Teacher Bios

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Kit Rossi

I am a Jacksonville native and began taking ballet and modern dance when I was 6 years old at Village Dance Center.  I went to Episcopal High SchooI and graduated from Jacksonville University in 1999 with a BA in dance with emphasis on education. I interned at Landon Middle School of Arts in 1998. I began teaching and assisting dance my junior year of college at Village Dance Center until I got my first "real" teaching job at Shoshannah Arts in 1999. I taught ballet, pointe and modern at Shoshannah Arts from 1999-2007.  I also acted as dance director and program director 2000-2004.  I attended Ballet Magnificat teacher forum workshops in 2001 and 2002.  I have also taken many master classes in NYC.  It was at my time at Shoshannah that I really became passionate about teaching and encouraging girls to try things that they wouldn't ordinarily feel confident enough to try.  I love to remind dancers that God created us and loves us exactly the way we are, and He loves to receive worship through dance.  It is not uncommon to hear me encourage dancers (even young ones) to take a few minutes to just dance for Jesus.  Since 2007, I have taught at Legacy Dance and at Hollybrook Homes (a government subsidised housing project) through River City Church.  I have had the opportunity to perform and teach in Brazil, Cuba and Guatemala on mission trips.  Dance for Joy was birthed in August 2009.  Aside from dancing and teaching , I have an amazing husband whom I have been married to for 18 years, and four amazing children (Tommy- 12, Ryn- 10, Grace- 8, and Charley-3).

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Grace Mims

Grace started ballet at the age of 3 with Lori Miller in Jacksonville. From the age of 9, she was already using dance to spread the love of Jesus to people in churches, nursing homes, and homeless shelters. Grace studied for six years with Shoshannah Arts where her love of dance grew to other styles such as modern and jazz. As a member of the Shoshannah Arts Dance Conservatory and Outreach Team, she traveled around Jacksonville and internationally to Montserrat and Scotland. Grace found a love and passion for children and the nations, and she firmly believes that dance can be positive and lifechanging. In 2012, Grace graduated with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Psychology from Jacksonville University. From 2012-2013, she spent a year overseas in the Philippines where she was a company dancer and teacher with BalletCenter Cebu under premier danseur Nicolas Pacaña and choreographer Gregory Aaron. In the Philippines, Grace had numerous performance opportunities in Romeo and Juliet and as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Having over ten years experience teaching dance, Grace is excited to be back home in Jacksonville and working with Dance for Joy.

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Heather Cole

From early childhood to present day, Heather has expressed herself through the art of dance. Her career began as a young ballet dancer focusing on her technique and developing a presence on stage. Her interest in dance grew as she matured into such forms as jazz and Hip Hop dance styles.  Her career accelerated when she was selected as a sophomore to perform for her high school dance team. During these years, Heather centered herself on her love for performing and her devotion to God's word. It became her dream to pursue opportunities to spread and fulfill God's message through the medium of choreography and dance.  Heather danced professionally for arena football 2001-2003 and continued her passion and danced for her alma mater Jacksonville University where she also received a bachelor in Dance Education.  Heather has taught dance at Shoshannah Arts, Legacy Dance, East Coast Ballet and now finds her home at Dance for Joy. She has fulfilled her dream and is currently spreading God's word through dance with her involvement in the Love project. Aside from dancing, Heather is a Design Standards Coordinator for The Haskell Company.  She has the deepest love for her two children, Isabella (6) and Charlie (3) whom bring wondrous joy to her life.

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Elissa Srulevich

Elissa Srulevich has been dancing since the age of four. She began training at Buffa’s Dance Studio and the Virginia Ballet Company and performed with Burke Civic Ballet in Virginia. She attended Florida School of the Arts and received her B.F.A. in dance from Belhaven University. She has performed leading roles in Swan Lake, Paquita and Sleeping Beauty and has danced locally with the Braided Light Dance Project. Elissa was a company member at East Coast Ballet for two years. Currently she dances professionally with Unforced Rhythms Dance Company. She has loved teaching in the Jacksonville area for the past few years. Elissa feels blessed to share her love of dance with others

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Stacy Sulewski

Stacy has danced for 20 years. Although she has danced ballet for most of her life, she has also had the privilege of dancing on her high school and college dance teams. After graduating college, she taught first grade for seven years. Stacy has performed in the Community Nutcracker for the last two years. Hoping to spread her love for dance, she has joined the amazing team of teachers at Dance for Joy.

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Hannah Cone

Hannah began dancing at the age of three at Shoshannah Arts, and it was there that she discovered her love for dancing.  Her passion for dance only grew stronger as she continued to train under Grace Ballet and Destiny Dance Center.  For two years she was a part of Destiny Dance Center’s company where her heart grew to love outreaches through dance.  Hannah’s main goal is to see the glory of God and his joy shine through her dancing and in everything she does.  In the fall, she will be studying dance at Jacksonville University where she is working towards her BA.  

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Shannon Robinson

Shannon is our faithful, fun, sweet, encouraging tumbling instructor! Shannon grew up in competitive gymnastics and competed at an upper level through high school. She then traveled as a missionary to Africa for several years before getting married. She moved to Jacksonville 5 years ago with her husband, Brian and they started a family. Together they have 2 boys, Jonah and Asher. We are so happy Miss Shannon can be with us another year!

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Rebecca Bridgman(Currently on maternity leave)

Rebecca started dancing at the age of 12 at Shoshannah Arts.  Although she began dancing later in her life, she was a natural dancer and developed an immediate passion for the art.  During her time at Shoshannah, she was a member of the dance conservatory and the outreach team.  She was able to go on several mission trips using dance and drama as a way to show the love of God to other nations.  She then went on to be a part of DanceWorks at FSCJ.  Rebecca has since taught many preschool ballet classes at Seacoast Christian Academy and has continued her own dancing with East Coast Ballet.  She is also a wife and the amazing mother of 2 year old, Mason.