Jackie began dance at the age of 2 in Boston. After moving to Florida at age 12, she danced both in school and at a studio. She also competed and spent her summers in dance intensives with master teachers from all over the world. Jackie began teaching dance at the age of 16 for The Boys and Girls Club. She also was the choreographer for the color guard and dance team at Sarasota High School from 2000 to 2002. She refined her craft when she started to train under Ms. Ginny East Shaddock at the age of 21 at FLEX. Jackie has her degree in Business Management and her National CDA. Her love for children brought her to teaching preschool and VPK for 5 years, but her love of dance brought her back to teaching dance full time. Working under Ms. East for almost 10 years made for a smooth transition to studio owner in 2015. She is most passionate about tap and jazz and enjoys teaching children of all ages. Jackie spends her time away from the studio with her husband and two daughters at the beach, on roller coasters or in the garden.
Jamon is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer and loves working with all ages and levels of talent. He began his training at age 14 at ReFlex in the pre-professional program under Ginny East, Chelsea March, and Jackie Velazquez. He was also in Booker's VPA Theater program and was quite often a featured performer. After high school he decided to move to Chicago and tour with Ardent Dance Company. There he performed an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories as the lead, “Poe” at the Alvin Ailey theater and a couple other theaters in the Chicago area, under the direction of Justine Pennington. Jamon also performed with Ardent Dance Co. in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” in which he portrayed and performed as Demetrius.
Outside of the studio, you can always find him spending quality time with his family, or working on his next musical theater production. Some credits include, Mistoffolees in “CATS”, The Wiz in “The Wiz”, and a featured Newsie dancer in “Newsies” at the Manatee Players Theater. Jamon is currently employed with Royal Caribbean Cruises as a professional dancer onboard a ship! He shares his talents with us whenever he is home on break.
Hailing from Manchester, England, Steven began his dance training at age 8 at Northern Ballet School. He then completed his training at Kate Simmon’s School of Dance. Steven enjoyed a professional career spanning more than 15 years with several notable ballet companies including;
The Portuguese National Ballet, K Ballet Company, and the Sarasota Ballet.
On tour, he performed in China, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Africa.He also performed principal and soloist roles in many ballets, including the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardee, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Cappelia, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.
Steven is excited to be able to share his passion and knowledge for dance with his students. In his spare time, Steven enjoys football (aka soccer), rowing, and the Sarasota sunshine with his wife Christine and daughter Sophie.
Krista was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and started dancing at Flex Dance Studio with Ginny East at the age of 5. As a dancer Krista studied with numerous renowned choreographers such as Brian Freedman, Tom Ralabate, Luigi, Zena Romette, Gary Flannery, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, and many more. She attended dance schools in New York City including the Alvin Ailey School, The Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, The American Ballet Academy, and Luigi’s. Krista has won national competitions as a dancer and has been televised on ESPN.
In addition to her dance training and experience, Krista also has experience singing, acting and modeling. She appeared on a children’s television show for many years, numerous tv commercials and has done print modeling all over the state of Florida. She has been in numerous musical productions such as Cats, Oklahoma, Joseph and A Chorus Line.
Krista obtained her teaching certificate from the KIDDANCE teachers training program which includes 120 hours of lectures, exams, skill tests and a 40 hour teaching internship. Krista worked for 8 years as a certified medical assistant and has a wealth of knowledge of the human body and how to treat and prevent sports related injuries. In her personal life, Krista is happily married to the love of her life and has 2 stepchildren and a 2.5 year old daughter, and a son on the way. Krista loves spending time with her family and is excited for this new year and all the wonderful things to come.
Miss Chelsea grew up in Indiana and began taking ballet at age 4. She trained with Lafayette Ballet Company and performed ensemble, soloist, and lead roles under the direction of her teacher, Sandra Peticolas, who also fostered Chelsea’s love and creativity for costuming, set design, and production of original ballets. To Chelsea, ballet has always been an art that extends beyond the barre, and hopes to share this with her dancers at Reflex. Chelsea moved to Florida in 2007 to dance professionally with Sarasota Ballet. Her experiences there led her to train and perform abroad in London where she attended a performing arts college, London Studio Centre. Back in Sarasota, Chelsea continued dancing and performing with Sarasota Ballet for several years before deciding to pursue her education in Nursing at State College of Florida. Around this time Chelsea found ReFlex and discovered her passion for teaching ballet. Over the past eight years, Chelsea has developed 9 original ballets for our program dancers - each one tailored to the personalities and abilities of our ever-growing cast of dancers.When not at the studio, Miss Chelsea enjoys spending time with Mr. Chelsea (AKA Casey) and her needy Doodle, Russell as well as her many sewing machines. She also works as a nurse and is a coffee lover.
ReFlex Arts Dance was established in 2010 by Mrs. Virginia East Shaddock as both a dance and yoga school. With the ever growing popularity of both the dance school and the yoga school, the two schools separated to allow more space and classroom availability. In 2015 , Mrs Jackie Brenes Velazquez purchased the dance portion to continue it's growth and to allow Ms. Ginny to continue her journey with yoga and Heartwood Retreat Center.
What We Offer
Hunter started training at ReFlex at the age of 15, under the guidance of Ginny East, Jackie Velazquez, and Chelsea March. This is his first year being on the other side of the dance floor as a teacher/choreographer. He is a graduate from Booker High School’s VPA Musical Theatre program where his craft for musical theatre and dance sky rocketed. After high school, he attended Chicago College of Performing Arts to study musical theatre with a dance emphasis. While there, he met and trained under several well-rounded and well accomplished professors in different subjects such as, modern, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, tap, and many more. Though Chicago is a lovely place, Hunter felt the need to come back to Florida and attend school in state. He is currently working on getting his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. When he isn’t teaching or taking class, he is doing outside theatre to stay busy. He loves to entertain and train in every aspect as much as possible. Hunter’s love for dance grows more and more each day and he is beyond thrilled to be working in a place that has so much growth, bright faces and all around loving people. He is looking forward to helping students grow while also learning a few things about himself from the students.
Ms. Katelyn began dancing at ReFlex when we first opened in 2010 at the age of 8. Katelyn quickly excelled because of her passion for dance, great work ethic, perseverance and is now one of our top level pre-professional dancers. Katelyn excels at Contemporary and Jazz but is exceptional in all genres. She is the first student to receive the esteemed honor of becoming a student teacher. She has been working our summer camp for years, has been assistant to and has been closely mentored by Ms. Jackie Velazquez. Her love for children and responsible nature makes her a fantastic teacher. Katelyn is homeschooled, attends dance classes 4-6 times per week. Katelyn has also attended master classes with many well known choreographers, won awards at competitions, and attended summer intensives in NYC with Joffrey. Kate danced in her first community theater show -All Shook Up at Sarasota Players Theater last season. This summer she was cast in West Side Story at Manatee Players, as well as Joseph at the Sarasota Players.
ReFlex's focus is to instill the love of dance in each one of our students. From the age of 2 - 18,
we emphasize technique that is developmentally appropriate for each age level. The children's
program (through age 8) utilizes the reknowned Kiddance Syllabus, that keeps the fun in dance
while teaching proper technique for the little ones. Our pre professional training program strives
to create beautiful dancers who are not only technically proficient, but also have a strong sense
of artistry and are well versed in multiple genres of dance.
Kyle's beginnings in dance began in Hawaii where he trained with Ballet Hawaii. He moved out to Los Angeles to continue his training and begin his dance career as a commercial dancer. While in LA, Kyle got the opportunity to work and train with Ricky Lam, Matt Steffanina as well as a work study at Debbie Reynold's Dance Studio. Kyle's amazing work ethic and love of dance landed him in China in 2016 working with IDC and touring with a big Chinese pop star. During a recent trip to LA, Kyle had the opportunity to dance on Jennifer Lopez's show, "World of Dance". Kyle's positive attitude and approach to teaching makes him a very effective and loved teacher. Kyle spends his free time singing, playing guitar, and spending time with his big family. Kyle is currently in LA living out his dance dreams, and comes to teach whenever he is in town.
A New York Native, Miss Christine brings her amazing energy to every class. Christine began dancing at the age of 5 and hasn't stopped! She attended Hunter College where she received her BA in Dance. It was there that she fell in love with Modern dance under the direction of Billy Siegenfeld and Jana Feinman. Christine has owned 3 dance studios; 2 in New York and one in Puerto Rico. She is also a trained gymnastics coach. Christine's passion for dance passed on to her two daughters. Her oldest daughter was a MSA Heat Dancer and competitive Gymnast, and her youngest is an aspiring ballerina. Christine spends her time teaching adult fitness classes, helping her daughters realize their dreams, and traveling.