Excellent Instruction in Dance and Unique Circus Arts Training!
Beth received her training at the Pennsylvania Ballet School as a scholarship student under the
direction of Barbara Weisberger. She was soloist with Dance Theatre of Penna. and Jazz Dance Theatre of Penna. She has produced
events with such notables as Debra Brown, Emmy Award Winning Choreographer of Cirque du Soleil. After Teaching in 8 states
and traveling as Master Teacher for many years, Beth created BB's Dance & Circus Arts of Tampa Bay with the vision of
providing children with professional level training and performing opportunities in a fun and stimulating environment.
In 2008 Beth was awarded a grant from the Pinellas County Arts Council to further her education and research in building the
Circus Arts program for her school. Her students have been seen in local high profile performances for Big Brothers/Big Sisters,
Make A Wish Foundation, Saks Fifth Ave., Push Lounge, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Jannus Landing, and various corporate events
and weekly Saturday night performances at Casa Tina's Mexican Restaurant in downtown Dunedin.
Ballet Workshops Marsha began dancing with Academy of Ballet
Arts in St. Petersburg, Fl. under the guidance of Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Lester Jacobsen. She attended the University of
Utah as a dance major before joining the Milwaukee Ballet. Upon returning to Florida, she danced with the Southern Ballet
Theatre in Orlando for several years. Currently, she choreographs works for performances and international ballet competitions
and teaches for several dance studios in the local area.
Ballet, Modern & Childrens' BalletBeth LaBaren-Root holds a BA in Dance and a Masters of Public Administration / Non-Profit Leadership from Western
Michigan University.She has been active in the dance field for more than 25 years as an educator, choreographer
and arts administrator. She recieved her training in Chicago at Giordano Dance
Center, Hubbard Street, Joel Hall Studio and Ruth Page Ballet. She has studied intensively with a number
of leading dance masters including Brenda Buffalino, Gus Giordano, Matt Mattox, and Billy Seigenfield, among others.
Beth has done work for numerous community dance centers, arts programs, school districts and colleges
including Western Michigan University, Saint Marys College of Notre Dame, Kalamazoo College and Southwestern Michigan
College, where she held the position of Director of Dance from 2001-May 2012. She recently relocated
to Florida and now teaches dance at Hillsborough Community College and is a guest choreographer this season for
the University of Tampa. And we are totally excited to have her!
Iliana S. Babadjanova
Iliana S. Babadjanova graduated
cum Laude (Honor Student/ Dean’s List) in 1988 from the National Ballet Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Two years before
graduation she was already selected and danced in the corps de ballet of the Sofia National Opera. Upon graduation she became
a full time employee of the National Theater, where she worked eight years.
In 1990 Iliana was awarded the prestigious
first prize in the National Bi-Annual Ballet Festival in Tolbuhin, Bulgaria. In 1991 she was invited to teach ballet in Italy
for one year. She returned back to the National Opera as soloist in major classics such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutkracker,
Giselle and Don Quixotte. She worked under the direction of Kolpakova and Gregorovitch, while touring extensively through
Europe and Asia.
She also accepted a position as an assistant teacher at the National Ballet Academy.
Iliana began working at a Private Art School as Head of the Dance Department, until she moved to the USA in 1997.
Jazz, Tap, Modern & Childrens' DanceMiranda has been teaching Preschool through
Adult in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Hip Hop for the past 16 years. She
was a dance major at Ball State University. She received her training from many schools including the Fort Wayne Ballet and
The Ft. Wayne Dance Collective in Indiana before moving to Florida. She also obtained her Royal Academy of Dance certificate
and was awarded "Highly Commended" on her ballet exams. She has trained under many major instructors around the
world including jazz dancer Frank Hatchett, ballerina and author of "The Pointe Book" Janice Barringer, modern choreographer
Bill Evans, tap master Sam Fiorello and many Hip Hop dancers from America's Best Dance Crew. Miranda's students have gone
on to perform on TV, theater, cruise ships, or have become college dance majors or teachers themselves. She is a teacher
first and foremost and believes in giving her students a great environment to learn in, her classes being fun, educational
and inspiring. She is a great role-model for kids of all ages.
Irish DanceJamie Damiani is an award winning Irish dance champion and has trained with the internationally
School of Irish Dance under the direction of Mr. Karl Drake, TCRG.
She was a troupe member and soloist in the nationally
known show 'Dancing on Common Ground' which toured throughout North America, was the lead dancer in the popular show 'Spirits
of Fire' that performed to sold-out audiences, and performed as a lead dancer in numerous local shows and events including
performances at Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando, Fl.
Jamie and her husband / dance partner, Federico, began teaching
Irish dance at BB's Dance Factory when the school first opened in 2000. After taking a bit of time off from teaching, she
is back with the BB's Dance and Circus Arts family ready to share her love and knowledge of Irish dance with you!
started his dancing career at 17 with the Butler School of Irish Dance in Tampa, FL.
He was considered a bit on the older
side, but with persistance and hard work he got to the highest possible level in competition by the time he was 21. He later
joined the Drake School of Irish Dance, where he went on to win three regional titles qualifying him for the Irish Dance World
Championships and went on to win countless national competitions.
He developed Spirits of Fire, a local production that
performed at private parties, city events and also at the prestigious Royalty Theater. By 22, he was performing the Irish
dance lead role in the international production Dancing on Common Ground where he performed for audiences all over the nation.
After he left the show, he came back to Florida to continue his training as well as to instruct students, and help them rise
up the levels of Irish Dancing in a fun and consistent manner. He has given workshops and lessons all over the United States
instructing people of all ages, dance backgrounds and levels. In 2006, he decided to take a break from performing and teaching
to focus on raising a family and persuing other artistic intrests.
Now he is returning to teach locally, focusing
on helping others become the best dancers they can be, having lots of fun along the way!
Taylor LubeckiCircus ArtsTaylor has trained through her younger
years in diving & gymnastics. She is also trained in Classical Ballet, Modern & Jazz. Bringing all of that to our
Circus Arts program makes her an impressive performer and instructor. She has trained Contortion under Catie Brier and Mongolian
coach Serchmaa Byamba at the San Francisco Circus Center, along with various aerial coaches nationally in Hammock, Lyra and
Tissue. Taylor was specifically invited to perform in LA for 2 years for Author Services International Awards Ceremony and
has performed locally for Tampa Bay Times Forum, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Saks Fifth Ave., One Voice Foundation, Casa Tina's
Mexican Restaurant, Push Lounge & various corporate events.
Kurt KrynskiCircus Arts
Kurt is trained in classical
ballet, modern, contact improv and aerial work. He trained classical ballet under Alberto Alonzo in Gainesville, Fl and has
worked in NYC with the Jose Limon Dance Company and Fly By Night aerial/dance company. He has delighted audiences at Busch Gardens for years and you might even have a picture of him at the
gate with your kids if you've visited there!He runs our
Stiltwalking training along with preparing our professional aerialists for performances.Kurt is the strongest little man we have ever run across and takes great pride in training our students
to professional, polished levels.
Tieli comes to us from Brazil.
We are fortunate enough to have found her after touring with Ringling Brothers.
She brings a wealth of teaching knowledge, performance experience and attention to safety issues to
our aerial program.
She is utterly amazing to watch perform.
Jessica WatsonCircus Arts Jessica hails
from Sarasota, where she grew up in the circus. Her grandmother did circus, her mother did circus and now we have Jessica!
She trained with the P.A.L. Sailor Circus for 10 years, eventually becoming Ringmaster and mastering every circus skill she
could manage. She has worked with Universal Studios in various show capacities. She also spent several summers at circus
camps training lots of children and creating shows for lots of children. Jessica is trained in spotting
and accident prevention.
|Catie holding her handstand while being interviewed by Charlie Belcher of Good Day Tampa Bay
Acrobatics & Contortion
After a full schedule
of dance training for years, Catie decided to run off and join the circus. Since then she has trained with Mongolian Contortionist,
Sergima and Master Lu Yi of China at the San Francisco Circus Center. Catie
now performs at many events throughout the US, including performances at Alcatraz, the Queen Mary cruise ship, Teatro Zinzanni
and Super Bowl 2008. Catie manages to fit into her intense training and performing regime returning
to the Tampa Bay Area for workshops and performances with Dance & Circus Arts.
more of Catie at
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Dance & Circus Arts of
Tampa Bay* * *Dance Studio is located at:
1610 N. Hercules Ave., Suite G&H, Clearwater, FL. 33765
Circus Arts Facility
is located at:1490 N. Belcher Rd., Suites I&J,
Clearwater, FL. 33765(corner of Belcher & Range
Rds.)727-222-8537* * *