Venice, Italy, were awarded 26 scholarships to Vignale Danza, admitted to La Scala Ballet School, and represented Italy in the Prix de Lausanne competition in 2000. At the International Dance Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain, her dancers won a Best Ballet Award for their interpretation and her choreography of L’aprés midi d’un faune. She has restaged full-length classical ballets including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Firebird, Petrouchka, the musical On Your Toes, in Italy, and assisted in productions of Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, Harlequinade, and the opera, Lucia di Lammermoor for the Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Barbara has an MFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma where she taught ballet and was the recipient of the Ballets Russes Fellowship. She has written 2 books, Detour on an Elephant, A Year Dancing with the Greatest Show on Earth and Chasing Castles, Nineteen Years Living and Teaching Ballet in Italy. www.barbarafilemarangon.com
Ron Bates is a freelance graphic artist, muralist, set designer, and internationally-published illustrator. Ron is also the newly-appointed stage production director at the Charlotte Players! 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 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 national 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!
Guitar, Musical Theatre
Meet Mr. Douglas, the triple threat of the teaching world! With a passion for drama and guitar, this energetic educator knows just how to keep students engaged. Armed with a knack for making learning fun, Mr. Douglas is the go-to for parents looking to ignite their child's creativity. Whether your little ones dream of performing on Broadway or just want to strum a tune around the campfire, Mr. Douglas has got them covered. If you want to give your kids a leg up in life and a few laughs along the way, sign up for Mr. Douglas' classes today.
Conditioning, Strengthening, Injury Prevention
Jackie started out as a marathon runner, and found her love for yoga through her training. She has run 25 half and full marathons thus far, and is currently training for number 26. Jackie has been practicing yoga for 18 years, and teaching for nine. She is not only a Vinyasa Yoga instructor of 200 hours, but she is also a Fundamental Movement instructor of 300 hours. Jackie specializes in mobility, flexibility, range of motion, and injury prevention, with a style all her own. She has worked with performers and athletes, kids and adults, young and not-so-young. Jackie is passionate about what she does, qnd is excited to be bringing her mind-body-soul knowledge to Studio Seven!
Jazz Junior, Zumba
Starting with ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and hip hop as a child, and then earning her degree in dance from Iowa State University, Riannan has been dancing for over 27 years. After college, she moved out to Seattle, where she was a professional ballroom dance instructor and competitor with Arthur Murray. She traveled the country (plus Canada and Mexico!) with her students and fellow dancers, and reached her Full Silver level. Riannan then transitioned into the fitness and nutrition industry when she moved to Minnesota to be closer to family. In addition to dancing, she has been teaching Zumba for over 10 years, and she is also a personal trainer and holistic nutrition coach. Riannan moved to Florida eight years ago, and she enjoys meeting new people and teaching wedding couples their first dances, too!! Riannan and her husband did the waltz for their first dance, and they enjoy local venues for social dancing as well.