Tara Lynn DiSalvo
Owner / Instructor of West Florida Dance Center. Miss Tara Lynn has been involved in dance since she was 3 and has been a professional teacher since age 19. When she was a dancer with the Ringling Bros. circus. She traveled with the company from Pennsylvania to California before deciding to start her first dance studio and after school dance program. Tara Lynn’s Performing Arts Center grew for 13 years and had 300 - 600 students at any given time. Miss Tara Lynn is a mother of two beautiful daughters who she credits as her motivation and inspiration.
Miss Tara Lynn Moved to Florida with her girls in 2008 to be near her family and it only seemed natural to have set up a dance studio. This is how West Florida Dance Center was born. West Florida Dance Center is now the home of 200 Company dancers.
The Dancers From West Florida Dance Company have gone on to dance, choreograph and Teach professionally in LA, on TV, Films, Cruise Ships, Award Shows, and have received Countless College scholarships to top rated schools such as Pace and Chapman University.
Miss Jessica has been dancing since the age of two. She was raised in the dance studio by her mother, Miss Tara Lynn. She is a nationally competitive dancer for 10 years now and has achieved Several Titles including Dancer of The Year, Miss Sophisticated, Top Dancer, 2 First Place National Titles at the Hall of Fame National Competition 2012.
She has also won several Technique Excellence Awards and many more...
Jessica studied dance with dozens of amazing Choreographers and teachers throughout the year’s from California to Florida. People such as Roy Fitzel, Sylvia Rico, Dennis Caspary, Joe Tremaine, Roland Gruspe Jr., and Mark Chavarria; the list is endless.
Jessicas Choreography Has won Several Top awards and Recieved Choreography awards from several competitions
has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has studied all forms of dance including, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Clogging. Her main focus is Tap. Tina has studied with some of the best tappers in the industry including but not limited to Henry Letang, Jason Samuels Smith, Aaron Tolson, Mike Minery, Anthony Morigerato, Gregg Russell. Tina has been teaching many forms of dance for more than 20 years. However, she has always been the most passionate about TAP. As a student, Tina was a Regional and National overall duo\trio champion at several competitions; winning other special awards such as “Happy Feet”, “Best duo”, “Outstanding Rhythm". As a teacher, Tina has choreographed several soloists who have been in the top 3 at the regional and national competitive level as well as have won numerous special awards. Additionally, all of her tap students have won tap scholarships this past year at Nuvo dance convention. Tina's group dances, have placed in the overalls at the regional and national level and won special awards for “Most Entertaining”. Tina is excited about sharing Her love of dance with the students at West Florida Dance Center and looking forward to seeing our students grow in the love of TAP!!
Alison Burns - Jackson
Alison graduated from New York City’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2001 and has been a working artist ever since. She made her professional debut as Maureen in the National Tour of the Broadway Musical Rent and has since starred in numerous shows including: tick, tick... Boom!, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Rocky Horror Show, Waist Watchers, Respect, Godspell, Man of LaMancha, Comedy of Errors, and Bernarda Alba. Her choreography has been seen in Rocky Horror, Godspell, Respect, Silence! The Musical and LIZZIE! . Her original lyrics have been heard in A Big Apple Christmas, Waist Watchers and Holiday Party of One. She most recently starred in New York City's Off Broadway hit, Disenchanted! and American Stage's HAIRSPRAY (Velma). You can also see her on your TV screens in a variety of commercials and up next, Marvelous Wonderettes at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. After all that, she still finds time to tour the world with Disney composer, David Friedman, in Listen to My Heart. Alison is a musical theater instructor at WFDC & freeFall Theatre and teacher private voice, acting and on camera skills at her own studio in Seminole, FL www.findyourlightcoaching.org