Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Harris has over 20 years of dance training and 10 years of teaching experience. Her training includes ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, and ballroom dance. She is a native of Sarasota, Fl and grew up dancing competively for FLEX Dance Studios around the Tampa Bay area, at competitions and conventions such as Co. Dance, Tremaine, New York City Dance Alliance, Showstoppers, and JUMP. She also performed locally with Sarasota Ballet and the West Coast Civic Ballet Company under the direction of Deborah Vinton. Ms. Harris is also a member of the Florida Dance Assocation and studied Hip Hop, Modern, and Jazz intensively under the direction of Jennifer Archibald at both the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fl and Universtiy of South Florida in Tampa.
Upon studying at Florida State University, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Dance, she began her teaching and choreorgraphy experience by leading FSU's student run dance company, Level Dance Co. During her time at Florida State University, her choreography was featured in parades, football and baseketball events, talent shows, multicultural step team performances, and Level Dance Co.'s Spring Showcases. During her time at FSU, she had the opportunity to take master classes from well known dancers and choreographers such as: Amanda Tae, Larry Albright, Tony Bellissimo, Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore and Mia Michaels. After graduating, she performed professionally in Miami, Atlanta, and Phildelphia.
After graduating, Ms. Harris discovered her love for teaching. She was a teacher on staff at Soul Studios of Sarasota for many years, which afforded her the opportunity to have her choreography showcased at many regional competions and conventions. Choreography is where her passion lies, but what she enjoys the most is motivating her students to be the best performers they can be.
She has training in both Latin & Smooth styles of Ballroom dance, and is certified through the Bronze Level of Curriculum in Fred Astaire Ballroom Franchise systems, covering Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Tango, Waltz, Fox Trot and Bolero. She was awarded 1st place overall in her age group for Cha Cha, Rumba, and Salsa styles, and 2nd place overall in her age group for Tango, Fox Trot, Waltz, and Swing styles at Fred Astaire's Regional Ballroom Competition at the Ritz Carlton of Sarasota in the summer of 2014. Ms. Harris successfully coached MSA's Ballroom Team "Strikers" for 5 seasons, bringing home the "Top School" award at Ballroom Competitions in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Ms. Harris also has a passion for musical theater and choreographed MSA's "The Wiz" in 2016. Most recently, she performed in "Sweet Charity" at the Sarasota Players Theater.
Lastly, she has a passion for education and mental health and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling at the University of South Florida.
Ms. Harris is looking forward to an incredible school year and meeting all of her new students!