Our mission is to inspire and nurture our students through the art of movement, dance and wellness. We are proud to have a team of teachers who are passionate about cultivating creativity and wellness within each and every student.
Shea Alvarez, Owner
Director, Company Choreographer
Shea began dancing at Karl & DiMarco before she was three years old. Her mother saw the K&D Company perform at a local show and knew that was the studio she needed to take her daughter to. Shea fell in love with dance and at the age of 9 became a member of the AMTC, Karl & DiMarco’s dance company.
Throughout her dance training at K&D Shea performed and competed with the Company earning multiple awards and competing nationally. Shea began teaching at K&D at the age of 15 and continued her dance education through conventions, training at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC as well as dance teacher seminars such as Dance Teacher Summit. Shea is also Acrobatic Arts certified.
After graduating from USF with a degree in Advertising, Shea became a wardrobe stylist for film and television and traveled all over the country and internationally creating costuming and wardrobe for various clients such as ESPN, NY State, Kmart and countless live events. During this time she and her producer husband, Steven J. Levy, lived in NYC while Shea continued her dance training at NYC studios.
She has been one of the directors of K&D’s dance company for several years and has received multiple awards for choreography, costuming and overall placement at various competitions. Shea is thrilled to continue the legacy of Karl & DiMacro as the new owner of the south studio and is so excited for the future of K&D south.
Diana Portes, Office Manager
Hip Hop, Jazz, Heels, Transition, Company Choreographer
Diana has been dancing since the age of three, where she attended the Ronnie McLaughlin School of Dance, in Merchantville, New Jersey. She studied various styles of dance, such as: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, Pointe, tumbling, and modern.Diana was accepted into the Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts, where the focus was mainly on ballet, and Horton technique. Upon high school graduation, at just 18 years old, Diana moved to New York City and was accepted into The Alvin Ailey School.
In 2006, Diana decided that she wanted to go to college, and so she did, at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Management, while accomplished being on the Black Diamond and Black Diamond Dancing Belle college dance team, throughout her four years. Upon graduating college, Diana decided she wanted to move back to New York to pursue her MBA, and she did, at the Metropolitan College of New York.
From 2012-2015, Diana was a member of the Philadelphia Soulmates dance team, for the Arena football team, the Philadelphia Soul. Her love of hip hop grew during this time, and in 2011, she had her first teaching opportunity at Edge Dance Center and CaRu Entertainment, in South Jersey.
Diana’s first year teaching at Karl and DiMarco was in the summer of 2015, where she currently and continuously, enjoys sharing her love of dance to her students. In the spring of 2017, Diana was accepted to be a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders.” Diana is excited to see what the future brings, with her love for dance!
Carolyn Rose was born in Brooksville, FL, and started dancing at age six. After completing R.A.D examinations under Gillian Davis, she started her professional career at 15. She has had the honor of performing soloist and principal roles such as, Bluebird and Lilac fairy from 'The Sleeping Beauty’, Odette/Odile from 'Swan Lake’, Coppelia from 'Coppelia’, Mina from 'Dracula’,Sugar Plum Fairy from 'The Nutcracker’, as well as original choreography from beautiful contemporary ballet minds.
While continuing to strive for perfection, she has been teaching classical ballet for over 10 years in the hopes of spreading the knowledge and passion that has been given to her by so many.
Jazz, Company Choreography
Marilyn was born and raised in Tampa, FL and began dancing at the age of 2 at Maricela’s. At 3 years old she began at Elsa Pardo Dance Center, where she remained throughout her childhood. She was a dance student at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts. After her middle school training, Marilyn was accepted into the Dance Department at Blake High School for the Arts where she graduated with her Master Certification in Dance Studies. She has extensively studied classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary. Marilyn has also worked and studied with world-renowned teachers such as Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Wade Robson, Gil Duldulao, Mia Michaels, Brian Freedman, and Shane Sparks.
Marilyn became a dance instructor in 2011, teaching jazz and contemporary to all ages around the Tampa Bay area while simultaneously attending HCC where she received her Associate’s degree in Fine Arts. She has choreographed and set pieces for studios and dance teams throughout the Tampa Bay area and has also received two choreography awards, Marilyn will graduate from USF with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and plans to continue her studies to receive a Master’s in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She hopes to use her knowledge and education to develop a unique dance therapy program tailored for children with disabilities in the future.
Acro, Tap, Combo, Ballet, Company Choreographer
Ms. Abby Pedraza grew up in Miami where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe with the Jill Mallory Dancers, and also majored in Dance at Miami Dade College.
For several years, she performed extensively throughout Miami and Tallahassee in parades, festivals, and community theater productions. Ms. Abby has been teaching dance and gymnastics for over 15 years. Her dance knowledge easily translated to gymnastics, and as a competitive coach, she focused on ballet technique for the athletes, as well as dance elements, acro, tumbling, and choreography. She is also Acrobatic Art certified.
As a dance teacher, she has taught all ages in various styles including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acro, pointe and pre-pointe. Ms. Abby doesn’t have one favorite style of dance to study or teach, instead she loves being well rounded and enjoys the variety of artistic expression of the dancers she works with.
Summer Camp, Combo, Transition, Tap, Company Choreographer
McKinley has been a member of the Karl & DiMarco family for seventeen years. She started her training under Sandy Karl when she was three years old and participated in the studios competition team for several years.
She began teaching at the age of 16 and has gone on to choreograph shows such as Hats Off to Broadway! and Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. McKinley has also worked at The Performing Arts Project musical theatre and dance training program since its’ inception. She worked as Dance Captain and class assistant for their Young Performers Program for two years and is currently the onsite assistant to the Executive Director.
McKinley is currently a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee where she dances in the Dance Tallahassee Performance Company. She has a passion for teaching and is grateful to be a part of the Karl and DiMarco family.
Kate Alava is a Tampa native who is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in Modern. She has had the pleasure of working with artists including Robert Moses, Alex Ketley, Claudia Lavista, Bliss Kohlmyer, among others. While at the university, she has been awarded talent-based grants and a departmental scholarship. Kate has participated and performed in the American College Dance Association regional conferences from 2017-2019. In October she will be attending the Beijing International Dance Seminar in Beijing, China with professors Jeanne Travers and Bliss Kohlmyer. She currently works with Tampa City Ballet in their outreach program, On Your Feet, and performed in their latest production, 7th Ave & Ybor. Last summer she trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Rhatigan and performed an excerpt of Batsheva repertoire and an original work by Courtney Mazeika. She continues to teach around the bay area, spreading her passion and knowledge she has acquired throughout her 18 years of dancing.
Jordan Raybon is a Tampa native that began her dance training at the age of 3 from Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy as well as Americas Ballet School.
She has been teaching for the past 8 years and is currently a company member with Florida Dance Theatre, a professional contemporary ballet company based in Lakeland Florida. When she isn't teaching or performing she is spending time with her daughter Camille who is an aspiring Ballerina.
Sara, a native Californian, began dancing at the age of 3 at the Jensen School for Performing Arts in Milpitas, CA, studying tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance styles. She was a member of the studio’s Fancy Dancers performance team, and served as the Fancy Dancers Dance Captain in her senior year of high school. At Scripps College, Sara majored in Psychology, minored in Biology, and kept her dance roots nurtured. She performed tap works choreographed by guest artists Tony Coppola, Chloe Arnold, and Lynn Dally, and also choreographed for and performed with the Tap Club of the Claremont Colleges.
Sara continued her education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience. While a graduate student at Michigan, Sara was a dancer and choreographer for the University’s RhythM Tap Ensemble and was the dance captain for Ann Arbor in Concert’s 42nd Street production. While working as a postdoctoral research scientist in Dallas, TX, Sara also performed with the Rhythmic Souls professional tap company led by Katelyn Harris and taught tap classes at Park Cities Studios.
Sara is currently working as a professor at the University of Tampa, where she conducts research on memory and teaches classes in biopsychology, neuroscience, and statistics. She enjoys teaching tap in her spare time and is excited to share her tap enthusiasm with the students at Karl and DiMarco south!
Ballet, Transition, Contemporary - bio coming soon!
Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Company Choreographer
Kristin Vitale began her dance training in Spring Hill, FL at the age of 3 years old. She focused her studies in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop.
She is currently a second year Veteran on the Tampa Buccaneer's Cheerleaders and has participated in many professional performances that have appeared in Films festivals all around the world. Kristin has dance experience with companies that include Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, and Tate Bunker Films.
She has a passion for teaching the art of dance and is very excited to be apart of the Karl & DiMarco faculty this year.
Jumps & Turns, Acro, Combo
Ms. Brittany began her dance training at the age of 2 in Brandon, Florida, where she was born and raised. She has been trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, African, Tap, Swing, Pointe, Hip Hop, Belly, Hula, Acrobatics, and Aerial Arts.
During her youth, Brittany spent ten years competing all over the United States. She has had the privilege of studying under Dr. Fredrick Pierce and Dionne of Alvin Ailey, Ann Barrett of Rhythm and Motion San Francisco, Doug Caldwell, Ann Reinking, Bob Rizzo, Tabitha and Napolean, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Mr. Wiggles, and Erkki Tann. Miss Brittany also has eight years of acting experience, appearing in local productions of Clue, Kiss Me Kate, Addict, Sacred Grounds Cafe, Rumors, and Plaza Suite. She holds a Associate in Arts in Dance, an Associate of Science in Addiction Studies, and a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology.
Ms. Brittany has has been professionally teaching dance and choreographing at the competitive level for 18 years. In addition, she is a licensed CNA and a Level 2 Certified Aerial Hammock Instructor.
Combo, Transition, Hip Hop, Adult Bootcamp
Demi Broselle first began her dance training at the age of 3 in Naples, Fl. It was at age 8 that Demi realized she wanted to be a professional performer when she made a profession NBAD league dance team in Fort Myers, Fl, where she danced for two years.
After many years of studio dancing and dancing in recitals she began on the competition dance team at age 10 until age 18. From age 15-18 Demi taught many dance classes at her local dance studio including jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop. During her competition dance years she also danced on a hip-hop dance team in Fort Myers, Fl and performed at many gigs and shows.
After graduating high school Demi continued her dancing education at Collin College where she danced on their dance team. While in Dallas, Demi then danced and cheered for the Mesquite Marshals Darling Deputies Dance Team for a year before moving to Tampa. Now in Tampa, Demi is cheering for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and teaching dance fitness classes at Pure Barre as well as spreading her love and passion for dance one day at a time!
Hip Hop, Contemporary
Emilee started dancing at the age of 7. She has trained in mulitple styles of dance including, hip hop, jazz funk, jazz, contemporary, modern, ballet, and improv. Emilee is a current USF student training in the dance program full time. She has worked with multiple choreographers including Kelly King, Duncan Cooper, Herman Payne, Nick Lazzarni, and Al Blackstone. Emilee has recevied a variety of scholarships and chorepgahry awards. She has received scholarships to New York, Los Angeles, Georgia, and multiple places around Florida. Her chorepgraphy has received 1st place Overall in both solo and small group pieces. Emilee has always had a passion for teaching young dancers and is excited to be considered a member of The Karl and DiMarco South Family.
Erica has been dancing since she was 3 years old and was asked to join her studio’s competition dance team when she was 8 years old. While competing she won many Platinum awards and some notables which included NUVO Breakout Artist, NUVO Stand-out in Ballet and Hall of Fame’s Dance Challenge All Stars just to name a few. She also participated in America’s most prestigious ballet competition, The Youth American Grand Prix for 4 years and was in the top ten two times.
Erica loved to spend her summers away at different Ballet Intensives learning different styles of dance as well as training with many different artistic directors. She has attended summers intensives at Orlando Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, The Miami City Ballet, Alvin Ailey in New York and the Carreño Dance Festival in Sarasota.
She joined the Next Generation Ballet’s year-round trainee program (at the age of 11, as one of the youngest dancers in the company) where she trained for 2 years. During that time she had the opportunity to dance in the opening number of the YAGP Gala in the Lincoln Center.
In high school, Erica continued her dance training at Blake High School of the Performing Arts. She is very excited to be able to share her enthusiasm and artistry of dance by teaching at Karl & DiMarco.
Jazz, Jumps & Turns
Abby grew up in New Hampshire and has trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, and Hip Hop from a young age. She has danced competitively throughout her childhood, performing regionally and nationally. Abby graduated from the University of Tampa in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Applied Dance. During her time at the University of Tampa, Abby was a member of UT’s competitive dance team. She also performed and choreographed for the dance department’s concerts and community events. Currently, Abby teaches elementary school in Tampa. She has a passion for teaching and she is grateful to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with others.
Chris Augustin has been dancing for only 8 years. He trained with group called Attack Dance "Crew" in Tallahassee, FL in Hip Hop. He has studied technical dance and trained in the HCC dance program as well as performed on a local television channel in Tallahassee. Chris has also showcased and competed on World of Dance stage. K&D sout is excited to have his postiive energy and enthusiam this season!