OFFICE MANAGER – Patty Popola
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!
DANCE INSTRUCTOR – Katie McCormick
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.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR – Sarava Dawson
Sarava has been dancing since the age of 4. She has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, 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 throughout the years. Sarava has received instruction and choreography under industry leaders such as Christopher Robbins, Carlos Garland, Vanessa Zabari, Lisa Clarson, Kathryn McCormick, Sonny Leo, and many others. At First Coast Center for the Arts, Sarava teaches a wide range of ages and genres of dance and is a choreographer for the FCCA Competition Dance Team. She is also a member of Selah Dance Ministries, a professional dance company. She is a 2019 honors graduate from FSCJ and will begin her junior year at UNF this fall as an education major.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR – Megan Popola
Megan has been dancing with FCCA since she was 4 years old. She started assisting with classes at the age of 10. Megan has enjoyed performing and competing as part of the FCCA Dance Team for 8 years. Megan volunteers her time sharing her love of dance with the local community. She is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and acro. Megan started teaching at the age of 13 and now teaches the beginner and intermediate Hip Hop classes, Movement classes, and preschool combo classes.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR – Keely Pratt
Keely Pratt has danced for 19 years. She started assisting with classes at the age of 9. Keely began teaching at the age of 16. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, acrobatics, and pointe. She is an alumni of the FCCA Competition Team and has had the honor of coaching them as well. She enjoys teaching the Movement and preschool classes at FCCA. She also enjoys helping teach our Advanced Acro class. She looks forward to seeing the progress the students make throughout the year.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR – Marco Tacandong
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!