Meet Our Staff
Conrad, Artistic Director - Professional dancer, teacher, and
choreographer for more than 30 years, Debra received her BS in Human Resources
Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University graduating Cum Laude. Under
the tutelage of Marie Hale, Debra received her initial dance training
from Ballet Florida where she was awarded a full scholarship. Teachers
and choreographers Debra has worked with include Michael Maule, Dennis
Wayne, Ben Stevenson, Robert Davis, Kenn Scalice, Jill Bushling of New
York City Ballet, Carol Bryan of American Ballet Theater, Donna Cowan
and Denise Jackson of Joffrey Ballet, Lou Conte of Hubbard Street Dance
Theater in Chicago, and Gus Giordano in Chicago, Choo San Goh of Washington,
Finis Jung, Charles Kelly, Maria Vegh, Luigi, Frances Roach, and David
Howard all of New York City.
Debra developed and implemented an award winning magnet dance program
for the North Central Center for the Expressive Arts in the Dade County
School system and coordinated a free pre-ballet program for underprivileged
four and five year old inner city students for the Dade County School
system. Debra also owned and managed Terpsicore Dance studio and Miami
Avenue Dance studio in Dade County.
Debra performed professionally in many ballets including Sleeping Beauty,
The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Les Partineurs, Raymonda, Swan
Lake, Giselle, and Cinderella. Choreography credits include Damn Yankees,
Annie Get Your Gun, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oklahoma, Godspell, and
Little Shop of Horrors. Since founding Jupiter Dance Academy, Debra
has created, directed and produced original full length ballets including
Neverland, The Curious Adventures of Alice, In My Life, Faerie Magick
and Mischief, Ballet de Vieux Carre’, The Twelve Dancing Princesses,
Pavana of Dreams, Myths & Legends, The Princess and the Pea, Tales
of the Constellations, Babes in Toyland, Oz, and Reflections of Faeries.
Debra’s choreography has attained the highest awards at regional
and national level dance competitions.
Kelly Zeltmann – Kelly began her dance training
under the tutelage of Artistic Director, Debra Conrad. Kelly’s
principal roles include Wendy in Never Land, The Mystic in The Twelve
Dancing Princesses; she danced the lead in the national award winning
Imagine, and was featured as The Jabberwocky in The Curious Adventures
of Alice. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological
Sciences and Biotechnology graduating Summa Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic
University. Kelly is a high school mathematics teacher. Kelly’s
genius, artistic flair, and dedication to perfection define her as a
gifted teacher and choreographer.
Contemporary, Tap, Acting
Alexandra Safran – Alexandra
has trained at Palm Beach Ballet Center, received an AA Degree in Liberal
Arts at Palm Beach Community College, and a BA in Drama Studies at Purchase
College New York. She has received extensive training in ballet, jazz,
modern, swing, waltz and Flamenco. She also studied acting, stage combat,
and ballet with Florida Atlantic University and works as a professional
fashion model. Alexandra has been the featured dancer and performer
in numerous productions such as Dances We Dance, A Broken Heart, Bye
Bye Birdie and more. Alexandra is currently completing dance teacher's
training education classes..
Samantha Musso – A student with Jupiter Dance
Academy and a member of the acclaimed Jupiter Dance Academy Performance
Company until high school graduation, Samantha is a delightful addition
to the JDA staff. Samantha also teaches the outreach programs. Samantha
is currently pursuing her college degree.
Acro, Hip Hop
Sarah Boratko - Sarah received her dance training with
Kim Hohman’s Dance Works in Van Wert, Ohio where she competed
in high school cheerleading and gymnastics. Sarah received her Dance
Certification from Sinclair Community College and was captain of the
dance team. She was awarded Caravan Kid 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 and
received Vibe Hollywood Scholarships for 2000 and 2001. Sarah was a
member of the Fort Wayne Fusion Arena Football dance team 2006-2007
and has performed on Carnival Cruise line. Sarah received further training
with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan, Hollywood Vibe, and Tremaine.
Yael Lawrence is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and received
her Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy from The Pratt Institute
in New York. Yael has worked in educational, mental health, spiritual
and dance settings, with individuals of all ages & abilities ranging
from infancy through adulthood including children with special needs.
She has recently started the only Special Needs Dance Class in Jupiter,
Florida, which is thriving! Additionally, Yael is the Programming Coordinator
for The Family Center at Temple Beth Am in Jupiter, Florida where she
organizes and implements social and educational programming for families
with young children. She is also a certified Yoga & Music Together
Instructor. Yael currently offers private Dance/Movement Therapy and
a variety of Mommy & Me, Yoga, Dance, Music & Creative Movement
and Mentoring classes throughout Palm Beach County.
Contemporary, Musical Theatre
Denise McClymont - Denise returns to teach at Jupiter Dance Academy
with more than twenty years of experience. A native of Palm Beach County,
she trained under Jill Harrison and has performed nationally and internationally.
Her students have been honored with regional and national titles, high
scores and special awards. Many of her students have continued working
as professional dancers and have become teachers themselves. Denise
has been recognized for her fresh, unique style and approach to dance.
Her training and technical expertise are reflected in her classes and
Larry Albright - Larry has been teaching and performing his style of
hip hop for 7 years now in shows and other venues throughout New York,
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He has performed as part of the
opening act for artists such as PitBull, Ricky Martin, Nelly, Common,
Lil’ Mo and Fabolous. He has choreographed for and performed with
many dance companies on a elementary, collegiate, and professional level.
Some of these include RPM on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16, Like Clockwork
(NJ), PFUNK (NY), Sean’s Dance Factory (FL), Infinite DS (NY),
Next Level (NY), Rutgers University Dance Team (NJ), Northwood University
(FL), and the FIU Golden Dazzlers (FL). His teaching experience is extensive
having taught at many dance studios and conducted master classes for
many conventions including Dance Masters of America (FL), Streetstylz
(FL), Pick the Starz International (Can), Broadway Bound Dance intensive
(NY), and the winter dance festival at the Florida School of the Arts.
Lisa Powell has been instructing dance for 20 years. Her training includes
the Royal Academy of Dancing Ballet Syllabus in which she received distinction
on her exams. She frequently attended classes at Steps and Broadway
Dance Center in NYC. During her competitive years she was awarded Miss
I Love Dance and U.S.T.D. titles. Lisa's teaching career began with
her attending the Dance Educators of America Teacher Training Program.
Her students have won national awards and received scholarships to attend
intensives and universities. Prior to moving to Florida, she had been
a New York State Fair talent showcase judge for several years and was
a performing member in the professional Syracuse Contemporary Dance
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