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. Instead, we have our DDO Performance Team.  This team will perform at different events around Central Florida. 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:

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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)!

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Candace Isaacs

Artistic Director

Performance Team Director

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 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 The University of Central Florida as well as master classes for Broadway Unhinged, Knights and Damsels Dance Company, Broadway Lights Dance Center, Chance to Dance, and many others across the state of FL.  She originally moved to Central Florida to attend college at UCF but stayed to dance and perform in the parades and shows at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, & Sea World in Orlando, Florida. Candace directs all the shows at DDO and loves being able to share her love for the Arts with all of her students!

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Rachel Warender

Ballet Academy Director

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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Allie Bath

Instructor

Performance Team Coach

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!

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Kinsey Hughey

Pom/Dance Team Instructor

Kinsey grew up training in Oak Ridge, TN at the Oak Ridge Academy of dance. She attended the University of Memphis where she was a part of the Memphis Dance Team from 2015-2020. This past year she made the move to Orlando after being chosen as a member of The Orlando Magic's Dance Team, The 407.  Along with Kinsey's love for performing, she also finds great enjoyment in creating. She has been traveling the last few years choreographing for both high school and college dance teams. She comes to Orlando with a wealth of talent and knowledge.

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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.

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Starr-Simone Mckenzie

Instructor

Starr is from south Florida going into her junior year at UCF. She is majoring in Entertainment Management with minors in Theater, Dance, and Education. Starr is a member of the Knights and Damsels Dance Company at UCF. 

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Kelly Sheehan

Instructor

Kelly is going into her Junior year at The University of Central Florida majoring in Nursing with a minor in Health Sciences. 

Kelly began dancing at the age of 10, training in all styles of dance. In high school, Kelly danced all four years on the Mane Attraction Dance Team at Oviedo High School. 

Currently, Kelly is a 3rd year veteran on the UCF KnightMoves Dance Team! Kelly is a proud DDO Alumni and is excited to be back!

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Courtney Luton

Instructor

Courtney was born and raised in the central Florida dance community and has been teaching since graduating high school. Currently, she is a member of the Crawford Jazz Project and a performer at Universal Orlando. Courtney specializes in tap, jazz, and leaps and technique. 

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