Staff Instructors

Jenny Cheren

Ms. Jenny started dancing over 30 years ago at Margie’s Dance center in Selma, Alabama. After moving to Pensacola in 1989, she continued her studies in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and acrobatics. She has had the privilege of studying with such dance greats as Lea Darwin, the former Artistic Director of Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago, one of the most  prestigious Jazz companies in the US. She also trained with Bernadette Clements from the Ballet De Monte Carlo, Founder Northwest Florida Ballet. Ms. Jenny has performed with the Pensacola Junior College Dance company, First City Dance Company and understudied with the  Northwest Florida Ballet Company in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. She has won numerous scholarships including the Al Gibert Tap Scholarship to his school in Montreal, the World Jazz congress hosted by Giordano’s in Chicago, and a scholarship to Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, to major in Dance. Ms. Cheren holds a BS in General Communications from Florida State University and is currently a high school Reading and English instructor. She is the proud wife of Michael Cheren and mother of Haley and Scott.  She is thrilled to have an opportunity to continue her teaching with Ms. Alice and the faculty at The Dance Center.


Mary Kerr

Mary was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  Her passion for dance sparked after viewing the Ailey company perform Revelations at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, FL.  Since then, she has consistently studied dance in the magnet dance programs of Charles R. Drew middle school, New World School of the Arts (2015 graduate), Travel Dance Studio, and currently at the University of South Florida in pursuit of a BA in Dance Studies.  Mary has had the pleasure of training under some of Miami's profound professors and instructors by the names of Silvia Padrom, Ricardo Dume, Rebecca Cannon, Arnond Quintane, Lara Murphy, Gerard Ebitz, Peter London, Bambi Anderson, Andrew Carrol, Bliss Kohlmyer, Pula Nunes, John Parks, Andee Scott, Trina Semoree, and many more.  Under these professors she has acquired knowledge in West African, Horton, Limon, Graham, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, and Choreography.  We are very excited to have Mary as a part of The Dance Center team this season.

 


Ann Maloney

Ann Maloney is originally from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada where she studied dance at the Brandon School of Dance· and was a member of the Brandon Dance Ensemble. She also participated in summer study dance programs at the International Music Camp, American Theatre Dance Workshop, JAZZART; and Alberta Ballet School studying with such famed dancers as Matt Mattox, Billy Siegenfeld, Karen Baker, and Bill Hastings, to name a few. Ann attended Millkin University in Decatur, Illinois and graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in musical theatre and a dance minor. Upon graduation she accepted an adjunct faculty position at her alma mater as head of the Preparatory Dance Program. Since departing Illinois, Ann has enjoyed steady work as a professional performer, with credits in theatres across the country, as well as several touring productions. She has also had several opportunities to choreograph both concert works, and several musicals. In addition to having been a faculty choreographer for summer programs in Illinois, New York, and at the International Music Camp on the U.S. and Canadian border, Ann has also given master classes on a variety of dance and theatre topics, as well as having taught a Teacher Training Seminar focusing on Jazz Dance for Students. Ann is now based in Riverview, Florida and teaches dance in Bradenton.


Sarah Parry

Sarah Parry was born and raised in Brandon, Florida.  She began her dance training with The Dance Center in Brandon and continued to train there for 12 years.  Sarah also gained valuable teaching skills at The Dance Center under the direction of Alice Holden Bock and Claire Andrews.  She danced as a training dance with the Brandon Ballet, Americas Ballet School, The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, and Diane Partington School of Classical Ballet.  Last season Sarah dance with The Montgomery Ballet, and we are proud to announce that this year she will be dancing professionally with the Brandon Ballet along with teaching at The Dance Center.


Christine Robbins

Christine was born in Brandon, where she began dancing at age 3. She trained in acrobatics, combination classes and jazz. After college, she resumed lessons and teaching with the Central Florida Dance Theatre, where she served on the board and also performed in The Nutcracker. Christine and her husband Scott have two daughters, Samantha and Katherine. Christine is excited to be raising her children while also dancing and teaching at The Dance Center.


Doricha Sales

The newest Artistic Director of Brandon Ballet brings a unique background combining the highest quality of American ballet training, performance, and education to central Florida.  Born in Massachusetts, Sales began dance classes at Mrs. Ferdette's School of Dance at the age of three.  By the age of our, she had been accepted into the training program of the Boston School of Ballet where she remained for 12 years while spending summers as a merit scholarship student at the School of American Ballet.  For her final two years of high school, Sales attended Walnut Hill School of the Performing Arts, then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and History from Indiana University.  her performing career spanned 16 years with Boston Ballet, National Youth Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Florida working under the tutelage of E. Virginia Williams, Violette Verdy, Alexandra Danilova, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patrica McBride, Bruce Wells, Syndney Leonard, and Jacques and Virginia Cresbron to name a few. 

After her stage career, Sales began her teaching and arts administrative career in earnest first becoming Director of Ballet at a K-8 performing arts school, then spending a year in Hawaii where she worked for the Hawaii Alliance for Arts and Education as well as the West Hawaii Dance Theatre. It was in the these roles where she discovered an aptitude in ballet training, methods as well as a desire to cultivate viable ballet dancers of the 21st century.  Sales returned to Indiana University to study developmental cognition and the psycho-sociological manifestation in children who train in ballet receiving a unique Master of Science in Ballet (Pedagogy) and Educational Psychology.  Upon graduation, Sales served as faculty of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Ballet Department for 13 years as Director of their Elective and Pre-College Ballet Programs as well as Ballet Mistress for the IU Ballet Theatre.  As a department that sees over 90% of its majors go on to careers with professional dance companies, she became in ages of three to 35.  It was during these years that she honed her expertise in ballet technique and curriculum development, historical and stylistic understanding of classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire, and arts administration (particularly structural organization, community enrichment and financial stabilization).

Sales currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, serves as ballet adjunct at Pinellas County Center for the Arts, and is a private consultant for ballet students nationwide.  She is excited about this new venture and looks forward to working with Alice Bock and the Board in preserving Brandon Ballet's 24-year history and providing some of the highest quality American ballet training and performance in central Florida.


 Lexy Thompson

Ms. Lexy started her training at Atelier of Dance in Tampa, Florida at the age of three.  Ms. Lexy later furthered her dance training when she moved to The Dance Center at the age of five.  She also competed in gymnastics with Golden City Gymnastics for several years before resigning to focus on dance.  She continued to study at The Dance Center and the Brandon Ballet where she danced to the senior level in their pre-professional company under directors Alice H. Bock and Octavio Martin.  Ms. Lexy has trained in many styles including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Broadway, and Acrobatics.  She danced many roles in numerous productions of "The Nutcracker" as well as "Raymonda", "Don Quixote", "Copella" and a lead in "Cinderella".   Ms. Lexy has attended numerous Brandon Ballet Contemporary and Jazz intensives as well as the Joffrey Ballet Contemporary and Jazz intensives in New York City.  Ms. Lexy attended the University of North Florida and danced in several productions including a principal role in "Thrilling Dead" which set a record as the world's largest live dance production.  While in Jacksonvillle, Ms. Lexy was the Acrobatic Director for Wehner School of the Arts where she also taught Ballet and Broadway.  Ms. Lexy is currently a coach at Golden City Gymnastics as well as the Acrobatic and Hip-Hop Director and a Jazz teacher at The Dance Center.