• Mina Hamilton

    Programs Director & Dance Instructor

    Mina graduated FADC in 2004 with fourteen years of ballet and four years of jazz training. She has been a teacher at the studio for more than ten years.  Mina has a bachelor's degree in finance from Florida Atlantic University.

     

     

  • Samara Shevlin

    Dance Instructor

    Samara Shevlin was born in Stuart, FL and began studying dance at The Dance Academy of Stuart at the age of three. She continued her dance education at Florida Arts & Dance Company, and later became a member of Wings To Fly Dance Company under the instruction of Tasha Patterson. She’s performed in local productions with each of these studios as well as The Rock School of Ballet in Pennsylvania, and The Joffrey South Workshop in Georgia.

    In 2013 Samara was accepted to The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City where she studied, choreographed, and performed under the instruction of artistic director Michael Blake until 2015. Here she studied with principal dancers, teachers and choreographers stemming from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, as well as master classes from award winning choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh and Ellenore Scott at Broadway Dance Center.  

    She continues dancing with Wings To Fly Dance Company and is currently working as assistant choreographer to Tasha Patterson. 

  • Lauren Bell

    Dance Instructor

    Lauren Bell is a current professional dancer, singer and actor in the entertainment industry, who is also working on obtaining her Masters Degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, Winter of 2020.

    Having just moved down to Florida from New York City, Lauren has worked with this past decades greatest choreographers such as Al Blackstone, Randy Skinner, Andrew Black and many more. You can spot Lauren on the Maltz Jupiter Theater's stage in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying spring of 2020. 

    In addition, Miss Bell owns her own fitness boutique called Belles Total Body & Bridal Bootcamp, where you "Train Like an Athlete to Look Like a Dancer".

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  • Maureen Armstrong

    Irish Step Instructor

    Maureen Armstrong performed Irish dance at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York.  

    She is an adjudicator of Irish Dance Competitions throughout North America.  Maureen's students have successfully qualified to compete at the World Championships in Irish Dance held in Ireland. 

  • Adam Schnell

    Special Guest Artist

    Adam brings to us a vast international performance and teaching experience. His professional performance experience includes: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Sarasota Ballet, Nevada Ballet, Omaha Theater Ballet and Channel Islands Ballet. Adam is currently working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts management and dance education. We are thrilled to add a male teacher to our ballet program to teach a pas de deux class. This will allow our students to experience partnering on a more regular basis.

  • Kaileigh Bates

    Dance Instructor

    Kaileigh began her dance career with ballet at just two years old here at FADC. As her passion for dance grew, so did her love for different styles such as jazz, lyrical and hip hop. While attending FADC she found herself working every summer camp. That's when she realized her overall passion was to share her love and knowledge of dance with the kids around her. Now she finds herself back home at FADC doing just that!

    In addition to teaching at FADC, she is an active company member of Wings To Fly Dance Company.  She loves to share that while she's training her students to grow and develop in the dance world, she herself is also training alongside them.  Teaching here at FADC is her favorite thing in the world and she couldn't imagine herself employed anywhere else!

     

  • Aubrey Corkum

    Dance Instructor

    Aubrey Corkum started dancing at 3 years of age at Dance Kraze and concurrently at The University of Hartford, Connecticut. After moving to Florida, she received instruction at Florida Arts and Dance Company under Mina Hamilton and Samara Shevlin. She performed in numerous Nutcrackers with lead parts such as Clara and many recital pieces and ballets. She auditioned for and was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School, Georgia, where she danced under Colleen Barnes Merwin and Mitchell Finke.

    Concentration on Classical, Vaganova and pointe additionally learning Horton Technique, Alexander Technique, Jazz, Theatre, Improv and Choreography. While in Georgia she performed in the finally piece of Chicago. She also attended Joffrey Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, under the instruction of Tiffany Baker. She also auditioned for and was accepted to perform with the New York City Rockettes.

    Aubrey participated in extensive hours of training to achieve her Dance teaching certification from the University of Nevada. Currently she still dances and competes in Irish feises along with pursuing her TRNG Irish Step teaching certificate.