About

ABOUT PURE ENERGY DANCE CENTER

Looking for a dance studio in Naples, Florida?  You’ve come to the right place!  Your child or you will have an amazing, challenging and breathtaking experience with us! We believe in developing and inspiring our students one at a time. We offer all styles of dance.  We are the area’s leader with beginner recreational dancers to professional performers! Experience high quality dance instruction with progression. We provide many performance opportunities and giving back to the community. Conveniently located in the middle of Collier Blvd./951.  Now enrolling for 2018 and 2019! Dance classes, workshops, intensives and specialty classes are offered year round for the beginner to the professional. Teaching beyond the steps! 

OUR MISSION

Pictured Samantha Winters: Pure Energy Dance Center dancer!  We are dedicated to providing each dancer the opportunity to learn the art of dance and fitness in a positive, structured, no stress inspiring environment. Your child or you will develop self-confidence, discipline and sense of accomplishment and encourage having fun while doing so. We provide quality and successful dance education since 1985.  Working as a dance family, we treasure relationship building, sportsmanship, and friendship.

WHY DANCE?

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 / Instructor

Professional Certified Dance Instructor/ Choreographer and Dance Judge

Michele Ryan has been in the dance and theatre industry for over 36 years. She started at age 3, went professional at age 18.  Performed in dance companies and leading rolls in musical theatre, music videos, commercials, infomercials and theme parks in the USA.  She has performed with and had cameos with Whitney Huston, Mark Walburg, Cinderella, David Copperfield, Crystal Waters, Pink, 2 Unlimited, CeCe Peniston, Neil Young, Usher, Janet Jackson, Gregory Hines, B2K, Boys To Men, 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 the masters 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 Child 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!