Rachel is a Florida native and the owner/director of School of Dance Arts. She received a B.S. degree in Advertising with a concentration in Dance from the University of Florida in 2010. She is a member and certified teacher of the Cecchetti Council of America and has attended the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School.
Her dance training began at age five at Dancemoves Studios in Seminole, Florida when she started acrobatics. Rachel moved to Inverness, Florida at age 10 and continued her dance education under the direction of Heather White Hagar at Step ’N Time, Inc. Through the years her love of dance grew and she expanded her training to include jazz, modern/contemporary, ballet (Royal Academy of Dance methodology) and pointe. She worked as a teacher’s assistant through high school in diverse styles of dance . After college she returned home to join the faculty of Step ’N Time teaching creative, contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatic classes to various levels. She began studying the Cecchetti ballet method and holds teachers certifications in Grades I, II, III, and IV.
Rachel directed Citrus County’s Nutcracker Ballet in 2011 and has been a co-director for the last six years. She attended the contemporary ballet summer dance intensive at University of Florida with the Neta Dance Company, the American Academy of Ballet at SUNY Purchase College in New York as a teacher’s assistance in jazz, numerous Florida Dance Masters (FDM) Conventions as a student and a teacher, FDM Teacher Workshops, and Cecchetti teacher workshops. She performed excerpts of La Bayadre, excerpts of Sleeping Beauty, danced a multitude of roles in The Nutcracker Ballet, and danced in multiple site-specific choreographies for MFA projects. Not only has she danced at the Central Florida Celebration of Dance for years but her works have also been performed.
Rachel’s love and passion for dance are the driving forces behind her dance career. She worked in government and then insurance after college but still made time after work to share her love of dance with the students at Step ’N Time School of Dance Arts. When Heather’s life changed this year and the opportunity to own the studio presented itself, Rachel could not think of a greater way to share her passion. Heather is Rachel’s role model and mentor and Rachel strives to continue Heather’s vision of a school which places its emphasis on the technical and artistic aspects of dance. Rachel wants to cultivate and inspire dancers to be disciplined, self-reliant, well-mannered and self-motivated so they can grow and thrive.
Adrienne was born and raised in Citrus County. She started dancing at four years old. She is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and teaches at Homosassa Elementary School. Adrienne began dancing with Heather at the age of 13 as a student, then as a Teacher's Assistant and finally as a teacher. She too is a member of Florida Dance Masters and is married with two children.
Breanna Bartell began her dance career at the age of 4 with Heather Hagar at Step N’ Time Dance Studio. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. Breanna passed the Royal Academy of Ballet’s Intermediate Exam as well as the Cecchetti Council of America’s Grade 1 Teacher’s Exam. She also attended Mignon Furman’s American Academy of Ballet’s (AAB) International Summer School for three consecutive summers and participated in AAB’s Performance Awards, completing Performance Awards through Level 12. During her training at Step N’ Time School of Dance Arts, Breanna was very active in Florida Dance Masters workshops and conventions. She competed in Jr. Miss Dance and auditioned each year for the Florida Dance Masters Scholarship Program. Breanna loved being in numerous roles of The Nutcracker Ballet and performed the Sugar Plum Fairy Variation for her senior year of high school. Breanna earned a Pilates certification in 2015. She is also a certified Zumba, Zumba Gold and Aqua Zumba instructor. Breanna attended Central Florida College and taught at School of Dance Arts for several years prior to getting married and starting a family. Now a proud Mom to Brody, Breanna is excited to rejoin our faculty this year.
She started dancing ballet, tap, and jazz when she was 7 years old. In high school, she participated in competitive swimming and received numerous medals. Thru the years, she has always participated in all areas of fitness...all types of cardio, strength training, and yoga. She also did some personal training in super-slow weight training. She has also participated in the Nutcracker Ballet at our studio. She is licensed to teach Regular Zumba and Zumba Toning and absolutely loves it! She is a Zumba Affiliate and has also completed her certificate for Zumba Core. Her website is http://jeancourtney.zumba.com for more class information. Come and join the party!
Shannon is a 2014 graduate of Florida State University with Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and is currently a kindergarten teacher at Hernando Elementary School. She began her dance training under Heather Hagar at the age of two taking tap and ballet. As the years progressed so did her passion At the age of eight Shannon was enrolled in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and acrobatics. That same year she began attending Florida Dance Masters workshops and did so annually until the age of 18. Shannon began assisting in classes by the time she was 12, and teaching independently at the age of 16. During her time as a student she participated in the Nutcracker, along with Sleeping Beauty, and many otherannual performances. She has studied both the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti ballet methods and has her Cecchetti Grade1 teacher's certification. Shannon is also a certified Zumba instructor.
School of Dance Arts is excited to have Shannon join the faculty and share her enthusiasm, excitement, knowledge, and love of dance with the children's program!
Heather White Hagar Heather White Hagar graduated cum laude with her BA Degree in Dance from the University of South Florida and has just completed her MFA in dance choreography.
Much of her professional dance career has been devoted to the education of dancers. In 1991, she founded Step N’ Time, Inc. and for the past ten years has directed Citrus County’s Nutcracker Ballet. Heather is a member and certified teacher of the Cecchetti Council of America, Power Pilates, and Florida Dance Masters, Inc. She is a past principal of FDM’s teachers’ continuing education seminars, and has served as FDM’s president and director of Main Attraction Dance Ensemble. At present, Heather is preparing for her Grade Five Cecchetti Teacher’s Examination.Heather was the head of the Jazz program for the American Academy of Ballet under the direction of Mignon Furman at SUNY Purchase College in New York for 10 years. Heather has guest taught at the University of South Florida and Jacksonville University, as well as many conventions and schools in the United States and the UK. She recently collaborated with childhood friend and professional cinematographer Matthew Alcorn in creating two site-specific dance films. Her thesis Under the Canopy dealt with the connection between human and nature and the potentiality of dance to act as a liason between society and the conservation of nature. Other works include pieces for International Dance Acclaim, Youth America Grand Prix, Central Florida’s Dance Celebration, and industrials. She has performed with the New York based company DiMauro Dance, Ann Reinking, The Florida Orchestra, Dance Theatre of Florida and Central Florida's Dance Celebration. Heather has attended: Off Jazz, The Harvard Dance Program, The White Mountain Dance Program, Dance Master's of America Teachers’ Training School, Royal Academy of Dance Summer Teacher's Training Course, Sarasota Ballet’s Teachers’ Training, Florida Dance Masters Intensive Training Seminars, and The World Jazz Congress. She has also studied with Alonso King, Heather Hansen, Juri Nael, and Mario Zambaro, Ralph Lemon, Danny Buraczeski, and Rachel Lambert.
Heather’s love of all genres of dance has led her to explore the teaching methodology of many different syllabi of all subjects of dance. From studying with the gymnastic coaches of Kent State University to experiencing the Vagonova, Cecchetti, and Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabi, Heather believes the more she understands about dance the more she has to offer her students. At the age of five, Heather began her dance training in Cecchetti ballet and gymnastics with Elaine Trenta. After her teacher moved, Heather was introduced to tap and jazz when she entered Audrey Winter’s School of Dance. Audrey became Heather’s role model and mentored Heather when she opened Step N’ Time in 1991 and was a key part of the school until her death. At fifteen, Heather entered the dance department of the University of South Florida as a special student. Heather began to learn the Vagonova Ballet Syllabus with Gretchen Ward Warren and modern dance with the beloved William Hug. Heather was the first recipient of the Henri Parrish Memorial Jazz Scholarship, her jazz mentor.
Suzanne L. Gray
Suzi, began her dance training at age eight in Detroit under Marjorie Hassard, a first generation Cecchetti teacher and examiner. She began her semi-professional status during middle school dancing William Dollar’s “Concerto in G” which was filmed and is in the Dance Collection at Lincoln Center Library. She also taught ballet during her high school years. She attended Indiana University and received her B.S. degree in ballet and music and was a soloist in many of the I.U. productions. She married and returned to Detroit to teach and was the national registrar for the Cecchetti Council of America for eleven years and was appointed an examiner in 1972. She received the Pat Hardy Scholarship given by the English branch of the Cecchetti Society to attend their summer school in England in 1989. She became the assistant director and ballet mistress for the Harbinger Dance Company, Michigan’s only professional company, and a national NEA touring company for five years before her move to South Florida in 1982. She built and opened the Dance Arts School of Boca Raton in 1984. She and her husband Jack moved to Inverness in August of 2003 and she feels blessed to have found Step N' Time.