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Meet your teachers

Jessica Millman (Owner / Artistic Director)

West Side Dance Studio owner and creative director, Jessica Millman, has extensive training in both dance and fitness. Jessica started her training right here in Broward County and went on to dance in the pre-professional program at Miami City Ballet. Jessica is trained in Balanchine and Chiccetti ballet techniques. She is also trained in both modern and jazz, studying under Ray Sullivan and Richard Amaro. Jessica has danced at ballet programs all over the country including the Joffrey and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. While attending the University of Miami, Jessica minored in dance with an emphasis on teaching dance and exercise physiology, and led classes in dance from pre-school thru teen. Jessica is a certified instructor for children and challenged children and has led adult fitness classes throughout Miami and was featured on NBC’s South Florida Today.

Jessica opened West Side Dance Studio in 2010 and her students have since been accepted into prestigious dance programs and universities throughout the country.

Jessica Lane (Teacher)

Jessica Lane began her dance journey at the age of three, at Coral Springs Academy of Dance where she was trained in Tap, Jazz and Ballet. Choosing the path of a professional career, Jessica went to Dillard Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Hannah Baumgarten, Lu Welters, and Jose Garant who furthered her knowledge in Ballet, the Horton technique, Limon technique, Contemporary, Jazz, and Pilates. She was awarded soloist roles by the Urban City Ballet, based in New York, including Don Quixote and Paquita. She is also part of the Florida Dance Education Organization. Jessica has been invited to National dance festivals in Miami, Norfolk, VA, and Philadelphia, PA to showcase her talent and further her knowledge. She was Broward County’s Arts for the Future 2009 recipient, and received a full paid scholarship to New World School of the Arts in Miami. Jessica began teaching at West Side Dance Studio in 2010. Jessica is very excited to be teaching for West Side Dance Studio and cannot wait to share her knowledge with all of you.

Melissa Delatorre (Teacher)

Melissa Delatorre began dancing at the age of five and it quickly became her passion. Growing up, she was on a competitive team, winning regional and national titles, and performed at various local and state events, including Disney and Universal Studios.  At the University of Florida she was on the dance team as a featured dancer, choreographer, and in 2008 was elected to the board and led production rehearsals. After graduating in 2009, she appeared in several showcases with University Center for the Performing Arts. From 2010-2012 she was an ensemble dancer with Body and Soul Dance Theatre. In the summer of 2014 Melissa went to New York City to further develop her dance education at the Dance Teacher Summit. During the summer of 2017, she went to Texas and trained at Ballet Austin. While her focus is Jazz and Contemporary, she enjoys all styles of dance. The opportunity to watch dancers grow and have fun is what she loves most about teaching. Melissa is proud to have been teaching at West Side Dance Studio since 2011 and looks forward to sharing her passion with all of the students this season!

Carolina Hernández (Teacher)

Carolina was born in Miami, Florida. She is a West Dance Studio alumnus and has been dancing here since its opening in 2010. She began dancing at the age of 7. She is trained in jazz, hip hop, modern and ballet. She participated in the dance honor society all four years at Somerset Academy Charter High School, where she was also a member of the dance program. She has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City to further improve her dance and teaching skills. Carolina interned as an assistant teacher from 2011-2014, when she was promoted to member of our teaching staff.

Daynelis Munoz Castell (Teacher)

Daynelis was born in Cuba, where she studied for eight years at the Cuban National Ballet School. In 2005, she graduated to become a dancer and instructor with the Cuban National Ballet. Daynelis has danced professionally with the Cuban National Ballet, Mexico Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet. She has danced in Spain, France, Columbia, and Mexico, amongst others. Daynelis has been highlighted as a principal dancer most of her career in roles such as, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Infra, Serenade, La Bayadere. She has danced pieces by internationally renowned choreographers such as John Cranko, Edwaard Liang, Marcello Angelini, George Balanchine, Wayne McGregor, Ma Cong, and Alicia Alonso.  Daynelis has also won Gold Medals at the International Ballet Competition in Cuba and was awarded a scholarship to dance with Ballet Washington DC through the Youth America Grand Prix.  She has also served as a judge in international ballet competitions. Daynelis is currently a Guest Artist and Ballet Instructor. 

Clara Paul (Teacher)

A Louisiana native, Clara began her dance education in South Florida. Trained in Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, and Jazz, she is a West Side Dance Studio alumnus. As a student, she attended ballet intensives with Ballet Magnificat! Clara studied dance at the University of South Florida. She is currently studying video production at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She can't wait to share her passion for dance and the arts with the students of West Side Dance Studio.

NURIA MARTINEZ (Teacher)

Nuria Martinez was born in Spain. Her first training in ballet was received at the Madrid's National School of Ballet under the direction of Maya Plisetskaya. Ms. Martinez later completed a Dance Diploma at the Laban Center in London and the Merce Cunningham Studio in NYC, through various fellowships.  Her first international appearance was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the production of "West Side Story".  In NYC, she performed as a modern dancer for the Dance on Camera Film Festival, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the NY State Theater.  In 2004, Ms. Martinez became an apprentice for Jennifer Muller/The Works and a highlighted dancer of the Washington National Opera. She has appeared in theater as a dancer/actress in off-Broadway productions, the Midtown International Theater Festival, and at the Cherry Lane Theater, in NYC.  As a Tango dancer, she appeared in "Jazz at Lincoln Center" with Avantango, in the Opera "Y Borges Cuenta Que..." directed by Luis Bacalov in Italy, with Jon Secada in the Broadway-style show of "We", directed by Luis Neil Goldberg and the C'est Rouge Show at The Faena Theater in Miami Beach, directed by Blanca Li.  She has performed and taught ballet, Modern dance, and tango at tango festivals, public and private events, cultural organizations, private and public schools, universities, dance studios, and theaters throughout Europe and the United States. 

Shalani King (Teacher)

Shalani was born and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She began her dance training at the age of 12 at the VIrgin Islands Institute of Performing Arts, where she studied tap, ballet, jazz, modeling, and gymnastics.  She performed at local talent shows, events, and competed in several pageants. Shalani began teaching tap and choreographing at the Virgin Islands Institute of Performing Arts.  After leaving the island to further her education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, she continued her dance training at the Salisbury Dance Academy and became a member of the University's Dance Company. While at the University, she competed and won the title of Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Throughout her reign she gave back to the surrounding community by organizing dance classes at the local elementary schools.  During school breaks, she returned to the island and volunteered as a talent coach for younger students in the community.  Shalani strongly believes that "Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time!" She is excited to be able to share her love of dance with the students at WSDS.

Elizabeth Estenoz (Teacher)

Elizabeth started dancing at a young age and fell in love with the way dance enabled her to express herself. She has trained in several styles of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz Funk, Improvisation, and Salsa. During her high school years, Elizabeth was part of Yeshua Ha'machiach Dancewear Inc., a private Christian dance company, that she both danced and modeled for. She studied at Oral Roberts University, where she earned her B.A. in Dance Performance and studied under Amy McIntosh, Christina Woodrow, Allison Pringle, Hope Ely, Rachel Bruce Johnson, Adam Acosta, and Roman Jasinski. Elizabeth has had the honor to teach dance classes and perform with ORU alumni in Hungary.  During her Undergraduate studies, Elizabeth was selected to attend ACDA to represent Oral Roberts University. What makes her distinctive is her love and talent for merging styles and pushing boundaries as an artist.