FCCA Staff

Patty Popola Office Manager
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!

 

 

 

Amber Daniels Dance Instructor
Amber Daniels
Dance Instructor

Graduating with Honors from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major, Amber moved on to double major in Business Management and Dance at Florida State College in Jacksonville. There she was honored to be assistant manager of the danceWORKS company for three years, a teacher at Dansations Performance Arts Center, and a choreographer of multiple pageants and events in Jacksonville, FL. During this time, Amber traveled with Kim McDonough to Guatemala where she assisted in teaching dance to Rio’s Performing Arts. With the danceWORKS company she traveled to Los Angeles, New York and Chicago and worked with artists such as Las Vegas Contemporary Theater, Shane Sparks, Tony Parise, BJ Sullivan, Trey McIntyre Company and many more. Graduating from FSCJ, she moved to assistant choreographer of “The Summer Musical Experience’s ‘Peter Pan’” leading to her choreographer status of the program’s “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, “EB Scrooge’s Redneck Christmas”, and “FAME”. Miss Daniels continued her education at Jacksonville University as a Dance major and graduating in May of 2014 with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts as well as honors in choreography. Here she worked with Alex Blitstein, Jennifer Muller and many more. On her own, Amber has choreographed for multiple events and pageants as well as danced with Paridigm Flux, Inc., Mega Mind Productions, and as an apprentice to Jacksonville Dance Theatre. She is excited to continue her love of dance and share it with students and dancers alike!

 

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
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.

 

 

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