Faculty

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Meg SegretoMEG SEGRETO developed her love of dance at the age of four. By age fourteen she began spending her summers in New York City, performing and taking dance class from world renowned Master Teachers. In addition to dance, she immersed herself in all disciplines of the performing and visual arts during these summer pilgrimages. The result of this immersion is evident in her varied Choreographer and Director’s style. Her teaching career began at age sixteen and within twelve years she owned her own studio. She has been commissioned to set choreography on various dance companies and soloists. She is frequently called upon to teach Master Classes to both students and teachers. She has choreographed, directed and performed in numerous community and charity events, dinner theatre productions, dance competitions, television and industrial shows. She is an active member of Dance Masters of America, Florida Dance Masters and Florida Dance Association. She has recently added writer to her resume, as a frequent contributor to Dancer Magazine. Her teaching philosophy reflects her belief that a teacher’s influence on her students extends far beyond the obvious physical benefits. Through more than forty years as a teacher and mentor, she has positively influenced countless students, teaching them life skills that will help them succeed in ALL aspects of their lives.

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Lindsey Lee WilliamsLINDSEY-LEE WILLIAMS trained under Meg and her staff for 14 years, eventually becoming a member of Perpetual Motion Dance Company and an assistant teacher. She was also a member of the Florida Dance Masters performing group “Main Attraction” and has received various scholarships and titles from the organization, including Florida’s Rising Star and Miss Dance of Florida. The Miami Herald has presented her with an Honorable Mention Silver Knights Award for her work in the performing arts and its influence on the community. Lindsey-Lee has studied at Jacob’s Pillow, North Carolina School of the Arts, Miami City Ballet and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She spent her first two years of college at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase before transferring to the New World School of the Arts/University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. In 2004, she was selected to perform on stage with Mikhail Baryshnikov for his Solo Tour. Lindsey-Lee is an active member and certified teacher of Florida Dance Masters and has taught master classes for the organization. As Director of Education at Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre, she teaches all subjects of dance to students of all ages. She oversees structuring and updating of the various curriculums and programs at the studio, prepares advanced students for auditions, choreographs concert pieces for PMDC, and directs the Pre-Company students. Lindsey-Lee has also served as the director of the dance program at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She hopes each and every one of her students has had an enriching and rewarding experience this year. The famous tap artist Savion Glover says it best with this quote…”Dancing is like life. The lessons of one are the lessons of the other.” Dancing has helped Lindsey-Lee in countless ways throughout her life, and her greatest wish is for those important lessons to be passed on to future generations.

TEACHING STAFF

Heather ArmstrongHEATHER ARMSTRONG began dancing at the age of 4. She first began her training in Contemporary Ballet under Venezuelan Instructor Marie Mayora. Her training became more serious during her pre-teen years when she began competing at local and regional levels, in both Jazz and Lyrical/Contemporary technique. At the age of 15, Heather began studying Classical Ballet under the instruction of Dana Susanj-Williams. Soon after graduating high school, Heather was introduced to a dance technique known as Modern. She specifically trained in the modern techniques of Graham, Horton, Limon and Cunningham under the instruction of Erinn St. John. Heather began teaching Jazz and Lyrical/Contemporary at the age of 17. She soon became a Fine Arts Teacher instructing in Lyrical, Modern and various other dance techniques, for both middle and high school students at a local private school. Her time at the private school ended in 2010 when she became a mom to her son. She took a year and a half off to care for her son and has returned to teaching. Heather believes that dance is a beautiful and treasured instrument that anyone can use to communicate their value and worth along with who they are, in a way that is unique to them. Heather is especially passionate about teaching Lyrical because of it’s expressive nature and captivating style! Heather has trained under Judi Boudreaux (Rodriquez), Jennifer Dolan, Tracie Atherton and Melanie Cruz. She has performed and choreographed for community events and conferences all around South Florida. She has used her dancing and teaching abilities to perform and instruct in foreign countries including Belize and El Salvador. In addition, she has choreographed for high school musicals which include: Wizard of Oz and Charlotte’s Web. Heather is a certified Pilates instructor and is looking forward to implementing many of the Pilates principles into each of her classes.

German DagerGERMAN DAGER’s studies in classical ballet, jazz and modern dance were completed at Les Grands Ballet Canadiense in Montreal, York University in Toronto, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He was coached and trained under Magda Auñon at The Magda Auñon School of Classical Ballet, home of the Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classic, in Fort Lauderdale. FL. He also trained on full scholarship at Miami Conservatory, at the Pennsylvania School of Ballet (now The Rock School) and the Boston Ballet. German danced principal roles in Don Quixote, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Le Corsair, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. In 1985, at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Festival, he was honored with a Dance Magazine scholarship and sent to New York to train with the best teachers in the United States. German danced professionally with Boston Ballet, Ballet de Montreal under the artistic direction of Eddy Toussaint, Ballet Florida and was a guest dancer with Compañia Colombiana de Ballet. Mr. Dager has been teaching and coaching dancers since 1986. He has taught at Ballet Arts International where he was the owner and Artistic Director for 15 years, at Magda Auñon School of Classical Ballet, and has been the Assistant Director to The Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique Nutcracker Ballet Productions in 2004-2005. He is currently Ballet Master at Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre. Mr. Dager has been a guest teacher and judge for Dance Masters of America, and Florida Dance Masters. He is a certified classical ballet teacher by examination, an active member of Florida Dance Masters and in the U.S.; he holds the equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Teaching Dance. Recently Mr. Dager was featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine as Teacher in the Spotlight. Mr. German’s coaching has placed his students always in top placements in both classical and contemporary soloist division at the prestigious international Youth America Grand Prix competition, The American Dance Competition and the Universal Ballet Competition. His graduating students have been accepted into the best University’s dance programs in the nation, and into mayor ballet companies in America and received scholarships to prestigious summer intensives programs including the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the San Francisco Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, The Rock School, The Houston Ballet and The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. German says “These past fourteen years at Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre have meant so much to me. Each and every student is like my own child. We have formed such a family here at Meg’s and it’s such a blessing! I’ve also had the satisfaction to see such a large number of students grow over the years and become amazing dancers and fine young adults.”

Gina Marie FalaguerraGINA-MARIE FALAGUERRA has been studying dance and acrobatics in South Florida since the early age of three. She received her training at Michael’s Academy of Dance & Gymnastics and quickly found her love for jazz, hip-hop and acrobatics. During her teen years, Gina went on to receive numerous awards at local regional and national competitions in both jazz and acrobatics. In 2005, she performed as a field dancer for Kelly Clarkson and Ashlee Simpson at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Gina furthered her training in 2007 when she was accepted into the Broadway Dance Center’s summer program in New York City where she was selected to assist celebrity choreographer, Brian Friedman, for the Pulse Dance Tour in Manhattan. She is certified by Dance Masters of America to teach acrobatics of all ages and has been recognized by DMA for her acrobatic and jazz choreography at both regional and national title competitions. Two of her students have held titles for both Miss Teen Dance of Florida and Miss Dance of Florida and have performed her choreography for those pieces all around the country. Above all else, Gina’s true passion is giving students a quality dance education where they can acquire excellent technique, be creative and learn how to use their talent to freely express themselves as individuals throughout their dance careers.

Jennifer FlanaganJENNIFER FLANAGAN has been dancing since the age of two at Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre and has loved every minute of it. By fifth grade she entered into the Perpetual Motions Dance Company where many opportunities arise, performing for many non-profit organizations, Walt Disney World, guest performed with the Maxim Dance company and much more. At the age of eleven, Jennifer became an assistant teacher and eventually taught her own classes and became a member and certified teacher of Florida Dance Masters. For two summers Jennifer trained at the American Theater Dance Workshop in New York where she further developed her dance and theater skills with Broadway professionals. She spent her first year of college on a dance scholarship studying at Jacksonville University and spent the following years at the University of North Florida where she received her degree in Business Management with a minor in International Business. While away at college Jennifer taught at several dance studios, guest judged, and co-directed the ACDS competition team, where she received several Judges choice awards for her choreography. Jennifer is so glad to be back at her “second home” and hopes to bring the joy of dance to all who enter Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre.

Renee Hayes BeckmanRENEE HAYES-BECKMAN began her dance training at the age of 3, here in South Florida and became an assistant teacher at the age of 14. She graduated from Miami Killian Senior High School and was the captain and choreographer for their dance team while she was a student there. At age 18 she became an official dance teacher, teaching tap, ballet and acrobatics. Renee participated in numerous Florida Dance Masters competitions, receiving several scholarship awards for tap and jazz. Her past performances include dancing in the nationally televised King Orange Jamboree and Orange Bowl Half Time show for 4 consecutive years. At 22 she took a break from dance performance to become a mother to her two daughters, Briana and Alexa but did continue her dance training. Briana graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas and Meg Segreto’s last year and currently attends the University of Florida, Alexa is a current member of Meg Segreto’s Perpetual Motion Dance Company. Renee received her teaching certification from Florida Dance Masters. In addition to her talent as a dance teacher, Renee also possesses a flair for ANYTHING creative and has generously given her time and talent to enhance this year’s (and many in the past) recital with her scenery, props and costume accessories. Renee hopes she will pass on her lifelong love of dance

Edwin HollandEDWIN HOLLAND, along with his wife Gaile, owned and operated the Edwin Holland School of Dance from 1985 to 2007. Having started dancing at the age of 8, Edwin received the bulk of his training from Judi Nelson and also studied with Ronn Daniels, and the legendary Steve Condos. “Mr. Ed”, as he is known to his students, has taught tap at several schools and dance studios in Florida and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Barry University’s Performing Arts Dance Program. Edwin has been a guest teacher and performer throughout the state of Florida and in 2005 was a featured performer in a Cotton Club Revue that toured in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. Many of his former students are performing or teaching professionally– including his 2 daughters Courtney and Christine as well as his son Curtis who, in 2013, was one of the 20 finalists on the television show, “So You Think You Can Dance”. Edwin’s style of tap is a combination of highly animated tap moves for the visual aspect of dance as well as the “close-to-the-floor” percussive rhythms to stay true to traditional origins of tap. Edwin describes himself as extremely passionate about tap and its history and is dedicated to passing on the rich tradition of tap to others.

Shari LittleSHARI LITTLE was born in Oklahoma City, OK, where she began her training in ballet with Evonne Chouteau. Ms. Little studied at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre School in New York for many summers as a young adult. She performed as a Principal Dancer with Ballet Oklahoma, Ohio Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Miami City Ballet. After retiring from performing, Ms. Little taught extensively for Miami City Ballet and directed its education program for the Public Schools of South Florida. While teaching for Miami City Ballet, she attended Educating Hands School of Massage. In addition to teaching at Meg Segreto’s, she is practicing massage at Florida International University, The most challenging but fulfilling job is raising her twelve-year-old son, Nathan. In more than 30 years of teaching, the one thing I know for certain is that I have learned much more from my amazing students than they have learned from me. I have made them better dancers and they have made me a better person. Not a bad trade! There is nothing more rewarding than seeing these beautiful students blossom into fine young women who are able to take what they have learned to better their lives. Thank you to each and every one of them!!

Christy PardilloCHRISTY PARDILLO began her dance training at the early age of 3 here at Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre. By the age of 12, she was an assistant teacher and a member of Perpetual Motion Dance Company for ten years. She was a scholarship recipient at Florida Dance Masters and performed at many local and regional events including the King Orange Jamboree, benefits for Make-A-Wish Foundation, March of Dimes and a UNICEF event hosted by June Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli. Christy has always had a love and passion for dance and working with children; she has taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz at MSDC to students ages three to twelve during her years in high school and college. Christy teaches Kindergarten at Plantation Park Elementary and her two youngest daughters, ages 4 & 5, are students at Meg Segreto’s. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to teach dance again, and we are excited about having her back again teaching Ballet, Tap and Jazz to students ages six to fifteen.

Lara TinariLARA TINARI began her education in art and dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and furthered her education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, and as a scholarship recipient at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York. With a firm belief in the integration of intellect and physicality, she returned to her academic studies upon retiring from her performing career, and achieved her BA with a focus on psychology, political science and art history. Tinari was awarded two Fellowships in recognition of her professional achievements in dance, choreographic works and academic excellence, allowing her to obtain her MFA in Dance through the American Dance Festival alliance with Hollins University, The Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts, and William Forsythe’s, The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany. Tinari’s professional career includes working as a Principal dancer with the River North Chicago Dance Company before joining Twyla Tharp’s repertory company in New York, Twyla Tharp Dance. She performed the works of Twyla Tharp both in the United States and internationally, and taught Tharp repertory workshops. Tinari has also performed an array of works by various artists including Bill T. Jones, Daniel Ezralow, and Nacho Duato. Further, she assisted in the choreographic production of, and performed in, major motion pictures including Across the Universe, Soul Survivor, A League of Their Own, Mannequin, and the internationally televised documentary ‘The Amici Artists’ in Rome, Italy. Tinari’s works have been commissioned in the United States and internationally including APAP Festival New York, Miami Open Stage, Festival International de Danse Encore, and Place des Arts Spectacles à Montréal. Tinari is the creator, director and choreographer of the TOC project in Miami, Florida.