Dance Instructors

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Nicole Haag

Nicole Haag (dancer) is a native of Jupiter, Florida, where she began dancing at age three. She is a graduate of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts. She went on to attend Valencia College as a Dance Performance Major and had the opportunity to perform dance works by Pilobolus, as well as variations Kitri and Raymonda. She has spent summers with American Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet and The Radio City Rockettes. Additionally, she has trained with Orlando Ballet in Florida and Joffrey Ballet in New York City. While in New York, she has had the opportunity to dance with Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, Brian Cary Chung and Amy Marshall.

Her choreography includes ballet, jazz, Broadway, modern and tap.

Nicole Haag is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.


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Helen Scott

Growing up in New Zealand, Helen danced all her life under the watchful eye of ex-ballet masters from the Royal British Ballet Company and the Royal Danish Ballet.

This included annual or biannual examinations conducted by the visiting "Royal Academy of Dance" directors to make sure that strict techniques were followed.  It is these techniques that she tries to instill in her students so that real ballet can keep its most beautiful form.

She was lucky enough to dance with, and travel through New Zealand with, the Borovansky Ballet Company when they visited from the USSR in the production of Sleeping Beauty.

Unable to join the Royal New Zealand Ballet company when they moved, and getting married instead, she then went to university to be able to teach AP Maths and Physics.

After emigrating to the US and then having 4 children, she was then able to get back to her passion of ballet by joining the Gardens Dance team of teachers and is now working on recital #32.


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Maria Hernandez

Maria Hernandez began her Hip-Hop dance training in 2010 at the age of sixteen in West Palm Beach, Florida, at Sean’s Dance Factory, under the direction of Sean Green. In 2012, she became a Hip-Hop instructor and choreographer. Her training and dance experience led her to come up with a distinctive style of Hip Hop. She believes that dance is an art form of expression and a lifestyle. She has choreographed and performed in productions at the Broward Performing Arts Center, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, The Choreographer’s Showcase in Miami, and the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach. She remains a continuous student, training under some of the top choreographers in the Hip Hop industry, and applies her knowledge and experience as a performer into her teaching. She won 1st place at World of Dance New York under Sean’s Dance Factory. She has taken her Hip-Hop competition crews from different dance studios to 1st place, never forgetting the main elements of Hip Hop to be the base of their elaborate pieces of competition and performance. She is one of the choreographers for Loud Live Production’s MOTO, and artistic director of her own creative dance company. Maria believes in spreading her love for dance, helping dancers of all ages grow and develop their craft with strong self-confidence and passion.


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Michaela Bradford

Michaela was born in Michigan but has been living in Florida for 18 years. She is an alumni of Gardens Dance and trained for 15 years under the direction of Ann Fraser and Chelsea Rager. Michaela’s love of both dance and children pushed her to take her passion and turn it into a career. Michaela has been teaching with the City of Palm Beach Gardens  for 2 years. She is currently teaching tap, jazz and ballet to our youngest dancers and improvisational dance workshops for older students.


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Abigail Clark

Abigail is from Newburgh, Indiana, where she trained at Children’s Center for Dance Education under Deena Laska Lewis. She studied Dance and Exercise Science at Palm Beach Atlantic University and graduated summa cum laude. While at PBA, she was a member of the Dance Ensemble where she performed various ballet, modern, jazz, and tap pieces choreographed by faculty members and guest artists. During her final semester, she was also a trainee with Ballet Palm Beach. After graduation, Abigail moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where she danced with AROVA Contemporary Ballet. She is also a certified Pilates teacher and loves the many benefits Pilates provides dancers. She is excited to be back in the Palm Beach area teaching dance and Pilates.


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Carlos de Barros

Carlos de Barros received his (B.F.A.), on a full scholarship with honors, from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts (NWSA) partnership program. He has extensive ballet, Limón and Graham based modern, classical Ailey jazz, Pilates and West African dance training. Over the last 6 years, he has also completed fitness certifications in Zumba, Piyo, two children's yoga certification courses, and his 200 hour yoga teacher training with The Yoga Society.  All these different certifications have enhanced his pedagogy skills and knowledge of the anatomy of the body in regards to injury prevention and alignment. Being a student is as much of a passion for him as being the teacher or mentor. 

Carlos taught all levels and styles of dance and repertory as well as choreography classes at the popular Bak Middle School of the Arts for 15 years. He was the founder and Artistic Director of the school’s award winning dance ensemble for 5 years. In addition to his tenure at Bak with the PBC School district, he has taught jazz, modern and contemporary for many private and public schools around South FL (The Miami City Ballet, NWSA Musical Theater Department and PB Atlantic University’s Dance Ensemble) as well as for The Commercial Dance Intensive on location in South Dakota. He has also taught all styles and levels of dance for summer intensive programs in and outside of FL as well as taught master classes and/or judged competitions in many cities across the country. 

Professionally, Carlos performed in a NWSA college recruitment trip to Taiwan with The New World Dancers and all over South FL and GA with a few FL based companies (Miami’s American Dance Theatre, Freddick Bratcher and Co, The Palm Beach Festival Ballet and The Demetrius Klein Dance Company). In addition, he has performed in many independent artistic projects. He was a guest dancer in a music video called Arizona Skies, which was filmed on location in the Tucson desert. He performed in “The David Parsons Etude” with A Dancer’s Space at The Duncan Theater in 2013 as part of The American Dance Legacy Initiative. He was a So Danca model for their 2015 National magazine ad campaign. He was a guest choreographer for The Close Up Experience's (CUE) latest project video called Ayita's Dream (which was entered into the 2018 Miami Film Festival). He has done some yoga modeling for Alex Lanau’s Clothing line. Recently, on January 6, 2019, he was a dancer/actor in Healy’s Used Car Dealer Commercial in NY and on March 28, 2019 he was an extra for a romantic comedy pilot episode of The Baker and The Beauty on location on South Beach. He also had the opportunity to teach yoga classes in Costa Rica for a high school empowerment retreat this summer. 

From 2013-2019, Carlos accepted new administrative education positions (as a Dance Director) to found and direct the full-time dance and children's yoga programs at a couple of K-12 private schools. He is now a dance consultant at various public and private schools, several local studios, teaches heated and non-heated yoga, travels to teach guest classes in other FL cities and states, does private dance technique lessons and coaches students/groups for auditions and competition preparation. Carlos is passionate about teaching and thrives off of his experiences in the classroom and in daily life for inspiration. He is so happy to be a part of the staff at The Studios at the Gardens Dance Studios for the City of Palm Beach Gardens this year teaching jazz and contemporary.  


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Carla Lewis

Carla Lewis is founder and director of Palm Beach Community Dance. She is a former professional ballet dancer and Broadway theatrical performer. Aside from teaching dance in the vicinity, she has also produced recreational Nutcracker Ballets and original Story Ballets in the the Palm Beaches.


  • Ballet Chaffee, Prima Ballerina New York City
  • Royal Ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”, Courtesan
  • Metropolitan Opera “Faust”, Dancer


  • Little Hippodrome Theatre, (Vaudeville Review) New York City
  • World of Sid & Marty Krofft, 
  • NYC Ziegfield Ball, 
  • Toyota Industrial Show
  • Kodak Industrial Show
  • Brown & Williamson Industrial Show
  • Lowe’s Hardware Industrial Show 
  • Presidential Roast to Jimmy Carter
  • Channel One Cabaret
  • Manhattan Yellow Pages Cabaret
  • Little Shop Of Horrors
  • Godspell
  • An American in Paris
  • Stephen Sondheim’s, Putting It Together

Worked and trained with the following choreographers:

  • Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Ronnie Lewis, Peter Genero, Luigi

Founder and Artistic Director of Palm Beach Community Dance (2005-present)

  • Producer/Director/Choreographer/Teacher

Palm Beach Ballet (1994-2005)

  • Company Ballet Mistress, Choreographer & Assistant Artistic Director

South Dade School for the Performing Arts (1989-1994)

  • Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Teacher

The Miami Ballet (1983-1989)

  • Ballet Teacher
  • Board Member