Our Faculty

Our specially trained teachers will nurture your child's confidence and encourage their progress.  Skilled, highly credentialed, and genuinely kind, they're experienced educators and specialists in their dance genre.  They are the foundation of our reputation for high-quality dance training.

Ms. Teresa Oscher

Ms. Teresa Oscher

Ms. Teresa is the Owner/Director of the Brandon and Bay-Area School of Dance Arts. Teresa is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance. Shortly after graduation, Teresa served as an Adjunct Professor of Dance at USF. She is a former Miss Tampa and the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of the Arts. Ms. Teresa has been a judge for several national dance competitions and pageants.

Ms. Tiffany Oscher Burnette

Ms. Tiffany Oscher Burnette

Ms. Tiffany is the Co-Owner of the Brandon and Bay-Area School of Dance Arts. She joined our faculty in 2008 and is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and a minor in Dance and Business. Tiffany was named "Top Choreographer" for Star Dance Alliance in 2019 and was named one of the top five teachers in 2021. Tiffany was also awarded "Best Choreographer" in the 2018 Best of the Bay.

Ms. Nicole Boggs

Ms. Nicole Boggs

Ms. Nicole Boggs is the Business Manager of the Brandon and Bay-Area School of Dance Arts. After dancing at BSDA for 16 years, she went on to graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Nicole spent three years working at a large law firm in Alabama, but is delighted to return back to her home at BSDA to manage the family business.

Ms. Tara Lacatena

Ms. Tara Lacatena

Ms. Tara has been part of the BSDA family for over 14 years. She has over 27 years teaching experience as both an instructor and choreographer. She has studied under Ann Reinking, Charles Kelly, Madame Elvira Frank, Giselle Renee Ginefra, and many others. Her choreography has consistenly won top awards in both regional and nation competitions.

Ms. Mandy Arroyo

Ms. Mandy Arroyo

Ms. Mandy began her career in the Tampa Bay Area and is a graduate of Blake High School. After graduation she attended USF where she obtained a degree in Secondary Education. She has won countless awards for choreography and has been recognized for her innovative works. Her dances continue to win awards and are selected for numerous awards at both the regional and national levels. Ms. Mandy is also an instructor at the magnet school for the arts in Hillsborough County.

Ms. Mandy Beamer

Ms. Mandy Beamer

Ms. Mandy has 24 years of teaching experience. She studied under such greats as Henry LeTang, Savion Glover, Jamie Salmon, and Gayle Tutterow. She has studied dance at USF and has received numerous awards of distinction for performance and choreography during her dance career.

Ms. Abby Stevanus

Ms. Abby Stevanus

Dr. Stevanus (Ms. Abby) is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She is proficient in all forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, African, partnering, hip-hop, contemporary and lyrical. Her professional experience includes dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Universal Studios, and Busch Gardens Tampa.

Ms. Christy Scimeca Whitehead

Ms. Christy Scimeca Whitehead

Ms. Christy Scimeca grew up dancing in Chicago and trained at many local studios and competed with Excel Dance Productions for 8 years. Ms. Christy went to the University of Iowa where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Dance, Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training where she taught and choreographed at the Nolte Academy of Dance for 8 years and was the Head Dance Team Coach of the Nationally ranked Iowa City West Dance team. Ms. Christy is a former NFL Cheerleader.

Ms. Jennifer Pena

Ms. Jennifer Pena

Ms. Jenny has been a part of the BSDA Family most of her life. She trained at BSDA from the age of 3 in all forms of dance and has been a faculty member since 2003. Ms. Jenny is a graduate of USF with a degree in Health Science with a minor in Dance. She is a former cheerleading coach and has earned numerous awards as a choreographer for BSDA performance teams.

Ms. Tammy White

Ms. Tammy White

Ms. Tammy began studying dance at age 3 with Jackie Loto and began teaching young children at the age of 18. Tammy is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BS in Computer Engineering. She has performed at Walt Disney World as part of the 4th of July Celebrations and has been performed at Super Bowl XXV as a half-time show dancer.

Ms. Jessica Williamson

Ms. Jessica Williamson

Jessica spent time as a professional ballet dancer in Las Vegas, where she also collaborated and performed with the world renowned Cirque du Soleil. Jessica has trained with 6 professional companies across the country including the well known Joffrey Ballet in New York and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. She trained under Richard Sias, Janet Pichard, Joyce Straub Fausone and Balanchine's muse, Suzanne Farrell.

Ms. Marina Perez

Ms. Marina Perez

Ms. Marina has been a dancer for 18 years and a competitive dancer for 11. She was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School and Alvin Ailey Modern programs and has received many awards and scholarships in dance. BSDA is excited to welcome Ms. Marina to our faculty.

Ms. Jennifer Berrojo

Ms. Jennifer Berrojo

Ms. Jennifer began her love for dance at and early age dancing with a Mexican folkloric group. She later studied classical ballet under Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Lester Jacobs, at the Chicago City Ballet under Melissa Hayden and America's prima ballerina Maria Tallchief. She was awarded a scholarship at Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York. For the past 22 years she has been performing at the Columbia Resturant in Tampa.

Mr. Greg Goss

Mr. Greg Goss

Mr. Greg is a returning alumni of BSDA. He began his dance training at the age of 10 with the local community theatre. Greg began his training here at BSDA in his desire for more serious training. Greg was part of our award-winning competition team where he excelled at ballet, jazz, musical theatre, and acrobatics. His professional credits include performing at Busch Gardens and Tampa Modern Dance Company.

Ms. Eden Ellis

Ms. Eden Ellis

Eden Ellis is a BSDA alumni who started her dance career at the age of 4. During her 14 years of dance, Eden was a member of our competition team Encore! where she was the winner of many titles, overall awards, and many scholarships. Eden was a member of the Tampa Modern Dance Company for the past year. Eden spent two summers in NYC at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Eden is currently attending HCC where she is majoring in Communications.

Ms. Melissa Faith

Ms. Melissa Faith

Dr. Faith (Ms. Melissa) is a clinical child and adolescent psychologist and also has over 20 years of dance teaching experience. She trained with many former ballet greats, including Russell Sultzbach, Catherine Alexandra, Eliza Harwood-Watson, and the staff of Atlanta Ballet. She grew up competing heavily in all styles of dance, however, her passion for ballet and her time spent as an Aspirant for Atlanta Ballet make ballet training her home base.

Ms. Maddie Kurtz

Ms. Maddie Kurtz

Maddie Kurtz is originally from Westport, CT, and received her dance training at the D’valda and Sirico Dance and Music Centre. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Religious Studies from Colby College and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from SUNY Brockport. Maddie was on faculty at Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahassee and in the School of Dance at FSU, and she is currently an Adjunct Professor at UT. Maddie is thrilled to join the BSDA family!

Ms. Monica Francis

Ms. Monica Francis

Ms. Monica is originally from New York but has been a teacher in the Tampa Bay area for over 10 years. She has been recognized for her choreography countless times and has created many award- winning pieces over the years. She worked at Busch Gardens as a dancer for 5 years and was a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Lightning. She also choreographed her own show that toured the Florida State Fair and Casinos in New York.

Ms. Geri Weinbaum

Ms. Geri Weinbaum

Ms. Geri is a third generation Dance Instructor. Ms. Geri has studied dance in New York, Chicago and Atlanta and performed with the Freed Spirits Dance Theatre in South Carolina, and for the MGM/Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando. She had her own dance companies in Florida, South Carolina, and New Mexico, and was Co-Artistic Director of Elite Dance Company in Missouri. Her choreography has won top awards, regionally and nationally.

Ms. Mandi Barron

Ms. Mandi Barron

Mandi trained in the Pittsburgh area for 14 years, and has taught dance and gymnastics since 2006. She is YPAD certified, DEA member, and certified to teach by test in tap, ballet, jazz, modern and acrobatics through DMA. She is a graduate of DMA’s Teacher Training School. Mandi also works as an Interior Architect for Gensler in Tampa.

Ms. Alana White

Ms. Alana White

Ms. Alana has been dancing since the age of 3, and throughout her dancing years she has been a part of performance and competitive teams around the Tampa Bay Area. Alana graduated from UF receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in dance. During her time there she was President of Danza Dance Company. Alana has just completed her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the USF’s College of Medicine and Alana is glad to be back with her dance family.

Ms. Alexis Wendland

Ms. Alexis Wendland

Ms. Alexis is a BSDA Alumni. During her 15 years at the studio she was on the competition team. She is affiliated with ABT Levels 4a and 3a. During her high school career she has performed at YAGP, The National High School Dance Festival and many events with Blake High School for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Kendell Generelli

Ms. Kendell Generelli

Kendell Generelli is a Tampa native. Her dance training includes ballet, jazz, and modern. She was apart of the Brandon Ballet dance company directed by Alice Holden Bock for many years. Kendell holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida where she performed on the dance team at football and basketball games. She also was a former captain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders. Kendell loves being apart of the BSDA family.

Ms. Victoria Rice

Ms. Victoria Rice

Ms. Victoria is a BSDA Alumni. She started her dance career at the age of 6. Victoria has attended various conventions and competitions where she has received multiple awards and scholarships. She has taken classes with the Rockettes and has also attended workshop classes at the Broadway Dance Center.