Jayme Perkins – (Owner/Director/Teacher/Choreographer) Jayme Ray Perkins was born and raised in Brandon, Florida. At the age of six her mother decided to enroll her in dance class to give her grace, confidence, an outlet for her energy and more friends. Little did she know that she sparked a life-long interest in her young daughter. She began voraciously absorbing technique and soon started dancing competitively; earning stellar scores, high placements and special awards. At the age of thirteen she sought out choreography; starting with solos for herself and then moving on to duets and groups. Her first group piece entitled “Seussical” earned Platinum medals, First place, Entertainment awards and a coveted Choreography award for the young dancer. From then on she was unstoppable developing a style all her own and earning dozens of Choreography awards. Wanting to continue to teach and choreograph she sought further education in dance. She attended various conventions learning from top artists such as: Tyce Diorio, Tabitha and Napoleon D´umo, Wade Robson, Mandy Moore and the great Mia Michaels.
In high school Jayme developed an interest in theatre and joined the high theatre troupe appearing several productions as a performer, designer and choreographer. She then auditioned and was invited to be a part of Broadway Theatre Project working with such Broadway greats as: Anne Reinking, Paige Davis, David Sabella, Austin Pendleton, Desmond Richardson and Ben Vereen. In order to gain more experience she began choreographing for local theatre productions such as Brandon Youth Theatre (The Music Man, Cinderella and Fiddler on the Roof,) Durant High school (Fiddler on the Roof, the Handicapper General, Funny Girl and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Plant City High school (Pippen, Oklahoma and the upcoming Wizard of Oz). Upon graduating high school she attended the University of South Florida, majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Dance. While in attendance Jayme appeared in The Rocky Horror Show and Hair as an ensemble member and dance captain. She then got to show her acting talents as Mrs. Munchnick in Three Legged Greyhound and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew.
In doing these productions it was apparent to her that her heart wasn´t in performance any longer and that a career in dance/theatre education was what she was meant for. It was then she decided to found Central Florida Dance Alliance in order to create a well-rounded performer. Through her experience in theatre, vocal performance and dance she hopes to bring her students a fun, well balanced and structured educational environment.
Patrick Finelli – (Owner/Corporate President) Dr. Finelli founded CFDA with Jayme Perkins, Mandy Kimmel and a small group of exceptional dancers and their parents in July 2010 and is gratified to see the accomplishments achieved through the combination of superior teaching and choreography, talented performers and devoted families in a well-organized and managed studio environment. He holds a Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley) and an M.B.A. and is currently a Professor at the University of South Florida in the School of Theatre and Dance where artistic and academic success go hand in hand. His production experience spans a wide variety of stage and arena productions, including drama, dance, opera, symphony, jazz, summer stock, television, film and political debates. Among the dance legends he has worked with are Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Alvin Ailey, Pilobolus, The Royal Danish Ballet and Dame Margot Fonteyn. His publications include the textbook Sound for the Stage, the book Worlds Away and articles in professional journals including Theatre Design and Technology, Theatre Crafts, Stage Directions, Lighting Dimensions, Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Resources, The New England Theatre Journal and ArtsReach. As theatre consultant for architecture, lighting and sound, he has completed installations for universities, schools, churches and cultural centers including the University of Tampa Reeves Center, Berkeley Prep Lykes Theatre, Tampa Prep, Shorecrest Prep, Carrollwood Arts Center, Generations Christian Church, MOSI, the Out=of-Doors Academy at Lakewood Ranch and the Jewish Community Center, a major redesign of the historic Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa.
Kati Trammel – (Teacher/Choreographer) Kati Trammel has toured nationally as a scholarship recipient for the Dance Olympus VIP program. She studied dance at Columbia College and earned her BS in Finance and MBA in Accounting. She has been featured on Fox Sports winning the Miss Florida Fitness 3rd place and Miss South Carolina Fitness 1st place. Kati has also coached several Pop Warner dance and cheer teams who have all earned regional and national titles as well as choreography awards. Kati has been teaching dance for over 25 years in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Acro and has award winning routines in each genre of dance. She is trained by the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, a 3-year long training program.
Missy Wietholter – (Teacher/Choreographer) Missy Wietholter is from Valrico, Florida and is a second year student at the University of Tampa. She is a Psychology Major with an Applied Dance Minor. At the University of Tampa, she has a leadership position in Greek Life (Kappa Alpha Theta), is a Spartan Scarlet Dance Team member where she competed in NDA, and is involved in Dance Happenings as wells as Dance Concerts. She was a student at Central Florida Dance Alliance for four years and has been a Teacher/Choreographer for three years. She started dancing at the age of 2 and has danced competitively since she was 10 years old. She is very excited to be able to share her love of dance with her teammates and to watch them learn and grow as dancers, as well as individuals.
Dylan Modugno – (Teacher/Choreographer) Dylan Modugno is a sophomore at the University of Tampa. He is majoring in Allied Health, concentrating in Physical Therapy, with a minor in Psychology. At University of Tampa, Dylan is involved in the student choreographed dance shows, the Spartan Scarlet Dance Team, and Unified Dance Crew. Dylan first started dancing at the age of 7 and has been dancing competitively for 9 years. Dylan has trained under the guidance of Donna Shepard (OCPAA), the Schulkes (Just Plain Dancing), Patrice Barakat (Cutting Edge Dance Center) and Maurice Brandon Curry (Eglevsky Ballet). He has performed at Alvin Ailey, conventions including Pulse and Ash, and in company showcases. He is grateful for the opportunity to join the CFDA family and is excited to teach and share his love of dance with the students.