January 24, 2016

Student Accomplishments

Florida Dance Workshop strives to give the best possible dance education.  We believe that the discipline, dedication, and self-confidence developed through learning dance  provides the perfect foundation for success in any career.

We are proud to say that many of our students stay with us through graduation from high school, and have gone on to achieve remarkable things in their professional and personal lives to which they credit their experience with FDW for much of their success.

Florida Dance Workshop dancers have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Orange Bowl and with the Moscow Ballet. Our dancers have been accepted to college dance programs, received scholarships in dance, and have taken home multiple State Titles and National Titles at competitions. Many of our students have taken their love for dance and gone on to launch incredible careers in the performing arts. Below are some of our highlights.

Student Accomplishments in the Entertainment Industry 

  • Claire Lyons: Studies Fashion Design at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Studies at Joffrey Ballet Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

  • Nikki Blazekovic: Disney Dancer, Universal Studio Performer, Vixen Talent Productions, Norwegian Cruise Line Dancer, Orlando Predators professional Arena Football Dancer, Orlando Magic Dancer, studied at Millennium in LA.
  • Louis Brady: Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater from Barry University.  Currently performing professionally in NYC. 
  • Marcus Bellamy: Accepted to the Juilliard School. Professional Broadway Performer in Broadway Musicals such as Tarzan, Spiderman, Tuck Everlasting . Lead Dancer in the movie Across the Universe, dancer in the Fox Hit TV show Smash, ABC’s I Can Do That. Marcus has danced all throughout Europe with many companies.
  • Lauren Hoefer: Holds a BFA in Dance from University of Florida, Danza Dance Company at University of Florida Universal Studios Dancer.
  • Clint Thompson: Musical Theater Major at Wagner Performing Arts College, has had major roles in numerous productions in NYC.

  • Katyann Santamaria: Universal Studios Performer, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
  • Monica Edwards: Disney Dancer, Sea World Performer and Choreographer, Universal Studios Performer, Professional Impersonator.
  • Tanya Welker: Disney Dancer, Orlando Magic Dancer.
  • Corinne Engstrom:  Singer and Actress with movie roles in Rock of Ages, SpongeBob Squarepants.
  • Sasha Hasselbring: Storm Arena Football Performer, Florida Sun Dolls.
  • Christina Koinis: Soloist in Moscow Ballet Nutcracker, Acceptance to Ballet Florida, professional dance teacher/studio owner.
  • Ryan Shamus: Dance Captain and toured the orient in Oliver with Gateway Theatrical Productions.
  • Alicia Baughman: Rukus Hip Hop Crew in Orlando, Dance Teacher.
  • Erin Greenberg: Danza Dance Company at University of Florida.
  • Lisa Greenberg: Danza Dance Company at University of Florida, Fox 4 News broadcaster.
  • Rendell Leatherman: In the movie Captiva, numerous TV commercials, improv Comedian.
  • Sarah Everts: Danza Dance Company at University of Florida.
  • Caroline Josey: Danza Dance Company at University of Florida, graduated with a minor in Dance from the University of Florida.


Regional Titles and Awards

  • National Championship Title: Junior Crystal Showcase Champion at Inspire Dance Competition Nationals
  • 1st Place Overall Junior Competition Elite National Title Winner- Platinum Dance Competition
  • Mr. Dance of Florida – Dance Masters of America Competition
  • Junior Mr. Dance of Florida – Dance Masters of America Competition
  • Teen Miss Fusion Dance- Fusion Dance Competition
  • Junior Miss Platinum Dance – Platinum Dance Competition
  • Teen Mr. Headliner – Headliners Dance Competition
  • Miss Headliner – Headliners Dance Competition
  • Mr. Primetime- Primetime Dance Competition
  • Junior Mr. Headliner – Headliners Dance Competition
  • Junior Miss Starquest – Starquest Dance Competition
  • Miss Creation Dance – Creation Dance Competition
  • Miss Sweethearts (5) – I Love Dance Competition
  • Mr. Hearthrob – I Love Dance Competition
  • Petite Miss Applause – Applause Dance Competition
  • Junior Miss Applause – Applause Dance Competition