Dana Parsons
  Program Owner / Creative Director 


Dana has been dancing/training for over 25 years and has extensive training in jazz, pom, hip-hop, ballet, and lyrical/contemporary. She was an original member of the very first Dance Mania team in 1999 and is an alumni State and National Champion. She has been coaching and choreographing at Dance Mania for over 18 years and has led numerous teams through successful and triumphant championships. In addition, she choreographs for nationally ranked school, all- star dance, and college dance teams all over the country. She has competed with the nationally renowned Top-Gun Open dance team in Miami, has been a part of the professional COA cheer and dance staff teaching camps and judging competitions, and was a back-up dancer for recording artist Jennifer Glass. In 2009, she was awarded the “Coach Leadership” award at a national competition. In 2010, she was awarded the “Dance Coach of the Year” award at the USASF dance world’s competition, where she was chosen amongst coaches from all over the world. She was also chosen to be a member of the USASF dance advisory board, and the rules & regulations committee. She currently is the owner, head director, and choreographer at Dance Mania All-stars, a choreographer for teams throughout the country, and a dance judge for all-star and school competitions.
 



  Cheryl Dodd
  Studio Recreational Director


Cheryl Dodd has been teaching all dance disciplines for almost 50 years. She has extensively studied and taught ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical/contemporary, and acrobatic/gymnastics. She is sought out as one of the best acrobatic/gymnastics teachers in Central Florida. She opened her first studio right out of high school in Rochester, New York and had 3 locations with over 400 students for 25 years before relocating to Brevard County. She then owned and directed the Brevard Dance Academy in Indian Harbour Beach for 20 years before coming to Dance Mania. Cheryl has trained many national champions, title holders, and professional dancers. Cheryl once choreographed a hit single for the Fifth Dimension. She was the central east director of Florida Dance Masters and has taught master classes all over Florida. Cheryl toured with Star Systems National Talent Competition as a judge and is the director of her own dance competition, Invitational Talent Competition entering it's 45th year. After working in the Brevard County school system for 10 years she has decided to spend her time doing what she loves...sharing the art of dance with all the talented kids at Dance Mania. 
 



  Carrie Oakley
  Office Manager


Carrie has been a part of the Dance Mania program as a supportive parent and team mom for over 9 years. This is her eigth year as office manager for Dance Mania. Carrie's primary role is to serve as the main liason for parents to go to, complete payments, and ask any questions. She is available in the office during normal business hours to assist with any questions regarding studio and program  information.  


 

 



  Andrea Chapman
  Head Dance Coach & Assistant Choreographer (Dana Parsons Choreography)

Andrea has been dancing for over 20 years and has extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, pom, hip-hop, lyrical/contemporary, acro, and creative movement. She began coaching at Dance Mania at the age of 16 and upon graduation from high school, moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. While in college, she coached with the Lake Mary All-Stars studio for four years and worked as part of the professional staff teaching camps through the COA Cheer & Dance organization. Andrea graduated from UCF with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Coaching. She served as one of the founding members of Dance Mania's "Dance Abilities", a team made up of local dancers with special needs who share an incredible love for dance. Coach Andrea is a USASF Dance Credentialed coach with emphasis in dance foundations ,legality/safety, as well as the pom, jazz, and hip hop dance styles. She is a 6th grade teacher at MILA Elementary in Merritt Island and loves to spend her free time at Disney World! Andrea was inducted in the Dance Mania Hall of Fame in 2017 and is excited for another year with the program! She is currently enrolled with the Masters Program through UCF and continues to lead our dancers to excellence day in and day out!
 



  Daney Soto-Barreto
  Head Dance Coach, Studio Class Instructor, Marketing, Social Media, & Web Design

Daney has been dancing and competing both nationally and internationally for over 25 years with extensive training in numerous styles of classical studio, drill team, and all-star dance. Originally raised between Mexico and Texas, she moved to Melbourne where she graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences, focusing on the fields of Aerospace Engineering, Biology, and Education. She served as the head coach for the Palm Bay High School Precisions dance team for 4 years and assistant coach for the Bayside Impressions Dance Team. She has choreographed for both local and national all-star and school teams. She is entering her 9th season with Dance Mania. Daney has worked on staff with various dance organizations out of Texas and Florida including the American Championships / Varisty Gainesville brand. She previously worked at the Walt Disney Resort as an entertainment performer for almost 7 years. In 2012, she was named Dance Mania's "Dancer of the Year". She holds over 15 years of combined experience as a coach, judge, choreographer, and conditioning trainer in the dance industry. Daney is a certified personal trainer as well as a USASF Dance Credentialed coach with emphasis in dance foundations, legality / safety, as well as the pom, jazz, and hip hop dance styles. She currently serves on the USASF Regional Advisory Board for Dance, is a USASF Mentoring Leader, and is the dance representative for the National All-Star Connection in the Southeast region. 
 


  Erika Rios
  Head Dance Coach & Assistant Choreographer (Dana Parsons Choreography)

Originally from Melbourne, Florida, Erika was trained at Dance Mania All-Stars in jazz, pom, and ballet. While in high school, Erika was a member of her award-winning high school dance team and was named Captain her senior year. In 2011, Erika moved to Tallahassee to study at Florida State University. During her time at FSU, Erika trained as a company member, worked as an instructor, and was assistant director of the youth company at Dance Fusion Studios. While at DFS and FSU, Erika has been trained further in contemporary, jazz, modern, hip hop, acro, and improvisation techniques. She also partook in ballet training for non-majors with the FSU School of Dance. In 2013, Erika became a part of the Universal Dance Association (UDA) staff, with whom she travels throughout the country teaching technique and dance material at summer dance camps. Erika received her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature with a minor in Education from FSU. She has co-choreographed with and assisted Dana Parsons since the summer of 2012 and continues to do so now. With DFS she has choreographed solos, duets, and small ensembles, all of which received 1st and 2nd in their categories this past season. Erika currently serves at the lead producer for DanceSounds located out of Melbourne and has one of the best dance vlogs around! 
 


 

  Jenny Arnold
  Head Dance Coach, Studio Class Instructor, & Dance Mania Academy Facilitator

Jenny  has been a part of Dance Mania for four years. She is a supportive parent to her daughters, Haley who dances on several all star teams and cheers on her oldest daughter who is a pitcher for a 14u fast pitch travel ball team. Jenny's role at the studio is teaching studio classes, head coaching and assistant coaching, and teaching private lessons. New this year, Jenny will be our facilitator for the 2018/2019 Dance Academy and part of our enrichment program. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and teaches at a local preschool called where she has worked for over 9 years teaching VPK along with being their theme coordinator for ages 18 months all the way to elementary levels. In Jenny’s younger years, Jenny cheered and danced competitively for over 12 years on a all star team and coached for 5 years. Throughout this time is when she was trained in Pom, Jazz, acro, jumps, stretch and flex. She is excited for another year of coaching at Dance Mania!



 Gracie Fontaine
 Studio Class Instructor, & Assistant Choreographer (Dana Parsons Choreography)

Gracie has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has been a part of the Dance Mania family for 13 seasons. She is currently a senior with the Dance Mania Academy and is a member of the Dance mania coaching staff! In 2013, she was recognized as Dance Mania's "Dancer of the Year". When she's not at the studio, Gracie helps at her church and works hard in school. Gracie will be attending the University of Tennessee in the Fall and we cannot wait to watch her excel in college!
 



 Brenna Stambaugh
 Studio Class Instructor, & Assistant Choreographer (Dana Parsons Choreography)
 

 


 


  Danni Gelin
  Assistant Coach & Studio Class Assistant

Danni has been a part of the Dance Mania family for  over 11 years. She is currently a 10th grader at West Shore Jr/Sr High School. This is Danni's second year on the Dance mania coaching staff! Danni was recognized as Dance Mania's "Dancer of the Year" in 2017. 



 


  Kylie Schwab
  Assistant Coach 

Kylie has been dancing since she was 3 years old and is going on to her 11th season as a Dance Mania dancer. This is her first season working on staff! Kylie attends Central Middle School and is excited to head into high school! She is a national and state champion, as well as a worlds medalist. Kylie loves to work hard in school and is apart of the national junior honor society. Kylie cannot wait for another amazing season!



 


  Carina Torres
  Assistant Coach

Carina has been a part of Dance Mania for 6 years and has trained in Jazz, Pom, Ballet, and Kick. She graduated high school from Melbourne Central Catholic where she was a part of the Stingers Dance Team for 3 years. She just recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Sciences. She is currently working at Holmes Regional Medical Center as well as helping with the family Real Estate business. She is extremely excited for her first year on the Dance Mania coaching staff and being a part of the DM family for another year! 


 


  Chelsea Beard
  Head Coach - Dance Abilities

Chelsea has been dancing and training for over 20 years with extensive training in Tap, Jazz, Pom, all-star Dance and DanceAbilities. Originally raised in Connecticut, she grew up dancing tap and jazz at a small studio. In high school, Chelsea moved with her family to Colorado where she joined her local high school’s Pom team and continued her dance training at a local studio. She attended the University of Northern Colorado where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education with a minor in dance. While attending college, Chelsea held office roles in the student run Dance Alliance program, as well as the college’s chapter of Best Buddies. She also stage managed multiple student choreographed dance shows, choreographed artistic pieces for the dance minor program, and held multiple roles in the Miranda’s Nightmare annual show. After graduating college, Chelsea continued to grow her passion for dance and special education curriculum at Peak Athletics. She served as one of the head coaches for the Stars Dance Team (DanceAbilities) for 5 years, as well as the mini prep coach for 2 years. She also taught recreational classes for all athletes, hosted summer camps, and implemented monthly clinics for the Stars Dance Team. Chelsea became a very established coach while at Peak Athletics by traveling out of state national competitions with the Stars Dance team, winning local competitions with the mini prep teams, and most importantly attending the inaugural year of the DanceAbilities division at the 2018 Dance Worlds. Chelsea and her husband recently relocated to Melbourne, FL and she is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the athletes at DanceMania! She pushes all athletes to full ability participation and has a huge heart for individuals with varying abilities.
 


  Catherine Cotto-Perez
  Assistant Coach 

Catherine (CP) has been dancing for  over 13 years and is excited to continue on as a coach with Dance Mania. CP graduated from FLVS and was a part of the 2019 Dance Mania Academy graduating class. She is currently attending Eeastern Florida College and hopes to work in the medical field soon. This is CP's first year on staff and she is so excited to share her knowledge with this season's dancers!


 

 


  Sophie Lyons
  Assistant Coach 

Sophie has been dancing for 10 years and this will be her 5th year at Dance Mania. This is her 1st year working on staff. She attends Holy Trinity and is going into 9th grade. Sophie is a Senior dancer and is a state and national champion, and a worlds medalist. She is also apart of the National Junior Honor Society. Sophie is so excited for this season!





 


  Megan Klassen
  Assistant Coach, Studio Class Instructor, Assistant Choreographer (Dana Parsons Choreography)

Megan has been dancing for  over 13 years and this will be her 13th season with Dance Mania. Megan graduated from Melbourne Central Catholic and is currently attending EFC in Brevard. Megan can always be found in hip hop classes assisting Brenna or alongside Coach Dana assisting with incredible choreography. No matter where we are, we can always count on Megan to bring on the fun! She is so excited for this season and can't wait for what's to come!

 

 


  Emily Jeffcoat
  Assistant Coach

Emily has been dancing for  over 10 years and this will be her 1st year on staff. She is currently enrolled in the inagural class of the Dance Mania Academy and loves to be at the studio. During her off time, Emily plays lacrosse and spends time with her family. She is a senior dancer and dance world medalist. She can't wait for what's to come!

 


 


  Isabella Morejon
  Assistant Coach

Isabella has been dancing since she was 6 and has been a part of the Dance Mania family for 9 years. She is currently a sophomore at Rockledge High school. This is her first on coaching staff and she is so excited to get to work with all the dancers! She is a senior dancer as well as a National & Worlds medalist.