FACULTY AND FACILITY
Alana Turner, CDTA, MLDMA, DMA, DEA, our company's founder and Director, has vast experience in Dance Education as well as the entrepreneurial skill set required to own and operate a dance studio. As the founder and Director of one of Canada's largest dance studios, Dancers Burlington, Ms. Turner brings a wealth of knowledge and ability to this exciting new enterprise. After directing the Toronto studio very successfully for 25 years, Ms. Turner and her family relocated to Lakewood Ranch in August of 2014 following her husband’s Air Canada employment transfer
Ms. Turner’s unique and diverse background includes training in Toronto with Brian Foley, New York with Lynda Gache, and Miami with Jill Mallory. She has been recruited to choreograph performances ranging from events for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, (Prince Charles) to movies with Brooke Shields and Whoopi Goldberg produced by Barbra Streisand, to choreographing the Orange Bowl Half-Time Show. She has choreographed many professional theater shows including 42nd Street, and staged charity events with professional companies such as Tap Dogs. She has judged for many international dance competitions such as Starpower, and On Stage America. She was also honored to be named to Chatelaine magazine’s ‘Who’s Who of Canadian Women’ for both her enrichment and support of the arts, and her work with advocacy for women’s and children’s issues. Her dance performances, with students from beginner to pre- professional, have won countless overall High Score and Best Choreography awards across North America at prestigious dance competitions.
Ms. Turner is well-known to many dance families in the Lakewood Ranch area due to her outstanding work developing countless Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota dancers through her work with various local studios. Her successes are well-documented; including multitudinous Overall High Score Awards including National Championship numbers such as 'Newsies" in 2016 and countless others in 2017.
As a current valued member of the Dance Faculty at Manatee School For The Arts in Palmetto, (voted one of America's Best High Schools by US News and World Report) Ms. Turner thoroughly enjoys her position as Choreographer/ Teacher for the Advanced Jazz/ Tap curriculum. Alana’s dedication to excellence is well- documented by the client base she has had the opportunity to serve thus far, and she is eager to expand this service by building the very best faculty and facility available, and ensuring only the very best in instruction and customer service at this exciting new venture, Art & Soul Dance Company.
Deborah Vinton is a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), London, England, and Fellow of the Cecchetti United States of America (CUSA). The Maestro Cecchetti Final Diploma was awarded to Ms. Vinton in 1995, in London, England. She became a Cecchetti Examiner in 1986 and has served on the CUSA Board of Directors for the past twenty-five years. Ms. Vinton has presented students and teachers for Cecchetti Examinations consecutively for the past thirty-five years. Many of Ms. Vinton’s students have received scholarships to universities, and have become professional dancers, teachers, and choreographers in the U.S.A. and abroad.
Deborah Vinton received her early Cecchetti training with the Florida Ballet in Sarasota under Jean Spear, Fellow, Examiner, ISTD. She attended pre-professional dance programs at the National Ballet of Washington under Frederick Franklin, at Jacobs Pillow with Margaret Craske, and the National Ballet of Canada with Carol Chadwick.
Ms. Vinton received four years of intensive professional Cecchetti training in London, under the tutelage of two former students of Enrico Cecchetti, Nesta Brooking, and Laura Wilson. The rare opportunity of learning from instructors, who worked directly with Enrico Cecchetti, is considered a milestone in the history of classical ballet. Subsequently, mentors Shiela Darby, Mavis Hoffman, and Richard Glasstone further helped develop and enhance Ms. Vinton’s Cecchetti teacher training.
Ms. Vinton performed with the Royal Ballet Choreographic Group, and Maryland Ballet, where she performed respectively in London and in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. During her professional career, Ms. Vinton worked with Danny Diamond, Anton Dolin, Edward Villella, and Violette Verdy among others.
Deborah Vinton has taught ballet and choreographed for dance companies and schools for more than thirty-five years, including the Deborah Vinton Dance Ensemble in New Paltz, New York; the State University of New York at New Paltz; and the Venice Ballet in Venice, Florida. Ms. Vinton has been on staff for twenty years and continues teaching at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Booker High School in Sarasota. She served as principal of the School of the Sarasota Ballet for four years, director of the Dance Center in Sarasota, and artistic director of the Deborah Vinton School of Ballet in Sarasota. Ms. Vinton was a founding member of the Arts Community of New Paltz, New York.
In 2003, Ms. Vinton founded the West Coast Civic Ballet (WCCB) in Sarasota, Florida, a community-based, not-for-profit dance organization. As Executive and Artistic Director, Ms. Vinton continued her mission to positively enhance and influence the lives of others through her commitment and involvement with the performing arts.
Ms. Vinton has furthered her commitment to Sarasota by establishing Deborah Vinton Dance with a diversified offering including Master Classes, Guest Ballet Teacher and Choreographer, Classical Ballet Workshops, Cecchetti Syllabi for both students and teachers, and more.
Ms. Vinton recently returned from 2014 Cecchetti International Ballet Competition for Pre-Professional Dancers
Deborah Teaches Classical Ballet, Pointe, Ballet Repertoire and Placement Classes at
University of the Arts, Summer Institute, Philadelphia PA
Sarah Metzler, born in Valparaiso, Indiana, began dancing at the age of six with Tracy Petruska Brumley at a local studio. In 2002, she and her family relocated to Florida, and she continued her training with Dan Deal of the Florida Ballet School, under the direction of Roni Wright and Mary Devine. During this time she attended numerous summer intensives such as Ruth Page Dance Center (Chicago, IL), The Joffrey Ballet School (New York, NY), Orlando Ballet School (Orlando, FL), Sarasota Ballet (Sarasota, FL), BalletMet (Columbus, OH), and Ballet Theatre of Maryland (Annapolis, MD). In 2006 Sarah trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City as a trainee for one year, with teachers such as Francesca Corkle, John Magnus, Liz D’Anna, Zelma Bustillo, and Eleanor D'Antuono. The following year she was invited to be a trainee with the Sarasota Ballet on scholarship. She then attended the University of South Florida in 2008 and trained with Gretchen Ward Warren, Sandra Robinson, Julio Montana, John Parks, Lynne Wimmer, and Sasha Yapporov. Sarah was selected to dance the principal role in Yapporov’s Tarantella, and a soloist role in a contemporary work choreographed by guest choreographer Rick McCollough. During this time she also trained at Tampa Bay Ballet (TBB) with Lindsay Clark and Richard Geiger during TBB’s first year of operation. In 2009, Sarah then began her career as a professional dancer with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland under the direction of Dianna Cuatto for two seasons. Some of her favorite roles danced there include Ghost Waltz couples in Beauty and the Beast, Arabian demi-soloist in The Nutcracker, and Peacock demi-soloist in Alice in Wonderland.
Sarah returned to teach at TBB and dance in their company, Tampa Ballet Theatre (TBT) in 2011 as a soloist for 2 seasons. In addition to performing, Sarah also assisted in setting choreography, running rehearsals, and teaching technique classes. She was also a mentor and coach to the TBT II Trainees, the top students in the school who are preparing for a professional career in dance. With TBT she has performed various roles, including the character role of the Queen in Sleeping Beauty; a soloist in Paquita; the Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Marzipan, and Rat Queen in The Nutcracker; a soloist in Les Sylphides; Cinderella in Cinderella; and as Gamazatti in La Bayadere. She also collaborated with TBB and TBT’s Artistic Director Lindsay Clark on choreographing and dancing in two contemporary works to music by Pink Floyd.
In February 2013, Sarah was invited by the Artistic Director of Brandon Ballet, Octavio Martin, to join his company. In hopes of furthering her performing career, she happily accepted. Her first performance with the company was in Spanish Divertissements, where she performed as a soloist in both Paquita and Don Quixote. Other roles include as the Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, a stepsister in Cinderella, The Moon in Hansel and Gretel, Lucy in Dracula, Eden the Genie in Aladdin, Myrtha in Giselle, Esmerelda in La Esmerelda Pas de Six, soloist in Les Sylphides, soloist in Le Grande Pas de Quatre, and Phyrgia in Adagio Pas de deux from Spartacus. In addition to dancing with the Brandon Ballet, Sarah also taught ballet, pointe, and conditioning in the pre-professional program. Sarah has re-staged choreography by Octavio Martin on pre-professional and training dancers, as well as running rehearsals and offering individual coaching.
Throughout her performing career, Sarah has taught classes in ballet, pointe, conditioning, and jazz at various studios in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. In April of 2017, she was a guest judge at Ticket to Broadway Dance competitions in both Venice and Coral Springs. Sarah believes providing top quality training to young aspiring dancers to give them their best foot forward. She has an immense love for performing, and loves to educate and pass down her passion to future generations of dancers. Sarah is excited to teach at Art & Soul Dance Company for the 2018-2019 season!
Lauryn Franck has been training in dance since the age of 5. While growing up she danced competitively for nine years. While in high school she also danced for her Varsity high school dance team where she served as Captain from her Sophomore through Senior year. While in high school she received All-Iowa Dancer recognition as well as All-State recognition through the Iowa State Drill Team Organization. Growing up she was also active in power tumbling and gymnastics where she earned 5 National Titles and 33 State Titles through the USTA, USAG, and AAU organizations. She also received the AAU Outstanding Athlete Award in Tumbling and Trampoline.
After high school, Lauryn continued her love for dance at the competitive collegiate level. She earned a scholarship for dance to Barton College in
Great Bend, Kansas, where she was competitive through the NDA organization. While dancing competitively her team earned two top 5 National finishes. After earning her AA she auditioned for the Division I Wichita State Shockers Dance team where she also earned her spot and danced competitively through the UDA organization. Once realizing what she wanted to pursue her career in, she returned home to Iowa to pursue a degree in sports broadcasting at William Penn University. While here, she cheered competitively through the UCA organization and served as the Captain for the team her Senior year.
Since graduating college, Lauryn has continued her passion of dance and tumbling into her career. She has taught and choreographed Hip Hop and Contemporary competitively for the past five years, while earning first place finishes and choreography awards through several major competitive outlets. She has also taught and choreographed Pom, Jazz, Tap, Cheer, Lyrical, and Acro across the United States. Lauryn also taught dance and gymnastics at the World Class Olympic Training Facility, Chows Gymnastics, the home of the Olympic Gold- Medalists Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas.
Since moving to Florida, Lauryn co-directed for the company and choreographed at Suncoast Dance Theatre. This year Lauryn accepted the position at Manatee School For the Arts where she teaches at the high school full time to over 150 students. Her repertoire at the high school has included, Hip Hop, World Dance, and 6th Grade Dance. Since taking the position, Lauryn has been asked to start her own Acrobatic Dance Program at the high school for the fall of 2018.
Art & Soul is so pleased to welcome Miss Monica to our Faculty! A senior at USF, Miss Monica has studied dance at SCF and USF and is a former captain of the Sugar Canes for Manatee High School. Specializing in Contemporary, Miss Monica's awesome talent is a huge draw for our Tuesday night line-up!
Mr. Terrell is well-known as an Officer and choreographer for Manatee School for the Arts Hip Hop AND Ballroom Teams! A multi-faceted choreographer and performer, Mr. Terrell's cutting edge choreography and amazing energy makes his classes very popular! We are so happy to welcome Mr. Terrell to our Faculty