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Meet the Dance Camp Intructors

Freddick Bratcher

Classical Jazz and

Modern 

 

In 1980, Freddick Bratcher established Freddick Bratcher and Company, a not-for-profit contemporary dance theater group, with two artistic goals in mind: to provide local audiences with superior quality jazz, modern, classical, and narrative choreographic works and to offer local talent a challenging and rewarding opportunity to mature artistically in a creative environment. Since then, he has consistently made his original vision a tangible reality. Mr. Bratcher, Artistic Director and Lead Choreographer, has created over 80 critically acclaimed works - often being called South Florida’s modern dance master with a style that “breathes a prominent blissful spirit.” He also earned the distinct accolade of being the granddaddy of Miami’s modern dance and jazz choreographers.

After a successful 28 year run in South Florida, Mr. Bratcher moved to St. Augustine. The rich history of the Company is being preserved and presented to the public through social media Through this endeavor, the now defunct Company remains dedicated to its original mission: a commitment to provide significant contemporary dance works for cultural enrichment and entertainment; to pass on this rich heritage to future dance professionals and audiences alike; and to bring the Company’s unique and innovative dance theatre style to the world.

In addition to establishing his own company, Mr. Bratcher has also danced with Alvin Ailey and the San Francisco Ballet, 

Ellie Potts Barrett

Fosse Jazz and Modern 

Ellie Potts Barrett attended college at Boston Conservatory, and after performing as Mary Magdalene in the 1st National Tour of Jesus Christ, Superstar, returned to college to receive her degree in Dance from the University of South Florida. Ellie danced with the Ina Hahn Modern Dance Company, Boston Dance Company and Mary Anthony in New York, as well as the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. She has been an associate at the Atlantic Center for the Arts to Master Artists Merce Cunningham, Meg Harper and Elizabeth Streb. She was selected for inclusion into the Florida Artist’s Residency Directory by the Division of Cultural Affairs in Tallahassee, as well as being selected by her students for Who’s Who Among America’s Best Teachers. Ellie has choreographed for Walt Disney World, Sea World, Church Street Station, as well as theme parks and theatre companies in South Korea. She composed the Modern Dance Syllabus for the Florida Dance Masters Organization, which is used as a study tool for the testing of future Modern dance teachers in Florida. She produced and choreographed BARRETTWERKS, a modern dance concert presented in Orlando and during the same year, Ellie was awarded the Central Florida Lifetime Achievement Dance Award given by the University of Central Florida.

 

Ellie is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. To learn more about her achievements, please visit ElliePottsBarrett.com

Stephanie Burkhardt

Rockette Class

 

Our stunning tap and Rockette-stye dance teacher is Stephanie Burkhardt.  Stephanie's skills as a dancer, teacher and choreographer are well-known throughout St. Johns County.  Her choreography has been performed at numerous competitions and has received accolades for highest score, choreography, entertainment, and judge’s choice. In 2013, Stephanie created the St. Augustine Winter Spectacular! and has written and directed the original production ever since. She has enjoyed combining her professional and dance backgrounds to help others learn and utilize the physical, mental, and artistic benefits of dance. Stephanie accepted the position of Director at The Dance Company in 2011.

Marie LaPerriere

Musical Theater Choreography Class

 

Marie Laperriere has been dancing since 1989. She studied biochemistry in college and was deeply involved in the San Francisco arts and music scene. She was a manager for four years at Café DuNord- a very successful S.F. live music venue, well known and respected for showcasing underground talent, and holding often avant garde performances. She has studied dance at Western Michigan University, The City College of San Francisco, the ODC School/Rhythm and Motion in San Francisco, and after moving to St. Augustine in 2003, at The Dance Company. She has studied Afro-Haitian, West African, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet, attended numerous contemporary workshops and summer intensives at The Dance Company as well as the 2008 and 2009 American Dance Projekt in Jacksonville. She performed at The Limelight Theater in “La Follies-La Joie de Vivre,” “Divas Tonight” and “St. Augustine’s Got Talent.” In March 2011 she performed with a group of local dance teachers, as The St. Augustine Dance Guild, in their own production, “Visual Harmony.” In August 2010 she took a group of 9 Dance Company dancers to Cambridge and London England as part of a dance-exchange she organized with The King-Slocombe School of Dance in Cambridge. In 2011, four King-Slocombe dancers participated in The Dance Company’s summer intensive. 

Brittany Dwyer 

Jazz Funk

Brittany Dwyer started her training in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of three. She started performing for her studio's competition team at age 5, and at age 17 started choreographing dances to compete. Throughout high school, Brittany was also a part of her high school's dance company and multiple musicals, including "Cha-Cha" in Grease. She then studied at Northern Kentucky University for theater and dance and became a part of the traveling dance troupe. Brittany has furthered her dance education by taking many classes in New York from amazing teachers like Mia Michaels. Brittany was a performer at Paramount Kings Island for two years. She moved to St. Augustine in 2013 and has been working with The Dance Company ever since.

Anna Holland 

Hip-Hop and L.A. Moves

Anna Holland began dancing at the age of three at The Dance Company in St. Augustine, FL. Though Anna dances many genres, her fortes are contemporary and lyrical styles.  Besides The Dance Company,  her dance training includes Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Dance Tallahassee.  She has trained under such greats as Ellie Potts Barrett, Monika MacBeth, Carole Dickens, Stephanie Burkhardt, Sam Fiorello, Denzel Adams, James Washington, and Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer.  Throughout Anna's years in dance, she won many awards and honors but her proudest moments came through performing with her sisters in dance.  Anna began teaching dance classes and summer camps at The Dance Company at the age of thirteen and has taught in some capacity since that time. She hopes to spread her love and passion of dance through the younger generations to follow her.

Nicole Tiller 

Tap

Nicole Tiller began dancing in 1984 in Long Island, New York. She became a student of Carole Dickens and Monika Macbeth in 1988, and began teaching full time in 1995. Nicole has studied under Ellie Potts Barrett, Marcellus Brown, Lynette Wadsworth, and Dorothy Lambert. She has attended numerous master classes in Orlando, Jacksonville, and the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Nicole graduated from Florida School of the Arts in 1999, with an Associate's degree in modern dance. She is an award winning choreographer, recognized by the Florida Dance Association. Nicole is currently on staff at The Dance Company as well as a guest teacher at Murray Middle School and St. Augustine High School.

Jennifer Dournaux 

Ballet

Jennifer Dournaux has been involved in the world of dance for over 40 years.  She was trained under the tutelage of Barbara Riggins, Kip Watson, Leslie Brasseaux, and Russell Sultzbach of the Southern Ballet Theater (now the Orlando Ballet).  Jennifer has also studied with talented instructors in a variety of studios and settings, including the late Larry Long of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago, and Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens of ABT NTC. In the Pilates realm, she has studied under Davidson Reid, Brent Anderson, and Dana Eisenstein (Power Pilates), and was mentored by Monica Perez (a student of Lolita San Miguel, one of the First Generation Master Teachers).  In 2013 Ms. Dournaux earned the American Ballet Theater’s Teacher Training Certificate for pre-ballet to level 3.  She has been teaching with The Dance Company for five years now, training students of all ages in Classical ballet and Pilates.

In 2012, Ms. Dournaux completed her master’s degree in humanities, with an emphasis on dance history.  Her graduate thesis focused on dance education, specifically that of ballet in America.  In addition to graduate studies in the arts, she also has a tremendous curiosity for how the human body functions in movement; this curiosity has propelled an on-going love affair with self-education in anatomy and kinesiology.

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