Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director
DAN GUIN, born in North Carolina, was trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dan has used his background in ballet and jazz in concert and commercial work. His professional experiences include performing with Southern Ballet Theatre of Orlando, Florida, Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago, Delta Festival Ballet, South Carolina Ballet Theatre/Ballet Michigan and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
He is in demand as a choreographer and teacher for regional dance companies throughout the United States. He has choreographed productions such as The Nutcracker, Graduation Ball, Boca Baroque, Coppélia, A Chorus Line, and From Me to You. His choreography can be found in the repertory of several civic and professional dance companies. His recent accomplishments include brilliant stagings of Giselle, Ella Sang, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake.
School Director and Co-Artistic Director
JANE TYREE, a native of Florence, Alabama, began her training with the Birmingham Civic Ballet and continued training at the University of Alabama dance department, where she received a B.A. in Arts Management and Dance Performance. Her professional performing experience includes the Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago, South Carolina Ballet Theatre/Ballet Michigan, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Delta Festival Ballet, Wisconsin Ballet Theatre, and Southern Ballet Theatre of Orlando.
She was Executive Director, Scholarship Director, and Ballet Instructor for the internationally known Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, Illinois and has also served on the faculty of Lou Conte Dance Studio, South Carolina’s Columbia College, David Puszh Dance Company, and the Joseph Holmes Dance Institute. Jane’s teaching and performing abilities have taken her to many locations giving her vast experience to bring into the stage and classroom.
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CINDY SURMAN began her early dance training in Houston, Texas, studying with Edna Herzog and Stanley Hall. After receiving a BBA from the University of Texas she moved to Boca Raton where she gained a reputation as an exceptional instructor. Area audiences have seen her in Boca Ballet Theatre presentations of Graduation Ball, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and the lead in Just Swingin’. She is one of the founding faculty members of the School of Boca Ballet Theatre and is the Assistant to the Directors.
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INES APERLO LOPEZ, born in Argentina in 1982, she started her ballet training with Cristina Sanchez (recently awarded Best National Ballet Teacher in Argentina) and later became a teacher in her dance studio as well as a rehearsal assistant. From a very young age she participated in several national and international ballet competitions as a soloist, earning 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals, and 1 Bronze Medal. Seeking new opportunities, she moved to the United States in 2000 and since then she has trained and performed with Boca Ballet Theatre.
SHANNON SMITH was born in Harmony, New Jersey, but claims Hollywood, Florida as his hometown. His professional dance training includes The Harid Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet and The Hartford Ballet. He has danced soloist and principal roles with Sarasota Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Florida and Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. Among the many roles he has danced, his most memorable is Peter in Peter Pan. Smith, a frequent guest artist of Boca Ballet Theatre, has had memorable performances as both Romeo and Tybalt in our Romeo & Juliet, as well as Baron Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. Most recently he currently served as the Artistic Associate and Men’s Program Coordinator for the Fort Wayne Ballet. Mr. smith joined our faculty for the 2017-18 season.
DANIELA NASCIMENTO is a Royal Academy of Dancing certified teacher originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has 15 years of experience teaching ballet, pointe and character and 16 years of experience as a professional dancer. Daniela has performed locally for Boca Ballet Theatre and in Brazil for Ilara Lopes and Nice Leite Nucleo de Danca. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas in Sao Paulo and received her RAD certificates in 1997 from legendary ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn, the president of the Royal Academy.
THAIS HARRIS began her training at the Dance Academy of Boca Raton with Betty D’Avray. Her instructors also included Anne and Nick Polajenko. She then trained at Ballet Florida under Ruth Petrinovic. She attended the Richmond Ballet School and studied overseas with Ballet Comunidad de Madrid, Spain. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and has trained and worked with Boca Ballet Theatre for several years.
CHERYL WALLACH, born in New York , began her dance training with classical ballet at the Martha Merideth School of Dance. She than focused her attentions to jazz dance, studying with Phil Black in New York City, The London Dance Centre, London, England, and The Zawacki School of Dance, Great Neck, NY. Cheryl has a degree from the University of Maryland where she trained and performed in numerous productions, as well as choreographed for the University Dinner Theatre.
Cheryl’s professional credits include performing at the nationally acclaimed Gateway Playhouse, Bellport , NY , The Zawacki Dance Company, Great Neck, NY, and Ernesto Productions Music Videos. She is happy to be a part of the Boca Ballet Theatre staff and pass her love for jazz dance on to a new generation.
DENNIS LUE was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in Queens, New York where he fell in love with performing in his high school’s musicals and dance shows. He continued dance studies at SUNY Purchase where he received a BFA in dance performance while exploring many different dance styles and techniques in classes or summer programs at Broadway Dance Center, Steps Studio, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, School of American Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and with Alonzo King at LINES Contemporary Ballet. Dennis began his professional career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and as a featured dancer with the Metropolitan Opera. He went on to dance with Tulsa Ballet, Alberta Ballet in Canada, and appeared as a guest artist with Louisville Ballet, State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA, and Boca Ballet Theatre. Dennis returned to his musical theater roots when he joined the Broadway cast of Disney’s The Lion King where he also served as Dance Captain. Other musical theater credits include associate choreographer for Hello Dolly! and The Wiz at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY; performer in Susan Stroman’s Contact at Virginia Stage Company and Side Show at the Gallery Players; and performer and Dance Captain for West Side Story at La Scala Opera in Milan, Italy. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, and in the feature film Zoolander. As a teacher, he’s been on faculty at Ithaca College and Penn State University musical theater programs; given musical theater workshops at Elliot Feld’s New School; and taught master classes in ballet and musical theatre for University of Michigan musical theater alumni. He is currently a full-time faculty member and Outreach Director at Boca Ballet Theatre.
LYNDA MAYBARDUK born in New York City and raised in Orlando, Florida, received her early ballet training from Edith Royal. At fifteen, she entered the National Ballet School of Canada and, upon graduation, immediately entered the National Ballet of Canada. Throughout her long career, she danced many soloist and principal roles and was partnered by many of the greatest male dancers of her generation including Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshinikov, Anthony Dowell, Fernando Bujones, and Peter Martins. Since retirement, she has continued to perform as a guest principal character artist and is active as a guest lecturer and master class teacher. Linda is the author of two award-nominated books: The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev and James The Dancing Dog.
HEATHER SANDERS FRYXELL was born and raised in Florida where she received her early dance training with Mr. Thomas Armour. Upon leaving Miami, Ms. Fryxell attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, majoring in English literature and educational psychology while on a full tuition talent scholarship. During her educational experience, Ms. Fryxell danced extensively with both universities’ dance companies and toured the west as a guest artist. Ms. Fryxell then danced with the Atlanta Ballet before joining Southern Ballet Theatre (currently Orlando Ballet) as a principal dancer. During her eleven year tenure with the company, she also taught in the company’s school and served as a lecture demonstration coordinator from 1996-2000, directing performances for over 20,000 Orange county school students. In her last year with Southern Ballet Theatre, Ms. Fryxell directed the School of Southern Ballet Theatre. In addition to the positions Ms. Fryxell held at Southern Ballet Theatre, she also created her own dance therapy program to teach dance to adults with developmental challenges. In 2000, Ms. Fryxell co-founded the Central Florida Ballet and the Ballet Academy of Central Florida. There she danced in the professional company, taught and directed the school and student company.
Ms. Fryxell has danced the leads in all the great classics including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Carmen, La Syphide, and Swan Lake, among others, with Southern Ballet Theater, Boca Ballet Theatre and as a guest artist throughout the United States. She has also performed extensively in contemporary works. Her accomplishments include competing in the International Ballet Competition in 1990, dancing at the International Ballet Festival in Cuba in 1992, earning degrees in English literature and educational psychology from Brigham Young University, and being honored with Honorary Alumna at Brigham Young and Heather Sanders Appreciation Day for the city of Orlando. Ms. Fryxell’s teaching career has spanned 3 decades, teaching ballet to students of all ages and skill level at many schools throughout the country. Having also had extensive experience coaching dancers, Ms. Fryxell has had many award-winning students who have won top honors at national and international ballet competitions. She most recently came out of retirement to perform at the World Ballet Competition gala, where she also frequently serves as a judge.