Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Adriana received a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications and a Masters degree in Journalism. She commenced her dancing career with ballet and flamenco at the early age of five. Due to her family roots from Lebanon, she felt compelled to begin studies in Middle Eastern dance when she was 13 years old. Adriana moved from Colombia to Miami in 2001 and throughout the past 9 years, has strengthened her dance technique in varied forms of dance by participating in several National Belly Dance Shows and by attending a myriad of intensive courses and seminars. Prior to her move to the U.S., she was a member of the flamenco company "Triana," in Colombia from 1999 to 2001. Continuing with her passion for dance, she auditioned and was chosen for the 2003 version of "Duende," a Spanish ballet with the Florida Dance Festival, directed by the internationally accredited Rosa Mercedes. Adriana also obtained certification in Los Angeles for the new high energy, Latin aerobic style called "Zumba."
Completed most of her dance training at Ballet Etudes Company of South Florida. She danced at Palm Springs Middle, Hialeah High as well as with the dance company at Miami Dade College, winning numerous state and national awards.
She continues to dance for Ballet Etudes, as a soloist, and with the Dance Theater of Miami. Additionally, Monica coaches the dance teams at Everglades K-8 center and Hialeah High. She obtained her Associates degree in Dance from Miami Dade College and is currently attending Florida International University working toward her Bachelors degree in Journalism and Education.
ALBERTO PENA JR
Alberto Pena Jr has been an active and passionate dancer for seven years, throughout which his love and technique have both grown simultaneously and in direct correlation of one another. During his career, he has danced professionally for Ballet Etudes of South Florida, Dance Theatre of Miami, DJB Dance Theatre and most recently with Royal Caribbean International.
Alberto's work holds two consecutive national titles for his choreographies at Dancing Inxs. He earned his Associate Degree in Dance from Miami Dade College, where he also danced for the schools, "Jubilation Dance Ensemble."
Alberto plans to obtain his Master's Degree in Dance and pursue a lifetime of learning and artistic expression through the medium of dance.
Is a graduate from New York University with a Masters degree in Higher Education and Administration with emphasis in Dance Education & Performance.
He received his Bachelors degree from Florida International University after attending New World School of the Arts. He is the Artistic Director and Founder of Dance Theater of Miami, the Director of Dance at Robert Morgan High School and the Director of the Fierce Dance Team at Miami Dade College.
Patricio recently completed his 2nd Masters degree to become an Assistant Principal for the Miami Dade County Public School System. This is his 4th recital with Dancing InXs as the Director/Coach of the Junior & Senior Teams. He is honored to be part of such an amazing and inspiring studio.
Zedric is the inspiration behind Live in Color, a culturally diverse dance company. Through his jazzy, cutting edge, energetic footwork, arm throwing and high stepping style, Bembry has brought flavor to the hip hop industry creating a new dance rave all his own, “Urban Funk.”
This new dance encompasses a variety of techniques, combining a touch of jazz, a pinch of ballet, a twist of merengue, a dab of popping and locking, an abundance of street dance and a sprinkle of acrobatics. Live in Color has also performed on MTV’s VMA’s, Latin MTV VMAs and was the winner of the ABC’s national hit show “Dance Fever.” Bembry finds time to show young people positive alternatives in life. He teaches them to express themselves through the art of hip hop, and works with many at risk teens who can relate to his energetic dance style. We are thankful to have Zedric in Dancing in XS and hope to keep working with him in the future.
MARIA DEL CARMEN PEDROSA
Coach Maruchy (Maria del Carmen) started Rhythmic Gymnastics at the age of 3 in her birth country,Cuba. She continued on to the Junior National Pre-selection, where she competed nationally & internationally. In 1995, she received a bachelor's degree with gold title at the Higher Institute of Physical Culture. Ms. Maruchy has been coaching Rhythmic Gymnastics with starting children to high performance.
She has had athletes that went on to National Preselections in Cuba to compete. With her accredited bachelor degree in Physical Education in the U.S. and her ballet Dancer Certification's she is a great asset to our teacher's Team. She loves to teach, dance , Rhythmic Gym and enjoys working in a team environment to achieve outstanding results for the kids.
My passion for dance began at the age of 4 when I took my first ballet class at Mirochnik Ballet. I spent the next few years studying ballet at Mirochnik under the direction of Madelyn Alfonso. When Mirochnik Ballet closed, I went to dance for Ballet Etudes under the direction of Susana Prieto. During my time at Ballet Etudes I performed in The Nutcracker every year as well as Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty amongst other well-known ballets performed at the Jackie Gleason by the company. It was a wonderful experience I will never forget. While dancing at Ballet Etudes I also was part of Dance Attack and performed at competitions around the country. I studied Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Modern from Cookie Ramos and John Culbertson, it was at Dance Attack that I was able to expand on my ballet foundation and diversify my dance training. In 2008, I auditioned to become a Miami Heat Dancer and made it.
Gertrudis García González of Cuban nationality, born on November 16, 1985. She began her studies at the age of ten years in the vocational art school specializing in Ballet. She continued her middle level studies at the National Arts School, with pre-professional practices in the National Ballet of Cuba, under the direction of the first ballerina Alicia Alonso, graduating with outstanding results of Dancer - Ballet teacher. During that time, she danced in the company. Once graduated, She started her working life in the Ballet of Cuban Television where was evaluated as a dancer of television in 2006. In this company, she participated in several programs and musical comedies.
In the year 2007 and up to the year 2011 she was in Japan by contract of employment at Academy "Hermes Dance Company" where in addition to dance with the company taught Ballet, Belly Dance classes, Latin dance. Currently She teach Ballet in the city of Miami and give all her best to her students to make discipline, self-improvement and great love for dance.
She was born in Havana, Cuba in 1963. At only 6 years old she began to train gymnastics and she was even part of the National Team. In 1992, she received a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, with specialization in sports and children with problems. She also attended different classes in Havana, Berlin, and Spain. She has worked as a athletic and ballet trainer for more than 20 years in sports and dance studios. Additionally, she worked with autistic and deficit motor development children. Since 2006, she lives in the USA working as a gymnastics trainer and with children with different problems. She is happy to be part of our family for the first year.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Heidy has been working in the world of dance for the past 12 years. She studied in Europe and the United States to receive a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science in Reading Education. Even though she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree- that does not take away the time she has to share her true passion of dance with others. Heidy has taught all levels of jazz and Latin ballroom classes. She was the dance coach for John I. Smith K-8 Center’s dance team for eight consecutive years, and she has been a guest choreographer for various middle schools and high schools throughout Miami-Dade. She is truly honored to be part of a phenomenal group of teachers and students this year.
Ashley is an International Latin Ballroom professional competitor and instructor.She was two-time US Youth Latin Ballroom champion, 3 time World Professional Amateur Latin Ballroom finalist. Ashley was trained by Canadian National Latin Ballroom Champions Andre and Natalia Paramonov, as well as Karina Smirnoff from ABC's hit dance show Dancing with the Stars. She is a featured dancer in the Dancing with the Stars national tours. We are really happy to have her for the first year in our staff.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Valerie also known as Raistalla, trained from the age of six in tap, ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Performing theme-related recitals such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, A Chorus Line, and West Side Story were all foundational experiences that cultivated her performance and love for musical theater dance. With her eyes set on fame and dancing on television, Valerie moved to Los Angeles right after high school to pursue a career as a back up dancer in the Entertainment Industry. Over her thirteen year pursuit, Valerie worked and performed with artists like Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keyes, Outkast, Missy Elliot, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Prince, to name a few. She has worked on various television shows, music videos, movies and commercials. Proud to have returned to her hometown, Valerie lends her gift of dance and experience to the next generation of super star dancers in South Florida. Jazz/Funk and Street/Funk are her specialty styles of dance.
All our teachers have extensive professional dance backgrounds. They either majored in dance in college and/or attended performing arts schools in the
Miami City area.
They continue their dance education by attending dance seminars and master dance classes. They continue to grow in dance and constantly challenge their students to be more versatile with new and innovative dance moves