Meet Stone Dance Academy's Instructors
Jadyn Bradham has been dancing since the age of 2! She has been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical/contemporary and tap. However, her first love will always be ballet! She was a part of Grace Full Dance Academy Diamond Company and Performance Team since 2017. During this time, she was able to apprentice and assist in classes and find a passion for teaching. She currently is minoring in dance at Seminole State College and plans to continue her studies at the University of Central Florida. Although she enjoyed performing for many years, her heart lies with teaching your children the art of dance and looks forward to seeing them grow both technically and spiritually!
Lauren Phillips is a native Floridian who has been passionate about the art of dance for as long as she can remember. She studied ballet at Orlando Ballet School for 11 years, performing as a soloist in ballets including Swan Lake, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. While at the school she discovered a love of teaching as well, serving as a teachers assistant for several years. She went on to teach creative movement and beginning ballet courses at a small private school before joining Stone Dance Academy, previously Grace Full Dance Academy, where she has been happily teaching for the past three seasons. Lauren lives in Casselberry with her husband and two daughters, both of whom are following in their mother’s footsteps in their love of dance, as students at Stone Dance Academy. She is passionate about laying a strong foundation technically for our students as well as nurturing their love for this amazing art form, all while pointing them back to Jesus!
Kaitlyn (Katie) Shuman has been dancing her entire life. Growing up a competitive dancer in South Florida since the age of 5- earning numerous scholarships and titles from many different competitions and conventions- she has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern. Her love for teaching took over when she graduated high school to attend the University of Central Florida to minor in Dance, making it her main focus for the last 9 years. Acrobatics has been her biggest love as she works towards an Acrobatic Arts certification this year. She and her husband are active partners of One Hope Church along with their one year old daughter Charlotte. She is committed to growing her students in their faith and dance training!
Hannah Gomez has been dancing since the age of 3. Originally from the Cayman Islands, Hannah obtained a B.F.A in dance and choreography with a minor in business administration at Florida Southern College. While dancing in her teens, Hannah was fortunate enough to attend the Orlando Ballet School where she focused on her technique. Her advanced technical training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip hop is an asset to our studio . Hannah discovered her joy for teaching at a young age serving as a teacher assistant. She later became an instructor at her home studio while she was visiting from college and brought a more mature and artistic mindset to her studio. During her dance career Hannah was honored to dance with the Boston Ballet. Currently a resident in Maitland, Hannah is excited to share her joy of dance with the students at Stone Dance Academy.
Jessica Gallagher has been dancing since the age of 6. She is originally from Westchester, New York, and has been in Orlando for five years to obtain her bachelor's and masters in Speech and Language Pathology. She has experience in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop but has recently developed a greater passion for hip-hop dance. At the age of 12, she was in a hip-hop dance group based in NYC. She performed at NY Knicks basketball games, concerts, and fundraisers in NYC. After moving to Orlando, she became a member of a hip-hop dance team at UCF and a choreographer for her sorority group at UCF. Jessica is ecstatic to share her love for hip-hop with the students at Stone Dance Academy!
Elizabeth Bliach is a dancer, choreographer, and performer, and is trained in the disciplines of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, and Musical Theatre. She has been dancing since she was 2, competitively for 10 years, and has been teaching preschool through adult for 16 years. Elizabeth has choreographed for audition showcases, school musicals, shows, and plays. She has received dance scholarships, a Company Dance Leadership award, and voted Best Dancer and Best Choreographer 3 years in a row. With dance being so expressive, Elizabeth found her love for yoga and is a 500 hour experienced certified registered yoga teacher and teaches actively in Winter Park, and also leads teacher trainings and yoga retreats. When you meet Elizabeth you will immediately feel her positive energy and passion. Her dedication and uplifting attitude will keep you engaged. She always instills in her students to “trust themselves” and to embrace all parts of their journey. Elizabeth is excited to join the SDA family!