Instructors

Victoria Blevins

Victoria Blevins has been a dance instructor for over 15 years. Her love of dance began at an early age. Her training included all forms of dance and acrobatics. She pursued her dream thirteen years ago after opening her dance studio in Brandon.

A graduate of Brandon High School, Victoria was captain of Brandon High’s Dance team, her senior year. She was selected NCA All American Dancer and invited to perform at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Orange Bowl. As a student she performed with the Tampa Ballet. Victoria performed two years at Walt Disney World as an entertainer in various shows and parades. She was featured on the nationally televised Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parade at the Magic Kingdom, in Orlando.

Victoria earned her Associates of Arts Degree and is a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association. Victoria has attended master classes with well-known choreographers, such as Joe Tremaine, Cathy Roe, Darrin Henson and Frank Hatchett at the Broadway Dance Center in New York. Her most recent “Dance Teacher” convention included master classes with Bob Rizzo and the New York City Rockettes. Many of her students have gone on to pursue careers in dance. Several dance professionally with Walt Disney World and Sea World while others have gone on to perform as Tampa Bay Storm and Buccaneer Cheerleaders.

Victoria has been recognized with many outstanding choreography awards over the years and overall scoring dances. She continues to raise her team students with a nurturing, yet challenging environment. Pushing all of her students to not only meet, but exceed their own expectations and goals. Victoria is a firm believer that a good dancer is one that feels they can always strive for improvement. She believes that even as an instructor, she is still a student in the ever changing world of dance. As the dance world progresses, so does she.

Victoria continues her education through various conventions and workshops, including Dance Teacher conferences held annually in New York. She feels her passion for dance is reflected through her students and their many accomplishments.

Andrea Frantz

Andrea has been performing for over twenty years. At the age of six, after performing in her first dance recital, Andrea declared she was going to dance for the rest of her life! She was a student of all forms of dance from childhood through her teenage years.

As a student at Bloomingdale High School, Andrea used her training in dance and acrobatics on the cheerleading squad. She also competed with the Brandon All Stars which added another dimension to her talents. Andrea graduated in 2002 from Bloomingdale High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and earned a Bright Futures Scholarship which she used to attend the University of South Florida.

While at USF Andrea took classes in both ballet and modern dance. She attended the “Dance Teacher” convention in New York twice, which included master classes with Bob Rizzo and the New York City Rockettes. She also studied Latin Ballroom with Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, the famous choreographers of the hit show So You Think You Can Dance.

Andrea graduated from the College of Education at USF and is working in Elementary Education.

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Christine Manchesi

Christine Manchesi began dancing at age 5. She was a member of the Brandon High School Dance team and was named team captain her senior year. While in high school, she performed with Community Theater in several musical theater productions.

Christine later attended the University of Tampa where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Dance Theater. After graduation, she assumed the position of head coach for the Brandon High School dance and flag teams and was certified as a Physical Education teacher for high school and elementary school. Christine has been teaching and coaching for seven years. She has been with Victoria’s School of Dance for six years teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Combo classes and the very popular “Dad’s Dance”. Christine is also certified in aerobics, personal training and Pilates. Christine began working back in the school system this year and is the Dance Instructor at Phillip Shore Elementary Magnet School for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor teaches dance class in Riverview FloridaAmy Taylor has an impressive teaching background. Her own training includes the Erie Civic Ballet, Chautauqua Summer Program, National Academy of Dance, Haydee Gutierrez, Tampa Ballet, and the USF Dance Department.

Over the past 30 years Amy has credits including: Artistic Director Florida West Ballet Company, Moscow Ballet Nutcracker Children’s Rehearsal Mistress, USF Adjunct Faculty, Judith Lee Johnson’s Studio, Suncoast Academy.

Many of Amy’s students have gone on to professional careers with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, David Parson’s, Atlanta Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Buglisi Foremann, National Touring Company of The King and I, Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular and more.

Victoria’s School of Dance is fortunate to have the talent of Amy Taylor.

Kelsey Nelson

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Some of her professional credits include Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Rock of Ages (The Feature Film), Royal Caribbean International, Feld Entertainment/Feld Motor Sports, Cirque Productions, Hardrive Productions, Event Show Productions, Novu Productions, Cirque USA, MattocS Productions, Universal Studios Orlando, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL, and Six Flags.

Along with performing, Kelsey works for Universal Dance Association. She has traveled internationally to work special events along with being involved with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the World Dance Championship in Orlando, FL. She judges Universal Dance Association’s International All-Star Dance Championships, UDA College Nationals, and High School National Dance Team Championships. She is one of UDA’s master instructors and choreographs for the summer high school/college camp circuit.

Kelsey is the choreographer for USA Ambassador National Pageant. She sets three opening numbers for the contestants who ranged in age from five to twenty-five. She is also the choreographer for Miss Pinellas County Outstanding Teen Olivia Fiss. Besides choreographing for the pageant Kelsey has also choreographed for Cirque USA, BookaFlashMob.com, St. John’s University, University of South Florida, Oviedo High School, Barron Collier High School, and several studios in the Tampa Bay Area.

Some of her professional credits include Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Rock of Ages (The Feature Film), Royal Caribbean International, Feld Entertainment/Feld Motor Sports, Cirque Productions, Hardrive Productions, Event Show Productions, Novu Productions, Cirque USA, MattocS Productions, Universal Studios Orlando, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL, and Six Flags.

Kelsey travels from coast to coast sharing her knowledge of dance with young dancers through being a judge for national talent competitions. She loves to be able to provide positive feedback and critques to improve a students dance technique and style.

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