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Our Dance Faculty
Cori Ramos, Studio Owner
Cori opened Dance Obsession in 2008 at the age of 19. She started dancing when she was four years old and teaching at the age of 15. Cori has worked with numerous choreographers such as Wade Robson, Laurie Ann Gibson, Barry Youngblood, Dustin Phillips and Darren Henson, to name a few. Over the past eight years, Cori has been able to build a fun, family-oriented and prestigious dance studio in Palm Beach Gardens where she believes every student has the ability to be a star.
Julie began her dance training here in South Florida at the age of five years old and has continued to expanded her dance education at many studios in South Florida and in New York City. She is a Bak Middle School of the Arts dance major alumni, and was a member of the Palm Beach Gardens High School Dance Team; The Gatorettes.
Julie spent four years dancing with the Miami City Ballet, performing in The Nutcracker. She’s also showcased her talents at Walt Disney World and at a variety of events all over South Florida, including recording for Radio Disney and starring in a music video for Miami artist Astari Nite. She’s been sharing her love for dance since 2004 and her goal is to inspire her students to live their dreams.
Rachel Travis has had the pleasure of dancing and teaching competitively for the last 19 years. Throughout that time she been trained in numerous styles of dance including: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and tumbling. Though she has experience in many areas of dance choreography, she has won awards in jazz and hip hop choreography at both National and Regional competitions.
Rachel continues to pursue her passion for dance by showcasing her talents as a member of the Church By the Glades (CBG) dance team, by teaching at both the Palm Beach County School District and the Palm Beach Twirling Classic the last two (2) years, and by choreographing for the Solid Gold Twirlers senior competitive team.
Rachel has had the unique experience to be trained by Sean Green, Darren Henson, Barry Youngblood, and Dustin Phillips. Her goal is to use her vast experiences to help young dancers become the best they can be by constantly challenging and inspiring them to find themselves through dance.
Tonya has been teaching dance for 17 years. She was born and raised in Palm Beach Gardens and has been dancing since the age of two. Ann Fraser was her instructor at the Gardens Dance Academy, where she taught Tonya for 15 years. Tonya became a student teacher and instructed jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop & tumbling for students ages two to 16 years old. She has worked at many local dance studios and ran The Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens from 2007-2008. At the end of 2008, she moved to San Diego to start Tonya Wolfe’s Dance Academy and ran it until she moved back to Palm Beach County to be closer to her family.
Kelly began her dance career after she graduated from Howard W. Blake high school for the performing arts in Tampa, Florida with a “Masters in Dance.” Kelly then went to study economics and marketing at Florida Atlantic University. While at FAU she became a professional dancer for the Florida Panthers NHL team. Kelly has been teaching tap dancing for five years at studios across Florida. She has continued to study dance at multiple schools including The Boston Conservatory, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and the Human Rhythm Project. Kelly has won many awards for her choreography at regional and national competitions, and she hopes to continue to inspire young dancers and #BringTapBack!
Mr. Larry graduated with a bachelor’s concentrated in Hip-Hop Culture from Rutgers University in 2003 and has been teaching, dancing, training and performing his style of hip-hop for more than 15 years. He has had the pleasure of choreographing for artists such as Sean Kingston “Fire Burning,” JRand “Spirit of the Radio,” Black Dada “Imma Zoe” and Kat Lane of Hits 97.3 (FL). He has also been featured as an opening act for such artists as B.O.B., T-Pain, Cobra Starship, Rae Sremmurd, Kirko Bangz, Sean Paul, The Spinners and the Village People. Larry has also been seen on MTV with Pitbull and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where he performed with JRand featuring Flo Rida. Though he loves to perform, his passion rests in teaching. His teaching experience is quite extensive, having taught all over the country and abroad. He teaches all levels from elementary to collegiate and professionals. Some of his former students have gone on to dance with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Rihanna. He has conducted master classes for many conventions including Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Pick the Stars International (Can), and UDX Hip Hop Convention. He has also taught at many colleges including Rutgers University, FIU, FSU and Florida School of the Arts. His latest projects include being one of the choreographers for the interactive and energetic stage performances “The SHOP” and “TWISTED,” presented by Loud Live Productions. Currently, Mr. Larry teaches dance for the school district of Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Most recently, Mr. Larry performed at the Palm Beach International Film Festival 2017.
Alexandra San Miguel
Alexandra was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida and began dancing at the age of three. She was formally trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip Hop and Contemporary. She found her love and passion of teaching dance early on in life and has taught at several studios is Palm Beach County. She was fortunate enough to train under Alonzo King, Natalie Gonzales and Sean Green. She has also performed with Florida’s Main Attraction traveling team and was awarded Miss Dance of Florida in 2010. After she graduated from FAU, Alexandra began working for Royal Caribbean International where she performed as a Dancer and Aerialist for two and a half years. Her goal is to continue to spread her love of dance with all of HER students and inspire them to continue working towards their goals!
Rafael Ferreras received his ballet training in New York with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Joffrey Ballet. Memphis audiences know him for his leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Mark Godden’s Firebird, Angels in the architecture and Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. He also performed in Trey McIntyre’s Memphis, The Naughty Boy, Touched, Second Before the Ground and High Lonesome. He has danced with Tulsa Ballet, Hartford Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Elisa Monte Dance and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. His first main stage ballet choreographed for Ballet Memphis, Politics, debuted in New York City in 2015. Other works include Memphis Made, Iola Southern Fields, Le Bouef sur le Toit and Constructive Critic. Rafael’s work also includes collaborations with The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Iris Orchestras, Hattiloo Theatre and Macgillivray Freeman films. Rafael has taught at numerous dance studios throughout Palm Beach County and is excited to be on staff with Dance Obsession!
Ashley has always wanted to have a career in dance. She started her journey at the age of three, at Tony Lynn’s Dance Studio. At the age of 9 she was asked to become an assistant teacher, in which she accepted, but little did she know how much she’d enjoy it. As time went on, her love for dance only grew, and at the age of 11 she found herself going to Dance Obsession for a trial class. Ashley grew up from that point on within this studio, and practically made a second family along the way. At the age of fourteen, she decided to audition for Dance Obsession’s Dance Company, and made their Senior dance team. She went on to do that for three years, and loved the ability to perform at competitions. After her competition years had come to an end, she knew she didn’t want to stop there. Ashley continues to assist classes to this day. She loves seeing her students grow into beautiful dancers, while seeing the glow in their eyes when they achieve something they’ve been working towards. Whether it’s from an old teacher, or even her own student, she believes that you are never done
learning new things; there will always be new techniques out there, and that’s something that makes dance so exciting. Today, Ashley’s love for dance just continues to grow as time goes on, in hopes to one day become a professional dancer.
Kristen Whitaker has been teaching dance for 20 years. She currently teaches ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and lyrical at studios around Palm Beach County including Vantage Pointe, Dance Unlimited, and Dance Obsession. Before moving to Florida, Kristen taught at Brookfield Center for the Arts where she was a lead choreographer for their competition teams and was the director of their traveling team. She was voted top 5 coaches in the nation in 2018 and was the back to back national champion choreographer for contemporary, jazz, and pom in 2017 and 2018. Kristen is a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters passing both examinations with honors in ballet and jazz.