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Alicia Ralsten

Tiny Twirlers & Mini Instructor

Alicia Ralsten started dancing at age 4 and it’s been her passion ever since. She graduated from Booker High Schools Visual and Performing Arts dance program at age 16 and is currently working on her bachelors degree at Arizona State University. She has lived in multiple states throughout her life and has had the privilege to be a part of many dance studios, including Maple Valley School of Ballet and The Russian Ballet. Alicia has experience with multiple genres of dance including hip hop, tap, flamenco and extensive experience in ballet, modern and contemporary. Alicia had also attended multiple choreography classes and had the privilege to choreograph for multiple performances at BHS. Dance has been a major positive influence in her life and she hopes to give children the same life changing experiences she had.

Energize Dance Studio Faculty

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Erin Crobons

Owner/Director

Erin Crobons is a recent graduate of New College of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Applied Mathematics. Erin grew up dancing at Focus Performing Arts Studio under the direction of Jenny Clifton and at Empire Dance Studio under the direction of Alexis Black, where she was apart of award winning competition teams. With experience in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary, Erin began assisting classes at age 14 and teaching at 18 years old. Erin has experience working with dancers of all ages and choreographing award winning competition numbers. Dance is her passion and she loves to share that with children in hopes of inspiring them.

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Victoria Leyva

Instructor 

Enrollment Coordinator

Victoria grew up in the North Port/Sarasota area and started dancing at age 11. Quickly developing a love and passion for dance, she immersed herself in the art. In High School, Victoria danced with Universal Dance Academy and her High School's Visual Performing Arts Program. After High School, she began taking classes with Sarasota Contemporary Dance, performed in their debut of Sarasota Contemporary Dance Ensemble, and has been interning for SCD since September 2020. Victoria is currently working towards a degree in Humanities and Performance Studies at New College of Florida.

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Erin Crobons

Owner & Director

Erin Crobons graduated from New College of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Applied Mathematics. Erin started dancing at the age of 6. She grew up dancing at Focus Performing Arts Studio under the direction of Jenny Clifton and at Empire Dance Studio under the direction of Alexis Black, where she was apart of award winning competition teams. With experience in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary, Erin began assisting classes at age 14 and teaching at 18 years old. Erin has experience working with dancers of all ages and choreographing award winning competition numbers. Upon moving to Sarasota she began teaching at various local studios. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Erin was finishing her degree at NCF and was no longer teaching dance. After a group of families approached her about continuing classes, she decided to open Energize Dance Studio in June 2020. With over 17 years of experience in the dance industry, she is ready to take the next step into entrepreneurship. Dance is her passion and she loves to share that with children.

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Kendall Britt Jr.

Ballet & Pointe Instructor

Kendall George Britt Jr. was a leading member of Ballet Memphis for ten years. He danced in many ballets, including the title role in Peter Pan as well as the roles of Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the Prince in Cinderella, and the Lion in Wizard of Oz. He danced in Matthew Neenan’s The Darting Eyes, in Gabrielle Lamb’s I Am A Woman: Moult, and in Julia Adam’s I Am A Child. Kendall also danced the memorable role of Puck in Mark Godden’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Prince in Nutcracker, the prestigious Ballet Asteras 2013 gala in Tokyo. Before joining Ballet Memphis, Kendall trained on full scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Ballet Academy East. He also attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Kendall is a 2006 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS merit scholarship recipient. He is from New York City and joined the Company in 2006 and completed 10 seasons there.

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Jaylee Carpenter

Mini & Club Energize Instructor

Bio Coming Soon

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Mikayla Johnson

Hip Hop & Tap Instructor

Mikayla Johnson is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a B.F.A. in Dance, B.S. in Mathematics, and a minor in Dance Studio Administration. She grew up in Jamestown, NY, and has been dancing since the age of 4. During her years in college, Mikayla had the opportunity to travel to various cities and perform work. Most recently, Mikayla’s choreography was selected to be shown at the American College Dance Association Conference in Athens, Ohio. Aside from performing, Mikayla has taught various classes and workshops, and is grateful to be sharing her passion of dance with others here at Energize Dance Studio.

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