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Elisha Byerly started her dance training as a young child and from ages 14 to 18, she performed across the U.S., Israel, and Puerto Rico with a dance theatre company. Since then, Elisha has directed her own performing arts company and choreographed for organizations across Tampa Bay. She has taught and performed in Ireland, India, and Poland. She is a graduate of University of South Florida with a B.A. in Dance Studies. Besides teaching, she dances with Fuzion Dance Artists in Sarasota.

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MaryElizabeth Ameal received her training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz at Florida Ballet Arts in Sarasota and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut. At age 14, shewas selected to perform as a Junior Company Member with the Sarasota Ballet under thedirection of Eddy Toussaint and at 16, with the Nutmeg Ballet Company. During her professional career, she performed for Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Classical Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, Ballet South, Starpointe Productions, and as a choreography demonstrator for Frank Hatchett, “Master of Jazz”. MaryElizabeth has served as Ballet Master to West Florida Ballet, San Diego Ballet, and Unity Dance Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based contemporary company. As the Artistic/Executive Director of Florida Ballet Arts Academy and the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble, she earned great respect from the community through her unwavering commitment to excellence and sharp attention to detail, producing the area’s top level dancers while dazzling Sarasota audiences for more than a decade with professional seasonal performances at the Sarasota Opera House and Van Wezel. MaryElizabeth has since served as coast-to-coast Conductor of Auditions for Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and Carreno Dance Festival, and has taught master classes across the country. Her students have gone on to dance professionally for Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Boston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Les Grand Ballet Canadiens de Montreal.




Bethany Laney has danced in the Sarasota area for 20 years. Her training stems from the Sarasota Ballet School, West Coast Civic Ballet and Booker H.S. Bethany is the founder and teacher of Balanced Babywearing Ballet; a unique ballet class structured for moms and their babies in order to help moms “balance” taking care of their infants and themselves. This is also Bethany’s third year teaching ballet and lyrical at the School of Russian Ballet. Along with teaching dance, Bethany is also an adjunct professor of religious studies at State College of Florida, a wife, and mother of two boys.