Dance Extreme Academy – Loved by Recreational Dancers and Competition Dancers – Will Soon Present The Nutcracker!

Published on 14 December 2016 in Events
Kim Thomas (author)

Kim Thomas

The Dance Extreme Academy students love their studio and teachers!

The Dance Extreme Academy students love their studio and teachers!

Children who learn to dance at Dance Extreme Academy in Trinity are learning more than steps, rhythm and posture, they also learn how to meet challenges, become responsible for timeliness and accountability, plus it is a great way to make friends and have fun.

If you have a child interested in dance, registration is still open and the studio welcomes you! Dance instruction at Dance Extreme Academy starts with the littlest tots at just two years of age, and continues through teen advanced levels.

Dance Extreme Academy has earned numerous awards including Top Studio regionally for the past two years, as well as awards for choreography, technique and versatility. Located at 1720 Davenport Drive in Trinity, Dance Extreme Academy is a beautiful 10,000-square-foot facility with four open dance studios, a tumble track, a kitchen, and a Student Café. Dancers also have their own locker room and a changing area that is separate from the restrooms.

A parents’ viewing area makes it comfortable for parents to watch their children learn a myriad of dance styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, tap and acro. Studios 5, 6, 7 and 8 are awesome spaces, lined with mirrors, ballet bars, and designed with a specialized floor to protect young dancers! The studio is immaculate and designed with room for growth. Your child will love it here whether they are just learning or aspire to dance professionally.

Dance Extreme Academy prides itself on having an exceptional group of dance teachers and a variety of dance classes giving dance students a great platform for learning the basics and advancing to performing recreationally, as well as the expertise instruction to help them excel into competition level when they are ready and if it is something they desire. Though competition is certainly part of the focus at Dance Extreme Academy, and the level of instruction from the teachers on staff is exceptional, there are many students who dance just because they love to dance and perform. In December, the Dance Extreme Academy students will have a chance to perform The Nutcracker for the first time since the studio opened nearly seven years ago. 

Dance Extreme Academy’s Competition Team

Dance Extreme Academy’s Competition Team

Parents, students, teachers, and the owner of Dance Extreme Academy, Darlene Jones, and Dance Program Director Julie Walek, are all very excited about the upcoming performance of The Nutcracker, which is being co-produced with The Center for the Arts at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey.

Dance Extreme Academy’s Ballet Director Laren Cavicchio is excited to be co-directing The Nutcracker, which will be held at the River Ridge High School auditorium on Saturday, December 17th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 18th at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the event, or you can check Dance Extreme Academy’s Facebook page or website ( or the CFA website ( to find out when tickets will be available for advance purchase.

You can also “like” Dance Extreme Academy’s facebook for news and updates.

Quality Dance Education

Dance Extreme Academy is focused on providing a warm, family friendly atmosphere where students receive a quality dance education, and where, if desired, they can foster their talents to take them into professional dance careers and many students have been able to do that. DEA’s mission states: “Our mission is to provide a community-oriented dance program that attracts students of all levels and ages and challenges their abilities in a safe and effective manner to build stronger, well-rounded dancers. We are committed to fostering a safe and fun environment where each student is treated like an individual while learning the importance of working in a group setting. We also offer a strong curriculum for the serious dancer who is looking to compete locally or nationally, or make dance their career.” Students really enjoy learning from their dance teachers, and both Darlene and Julie feel that it is very important that the students have consistency with the same teacher every week. By working with the same students, and students learning from the same teachers, relationships are forged, but not only that, Julie says, “Being consistently with the kids enables the teachers to learn each students’ strengths and weaknesses, and the teachers are better able to help them. Our weekly classes focus on technique and on what the students need to improve on. Our main focus is giving our students the best dance education possible.”

Dance Extreme Academy has twelve dance educators on staff. Julie says, “We have an amazing, highly educated staff that is committed to our students.” Assistant Dance Program Director Martha Estrada says, “We have had students transfer from other schools whose parents mention that they are impressed with the versatility of the curriculum here. Our students have a good understanding of the fundamentals of dance.” Martha adds that there are plenty of opportunities for students to get out of their comfort zones and improve on retaining choreography through the master classes that Dance Extreme Academy offers. In the past, they have had master classes taught by the professional dancers from the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance? This month, the studio is holding a Master Dance Class focused on Hip Hop with Rikkidawn Cooper, who won 1st place at the World of Dance and who appeared on America’s Got Talent, and LarsEric Rouville Brown II, who has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance?, MTV and VH1.

Upcoming in March, there will be a Contemporary Workshop and Dance Extreme Academy is currently working on bringing in some high-profile dancers to instruct. Other master classes planned for the 2017 year will bring in talented Broadway show dancers from Cabaret and Wicked. Dance Extreme Academy’s technique-based curriculum allows their students to reach their highest potential by guiding them and exposing them to dance opportunities both inside and outside the studio.

Many of Dance Extreme Academy’s students excel to professional levels. Emma Meyers, 16, loves her tap dance instructor at Dance Extreme Academy, Cathy Scavelli, who has helped Emma to fine tune her natural talent to become the only dancer from Florida to make the “Olympics of Tap Dancing,” the World Tap Dance Competitions held this December in Germany. (Read Emma’s story on page 40).

Former students are excelling in higher education and dance from the education they received at Dance Extreme Academy: Avery Rizzotto made the USF Dance Team; Mallory Reiger was accepted into and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy; Megan Fuhrman made it onto the Rukus Crew in Orlando and teaches open classes at the University of Central Florida, where she attends college; Catalina Estrada now works seasonally as a dancer at Busch Gardens, and she was on the Final Boss Crew and comanages the female Hip Hop crew Edge, from Tampa; Patrick Brown performs for Universal Studios, dances seasonally at Busch Gardens, and is well recognized in the Tampa Bay Hip Hop community. Over the past six and a half years, Dance Extreme Academy’s students have been accepted and some have earned scholarships to prestigious schools such as the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary Intensive, the Alvin Ailey Intensive in New York City, and the American Ballet Theater Intensive.

It’s not too late to register for classes, Dance Extreme still has openings for both boys and girls, so come on by, meet Darlene, Julie, Martha and the rest of the staff at Dance Extreme Academy.

Dance Extreme Academy is located at 1720 Davenport Drive in Trinity, Florida.

Hours are: 4:30– 9:30 p.m. on Mon. – Thur.; 5:30– 7:30 p.m.
on Fri; 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Sat; closed Sun. 

For more information please call the studio at 727-375-JAZZ (5299)

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