Tammy Manville-Booth Owner / Director
Tammy is thrilled and honored to be owner/director of Tucson Dance Academy. The strides and accomplishments that the young dancers have made in the past couple of years are phenomenal and exciting for Tammy, the studio staff, parents and the families of Tucson Dance Academy. Tammy Booth brings years of training, performing, and success at various levels of dance and gymnastics to her beloved home of Tucson. She truly enjoys the students and loves watching them progress each day, month and year as they train and perform.
Tammy has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. She was ranked the Number 1 “Elite Gymnast” in the United States in 1975, and due to injury was alternate for the 1976 Olympic Team. Tammy danced in such movies as “Outrageous Fortune”, where she doubled for actress Shelly Long, and executed the famous leap over the canyons at the movie’s end. She also danced (and featured) in “Teen Wolf Too”, “Electric Boogaloo-Breakin II”, and “The Ratings Game” with Danny Devito, in which Joe Tremaine choreographed. Tammy was a member of the famed “Rockettes”, was a featured dancer of the Italian Television Show “Fantastico VI”, in Rome, Italy. She has lived and performed throughout the world, dancing in professional companies, videos, TV, and concert work with Jackie Sleight, Doug Caldwell, Suzi Taylor, and Billy Goodson. She also was a featured dancer and gymnast in South Africa with Bart Connor in “Gymnastics Goes to Hollywood”.
As Jazz director, Tammy has trained dancers at Tempe Dance Academy in Tempe, Arizona for over 20 years and founded the now well-known Christian Dance Academy. She has co-directed the Spirit of Christmas show since 1989, doing so with acclaimed Arizona dance teacher legend, Wanda Manville. Countless students trained by Tammy Booth have become professional dancers; dancing on Broadway in NYC, cruise Ships, films, commercial videos, professional dance companies (including River North, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Magnificat, and Cirque du Soleil), and the famed Rockettes.
Wanda Manville Owner/Director / Tempe Dance Academy
Wanda Manville began teaching at the age of 13 and has trained in all areas of dance and gymnastics. She majored in Dance at ASU and became the mascot for the ASU Football team. She has added Ballroom Dancing to her list of achievements. Studying with world class teachers throughout the country she has received numerous overall first place awards for all styles of Ballroom.
Wanda is the owner and director of the Tempe Dance Academy which was named one of the top 50 studios in the United States and Canada. Her students can be seen dancing on Broadway, cruise ships, movies, videos, and many are with professional dance companies throughout the world.
Wanda is also the director of the Christian Dance Company who puts on the annual “Spirit of Christmas” show and just
completed its 21st year in 2008. She is the director and choreographer of the International Dance Alliance which combines some of Arizona’s elite dancers and goes on tour through out numerous countries in Europe performing a show to spread the culture and art of dance. IDA just finished their 9th tour through Europe this past summer 2008.
Wanda also held the rank of “Elite Judge” for the USA Gymnastics Association for over 20 years. She is certified to teach in all areas of dance. She is also a certified member of Dance Masters of America and plays a major role in the local Arizona chapter #36. Her students have held many state and national titles through DMA and NYCDA.
Beth Floress discovered the joy of dance in 1986 when she took her first class. Studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern with such dance greats as Rochelle Zide-Booth (former ballet mistress – Joffrey Ballet), Norman Walker (world- renowned choreographer), John Turjoman (principal – American Ballet Theatre), Richard France, Fred Kelly, and Frank Trent, she furthered her dance training under scholarship at the University of Arizona and Ballet Magnificat.
Originally dancing competitively, Beth later turned to performing with companies including Dance Southwest, Ballet Arizona, and Arizona Opera Company. Teaching for several local studios since 1999, she has also worked as a guest artist with the Tucson Girls Chorus, Faith Community Academy, and Calvary Chapel Christian School, and is currently the choreographer for The Tucson Prunes.
Haley Carolin is both a gifted dancer and teacher, and a third generation of both disciplines. She began dancing at the age of 3. Haley received her training at Tempe Dance Academy where she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and acro. At Tempe Dance, Haley studied ballet under principal dancers from both Ballet Arizona and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
At the age of 9, Haley began competing and traveling with the nationally recognized Tempe Dance Company. She was also a part of the Christian Dance Company and performed in the “Spirit of Christmas” show for nearly two decades. Haley has traveled throughout Europe on three tours with the International Dance Alliance dancing in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. Haley is currently studying Elementary Education at the University of Arizona’s College of Education. She is also a certified member of the Dance Masters of America.
Erin started taking tap and ballet lessons before her 3rd birthday and performed in her first recital a few months later. Erin has worked with and taken classes from tap masters such as Frank Trent, Mark Goodman, Lisa Hopkins, and Jason Samuels Smith. She has attended many tap workshops and intensives around the United States such as Totally Tap, LA Tap Fest, and Tap Kids Summer Intensive. She is currently a member of the Phoenix, Arizona based tap company, Tap 247 that performs around the country. She competed in all dance forms for 10 years, and loves being on stage. Erin has received choreography awards atdance competitions, and continues to teach locally while choreographing for competitions and performances.
Jeff has been dancing for 18 years and is currently a student at the University of Arizona as a fine arts major and a member of the UofA Dance Ensemble. He began his training at Fine Arts Academy of Dance under director Julie Giovannoni Hamill for 8 years and then trained under Wanda Manville, Tammy Booth, and Holly Cook at Tempe Dance Academy for 10 years. Jeff has studied all forms of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Theater Dance, Break Dancing, and Ballroom. He also has background in acting and as he performed his high school’s production of “Anything Goes” as a dancer /actor and played the lead role of Sky Masterson in the musical “Guy’s and Dolls”
Some of his performing career achievements include numerous awards through national competitions and he has held three state titles through Dance Masters of America as well as the title of “Mr. Teen Dance of America” in 2002 with KAR National Competition. He received the prestigious “Charles Hughes Tap Award” in 2001 and a tap
scholarship award from New York City Dance Alliance in 2002. Jeff has performed with the Christian Dance Company in the production “Spirit of Christmas” from 1998 to 2008 and has been on tour with the International Dance Alliance on three different tours through Europe in 2000, 2005, and 2008.
His commercial dance experience includes working for Disney as a cast member in the “Christmas Fantasy Parade” at Disneyland. He was performed in Yuma Ballet’s production of the ballet “Rodeo” in 2004 and he was a co- choreographer and lead dancer for the original theater production of “Confetti” with TheaterWorks in 2006. Jeff also worked as a dancer for the industrial unveiling of the fragrance “Antidote” by European fashion designers Viktor and Rolf and most recently was the lead male dancer in the Arizona Opera’s production of “Die Fledermaus” in the fall of 2007.
Debra is one of Tucson’s prized teachers for young aspiring dancers. Known for her ability to instruct and train children in the art of dance in a joyful, artistic and professional way, families have flocked to Ms. Debra’s classes for many years. A Mom of three beautiful daughters, Debra’s innate ability to bring out the best in young people is key to TDA’s focus on training and technique. She has taught for over 20 years and her extensive background includes high level competitive gymnastics, Modern Dance Touring Company, a dance studies at BYU (including Elementary Education, Personal Training and University level dance classes), and choreography for Junior Miss Pageants. Debra comments on her teaching position at TDA: “The difference being at Tucson Dance Academy is our commitment to teaching proper technique and dance terminology at a young age, and our success at having the students learning, without even realizing that they are learning – and having fun in the process. It is hard work, but an effort that is rewarded when we see the kids succeed by reaching their potential, whatever that might be.”
Tucson Dance Academy is very excited to welcome Melanie Jarvis to our teaching staff! Melanie grew up dancing in Southern California and later moved to Tucson to study at the University of Arizona. She has been a much sought-after dance instructor and competition choreographer for over ten years. Melanie enjoyed being an instructor for the United Spirit Association and has been the head Pom coach at Ironwood Ridge for many years. She has taught master classes in California and Osaka, Japan. Melanie is “motivated by hard-working and humble students” and is very excited to share her love of dance at Tucson Dance Academy. TDA welcomes Melanie Jarvis to our dance family!
Tucson Dance Academy welcomes Vasily Lunde to it’s teaching staff! Mr. Lunde is from Russia and is currently a freelance dancer/teacher in the United States. For the past couple of seasons he was a Principle Dancer with Ballet Tucson and Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, South Carolina. While he was there Vasily had the wonderful opportunity to dance principal and soloist roles, and work with ballet mistresses Patricia Miller of the Joffrey Ballet and Stacey Calvert of The New York City Ballet. He has also danced with Yacobson Ballet Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Vasily is originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia and received his training at the Kazan Choreographic Academy and Vaganova Academy in Saint Petersburg. Upon graduating Mr. Lunde was hired by the Yacobson Ballet Theatre, where he danced as a Soloist and Principle and toured Russia, Western Europe, Asia, United States, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.
Jeffrey Graham Hughes was born in Alameda, California, where he started dancing at the age of 7. As a youngster he danced with the Bolshoi Ballet and the Kirov Ballet when they performed in San Francisco. From the age of 12 – 16 he received a Ford Foundation Scholarship, through the School of American Ballet. At 17, Mr. Robert Joffrey awarded Jeffrey with a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet Summer Program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, at the end of which he was invited to join the Joffrey II Ballet in New York City after graduation from high school. He was a member of Oakland Metropolitan Ballet and was a guest artist with several companies in Northern California. He participated in the Pacific Western Regional Ballet Association’s Festival and Craft of Choreography Workshops. Jeffrey knew by the age of 11 that he wanted to be a professional dancer. His first two major teachers were with Vern Nerden and Madame Alexandria Baldina (from the Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg Russia and Ballet Russe circa Nijinsky and Pavlova). Mr. Jeffrey has performed throughout the world, including Russia, China, London and throughout the US. He has appeared in television and films (including the movie Nijinsky). He has instructed throughout the country for many years, trained many of the local Tucson ballet teachers and TDA is thrilled to have Mr. Hughes be a on the teaching staff here at the Tucson Dance!
Carly Booth Lytvyn received her formal training at Tempe Dance Academy where she studied ballet, jazz, and acrobatics beginning at the age of 3. She toured nationally and internationally with the TDA Pre-Professional company. She received a college scholarship from NYCDA and to further her education, she attended Exploring Ballet with acclaimed dance teacher Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. At the age of 16, Carly began studying ballroom where she has excelled in International Latin and American Smooth styles. She was the National and World title holder for both American Smooth and International styles in the Professional-Amateur division in 2011 and 2012. Carly is currently dancing professionally International Latin, and is a USA National Rising Star Finalist at the United States Dancesport Championship. Tucson Dance Academy is Carly’s teaching home, where she instructs all ages of dancers, specializing in ballroom, jazz and lyrical.
Hannah Burton has been dancing since the age of four and is trained in various styles including hip hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Growing up, she danced competitively and has been awarded scholarships to further her training. Hannah has experience teaching and choreographing for dance studios in Phoenix, AZ. Currently Hannah is attending the University of Arizona and has been a member of the university’s hip hop dance crew for three years. Hannah loves working with dancers and is incredibly excited to be teaching at Tucson Dance Academy.