Lorna Edwards– Studio Owner, Dance Instructor / Studio-Office Manager
Lorna Edwards is our studio manager. She is originally from Savannah, GA and has been dancing since the age of 4. Miss Lorna began studying to become a dance teacher at the age of 12 and has trained in multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, ballet, pointe, tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and modern. Lorna has been in several productions with Columbia City Ballet, was part of an advertisement flash mob for Lindt Chocolate, and was formerly a member of the tap dance company Noise Complaint. She graduated with an Associates in the Arts. Lorna loves working with kids and sharing her passion for dance!
Alexis Najarro – Studio Owner, Dance and Music/Vocal Instructor
Alexis Najarro p.k.a LXS is a recording artist for Melting Pop Records, a record label based in Los Angeles, CA. She debuted as a solo R&B artist in July 2019 with an original composition called “Halfway”, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and most major distribution companies. She is also part of the pop group, StaticeQuo, which debuted in August 2019. She received her AA degree in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts and is currently pursuing her BFA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking at the University of North Florida. As a singer, her background includes various performances such as being featured with the Charlotte County Symphony, being a featured performer at the Filipino Pride Day Showcase in Jacksonville, as well as a finalist at the International Modeling and Talent Assoc. Showcase in Los Angeles. She has also been in many online projects, which included being a part of Cube Entertainment and Soompi’s Rising Legends: Season 2, which was a talent contest based in South Korea. Currently, she is a verified artist on her very active YouTube channel. She was also featured on the track “You & Me” by Spiked Grin, which was released by the Swedish record label, Elixir Records. Her dance background includes training in Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Ballet, and has shared her teaching with various institutions. She was also a dance captain and had choreography featured in the tap company, Noise Complaint where she performed on a national level. She has also choreographed and performed in many musicals, which include Anything Goes, Suessical, The Wiz, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Godspell and many more, for various theatre companies and schools.
Morgan Brown – Dance Instructor
Morgan Brown Originally from Los Angeles, California, received her formal education from the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned both a Bachelors and Masters in Dance. Prior to relocating to Jacksonville, Morgan served as dance faculty for College of the Canyons, Harvard -Westlake School and performer for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Morgan has also worked abroad, freelancing as a guest artist performing and choreographing in Ghana West Africa, Edinburgh Scotland, and Lennestadt Germany. These travels offered her valuable opportunities to conduct extensive research in cultures that she never even imagined. In Accra Ghana, she studied the infusion of African dance and culture with Western dance forms. Morgan also earned a grant from the U.S. Embassy of Ghana to produce a ballet based on an African war dance that incorporated the National Theater of Ghana Dance and Music Ensemble. Ms. Brown also was recently selected to participate with the Paris Summer Academy, (PSA) to work with choreographers from all over the world learning new innovative techniques in Contemporary Dance. She was one of twenty selected. In the Fall of 2019, Morgan took on the role as Rehearsal Director, overseeing the setting and rehearsals of Cleo Parker Robinson’s piece called Check Cashing Day that included the Jacksonville University Dancers as well as the Florida State College Dance Works members. Morgan has served as Adjunct Dance Faculty at St. Johns River State College- Florida School of the Arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and Harvest Community School. Currently, Morgan serves as Adjunct Dance Faculty at Florida State College and Co- Artistic Director of Duo Dance Company. Duo is an International Contemporary Dance Duet working to bring together different cultures of two absolutely different countries, Georgia and USA. Morgan is partnering with the Georgian Dance Federation President, Ketevan Sakhvadze.
Tori Glod – Dance and Tumbling & Certified Yoga Instructor
As a native of Green Cove Springs, FL, Tori started dancing at the age of 3. Tori accompanied her dance training with competitive cheerleading, track, and girls’ weightlifting throughout school. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Florida where she graduated with highest honors. Tori is a skilled dancer and choreographer with over two decades of experience in various techniques such as Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Tumbling, Hip-Hop, and West African. Her choreography has received numerous recognitions at both regional and national levels, including several “first place overall” awards. She has trained and performed at prestigious institutions such as Fresh Festival, Swamp Dance Festival, FDA on Tour, ACDA Gala, and National Water Dance Project. She has been selected to work with choreographers such as Jennifer Archibald, STREB, Joffrey Ballet, Cornelius Carter, Iyun Harrison, Gerri Houlihan, Pat Graney, Doug Gillespie, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. Tori has lived and performed all over including New York City, San Francisco, Honolulu, and, most recently, Nashville, TN. As a RYT-200, Tori is currently a yoga instructor and sharing her love of dance at several studios in the Northeast Florida area.
Martin Farmer – Music Instructor
Originally from Richmond, VA, Martin used to listen to his father play the family baby grand piano every night. Learning the building blocks of musical creation, he later played in bands in junior high and high school. At Virginia Commonwealth University, he majored in musical composition. He is proficient on bass guitar, guitar, piano, drums, and computer audio/midi programming. Marty has played with jazz pianist Marian McPartland, Huey Lewis, Dion, Clarence Clemons, Brazilian Voices, Planet Earth Project, jazz performer George Tandy, jazz flutist and Latin Grammy Award Winner, Nestor Torres and VH1 Dia, Tomey Sellars. His programming includes music for “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Lil’ Abner.” He and his family moved to Lake Asbury (with the baby grand) after over 25 years in the Miami music scene. He is most enthusiastic about the beginning student. “The most important thing for first time students is to be excited about the musical experience. I’ve met so many adults that took lessons in grade school only learning to hate it, and quit. What a waste. Appreciation for reading music comes much easier if it is combined with some music theory. It shouldn’t be a chore, but rather a creative experience.”
Channing Mae Malz – Dance and Tumbling Instructor
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida Channing Mae Malz started dancing at the age of 3 and competing at the age of 5. Channing continued studying dance at Lavilla Middle School of the Arts and Douglas Anderson School High School of the Arts. Channing was honored with winning the Outstanding National Student Choreographer Award for her piece “Asphyxiate” at the National High School Dance Festival. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Florida, graduating with Cum Laude Honors. Channing is a skilled dancer and choreographer with over fifteen years of experience in various techniques such as Ballet, Point, Modern, Jazz, Hip-hop, West African, and Tumbling. Channing has trained at prestigious institutions such as American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, University of the Arts, FDA on Tour, ARCHCORE, and Swamp Dance Festival. She has also been selected to work with choreographers such as Robert Battle, Jennifer Archibald, Brian Friedman, Larry Keigwin, Cleo Parker Robinson, Edgar Zendejas, and many more. Her ability to express life experiences through dance has always been her purest avenue of communication. Her passion for dance and the power of human movement is an innate trait she was born with. Channing is currently a member of the prestigious Tampa Bay Bucs Cheerleading Squad!
Hanna McMinn – Dance and Certified Yoga Instructor
Born and raised in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Hanna began dancing at 4 years old. Her training began studying ballet, tap and jazz at local dance studios until Asbury Arts Center/North Florida Dance Center opened in 2005. It was here at AAC/NFDC that Hanna truly found a passion for dance and expanded her training to include modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and pointe. During this time, Hanna attended numerous dance conventions, competitions, and festivals while additionally taking on various roles as a student-teacher at Asbury Arts Center and as a choreographer and dance captain for the Royal Blues Show Choir at Clay High School. After graduating, Hanna studied collegiate level dance at the University of Central Florida and then eventually put her studies aside to serve her country and enlist in the Florida Army National Guard. While travelling with the Army National Guard, Hanna still found opportunities to practice her passion of dancing; choreographing multiple cultural dance presentations at the Monterey Language Day and training with various dance companies along the way. During this time, she also embarked in training to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). Hanna loves to share her love of dance as both a creative practice and means to instill confidence and work ethic in dancers that they can take far beyond the walls of the dance studio!