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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 Lister (Teacher)

Jessica Lister 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!

Renato Penteado (Teacher)

Mr. Penteado was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he began his dance training at the age of seven.  In the late 90s, he danced many roles, including a soloist role in Giselle and the lead role of "Siegfried" in Swan Lake.  In 1998, Mr. Penteado was invited by Edward Villella to join the Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet.  He was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004. He has performed many leading roles in the Balanchine repertoire, including Donizetti Variations, Symphony in C, Tarantella, Ballet Imperial, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, to name a few. In addition he has performed in Jerome Robin's, Fancy Free, Dances at a Gathering and In the Night, as well as Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, In the Upper Room and the Golden Section.  He has also performed the lead roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, and Edward Villella's The Neighborhood Ballroom, among many others.  Penteado has danced many principal roles nationally and internationally with Miami City Ballet, including Torino, Italy, Paris, Venezuela and Canada. Mr. Pentado has also served as a faculty member of the Miami City Ballet School during various summer programs.  He is currently a Principal Dancer with the Miami City Ballet.

Roger Alexander Fonnegra (Teacher)

Mr. Fonnegra received his primary dance training at the Caracas Ballet School of Teresa Carreno, and shortly after joined the National Ballet of Caracas as an apprentice. He trained with the School of American Ballet on a full scholarship and with Whilhelm Burmann.  He later returned to his native Venezuela where he danced with the Ballet National of Caracas, accompanying them on an international tour. In 2003, he joined Columbia Classical Ballet and has since appeared as a guest artist with the Ballet Camara of Caracas,  the Pennsylvania Ballet in John Cranko’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Sierra Nevada Ballet,  New Haven Ballet,  and Seiskaya Ballet.  Most recently he has performed for the past seven years with Festival Ballet Providence in RI under the direction of Mihailo Djuric. Past roles include George Balanchine's Rubies, Donizetti Variations and Allegro Brillante, Anthony Tudor's Continuo and The Leaves are Fading, the Fairy Doll Pas de Trois, Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, Viktor Plotnikov’s La Camorra and Short Stories, Yves De Boutellier’s Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Raymonda (four men), Neopolitan & Hungarian in Swan Lake, and Doll, Arabian, Chinese, &  Marzipan and much more in Festival Ballet Providence’s The Nutcracker. In 2012 to 2013 he joined ballet Idaho, dancing in productions of Serenade by George Balanchine, and nutckracker,Carmen,Don Quixote and Swan lake. Most recently, a guest artist with Ballet San Jose, Arts Ballet theater Of Florida, and (SAH) Sociedad Actoral Hispanoamericana. 

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.

Mélanie Martel (Teacher)

Melanie Martel is originally from France.  She trained in France at the Conservatory of Valence and at the Ecole de Danse Olivier Coste in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Contemporary.  When Melanie came to Miami, she attended New World School of the Arts and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014.  While at New World, she performed work from Peter London, Gerard Ebitz, Ana Sokolow, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Darshan Singh Buller.  Melanie has had the opportunity to perform in world renown venues, such as the Joyce Theatre (NYC), the Alvin Ailey Theatre and in Puerto Rico for the Festival Internacional de Baile (2013).  She participated in The Henny Jurriens Foundation summer intensive in Amsterdam where she had the opportunity to learn and perform Jiri Kylian's repertory and explore movement in a Willaim Forsythe Improvisational Technologies Workshop, among various others.  Melanie has worked with The Tattooed Ballerina, Godoy/Pradera Projects, National Water Dance Projects, CoreDance Atlanta, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, The Dancers' Space and is currently a dance artist with national and international touring company iMEE (Infinite Movement Ever Evolving).

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.

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.