Alexa M. Mieses – Owner/Director
Ballet / Pointe / Classical Variations / EBAS
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alexa began her training in classical ballet at a very early age at the Academia de Ballet Tanya under the direction of Tanya Beléndez. Throughout the years, she has had the opportunity to train with such master teachers of classical ballet, flamenco, pointe, partnering, character, jazz, and Broadway techniques as: Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan under the direction of Vanessa Ortiz; Diana Pérez, Nahir Medina, and Rosario Galán; Eglevsky Ballet Company under the instruction of Jane Miller, Michael Vernon, Elizabeta Calero and Nahir Medina; Ballet Austin in Texas and at The University of Wisconsin in Madison. Alexa has been invited to perform as a guest artist for Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan, Compañia de Baile Moderno in Puerto Rico, as well as a soloist for the Jacksonville Ballet Theater (JBT) under the direction of Dulce Anaya. She has also performed locally in the Jacksonville’s Community Nutcracker.
Alexa began teaching ballet at the age of fourteen and has taught dance in Jacksonville since 2006. She taught ballet for seven years at Boleros Cultural Arts Center for the Theater Dance Department and has also been a guest ballet instructor for The Bean School of Dance in Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville Ballet Theater. In 2010, Alexa developed her own specific outreach ballet program for pre-schools throughout the Jacksonville community. Alexa brings her talent, training, experience and passion for dance to students of all ages. Moreover, Alexa is proud to be the President and Co-Founder of the Alius Dance School and is a Certified Level I Instructor for Scott Putman’s Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS).
While pursuing her love of dance, Alexa’s personal achievements also include a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Structural) from the University of Texas at Austin. Alexa holds a Professional Engineer License in the state of Florida. She is also a devoted wife and proud mother of two wonderful boys, Diego and Sergio.
Ballet / Boys Ballet / Partnering
Born in Cuba, Joel began his dancing career at a young age studying classical ballet with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. One of the best ballet training schools recognized worldwide by the best ballet companies. In 1990, Joel joined the professional flamenco company, The Spanish Nacional Ballet de Cuba; from there a long journey with the dance form of his ancestors would begin (his father hails from Southern Spain).
He toured the world with the Spanish Nacional Ballet de Cuba, performed at several Grammy Award shows, appeared in several music videos, and earned the opportunity to dance with a plethora of incredible performers, including Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Celia Cruz, and Julio Iglesias. When his contract ended with the Cirque du Soleil production Mystere, Joel came to St. Augustine, Florida.
Joel brings a worldwide expertise and renowned classical background to Alius’ dance program.
Ballet / Pointe / Contemporary / Tap
Natalie started her dance training at the age of eight at a local dance studio in central New Jersey. While in New Jersey, she was asked by both The Ailey School and The Royal Ballet School to attend master classes and workshops. She has studied a variety of dance styles including: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Character, Flamenco, and Musical Theater. She has performed in multiple classical ballets including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle with the Jacksonville Ballet Theatre under the direction of Dulce Anaya. She also performed several times for Jacksonville’s Community Nutcracker and the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.
Natalie began teaching at the age of fourteen and hopes to continue teaching throughout the rest of her dance career. Natalie has choreographed for several dance and musical productions, such as Northeast Florida Conservatory’s White Christmas and River City Dance Project’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Ms. Natalie is very proud to be part of Alius Dance School where she can continue sharing with her students her love for dance.
Ballet-Tap Combo / Jazz
Ms. Sara was born in London, England where she studied at Ballet Rambert. Ms. Sara also modeled in London and appeared in Vogue magazine. After she moved to America, she continued her dance education by taking classes at Boston Ballet School, Rochester School of Ballet, Gainesville City Ballet, Turning Point Dance, and East Coast Ballet before finally finding a home at Alius Dance School.
Ms. Sara also built up the after school dance program at several schools in St. John’s county including Durban Creek, Hickory Creek and Julington Creek Elementary Schools. She has also choreographed and presented end of year showcases in Jacksonville for the last seventeen years. Ms. Sara is an experienced dance instructors in the areas of primary ballet, tap, and jazz. Ms. Sara has also worked with students to help them gain admission to magnet dance schools and to enter elite dance competitions.
As well as enthusiasm and patience, Ms. Sara brings a sincere wish for all her students to enjoy and excel in the art of dance.
Antonia is original from Cuba. She commenced her dance training with rhythmic gymnastics and then studied at the National School of Contemporary Dance in Cuba. She also deepen her performing studies at the School of Musical Performing Arts in Cuba. She performed in Cuba as principal dancer at the Cabaret Parisian and performed with European Vista Tour. Antonia was also a principal dancer at Casino de Montreal and Le Folie’s de Paris in Canada.
After performing in Canada for several years, Antonia migrated to the USA and danced for numerous performing artists such as Gloria Estefan, Cristian Castro, Celia Cruz, and Marc Anthony. She has also appeared in numerous award shows, such as: Latin Grammy Awards, Premios Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud, and Billboard Music Awards. She has also danced for several hotels in Las Vegas including: Sahara Hotel, Mandalay Bay, and Hotel Rio.
Antonia has been a guest teacher for Alius Dance School since 2016 and we are glad to have her be part of our regular faculty.
Taylor B. Bass
Taylor B. Bass put on her first tap shoes at age 2 and became the youngest member of Shirley Smith’s nationally recognized competitive dance team Showbiz Kids at age 4. At age 8, Taylor studied rhythm tap with international tap great Baakari Wilder at the legendary Knock on Wood Tap Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland. At age 9, she was awarded a full scholarship to Tap Kids summer intensive in Burlington, Vermont. Taylor has taken lessons with Jason Samuels Smith, Kassie Kilpatrick, Chloe & Maud Arnold, Sarah Reich, Jason Janus, Diane Walker, Katelyn Harris, Joseph Webb, Derrick Grant, Michelle Dorrance and the late Harold Cromer. Taylor has also studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, acting and modeling.
Taylor was a member of tap performance groups Capital Tap in Washington DC & DYTE in Dallas Texas. She has had the opportunity to participate in numerous Tap Festivals including DC Tap Fest & Tap City in New York City. She is a percussionist and a full time college student. Taylor aspires to work in the music and dance industry in Los Angeles, California.
Taylor is energetic and passionate about sharing her tap expertise. We are honored to welcome her to be part of Alius Dance School’s faculty this season!
DaVina “Dallas Starr” Garneaux
Ms. Dallas is originally from Texas and moved to Jacksonville, Florida with her family in 2009. Dallas completed a 5 year contract with the United States Marine Corps in 2010. In 2013, she joined Jacksonville’s dance community, learning and collaborating with local artist and choreographers such as Kavin Grant and Sam Hills, among others. She is a performer at InCahoots, co-owner of TNT Entertainment & Productions, and owner of A.I.M 4 Higher Artistic Fitness Program.
She began her dance journey at the age of five. Since then, she has participated in four dance teams and has choreographed and/or performed in many pride festivals in multiple cities, community awards ceremonies, and stage performances. Dallas has had the opportunity to volunteer at schools within Jacksonville’s school district to work with young students. Ms. Dallas loves teaching dance to children, especially at the more beginner level and focuses in offering her students confidence as beginner dancers.
Trenton “TJ” Shakespeare
Hip-hop Guest Teacher
Trenton TJ Shakespeare is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He is a laid back guy that transforms into an energetic, swagged out, powerhouse performer. Born from the streets of dance at Florida State University (Kollage Dance Troupe), he lives through hip hop and urban movements. His style is energy driven, sharp, hard hitting intricate movements, infused with style and swag grooves. He has been choreographing for 10 years and is in his 7th year as a dance studio instructor.
Trenton is co-founder & co-director of i-Move U-Move Dance Workshop Series, currently active as co-director and dancer in WreckLess Dance Crew, co-director of Da Hype Fam (2 Hype, Lil Hype & Mini Hype), ImmaBeast and a trainee for ImmaBreathe (2 years). He toured the United States with The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Tribute Show (2018 & 2019). He has been a guest choreographer for Lavilla School of the Arts and the Jacksonville Shark Attack Dance team for 4 years consecutively. He has choreographed for the Terry Parker Braves Varsity Cheerleading Squad for 2 years earning Best Choreography award in 2014. He’s taken 1st Class Athletics to World’s Dance Competition 2015 and Bollywood Dance Mania Juniors to Nationals 2015. Recently 2 Hype won 1st place overall and top style at Revel Nationals 2019. He is also choreographer for young artist Will Harden & The PrimeTime Dancers who are currently working on his Stop The Violence Tour. His works have been presented in Florida, Atlanta, New York City and Paris, France. He also produced a collaborative showcase, WreckLess Diamonds, with Mega Mind Productions (April 2017).
Trenton has trained through Kollage Dance Troupe (FSU-Tallahassee, FL), A Kavin Grant Productions (Jacksonville, FL), Mega Mind Productions (Jacksonville, FL), Spectrum Dance Factory (Jacksonville, FL), i-Move U-Move (Jacksonville, FL), Monsters of Hip Hop (Orlando, FL) 2016, 2017, 2018 and Monsters of Hip Hop Finale 2019 and Road to Build-A-Beast-Experience. He’s trained out in LA at various studios. He believes every time you dance is a chance to grow, reveal something about yourself or to speak directly into someone’s life. We are all connected and can grow from one another and he is spreading that love and message one dance at a time.