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"Life isn't about Waiting for the Storm to Pass, It's Learning to Dance in the Rain"

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Shara "Bird" LaColla

Owner/Founder LVL UP Dance + Fitness

Specializations

Dance Choreography (Variety of Styles) -  Teams, Crews, Solos, Competitions, Auditions, Shows, Flash mobs, Wedding Dances, Etc.

Dance Instruction (Kids and Adults)

Dance Fitness (Kids and Adults)

Senior Fitness

Group Fitness - Boot camp, Spin, Tone & Sculpt, Interval Training, etc.

I am a native Floridian and resident of Seminole Heights.   I married my high school sweetheart, Nick LaColla, and we have 2 beautiful boys, Jaxon and Jude.  I started dancing when I was 3 years old and have been dancing ever since.  I have a passion for performing, teaching, choreography, and music.   I have been teaching dance part-time while working a full time job for over 20 years.   I have worked with kids, teens, adults, and seniors. From traditional dance classes to audition routines and flash mobs.  I loved it all!   In 2007, I fell in love with fitness after my son, Jude, was born.    I decided to take my love for dance and combine it with my knowledge of fitness to create my own fun, high energy dance fitness workout.  I obtained my AFAA Primary Group Ex Fitness Certification and began teaching not only dance fitness but also a variety of group fitness classes.  I have been teaching my group and dance fitness classes for over 8 years. Dancing and teaching others has brought so much joy to my life.   I decided that I wanted to open my own studio in my community.   Not just a typical dance studio but a place where people would feel great when they walked in and awesome after taking a class.   So, I took a leap of faith and I left my corporate job after 17 years to follow my dream.   After, 8 months of hard work and perseverance, turning a once laundromat into a dance studio,  LVL UP Dance + Fitness studio is finally open!    LVL UP is for everybody and every level.   All are welcome!    LVL UP is not just a name, it's our motto!  LVL UP Everything in your life!

 

 

 

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Oriana Brooks

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Oriana was born in St. Petersburg, FL and began her interest in the arts at a young age watching her parents perform music throughout the Bay Area.  Oriana spent many years singing in choirs, performing in stage plays, and exhibiting her artwork; winning awards in all of those fields.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Art with high honors at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg. As a dancer, Oriana has been studying and performing Middle Eastern Dance since 2007.
She has appeared at numerous events and venues:   - Mythos Greek Taverna -Acropolis Greek Taverna St. Petersburg -Zorba's Bozoukia of Tarpon Springs -The Ritz Ybor -ArtPool Gallery -Euphoria Emporium Hookah Lounge -Ruth Eckerd hall -for the U.S. Greek Ambassador -Byblos Cafe and more!
 Oriana dances with grace and energy specializing in Classical Egyptian, American Cabaret and Modern Oriental.  She often incorporates her experience in theater and art into her performances for a dynamic performance to be remembered.  She performs with many tools including zills, wings of isis, veils, sword and much more!  She also entertains with dramatic fire dance shows incorporating fire fans, fire palms, poi and fire eating!  As if that wasn't enough, she also dons a Mermaid tail to delight children young and old with aquatic performances.
Oriana has also been instructing Middle Eastern dance in the Tampa Bay area since 2013.  She has become a sought-after teacher both for students of all levels and those wishing to begin their own teaching career.  For more info on classes, workshops and training, click here

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Chad "Fresh Roc" Jackson

Breakdance Instructor. B-Boy.  Dancer. Performer. 

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Viva Williams of Soulher Power

Yoga Instructor. Heels. Dancer. Performer.  

Victoria "Viva" Williams is the founder of Soulher Power LLC., in Tampa, Florida where her mission is to share light among free thinkers who have a common love for art and dance culture. She is a certified dance fitness educator, performance artist and a local event organizer. Viva is a 200hr certified kemetic yoga instructor AND co-founder of Be Dope Do Yoga with a message to create more unity in the community. Fusing her dance experience with traditional African healing, Victoria brings a unique and enticing style to dance and yoga fitness.

 

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Desiree Boren

PiYo and Modern Dance Fusion Instructor

Bio Coming Soon.

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Amanda Rodriguez

Total Body Ballet Instructor

Bio Coming Soon.