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 the smiling face waiting to greet you when you walk through the doors. Her daily tasks are to attract new students and retain current ones. She oversees the duties of the front desk such as answering the phones, handling studio paperwork, fee payments, and enrollment of students. Her ability to be very organized is also helpful in preparing for our annual dance recitals and our Dance Team performances and competitions.
Keely Pratt has been dancing for 20 years and teaching at FCCA for 7. She started out as a teaching assistant training under her mom and studio owner Hollie Stephens. She loves all styles of dance but her favorites include Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. Keely is currently a student finishing her degree in Marine Science from Jacksonville University. Along with studying marine science at JU Keely was also a member of JU’s dance team and took dance classes in their dance program. She is also currently a coach for FCCA’s competition teams and competed with FCCA’s dance teams for 4 years. She loves watching her students grow and progress in their dance training and is excited to see her students progress throughout the year.
Megan Popola has been dancing since she was 4. She is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, acro, and hip hop. She is a member of our FCCA Dance Team which performs around town and also competes in dance competitions. She teaches Hip Hop, Movement and 4-5 year old ballet and tap. She has been assisting with teaching at the studio since she was 10 and teaching since 14.
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.
Garrey found his love for hip-hop choreography in high school his sophomore year and has been dancing for 9 years. In the years following, he dance at many school events and even joined the step team. In college he joined a UCF based team Fresh of the Beat and continued dancing hip-hop and ended up leading the team through several competitions. Garrey has done 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 and just recently came back from getting 4th at World of Dance Miami! He is the newest addition to our studio and is excited to be joining the team!
Originally from southeastern North Carolina, Joanna Mizesko began her dance training at the age of 9. Around the age of 12, she knew she wanted to pursue the art form more seriously. With training in modern, contemporary, and classical ballet, Joanna danced throughout high school and then attended Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, where she obtained a B.A. in Dance. While there, she had the opportunity to train under prestigious teachers and choreographers such as Caleb Mitchell and Betsy McMillan from Houston Ballet, Ravenna Tucker former dancer with The Royal Ballet, as well as Ad Deum Dance Company, Storling Dance Theater members, and many others. Upon graduation, she met and married her husband and the two moved to Grenada, West Indies. She got connected with other dancers on the island and had the opportunity to dance and teach for Cecilia Griffith at Conceptions Dance Theater in St. George’s, Grenada. After moving back to the states and then to Jacksonville, she danced with Unforced Rhythms Dance Company for one year. In 2017, she started her own dance company with Katie McCormick, called Selah Dance Ministries. Through leading Selah and teaching at FCCA, she continues to build her knowledge of dance!
Madelyn Hollenbeck has been dancing with FCCA for 15 years. She is competing and performing as a member of our dance team for the first time this year. She has been assisting with classes for 6 years and now teaches movement.
Ashlynd Roberts has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She has been competing and performing as a member of our FCCA Dance Team for 7 years and assisted classes at the studio since she was 11. She teaches movement.
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 during her senior year of high school. Meagan is currently finishing her degrees 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 is excited to have the opportunity to teach here at FCCA and loves watching her students grow and progress.