Michelle continues a legacy of excellent dance instruction with Panama City Dance Academy. Michelle taught with Barbara Strausbaugh who offered outstanding dance instruction in Panama City for 30 years as Strausbaugh Dance Centre. In 2003, Barbara retired and Michelle took over the reins as the new Owner/Director and changed the name to Panama City Dance Academy. Michelle received her early dance training with Mary Davis at the School of Ballet Repertory and Dance Arts and later with the renowned jazz instructor Nilo Toledo. Michelle has an extensive background in teaching all forms of dance for the past 37 years. She has also won numerous awards for her choreography and technique at regional and national competitions including an award for her entire body of work that was performed at the Elite Nationals in 2009.
Holly started taking gymnastics lessons at the age of four. She competed in the USA gymnastics programs for nine years, where she was the state champion for four of those years. She also made the regional USAG team for 2 years. Holly has coached competitive gymnastics for 20 years. All of the competitive teams that she has coached have made state and regionals for all levels and years competing. Holly also competes in the American Taekwondo Association where she is a two time world champion.
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Panama City native, Mary Randall started taking dance with Barbara Strausbaugh at 9 years old. She danced with Applause Dance Company as well as Northwest Florida Ballet. Working with Bruce Taws at Mosley High School and Summerstock productions, she has choreographed many musicals including, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, and most recently Mary Poppins. She has also coached gymnastics at Gymnastics Plus. She started teaching ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling in 1999 and started teaching at Panama City Dance Academy in 2002. After her second child was born, she and her husband, Ted, moved to Dallas. They moved back to Panama City in 2016 and she picked up where she left off. She and her husband have four children now and while Mary still loves teaching dance, the opportunity to build up her students is what really drives her.
Krisann danced for 15 years at PCDA (formerly Strausbaugh Dance Center), and she competed for 10 years, during which time she won numerous awards for solo, duo, trio and group dances. She performed with Northwest Florida Ballet for 3 years, and performed in the NWFB Nutcracker for 5 years. She also performed in the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker for 4 years.
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Elisha began dancing right after high school in 2012 and began teaching hip-hop in fall of 2013. Although he started off completely self-taught, later on he received hip-hop training in Chicago from Robert Hoffman and Ava Bernstine. His training continued to diversify upon joining the PRJ Company in Dothan, Alabama, adding jazz, ballet, contemporary, and modern styles. He is in his 4th season with PRJ, and 3rd season as a principal dancer. Elisha looks to continue training and meeting new people along this journey, and he is excited to join us at PCDA this season!
Stephanie grew up at PCDA and competed for 14 years, during which time she won many regional & national awards. She was a dancer and choreographer for the PRJ professional company in Dothan, AL for 2 years. She has also been on staff at various studios around the southeast and has been a guest teacher at several others. She has also choreographed for school dance teams. Stephanie has performed and/or choreographed for regional theatre shows such as "Footloose", "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Rocky Horror Show". She has taken classes and workshops with several industry professionals including Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Honey Rockwell, and those at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Stephanie has been teaching at PCDA for 8 years and is excited to be back for a new season!
Tiffany Swan is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She also studied at the School of American Ballet (the official school of New York City Ballet), Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and with David Howard and Douglass Wassell. She attended the University of Alabama and the Harvard Summer Dance Program under full dance scholarships and performed with the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre where they were one of only two universities from the United States invited to perform at the Biennial Festival in Lyon, France. Mrs. Swan danced professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet dancing lead roles such as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Big Swan in Swan Lake, Ursula in the Little Mermaid, and Snow Queen, Arabian, Mirliton, Spanish, Chinese, and Winter Fairy (Sugar Plum Fairy
Variation) in The Nutcracker. The directors also created an original ballet set on her entitled An Artist's Life. Tiffany has guested with the Southeast Alabama Dance Company performing classic pieces such as “The Balcony Scene” from Romeo and Juliet as well as in original pieces such as “Texas Canyons” which was invite to represent the southeast region of Regional Dance America at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. Mrs. Swan became Assistant Artistic Director of SEADAC in 2006, then became Co-Artistic Director in 2008. She has also been choreographing for The Henry Arts Alliance’s summer camp performance in McDonough, GA, for 23 years.
Amanda has danced at PCDA for most of her life. She has won numerous overall awards at both Regional and National competitions, and she is a title holder for her solo performances at various comps. She is also a Platinum Competition Apprentice for the 2020 season. Amanda has taken classes and workshops from many notable professionals including Steven "Twitch" Boss, Kent Boyd and Nico Greetham, and she will be taking classes at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC later this year. Amanda has been an assistant/teacher at PCDA for the past 4 years.
Lacy grew up at Panama City Dance Academy and started dancing at age 3. She danced for 11 years and was a member of PCDA’s company team for 8 years where she won numerous awards for solos, duos, and group dances. She has previous teaching experience of 4 years and choreographed pieces for recreational and competitive dancers. Her choreography won multiple overall awards and judge’s choice awards. Lacy auditioned and landed a role in “Dancin’, It’s On”, as a dancer which was filmed locally in 2013. She has also attended conventions and workshops taught by well-known dancers throughout her years as a student and as an instructor.