Andrea LaMaina received her BFA in Dance Performance and Education from Towson University in Maryland. Mrs. LaMaina is the past President of DMA, Florida Chapter 2. She holds a National Teacher Education Certification as well as a Teacher Certification in Dance/Vocational Arts. She is an active member of Dance Educators of American and Dance Masters of America. She is the President of “The Young Dancer Foundation of South Florida, Inc.” a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that accepts charitable, tax deductible donations to benefit talented young dancers. Andrea is the Founder of the So Flo Tap Festival, and produces an annual event to promote the american art form of tap dancing, tap jamming and improvisation. Andrea is the teacher and choreographer of many title holders on a regional and national level. Her students have earned many scholarships to prestigious summer intensives and higher education dance degree programs. Her choreography has earned many awards throughout the years and Andrea is sought after as a judge on several competition circuits. She enjoys teaching master classes both locally and regionally and sharing her love of dance with eager dancers. Before college, Andrea trained under master teacher Fred Knecht. Andrea has choreographed for the Wellington High School Dance Team from Wellington, Florida, who was invited to perform at the Orange Bowl Classic’s half time show. Before becoming co-owner and Artistic Director of That’s Dancing, she was a faculty member at Glen Rock Middle School where she designed and created an exploratory arts curriculum, which included dance and creative movement. In 1997, she was nominated for The Sallie Mae Best New Teacher of the Year Award, a national honor recognizing her achievements in innovative curriculum development and design for public education. Andrea has also danced professionally with DDM Company based in Fairlawn, New Jersey. She is an active member of the National Dance Association and the Florida Dance Association. In 1994, she was chosen to perform with renowned choreographer Maureen Flemming in an original work at the Stephen’s Hall Theater in Baltimore. In 1990, Andrea was a scholarship recipient for the Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Program. For several years, Andrea was a performer and featured dancer in various roles at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania.
Michele Walsh holds a Master of Education in Dance from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Miami. She is the past Vice-President of Dance Masters of America Florida Chapter 2. She is a certified teacher with the Dance Masters of America Organization. She belongs to Dance Educators of America, Florida Chapter. Michele is the teacher and choreographer of Petite Miss Dance of Florida, 2012. She has trained with many respectable dance instructors including Fred Knecht, Katiti King, Eva Gholson, David Howard and Francis Kiernan. Before moving to Florida, she was a faculty member at the Purnell School in Pottersville, New Jersey, where she was the Head of the Performing Arts Department and dance teacher. At Purnell, she taught ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, African dance, movement improvisation and choreography to students ages 13-18. Michele has choreographed several musicals including Quilters, The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall, Prom Queens Unchained, Starmites, Smile and I’m Sorry The Bridge Is Out, You’ll Have To Spend The Night. Her work was nominated for Best Ensemble from the Papermill Playhouse Rising Stars Awards, a professional theater company in Millburn, New Jersey. Michele has danced professionally with the Red Bank Ballet Company and the American Repertory Theatre. She has performed as a lead dancer for the band The Beat Club, known for the song “Security”, in live concerts throughout South Florida. She has even danced in the Super Bowl XXIII half time show in Miami at Joe Robbie Stadium, where she was a featured dancer. To stay on the cutting edge of dance, she has attended the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago; the Dance Teacher Now Convention in NYC; the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine; the Florida Dance Festival in Tampa, Houston Ballet’s Teacher Seminar in Texas, and New York on the Road, a traveling dance workshop. Michele is also an active member of both the National Dance Association and The Florida Dance Association which promote dance in a variety of venues.
Jessica Pearl received her BFA from University of Florida’s New World School of the Arts, where she trained under many respected dance instructors and choreographers. She has performed for companies including Battleworks Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and the José Limón Company. She has committed to hours of intensive training with the Jacob’s Pillow Summer Intensive, the Martha Graham Summer Intensive and the former Southeastern Tap Explosion and the Florida Dance Festival, to name a few. She is the proud teacher and choreographer of Petite Miss Dance of Florida 2012 and 2013, Miss Ticket to Broadway 2015, Teen Miss Onstage 2016, Teen Miss Candance 2016, Miss Onstage 2017, Miss Candance 2017, Senior Miss Onstage 2018, Senior Miss Candance 2019, 2019 Future Stars Dancer, and Senior Miss Candance 2019. She has been teaching with That’s Dancing for a decade, and is amazed every day by the talent and passion her dancers bring to class each day. Jessica is the Co-Director of That’s Dancing’s Young Dancers’ Program a program designed specifically for dancers ages 3-6yrs old. Alongside her friend and colleague Nicole Smith, she molds tiny dancers into graceful young men and woman you will see today. She teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary/ Lyrical and is a resident choreographer and instructor for the Fusion Force Dance Company. This year Jessica became That’s Dancing’s Social Media Director, something she is extremely passionate about.
Nicole Smith graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in dance. She is a That’s Dancing and Fusion Force Dance Company Alumni and also attended New World School of the Arts, a dance conservatory and performing arts college, in downtown Miami. Shortly after completing her first year at NWSA, she was accepted into the University of Central Florida. While attending UCF, Nicole focused her degree studies on dance and the arts. In addition to her active role in the UCF dance community, Nicole also became involved in the performing arts throughout Central Florida; by teaching and choreographing at several dance studios. While in college, Nicole was selected to tour with MAC Cosmetics as a model and a tap dancer to help launch their cosmetic line "Hey Sailor!" She has been a part of the Entertainment Department at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida as a character performer. After a successful season at SeaWorld, Nicole accepted a contract with VEE Corporation to travel and tour the United States and Canada with Sesame Street Live where she was chosen to play the lead role of Elmo in the production: Elmo Makes Music. After her tour ended Nicole moved to South Florida where she continues to teach, perform, and choreograph. Nicole is Co-Producer of the annual So Flo Tap Fest that is held in South Florida. Earlier this year, Nicole had the opportunity to film tap dance tutorial videos for the online subscription service Happy Camper Live, and is excited to be able to reach an even larger audience of dancers through this online forum. Her most recent accomplishments include earning her first IMDb credit through her choreography and production work on the short dance film 'Ayita's Dream,' which recently won Best Film at Film Gate film festival.
Jillian Medero was born and raised in Lake Worth, Florida. She trained at That's Dancing, under the direction of Andrea LaMaina and Michele Walsh, until 2014. She was also a member of Fusion Force Dance Company for 11 years at That's Dancing. She has 20 years of experience as a dancer, as well as many years of competing, winning regional and national competitions/titles. She graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts as a dance major in 2014. She had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Margo Sappington, Christopher Huggins, Billy Bell, Alexander Anderson, Jan Hanniford- Goetz, and Rick McCullough. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Commercial Dance from Pace University last May. At Pace, she had the honor of working with choreographers such as Rhonda Miller, Lauren Gaul, Scott Jovovich, Dee Caspary, Suzi Taylor, Jason Samuels Smith and more. She has three IMDb credits two for dancing and one for her choreography. She danced in “Ayita’s Dream” and “Adequation", and then she co-choreographed “Intuition”. While teaching at That’s Dancing for her first year, Jillian is a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. She teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, and also for the Young Dancers’ Program.
Katherine Lameyer Beukers has been teaching dance in Palm Beach County for the past eighteen years and joined the faculty of That’s Dancing in the summer of 2008. She teaches part time at That’s Dancing, her classes include ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, acrobatics, & classes for the Young Dancer's Program. She has choreographed for Fusion Force Dance Company and was awarded Best Choreography for Senior Jazz Company "Transcendence" at Ticket to Broadway. She has over thirty years of experience as a dancer, as well as many years of competing and winning regional and national competitions. She has also won several dance scholarships, including the Overall in Acrobatics “Edith Royal Scholarship”, and was awarded 8th place overall for the "All-Around Scholarship", and many more, with these honors she had been given the opportunity to train with many respected and admired dance teachers. She also continues her dance education by attending teacher conventions and taking master classes. Ms Katherine has also received her Certification for Module One with Acrobatic Arts. She was a member of Florida Dance Masters “Main Attraction” and a contestant on ABC Family’s “Dance Fever” in 2003. Katherine also pursues film & TV, and was part of the filming of the Adam Sandler movie, “Jack and Jill”. She was also part of the filming for “Rock of Ages”, “Step up 4” and Discovery Channels "Shark Week: Black December". Mrs. Beukers aspires each day to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students in an educational and fun atmosphere.
Lawerence Albright graduated from Rutgers University in 2003 with a BA concentrated in Hip Hop culture. Mr. Larry has been teaching, dancing, training and performing his style of hip-hop for over 15 years. He has had the pleasure of choreographing for artists such as Sean Kingston “Fire Burning,” JRand "Spirit of the Radio," Black Dada “Imma Zoe” and Kat Lane of Hits 97.3 (FL). He has also been featured as an opening act for such artists as B.O.B., T-Pain, Cobra Starship, Rae Sremmurd, Kirko Bangz, Sean Paul, The Spinners and the Village People. Larry has also been seen on MTV with Pitbull and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where he performed with J Rand featuring Flo Rida. Though he loves to perform, his passion lies in teaching. His teaching experience is quite extensive having taught all over the country and abroad. He teaches all levels from elementary to collegiate and professionals. Some of his former students have gone on to dance with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Brittney Spears and Rihanna. He has conducted master classes for many conventions including Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Pick the Stars International (Can), and UDX Hip Hop Convention. He has also taught at many colleges including Rutgers University, FIU, FSU and Florida School of the Arts. His latest projects include being one of the choreographers for the interactive & energetic stage performances "The SHOP," "TWISTED," and “MOTO” presented by Loud Live Productions. Currently, Mr. Larry teaches dance for the school district of Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He joined our That's Dancing family in 2008 and is always excited for a new season of dancers and dances every year.
Loren Foster received her BFA in Dance from Florida State University with honors in Liberal Studies. While at FSU, she was a member of the Dance Repertory Theatre, the dance department’s performance company. She was also a member of FSU’s Golden Girls, the university’s competition dance team. A native Floridian, Loren trained with many local teachers and graduated from the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts as a dance major. She joined the faculty of That’s Dancing in 2002 teaching classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern dance at all ages and levels. Ms. Foster also works with Fusion Force Dance Company and her choreography has received numerous awards at regional competitions. Ms. Foster is the teacher and choreographer of Senior Miss Headliner National 2006-2007. Her award winning solo choreography represented Team USA at the IDO World Showdance Championships 2006 in Riesa, Germany and placed 4th in the world. Before joining the That’s Dancing family, she served as Dance Director of LimeLight Productions, Inc. in Sierra Vista, Arizona, teaching ballet, jazz,and tap, modern, hip-hop and musical theater. She regularly attends dance workshops and festivals including the Arizona Jazz Dance Festival in Tucson, the Florida Dance Festival in Miami, the Southeastern Tap Explosion in Atlanta and the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago. Loren is certified by the state of Florida in Dance K-12 and Elementary Education K-6 and is currently teaching Dance and Project Based Learning at The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach where she collaborates with classroom teachers to design and implement arts integrated projects which inspire students to learn through the arts.
Viky Smith originally from South Africa, Viky Smith immigrated to United States in 2001. She danced professionally with Ballet Theater Afrikan, South African Ballet Theater, “O” Dance, Reach and was a local guest artist in South Florida. She has performed works created by Warren Adams, Alfred Hinkel, and Maurice Causey. Performances include Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and more. Mrs. Smith received honors for all her examinations in Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti and South Africa Dance Teacher Association. She participated in a summer intensive at the head quarters of Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. In her years of teaching, she has trained students who have been accepted into Point Park University, Joffrey ballet school jazz and contemporary trainee program, Harid Conservatory, Bak, Drefoos and has had students perform on Broadway, New York in “Annie” and “Finding Neverland”. Mrs Smith has coached and prepared students for Youth American Grand Prix. She is invited to teach master classes and choreography from Ohio to Florida. Mrs. Smith choreographed her first professional piece “Thai” with Reach Dance Company in 2013 and is looking forward to creating more future works. Mrs. Smith taught at Saint Andrew’s School for five years and she is one of the founding members of the Saint Andrew’s Dance Academy and Dance Company.
Kameron Bink sstarted dancing at 6 years old; receiving training in many areas including jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, hip hop and contemporary. Being a daredevil at heart, Kameron enjoys many activities such as riding motorcycles and skydiving. One of Kameron’s most memorable dance experiences has been appearing on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?” as a Top Ten Finalist. He is also an in demand master teacher, choreographer & guest dancer across the USAwith the Dance Convention Manhattan Dance Project. Kameron joined the faculty in 2014.
Tessa Walk originally from Minnesota and began dancing at the age of seven, training competitively in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, contemporary and musical theatre. Her training in dance has allowed her to attend many competitions and conventions around the United States where she earned numerous awards, scholarships and prestigious titles like Miss Star Systems, and Best Technical Performance. These awards and scholarships, granted Tessa the opportunity to work with well-respected and award winning choreographers like Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and Kenny Wormald. In addition to her dance training, Tessa also has a background in musical theatre and has performed as a lead dancer in productions of Titanic, Aida, Jekyll and Hyde, and Wicked. Tessa is currently studying Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University where she is a proud member of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Dance Ensemble. Her current training has allowed her the opportunity to perform as a principal dancer with Dancing Waters Dance Company, a professional company, both locally and nationally. Tessa is very excited to join the Young Dancer Program faculty for the 2019-2020 season!