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 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 is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Theatre and Dance. She has been dancing for over 25 years, training in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, 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, she attended many competitions throughout her early dance career and now adjudicates for competitions all over the country.
She started teaching and choreographing when she was fifteen years old and continues to teach dancers from pre-k to adult levels. She is the dance team coach for the Lawton Chiles Middle School Dance Team Pantherettes as well as the choreographer for the Timber Creek High School Theatre Department. 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, Broadway Lights Dance Center, Journey Into the Performing Arts and many others across the state of FL. She originally moved to Central Florida to attend college at The University of Central Florida but stayed to dance and perform in the parades and shows at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, & Sea World in Orlando, Florida. She quickly fell in love with her DDO family and couldn't imagine doing anything else.
Candace has directed & choreographed the past shows "Annie", "Frozen", & "The Greatest Show" here at Destination Dance and is excited for the upcoming year as Artistic Director!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 at Destination Dance!
Cassie is a dancer, since the age of 3, from Jacksonville, Florida. She attended Lavilla middle school of the arts and Douglas Anderson school of the arts for her education, majoring in dance. Cassie has been a competition dancer since the age of 6 and has competed in cities such as Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando.
Currently Cassie attends the University of Central Florida where she is pursuing a degree in advertising and public relations with a minor in event management. For her freshman year of college she was apart of the Knights and Damsels dance company. Cassie has trained in a multitude of styles including ballet, jazz, hip hop, flamenco, musical theater, African, contemporary and classical modern, and more. Cassie is excited to begin her journey with Destination Dance!
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1942 County Rd 419
Oviedo, FL 32766