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, Teddy 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 Miami Met Dance Alliance in Miami Beach, a company that provides choreographic and dance direction services for arts education, professional dance companies and entertainment venues. 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. During the summer of 2021, his contemporary ballet work entitled Mind Your Madness was selected to perform at the International Ballet Festival of Miami. Recently, his ballet Delirium was presented at the Toronto International Dance Festival. 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 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 and 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 also 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 was company member from 2012 - 2018. He became the first recipient of the John Beadel Fellowship for the 2013-2014 season, when he performed The Light Rain Pas de Deux choreographed by the founder of the Joffrey Ballet Gerald Arpino, staged by Cameron Basden. Luke has also had the privilege to dance in the work of José Limón and Doris Humphrey, staged by Daniel Lewis, as well as work of Lewis himself, Carolyn Dorfman and others.
In 2015, he co-founded Miami Met Dance Alliance in Miami Beach, a company that provides choreographic and dance direction services for arts education, professional dance companies and entertainment venues. Choreography credits include: Kevin Black Productions, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Miami Arts Charter, and The Haunted Ballet. Luke is the Co-Creator and Artistic Director of TAME Dance Academy in Pembroke Pines, FL in 2016, where he serves as a full-time instructor and choreographer. Luke has been with New World School of the Arts since fall of 2018 teaching ballet & jazz in the Musical Theater department and has choreographed the Broadway musical Sideshow in 2019 & Grease in 2021.
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.
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.
Currently Johanna is in the broadway cast musical Hamilton: An American Musical as a Swing & Bullet Specialty.
MUSICAL THEATER | JAZZ
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.
TAP | MUSICAL THEATER
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.
Brandon Bodarky 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. After high school Brandon continued his training at New World School of the Arts College where he will soon earn his BFA in Dance from the University of Florida.
To complement his conservatory training, Brandon studied hip hop and other street styles of dance under the direction of Mykee Moves, Bianca Robinson, and Cultura. In 2020, Brandon was accepted into an elite training program at CAMBIO Studio, known as University. Brandon has since worked on music videos, award shows, and music festivals including works from established choreographers Kyle Hanagami, Hollywood, Ekandem Esseit and Soraya Lundy. Additional credits include; Becky G, Toosii, El Alfa, Emilia, Alex Rose, Dababy, Young Thug, and CNCO. Brandon is currently signed with Tae Talent Agency as a freelance dancer.
As well, Brandon has been a featured dancer in Center Street Project’s The Haunted Ballet since 2017 under the direction of Crystal Peattie and Teddy Talbot. Here he performed works composed by Dance Now's Artistic Director Hannah Baumgarten and international choreographer Melanie Martel.
He 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 industry with this talented next generation!
CONTEMPORARY | POINTE |ACRO | JAZZ
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.
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!
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.
Alexis was born & raised in South Florida and found her love for dancing at the age of 2. She began her dance journey with Dance Theatre of Broward and Parkland for 13 years, where she was a part of their company and competition team. Alexis has been lucky enough to have worked very closely with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, as well as the Miami Heat Dancers. Also, she was given the amazing opportunity to fly out to New York in 2015 to preform with dancers across America in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Alexis is very excited to be able to return to TAME, where I was a member of the Elite Company during my high school years!