Artistic Director/Dance Instructor
Alexandra was born in England in 1975 and raised in Portugal, she started dancing when she was three years old. At the age of nine she was accepted at Elmhurst Ballet school in Great Britan where she stayed till she was 18. www.elmhurstdance.co.uk
Alexandra Graduated from Elmhurst with a degree in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theater. The last two years of her education at Elmhurst she had lead roles in Sound of Music and Pal Joey where she then went on to further her career in the US.
Leaving England behind, Alexandra performed in numerous musicals, cruise lines and dinner theaters and continued her career until little Liam arrived . Upon her arrival on Amelia Island 10 years ago she saw a need, and felt the calling to fill it by bringing culture and love of the arts to the children and families of Fernandina. Her studio offers a generous variety of all types of classes which focus on dance, theater, and music. In the past, aspiring young artists might have had to seek higher-level education elsewhere, RAD offers quality instruction right in your own backyard.
Alexandra chooses Instructors, (including herself), that bring experience and excellence. With a faculty of impressive instructors and increasing student enrollment, RAD’s reputation for excellence will continue to soar higher and higher.
” It is important that if a student has big dreams of being on stage, they start on the right foot learning proper technique.”
She encourages teachers and students to participate in real world applications of their chosen art form. For example, for actors, this approach might mean taking part in a local community theater production. Alexandra puts the best interest of each student first, and nourishes the love and passion of the arts into every child that comes through her door.
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Susie Dodge is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, where she graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 1994. She then moved to Dallas, Texas and graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance. Susan moved to New York City to pursue her dream of dancing professionally and had the pleasure of dancing with many artists. She worked with Doug Merrifield, Patrick Corbin, and was a company member of The Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2.
Susan left dancing to start and serve as Artistic Director of The Dodge Dance Company from 2002-2006. Her choreography was reviewed by the New York Times, and Susan was selected to work at White Oak through The Field. She has also served as the Artistic Director of Dream Street, a performance company for adults with disabilities from 2007-2013.
Ms. Dodge has taught across the US at multiple Universities and Conservatories. Susan has served on the faculty for The Long Island High School for the Arts as well as for The Summer youth program at Walnut Hill Arts Academy. Susan has been on the faculty at The Paul Taylor School and is Co-founder of The Dance Project of Washington Heights.
Ms. Dodge teaches for Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts, Florida Ballet and Royal Amelia Dance Academy. We love having Miss Susie as a member of our RAD family!
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Chantel Jackson was born in Jacksonville and started dancing when she was 6 at “Attitudes Performing Arts”. She competed in dance competitions and was later accepted into the “Debbie Alan’s Dance Academy” in California. She continued her training at “Boleros” for ballroom dancing. Since then, she’s trained at “Debbie Reynolds” and “Millennium Dance Complex”. She started teaching and choreographing at age 16 and has been a member of our amazing teaching group here at RAD since 2009.
She currently teaches Hip Hop at RAD
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
With a lifetime of dance influences from ballet to tap and from contemporary to street dance, Meridith Burkhart brings a broad perspective to the classroom. Meridith’s professional experiences includes numerous industrial shows, cruise lines and musical theater. Her eclectic resume equals 20+ years both professional dance and teaching experience. She has been a member of our team at RAD for the last 7 year and continues to inspire all her dancers with immense depth of knowledge and her passion of the arts.
Dance Instructor / Performer
Sarah Sandall was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI where she started dancing at just 4 years old. By age 10 she had begun her training with Wendi Debois and in 1995 was one of the founding dancers for the Youth Dance Theater of Michigan.
Sarah started teaching dance in 2001. She’s been teaching at RAD since 2007 and is very active in the dance and theater community on Amelia Island.
Jennifer is a professional dance teacher and choreographer. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dance and Arts Management from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU she served as Box Office Manager, Assistant Wardrobe Mistress, and Assistant to the Director. She has studied under many prestigious teachers including Lyn Cramer, Robert Reed, and Jo Rowan. She was also an award winning competitive dancer throughout high school. She attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and was awarded the Tap Dance Award her senior year.
Jennifer has served as Dance Director at the Grace Academy of Fine Arts and has taught in studios and theater programs throughout Jacksonville. She is thrilled to be a part of the RAD family where she teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Dance Trance.
Dance & Tumbling Instructor
Kailin discovered her love of dance at the early age of five, studying ballet and tap in Houston , Texas. She furthered her study at the Deerfield Academy of Dance and as an adult studied ballet for three years under Kerry Dresser. Kailin has performed in various community shows ranging from It’s A Wonderful Life, Dancing Talent Shows, Grease Mashup and Into the Woods.
Kailin received her Bachelors Degree from Florida State University in Social Sciences with a minor in Philosophy. Her studies included Child Development and Education. Kailin is going on her fourth year of teaching at RAD teaching Ballet, Tap, and Jazz and Acrobatics.
Lauren was born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia. She began dancing when she was three years old at Dance Arts Inc. under the direction of Linda C. Chase. It was at Dance Arts Inc. that she found her love for teaching. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop.
Lauren teaches BTJ classes and is our #1 sub for all other classes at RAD.
Wyndi Salvagio, is a seasoned dance professional, with over 30 years experience in dance & gymnastics training. The former studio owner has trained talent of all ages, including athletes, dancers, and gymnasts. Some of her students have gone on to enjoy professional dance careers.
In her earlier years, she was an outstanding award winning competitive gymnast. She entered the dance studio at the age of 12 and her passion for dance, combined with acrobatics, blossomed! Her newfound passion led her into the world of competitive dance taking her all over the United States.
Wyndi has earned several awards, multiple certifications in dance and fitness. She received college dance scholarships and attended Oklahoma City University & the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Later in her career, she studied and was mentored by Zena Rommette the creator of the Rommette Floor-barre® Technique out of New City, NY. Wyndi is a master level instructor of Floorbarre® which concentrates on correct alignment, proper body placement, injury prevention and recovery. She has helped several patients and dancers on the road to recovery with this type physical rehabilitation therapy. She attributes her keen eye for dance and acrobatic technique to her years of Floor-barre® experience.
Aside from dance and gymnastics, Wyndi holds certifications in Aerial Fitness, TRX Strength Training, Pilates, and is a Chiropractic Physician Assistant.
When she is away from the studio, she focuses on her energies on her family, health, internet business, and brand, Dance Junkie®.
Kim McDonough has been teaching and choreographing since 1986. She was the founding member and president of Rutgers Performing Dance Company in New Brunswick, NJ. Her Company won Organization of the Year and President of the Year in 1990-91. This Company is still in existence at Rutgers today. While teaching at Jazz Unlimited and Rutgers University, Kim won regional and national acclaim with many of her dance pieces. Living in New Jersey, Kim had many opportunities to study with many famous dance instructors such as; Carryl Slobotkin, Frank Hatchett, Joe Laniteri, Suzy Miller, Ronen Koresh, Finis Jhung, Bill Hastings, Chet Walker and Countless others.
Kim moved to Jacksonville in 1994 and since that time has taught at Landon Middle School, Lavilla Middle School for the Arts, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, FCCJ, Jacksonville University,Georgio’s American Dance Center, Theatre Jacksonville and many other dance schools in the area. Some of her accomplishments include Regional Director of Northeast Florida for National Dance Week since 1996, Access Broadway and LADF Choroegraphy Awards, Company Dance’s Educator Award in 2002 through 2004.
Since the summer of 2008, Kim has been a Guest teacher for Rios Dance, Guatemala City, Guatemala. other guests appearances include The Dance Consevatory, Phoenix Arizona; Jazz Unlimited, Marlton, New Jersey, and Georgio’s American Dance Center.
Kim founded Dansations in 1997 and has been going strong ever since. Celebrating it’s 16th year, Kim has made a commitment to make dance a memorable experience for all dancers. She has surrounded herself with a highly qualified staff to insure that with every class this commitment is renewed.
Kristina Doiron was born and raised in Thibodaux, LA where she began her dance training at the age of three. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.F.A. in Performing Arts and continued her dance training at the American Dance Festival, Martha Graham Summer Intensive, and the Radio City Rockette Summer Intensives. In 2010 Kristina moved to New York City where she performed works by Martha Bowers, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Susan Dodge, Teresa Fellion, and Mary Seidman. She held the titles of dancer, rehearsal director, and choreographer’s assistant. Kristina was an assistant teacher at the Paul Taylor School and a substitute teacher at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. Kristina moved to central Florida in 2014 to perform in various parades and shows in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. While there she found her modern dance home by performing for Yow Dance under the direction of Eric Yow.
Kristina is delighted to move to Amelia Island and join the RAD family.