MRS. JESSICA CANINO KADIS Owner | Artistic Director Ballet, Hip Hop, and Lyrical Teacher
Mrs. Jessica began her ballet training at the age of two, and continued her training with Susana Prieto at age 12. From 2001 through 2010, she had the honor of performing along side dancers from the New York City ballet, who appeared as a guest artists in the full-length production of the Nutcracker. In her years as a performer, Jessica has performed many classical as well as contemporary works, including the Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Copelia, and Paquita. Along with her training in classical ballet, Jessica joined a prominent local hip-hop company that performed in various highly visible events throughout South Florida.
Jessica has been instructing dance since the age of 15. At 20, she established an after-school dance program at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. After five years of continuous growth and success, Jessica opened the doors to Creative Dance Studio where she hopes to continue enabling her students to express themselves through the art of dance. She has dedicated herself not only to training students in classical ballet and hip hop, but also inspiring a passion for dancing in each child.
Jessica is a proponent of continuing education, and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship in 2014. She has been featured in the Dance Studio Life Magazine article 'A Brain for Business', where she was profiled for pursuing an MBA and utilizing the skills and knowledge she learned in school and at business seminars.
MS. IDALMY CARCACHE Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater Teacher
Ms. Idy is truly honored to be apart of the Creative Dance Studio team. She specializes in Jazz and Musical Theater. She graduated from New World School of the Arts with a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree in Music Theater. She has performed in a number of professional productions and has choreographed numerous others. Besides being a performer, she thoroughly enjoys teaching and mentoring students of all ages. What she enjoys most about teaching is sharing the knowledge she has been given with individuals who are just as passionate as she is. She believes Creative Dance Studio is a great place to progress as a dancer as well as an artist alongside thosewho are inspired to grow and learn.
MIRAJ LAWSON Hip Hop Teacher
Mr. Lawson was born in Georgia, but raised in Miami. Miraj began his dance training on the streets of Atlanta. Never fearing away from competition, Miraj sought out to battle anyone that was willing. This helped to develop his freestyle skills as a dancer, while broadening his perspective as a choreographer. Miraj soon moved to Miami and was accepted into New World Performing Arts High School for Musical Theater. Continuing from there, Miraj expanded his career by dancing as a back up dancer for artist such as Jamie Foxx, Flo Rida, Katy Perry, and Jason Derulo, where he also did choreography. Miraj was also in a few major movies such as Stomp The Yard featuring Chris Brown, and an up and coming film, Dance Like Me featuring Shane Sparks and Paula Abdul. Miraj currently teaches at several of South Florida's most elite dance schools where he has choreographed several award winning hip hop numbers. Miraj is currently signed with Atlantic Records as an R&B recording artist. Miraj's credits include a wide variety of artists such as Jamie Foxx, Katy Perry, Disney, ABC, Fusion, Telemundo, Miami Heat, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, and Pretty Ricky.
MS. JENNIFER DE BRAGA Acro Teacher
Ms. De Braga attended Florida International University where she received her Bachelors degree in Dance with an emphasis in performance studies. Upon graduation, Jennifer toured with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as a dancer/acrobat/aerialist for 5 years. She has worked with many flying apparatus’ including silks, bungees, two-point harness, hand loop and the very impressive and difficult halo harness. She currently teaches Dance and Physical Education. Her mission in educating is to bestow a love for learning upon her students, so they become life long learners.
MS. MELISSA JAMES BONTA Tap Teacher
Ms. Melissa began her dance training at The Dancexchange at the age of 11. She was known as a “studio kid” being at the studio six days a week for five years being trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and African under the instruction of Linda Rogers Albritton, Yayi Faretta, Ursino Del Valle, Annalisa Simone, and Zedric Bembry just to name a few. Melissa was a Senior Performing Group member competing in local and regional competitions winning various awards and performed at numerous venues. She was also a teacher’s assistant during this time. She continued her dance studies through college while teaching at various dance studios, and performing professionally with the Millennium Dancers Dance Company. She continues to teach at various studios as well as schools, and in addition, choreographs pieces for competitions. Melissa graduated from Florida International University in May 2006 with her B.S in Journalism and Mass Communications.