MEET THE TEAM
Anna Rose - Owner
Anna Rose has always had a dream of sharing her love of dance with students of all ages. While living in NJ, she had the opportunity to study dance in her younger years with Roberta Mathes of Steps on Broadway (New York, NY) and Dariusz R. Hochman of Broadway Dance Center (New York, NY) who inspired Anna to follow her dream of teaching and continue her education.
Miss Rose graduated from Montclair State University (Upper Montclair, NJ) in 2005 with her BFA in Dance. During this time, Anna taught at Broadway Bound Dance Center in Dumont, NJ for seven years. In 2007, she relocated to Florida, teaching at many locations around the Tampa Bay area. Anna is currently a certified Pinellas County School teacher and taught dance in the public school system for 10 years. She is also POINTE certified with ABASI, PBT certified, Acrobatic Arts Certified, Alixa Flexibility Certified Module 1 & 2, a certified CPR/First Aid/AED instructor with the American Red Cross, and a member of NDEO (National Dance Education Association). Miss Rose was also named Discount Dance Supply’s 2019 Dance Teacher of the year.
After seeing the need for affordable, quality dance education, she began an after school program at a local school, which later led to Dreamer's Dance Company. Anna and her faculty at Dreamer's Dance Company strives to create a positive, accepting dance space for all her dancers and believes that each and every dancer should have the chance to dance and reach their dreams. Dreamer’s Dance Company continues to give back to the community involvement, donations to local charities and through the Susan Rose Bonanno Memorial Fund, which helps dancers who are limited by financial resources to pursue their dreams and passions.
Amy Jo Walter
Amy Jo Walter began dancing when she was just 4 years old. She has trained and studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and acro all in the Tampa Bay Area. She also grew up in the Pageant world, holding over 300 titles from Little Miss Safety Harbor, Teen Miss Seabring, and best talent at the Miss Tampa pageant. Amy Jo has been privileged enough to study, take classes and perform with Edward Villella from Miami City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov in ballet and modern, Gregory Hines with Tap, and the entire company of Sarasota Ballet while studying dance as a student, and competing in dance competitions. As a teacher she continues her education and has taken class with Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Chris Judd, Dave Scott, Travis Wall, Fik-shun, Nappy Tabs, Heather Morris, Wade Robson, Twitch, and many other dancer/choreographers in New York and LA.
Amy Jo has received numerous choreography awards, concept awards, as well as entertainment awards. Amy Jo began teaching as an assistant at the age of 14, and began her own classes during college. She graduated from USF with a degree in Ballet and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and was a member of the USF dance team known as the SunDolls. She has experience in teaching dance from traditional preschools, Montessori schools, and traditional dance studios. Amy Jo has extensive experience teaching a variety of formats to students of all ages. She has been sharing her passion for dance with students all over the Tampa Bay area. She is married and resides with her husband Charlie in Pasco County. Amy Jo is extremely excited for another fantastic year with Dreamers Dance Company.
Carleigh is from Tarpon Springs, FL and began her dance training in hip-hop at age 9. She went on to expand her training in other styles, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance with a Concentration in Modern Dance at the University of South Florida in May 2014.
During her senior year at USF, she performed in Bliss Kohlmyer’s Picture in a Frame/let go let go let go, performing it both at USF and in the ACDFA Southeast Conference Gala. She has also performed in works by Jeanne Travers and Ben Munisteri, as well as in excerpts from Rosie Herrera’s Pity Party and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16.
In June 2013, Carleigh attended the USF Dance in Paris Program under the direction of Michael Foley and Colleen Thomas, where she choreographed, performed, and trained in contemporary modern dance. Her first post-graduate performance was of her original work, To Deviate, in Moving Current Dance Collective’s NewGrounds 2014. Professionally, she performed at The Ritz theater in Ybor City as a company member in Tampa Modern Dance Company’s premiere show, Transitioning Through Loss in 2015. She has also performed the works Where Thou Art, That Is Home, Debussy’s Delight and Dream Deferred, all choreographed by Kellie Harmon as a part of ROGUEdance.
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Originally from Athens, Greece, Kelly began dancing at the age of nine at a local dance studio after observing a dance class at her elementary school. At the age of 14, she received a full scholarship to attend a dance school of her choice and started to attend competitions. In 2011, she won first place in the Ladies Styling division at an international ballroom competition, Acropolis Dancesport, in Athens.
In the summer of 2012, Kelly moved to Florida, US and started teaching Hip Hop and Latin dance classes at a local studio, while continuing her training alongside instructors such as Dave Scott, Laura Edwards, and Brian Friedman. In addition, she has performed for artists such as Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa, Cardi B, and Lil Wayne, and has danced at several private events. Kelly fell in love with dance instantly, and even more so after exploring its history and culture. She has completed her Associates in Arts Degree at Saint Petersburg College and is pursuing a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education. Until she becomes a school teacher, she has made it her mission to show others the beauty dance holds by sharing her passion through dance instruction.
Lissette is originally from Cooper City, FL and began dancing when she was 15. She started out learning classical ballet, modern dance and jazz with her high school color guard team. After graduating from high school, she started taking dance classes with the Broward College Dance program, focusing more on modern dance learning different techniques. After she graduated with her Associates, she started dancing at Florida Atlantic University, performing with the FAU Department of Theatre and Dance.
Lissette went on to pursue her Masters in Social Work with Florida State University. During her time in Tallahassee, she taught with the Tallahassee Ballet under the Dance Chance program- a program that brings dance education to elementary schools in Leon County. After 5 years of teaching, Lissette, her husband and two dogs relocated down to St. Petersburg.
Lissette loves to teach and is excited to get back to one of her first loves, dance!
Meredith Milarch began classical ballet training in Traverse City, MI at the age of four. Her credits from this time include training at Interlochen Arts Academy, The Dance Center, and an appearance on So You Think You Can Dance. Her passion for dance and education led her to Michigan State University where she focused on Cunningham Modern dance and Special Education, and earned her degree in 2015. Her acceptance to The Ailey School led her to New York City where she studied from and performed with Ailey company faculty and dancers in various venues, with focuses on ballet, modern, and jazz. She performed and taught professionally with Mark Morris Dance Group and Steps on Broadway from 2018-2020, including a lead role with choreographer Nick Palmquist. Meredith helped develop and instruct curriculum for Special Needs dancers, ballet, jazz, and Pointe in studios throughout New York and New Jersey. Meredith is now based in Clearwater, FL where she spends her time outside of dance painting, enjoying the beach, and taking her dog on adventures in West Florida.
Tiffany Amato - Office Manager
Tiffany is originally from New Port Richey, Florida. Tiffany has over 10 years of management and marketing experience, mostly in Salons from Port Richey to Largo. She was a huge part of behind the scenes in her high school drama classes doing hair and makeup, stage management and front of the house management. Despite having no dance experience when joining our team in March 2022, Tiffany has joined our adult classes and is now learning Ballet and Tap! Her passion is encouraging people to feel their best! When she is not working, she is enjoying nature with her family and dogs either camping, kayaking, hiking or bike riding.
Brittani comes from a line of dancers and entertainers in her family. Her grandfather was a famous Latin dancer, and her mom owned and operated a successful dance studio in New York for 5 years and another 32 years in Florida. Brittani grew up in the dance studio and began her dancing career at the age of 2. She was on the competitive team and traveled around the US competing and performing at various competitive levels. She has earned many awards and studied under professionals such as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Wade Robson, and Mia Michaels to name a few. She’s been involved in several plays such as Grease, Fame, and West Side Story. During high school and her first year of college she taught at her mom’s dance studio and managed her front office. In her late teens and early 20s, she worked at Walt Disney World Orlando in entertainment as a character as well as a dancer in the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It parade. She continues to share her passion for dance with her daughter who is also a student at DDC. Brittani is excited to be a part of Dreamer’s Dance Company sharing her passion and helping dancer’s and their families create fun memories that will last a lifetime.
Kevin Kenneally - Mr. Fix It
Mr. Kevin has been an integral part of Dreamer's Dance Company since it began. If it's tech help, audio/visual assistance, prop building and maintenence, he's the man!