Meet the Team

Hollie Stephens

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 Popola

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.

Megan Popola

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.

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. Where she took 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 6 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.

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. 

Keely Pratt

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Garrey Agustin

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!

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