Katie Goughan was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. She began dancing at the age of six in 1998 at Dance Explosion under the direction of Lori Duffy. Katie continued dancing through highschool with Dance Explosion. She won numerous national and regional titles with Dance Explosion’s competition team. After graduating high school in 2010 from Saint Thomas Aquinas, Katie attended Barry University to study photography. Between the years of 2010 and 2017, she continued teaching for Miss Lori at Dance Explosion. Concurrently, Katie began her own photography business, KGPhotos. She became extremely well known in the dance industry for her dance photography. With her success, her work was featured in a national ad for the National YoungArts foundation, numerous magazines such as Dance Spirit and was a featured photographer in Boy Dance Magazine’s 2019 Winter issue. Katie continues to travel to top studios, throughout North America, to work with their dancers. In 2017, she left her home at Dance Explosion to tour with Jump Dance Convention as their lead photographer. Katie has since had the opportunity to work with the best and most sought after choreographers and teachers in the dance industry including; Wade Robson, Teddy Forance, Mike Minery, Melanie Moore, Nick Lazzarini, Al Blackstone, Misha Gabriel, Katy Spreadbury, Kirsten Russell, Francisco Gella and many more! After gaining much experience and knowledge with traveling and working with the dance community, Katie is returning to her home at Dance Explosion. Ready to lead her home studio with love, kindness, and a good work ethic. She hopes to lead by example, and create an environment that is positive for all students to learn and build their love for dance in the same studio where she did!
Mariea began her dance training at the age of six with the Cobb-Marietta Ballet School, just outside of Atlanta, Ga. At the age of 19, she became a principal dancer with The Georgia Ballet, under the direction of Iris Hensley, and toured Germany as a part of the "Sister City" program. While at The Georgia Ballet, Mariea received training from Iris Hensley, Irene "Bunny" Pollock, Valerie Grieg, Terrell Paulk, Sergiu Stefanci, Vanessa Harwood, and Joanie Stewart.
From 1995-2003, Mariea was the director of Dance Stop Studios Ballet Ensemble instructing and choreographing for pre-professional students. She also danced for the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre, from 1994-1996, receiving additional training from Martha Goodman and Nicolas Pacana. While at RMDT, she had the opportunity to be in works choreographed by Sarah Yarborough and Jimmy Locust. Mariea participated in Young Audiences, an enrichment program for local schools, and has toured the southeast, performing classical and contemporary works.
Ms. Motter has coached former Miss Georgia and Broadway performer, Stephanie Michels, as well as several other award winning pageant competitors. She also won an honorable mention award in 2000 at the Panoply Arts Choreography Competition for her piece "Legs on the Move".
With 37 years of teaching experience ages 3-adult, Mariea’s unique approach to ballet is well received by her students. Many of her students have been accepted into intensive programs including: Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, FSU, and Ballet Magnificat.
Mariea was the founder and Artistic Director of Envision Ballet Theatre (a youth ballet ensemble) from 2009-2018.
Currently, Mariea is a freelance ballet teacher educating beginning and advanced students throughout South Florida.
Mariea enjoys spending time with her family and playing the drums. She is also a proud cancer survivor and shares her strength with others through her passion for teaching and love of classical ballet.
Danielle Moore is a highly trained dancer, instructor, choreographer and model with more than 30 years of experience in dance and the arts. Danielle grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and took her first dance class at the age of three. She is a well-rounded and gifted dancer who was trained in all styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, ballroom, musical theater and tap. Throughout her modeling and dance career, she has been featured in numerous production shows, commercials, music videos, online advertising, live concert performances and magazines, including choreographing opening acts for major recording artists and TV/Media. Danielle was also under contract with Norwegian Cruise Lines where she travelled the Caribbean and Europe performing nightly in multiple broadway productions such as Fosse, Vegas Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, and Sealegs Goes Hollywood.. just to name a few. Danielle has worked in the development and production of various themed production performances, casinos and large grand openings showcased in multiple states and worldwide and is also the Co-Creator of the “Sexy Six”. She was awarded an award from the IAAPA foundation for her choreography and production for a major theme park show.
She has been involved for over 15 years in development and management of dance studios, competitive solos/duets/trios and dance groups, choreographing and training students from ages 4 years old to professionals and has been the recipient of various national dance and choreography recognition awards, she is the former owner of Moore Dance Company. Danielle currently instructs and choreographs at dance studios and dance conventions all around South Florida, USA and Internationally. She was also the Artistic Director for Millennium Dance Complex Miami’s pre-professional company, teaching and choreographing all styles of dance. You’ll also find her choreography onboard RCCL and DCL, she has worked with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines and Disney Cruise Lines choreographing and directing the development of produced theme shows on the ships. She graduated valedictorian from Aveda Institute. Modeling for multiple clothing boutiques and entertainment companies. The founder of S.W.A.T. Stiletto Workout and Athletic Training. A dance workout class that fuses fitness with dance choreography in heels!
Danielle is a motivator and an educator who is truly passionate when it comes to whatever she does, with and at any level.
Angela Cifone found her passion for dance at 7 years old and knew she wanted to pursue it as a career when older. She booked her first professional job as a dancer in the movie Step up 4 choreographed by Travis Wall when she was just 18 years old. Right after that she moved to New York and then to LA for 6 years to pursue her professional dance career. While there, she has done many live performances, a target commercial, was apart of a contemporary dance company, performed at LA fashion week, assisted on “So You Think You Can Dance” and more. She is currently a traveling instructor on NUVO Dance Convention. Her most recent job was working at sea on A Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Ship as a dancer in one of their production shows on Ovation of the Seas. Through that, she has had the opportunity to visit places such as Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, and Malaysia to name a few. She has a passion for teaching kids dance and helping them purse their dreams in life.
Sarah Haupt is an instructor and alumni at Dance Explosion. Dancing since age 3, she has studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary dance, and currently teaches these styles at Dance Explosion. Upon graduating high school, Sarah taught gymnastics at a gym and became involved with her local college's dance program. Sarah has competitive and recreational performance experience as well as choreographing for Dance Explosion's "DE Crew" for the past 3 years. Sarah loves working with children of all ages and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in education. Her teaching philosophy involves emphasizing the importance of technique while leaving room for creativity, fun, and collaboration.
Dr Christine Lessard-Lloyd has been a Physical Therapist for 20 years. She was the Supervisor of Outpatient Rehab for the past 10 years and lead PT for the Dance Medicine Program for a local healthcare system. Her passion for dance and physical therapy has driven her to own her own local practice, Dance Medicine. She has more than 30 years of dance experience and is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, KT taping, NeuroTour Backstage Injury Prevention, and Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. She is also a 10 year member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Her passion is educating dancers on injury prevention, promoting proper stretching and dance specific strengthening. She has worked with dancers from New World School of the Arts, Miami City Ballet, Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders, The Ailey School, Juilliard, and professional ballroom dancers including US and World Ballroom Champion. She also teaches dance conditioning classes and seminars for local competitive studios, pre-professional and professional companies. “As a PT who is also a dancer, I have the advantage of understanding the physical demand on the body and how to condition dancers by finding the balance between flexibility and stability to minimize the risk of injury.”
Briana is a recent law school graduate from Penn State Law pursuing a Masters in Law at the University of Miami. She is trained in styles such as tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop, & Latin ballroom. Briana was born and raised in Hollywood and spent her time dancing competitively all through her youth. She danced on her highschool's dance team at Chaminade Madonna, as well as danced in college at the University of Central Florida on the Knights and Damsels Dance Company. Briana's performances include Disney's Christmas Special, Miami Salsa Congress, Orlando Fashion Week, and the many other opportunities Knights and Damsels Dance Company provided for her during her time at UCF. Her choreography has been seen at UCF's Annual Dance Concert, Knights and Damsels Annual Showcase, Central Florida's Dancing for Diabetes, and on stage at national touring competitions. Briana has been teaching dance for over 8 years and is super excited to bring her passion to Dance Explosion this year.
Melissa began her dance training at The Dancexchange at the age of 11. She was known as a “studio kid” being at the studio six days a week being trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, lyrical, hip-hop and African under the instruction of Linda Rogers Albritton, Yayi Faretta, Ursino Del Valle, Annalisia Simone and Zedric Bembry of hip hop company Live in Color just to name a few. Melissa was a Senior Performing Group member competing in local and regional competitions winning various awards and performed at numerous venues. She was also a teacher’s assistant during this time. She continued her dance studies through college while teaching at various dance studios, and performing professionally with the Millennium Dancers Dance Company. She has also performed at Disney and Universal Studios and University of Miami’s halftime shows. In addition, she has performed and choreographed for Ft. Lauderdale by the Sea’s Christmas Tree Lighting for several years. She continues to teach all ages and levels at various studios as well as schools and in addition, choreographs pieces for competitions while placing a strong emphasis on discipline and character development as well as dance technique. Melissa graduated from Florida International University with her B.S in Journalism and Mass Communications, but has made dance instruction her full time career.
Christy is a former competitive gymnast who competed at national levels. She previously coached gymnastics at her home gym, and is excited to bring a strong gymnastics background to her acro classes. She brings a positive, fun attitude while teaching, and focuses on building a solid, clean, gymnastics foundation, essential for acrobatics. Christy recently graduated with her BA in communications, and is pursuing an acting career and a law degree. She has appeared in multiple commercials one of her favorites being doing back handsprings with Olympic gymnast, Gabby Douglas, for AT&T. Recently working at Walt Disney World, Christy likes incorporating creative and fun exercises to build work ethic, strength, and flexibility, and can’t wait to bring her love of gymnastics and dance to Dance Explosion!
Ahviana began dancing at the age of three at Dance Explosion. She joined the competition team at age eleven and went on to train in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, jazz, and acro. She is extremely grateful for the love of dance, friends, and opportunities Dance Explosion has offered her throughout the years. Ahviana attended Dillard High School as a member of the magnet program for dance. She was able to attend Joffrey Ballet’s Musical Theatre Intensive, taking classes with members of Alvin Ailey, and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up she always assisted with the younger classes at the studio and was even an assistant at a pre-school. In 2018, she graduated high school wanting to pursue a career on Broadway. She is currently enrolled at Nova University as a double major in Dance and Musical Theatre. In college, Ahviana has taught multiple dance classes and even choreographed pieces for dance shows and musical numbers. A piece she was featured in was one of eight selected for a special performance at ACDA. She is also a part of AlonzoWill Creative Dance Co. which is a new dance company created for community outreach through art initiative and creativity through diversity. Ahviana is very excited to instill the passion, love, and sense of community Dance Explosion has given her to all the students she comes across.
Laura Marcano was raised in Caracas, Venezuela where she began dancing at the age of 6 . She continued her dance training at Impetu Dance Center and later joined their dance team where she won several national and international titles. At 17 she moved to Florida and joined Dance Explosion’s competition team, participating in many competitions and conventions. In 2018, she got a full scholarship to participate in Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in New York where she got to take classes with world renowned faculty. The next year, she also got to take part in “Flux Factor” an intensive led by Royal Flux Dance Company (World of Dance) and got to work with one of her favorite choreographers Jaci Royal. Currently, she’s a part of Show Stopper Dance Company which was recently featured on NBC’s “World Of Dance”. She’s also studying to become a Physical Therapist and hopes to connect her knowledge and passion for dance with this career. She aspires to be a role model for the younger girls in the studio and to provide them positive guidance
Gracie is an experienced dance teacher who learned her love of dance through Dance Explosion at age 3. Her passion is providing knowledge and guidance with integrity to children within school and studio settings. She is dedicated to helping children develop their emotional, behavioral, and social skills through dance.
Gracie strives to always be patient and kind while teaching the foundations of dance, with age appropriate communication skills and encouragement through fun and compassion. Her goal is that every child’s time spent in her class encourages their love of dance to grow.