Brittany D. Forrester- Owner/Director
Mrs. Brittany was born and raised in central Florida. She started dancing at a young age and was forced to quit in her preteen years due to a hip surgery she under went at 8 that took her 3 years to recover fully from. At 13 she joined Stetson University- Academy Dance under Kim Norman. She went on to become a demonstrator then teacher at 16. With the Academy of Dance she performed in the Nutcracker and various art festivals in the community. After high school she attended Florida State University majoring in Apparel Design to learn how to make costumes for dancers. She continued to dance in all non major classes and was apart of the Aqueous Myth: Tales of a Water Planet, a full evening of modern dance performed in a media-enhanced environment of projected video and surround sound. The first of its kind ever at FSU. After college she lived in South Carolina shortly then went to California and taught at various studios and dance programs for years including a non profit after school dance program that she built in the North San Diego County area. During this time she had her first child and moved to North Carolina where the opportunity arose to open DFOR. She has continued her dance education at Millennium Dance Complex LA, Palomar College, Dance Teacher Summit NYC, Rhee Gold IDEA and Dance Teacher Web conference. Dance is a passion for Mrs. Brittany and is in her soul and she only hopes to be able showcase that love and passion to each and every single child she meets at the studio!
Thelia Miller- Assitant Competition Director
Thelia Miller is an Onslow County Native. Her dance career started at the ripe age of two years old. She began competing and did so until ten when her home studio had closed. In high school, she joined the Richlands Dance Company, the musicals, and marching band/color guard.
Her senior year for her senior project, she started a nonprofit dance program through her church. Since high school, she became a part of a Polynesian Dance Group and has attended Dance Masters of America training. Her choreography career started at a young age where she choreographed her cheer team’s competition routine. Blossoming from there to choreograph for the Color Guard and Richlands High School Show Choir. Currently, she attends Campbell University majoring in Early Childhood Education and is apart of the marching band.
Dance has been a huge influence and her life and hopes to help influence others with the love, passion, and art of dance.
Chelsea Masters- Instructor
Ms. Chelsea began dance training at the age of six at the Academy of Arts dance school in South Florida which incorporated elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. She studied under founder and director, Rebeca Russo-Columna, and several other dance professionals. Ms. Chelsea is proficient in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, and pas de deux. She has danced many solo roles and has performed in numerous productions including Cinderella (Cinderella), Swan Lake(the White Swan, pas de deux), Sleeping Beauty (the Silver Fairy), and The Nutcracker. During her dance training, Ms. Chelsea attended summer intensive programs all over the United States, including programs at The Art of Classical Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, and the Russian Bolshoi Ballet in New York City. She is a former member of the Metropolitan Ballet of Florida. Ms. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. During her internship and directly after college she taught dance at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, Florida. She is a certified trainer, and uses her knowledge of dance, and the body, as she instructs her students. She teaches ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and musical theater. Ms. Chelsea hopes that her love of dance will inspire her students to become committed, disciplined, and confident students who will develop their training whether their goal is to become a professional dancer, or whether they apply the knowledge and discipline they gain to other professions.
Morgan Bergeron- Instructor
Morgan Bergeron is from Luling, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Hahnville High School and was on the Hahnville Hi-Steppers Dance Team for 4 years and was also Co-Captain for her Junior and Senior year. Morgan has danced since she was 3 years old at Dance Company Ltd. While at DCL, she was on the competition team, an assistant teacher in high school and college and choreographer for the competition team for 2 years. Morgan was a staff member for American All -Star for 4 years where she traveled around the South-East Region teaching Junior high and High school camp routines, judged dance tryouts and worked at State and Regional competitions. Morgan graduated from UNO in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resources.
Mr. Al Houston is DFOR's resident Hip Hop Instructor. He is also a professional dancer with a dance team out of Philadelphia. Al also has many years of experience as a competitive cheerleading coach. He brings a unique style of movement and a vast knowledge of choreography and commercial experience to the DFOR Team.