Teaches ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre and leaps & turns
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 29 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.
Stephanie began her training at Panama City Dance Academy at the age of 5. She danced in the PCDA Company from the ages of 6-19, during which time she won many accolades and awards in solo, duo, trio & group performances. She was a member of the Bay High Dance Academy from 2004-2006. She has participated in classes and workshops with a variety of well-known teachers and choreographers including Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Honey Rockwell and those at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. From 2011-2013, Stephanie was a principal dancer and choreographer with Patti Rutland Jazz in Dothan, Alabama. She also coached and choreographed for the Mowat Middle School dance line in 2012-2013. She has performed in the musicals "Footloose", "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Bat Boy" and was a performer and choreographer for "The Rocky Horror Show" and "Avenue Q" at Kaleidoscope Theatre. Stephanie has taught at various studios across the Southeast.
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.
Dee is the former Artistic Director of Keri Productions, Ltd. Dance, Salem, New Hampshire, and she has forty years in the entertainment business as a professional dancer, choreographer, dance educator, stage manager and dance judge. Some of her credits include full stage revues for Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney, night club revues, pageants, and television. Versatile in many forms of dance, including Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Tap, from solos – productions of 80+ dancers, she has choreographed twenty one full-staged musicals, and is the recipient of three national choreography awards. Some of Dee’s dancers are currently performing in NY on Broadway, the Rockettes, Las Vegas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Legends in Concert, Branson, MO.
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Jessica joined the PCDA faculty in 2015. Originally from the Tampa Bay area, she trained in classical ballet for twelve years at West Florida Youth Ballet, Florida West Ballet, and the Suarez-Moreno Academy of Dance. She feels privileged to have studied under Esther Suarez-Moreno and Mark Anthony Jelks. Since moving to Dothan in 2006 and joining the professional dance company Patti Rutland Jazz, Jessica has become well-versed in many different styles of dance, however, ballet will always be her first love. She has enjoyed teaching at many studios in the Tri-State area and is currently on faculty at the Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Centers in Dothan and Troy, as well as at PCDA. Jessica is delighted to be known for her leading role as “Jessica Jingle” in the popular holiday show, “Santa’s Workshop”. “Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for – another time? There are no other times. There is only right now.” -George Balanchine
Ashley Raymond began her training in dance at the age of 4 and has been a competitive dancer for 14 years winning many awards in solo, duo and group performances. She has been a member of PCDA Company from 2014-present. This is her second year as an instructor at Panama City Dance Academy. Along with dance she has also competed in the Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen Pageant where she received the preliminary talent award for dance. She was cast in a commercial for Shands Hospital in 2011. She has participated in workshops, master classes and conventions with many well-known dancers and choreographers including Nico Greetham, Ade, Luigi, Angel and Victor (owners and directors of Stars Dance Studio in Miami, FL) and the Rockettes. She has also attended Broadway Dance Center in New York City in 2014 and 2016. She continues to train in multiple styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop.
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.
Lance Washington is an eighth year principal dancer with the Patti Rutland Jazz company in Dothan, Alabama. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He received his professional hip-hop training from Maurice Fulkon in Chicago, Joshua Allen in Texas and Vincent Johnson from Atlanta. His professional credits include industrial television work in Chicago. National awards in choreography include, the Platinum Power Award from Platinum National Dance Competition, which also earned his crew the opportunity to be featured on the front cover for the Platinum Dance Convention brochure. In 2011, Lance made it through to Vegas for the hit television series So You Think You Can Dance. Lance is also a teacher within the Patti Rutland Jazz Arts in Education Outreach program. This is the largest outreach program in the state, teaching over 6000 elementary and middle school children weekly. He is on faculty at The Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Centre, The Dothan School of Dance, Enterprise School of Dance, and Panama City Dance Academy and A Time to Dance studio.
Lacy grew up at Panama City Dance Academy and started dancing at age 3. She danced for 11 years and participated on 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 group pieces for a competition team. 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.
Rachel began dancing at the age of 3 at PCDA (and Strausbaugh Dance Center). She competed on PCDAs competition team throughout high school, and won numerous awards in duo, trio, and group performances. Rachel danced on her high schools dance teams freshman-junior year and also choreographed many of their routines. She has taken workshops and master classes from many well-known choreographers including Kent Boyd, Ade Obayomi, Ryan Lohoff, and Liz Imperio. Rachel is currently in the Dental Hygiene program at Gulf Coast State College and is excited to be teaching for her 3rd year at Panama City Dance Academy!