Meet the Team
Ms. Hollie started dancing at the age of three and had been teaching since she was sixteen. She built dance programs for many private schools and has enjoyed many years of teaching children to dance. She opened her own studio, Hollie’s Dancin’ Dream the summer of 2004, which later evolved into First Coast Center for the Arts. After 26 years of dance leadership experience, her dream of opening her own studio became possible.
Her other community roles have included delighting nursing home residents and creating enthusiasm in 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.
Hollie’s most important goal is to encourage self-esteem and growth in her students!!
Patty is our Office Manager. She helps keep the studio running like a well oiled machine with her outstanding ability to be organized. She oversees such duties as answering the phones, responding and sorting through emails, organizing and handling studio paperwork, class scheduling, the scheduling of our free trial classes, payments, and the enrollment of students. Her ability to be very organized is also helpful in preparing for our Annual Dance Recital, Holiday Show, Silent Auction/Scholarship Fund Raiser, and our Dance Teams Performances/ Competitions.
Megan Popola has been dancing since she was 4. She is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, acro, and hip hop. Megan is a member of our FCCA Dance Team which performs around town and also competes in dance competitions. She enjoys teaches Hip Hop and Jazz. She is also a coach for our FCCA Silver Competition team. Megan has been assisting with classes at FCCA since she was 10 and teaching since 2017.
Garrey found his love for hip-hop choreography in high school his sophomore year and has been dancing every since then. He danced at many school events and even joined the step team. In college he joined a UCF dance team, Fresh off the Beat and ended up leading the team through several competitions. Garrey has participated in many competitions including Gainesville FSA’s Def Talent Jam, Thesis, and even World of Dance. Garrey is now part of a local Jacksonville based crew called Wreckless Dance Crew. His crew celebrated winning 4th place at the World of Dance Miami competition! He enjoys being part of the FCCA Instruction Team!
Ashlynd Roberts has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She has enjoyed competing and performing as a member of our FCCA Dance Team for 9 years. Ashlynd shared her love for dance with the students at FCCA by assisting classes since she was 11. She was excited to become an instructor in 2020 for Movement and for the 2021/2022 season she added Jazz/Acro to her teaching schedule.
Meagan Thomas began dancing at the age of 3 training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, musical theater, and modern. She was on the competition team in her hometown of Tampa for 5 years and was dance captain her senior year of high school. Meagan graduated with a degree in Dance and Psychology at Jacksonville University. Over the years, Meagan has had the opportunity to learn and study under Kelly King, Rosero McCoy, Al Blackstone, Yorelis Apolinario, Teddy Forance, Martha Nichols, Brian and Scott Nicholson, Lana Heylock, and many more. Meagan teaches beginner and intermediate level classes. She is also the coach for the FCCA Black Competition team. She loves watching her students grow and progress.