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. She has also spent a great deal of summers studying at various studios in NYC, her favorite being Broadway Dance Center. 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 movement for the past 12 years, even taking her style to Fort Hood, TX for a year. Julie takes great pride in her students’ achievements but finds her true joy in inspiring her students.
Dance has always been Rachel’s passion. She began dancing and competing at the age of five, and became an assistant teacher at 14. After assistant teaching, Rachel knew she wanted to teach dance as her career. Rachel is trained in hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and tumbling and has taken classes with some of the most idolized choreographers. As a teacher, she enjoys sharing her passion for dance with her students, while helping them to find themselves through dance.
A Jupiter native, Jenny has been dancing since she was three, studying ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and pointe. Jenny began her training at Catenacci School of Dance where her love for dance was born. Her passion for dance led her to participate in many master classes and summer intensives at Harid Conservatory, North Carolina School of the Arts, Joffery Ballet, Ballet Florida and Miami City Ballet where she was awarded numerous scholarships for the programs. Jenny attended Palm Beach County School of the Arts graduating from Dreyfoos School of the Arts under the direction of Jeff Satinoff. She was awarded a dance scholarship to the University of South Florida to further her dance education. Jenny has been teaching for more than 15 years and strives to pass her love, passion and knowledge of dance to each of her students by inspiring movements from their heart.
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!
Suzie has danced in world renowned ballet companies such as Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Oakland Ballet Company, Paris Conservatory in Paris, France, in opera houses, performed for presidents and dignitaries and in third world countries to children in houses without windows and a dirt floor to dance on.She worked in Paris, and has visited many times. A place she feels at home and where her profession is a natural job.
She continues to dance, choreograph and perform and hopes to start a small professional company. She has taught those who have gone on to wonderful companies and who she still keeps in contact with. She has learned more in visiting other countries and cultures than any history book could have taught her. She urges her students to explore. To open up their world. The art of movement has so many avenues, so many ways of interpretation. You just have to go out there and find it.
Carlos de Barros
Carlos de Barros is a well-rounded teacher, choreographer and adjudicator, with an energetic, technical style and challenging class curriculum. He received his (B.F.A.), with honors, from the University of Florida’s New World School of the Arts (NWSA) dance program. He also supplemented his dance and teaching training by attending workshops and classes at places like The FL Dance Festival, The Pulse, and The Jazz Dance World Congress, as well as taken several trips to Broadway Dance Center to study with many teachers in the commercial jazz industry. He also became Zumba certified June 2012, PIYO (group Pilates/yoga fusion) certified in May 2015, and children’s yoga certified in October 2016.
From 1998-2013, Carlos taught all levels of dance, Repertory and Choreography classes at the popular Bak Middle School of the Arts. He was the Founder and Artistic Director of their state award-winning Dance Team, his choreography was selected several times to perform at the Florida Dance Festival’s Young Dancer’s Showcases, he was nominated “The 2004 Hispanic Teacher of the Year” for his school, he conceived and organized a community charity project called “The Heart of Art” raising $4,000 for the Parkinson’s Outreach Center at FAU, and in 2011 he was selected as “Teacher in the Spotlight” for The Dance Magazine of Florida. In addition to his tenure at Bak, he has continued to teach and sub for private studios and public and private schools around South Florida such as The Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Atlantic University, New World School of the Arts, Precision Dance, and many more.