ABOUT PURE ENERGY DANCE CENTER
Welcome! We believe in challenging, developing and inspiring our students. We want everyone to experience dance in a fun and progressive way while meeting good friends! We believe in thinking differently by making our classes creative, engaging and, disciplined with adding the BrainDance method in all classes. You are in the hands of professional certified teachers using positive reinforcement. Dance workshops, intensives and specialty classes are offered year round for the beginner to the professional. You or your child will learn real world performance skills year round. We accept students year round. Teaching beyond the steps!
We are dedicated to providing each student the opportunity to learn the art of dance and fitness in a positive, structured, no stress inspiring environment. We strive to develop self-confidence, discipline and sense of accomplishment in our students, and encourage having fun while doing so. We provide quality and successful dance education since 1985. Our BrainDance methods are used in all classes. This develops every student into a whole dancer as skilled technician, critical thinker, collaborator, and creator. Working as a dance family, we treasure relationship building, sportsmanship, and friendship.
Dancers maximize cognitive function and muscle memory through practice. Dance is a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, cardiovascular conditioning, and mental stimulation. Dancing enhances your life in many ways; cardio health, motor skills, confidence, coordination, relaxation, and fun.
Michele Ryan – Owner /Artistic Director
Professional Certified Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Dance Judge
Michele Ryan has been in the dance and theatre industry for over 35 years. She started at age 3, went professional at age 18, she has performed in national dance companies and lead rolls in musical theatre, a total of 78 theatre shows. Performed in music videos, commercials, infomercials and theme parks in the USA. She has performed with Whitney Huston, Mark Walburg, David Copperfield, Crystal Waters, Pink, 2 Unlimited, CeCe Peniston, Neil Young, Usher, Janet Jackson, Gregory Hines, BTK, Chaka Khan, Cuban Pete, Marc Anthony, and Rhythm Syndicate to name a few. Michele received her training and has attended workshops in New York City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Miami, Paris, and London. Michele has assisted the masters Sue Samuel, Tommy Tune, Shelia Barker and Luigi. She has studied with Gus Giordano, Joe Termain, Tony Capolla, Frank Hatchett, David Howard, Charles Kelly, Cuban Pete and Ballet Mistress, Madame Darvish. Performed with Jeff “Phi” Nguyen and the late Gary “Gee” Kendall (Jabbawockeez) as well.
1990 she founded Studio 1 Dance Center in Northeast Pennsylvania. She has been operating in Florida since 2003. Over the last three decades, she has taught all ages and all forms of dance since she was 16 years old. Michele created over 100 successful performance teams with over a thousand wins. She has also choreographed numerous theatre and staged shows in the USA and taught a dance camp to national gymnastic teams at TEAM USA (French Canadian Team)
Former student credits have gone on to join the NYC Rockettes, Sesame Place, NBA and NFL dance teams, professional Ballet companies and perform in music videos, Broadway, commercials and successful careers beyond dance. Michele Ryan and her students have been featured in magazines Dance Studio Life and Dance Teacher magazines many times. As well as E-Bella, Florida Weekly, Naples News and, broadcast on national and international television.
Michele Ryan is certified/degree Dance Masters Of American, Dance Educators Of America and Science/Dance. She offers workshops, seminars and noncompetitive classes to all ages and dance forms. Michele conducts dance classes and workshops along with being a dance and pageant judge. Please view full bio to the right.
Astrid Rivarola – Certified Educator & Dance Instructor
Astrid Rivarola has been a performer and competitor for over fourteen years. She was the dance team captain during high school and was a member of Platinum Coast Dance Company at the former Studio 1 Dance Centers in Pennsylvania and South West Florida (now Pure Energy Dance Center) with Michele Ryan. Performed in professional stage shows, competitive dance teams and half-time dance shows. She received training in hip hop, ballet, Latin and jazz. Attended multiple workshops across Florida and Peru. Astrid has also played the violin at Carnegie Hall in New York City and participated in modelling competitions in Miami. She attended Florida International University to pursue a career in education and has years of experience working with young children. Astrid obtained her CDA and director’s credential from the Department of Children and Families. She has high expectations for all her students and believes that every child can learn in different ways. Throughout her career, she has received recognition in the fields of arts and education. Astrid is currently an educator in Naples and a dance teacher and director of creative dance camp mixed with education at Pure Energy Dance Center!