About Our Team
With a foundation of over two decades dancing, Jeré James exemplifies the adage “dance is a discipline.” She has more than ten years of experience in production and rehearsal management and served as active Rehearsal Director of The Center for Contemporary Dance’s Moore Dance Project for the past five years. Ms. James’ responsibilities in that role included choreography, scheduling auditions and rehearsals, directing rehearsals as needed, and leading company classes. Additionally, she directed pre-professional studies as well as the award-winning Several Eights competitive dance ensemble at The Center for Contemporary Dance.
Early on, Jeré trained under the direction of Joan Miller with the Palm Beach Ballet Center. Her passion, discipline, and talent led her to a coveted summer intensive program with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she received training in Horton technique from Artistic Director of Ailey 2 Troy Powell, Derrick Mentor, Matthew Rushing and Solomon Dumas. She was then asked to join their second dance company, Ailey 2, but chose to dedicate her time to continue pursuing her education. Graduating from the University of Central Florida, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business with a minor in Dance.
Janelle Z. Martin
Jazz, Stretch & Strengthening,
and Hip-Hop Instructor
Janelle Z. Martin is an Atlanta native with over 2 decades of dance training. After attending a performing arts high school, majoring in dance, she made her way to Orlando, FL where she majored in Business Management and minored in dance at the University of Central Florida. During her undergrad years, Janelle was a member of a hip hop group, D.W.E.E.B.S. Dance Crew where she was co-captain for 2.5 years.
Janelle just recently wrapped up 4 years of work with Moore Dance Project, out of the Center for Contemporary Dance. She now looks forward to continuing her training and being an inspiration to other by giving them the gift of dance.
Josan Battle Omjessiah
Being born into a family of Broadway performers, including 3 time Tony Award winning choreographer Hinton Battle, Josan Battle’s fate was pre-determined to a life as a dancer and choreographer. Ms. Battle honed her skills over 27 years of studying dance and teaching in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Florida. She also gained extensive performance experience with her own dance company, “Xplosive Dance and Entertainment,” touring throughout Germany and France.
“My childhood was spent watching dance classes, rehearsals, and world-renowned performers captivate audiences. I was amazed at what the human body was capable of,” she recalls. You will find Ms. Battle as a featured performer in many music videos, commercials, tv series, and movies. “Becoming a dance teacher and performer was a natural progression for me,” Ms. Battle states. She utilizes all of her experiences to create fun, dynamic classes that focus on the pure joy that comes from movement.
Keara Ann Rodriguez
Certified Zumba Instructor
Keara Ann began her dance studies at a small studio in upstate New York before being accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program in NYC. Keara Ann spent two years with that company. Due to family circumstances, Keara Ann and her family moved to Florida. She looks forward to joining the company as well as instructing and mentoring the up and coming younger students. She loves to share her experiences about her exciting time in NYC, as well as the many trips she took with her Ensemble Team in NY, which included dancing on a Norwegian cruise line and dancing at Pearl Harbor. Shortly after moving to Florida, she became certified in Zumba. Come have fun and get a good workout at the same time.