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.

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 Metzler

Sarah Metzler, born in Valparaiso, Indiana, began dancing at the age of six with Tracy Petruska Brumley at a local studio.  Sarah has attended numerous summer intensives such as the Ruth Page Dance Center, The Joffrey Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, Sarasota Ballet, BalletMet, and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.  In 2006, Sarah trained for the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City as a trainee for one year.  Sarah has danced professionally with companies including the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Tampa Ballet Theater.  In February 2013, Sarah was invited by the artistic director of Brandon Ballet, Octavio Martin, to join his company.  Her first performance with the company was in Spanish Divertissements and she performed as a soloist in both Paquita and Don Quixote.  Sarah has also performed soloist roles in Martin's Requiem, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia, and many others.  Sarah has an immense passion for performing, loves to dance and wants to help fulfill the Tampa Bay area's vital need for arts in the community.

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.

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.