Faculty

 

 

Directors

 
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Dan guin, 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.

 
 
 
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Jane tyree, school director and co-artistic director

Jane Tyree was born in Florence, Alabama. She 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 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.   

In addition to her performance career, Jane was the Executive Director, Scholarship Director and Ballet Instructor for the internationally acclaimed Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, and she 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 was recently recognized as a nominee for Woman of Distinction in the area of nonprofit management by Soroptimist International of Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach.

Since 1990, when Boca Ballet Theatre was founded, Jane has vigorously put her heart and soul into her work, bringing her vast experience as a talented performer and teacher to the stage and classroom alike.

 

 

Faculty

 
 
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cindy surman, BBT4PD | ASSISTANT to director

Cindy Surman began her early dance training in Houston, Texas, studying with Edna Herzog. After receiving a BBA from the University of Texas, where she was an All American Collegiate cheerleader, she moved to Boca Raton where she gained a reputation as an exceptional dance instructor. Cindy co-founded BBT4PD,  the Dance for PD® Program at Boca Ballet Theatre in 2013, and in 2018 became 1 of 7 certified Dance for PD® instructors in the world.  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, the program director for BBT’s College Dance Fair, and is the Assistant to the Directors.

 
 
 
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ines aperlo lopez, ballet

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.

 
 
 
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shannon smith, ballet

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.

 
 
 
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daniela nascimento, ballet

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.

 
 
 
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thais harris, ballet

Thais Harris received her early dance training in Boca Raton from instructors Betty D’Avray and Anne Polajenko. She continued her ballet training at the School of Ballet Florida with Ruth Petrinovic and performed in ballets including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Tempest, and The Nutcracker. Thais later resided in Spain where she had the opportunity to work and train with the Ballet Comunidad de Madrid. Thais discovered her love for teaching at a young age and has over 20 years of teaching experience. Thais has had the opportunity to train and work at Boca Ballet Theatre for over 10 years. When not teaching ballet, Thais works as a licensed therapist, as she holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Social Work.

 
 
 
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Dennis Lue, outreach director

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 earned a BFA. 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. He 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. As a teacher, he’s been on faculty at Ithaca College and Penn State University, and taught workshops at Elliot Feld’s New School. He is the Jazz dance instructor at the Harid Conservatory and a full-time faculty member and an outreach director at Boca Ballet Theatre.

 
 
 
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Jill Adomaitis

Jill Adomaitis was born in New York City and received her early dance training in Cambridge Massachusetts, before studying ballet in New York City at The Harkness House, the Joffrey School, and the School of American Ballet Theatre. Her professional credentials include performing with Boston Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, South Carolina Ballet Theatre, South Carolina Community  Touring Company, and Dinosaur Dance Company. Jill has extensive experience as a dance educator , choreographer and coach. She holds a BA from the University of South Carolina and has trained in Seattle under Anne Green Gilbert, in the practice of brain compatible dance education.


 

Guest Faculty

 
 

lynda maybarduk, Ballet

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 Fryxell

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’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.

 

 

Accompanists

 
 

martha brown, pianist

 
 
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Elaine Hess, Pianist

 
 
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Jenny alexander, pianist