MEET THE STAFF

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LORNA EDWARDS
STUDIO OWNER, DANCE INSTRUCTOR, STUDIO MANAGER

Originally from Savannah, GA, Lorna has been dancing since the age of 4, and began studying to become a dance teacher at the age of 12. She 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!

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ALEXIS "LXS" NAJARRO
STUDIO OWNER, DANCE & MUSIC INSTRUCTOR, MARKETING MANAGER

Alexis Najarro p.k.a LXS was 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 iTunesSpotify, and most major distribution companies. She was also the lead vocalist of the pop group, StaticeQuo, which debuted in August 2019. She received her AA degree in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts, is currently pursuing her BFA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking at the University of North Florida, and is certified in Music Production from Point Blank Music School based in the UK. 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 as well as having featured in tracks for ACUK, an anime cover band based in the UK. She was also featured on the track “You & Me” by Spiked Grin, which was released by the Swedish record label, Elixir Records. Currently, she is a verified artist on her very active YouTube channel and is also the lead singer for the British metal band, DAM.G. 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.

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TORI GLOD
DANCE & 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.

PAM LITZ
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Pamela Litz was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of two, Pamela began training under Debra Peters Rankin at Baggs Studio of Ballet. Through Rankin, she performed with Jacksonville’s Community Nutcracker, where she danced most roles from Mouse to Dew Drop and Christmas Spirit. In these years, she worked with many choreographers such as Mark Spivak and Dulce Anaya. She attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts for high school, and graduated from Jacksonville University with a BFA in dance and a minor in Business Administration. Through the years she has performed as a guest artist in Cinderella as Cinderella under the artistic direction of Debra Rankin and Suzanne Saltmarsh, and the Community Nutcracker as Christmas Spirit. Pamela has a strong background in ballet, contemporary, and modern, and hopes to teach students to trust their technical abilities and use dance as a tool for expression.

ERI MCWILLIAMS
DANCE, ZUMBA, & RIBBON INSTRUCTOR

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Eri started performing at the age of 8 years old with a county wide dance program . She majored in dance at the Japanese Women’s Junior College of Physical Education followed by several years of  teaching Jazz, Ballet, and Rhythm Gymnastics.

After moving to New York City to train with Dance New Amsterdam, she joined various dance companies and performed for several years.

Eri is a skilled dancer and choreographer with over ten years of experience in various techniques such as Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Rhythm Gymnastics, and Zumba.

She is a certified in Simonson Modern Jazz Dance instruction, Zumba, Zumba kids, Zumba kids Jr, and Zumba gold.

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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.”

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REGGIE POWERS
MUSIC INSTRUCTOR

Born in North Carolina and raised in Jacksonville, Reggie has been playing the guitar for the past 40 years. His musical influences include Robert Conti, Larry Carlton, Russ Freeman, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Pat Martino and Eric Johnson. Reggie studied under Jazz recording artist Robert Conti during the late 1970's and subsequently performed as Lead guitarist for Pegasus during the 80’s as they toured the Southeast. He has gone on to perform with artists from the bands Exile, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roadmasters and several local headliners. Reggie also has performed past and present for hundreds of solo and duo engagements. He holds both a BA and MBA from the University of North Florida. Reggie enjoys teaching guitar to the students of North Florida.

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ERIN WILSON
APPRENTICE

Erin Wilson has been dancing at the studio since she was three years old and is trained in numerous styles such as ballet, jazz, modern,contemporary, hip hop, pointe, and tumbling. Erin has competed in many of our competitions at the regional and National level, receiving many overall awards and 1st places for her solos over the years. Erin also takes up her community opportunities and performs annually in the st Augustine ballet nutcracker alongside Luis Abella and his company. Erin is currently a senior at clay high school, along with taking college classes through St. John’s river state college. Erin has a strong passion for dance and hopes to continue in her passion in college on a dance team, along with spreading her passion with her students. 

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ERIN LARSON
APPRENTICE

Erin has been dancing with Asbury Arts for 5 years. Hiphop is her favorite style and she has been doing it for all 5 years. She has been an assistant teacher for 2 years and has been closely working under the main hiphop teacher, Miss Alexis. She has also had experience working with special needs students. Her goal for the future is to continue working in the education system specializing with younger students.

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LESLIE LARSON
FRONT OFFICE

Leslie Larson grew up in Orange Park, Florida and now resides in Middleburg with her family. She has been married for 22 years and has three children. When she is not at the studio, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Both of her daughters have been dancing for seven years and are part of the North Florida
Dance Company at Asbury Arts Center. For the past two years she has worked in the front office at the studio, where she is also one of the Dance Company Team Moms. She loves to support the dancers at our studio.

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JULIE LACOUTURE
FRONT OFFICE

Julie has been dancing at Asbury Arts for 5 years, where she has been a member of the studio’s company team, and has participated in all styles of dance and tumbling.  She is passionate about working with children and has enjoyed being a teaching assistant in multiple classes for the past 2 years. Prior to discovering her love of dance, Julie participated in gymnastics, cheerleading, soccer, and volleyball. She is currently a Junior at Clay High School and is an active member of her church, where she is involved in her youth leadership team. Julie’s future aspirations include being a dance instructor and owning her own business as a cosmetologist.

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FIONA EDWARDS
FRONT OFFICE, TUMBLING

Fiona Edwards is originally from Savannah, GA, but now resides in Middleburg, FL, where she works as an instructor and at the front desk. She enjoys games, art, music, and skating in her free time.

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