Our Teachers

Alicia Chodera

Owner/Artistic Director/Pointe, Ballet, Progressing Ballet Technique
Alicia Chodera began her training in Chicago, Illinois at the Ellis-Duboulay School of Ballet at the age of 8, studying the Royal Academy and Cecchetti ballet technique on full scholarship. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Boston School of Ballet under the direction of Violette Verdi and E. Virginia Williams, and became a member of the company. She continued on to the School of American Ballet where she received extensive training on scholarship in the Balanchine technique from such masters as Stanley Williams. She danced with the Zurich Ballet, Miami Ballet and the Boston Ballet. Alicia studied academics at Miami Dade Community College in Kinesiology and dance therapy. She is presently directing and teaching at The Dance Academy of Stuart’s three locations. She enjoys choreographing for her young performing company “Stuart City Dancers”. In 2001, Alicia received a Bronze choreography award for her contemporary dance “Jungle Bird”. This is Alicia’s 25th season as Artistic Executive Director, choreographer and owner. In 2018, Alicia received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique. She looks forward to introducing the program into the DAS class curriculum. Every year she shares her passion of dance with every student who enters The Dance Academy of Stuart.

Lindsay Davis

Ballet, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Modern and Progressing Ballet Technique
Lindsay holds a degree in the Arts from Indian River State College. She started dancing at the age of four and has studied under the direction of Sherri Costales of Georgia Academy of Dance, Alicia Chodera of The Dance Academy of Stuart, and Charles Russell, formerly of the Joffrey Ballet. Lindsay was a featured dancer in Unto These Hills, Cherokee, NC and has performed extensively around the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches with Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre (PCDT) where she is currently in her eighth year and the rehearsal director. Lindsay lends her choreography talents to many of the local high school theatrical productions and has worked with Shiloh Theatrical Productions for many years both as a Performer and Choreographer. Lindsay also steps into the role of Director for productions like Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors and Promises, Promises. She “hopes to inspire others to dance through dance, and is passionate about performing and teaching this incredible art form”. This is her 19th year teaching at the Dance Academy. Lindsay is also a company dancer with Atlantic East Coast Dance Theatre. Recently Lindsay received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique and looks forward to adding this exciting cross training to the students at DAS. She is thrilled to begin her 5th season with AECDT an affiliate of DAS. Lindsay is the mother of two children.

Kim Lorenzatto

Competition Team Director
Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, & Progressing Ballet Technique
Kim Lorenzatto began her training locally at the age of seven in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and acrobatics with an emphasis on Jazz and Lyrical. She competed throughout her childhood and young adult years on regional and national levels earning National High Scoring titles. Throughout her 14 years of teaching, Kim has choreographed competition pieces that have earned Judges’ Choice Awards and Platinum Medals. Kim is certified to teach through Dance Educators of America and is a 2-time attendee of Dance Masters of America Teacher Training Seminar in Buffalo, NY. Kim has continued her education as an adult by attending classes with masters such as Mia Michaels, Judy Rice, Brian Friedman, and others from across the country. Kim spends her weekends in the spring traveling the country with Sophisticated Productions Talent Competitions as an adjudicator and Special Awards Judge. Recently this season, Kim received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique. She looks forward to instructing this cross training techniques to the students of DAS. This is Kim’s 14th season at The Dance Academy of Stuart.

Susan Horton

Ballet, Pointe
Susan Horton brings 10 years of experience in ballet instruction to The Dance Academy of Stuart. Her training and professional dance experience include dancing for: Ballet Florida, the Iranian Nivaran Ballet, State Ballet of Augsburg, Germany, the Harkness Ballet Co., and a Trainee at the Joffrey Balley School in New York City. She has attended ballet teacher seminars at Purchase College in NY and received the American Academy Certificate of Excellence. She also received a Dance Teacher Magazine Certificate of Recognition. She currently has taken a strong interest in Flamenco style of dance and will offering Flamenco and ballet classes in Stuart and Palm City. This is Susan’s 13th year with the Dance Academy.

Sonya Hoffman

Ballet, Pre-Pointe
Sonya began her ballet training at the age of 14 with the Ft. Pierce City Ballet under the direction of Nataly Nijinski. She was Bolshoi/Kirov trained at the age of 17 and went with Ms. Nijinski as an observer at the Olympics of Ballet Competition in Bulgaria and took ballet classes with the American team. She danced soloist/principal classical roles for the FPC Ballet for 17 years and began teaching beginning/intermediate level ballet to the students during the last seven years she was with FPC Ballet. This is Ms. Sonya’s 18th year at the Dance Academy of Stuart.

Jesse Seth Hammel

Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux
Jesse Seth Hammel has professionally performed throughout the United States, Japan, Canada and Bermuda with ballet companies like James Sewell Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, Grand Divas, Ballet Florida and Demetrius Klein Dance. He has been a founding Ballet Director for Downtown Dance and Wellington Ballet Theatre, as well as directing his own school and company, Ballet Atlantica. He also holds a Master of Science degree and professional licenses as a physician of Traditional Oriental Medicine. In 2018 Mr. Hammel began his fourth year and is honored to become a part of The Dance Academy of Stuart.

Ryan Johnston

Creative Movement, Beginning Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Leaps and Turns & PBT
Ryan began dancing locally at the age of 6. Since she began, she has been training to be diverse in many styles of dance ranging from Ballet to Hip-Hop and pretty much everything in between. Ryan has also been competing most of her life where she has won numerous awards, scholarships, has met/learned from praised choreographers, and has become well known by other studios throughout Florida in the competition world. Along with competition, she was part of the DAS Stuart City Dancers pre-professional company. While in high school, Ryan choreographed multiple pieces for the dance show Believe as well as being a part of the dance program at Treasure Coast High School for 4 years. At the age of 11, she became a teacher’s assistant for the younger ballerinas and at the age of 15 she started teaching her own classes. Now Ryan continues to teach dance in multiple genres and is doing choreography for competition. Ryan is also working on promotional projects such as dancing in advertisements, parties, videos, and more! This is Ryan’s 4th year instructing at The Dance Academy of Stuart.

Philip Kendrick

Hip Hop
Philip Kendrick (also known as P.K.) was born in West Palm Beach FL. And is a native of south Florida. As a dancer he is part of Tae Talent which is one of the most respected agencies in Miami. As one of the most sought after Hip Hop teachers in Florida he has taught/is teaching in some of the most respected and talked about studios through out South Florida. (DanceTown. Dance Attack, Focal Point, Stars, Sean's Dance Factory, etc.)

P.K has also shared the stage with Jason Derulo, Don Omar, Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee, Trick Daddy and Danity Kane and has done videos with the likes of Luis Fonsi, French Montana, Yandel, One Direction, Flo Rida etc.
And it doesn't stop there he has also appear on shows such as MTV Super Sweet 16, BET Spring Bling, Premios Juventud and Premios Lu Nuestro.

His passion for dance has inspired others through his artistry of dance. And he is happy to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of dancers as a sought after master teacher and judge.

Dominique Shepard-Binns

Dominique is a gymnastics coach for all levels as well as a dance teacher. She has been a dance instructor for over 12 years has coached gymnastics for over 5. We are excited to welcome Dominque to our teaching staff! Dominique id happy to be on staff at The Dance Academy of Stuart for our 2nd season.

Shelby Trembly

Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Acro
Shelby Trembly was born and raised in Palm City, Florida. She danced locally since the time she was 3 at Florida Arts and Dance Company and Dance Academy of Stuart. While in high school, she performed at the Orange Bowl Halftime Show with Dierks Bentley, the Russel Athletic Bowl Half Time Show with Nico & Vinz, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Spirit of America’s. Shelby studied dance at Indian River State College, on scholarship, after graduating high school for two years. While at IRSC, Shelby taught at Dance Academy of Stuart, and was a part of Miss Alicia’s company, Atlantic East Coast Dance Theatre. She then transferred to Santa Fe College and studied dance for another year. After receiving her AA from Santa Fe College, she then transferred to the University of Florida where she majored in Event Management, and continued to study dance in their arts program. She was also a part of Extreme Dance Company while studying at UF. This past year, Shelby danced with a local dance studio in Gainesville called Cameron’s Dance Center. She graduated from the University of Florida Summer of 2021, and is now teaching at Dance Academy of Stuart and Rhythm & Soul Dance Studio. She is so excited to be back with her dance family teaching!

Marie Helene Mondo

Belly Dancing
Helia means “Shining Light” and suits well the Spirited Belly Dancer of the Treasure Coast; the Grace and Joy of her dance have previously enchanted audiences of Costa Rica, British Columbia and Quebec. Helia became a Belly Dance instructor in 2003, after being an actress and drama teacher for 15 years. Her Master level knowledge and experience of Somatic Education enhances the efficiency of her teaching and the very embodied emotional strength of her performances. Helia cares deeply about her students and respects them equally, regardless of their abilities or looks. She currently offers classes at several locations on the Treasure Coast, with the goal of promoting a state of global health.

Helia is teaching Belly Dancing at our Port St. Lucie Studio - Improve your overall well-being with a complete workout and "work-in" that engages your entire self: body, mind, heart and soul! This beautiful and sensual art form originates from an ancient holistic wisdom. In Helia’s classes, women of all shapes and figures (13 and older) enjoy learning new ways to move, on fascinating ageless rhythms. Join them, to experience an enhancement of self-image and an empowerment over your own life as you'll develop deeper intimate connections between your center and your environment; relax, get stronger and more flexible, with better coordination, memory and balance!

Student Teachers, Assistants

Dakota Beurrier, Piper Brown, Mia Carlson, Courtney Jones, Megan Gallo, Megan Schwartz, Summer Haworth, Ava Lorenzatto, Rebecca O'Neill, Molly Ouret, Terri Marshall, Ana Perez Yudin, Isabel Rubiera, Reagan Tschudi
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