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Meet the Dance Camp Intructors

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

Stephanie Burkhardt

Rockettes Class

 

Our stunning 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 up to 2021. 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.

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Freddick Bratcher

Jazz

Freddick Bratcher began his dance training while in high school in San Francisco. After graduating, he danced with the San Francisco Opera Ballet and the California Ballet Company in San Diego. He later toured with the Donald McKayle Inner City Repertory Company of Los Angeles, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Martha Graham Dance Company. The Fusion Dance Company recruited Freddick to Miami in late 1976. In 1980, he formed his own company, Freddick Bratcher & Company Contemporary Dance Theater, which stands as one of Florida’s oldest contemporary dance companies. The company has performed throughout Florida, as well as in Chicago and New York. Mr. Bratcher also taught in New York, Indiana, Colorado, and throughout Florida, as well as in Tokyo, Japan and Bogota, Colombia. He held the position of professor of modern, jazz, and composition at New World School of the Arts in Miami for 20 years. In the Dance Program at Florida School of the Arts, he has held the positions of full professor and adjunct professor of Modern Dance.

Michelle DeMarie

Michelle DeMarie

Fusion Bellydance Class

Michelle has been dancing since she could walk. After growing up in her mother’s ballet studio, she went on to explore many other forms of dance and movement including Jazz, Modern, Flamenco, Tango Yoga, and Aerial Arts. When she discovered Fusion Bellydance, she fell in love and traveled the country to study with world renowned teachers such as Zoe Jakes, Moria Chappell, Amy Sigil, Mira Betz, and many others. She also completed Phase I and Phase II of The 8 Elements™ Teacher Certification by Rachel Brice.  

Currently Michelle is teaching Fusion Bellydance, Ballet, and Dance Trapeze at Bittersweet Studios in Jacksonville, Florida 

 

Glynn Owens

Glynn Owens

Ballet and Contemporary

Glynn Owens began his dance career over 20 years ago, dancing in Disney's Festival of the Lion King before moving to Cincinnati, OH to get his BFA in Ballet from College Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati. Upon graduating, he joined a dance company in Cleveland, OH called VERB Ballets, dancing major repertoire in Classical Ballet, Modern and Contemporary, by master choreographers, such as: Anthony Tudor, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons and Sean Curran. Upon moving to Central Florida, Glynn began teaching at Orlando Ballet School, teaching Modern and Jazz. It was in 2009 that Glynn moved to Tampa, FL to join the dance faculty at Patel Conservatory and University of Tampa, where he began to teach adults. Upon moving back to Orlando in 2012, Glynn once again began to work for Orlando Ballet school, specializing in adult dance education. Glynn has taught both nationally and internationally adult ballet and contemporary classes, and is now a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor, adding another useful element to his adult dance education skillset. 

Colin Fuller

Colin Fuller

Ballet

Colin Fuller was born, raised, and began dancing in Melbourne, Florida. He would later train at New Dimensions Dance Company and Next Generation Ballet. Mr. Fuller completed his classical training in New York City attending the School of American Ballet. He received a Jerome L. Greene Fellowship to attend the Juilliard School and received his B.F.A. in 2016. Mr. Fuller is a diverse dancer who studied at Paris Opera Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Forsythe’s Art Of Berlin, and Springboard Dans Montreal. He has performed the works of Jose Limon, Peter Martens, Brian Brooks, and Paul Lightfoot and as the lead in works by Merce Cunningham, Jiří Kylián, and Lar Lubovitch. While enjoying a freelance career in Europe, New York, and Florida, he cultivated his passion for choreographing and teaching. Mr. Fuller is excited to inspire the next generation of artists and share technical knowledge that will prepare them for anything.”

Judith Woodruff

Judith Woodruff

Dance Flex Class

 

Judith Woodruff, choreographer and director of Matanzas Tap, retired to St. Augustine in 2008 from Johnson City, TN, where she had been Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Dance for 20 years and taught dance at East Tennessee State University for 28 years. She has an M.A. in Physical Education from ETSU and a B.A. in History of Art from the University of Michigan. From her diverse career achievements in choreography, performing, teaching, administration and service, she is most proud of receiving the 2005 Tennessee Governor’s Award in Arts Leadership, and in leaving an enduring dance legacy at ETSU, including Mountain Movers Dance Company, which she and dance partner Doug Newton established in 1981. “Dancing is the core of my spiritual, intellectual and physical self – and the very best way to meet wonderful people!” Currently Judy teaches beginning, intermediate/advanced tap dance at the St. John’s County Council on Aging.

Alesia Scott

Alesia ("Lisa") Scott

African Dance 

Alesia began dancing at age three at Carla’s School of Dance.  After her first dance recital it was the start of something beautiful. As the years progressed, she continued to study different styles of dance including Jazz and ethnic style dancing. While in college at Edward Waters in Jacksonville, FL, Alesia began studying at summer intensive camps with the late Frank Hatchett at The Broadway Dance Center in New York City.   At this time, she also started to fall in love with theater and began taking acting classes. Shortly after, Alesia landed a starring role as Dorothy in the “THE WIZ. “ Following that performance, she was informed that she received the role as Carlotta in  “The Manhattan Casino” as well as Universal Studios “Monster Show.”  While performing, Alesia still dedicated her time to doing what she loved most: working with the community youth. During that period, she was introduced to African Dance and quickly fell in love with it.   She trained hard and became a core dancer for the dance company Dundu Dole’ Urban African Ballet Dance Company.  The director, Jai Hinson, allowed her to perform, teach, and choreograph for different shows and events for the company. 

Alesia has been a featured dancer and choreographer for the Kuumba West African Dance and Drum Company, as well as a featured choreographer and performer with Nannkama Pan African Dance and Drum Company.  Alesia has also danced in the “Family Blessing,“ formerly known as “The Chocolate Nutcracker,” as a core member, and also held positions as the rehearsal director assistant and choreographer for three years.  Alesia has spread her knowledge of choreography locally and internationally. In 2015 she was asked to join the Kultural Fusion Tour as a choreographer and performer.  You can see her work all over Russia from Siberia to Moscow.  She is proud to have also been able to travel to and study in Senegal West Africa, where she trained and performed in Dakar.  In addition, Alesia’s choreography has been featured numerous times on national syndicated television shows.

Alesia has choreographed for a plethora of productions, but when not choregraphing and dancing, she is teaching.  She has taught dance in schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Dover counties through programs such as the Patel Conservatory and Kandance Studios, and has held positions of dance instructor and administrative assistant for a performing arts school.  Alesia also devotes her time to her church teaching praise dance to youth and adults.

Alesia is the founder of the Kreative Kids and Beyond Dance Company, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization geared to bringing cultural awareness to the community. Alesia is also the proud owner of the dance studio Everything Kreative, located in Fleming Island, Florida.

 Alesia has three children and feels that she has been blessed with the ability to teach and finds it an honor to share this with others every day.

Antonio Scott

Antonio Scott

Contemporary

Mr. Scott has a B.F.A in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where upon graduation he received the inaugural award for Outstanding Performer in the School of Dance. While in college he also trained in the schools of both the San Francisco and Pennsylvania Ballet. During his 17-year career as a professional dancer he performed principal roles to critical acclaim with the Philadelphia Dance Company, Jamison Project, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), Donald Byrd/The Group, New York Contemporary Dance Theater, The Dutch National Opera and A Celebration of Dance: Stars of American Dance. He was a founding member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet (CCB) and served as principal dancer, rehearsal director and resident composer for seven years. As resident composer for CCB Mr. Scott created scores for over thirty ballets, which includes world premieres at the Altogether Different Series (NYC), Biennial De Danse (France), The Holland Dance Festival (NL), and Festival Des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (Canada). Hid film credits include Eye on Dance (PBS), Judith Jamison: The Dance Maker (PBS), Zena Romett’s Floor Barre Technique, Melissa Morgan’s Through the Tears, A Tribute to Alvin Ailey, and Bill Clinton’s Presidential Inaugural Gala.  In collaboration with various choreographers, Antonio created numerous musical scores for dance companies both nationally and internationally.  

 

Upon retirement from performing, Mr. Scott earned an Ms. Ed in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College (NY) and an Ms. Ed in Educational Leadership from Shenandoah University (VA). He has served communities in public education school systems in New York City, Fairfax County, VA, and Montgomery County, MD. He has served as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, principal and currently enjoys the role of Curriculum Specialist for K-12 Fine Arts and PE for the St Johns County School District in Florida. He and his wife of 25 years, also a former dancer, are the proud parents of two teenage sons. They are both grateful to pay it forward by sharing their expertise in dance whenever possible!