Meet The Team
Brian and Nicole
Adriana Duarte Pontual
Adriana is a Brazilian who started her ballet studies at the age of three. She graduated with full scholarship (room and board) at the San Francisco Ballet School, after winning the XXI Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1993. She worked at the Cia. Fernando Bujones in Brazil and also had the opportunity to perform in several countries (Peru, Switzerland, Argentina, Cuba, and USA) and also in several cities in Brazil (São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Salvador, Maranhão, Belém, Joinville, among many others).
Soloist Dancer, Ballet Instructor of the School and Artistic Director Assistant at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 2000 to 2017. She taught ballet classes in Brazil at Tatiana Leskova school, Ballet Dalal Achcar, Ballet Arte em Movimento, and Ballet Eliana Karin. She worked with renowned professionals, among them: Fernando Bujones, Márcia Haydée, Tatiana
Leskova, Eugenia Feodorova, Jorge Esquivel, Natalia Makarova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Irina Jacobson, Olga Evreinoff, Yelena Pankova , Helgi Tomasson, and Josefina Mendes.
ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training.
PMA certified instructor (Pilates Method Alliance), NCPT certified(Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher), and she has many CECs (Continuing Education Courses) in Anatomy, Connective Tissues, Pilates, Functional Training, Myofascial Release Technique, Biomechanics, and Stretching, besides CPR,
AED and First Aid certifications.
• XXI Prix de Lausanne - Silver Medal - 1993 (Switzerland).
• VI International Ballet Competition of Trujillo -Silver Medal -1987 (Peru).
• Brazilian dance council (CBDD) - Bronze Medal - 1987.
• Joinville Dance Festival. Gold Medals -1989, 1990 and 1992 (Brazil).
• International Festival of Dance of Brasília - Bronze Medal - 1991 (Brazil).
Jazz - Lyrical - Contemporary - Musical Theate - Ballet - Elite Competition Coach
Cindy Heen has been dancing since the age of 2 and teaching dance since 2006. Currently, she is adjunct faculty of dance at the University of Central Florida, teaching for Orlando Ballets enrichment program at various schools, and teaching/choreographing competitively and recreationally throughout Florida and California with various schools/studios. Ms. Heen graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA with her MFA in Dance and Choreography in 2018. Some of her recent performances in California have been with Santa Clara Ballet for their Nutcracker, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble A Soldier’s Tale, and Berkeley Ballet Theatre’s Collage. She launched her dance company in 2018 called Emergence Dance and has presented her choreography at Push Festival in San Francisco, Works in the Work in Berkeley, and East Bay Dances with Oakland Ballet. She was an artist in residence with SafeHouse Performing Arts. Dancing professionally, choreographing, teaching, and being an advocate for the arts is what Cindy has dedicated her life to.
Jazz - Ballet - Lyrical - Contemporary - Musical Theater - Tap - Mini Company Team
Lindsiann realized her passion for dance at a young age and has over 20+ years of training and experience. She has traveled the east coast of the United States and has won several awards at competitions including a four time national recipient of Starpower International & Nexstar’s Victory Cup award. Her dance training has also allowed her to perform internationally for Carnival Cruise Lines in North, Central & South America. She has been actively involved in UCF Celebrates the Arts, Dance Moms, The World Dance Pageant, Royal International Miss Pageant & various community events across Central Florida.
Teaching and choreographing is her passion where she can positively impact through dance. She is pursuing her Masters in Education at the University of Central Florida, where she can continue to integrate dance and education into the community. She is thankful to be a part of your dance family!
Atelah St. Cyr
Hip Hop - Mini Hip Hop Squad - Intermediate Hip Hop Squad
Atelah St.Cyr has been dancing since she was two years old. Atelah started off her training with ballet, Atelah ventured to try several different styles, Hip Hop ended up have her heart! hip Atelah has trained with influencers to the dance world such as; Debbie Allen, Elizabeth Parson, Janai Martin and much more! Atelah enjoys dancing with her twin sister Zeylah with whom she explores the creativity of dance with! Atelah strives to encourage, motivate, and uplift every dancer and student who comes in her path! Atelah is a Hip Hop Choreographer at Movez Dance Inc!
Hip Hop - Jazz - Contemporary - Tap - Elite Hip Hop Squad
With 20+ years of training in the industry, Clarissa has obtained extensive experience in the art of performance, instruction, and artistic direction. She is known for her precision, versatality, and stage presence.
Clarissa is the Founder, Director, and Choreographer for the Nomads Dance Crew as well as a Member and Assistant Choreographer for the Funkywunks Dance Crew. Clarissa perfromed at more than 50 NBA halftime shows for Street Beatz and represents the Orlando Magic as part of the Inagural NBA COED Hip Hop Team '407'.
She strives to educate an d encourage her students and peers to be open to learning a variety of styles. She pushes to communicate the importance of understanding and respecting your craft. By doing so, you give yourself the ability to show who you are within it.
Contemporary - Jazz - Lyrical - Improv - Junior Company Team - Teen Company Team
Samantha Wong just graduated from the University of Central Florida. She’s originally from South Florida where she started dancing at the age of 8 and trained in many different styles. Since coming to Orlando she has had many different opportunities to continue her training. She has danced with the Knights and Damsels Dance Company and Rukus Entertainment, a hip-hop based dance team. Samantha also minored in dance at UCF where she danced annually in the UCF Dance Concert and also choreographed for the show in 2019. Samantha spent this past summer in New York, training in Alvin Ailey’s summer intensive program, where she studied Ballet, Horton and Graham modern styles, Jazz, Contemporary, and Musical theatre. Samantha’s dreams are to apprentice with Alvin Ailey’s, Ailey II company. She’s excited to be joining the team this summer!
Hip Hop - Contemporary - Jazz - Modern - Heels
Leah Dirienzo began dancing at the age of four and is trained in a variety of styles including jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, modern, and heels. Throughout her training across the U.S., she has assisted a variety of top choreographers including Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Matt Cady, Mark Villaver, and Ricky Palomino. Leah has also choreographed for on stage performances that have appeared at World of Dance competition as well as several on screen commercial projects. As she continues her journey in dance, Leah wishes to provide a valuable and unique experience to her students.