All of our staff members began dancing at Gotta Dance as students when they were children. They’ve literally grown up at the studio, so they embody Gotta Dance’s philosophy of creating not just great dancers, but great people as well. Our staff continues to train and grow as dancers, teachers, and choreographers by attending Master Classes multiple times a year. They are the heart and soul of the studio, and we know you’ll love getting to know them as part of your dance family.
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Ms. Danielle is the Assistant Director of Gotta Dance and is entering her 9th season as a teacher. She began her dance training at the age of 2 ½, and in 2002 she became a student at Gotta Dance where she joined the Dynamite Dance Team. During that time, Ms. Danielle became an assistant dance teacher, sparking her love of working with children. She performed in numerous local performances and attended many competitions and conventions. Ms. Danielle was a member of her high school’s competitive dance team where she represented her school on a national level. She was selected as the varsity team’s assistant captain and was promoted to captain her senior year. Under her leadership, the team was ranked nationally and still holds the standing record for the school at the UDA National Dance Team Championships.
Ms. Danielle attended the University of Central Florida where she received a bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In December 2017, she received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Ms. Danielle currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist for Seminole County Public Schools during the day, but she loves spending her time after school sharing her passion for dance with the next generation.
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Jacki opened Gotta Dance in July, 1997, the same month she moved to Florida and got married. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs; her mother opened her own dance studio when she was just 16 years old, two of her sisters own dance studios in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and her 3 other siblings own various other businesses.
Jacki has won numerous performance and choreography awards through the years. She attended the #2 dance college in the county, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, as a modern dance major. She had an apprenticeship to Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA, and to the Martha Graham school in NYC, a dance scholarship to Point Park University, and a dance scholarship to Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. She was inducted into Dance Educators of America in 1998, and has continued her training by attending scores of conventions through the years.
Jacki has an extensive business background as well, helping to run her husband’s family fun centers and arcades. Though she has retired from teaching, she is still involved on a weekly basis, and helps to run all of the big performances.