FCCA Staff

Patty Popola Office Manager

Patty Popola is the Office Manager for FCCA. She is the warm welcoming face when you step in the door. Patty’s duties are to provide information about our studio to existing students and potential new customers. She keeps our staff organized and our customers informed. She is always willing to help!



Keely Pratt Dance Instructor
Keely Pratt
Dance Instructor

Keely Pratt has danced for 15 years. She started assisting with classes at the age of 9. Keely began teaching at the age of 16. Her styles of dance include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, acrobatics, and pointe. She has been a member of the FCCA Performance Team for 4 years. She enjoys teaching her Movement class that consists of 2-3 year olds and she looks forward to seeing the progress the students make throughout the year.



Marco Tacandong Dance Instructor
Marco Tacandong
Dance Instructor

Marco teaches Hip-Hop at First Coast Center for the Arts. He has danced for 5 years and is trained in ballet and jazz. Marco studied with choreographers such as Ian Eastwood, Shaun Evaristo, and David Moore. He choreographed routines for Fletcher High School’s Winter and Spring dance concerts and choreographs for the Fletcher Competitive Dance Team. Marco is very enthusiastic about sharing his talents with the students at FCCA!



Regina Braga Dance Instructor
Regina Braga
Dance Instructor

Regina has studied Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Acro since the age of 5 and has been choreographing and teaching since the age of 13.  As a student, she has studied with famous choreographers such as Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Laurieann Gibson, Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, and Wade Robson; played roles in dramatic musicals such as Thoroughly Modern Millie and Singing in The Rain and lead role in the dance productions: Jazmin in Aladdin, Uptown Girl in Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out, Grizzabella in Cats, and Elphaba in Wicked. Professionally, she danced in the productions of the Nutcracker with The Miami City Ballet and The Moscow Ballet.
Regina attended The Orlando Ballet Summer Intensive as well as the Florida Dance Festival where she worked with Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Jennifer Archibald, and Maria Konrad in 2014. She was chosen as an apprentice with the Chicago Repertory Ballet at The Dance Festival of Riverside Theatre during the summer of 2015. Regina has professionally danced with Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre under Mrs. Anna Preston. Regina’s most recent training was at South Florida Dance Company where she performed in their original contemporary ballet, A Christmas Carol, as The Ghost of Christmas Past, lead death spirit and a demi-soloist in Snow.
Regina is currently a Dance Major at Jacksonville University. Her anticipated graduation will be in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Teaching. At Jacksonville University she has worked with Bliss Kohlmyer, Stacey Tookey, Kathryn McCormick, Elisa Monte Dance, and many more. Regina is also a Dance Birthday Party Specialist for kids. She is so excited to share her love of dance with the FCCA family during her second year at this studio and looking forward to all the artistic possibilities!



Katie McCormick
Dance Instructor

Katie McCormick has been dancing for 13 years and teaching for 6. 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 has since then joined a professional ballet/contemporary company in Jacksonville, FL. 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. She now has 5 teaching certificates in the Cecchetti classical method of ballet and is working on her sixth.



Sarava Dawson
Dance Instructor

Sarava has been dancing since the age of 4. She has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, musical theater, hip hop and acro. She started assisting at age 11 and has been teaching since age 14. She has been a competitive dancer and has performed in numerous community events. The summer of 2017 she took master classes and learned performance choreography from Christopher Robbins, Carlos Garland and Vanessa Zabari.  She has also received instruction and choreography under many others including Lisa Clarson, Kathryn McCormick, and Sonny Leo. Sarava is a 2017 high school graduate and will be attending college in Jacksonville to pursue a degree in dance and business.



Rebekah Rada
Gymnastics/Acrobatic Instructor

Rebekah was born and raised in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas.  She has been doing gymnastics since the age of 7.  Rebekah also has a background in dance and has received many team and personal awards.  Rebekah worked for world famous Bela Karolyi for 12 years in his summer camp programs.  She has a degree in Modern Dance from Sam Houston State University and the summer of 2017 she worked for Svetlana Boguinskaia as a dance instructor for her camp.  Rebekah is thrilled to work with the FCCA students and share her knowledge of gymnastics.



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