Ballet Intensive Instructors
Tiffany Brown-Certo joins us from Panama City Beach, Florida as our ballet intensive guest instructor. She began dancing at the age of seven and dance quickly became her love and passion! She had the opportunity to train with instructors who have been regarded as “the elite” in the ballet world, such as: Bernadette Clemons of Northwest Florida Ballet, Shamil Yagudin of The Kirov Ballet/Ballet Stars of Moscow, Gaynor Grange of the Bolshoi Ballet/Atlanta Ballet Company, Fionna Fairre of the Royal Ballet of London, Petris Bosman of North Carolina School of the Arts, Anne Finch of the Milwaukee Ballet, Sue Simpson of the Royal Academy London, Todd Eric Allen of Boston Ballet, and Winthrop Corey of Mobile Ballet.
Tiffany began dancing professionally and teaching at the age of 15 with the Northwest Florida Ballet and continued on with many other ballet companies and studios throughout the southeast. She taught and danced as a guest artist for numerous professional ballet companies throughout my college and law school career and cherish every experience I had. After completing her professional dance career after performing leading roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Giselle, Napoli, Les Sylphides, and Sleeping Beauty with multiple ballet companies, Tiffany relocated to Panama City Beach upon law school completion in 2002. While practicing law she has continued teaching dance and enjoys sharing my expertise with her wonderful students interested in all aspects of dance, from preprofessional to recreational passions.
The Dance Center is honored to have Tiffany join us for our first annual Ballet Intensive as our primary instructor.
Tia A. Brown, Co-Owner / Artistic Director is a nationally recognized dance professional and an award-winning team director with 20 years of instruction experience. She specializes in dance education for children and has taught in elite ballet and competition programs in Florida and Alabama as well and in pre-professional dance programs on the Monterey Peninsula. Tia focuses on curriculum development; ballet, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary technique training; pre-professional training tracts for ballet, jazz and contemporary dancers; and Youth America Grand Prix solo and group coaching. During Tia’s teaching career she has had the honor of instructing many students who have been accepted into programs and companies such as: San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet (jazz, contemporary, and ballet programs), Ellison Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), Ballet Chicago, and LINES Pre-professional Training Program.
While Tia has had the opportunities to work with many students on a pre-professional path she also has a strong passion and love for working with those children who are focused on dance as a recreational passion. She finds it very important to foster those learning experiences in a fun and nurturing environment where dancers are still able to learn proper technique and education. Tia’s training in ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary encompasses nationally and internationally respected instructors; including the renown Fiona Fairre’ of the Royal Ballet, Shamil Yagudin of the Ballet Stars of Moscow, Samuel Abramian of the Bolshoi Ballet, Todd Eric Allen of Boston Ballet, Bruce Marks of American Ballet Theater / Ballet West and Boston Ballet, Kathy Kozul of Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts, and Rhee Gold founder and director of Dance Life Retreat and Training.
Competition teams under Tia’s direction have won consecutive regional titles. Her choreography has consistently received recognition and highest of honors at regional and national dance competitions. Tia has been the Artistic Director of local pre-professional companies as well as tour director for an eleven day China Tour with twenty-one dancers.
When Tia moved to the Monterey Peninsula eleven years ago she continued to follow her passion for dance as well as medicine. Her fifteen years in the field of medicine as an administrator and medical director have broadened her expertise in establishing and operating all aspects for startup and established businesses. Tia and her husband, Dr. Leland Rosenblum (a local ophthalmologist), live on the peninsula with their children / step children and dogs.
Laura Lobo is a native from Massachusetts and recently relocated from snowy Boston to the “snowless” Peninsula. She began dancing at 9 years old and completed her formative and professional training in all genres of dance (including ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, acrobatics, hip-hop, and tap) at the Kalia Karr Studio of Dance. Laura was specifically inspired by her teacher Kolleen Carchio. She attended college in Worcester, MA and has been teaching dance for the past 13 years. Laura is a respected choreographer and team director. Her teams have won awards nationally for her choreography, including overall high scores and special awards honoring her artistry and choreography. Her soloists have been title winners, awarded placement on dance teams, and assistant positions at conventions. Along with instructing dance classes and competition dance teams full time, Laura also recently worked as a Dance Consultant at the Burncoat High School Dance Department. Concurrently, Laura worked as choreographer for the Boston Midsummer Opera in 2013 and 2014 under the direction of the wonderful Antonio Ocampo-Guzman.
Laura’s desire is to help create confident, beautiful dancers that appreciate the art of what they are doing. She has adopted a positive competitive dance framework. Laura believes dancers are among the most talented athletes but loves that dance is a means to express yourself, and therefore, even in the competitive realm, a self-expression should always be viewed within the context of a “win”.
Harmony True just relocated to the Monterey Peninsula from San Luis Obispo with her husband, Sean and their little girl, Mina. She was a teacher at The Academy of Dance, SLO for the past 8 years. Harmony’s experience with The Academy of Dance, SLO was teaching ages 3 and up in various dance genres. She was also the Director for the Children’s program that consisted of placement for dancers ages 3 to 9, special birthday events, and dance camps.
Harmony was a principal dancer for the Civic Ballet Company in San Luis Obispo. She had wonderful opportunities to dance in The Nutcracker with a live orchestra and original contemporary Spring and Summer performances. Harmony also performed with Deyo Dances and with the Opera of San Luis Obispo. Some of her roles were Sugar Plum Fair, Rose Queen, and Snow Queen. Harmony love that her path in dance has given her the opportunity to travel to places like China and be able to perform, take in the culture, and meet new people. Harmony is very excited to be a part of the staff at The Dance Center, the beautiful community, and wonderful dancers.