Meet the Team
 

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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!! 

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Patty Popola

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.

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Keely Pratt

Keely Pratt has been dancing since she was able to walk.  Being the daughter of the owner she was surrounded by dance from the day she was born.  Keely followed her mother's footsteps and started teaching dance at the age of 16. She loves all styles of dance but her favorites include Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. Keely graduated in 2021 with her degree in Marine Science from Jacksonville University. While attending JU she was a member of JU’s dance team and took dance classes in their dance program.  Keely loves watching her students grow, progress in their dance training and gain confidence. 

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Megan Popola

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.

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Sarava has been dancing since the age of four. She is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, hip hop, and acro. She started assisting at age eleven and has been teaching since age fourteen. Sarava has been a competitive dancer and has performed extensively in community events throughout the years. As a member of Selah Dance Ministries, a professional dance company, Sarava enjoys expanding her dance knowledge and experience through training and performances. In addition, she has received instruction and choreography under industry leaders such as Christopher Robbins, Carlos Garland, Vanessa Zabari, Lisa Clarson, Kathryn McCormick, Sonny Leo, Dulce Anaya, Morgan Brown, Alex Wong, and many others. At First Coast Center for the Arts, Sarava teaches beginner through advanced levels in multiple dance genres and choreographs for the FCCA Competition Dance Team. She holds a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of North Florida in English and Fitness Management. To complement her training in stage makeup, Sarava is currently working towards becoming a licensed cosmetologist.

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Garrey Agustin

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!

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Joanna Mizesko

Originally from 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 of dance more seriously.  She focused her  training on modern, contemporary, and classical ballet. Joanna danced throughout high school and 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 graduating, she met and married her husband and the two moved to Grenada, West Indies. While in the West Indies Joanna got connected with other dancers that lead to the the opportunity to dance and teach for Cecilia Griffith at Conceptions Dance Theater in St. George’s, Grenada. Many years later Joanna and her husband moved back to the states and then eventually 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 love for dance!

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Ashlynd Roberts

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.

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Meagan Thomas

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.

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Savona Dawson

Savona began dancing at age four and assisting at age twelve. She has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, and acro. As an FCCA Competition Dance Team member, Savona performs at various community events and competes in dance competitions. This year, she will teach a Jazz/Acro combo class and a Ballet/Tap combo class.