The Difference...

Destination Dance of Oviedo (DDO) is not your ordinary dance studio.  One of the things that makes us unique is our approach to performances.  Rather than one recital at the end of the year, our dancers will perform on stage twice each year in our fall and spring productions.  Different than a traditional recital, where your child would dance for 2-3 minutes during a series of unrelated dances, our productions are very entertaining!  Your child will dance as part of a story told to the audience through music and movement.  This type of production allows dancers to show theatrical ability in addition to dancing ability and creates a connection between the dancers, the teachers and the audience that is missing with traditional recital formats. 

 

We do not have a competition team here at DDO. Our mission is to provide quality dance instruction to all dancers, regardless of how many hours per week they dance, without an extreme time or financial commitment. Since dancers are not required to take specific classes, our students find themselves amongst peers all dedicated to that class and what it has to offer, creating a positive class environment!

 

The atmosphere at DDO is welcoming to dancers and parents.  We want you and your child to look forward to the time you spend with us.  State of the art studios, comfortable lobby seating, large viewing windows, a work station and our friendly staff help to provide this welcoming atmosphere. 

 

Come see us soon and discover the difference at Destination Dance!

Our Wonderful Staff:

Sheila Smith

Studio Owner

Sheila has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, where she was a gymnast from 1987 to 1990, specializing in balance beam and vault.  She is married and a mother to three dancers.  After several years of competition dance for her girls, Sheila’s family made the decision to stay with dance, but to find a better balance.  She made the decision to open Destination Dance with the mission of providing a welcoming atmosphere to all levels of dancers and to provide quality instruction for the advanced dancer without requiring an extreme time and financial commitment.  When Sheila is not busy running the business, you will occasionally find her assisting acro classes, getting to use her love of gymnastics in a small way at the studio!  Her husband Tim is a big help to the business (maintenance man and all things props for productions)!

Candace Isaacs

Artistic Director

Candace is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in Theatre and a minor in Dance. She has been dancing since the age of four, training in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. Along with dance, Candace began singing and acting at a young age and fell in love with performing. As a competition dancer, Candace attended many competitions throughout her early dance career which helped her become the performer she is today.

She started teaching and choreographing when she was fifteen years old and continues to teach dancers from pre-k to adult levels. She has choreographed for numerous middle school, high school, and college dance teams, musicals, and show choirs as well as choreographed for professional & college theatres throughout Florida.

Candace has taught several dance classes in Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop at UCF as well as master classes for Knights and Damsels Dance Company. She was dance captain for Theatre UCF's production of The Drowsy Chaperone, choreographed the "One Billion Rising" flash mob performed annually at the University of Central Florida, and choreographed The Colored Museum directed by Augustus Bennett at Theatre UCF. Candace has danced and performed in parades and shows at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and continues to dance professionally throughout the Northwest and Central Florida area. 

Candace has directed & choreographed the past shows "Annie" & "Frozen" here at Destination Dance and is excited for the upcoming year as Artistic Director!

Debbie Childers

Office Manager

Leanna Higgins

Instructor

Leanna was born and raised in the Central Florida area. She has trained since the age of four in many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop in a studio and dance team setting.

 

She competed since the age of six, receiving many different awards and scholarships which have allowed her to travel the country. She has also competed at a collegiate level as an LSU Tiger Girl.

 

Leanna is currently pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She is also a member of the Knights and Damsels Dance Company where she performs at different events on campus and around the community, and continues to train in a variety of styles. Over the years she has had the opportunity to teach many styles at all different levels. Leanna enjoys working with children, and loves sharing her passion for dance with them. 

Julia Corbin

Instructor

Julia trained under the direction of Chet Zercher and Irma Millard of Dancer’s Workshop in
Lancaster, PA. At the age of 10, she was accepted into the formal program at the School of
Pennsylvania Ballet where she studied and performed for 4 years. She also trained extensively
with Phil Black and Luigi in New York City. She brings over 30 years’ experience in instruction
and production as well as over 20 years’ professional performance experience.
As a professional dancer, she traveled to Japan, Great Britain and Europe performing in shows,
as well as dinner theaters, conventions, commercials, TV specials, theme parks and the QEII.
Throughout the years, she has taught all forms of dance to all ages in Pennsylvania, Tennessee
and Central Florida. Additionally, she pioneered a dance program in Central Florida for at-risk
children that provided them with weekly instruction as well as performance opportunities.
For the last 20+ years in Central Florida, Julia has taught at various studios. She is also a Level 2 certified and licensed PBT (Progressing
Ballet Technique) instructor. 
A wife of 26 years and mother of 2, Julia is an energetic and dedicated instructor that takes
weekly classes herself, believing that it not only makes her a better teacher but a better person
as well. She is passionate about sharing her love, experiences and knowledge of dance with
those she teaches. Taking pride in passing down the traditions, techniques and etiquette of
dance with the greatest of care to honor the wonderful teachers she was fortunate enough to
have studied under.

Jordan Lyons

Instructor

Jordan began dance education at Miriam and Valerie’s School of Dance Arts in 2000. He was taught all disciplines of dance with a special emphasis on Tap and Acrobatics.

 

His accolades include FDM Mr. Dance 2008 and Access Broadway National Champion 2009. Jordan joined an aerial Acrobatics Company in 2011 and preformed aerial lyra, corde lisse, aerial silks, and aerial sphere. In the three years with the company he performed in the Knox family Circus, multiple arts festivals and other events.

 

He began teaching Master classes in Aerial Arts, Acrobatics and Tap in 2015, and started teaching performance classes for Preps Dance School and Company and School of Dance Arts in 2016.

 

Jordan graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Management from Seminole State College and currently works as a Project Engineer at Wharton-Smith Construction.

Rachel Warender

Instructor

Originally from Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, Rachel Aimee began her career in the arts at a young age. After several years of voice & piano lessons she was taken by an overwhelming love for the art of classical ballet. At 9 she began her training with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet studying Balanchine technique. After 5 years of intense training at CPYB she was accepted into The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. After two years at the Rock and three summer’s with the Miami City Ballet and studying with Madame Adrienne Dellas Thornton she was accepted into The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC.

 

Upon graduation Rachel spent a year dancing for The Nashville Ballet. The following season she was offered a position with The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet II and several other classical ballet companies but opportunity called elsewhere. A position with ME Dance of Orlando was the next step and she danced with the troop for two seasons until finding her true passion for teaching.

 

Rachel has worked with choreographers such as Nicole Tongue of the English National Ballet, Darla Hoover of New York City Ballet, Edward Villella from Miami City Ballet, Violet Verdi of The Paris Opera Ballet & many more over the years. Rachel has an overwhelming love for classical ballet & is thrilled to be able to use her experience to fuel her classroom. Through thorough education and a sturdy classical base the most incredible well dancers can be born. 

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Brittany Pigott

Instructor

Brittany has over 7 years of teaching experience. She began dancing at age 2 and danced competitively for many years, during which she was awarded several titles and top scores.

Brittany graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising & Public Relations with a minor in Dance from the University of Central Florida. During her time at UCF she was crowned Miss UCF 2015, and was also a 4-year student athlete on the KnightMoves dance team where she received MVP both her Junior and Senior year. 

 

Brittany currently works as a dancer at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage. She also works for Universal Studios Florida, and a variety of production companies in the Orlando area. 

 

During her free time she loves traveling with her husband and spoiling her golden retriever. 

Allie Bath

Instructor

Allie Bath is dancer and choreographer originally from Cincinnati, OH. Allie began dancing at a young age before beginning her professional career at age 15 . She furthered her dance education at Point Park University where she received her B.A. in Dance, concentrating in Jazz. Throughout college, Allie performed with many reputable choreographers, in a touring burlesque inspired show, and was a part of multiple music videos. Allie completed internship programs at Steps NYC and Broadway Dance Center. Allie is a member of the Actors Equity Association and performed as Equity dancer in “Dream Along With Mickey” at Walt Disney World. Allie Has toured the world with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a dancer and aerialist. She has also enjoyed working, teaching, and adjudicating for Starpower, Power Pak, The World Dance Pageant, Encore Talent, Pro Artist Series and more. You can catch her now at the Edison in Disney Springs! Allie is very excited to share her passion and knowledge of dance with the students Destination Dance!

Kelsey Strickland

Instructor

Kelsey has been involved in the dance world in many capacities, including performer, teacher, choreographer, and stage manager. She has worked with companies including Universal Studios Orlando, Norwegian Cruise Line, Music Theatre International, Broadway Dance Center, Indianapolis City Ballet, Indiana University Opera, and various production companies and regional theatres across the country. She has performed in and choreographed industrials for AV Fuel, Give Kids the World Village, Tupperware, Universal Studios, and Google. She is also a judge and show director for Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Starbound, and Starpower competitions. 

 

Kelsey holds a degree in Dance and Exercise Science from Indiana University Bloomington, and is also a certified personal trainer. She is a dance teacher/clinician for multiple dance studios across the country and loves sharing her passion for technique and performance with students of all ages.

Jordan Summerfield

Front Office

Jordan is a recent graduate of The University Of Central Florida and has been dancing since a young age. She was a dancer on the Hagerty High School dance team "Unleashed" and will be teaching Tiny Tot classes this Fall! 

First Class is FREE!  Contact us NOW!

1942 County Rd 419

Suite 1040 

Oviedo, FL 32766

 

1942 County Rd. 419

Suite 1040
Oviedo, FL 32766
407-603-9331

destinationdanceoviedo@gmail.com

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