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!


Dance Instructor
Katie McCormick
Dance Instructor

Katie McCormick has been dancing for 14 years and teaching for 7. 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.


Megan Popola
Dance Instructor

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 7 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 teaches the beginner and intermediate Hip Hop classes, and a Ballet/Tap 4-5 year old combo class.


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!

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