• Meet the Staff

  • Jessica Sorrells

    Jessica received majority of her training in Jacksonville, FL. She was an active student and company member at The World of Dance for 8 years. She has trained in all styles of dance at some point in her dance career. She attended Douglas Anderson School of The Arts for 3 years, was part of dance teams through middle and high school, attended many dance conventions throughout the US, attended many summer intensives at NYC, Florida State University, and Jacksonville University and had the opportunity to be part of The First Coast Nutcracker for 4 years. She started her education in teaching and choreographing at The World of Dance in Jacksonville and Mary Ellen School of Dance in Ocala while she attended college at CFCC. She has taken many courses and certified classes to continue her education in dance. One of these courses resulted in creating a silks and Lyra class, that has expanded and continues to be successful today. She then became the director and choreographer of Mary Ellen School of Dance Team for 4 years and then Ocala Dance Force Company (ODFC) was created shortly after that. Both teams have won many regional and national placements, choreography recognition, team sportsmanship awards, as well as a handful of scholarships that students received. She was also honored to be the assistant director and choreographer for the MESD Nutcracker for 3 years. Her creation of the dance program for 2-3 year olds that is successful till this day called the "Baby Bumblebee" class, was one of her favorite achievements.

    Recently, she has relocated back to Jacksonville with her husband and two children. She was offered and has accepted the role of Owner and Artistic Director of The World of Dance. With this new opportunity and prior events as a judge at competitions and try outs, teaching and being a guest choreographer for studios and teams plus providing her service for studio business consultation for several studios has given her inspiration for continuing her art in many ways. Jessica will tell you that although she has achieved a lot with being an educator for dance, her greatest achievement is instilling the passion for dance in students for over 15 years! She is proud to be...TWD!

  • Linda Surrency

    Linda has been dancing since age eight. She has studied dance in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. She has studied with Dance Masters of America, Dance Makers, Dance Troupe, Tremaine, Dance Caravan, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Linda began teaching at the age of fifteen and taught for the Duval County School Board and the Buddy Sherwood School of Dance. She opened The World of Dance in 1979. She studied early childhood education and business at FCCJ. She continues her education throughout the dance year by traveling to dance seminars where she studies dance from educators from all over the country. She also gives her students the same opportunities. She also continues to study every summer with Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School & Certified Masters in dance education at the University at Buffalo. Linda is a former member of the Artistic Dance Association, as well as the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artist. Linda held the title for N.A.D.A.A. as a junior and senior contestant where she represented Florida. She is the former choreographer for the Miss Duval Beaches Pageant, a preliminary pageant for Miss Florida. Linda’s students have won dancer of the year (DOTY) Titles along with regional and national dance competitions. They have taken gold, silver, and bronze medals as well as over all high score. Some of her students have received most entertaining for two days of competition. They have performed all over our city, on local TV shows, and as backup dancers for Britney Spears. She is a former N.C.A. cheerleader. She was selected from over 100,000 students from 43 clinics in the United States. Only the most outstanding individuals were selected to travel to be on the N.C.A. staff. She has taught many local cheerleading squads competition routines where they have taken 1st place, as well as most original dance routine. She also was the choreographer for the former USFL Jacksonville Bulls Cheerleaders. Out of all Linda’s accomplishments the most precious to her are her students she taught through the years, to see them growing not only in their dance but also as beautiful members of society.beautiful members of society.

  • Bianca

    Bianca began dancing at the age of 4, in San Diego, California. She is trained in tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, and hip-hop. She danced with multiple competitive companies through elementary, middle, and high school, and has taken part in numerous conventions around the country. She proceeded  to pursue an Associates Degree in dance in college, and spent two years dancing and choreographing for danceWORKS at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

     In 2014, she co-founded the tap program at DanceTown Boca Raton. 2015 was her first season teaching and choreographing for All-Starz Dance Studio and she is eager to share her knowledge and passion for dance with your children.

  • Richard "Rico" Downey

  • Amara Rojas

    Amara started dancing at the World of Dance at age 11. She began to take tap lessons only to make her grandmother happy. After just one year of tap, she developed a great love for dance. 

    It was then that she decided to become an assistant teacher. Upon learning how to work with younger children, she started studying many other styles of dance including ballet, jazz, acrobatics, hip hop, and even pointe. Linda Surrency, Monique Riik, and Janet Sydnor were very encouraging and inspired Amara to pursue teaching dance. 

    Amara has been dancing for nearly 15 years and has performed in numerous events around Jacksonville including Gator Bowl Parades, National Dance Week, Christmas Shows, and performing at the Mayors Office.

    After graduating from Sandalwood High School in 2010, she attended Florida Tech where she received her associates degree in Business Management and Technology. She wanted to study business right away so she could understand how to start thinking like a business woman in the hopes to one day open her own studio.

  • Natalie Ellison-Renk

    Calling Jacksonville home, Mrs. Natalie Ellison-Renk graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts with a Performance Theatre emphasis. She holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Lees-McRae College and an M.A. in Dance Studio Related Studies (Dance technology emphasis) from Florida State University. 
    Mrs. Natalie has over 15 years of dance teaching experience at various studios in Florida and North Carolina including the Arthur Murray Ballroom dance franchise. Her performing background includes cheerleading, musical theatre (Pippin, Footloose, Annie), the Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker, Gospel artist Tye Tribbett’s live recording of his “Stand Out” album, Project Dance, Monarch Ministries (dancer/choreographer), Glory Dance Ministries and was a founding member of Cornerstone Christian Dance Company. She is currently performing with Hidden Wounds Productions of DreamGirls the musical as a singer, actor, dancer and choreographer. And spent two years on the choreography team for The Grinch production at Celebration Church. 
    Mrs. Natalie is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Substitute Teacher in Duval County. 

  • Taylor L. Stewart

    Taylor has a natural nurturing nature and started of as a Nursery attendant, taking care of infant and toddler youth. She is a ordained Youth Elder at her community church. Taylor is a leader and has proven it by being a manager of Dance Works repertoire at Florida State college. For 3 years she was responsible for planning, organizing events, schedules, participation at showcases.

    As chaplain and co-captain for Fletcher Dance Team she provided guidance and spiritual leadership leading up to competitions. She has a major in Liberal Arts and dance portfolio includes Ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, pointe, and Hip-Hop. As a teacher at Nancy Dance Studios Taylor showed the discipline to teach all ages when teachers were not available.  

     

     

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