Coaches

DANCE COACHES

Miriam Watkins

Coach Miriam Watkins

Miriam is one of the founders of Tallahassee Salsa Dancers dance team. She is the founder and organizer of Tallahassee Latin Dance Festival and Studio D. She started her latin dance career taking classes at American Legion. After several years of classes, she found an appreciation for latin dance. Dance became her therapy when her best friend passed and when she became the sole caregiver of her father. She found that partner dancing was her getaway. When she traveled to New York, her first visit was to Eddie Torres’ studio. After that, she transitioned to New Your style salsa. Her speciality is teaching students how to connect to the music while dancing. Tallahassee Salsa Dancers leads the latin dance classes at Studio D.

Ballet Coach

Bryanna Dean Bryanna Dean

Bryanna Dean grew up going to dance classes at a recreational studio, almost every other day for eight years. From that point on, it became a clear path at which she followed eagerly and curiously. She went to summer intensives, such as George Mason University and American Dance Festival. There she studied choreography and composition of modern and ballet dance. She is studying BFA in Dance at Florida State University in hopes to become an educator in the art form. 

Hip Hop Coach

Darren photoDarren Wade Darren “4Play” Wade. Originally from Philadelphia, Mr. Wade began his training in the neighborhood of West Philadelphia, as he joined a local dance group called Pure Talent. There, he learned different forms of hip hop and slowly made a name for himself. He eventually expanded his language of the arts, and trained at Philadanco under the legendary Joan Myer Brown’s daughter, Denise Brown. There he would grasp the concept of tap and the exposure to ballet, modern, and jazz funk. At, Florida A&M University, he joined the infamous Strikers and held executive board positions including Rehearsal Director and Company Manager. Mr. Wade was granted a scholarship from Ikonic Dance Convention that allowed him to train under, Travis Payne, Aakomon Jones, Laureann Gibson, Brian Friedman, Chuck Maldonado, Othan Burnside, Michael Silas, Dondraico Johnson, Tony Tzar, Sayquon Keys, Laure Courtellemont, Josh Allen, Antoine Troupe, Amari Marshall, Lyle Beniga, Sean “FRE$H” Redding, Devin Solomon, Josh Williams, Marc Marvelous, Codie Wiggins, Quincy Lamar, Smart Mark, C.J. Salvador, Alex Febroth, KiKi Ely, Sakinah Lestage, Sean Bankhead, Denzel Chisolm, Hollywood, and Calvit Harris. Highly spirited, highly motivated, and highly gifted; Mr. Wade has dedicated his life in developing dancers, encouraging many to follow their dreams.

 Zumba  Coach

BrandyBrandy “Juicey” Anderson White

Brandy is a Fitness Dance instructor who specialize in Zumba, Hip Hop, and Twerk.  She attended FAMU and dance and model professionally in college. She has been instructing for 6 years and comes up with her own choreography. She’s a wife and a mother of 3 so this is her way of letting loose. She helps women get their sexy because she knows how hard it is especially being a naturally curvy woman herself.

FITNESS COACHES

 

OB FitO’Neil Brown the Fitness Preacher

 

 

Corey JenkinsCorey Jenkins

Corey Jenkins has developed the Iconic Physique.  It’s mission is to deliver a life changing and unforgettable experience to every customer. We emphasize on making personal accommodation to each and every client and remaining flexible to agree with busy schedules. We will operate at the highest levels of ethics and compliance with a focus on exemplary corporate governance. And we aim to increase the awareness of living a healthy lifestyle throughout the community. He offers 45 minute group sessions at Studio D on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday