CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Teddy Talbot began his dance training at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts and The Hartford Ballet. He furthered his training in New York City at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the School of American Ballet. He has a BFA in Dance from the University of Florida at New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL.
For years, Mr. Talbot traveled the world dancing for Royal Caribbean, Saga and Norwegian Cruise Lines. He served as dance captain and production manager during his time at sea. In 2010, he furthered his movement education by receiving his Pilates certification from the Equinox Pilates Institute. Locally, he has taken the stage at The Adrienne Arsht Center, The Colony Theater, The Olympia Theater, Aventura Cultural Center, Little Haiti Cultural Center and The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, while performing works by Florida Grand Opera, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Florida Grand Ballet, Dance Now Miami, Atma Dance Company, Next Step Dance Company, Donald McCale, Paul Taylor, Ray Sullivan and Merce Cunningham.
Teddy has been a featured principal dancer and associate choreographer for Kevin Black Productions since 2005, performing in production shows across the continent. In 2015, he was honored to share the stage with the talented cast of A Chorus Line in a regional production at the Stage Door Theater. He currently serves as assistant director, choreographer and soloist in Center Street Projects's original masterpiece The Haunted Ballet. He is a former Guest Artist with Dance Now Miami, premiering with the company in 2016. The following season he returned to the company taking on the principal role of Death in Joffrey Ballet's Lacrymosa.
In 2015, Teddy co-founded Talton Arts, a company that provides choreographic and dance direction services for arts education, professional dance companies and entertainment venues. In 2016, he opened TAME Dance Academy in Pembroke Pines, FL where he serves as CEO, instructor and choreographer. Teddy proudly serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Miami Dance Hub, a multi-faceted resource seeking to provide a networking center for professional artists in the Miami dance community. Teddy has been teaching young artists since 2006 in dance studios both locally and internationally. He has also been a guest instructor and choreographer at Academy of Arts Minds, Somerset Academy Arts Conservatory and Miami Arts Charter. Teddy recently served on faculty at his alma mater, New World School of the Arts, where he taught ballet and jazz. Teddy is currently the Assistant Director of the Miami Arts Charter Dance Department for Middle and High students in Wynwood.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER
Luke is a native of Prunedale, CA. At the age of sixteen, he began taking ballet and jazz at a local dance studio Jeanne Robinson Dance Arts. After high school, he continued his education and training at Monterey Peninsula College. Upon completing his Associate's Degree, he was accepted into the dance program at California State University, Long Beach. Over his three years at CSULB, he had the honor to work with many instructors & choreographers such as: Sophie Monat (Monat Dance), Andrew Vaca (Jazzworks), Lorin Johnson (Body Current Dance), Stephen Koester (University of Utah), Maria de la Palme (Motion Tribe), Frank Chavez (River North Chicago) & Shawn Stevens (Twyla Tharp Company). During his years in Southern California, he worked at Disneyland as a parade performer as well as a company member in contemporary ballet company Body Current Dance.
Luke received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance 2009. Soon after college, he toured internationally with both Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines as a production dancer. Returning to land, Luke relocated to Miami, FL. Booking his first job in Miami, he had the privilege to perform in the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the off-broadway Miami version of The Donkey Show: A Midsummer Night's Disco choreographed by Rosie Herrera.
Thereafter, Luke auditioned for Dance NOW! Miami and has been a company member since 2012. He became the first recipient of the John Beadel Fellowship for the 2013-2014 season. During the 2013-2014 season, he performed The Light Rain Pas de Deux choreographed by the founder of the Joffrey Ballet Gerald Arvpino. Luke has also had the privilege to work with Carolyn Dorfman and perform her work of Odisea. This past season he traveled with his directors to be an assistant at Stockton University in New Jersey for a two-week residency. Luke has also performed at prestigious dance conferences such as Dance USA, Spring To Dance and the Florida Dance Education Organization Conference.
Outside of the company, you may find him guesting with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida or working with Kevin Black Productions as both a choreographer and dancer. In 2015, he co-founded Talton Arts, a performing arts company dedicated to teaching quality dance and mentoring talented artists.
Jenny Hegarty Freeman is a Company Member at Elisa Monte Dance in New York City. Her dance training began in Red Bank, NJ, and continued at NJDTE and the Harness Youth Ballet, under the direction of Nancy Turano. She received a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College and had the opportunity of working with David Parsons, Stephen Petronio, Robert Battle, Johannes Wieland, Eduardo Vilaro, Jason McDole and Kyle Amhed-Bukhari. Jenny has worked with companies throughout the country including Dance Now Miami (Senior Company Member/Rehearsal Director), DeXdance, Gehring Dance Theatre, and RIOULT (apprentice). Theater credits include The Haunted Ballet, Chicago, On the Town, Cabaret, Flashdance (Dance Captain), Saturday Night Fever (Asst. Dance Captain), La Cage Aux Folles (Asst. Choreographer).
Jenny is the Associate Director of TAME Dance Academy, on modern faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Program, and works as a repetiteur for multiple choreographers, including Daniel Lewis (Limón Dance Company) and Hannah Baumgarten (Dance Now Miami).
Jeannine, a native New Yorker received her BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fl. Upon graduation she returned to NY and was signed with MSA talent agency where she had the privilege of working professionally with notables like Tweetie, Soraya Lundy, and Valentine Norton to name a few. She also performed in ‘Carnival Choreographers Ball’ & Rhapsody James’ Sirens After Dark, and served as assistant to Eric Jenkins.
In addition to commercial dance, she continued to perform as a concert dancer with various project based companies, including Mezclado Movement Dance Company, Soul Rebel Dance Co. and the Zawacki Ballet. While still performing in NY, she taught dance and fitness in both public schools and private studios to students ranging from 3 yrs to adult. She returned to Miami and danced full time professional modern dance companies Augusto Soledade Brazzdance and Miami Contemporary Dance Company, as well as with production shows including The Haunted Ballet, and theatrical productions with Erica Moon Entertainment Co. and Kevin Black Productions. Jeannine is a guest choreographer and instructor at Miami Arts Charter in Wynwood, but is most thrilled to call TAME her home base, serving as Assistant Director
Viviana was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico where she earned her Bachelor in Business Administration with a Minor in Marketing. After completing her studies, she moved to South Florida where she worked for highly recognized companies such as Eli Lilly and AT&T before signing a contract with Sony Recording Media and Energy Latin America (A Division of Sony Corporation). While at Sony, Viviana was in charge of Sales and Marketing for Latin American. She successfully held a position of Sale Manager for over 10 years in charge of Regions including Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Mexico and the Caribbean. She was in charge of budgets in the millions which not only were attained but overachieved over the years.
After almost 15 years with Sony and after becoming a mother to two children, she decided to venture on her own an opened her own company, V. Rosario & Associates Inc. This allowed her to continue her professional journey as well as spend time with her family. Since 2009 her company has successfully offered consulting services to an array of companies located in South Florida and throughout the country. In 2015 she was offered the opportunity of joining Talton Arts and Virtuos Capital in the creation of TAME Dance Academy. In December 2015, she took on the project and oversaw the construction of TAME Dance Academy from beginning to end. TAME Dance Academy opened its doors in the summer of 2016 and since then, Viviana has been an integral part of its continuous success.
CREATIVE MEDIA PRODUCER
Brandon Bodarky is currently a college student studying Dance in the New World School of the Arts BFA program at the University of Florida. He began his dance journey in the summer of 2016 at TAME Dance Academy under the mentorship of Teddy Talbot and Luke Stockton. Brandon has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Acro and Hip-Hop. In 2017, Brandon was awarded a full scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in New York City. While training at Joffrey he performed work choreographed by Doug Baum (Complexions, LA Dance Project) and studied with dance legends from Houston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. Following the summer with JBS, Brandon joined the TAME Dance Company Elite, where he emerged himself into a facet of works and got a taste of the competitive dance world. Brandon has been a featured dancer in Crystal Peattie’s The Haunted Ballet since 2017, performing work composed by Director Crystal Peattie and international choreographer Melanie Martel. While his main focus is in concert dance styles such as Graham technique, Classical Ballet and Broadway Jazz, Brandon has taken a special interest in Hip Hop and the various styles that it entails. He currently studies commercial dance at Show Stoppers Dance Studio - styles of training include house, breaking (b-boy), and commercial hip-hop. Brandon studies the complex footwork style of house along-side world renowned dancer and choreographer, Cultura. Along with his endeavor to learn more about the b-boy style and its community, he has been studying under IPHLOW, a South Florida based B-Boy crew. Brandon is currently an intern with UnMuted Brand, a South Florida based marketing company, where he can work on refining his passion for photography and videography with real life experience. As well, Brandon has been entertaining party goers with Jammin Express as an Entertainment Host since 2018. Brandon is honored to be back home at TAME, this time as an instructor! He is excited to share his fresh, current knowledge of the arts and entertainment to the generations to follow!
Johanna Moise is currently performing in Hamilton: An American Musical in the Broadway cast in New York City. She a former Senior Elite Company member and Rehearsal Director at TAME Dance Academy. She has been with TAME since its grand opening in 2016, but this is not where her dance journey began. At the age of 4 Johanna was enrolled in ballet classes at MJM Dance by her parents. She was only in these classes to fix her pigeon toed legs as a child. She quickly fell in love with dancing and for the next 12 years devoted 20 hours a week to learning all the styles she could. At MJM she trained in Ballet (Denise Murgia), Hip Hop (Jonathan Prater, Misha Gabriel, Greg Fountain), Tap (Jennifer Marrero, Mike Minery, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballroom, Acro and Bollywood. In 2015 MJM dance studio closed down and Johanna took a year off of dance before finding and auditioning for TAME Dance Academy.
At TAME Dance Academy Johanna found a confidence she had yet to fully grasp, and a home. Under the direction of Luke Stockton and Teddy Talbot, Johanna furthered her training in Ballet (Emily Tedesco), Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap (Leah Parkinson) and she began to understand and learn about Modern Dance (Teddy Talbot) with an intense focus on Graham. Johanna joined the Senior Elite Company team and signed on to become Rehearsal Director for the 2016-2017 season.
Throughout her dance journey Johanna was awarded the title of “True Performer” at Intrigue Dance Convention (age 11), she has danced on the “Latin Billboard Music Awards” (age 15), she has danced “Stars On Parade” at the Broward Center for The Performing Arts (age 15), she danced in Crystal Peattie’s “The Haunted Ballet” (age 18), and she booked her first professional show “Flashdance: The Musical” at the Broward Stage Door Theatre (age 19). She is proud to announce she will be joining Broward Stage Door Theatre for their upcoming season of shows at their brand new location the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, starting with a named role as ‘Mercedes’ in the musical “La Cage Aux Folles” for which she is also the Dance Captain.
Johanna is thrilled to be back at TAME this time as a teacher after graduating in 2017.
Leah began her dance education at the age of four in Manchester, England. Under the direction of Betty Buckley and Wendy Wilkinson she studied many genres of dance, including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical and Greek. Leah studied the British Ballet Organization (BBO), the United Teachers of Dance (UTD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) syllabi and took examinations each year from Pre-Primary through to Advanced, passing with Honors. She was invited to demonstrate at numerous dance conventions throughout England and through this, was chosen to perform the UTD syllabus for their demonstrational video. Leah’s dreams came true when she was lucky enough to have the opportunity of performing with the legendary Wayne Sleep. This led her to being asked to audition for the title role of Annie, which she won with rave reviews. She has been awarded numerous trophies and medals through local and national dance competitions throughout England. On many occasions she was given the title of Adjudicator’s Choice.
Leah was awarded with two Bursaries from the United Teachers of Dance and placed 1st in England with her exam results. In 2000 she graduated from the “Professional Dancer and Teachers of Dance Course” at Preston College, England, earning her diploma in Dance, an A-level in Dance and her Teaching Associates in Tap and Modern dance from the “Imperial Society of Teachers of
Dancing” with Honors. Leah began teaching and choreographing for various schools, colleges and shows throughout the North West of England before her career brought her to Fort Lauderdale where she choreographed and performed on a Caribbean Cruise Line. Ultimately though, Leah’s true passion shines through in her love of teaching, especially the art form of Tap, Jazz and Musical Theater. Leah has been sharing her love of dance throughout dance studios and schools in South Florida for the past ten years. She has acted as head choreographer on various productions including “Chicago” and “A Chorus Line”. Intent on reaching as many dancers as possible, her goal is to instill and feed the passion of dance into her students.
Justine Rosales is a Miami native with a BFA from the Hartt School of Music Dance & Theatre and an alum of The American Theatre Wing SpringboardNYC. She has had the pleasure of working with Tony Award winning regional theatre company Hartford Stage, performed on Norwegian cruise line, Royal Caribbean cruise line, and Disney World. Worked on the development of new musicals at the Goodspeed New Musical Festival and with Live & in Color theatre. And in most recent years her personally developed musical theatre program is being shared all across South Florida.
Gino grew up in Miami, FL and trained under John Culbertson and Cookie Ramos at Dance Attack. Most recently Gino placed top 3 on Fox's popular show, So You Think You Can Dance. He is well known for his appearances on the reality shows America's Got Talent (AGT) and Dance Moms. He performed alongside his brother Kevin and Angela on AGT and on Dance Moms he performed with the Candy Apples Dance Team and once with the Abby Lee Dance Company. Gino currently serves on the talented faculty of Revel Dance Convention and is thrilled to be teaching at TAME!
PILATES | STRETCH & CONDITIONING| TECHNIQUE
Born in Colombia and raised in the United States, Melissa Castro fell in love with dance at an early age. She began her training at Show Stopper Studio where she trained in hip-hop, heels, jazz funk and ballet. She graduated with an Associates in Dance as an honors student from Miami Dade College where she focused on the foundations of modern and ballet dance, following with a Bachelors in Arts from the Florida International University.
Melissa has performed Award Shows such as Premios Juventud/Premio Lo Nuestro and has worked on many Television programs with Univision, Telemundo and Nickelodeon. She also had the opportunity to work under great artists such as Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony, Becky G, Gente de Zona, Tito el Bambino and Farruko among others. Melissa was a part of the Farruko tour team back in 2015 where she had the opportunity to travel around the United States as well as to perform in Madison Square Garden. She is now a part of the Mau y Ricky Tour team since 2019.
She has taught hip-hop, jazz funk and heels since 2014 in studios such as Show Stopper Studio, Evolution Dance, Diamonds Dance Studio, Millenium Dance Academy, TAME Dance Academy, BB Hart’s and now a part of the Mater Lakes Academy staff as the dance teacher and coach. She also participated in World of Dance Season 4 along side judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo. She continues to strive for greatness and to be able to share her passion and talents with our younger generations in hopes to pass down her knowledge.
CONTEMPORARY | POINTE |ACRO
Julia Faris was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida and began dancing at the age of two. She started dancing at MJM Dance Company and attended New World School of the Arts high school in Miami, Florida. Here she worked with Gerard Ebitz, Lara Murphy, Tina Santos, and Peter London. Guest artists included Sidra Bell, Francesca Harper, and Uri Sands.
Julia had the opportunity to go to the Alonzo King Lines and Joffrey Ballet summer intensives to work with well-known choreographers including Alonzo King and Dwight Roden as well as the summer intensive with Giordano Dance Company in Chicago, Illonios.
Julia has graduated from The University of South Florida studying dance with a concentration in ballet and a minor in nutrition. She has worked and performed in pieces created by Andrew Carroll, Paula Nuñez, Andee Scott, Gierre Godley, Alex Ketley, Robert Moses, Charles Anderson, and Ulysses Dove.
Julia is now living in Miami, Florida and is a dancer with Dance Now Miami. She has finished her first season and will be continuing with her next contract. She has been able to work with Diego Salterini, Hannah Baumgarten, Daniel Lewis, and Andrea Seidel.
Emma Chandler is currently enrolled in Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, working towards her BA in Dance (with a concentration in Teaching Dance) and a minor in Arts Management. Emma has been dancing locally in South Florida for 15 years, training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and modern, and has studied under many dancers and choreographers. She spent many summers participating in nationally recognized training programs such as Joffrey Ballet, Broadway Theater Project and The Rock School. Emma brings her love of dance back to TAME where she spent her high school years studying under the direction of Luke Stockton and Teddy Talbot and is incredibly excited to be teaching the next generation of up and comers.
BALLET| TAP | CONTEMPORARY & IMPROVISATION
Emily Sabala was born and raised in South Florida where she began dancing at the age of three. Emily attended New World School of the Arts as a dance major where she performed works by Gerard Ebitz, Tina Santos, and Ohad Naharin. While in high school, she was a part of TAME Dance Academy’s Senior Elite Company Team where she took on the role of rehearsal director for two consecutive seasons.
Emily has received a wide range of training by attending programs offered by Springboard Danse Montreal, The Ailey School, and Batsheva’s Gaga Dancers. In 2019, Emily was featured in Crystal Peattie’s The Haunted Ballet choreographed by Ray Sullivan.
Emily is currently an undergraduate student at Florida International University where she is majoring in Digital Communications with an area of concentration in Digital+Interactive Media and a minor in Mathematical Sciences. Emily is also the co-creator of collaborative dance films project NCH films.