About Us

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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.

 

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Mandy Kimmel – (Teacher/Co-Director/Choreographer) Mandy Kimmel began her dance career at the age of 3 and has over 15 years experience as a teacher and choreographer. She began her studies in Alexandria, VA and moved to Orlando, FL with her family and continued her dance education. She is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary and Hip-Hop. She was a Walt Disney World dancer, a 3-Time All-American NCA Dancer, a featured performer on the Health Network and a member of the UF Premiere Dance Company DANZA. Mandy has won numerous awards both as a performer and teacher including Best Choreography Awards, Intensity Awards, Precision Awards and many Top Overalls with solos, duo/trios and groups. Mandy graduated from the University of Florida and in addition to being a dance instructor is also a Registered Nurse practicing in the Brandon area.

 

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Danielle Miller – (Teacher/Choreographer) Danielle Miller is a Tampa Native, and began dancing at the age of 5. At age 7 she added competitive gymnastics and after several years decided to concentrate on dance, taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, pointe & technique and began competing. She attended Howard W. Blake High School for the Performing Arts as a dance major and broadened her training to include modern styles of dance such as Horton, Limon and Graham, as well as additional styles of ballet including Vaganova, Balanchine and Cecchetti. She continued participating in competitions and intensives, earning multiple Platinum, Overall High Score, Top Ten, Scholarship and Special Recognition awards for group, solo and duet entries. She participated in Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Tampa and Finals in NYC for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, and has taken classes in NYC at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, STEPS & Alvin Ailey. She has attended dance intensives at Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida State University in Tallahassee and Modas Dance in Albuquerque, NM. She is currently working towards receiving her BFA from the University of South Florida as a Ballet Major. She loves teaching contemporary, lyrical, and improvisational dance.

 

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Tara Rodriguez – (Teacher/Choreographer) Tara Rodriguez has been dancing since the age of 3, and made her debut dancing on stage at the age of 4. She studied for the majority of her life at Jackie’s Dance Studio in Tampa, FL under the tutelage of Jackie Loto, Marcy Rodriguez, Lisa Acebo, and others, but has also studied in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among other places. She taught combo, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and lyrical for Jackie’s for 12 years. It has been way too long since she has been in a classroom sharing her passion for dance with children, and she is thrilled to be back in the saddle here at CFDA.

 

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.