Dancenter Faculty


Nina Cameron – Owner, Director, Instructor?

IMG_6672Nina has taught dance in Gainesville since 1969. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Danscompany of Gainesville and has served in the role since its beginning in 1983.Nina is a certified member of Florida Dance Masters and has served in many office including president… She has been a Faculty member for the State Dance Association and teaching assistant for Disney World .Nina continues her studies every year with renowned teacher?s workshops & conventions .She has served on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Dance World Congress and has attended all conventions to date. In 2007 and 2013 The City of Gainesville and Alachua County awarded her The Lifetime Achievement award and declared a day in her name. Nina was honored in 2007 by SFCC with the Woman of Distinction Award.


Becky Farber – Instructor/Studio Manager NW

IMG_6667Becky has been at the Dancenter since 1983. ?Becky received her training under Nina Cameron and attended Vaganova?s Ballet Training Intensive. ?She has worked with various dance programs in the local schools and churches. Becky has written, choreographed, and directed several children’s musical programs for area churches. ?She is the founding president of “The Danscompany” and served 7 years as president. ?She serves on the Danscompany Board of Directors. ?Becky has been an instructor in dance for the City of Gainesville’s Children’s Cultural Enrichment Program.

image-comingPeggy Nolan Lamb – Instructor/Accounts Manager
Peggy returned to Gainesville in 1984 after spending 10 years in New York. She has also studied at Converse College, South Carolina and performed with “The Sherry Jones Dancers”. Peggy is a certified member of Florida Dance Masters and served on the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Judging Committee, and has taught for Florida Dance Masters. She also serves as Dance Captain, Choreographer and performing member for The Danscompany of Gainesville.

image-comingLinda Thomas – Instructor
Linda started dancing at the age of 6 in Manchester, NH. Linda has been a member of the faculty at the Dancenter since 1990. She studied Ballet, Tap, and Jazz & Acrobatics under the instruction of Joel Conrad at Allegro Academy of Dances. Linda became a certified member of Dance Masters of America in Ballet, Tap & Acrobatics in 1983. Linda is a member of and a contributing Choreographer for the Danscompany of Gainesville. She serves as the Artistic Director for “Chrysalis” and competition director for the Dancenter.

image-comingGale Hamm – Receptionist / Office Manager NW
Gale has been an important part of the Dancenter family since 1989. In addition to her duties as receptionist Gale also serves as Office Manager and Production Student Coordinator

 

Melissa Bohne – Instructor / Studio Manager (Haile Center)
IMG_6676Melissa has danced since 1979 and holds a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from the UF. She has served as an adjunct for the U F. She currently serves as an instructor for the Santa Fe Community College. Melissa has attended Master Classes and workshops taught by various well known instructors .Melissa has been on staff at the Dancenter since 1999 .Melissa is a performing member, contributing Choreographer and Rehearsal Coach for the Danscompany of Gainesville.

 

Meredith Farnum – Instructor
image-comingMeredith has danced since 1981 and holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Florida .She served as president of Floridance in 1992/93 and has toured,choreographed and performed in various places including Holland. Meredith has been with the Dancenter since 1995 and began as an instructor in 1996. Meredith is a performing member and contributing chorographer with the Danscompany and is on the faculty for the School of .Theatre and Dance at UF. Meredith has enhanced her dance training attending master classes and workshops over the years.

image-comingErin Murphy Huston – Instructor
Erin has studied at the Dancenter since 1984 and has been on staff since 1998. She has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern and Hip-Hop. She is a contributing Choreographer, acting coach, and a Senior Performing Member of the Danscompany of Gainesville and has performed many principal roles including The Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella” and Dorothy in “The Wiz.” ?Erin has also held major roles in Productions of the Gainesville Community Playhouse.

image-comingChristy Daugherty ? Instructor
Christy has taught Dance since 1990 and was the owner of Gotta Dance in Haile Village in Gainesville. Christy is from Daytona Beach where she danced with ?Winchester?s Dance Studio. She has performed In Community Theater and Musicals. Dance has always been an important and spiritual part of her life.

image-comingDebbie Clark – Instructor
Debbie has a master’s degree in special education and has been an instructor at the Dancenter since 2005. She is the Artistic Director of the Dancenter Kids and a rehearsal coach for Danscompany of Gainesville. She performs in Cinderella and The Wiz with Danscompany. She is the Secretary of the Danscompany of Gainesville Board of Directors.

image-comingFran Murphy – Receptionist/Office Manager SW
Fran joined the Dancenter Family in 2007. Fran is an integral part of our Haile Village location. In addition to her duties she serves as assistant production balcony manager.

 

image-comingAngela Long – Instructor
Angela has danced with the Dancenter since 1983 and on staff since 1997. Angela was a performing member of the Danscompany and has performed such roles as Dorothy in “The Wiz” and Winter Fairy in “Cinderella. She has attended various workshops

image-comingBrittany Clark – Instructor
Brittany has been dancing with the Dancenter and Danscompany since 1997.Brittany is a performing member and contributing Chorographer of the Danscompany and has performed many roles in “The Wiz” and various major roles in “Cinderella. She has been on the staff of the Dancenter since 2007 .Brittany has a Bachelors and Master of Education degree from UF in Elementary Education and is a teacher in Alachua County .Brittany is a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor.

image-comingJeri-Lynn Rapczak – Instructor
Jeri-Lynn, is a UF graduate in psychology and, has danced since the age of three. She has been on the staff of the Dancenter since 2003 .Jeri-Lynn studied dance in New York for several years and has attended summer dance intensive workshop in New York and Chicago .In 2014 she attended the Giordano Summer Ballet & Jazz Intensive in Chicago .She is a contributing Choreographer and a performing member of the Danscompany of Gainesville and has performed many principal roles including Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother and various rolls in the Wiz.

image-comingKatie Feather – Instructor
Katie has danced at the Dancenter since the age of three and completed the Teacher Assistance Program. Katie is a performing member and contributing Chorographer of the Danscompany and has performed many roles including Dorothy in “The Wiz” and The Spring Fairy in “Cinderella. Katie is currently majoring in Elementary Education at the UF and pursuing her Master?s Degree.

image-comingAlicia Thomas – Instructor
Alicia has danced with the Dancenter since 1994 and has been on staff since 2012. She is a performing member of the Danscompany where she has performed many roles including the Winter Fairy in Cinderella and Dorothy in “The Wiz” .She has danced professionally with Walt Disney World in various rolls. Alica is currently attending Saint Leo University and majoring in Elementary Education.