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Artistic Director / Dance
Alyssa Thompson holds a BFA from New World School of the Arts/University of Florida and Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University. She was a company dancer with Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah and RAKR Dance (formerly Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theater). While touring with RDT, she performed works by prominent choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Isadora Duncan, Bill Evans and José Limón. Currently, Alyssa is the dance director at Oxbridge Academy and performs with Ballet Florida.
Alexandra Dow is a dancer, singer, actor based between FL and NYC. She attended AMDA in NYC and is an alumni of Broadway Dance Centers Training Program. In addition to performing, she is also a choreographer and barre instructor who has taught for such companies as Zenergy, Xtend Barre, UCPA, TUTS, SOL Children’s Theatre, InHouseExpressions and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. As a performer, she has worked regionally at various professional theaters in New York, Massachusetts, Montana, Texas and South Florida. She is a proud EMC member of Actors Equity. You can visit her professional page @alexandrakathryndow or follow her on Instagram @akd1286!!
Jasmine Compere started performing at a young age under the direction of Eileen Herzog Bazin. Jasmine has studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and Haitian folklore at the Haitian American Academy of Ballet and Arts in Haiti. While pursuing a degree in Education, Jasmine also studied dance at Florida Atlantic University. She performed with the Butterfly Dancers, a Haitian Folkoric Dance Troupe traveling international performing traditional dances while educating audience on the Haitian culture. Jasmine has also been in shows such as, All Shook Up, Pippin, and Throughly Modern Millie. With a passion for teaching, Jasmine inspires elementary students to pursue their passion in the arts. Jasmine is excited to be working with Angela Morando-Taylor while she works to educate young dancers in South Florida.
Abril Gonzalez is current college student who has trained under Angela-Morando Taylor for the past 5 years. She is currently working towards a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Florida Southern College. As well as pursuing her passion for dance, she is also studying to attend physical therapy school after graduation, hoping to specialize in helping dancers. She enjoys assisting and teaching dance as well as working with younger students, and she is so honored to be a part of the Taylor Made family.
Kimmi Johnson is a Carbonell nominated, Silver Palm Award-winning actor living in South Florida. She earned her BFA in Acting from Elon University, studied abroad with FSU’s Theatre Academy London, and was a resident actor and teaching artist at Orlando Shakespeare Theater (2015-2016 Season). Kimmi has performed throughout the region with Slow Burn Theatre Company, Zoetic Stage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Wick Theatre, Actors’ Playhouse, Theatre Lab, and Main Street Players. She has directed and choreographed numerous productions for the South Florida Cappies, North Broward Preparatory School, NSU University School, and Oxbridge Academy. At the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, Kimmi has been a part of writing and creating over a dozen new musicals with students and staff as program director. Current Director of Nova Southeastern University’s singing group Shark Gold.
Acting & Academic
Acting / Academic
Shelley Keelor is an award-winning actress and international singer and an accomplished voice teacher and coach! Her experience as an active performer of many genres including, musical theatre, symphony soloist, concert soloist, cabaret artist, big band and pop bands contributes to her teaching. Shelley specializes in technique and has always had an eye toward healthy singing. Additionally, while also working on phrasing, diction, and song delivery, her performing career makes her the perfect coach for song interpretation.Her experience includes private instruction at The Maltz Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, St Andrew's School, Dreyfoos School of the Arts (Artist in Residence) and School of Rock. She is a trained Disney Teaching Artist and has directed musicals in elementary schools in conjunction with Kravis Center Disney Musicals in Schools. Shelley is skilled at audition preparation, helping students prepare for auditions for Dreyfoos, BAK and school musicals. She received a Vocal Performance Degree and a Business Psychology Degree at Miami of Ohio's College of Creative Arts. See what students have to say about Shelley, here: www.shelleykeelor.com/teaching