About  Peaches and  Staff

Miss Peaches
Owner & Director

As owner and director of Peaches Dance and Music, I have been blessed with twenty-nine years of influencing the talents and pathways of thousands of budding dancers and performing artists. Many of my students now have successful careers in the Performing Arts.

 

I began dance and acrobatics training at a very young age and studied under the direction of many renowned teachers in Miami and New York such as Frank Hatchett, Ron Daniels, Elizabeth Caroll, Felix Smith, Sue Samuels, Thomas Armour, Kenneth Samuels, Fred Bratcher, Tomislav Vuchovich, Judi Nelson, Joe Michaels, Robert Battle and numerous others. I enjoyed many years of performing in the U.S. and abroad. My passion for Dance and the Performing Arts lead me to open a dance school in 1987. I knew what I wanted when I was very young and I made that dream come true when I became a full time teacher and choreographer.

 

I have choreographed and directed numerous Dance Recitals, Miami Heat halftime shows, Musical Theater productions, Commercials, Television Specials, The Latin Music Awards in Miami, Star Search, Dance Fever  and several other venues. In Central Florida I have had the pleasure of Choreographing "Mary Poppins", "Rent", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and most recently "Nice Work if You Can Get It" at Dr. Phillips Performing Arts High School. I am currently the three time recipient of Central Florida's prestigious "Applause Awards" nominations for "Best Choreography".

 

in the process of creating all of these productions and performances, as a teacher, my class time is always structured but not without the freedom for the individual dancer, acrobat or musician to explore their full potential as an artist.

 

Several private and public schools, as well as community outreach programs, have implemented my method and class model into their curriculums under my direction or guidance. I assisted in the development of community Performing Arts programs for underprivileged and disabled students. I am a licensed Autistic Movement Therapist and have spent many hours working with these children. 

I look forward to each and every day, as I continue to share my passion for Dance and Performing Arts, while providing the most talented Instructors for our students!

 

 

-Miss Peaches 

 

Dan Burke

Dan grew up in just north of Nashville, Tennessee and began dancing at the age of 8.  He started dancing after a trip backstage at his sister’s dance recital in 1994 sparked his interest. He knew the only way he could be back there again was to start classes.  Little did he know it would lead to a career in dance! Dan grew up taking classes at American Academy of Dance in Hendersonville TN where he taught and choreographed for several years before breaking out of Nashville to begin his professional career. He began working for Princess Cruise lines in 2004, where he danced in over 19 different production and variety shows on 6 ships. In 2008, after completing 7 contracts at sea, Dan moved back to Tennessee to perform as a vocalist and dance captain at the Black Bear Jamboree Dinner show and Country Tonite Show just outside of Knoxville in Pigeon Forge.  In 2010, after a whim audition for Disney, it was off to Orlando to work as a parades and shows performer at Walt Disney World Resort.  Dan performed in Parades and Street shows such as Block Party Bash and High School Musical before joining the long time dance ensemble of Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage!  at Hollywood Studios. In 2013, after 3 years at Beauty and the Beast, Dan moved into the role of Maintenance Choreographer at the Magic Kingdom where he worked full time teaching, staging and maintaining daily entertainment offerings at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  In the last 3 years Dan has been on the opening creative teams of Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade, Hocus Pocus Villains’ Spelltacular, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration. Most recently he also served as the maintenance choreographer on British Television’s “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” Finale Show broadcast live from the Magic Kingdom.  With the opening of Peaches Dance and Music in 2017, Dan shifted his focus once more to become the full time office and programs manager for Peaches. He remains as a seasonal staff member at Walt Disney World performing in Beauty and the Beast as well as on-call as a maintenance choreographer for seasonal offerings.  Dan is excited to share his passion and knowledge for dance at Peaches!

Studio Programs Manager, Adult Programs Coordinator, Pre-Professional & Recreational Instructor

Brittany Stovall

Brittany began dancing at the age of four in Jacksonville, Florida. After dancing competitively at her studio and attending performing arts middle and high schools, she moved to Orlando to pursue her dance career. While being a full-time student at the University of Central Florida, she began dancing at Walt Disney World. She has performed in the Festival of the Lion King, opened many shows at the Magic Kingdom, and also has danced in numerous seasonal and special events for Disney over the past ten years. Once Brittany graduated with her BS in Hospitality Management, her career took her to the high seas, where she was Dance Captain, dancing and singing for Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. She has also choreographed a few specialty shows for Norwegian Cruise Line over the years. Once back in Orlando, Brittany became the Dance Captain and choreographer for the Cirque Magique dinner show in Orlando, as well as the Dance Captain for Treasure Tavern dinner show. Brittany also travels all over the country , choreographing and performing various gigs, and works as a certified personal trainer in her spare time. She is thrilled to be a part of the team at Peaches and helping each individual student reach their highest potential!  

Studio Production Manager, Dance Team Coordinator, Pre-Professional Prep & Recreational Program Instructor

Daniela Marcelino Rabello

From Brazil, Daniela Marcelino Rabello has a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy with post-graduate degrees in Special Education and Neonatal Physiotherapy. She is the Director of Minstrels Academy in Orlando and has been an acrobat performer and choreographer with Cirque Du Soleil. Daniela performed as one of the main characters in the show The White Swan and also performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Moscow Kremlin Theatre in Russia, Madrid Arena in Spain, and in Las Vegas at the Aria Hotel Theater. She was also a teacher, assistant Director and choreographer in musical theater with “Oficina dos Menestreis” in Sao Paulo- Brasil. Daniela is trained in classic ballet, contemporary ballet, G.R.D rhythmic gymnastics, musical theater and circus.

Aerial Arts & Trampoline Program Coordinator & Instructor

Bree Delash

Hailing from New York City, Bree is a Choreographer and Fitness Instructor, having started her career at the age of 10 with the Moscow Ballet and eventually pursuing her dreams alongside Broadway’s finest in the big city. Upon finishing her contract with the AFL on the “Philadelphia Soul" Dance Team, Bree earned her Associate’s Degree in Dance Theater Performance at the “American Musical & Dramatic Academy” and began her time at “Broadway Dance Center,” studying with the likes of Jerry Mitchell, Brian Friedman, Willdabeast, Yanis Marshall, Laurieann Gibson, Tyce Diorio, Dana Alexa, Nick Kenkel, Al Blackstone, J.T. Horenstein, Randy Skinner, Stephanie Klemons, and Maria Torres. She has performed in numerous workshops for the “Knicks City Dancers,” was a background dancer on NBC's SMASH, as well as co-founded a production company in the heart of Times Square, called “Life in Luggage Productions,” having Choreographed several of their musicals, such as: “Grease” and “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Bree recently moved to the Windermere area and is very excited to share her knowledge with the students of Peaches.

Front Desk Administration, Hip-Hop Team Choreographer, Hip-Hop Program Coordinator, Recreational Instruction

Jessica Leal

A dedicated and self-motivated individual, Jessica offers knowledge and experience in the dance and entertainment industry. She was the owner of Jess Dance ‘N Act Productions and was also an instructor with extensive experience in tap, ballet, hip hop, and tumbling. Jessica also has experience in modeling and acting, working with several agencies. She is excited to bring her experience to Peaches Dance Studio.

Starchild Windermere/Winter Garden Ambassador

Chantell Pagan

Has more than 20 years training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, pointe, tap, and even partner work. She has performed in many competitions and conventions throughout the state of Florida including American Dance Awards and Florida Dance Masters. Chantell attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando and was a part of the Performing Arts Magnet Program. She had the opportunity to be an apprentice at Broadway Theatre Project in 2006, a 3 week summer theatre program with classes in acting, voice, and dance. Chantell graduated in 2008 from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelors degree in dance. During her time at this school, she was a dedicated member of the Zodiaque Dance Company. While in college, Chantell began her teaching career at local dance studios around the area discovering her true passion and love for teaching. After college, she had an amazing opportunity to travel the world with Feld Entertainment in Disney Live shows, performing in Asia and Australia.

Starchild Hunter's Creek Ambassador, Recreational Program Instructor

Elida “Toops” Wallack

Elida has been dancing since the age of 5 when she took her first dance class with her sister, Leslie "Peaches" Gettis.  She trained in Miami, Florida with Martha Mahr, Thomas Armor, and Freddick Bratcher, among other renowned instructors from New World School of the Arts where she attended high school and college. She also received full scholarships to study at The San Francisco School of Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Aspen and the Alvin Ailey School in New York City. She has appeared on several TV shows, including Star Search. Elida danced as a soloist for the Miami Ballet Company and as a soloist with Fredrick Bratcher and Company for 10 years. She began teaching at the age of 15  and has won choreography and top dance teacher awards from numerous national dance competitions. Her dance teams have also received top awards on regional and national levels. She was a teacher for 25 years at Peaches School of Dance in Miami and was also the head of the Dance department at Miami Country Day School for three years before relocating to Orlando with her husband and two children. Since moving to Orlando, Elida has been a dance teacher for the after school program at Windermere Preparatory School and has been the choreographer for several of the school's musical theater productions. She has helped her sister with the opening of Peaches Dance and Music Orlando and is extremely excited to continue her passion for teaching.

Pre-Professional Program Instructor, Dance Team Choreographer

Carlos Garland

Carlos Garland has been dancing since the age of 13. In his senior year of high school, Carlos received a Merit Award in the NFAA (National Foundation of Advancement of the Arts) in hip hop. Double majoring in dance and computer science at Jacksonville University, Carols also found time to perform as the lead Russian Doll in the First Coast Nutcracker. This talented dancer is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, breaking, lyrical, contemporary, improvisational dance as well as acrobatics and martial arts. Carlos and his dance crew, Systematic, have won BET's 106th and Park dance competition in two consecutive years. He is also a member of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance touring internationally in their hit show "Rock the Ballet". While living in NYC, Carlos danced with the cast of Spider-man Turn Off The Dark in their final Gypsy of the Year performance. He became a member of iLuminate (as seen on America's Got Talent) and performed as the main character in their hit off-Broadway show, "iLuminate, Artists of Light". He has been an instructor faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC. He was also a finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 10. 
 

Recreational Hip-Hop Program Instructor

Krystian Sawicki

Krystian Sawicki is an internationally renowned professional acrobat and performer. He was a
main character ( The Titan) performer in Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”. Krystian was the Polish
National Champion in Trampoline from 1994-1998 and was a featured artist in Franco
Dragone’s “Creation of LaNouba”. Krystian has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “The
Academy Awards” and numerous other television and entertainment productions. Krystian is
excited to direct the Trampoline program at Peaches beginning in January 2018!

Trampoline Instructor, Aerial Arts Assistant Instructor

Albena "Benji" Aleksandrova

Born in Bulgaria, Albena “Benji” Aleksandrova began her sports career in Sports Acrobatics/Gymnastics at a young age. She earned a degree at The National Sports School  followed by National Sports Academy of Sofia, Bulgaria . She has an international diploma - a Bachelor’s Degree  in Physical Education and Sports & Exercise Science and Acrobatic/Gymnastics Coaching 

As a Part of The  Bulgarian National Sports Acrobatics/Gymnastics team, Benji competed for many years worldwide. 

She is a tumbling, aerial acro, hand balancing/contortion  coach, an Entertainer and an actor/stunt double in The US since 2004.

Aerial Arts Instructor

Jazmin Krug Smajstrla

Jazmin is a full time professional dancer and choreographer in Central Florida. She performs at Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage! and in addition has 5 other equity shows in her Disney repertoire. Jazmin also works at Universal Orlando Resort where she is a student at the Beauxbaton Academy of Magic. She has worked for other well known organizations and companies like the Orlando Magic NBA Dance Team, Sea World, Princess Cruises, Hard Drive Productions, Feld Entertainment, and several agencies. Jazmin is a certified instructor for the Royal Academy of Dance, a two time Vegas Contestant for So You Think You Can Dance, and has worked on various television commercials for companies like Disney, Gain, and Publix. Jazmin is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and passion for Dance with Peaches Dance and Music Orlando. 

Adult Programs Instructor

Elias "Ej" Reyes

Elias "Ej" Reyes started dancing in Miami, Fl at the age of 12. He danced for the Miami Heat in a hip hop troop called Miami Heat Jr.Jam. He then made dance appearances on Television Networks in Sabado Gigante, Premios Juventud, and La Voz Kids; and has also worked with Kenny Ortega on movie project called A Change of Heart. He studied Musical Theater at New World School of the Arts and Dance at Dance Attack Miami and International Ballroom Studio. He now lives in Orlando and is currently working in Entertainment at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

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