© 2017 Dance University

 

Tel: 941-374-9589

5002 Lena Road #105, Bradenton FL 34211

contact@danceufl.com

About Us

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Dance University

 

Dance University offers a convenient location on Lena Road (SR 70, right off 175) with 2 large studios to accommodate lessons and camps. Studio A provides a custom built sprung dance floor and a large, open space to accommodate large classes and performances. Studio B allows for a more intimate setting for small classes and private lessons and has a professional fitness floor.

Mission Statement

At Dance University, we aspire to create and nurture a love for dance. To provide technique training that can be brought to life in a variety of dance styles. Each dancer is deeply encouraged at every stage of dance progression to promote self esteem, leadership and team building skills.

Michele Mercier
Studio Director/Owner

Michele began dancing in New Jersey at age three, studying jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical comedy and gymnastics. She became a a member of the dance company at her local studio, attended workshops and competitions in New York City. In 1984 she won the title of Miss Hemisphere Talent. Miss Michele landed her first teaching job at age 15. She taught tap and jazz at a local fitness club in New Jersey. She also created her own after school dance team in high school. After high school, she earned a full scholarship at the prestigious Phil Black/Dance Central Station studio in Manhattan, New York (the same studio that produced Jennifer Lopez).  There she studied all styles of dance and also attended classes at Broadway Dance Center. She also performed in Africa for the King of Morocco. Her true love and passion was always teaching. In 1995, her family relocated to Massachusetts and had teaching positions at Boston Ballet, the YMCA, and started a dance program at a country club gym. In 2004, her family relocated to Florida. Since then, she has taught programs at Flex, Southside Athletic Club, the YMCA, Bradenton Cheer Academy, Willis Elementary, the Imagine School, Gullett Elementary, and Wakeland Elementary.

Marina Mercier
Choreographer/
Competition Director

 

Marina has been dancing through her youth and teens, dancing at Diane Partington's School of Ballet as well as the Black Pearls Dance Team at Braden River High school. She then went on to coach the JV and Varsity dance teams at Braden River. Marina also coached her own elementary/middle school competitive dance team. Marina specializes in competitive programs, and her teams have won many awards in choreography, technique, and in national competitions.

Julio Moreno
Hip Hop instructor

 

Julio Moreno is a dancer/choreographer/creative dance director from Palmetto, FL.He started his dance career in 2009 teaching at Bella Danza dance academy in Bradenton, Fl. He is the founder of “Noise” Dance orkshops (est.2012) and has travelled throughout Florida teaching classes for all ages. While working at Atlantic Coast dance, Studio 1014 and the Boselli Foundation for underprivileged kids, he uses his quirky personality to keep young dancers focused on the reason that they dance, rather than stressing about making everything perfect. His goal is to share his God-given gift with as many people as he can and let them be free to express themselves through the art of movement. Julio has competed in various team hip hop dance competitions in which his team has received either platinum or double platinum awards. He is an honorary “Hall of Fame” dance competition all-star member. Julio has travelled around Florida studying under many prestigious choreographers such as Nappytabs (sytycd),Marty Kudelka (Justin Timberlake choreographer), Phi (Jabbawockeez),Nick Demoura (Justin Bieber choreographer), Kyle Hanagami (X-factor),Shaun Evaristo,and many more.

Julio Moreno
Hip Hop instructor

Julio Moreno is a dancer/choreographer/creative dance director from Palmetto, FL.He started his dance career in 2009 teaching at Bella Danza dance academy in Bradenton, Fl. He is the founder of “Noise” Dance orkshops (est.2012) and has travelled throughout Florida teaching classes for all ages. While working at Atlantic Coast dance, Studio 1014 and the Boselli Foundation for underprivileged kids, he uses his quirky personality to keep young dancers focused on the reason that they dance, rather than stressing about making everything perfect. His goal is to share his God-given gift with as many people as he can and let them be free to express themselves through the art of movement. Julio has competed in various team hip hop dance competitions in which his team has received either platinum or double platinum awards. He is an honorary “Hall of Fame” dance competition all-star member. Julio has travelled around Florida studying under many prestigious choreographers such as Nappytabs (sytycd),Marty Kudelka (Justin Timberlake choreographer), Phi (Jabbawockeez),Nick Demoura (Justin Bieber choreographer), Kyle Hanagami (X-factor),Shaun Evaristo,and many more.

Jaimi McPeek
Jazz

Jaimi McPeek is a dancer, actress, model, and singer born and raised in Florida. She has been dancing since she was five years old and instantaneously fell in love with it. She is very highly skilled and trained in jazz, tap, musical theatre, ballet, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary. She has danced competitively on both the local and national levels. When she was 13, she started getting into musicals and performing every night in front of sold out crowds. She has performed in Into The Woods, A Chorus Line, Seussical, She Loves Me, Catch Me If You Can, and Sweet Charity. Jaimi began choreographing and teaching dance in 2016 as she loves spreading her knowledge and passion of dance onto others. Jaimi has danced at the Sarasota Ballet, Florida Dance Theatre, and was just recently dancing in New York City at Broadway Dance Center and The Joffrey School. She has recently appeared as a lead dancer in the music video Night Lights by Avillo. Jaimi's passion for dance knows no limits as it is what she is destined to do. She is beyond grateful to be a part of the Dance University family and teach the beautiful aspiring dancers. Jaimi believes in solid technique and professionalism as well as passion, and of course, having fun; she can't wait to bring that to all to her classes!