Coletta Piurowski has been dancing since she was a young child. Whether taking classes, performing as a high school majorette, USF Bullette (now known as the Sun Dolls), Tampa Bay Swash-buc-ler, or teaching dance classes, dance has always been a part of her life. Coletta has studied in New York with “Luigi” as well as performed with “Tampa Jazz Dance Company”. Coletta has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and is a third grade teacher at Pizzo Elementary. She is married to Paul Piurowski and has two wonderful children, Caz and Lizzy.
Nanette Sherrill has been dancing since the age of 5. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling and is certified to teach in all subjects. She is a member of Dance Masters of America, Florida Dance Teachers Association, and Professional Dance Teachers Association. Nanette performed with Tampa Jazz Dance Company as well as the Tampa Bay Swash-buc-lers. She has studied in New York with such greats as Chuck Kelly, Luigi, Germaine Salsberg and Sheila Barker. Nanette continues her dance education by attending summer conventions and workshops. Nanette was the choreographer for Robinsons Department Store’s Teen Board fashion shows as well has being a guest teacher at Dance Masters of America summer conventions. She was also asked to choreograph The Ray’s baseball team’s “7th Inning Stretch” dance. In 1999 Nanette was hired to work with Sony music group, PYT, as dance coach and tour manager. She has traveled with PYT on tours such as Brittney Spears, Destiny’s Child, 98 Degrees, and Aaron Carter.
Christy Pelphrey graduated with honors from Gaither High School and USF. She received her bachelor degree in education and currently teaches 4th grade. She has danced with Dancemakers for 15 years. For four years Christy participated in “Pizazz”, Dancemakers performance and competition team, winning numerous awards. Christy has studied in New York taking classes at Broadway Dance Centre, Martha Graham Studio, Luigi’s Jazz Dance Centre, and others. She has enjoyed teaching and choreographing for six years.
Carol Lee received her BA in history from Marymount Manhattan College while studying at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After she completed her MA in Philosophy and Aesthetics at Fordham University, Ms. Lee toured Europe as a soloist with the Ludmilla Tcherina International Ballet and London Ballet Theatre. She also performed at Italy’s Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, LaFenice Opera in Venice, Italy, Festival Lyons-Charbonnieres, and the Palais de Chailloi in Paris. Upon returning to the United States, Ms. Lee established the ballet program at Florida State University and has served on the dance faculty of the University of Tampa, University of South Florida, Eckerd College, The Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, and Western Michigan University. After moving to Tampa, she worked with Tampa Ballet as dancer, ballet mistress, and choreographer, creating some 14 ballets for the company. Ms. Lee is past president of the Florida Dance Association and received its Nancy Smith Award for Contributions to the Art at the 1994 Florida Dance Festival. She is author of three books on dance, the most recent, Ballet in Western Culture (Routledge, 2002). In 1990 Carol Lee began her ten year study of the Vaganova method at summer seminars organized by renowned Russian ballet teachers from St. Petersburg and Moscow. Since that time, she also had the good fortune to work daily with Erikki Tann, a retired Tampa resident, who is a distinguished graduate of the Moscow School.
Jackie Fernandez has been teaching dance at Dancemakers for 13 years. She started dancing with Dancemakers 24 years ago and for many years competed and performed with Pizazz. Jackie was captain of her high school dance team and was a Universal Dance Association All Star 2 years in a row. Jackie continues to choreograph competition routines for middle and high school dance teams. Jackie has studied in New York with jazz master “Luigi” as well as taking classes at Broadway Dance Center. Jackie has been married for 12 years and has two children, Gabriella and Nicholas. She is currently completing her degree in Elementary Education at USF. Her goal as an instructor is to give her students a strong foundation in technique, and to foster a love and appreciation for dance as an art and as a form of self expression.
Lizzy Piurowski has been dancing since she was three years old, training in Vagonova ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and tumbling. She has had six years experience cheering and is a four-year All-American Cheerleader. In 2006 and 2007 Lizzy attended the elite Cheer Hawaii Invitational Camp. In 2008 her high school squad was state champions. She is a 2012 graduate of Florida State University with a major in Dietetics. While at Florida State, Lizzy was a member of Seminole Dance Force, Florida State’s competitive dance team. She is also a proud alumnus of the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Phi Mu. Lizzy has been an assistant teacher at Dancemakers since 2004. She has also directed many of the summer camps at Dancemakers.
Mallory Sherrill has been dancing since the age of three, training in Vagonova Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and tumbling. She attended Blake Performing Arts High School studying ballet and Horton modern technique. Mallory received her BA in Dance Education from Marymount Manhattan College having studied Graham Technique, Horton Technique, Limon Technique, Taylor Technique, as well as classical ballet. Some of her more recent performances include: “Souls of Our Feet” in NYC, “Fall/Spring Dancers in Concert” in NYC, and Marymount Manhattans “Mainstage Dance Concert”. Mallory lived on board the Holland America’s Ryndam cruise ship for 9 months performing in their nightly stage shows. She currently lives in Las Vegas where she performs at Bally’s Hotel and works as a freelance choreographer specializing in performance choreography and competition choreography. She continues to audition and perform as well as teach.
Alex Voltz was born in Alexandria, Va. He graduated from Blake Performing Arts High School in 2004 where he studied Art and Theatre. He then received his EMT Certification from Hillsborough Community College in 2008. Alex started dancing with Dancemakers in 1991, studying Tap, Jazz and Ballet. Inspired by tap dancers such as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and Gene Kelly, he spent summers in New York City at Broadway Dance Center taking master classes in Tap. Alex started teaching and choreographing in 2008. He currently works for Busch Gardens, Tampa as a performer. He loves to teach and inspire others.