At Dancemania,we are very proud of our talented, fun-loving staff. Come out and meet us!
Lea Melody Willis -
Lea is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of DanceMania. She received a Master of Fine Arts in dance from FSU, has 23 years of teaching experience, and is a member of the Florida Dance Association. Lea is also the founder and director of "ON THE MOVE" Dance Company. Lea has recently received an award for the hardest working teacher at one of the local dance competition. It is well-deserved!
Shawn Schaefer -
Shawn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was featured in several productions. She has a very impressive resume of performance history and scholarship awards. After teaching in New York for many years, she moved back to Jacksonville to be closer to her family at DanceMania.
Danielle Card -
Danielle is a graduate of FSCJ with a dance minor and was a student of Miss Lea's for 17 years. She was a member of DanceWorks, a performer in the First Coast Nutcracker, and was a member of the "ON THE MOVE" Dance Company for 15 years. She has worked with many prominent dance instructors and choreographers, including Dulce Anaya, Rosemary Fletcher and Rhonda Stampalia. She has been teaching Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Lyrical, and Student Choreography classes at DanceMania for 6 years and is now happy to be teaching Contemporary Pointe as well. She has also been choreographing for the dance company for 5 years.
Laura Love -
Laura teaches Ballet at DanceMania. Her passion for Ballet flourished as a young dancer as she studied for 14 years at a number of local Ballet studios in Jacksonville with instructors such as Dulce Anaya and Linda Jenkins. She was recognized for her expressive performance in Dying Swan and lead roles in The Community Nutcracker. Summers were spent at Ballet Intensives with Joffrey Ballet, Kaatsbaan and Carolina Ballet. Her senior year of high school she trained with The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and then continued in their Graduate Program. She delights in teaching young dancers.
Kellee Zimmerman -
Kellee teaches Gymnastics and Tumbling at DanceMania. She was a former student at DanceMania, and a member of the "On The Move" performing company for many years. She is currently a Public Relations student at the University of North Florida and active in a university sorority.
Amy Smith -
Amy teaches Ballet/Tap/Jazz at DanceMania. She is also a former DanceMania student and member of the "On The Move" performing company. She works with children in the area school system and just had her child child - her first daughter and a future dancer!
Jessie Fairbairn -
Jessie Fairbairn is a first-year teacher at DanceMania for the 2013-2014 year. She has been a student at DanceMania for many years, and a member of the "On The Move" perfoming company. She loves working with the little ones and has had plenty of experience as an assistant teacher. She can't wait to start her class this fall!
Christy Mullis (Feanix) -
Christy is a Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer, who trained in the art for more than 10 years. Sraering in traditional style, she fell in love with the movements and elegance of belly dance. She began studying through Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, and Kami Liddle of "The Indigo". She has blended her own style now, incorporating Modern and Hip-Hop techniques. Sje os tje fpimder amd creator of the Jacksonville Belly Dance troupe "Firestorm"
Shoshanna Marks -
Shoshanna teaches Zumba at DanceMania. She is a certified Zumba and Yoga instructor. Before moving to Jacksonville, she taught physical education in the California school system. She teaches both Zumba and Yoga in the local area.
Charlotte & Nancy -
Charlotte and Nancy are our Line Dancing coaches at DanceMania! The Line Dancers have won many awards around the area, and have competed in the Senior Olympics!