Hollie’s Dancing’ Dream opened in the summer of 2004. After 24 years of dance leadership experience, Hollie’s dream of opening her own studio became possible. For over 16 years she had been admired by her young students, while instructing for the Community Education Program. Her other community roles have included delighting nursing home residents and creating enthusiasm with the Opening of the Beaches Parades. This enthusiasm continued with many seasons of dedicated service to the Jaguars by dancing and choreographing for the Jacksonville Roar. Our studio’s most important goal is to encourage confidence in the children of our community. In 2008 we decided to change the name of our studio to FIRST COAST CENTER FOR THE ARTS to reflect all the ARTS our growing studio has to offer.
Katie McCormick, Ballet Director
Katie McCormick has been dancing for 18 years and teaching for 10. She grew up in Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet in Roswell, NM taking ballet, pointe, Cecchetti, tap, and river dancing. She then moved on to dance pre-professionally with Ruidoso Dance Ensemble (now Dali’s Ballet Company) for 2 years dancing roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker and Four Little Swans in Swan Lake. Katie danced with Unforced Rhythms Dance Company, a professional ballet/contemporary company in Jacksonville, FL for one season. She now dances in and has co-founded Selah Dance Ministries, a professional dance company. Katie started her teaching career at Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet at 14 years old teaching ballet, pointe, Cecchetti and tap. Since then she has taught at many studios national and internationally. She now has 5 teaching certificates in the Cecchetti classical method of ballet and is working on her sixth. Katie just recently became certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and goes to yearly to dance teaching seminars to continue her education.