Port Orange Dance provides a safe environment where your child can feel comfortable and supported so that he/she may grow as both a dancer and a person. Our staff of dance professionals engages each and every child so that they improve their dance skills and gain self-confidence along the way.
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER I OWNER
Shannon is a local who has been dancing since the age of four. She studied for many years under the instruction of Deborah Coe and was part of the “Debco Dancers” Competition Group. Shannon has done convention, print, television, and theatre work. She was a Walt Disney World performer and has also performed in numerous musicals such as Cassie in "A Chorus Line," Sugar, "Nunsense," "A Grand Night for Singing," "Hair" and many others. She was cast in the lead role for a musical performed at the International Builders Convention, which allowed her to perform for an audience of over 10,000 people. She was also chosen for a “Stump The Band” segment on the David Letterman show where she sang as well.
Shannon has choreographed and performed locally for dance studios, show choirs, and also the Daytona State College Dance Ensemble. She is extremely passionate for the performing arts. After relocating back to the area from New York, she is thrilled to be the Director of Port Orange Dance.
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER
Deborah Coe has been a teacher, choreographer, studio owner, entrepreneur and student of dance for 40 years. As a lifelong student, she has studied with dozens of master teachers from all across the country. Her quest to gather and share knowledge about dance has provided the scaffolding for her students to pursue dance careers, become dance teachers and for many, to have a lifelong love of dance–filled with the positive memories provided by a solid dance education. Miss Deb holds a Masters Degree in Dance Pedagogy from the University of Idaho and dance teaching certifications in ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics from Dance Masters of America. She is also a graduate of the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School (Kent State University) and the Vagonova Teaching Methods Workshop at the University of Central Florida. She has studied extensively to keep abreast of the latest developments in the dance field and teaches a process driven curriculum.
The philosophy Miss Deb uses for teaching ballet is most influenced by the work of Ballet Master David Howard. This method includes the use of energy patterns with special attention to proper body placement and age appropriate movement. Her jazz style is a combination of her studies with jazz master teachers including; Gus Giordano, Luigi, Beverly Fletcher and Tom Ralabate, with strong influence from the modern technique of Lester Horton. As in ballet, proper body placement and age appropriate movement is emphasized. Early tap and choreography influence came from the brilliant teacher Beverly Fletcher, followed by the impeccable technique and style of master tap teacher Debbie Dee. The fundamentals: the how and why of basic tap movements are the emphasis of Ms Deb’s tap classes.
Ms. Deb directed and taught at her own studio for 24 years then taught and choreographed in the dance programs at Western Kentucky University and Texas A&M University. She currently does studio teaching, and instructs master classes and teacher training workshops throughout the state. Ms. Deb holds memberships in Florida Dance Masters, the International Brain Gym Foundation and the National Dance Educators Organization. She has been tested and certified as a dance adjudicator by the National Dance Teachers Council of America and judges at numerous dance competitions nationally. She has served on the Artistic Board for the Daytona Beach Civic Ballet, the Lauren Cox Memorial Scholarship Concert Series and the Board of Directors of Florida Dance Masters. She is the co-director of the ADC Outreach Performance Program and provides choreography for numerous community performances. She also choreographs for Center Stage Theatricals, the most current credits including, “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “Winnie the Pooh, Kids”. Her students have gone on to dance professionally in venues from Disney World to the Joffrey Ballet. Her students have won the titles of Junior Miss Dance and Miss Dance of Florida and her choreography has been presented awards including: “High Score of the Competition”, “Best Choreography”, “Best of Show” and “Flowing Transitions.” Miss Deb’s goal is to use the discipline dance offers as a tool to help students become successful in all of their endeavors.
Miss Chloë joins Port Orange Dance in her 5th season this year! As the Studio Receptionist for the past 4 years, Chloë’s rapport with the Dancers, Parents, and Teachers has propelled her to accept a position as Dance Teacher this season for the Pre-Dance 3 & 4 classes. Chloë has an extensive background in dance, musical theater and the arts. Her foundation in ballet and tap throughout her childhood led her to highschool cheerleading and highschool dance. In college, Chloë enjoyed participating in interpretive performances around the Chattanooga, Tennessee area with her campus music ministry for the Deaf. With a passion for choreography, Chloë relished any opportunity to showcase her student’s talents that harmoniously blended both stunning technique and beautiful artistry. Chloë’s true passion is early childhood development and encouraging young students to grow in their confidence and foster a true passion for the arts through dance! Chloë has a Masters Degree in English Literature and lives in Port Orange! In her spare time, Chloë enjoys horseback riding, playing tennis, the beach, traveling the world and competing in natural bodybuilding. Chloë loves Florida and enjoys living where people vacation!
Jessica was born and raised in Port Orange, Florida and has been dancing since the age of 5 at both Amanda’s Dance Center and Port Orange Dance, graduating and becoming Port Orange Dance’s first alumni student in 2018. Over the past years she has attended Daytona State College in the Education Program and graduated with her Bachelors in K-6 Education in May of 2022. Jessica has also been certified to teach art having taken and passed the K-12 Art FTCE. She is currently taking art classes at Daytona State College to gain more experience before accepting a teaching position. Art and dance have been two of Jessica’s biggest passions in life and she is excited to be teaching at Port Orange Dance!
Aniela Moya was born in Roquetas de Mar, Spain, where she started dance at the age of 4. Her parents always say she came out of the womb dancing. She moved to the United States when she was almost 7, and joined Amanda's Dance Center. Ani was a dancer at Amanda's Dance Center and Port Orange Dance for 10 years. Over the years, she has come to learn many different styles of dance: ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, acrobatics, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, lyrical, Latin, ballroom, etc. She loves all aspects of the performing arts whether it is acting, dancing, singing, or being backstage. She just can't seem to get enough! She is always looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a performer and teacher.
Aniela graduated with her A.A. from Daytona State College at 18 years old, and is currently working towards her Bachelors in Kinesiology at University of Central Florida. She is pursuing a physician's assistant career specializing in sports medicine and kinesiology to help those who are injured get back on their feet and continue doing what they love. She is also planning to get a degree in Dance! She hopes to continue dancing and teaching until she can’t. Ani wants to share her passion and love for the arts while providing a safe, supportive, and fun space for her students. It is much more than just dance, and she is so excited to spread the love at Port Orange Dance!