Rhonda Lalonde - Owner/Teacher
A native of Jacksonville, Rhonda began her classical dance training at the age of five. She attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major then went to study dance at Florida Community College of Jacksonville. Rhonda has had the privilege to study under numerous artists such as Arthur Duncan of the Lawrence Welk Show, Frank Hatchett, Gregory Hines, Mia Michaels, Beytee Morrow (former student of Gene Kelly) and has attended countless workshops at The Alvin Ailey School of Dance , The Rockettes Dance Experience, and the American Ballet Theatre to name a few. She taught in various studios throughout Florida for over fifteen years, where her choreography won awards on both regional and national levels, and judged many local pageants. Rhonda then became the Dance Director for The St Johns County Center for the Arts at St Augustine High School in 2004. There she was able to share her passion and knowledge of dance, while providing an educational atmosphere where students had the opportunity to grow intellectually, technically and express their creativity. She successfully grew the dance department in a time when funding was being cut for the arts. Also while at SAHS, she also choreographed musicals such as West Side Story and The Music Man and was the coach for The Ja'Quettes Dance Team.
"As a former teacher at St Augustine High School, I understand learning should be fun, engaging and use a variety of methods to ensure a student’s success. Early childhood is a critical stage that forms the foundation for a child’s future well-being, and dance is an ally for developing growth physically, emotionally and cognitively. Honestly, children are bogged down by education these days and become stressed at an extremely young age. Dance gives them a healthy outlet to unwind, be physical, and just have fun!"
We are committed to quality dance training. Therefore, all of our instructors are classically/professionally trained, reliable and have passed a background check.