MEET OUR FACULTY



COURTNEY

SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Courtney is a South Florida native who has been performing professionally since 1992. She began her career in musical theater before deciding to pursue a serious study of dance with a focus on classical ballet.

Her classical ballet training started right here in Boca Raton in 1996. She has since had the privilege of studying under and working with some of the premier choreographers and dancers of today including Shettleroe, Tyree, Guin, Sagami, Levya, and Leeth. Courtney has performed in numerous professional and regional stage productions including Giselle and The Nutcracker. Most recently, she performed in the musical "Rent".

Courtney and her husband, also a native of South Florida, are thrilled to be raising their daughter in the community they both love. She created Organic Movements to combine her desire to give back to the local community with a desire to offer a nurturing, supportive place in which all students can receive a quality dance education with performance opportunities outside of the typical school recital. She believes that through local outreach and a dance program of integrity, Organic Movements can help every student reach their potential.



CRYSTAL

Crystal is a native of Southern California, and has been a performer, choreographer and dance educator in the United States and Australia since 2002. She received her M.F.A in Dance and Choreography from Arizona State University in 2011, and her B.F.A from Columbia College in 2006.

Crystal has performed and shown work coast-to-coast featuring in several dance festivals. She had the privilege of creating and teaching with Miami Dade College, Arizona State University and FDance (Phoenix Fringe Festival), Showze Ma, The Power Company and was invited to work alongside Angella Ellisworth at the Sydney Biennale, in Sydney Australia. Her work was selected and presented at the American College Dance Festival in 2004 and 2010.




ANDREA

Andrea was born in Queens, New York and began dancing tap, ballet, and jazz at the age of eight. At thirteen she began taking hip-hop classes, moved to South Florida, and joined the Pop Starz Production Company, where she trained under choreographers such as Laurie Ann Gibson, Bobby Newberry, Chuck Maldonado and many more. With Pop Starz, she had the opportunity to be the opening act at concerts for artists such as Omarion and Ashanti. She also performed at NBA Miami Heat games during half time. In high school she was the dance captain of the drama department and assisted with choreography for numerous large group musicals including Kiss Me Kate. Andrea also has a huge passion for musical theatre and acting; she is a member of the International Thespian Society. In her senior year of high school she received a "superior" award for her monologues at a state competition for acting.

After high school Andrea attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts to study drama and dance. While in New York she trained at The Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. She also attended many dance conventions and workshops such as The Pulse, Monsters of Hip-Hop, and JUMP. She founded the first dance team at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. Andrea received her Zumba certification with founder, Beto Perez and has been actively teaching Zumba for the past two years. She is extremely grateful to be teaching at Organic Movements and loves sharing the passion of dance with her students!



MINDY

Mindy Rawlinson is a native of South Carolina and relocated to South Florida in 2017. As a dance artist, she has multiple experiences with teaching, choreographing and performing. She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts from Hollins University where she had the opportunity to study in Frankfurt, Germany for three consecutive summers. Prior to accomplishing her MFA, Mindy was an adjunct instructor of dance at The University of South Carolina for four years. During that time, she was an instructor and choreographer for the USC Dance Conservatory and Director of the USCDC Junior Ballet Company. She completed her Bachelor of Arts from USC as a Cum Laude graduate, where she received the University of South Carolina Dance Program Director Award for outstanding dedication, talent and passion for the art of dance. During her time at USC, Mindy had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Tanya Wideman-Davis, Thaddeus Davis, George Balanchine, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Gianni Di Marco, Hannah Lagerway, and many others. Mindy has professional experience performing with Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, SC, Wideman-Davis Dance in Columbia, SC, and currently is performing with Demetrius Klein Dance Company in West Palm Beach and Lauren Carey’s Ballet Florida.



ROGER

Roger has recently returned to Palm Beach county to rejoin the theatre and dance world of South Florida. While living in New York City, Roger has continued his dance education, studying Simonson technique at Dance New Amsterdam, Horton technique at The Ailey Extension, musical theatre with Jeff Shade at Steps, and jazz with Frank Hatchett, Stephen Harding, and jazz legend Luigi.

A South Florida native, Roger received his first training as a scholarship student at Ballet Florida. He continued taking ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at Southern Dance Theatre while enrolled in the dance program at Atlantic High School. He then competed for two years with nationally awarded Eagle-ettes and Company. After high school, Roger studied education, philosophy, and dance technique at Florida Atlantic University and Florida State University.

After college, Roger conceived and directed X-10, A South Florida Dance Project, a pre-professional dance workshop and performance group for local dancers. Roger specialized in jazz classes, teaching at many dance schools throughout Palm Beach and Broward. He taught guest classes and choreography for the Atlantic High School dance department from 1999-2004 and for the Boynton Beach High School dance department since 2005. He went on to receive multiple choreography awards, including top choreography honors at Starpower and recognition of his use of classical jazz choreographer inspirations. Roger moved to New York City in 2007 to work with renowned dance educators before returning to Florida to teach.



VERA

Born in Ukraine, Vera started dancing at the age of five and was selected at age nine to attend the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Following this, she then went on to the School at the State Academy Dance Company of the USSR in Kiev where she took her diploma as a professional dancer. Her first job followed immediately having been chosen as a soloist in the newly formed dance company which was assigned to the Kremlin. When not preforming at the Kremlin, this company toured all over the finest stages of the USSR as well as 17 countries throughout the world. At the same time, Vera had attended the Cultural Educational College where she was awarded a degree in Instructor of Artistic Groups and Choreography. She then went onto attend the one year Russian Creative Studio of Arts (VTMEI) in Moscow where she graduated Magma Cum Laude as a soloist dancer. In the years that followed, working as a soloist, she was awarded the All Russian Dance Competition Stage Honor.

After working on one of the biggest productions in Moscow, Vera received a contract to go to Athens Greece and work in the biggest theater in the country. She liked it so much she stayed on and began working in television and theater productions as an assistant chorographer. At the same time, she started teaching in professional and private schools in Athens and several years later became the chorographer for the Traditional Center of Greek Culture on the island of Crete.

After moving to the United States, Vera began conducting dance seminars at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. The past two years, she has worked as a dance instructor and chorographer for a local dance studio and the JCC Dance Academy.



VANESSA

Vanessa Rosen was born in Venezuela and raised in South Florida where she currently resides as a contemporary/modern dancer, choreographer and instructor. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts and Humanities with a focus on dance and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She co-founded the FAU Dance Organization (FAUDO), which provided college dancers in the community adult level modern classes and performance opportunities. Vanessa has performed with the companies: TranZenDance Dance Productions (Davie), FAU Dance and Theatre Ensemble under the direction of professor Clarence Brooks and was cast in historical works such as Lynchtown by Charles Weidman and Rooms Etude by Anna Sokolow (Boca Raton), MusInc: An Artists' Collective (Tampa and West Palm Beach) and The Movement Project, under the direction of Diana Hoffmaster (West Palm Beach). She is currently a performer and Artist Liaison for The Dancers’ Space (West Palm Beach), where she performs works by David Parsons, Joshua L. Peugh and Kyra Jean Green. She continues to delve into the worlds of modern and contemporary dance, seeking influences from around the world. Vanessa has been accepted into intensives with the Hofesh Shechter Company (New York) and Batsheva Dance Company (Tel-Aviv). This summer she attended the American Dance Festival (Durham), with a tremendous faculty of dance educators from around the country and in the fall visited the UK for #Hofest (London). In April 2014, her first solo work, Phase 6, was chosen to be produced by The Dancers’ Space at the Duncan Theatre (Lake Worth) as a part of “An Evening of Contemporary Dance; works by local and nationally recognized choreographers”. Her first group work, Alive she cried... premiered as part of create.DANCE.florida Fall Collection 2015.



CONNIE

DIRECTOR OF ADULT FITNESS EDUCATION & OFFICE MANAGER

Connie has been in the women's wellness profession for over 29 years. She is a Fitness Instructor, Midwife, Certified Childbirth Educator and an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor.

Connie is very active in the community working with women and families to improve their health and wellness. She has also given many presentations, lectures and has written and appeared in several magazine and newspaper articles.




PARTNER AND GUEST TEACHERS

We are happy to partner with local teachers who have rented our studio spaces for their classes, and pleased to list these classes along with information about the teachers on our website for the convenience of our clients. However, we do not handle registration or payment for these classes so unless noted, please be sure to make all arrangments needed through the teachers listed below. These classes do not accept OM class cards or student hourly packages, nor will we accept payment on behalf of our partner teachers.


TIR NA GREINE SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE
INSTRUCTOR: CAMILLE EUBANK

Teaches Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Novice Irish Dance
www.tirnagreine.com

The Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance evolved due to an overwhelming demand in the Irish Communities throughout the state of Florida. The school was opened 1994 by Laura O'Sullivan and Maureen Armstrong. The school has students in training for both the World and National Irish Dance Championships. Tir Na Greine hosts a Feis annually in April; the South Florida Feis held on Hutchinson Island.

Camille Eubank has been involved with Irish step dancing for over 25 years! She started at the age of 5 & began competing locally/nationally/ internationally by the age of 7. She danced under Maureen Armstrong & Laura O’Sullivan, the founders of Tir Na Greine School of Irish Dance, both students of Donny Golden (teacher of Michael Flatley). Tir Na Greine was founded in 1995.

Camille was ranked 1st in the Eastern & Southern Region World Qualifying Championships on numerous occasions, top 3 in North America for 10 years, and placed as high as 8th in Great Britain, 15th in Ireland, and 18th in the World. She has had the opportunity of dancing with many famous groups such as Tony Kenny, Paddy Noonan, Noel Kingston, The Wolfetones, Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftans etc...

Camille became a certified dance teacher (TCRG) under An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland in 2011. She has been teaching under Tir Na Greine ever since. She looks forward to sharing this amazing world with your children, even if not to compete then to learn about the music, culture, performing in shows, building character & self esteem, as well as making lifelong friends in a positive atmosphere and appreciating the uniqueness and beauty of what it is.
AKASHA
Teaches Intermediate Bellydance

Akasha has been studying dance art forms most of her life; Classical Ballet intensely as a child to young adult with a few years of trying out tap, jazz and modern. But now immersed in the world of Bellydance, she spends most of her time studying the Raks Sharki and Egyptian Oriental styles. She is an award winning performer, entertainer, choreographer, certified instructor and known for her improvisational dance skills. She teaches throughout Palm Beach County and performs in various restaurants and shows in South Florida. Akasha has taken workshops with many renowned instructors in California, New York, Florida, and even Egypt.

She has taken workshops with, Alexandra King (CA), Amar Gamal (NY), Angelika Nemeth (CA), Aszmara (NY), Bozenka (FL), Dahlena (IL), Dalia Carella (NY), Fahtiem (CA), Faten Munger (Egypt), Jihan Jamal (FL), Jim Boz (CA), Kamaal (CA), Kaya (CO), Maria Jammal (FL / Morocco), Mohamed Shahin (Egypt), Mahmoud Shalaby (Egypt), Nathalie (FL), Shoshanna (CA), Souhail Kaspar (CA), Suhaila Salimpour (CA), Tarik Sultan (NY), Virginia (FL) and Yousry Sharif (NY), as well as many other instructors.



INSTRUCTOR: MARI VASAN
Teaches Free Your Feminine

I am so excited to invite you to "Free Your Feminine," a 2-hour class which will get us into our feminine flow and inner sexy. This is for all ages, all levels, and all body types. It combines a fun, empowering low impact workout with personal growth and sisterhood. As women, we thrive when we share in a tribe!