Director of Legends Competition Team
Ballet, Lyrical, Creative Movement, Ballet Technique
Amy has been teaching dance for 29 years. Formerly from Minnesota, Amy moved down to Florida in 2004 and has been a part of the Robin Dawn family for the past 16 years. She graduated from the University Of Minnesota with a double major in Dance and Kinesiology. She has worked with competitive dancers for the past 27 years with much success. Amy choreographs and rehearses the Legend competition team. Amy has won numerous choreography awards, while her students have been acknowledged with many high point awards in both regional and national competitions. She has had the pleasure to watch many of her dancers continue on to a professional dance career. While Amy enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students and watching them grow as dancers, she is proud of the amazing human beings they become with the life skills they learn in dance class. Amy is also the dance teacher at North Fort Myers High School. Amy lives in Punta Gorda, and has a 22 year old daughter and an 19 year old son.
Jazz, Tap, Spotlights, Legends Team
Jennifer was born and raised in Cape Coral, Fl. She began dancing with Robin Dawn when she was 3 years old and has taught with Robin since 1993. She choreographs and instructs the Petite Legends and Spotlights Competition Teams. Jennifer graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Jennifer has won numerous choreography awards, while her students have been acknowledged with many high point awards in both regional and national competitions. Jennifer loves sharing her passion of dance with children and watching them grow through dance. Jennifer and her husband, Don, have a son, Derek, born April 2010. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and finding new adventures with her family.
Acro, Aerial, Contortion, Circus Arts, Tiny Tots
Sonya has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has been certified in jazz and acrobatics through Dance Masters of America. Sonya loves traveling to LA and various conventions to keep up with the ever-changing dance styles. Sonya’s main focus as a teacher is to see make sure each child receives proper training and encouraging them to strive to meet their fullest potential.
Jazz, Lyrical, Leaps & Turns, Spotlights, Tiny Tots
Charity began her dance training at the age of three. She trained predominately under the direction of Kim Hall and Amy Rhoda-Taylor. Additionally she trained and took classes from dance legends such as Jackie Sleight, Frank Hatchett, Roland Dupree, Joe Tremaine, and Mia Michaels. She has been teaching dance for 26 years in the genres of Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acrobatics, and Pre-School combination classes. She has choreographed, as part of a studio as well as free-lance, for individuals for competitions, auditions, performances, and beauty pageants as well as for theater companies, middle school and high school dance teams and show choirs. Charity taught at the Heidelberg School of the
Arts in Germany for three years and was the director of the Tap and Jazz programs there. She also taught at various youth services in Germany throughout Mannheim, Worms, and Heidelberg. Charity taught for Kim Hall’s School of Dance in Brandon, Florida, the studio where she grew up and received her training. There she was the co-director of the competition team, ILLUSIONS, until her move to Fort Myers. Charity danced professionally for Walt Disney World in the theme parks, parades, hotels, and various shows. She also worked for Walt Disney World performing as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and Snow White. Additionally, Charity danced with the Heidelberg Ballet in Heidelberg, Germany. Charity has choreographed numerous stage shows including Cabaret, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun, Oliver, and Anything Goes. Through her dance career she has been awarded the “Dancer of the Year” award, “Leadership” award, and various choreography awards. Charity is honored to now be a part of the Robin Dawn Academy faculty and is blessed every day that that dance is a part of her life.
Get Fit! Cardio
Jessica is a product of Robin Dawn Academy training herself. She danced and competed with RDA for ten years! Her daughter just graduated and is also an RDA alumni now! After graduating from the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Education, Jessica returned to Cape Coral to begin her professional career, first in the public school system and now at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she holds the position of Director of Community Engagement. Jessica never lost her passion for dance and over the years has used her skills to choreograph routines for programs through the City of Cape Coral, local schools and McGregor Baptist Church. She recently became certified by the National Exercise Trainer Association to combine her love of dancing, teaching and fitness. She is excited to offer this new class at the studio and hopes others are excited to “Get Fit” too!
Acro, Aerial, Circus Arts
Lauren was born and raised in Fort Myers, Fl. She began dancing at Robin Dawn Academy when she was 10 years old. She was a member of the competition team, Legends, for several years. Lauren graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She continued her education at the University of South Florida receiving a Master’s in Medical Science. She currently works for MVP Orthopedics as the Director of Medical Education. During her time at FSU, she was a part of the Florida State University Flying High Circus for 4 years. She was trained in Lyra, Tight Wire, Triple Trapeze, Single Trapeze, Acrobatic Jump Rope, and Web. Lauren has been teaching Acrobatics and Aerial Arts at RDA for 5 years. She enjoys sharing her love for dance and Circus Arts with all of her students.
Musical Theatre, Tap
Kimberly Suskind is thrilled to call Sunny Southwest Florida her new home, after having recently made the move from Greater Philadelphia. An accomplished, award-winning performer of stage and screen, Kimberly earned her BFA in musical theatre from the prestigious Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she had the honor of studying rhythm tap with the great Aaron Tolson, her favorite style of tap to teach and perform. Kimberly has always possessed a passion to teach others and was a tap tutor for her peers throughout her four years at The Boston Conservatory. As a result, she was awarded the prestigious Sue Ronson Levy tap scholarship toward her BFA. While at The Boston Conservatory, she was a member and soloist of the Hoofers Tap Ensemble, which performed all over the greater Boston area. Prior to college, Kimberly’s love of tap was fostered by studying with several notable names in the tap world such as Dianne Walker, Lane Alexander, Sam Weber & Tim Hickey.
Kimberly has worked as an EMC actress at many professional regional theatres across the country, including; Walnut Street Theatre (PA), Cape May Stage (NJ), Delaware Theatre Company (DE), The Theatre Barn (NY), Eagle Theatre (NJ), Bucks County Playhouse (PA), Nightcap Cabaret (PA), Metro Stage Company (MA), Village Theatre & Civic Light Opera (WA). A few past favorite credits include; Ragtime (Mother), Little Women (Jo March), John & Jen (Jen), & Anything Goes (Reno). Kimberly can currently be heard on the demo cast recording of Brilliant, a new musical, where she originated the lead role of Sarah. In addition to performing, she is currently a voice teacher, audition prep and acting coach.
Instructor/Arts Educator, Kimberly has worked for a plethora of institutions and was most recently the Director of Education for Eagle Theatre’s Conservatory, where she developed programming, taught masterclasses and directed multiple award-winning youth productions. In addition, Kimberly taught tap, voice lessons and musical theatre classes for Rising Stars Performing Arts Academy in New Jersey, where she won several choreographer’s awards for her original tap choreography. She was also invited to lead many tap, acting and musical theatre masterclasses at various New Jersey studios.
Kimberly is ecstatic to be a new staff member at RDA and thanks Robin for the exciting opportunity! For more information about Kimberly, feel free to visit: www.KimberlySuskind.com
Meghan Barry Little
Meghan is an award winning performer, choreographer, instructor, and adjudicator. She is also an attorney currently practicing law in the state of Florida and is a proud honors graduate of The Florida State University. Meghan is a former student of the Robin Dawn Academy of Performing Arts and member of their Legends Competition Team. As a performer, Meghan received numerous high score awards and titles, scholarships to Broadway Dance Center and Steps in NYC, and on the competition scene, is a former Miss Starpower, Showstopper Top Entertainer, Florida Dance Master’s scholarship recipient, and Florida State University School of Theatre Patron’s Scholar. Meghan has had featured roles in television commercials for Busch Gardens and Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, promotional work for Mattel, Toys R Us, and Target, and has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the NFL Pro Bowl halftime show in Hawaii, as well as many other stage productions. Meghan has also performed in several musicals at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Meghan’s choreography has been awarded numerous highest score and best choreography awards. She has served as a professional dance judge in almost every state across the United States and Canada. Meghan can be seen as a dance Judge on the popular dance television series “Dance Moms”. Meghan also competed in the Miss America Pageant system winning the titles of “Miss Florida State University”, “Miss Tallahassee”, “Miss Gulf Coast”, and “Miss Southwest Florida”, and was 2nd Runner-Up at the Miss Florida Pageant, and with that received numerous talent, swimsuit, interview, and educational excellence scholarships. Meghan’s students have gone on to receive college dance scholarships, to perform with Division 1 college dance teams, professional NBA teams, cruise ships, and on the CMA’s. When she is not in the courtroom or at the dance studio, Meghan loves spending time with her husband and their two little girls. Meghan also loves to give back to her community, working for the Guardian ad Litem Program, and serving as a voice in court for neglected children. She is a devoted advocate for arts education and loves to volunteer at local elementary, middle, and high schools. Meghan is thrilled to share her passion for dance!
Jason has been involved in various forms of cheerleading for 16 years. From being a college cheerleader at Northern Michigan University to coaching competitive teams in Michigan, coaching high school teams in Fort Myers and teaching tumbling and acro-gymnastics at local dance studios, he has a well-rounded background to help athletes achieve their goals. His goal is to develop and cultivate a successful program that focuses on positivity, athleticism, an atmosphere that embraces challenge and is always pushing athletes to find “what’s next”.
He is certified with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors (AACCA). He is also a certified coach through the NFHS, the National Federation of High Schools and has passed multiple courses with the United States All-Star Federation.
Brooke was born and raised in Southwest Florida. She started dance at the age of 3 at her mother’s dance studio, Robin Dawn. Brooke studied dance for number of years and then became interested in cheerleading. She jumped right in to high school and all-star cheerleading where she excelled in tumbling and attended UCA camps and competitions. The time at her mom’s studio along with this expansion in to cheer gave her the perfect opportunity to become more involved and share her enthusiasm for the RDA family and cheerleading with other young athletes. Brooke is a member of the USASF and has completed many courses with the organization. Her goal is to instill confidence in each athlete, promote positivity and camaraderie.
Ballet & Jazz
Katie has been a part of the Robin Dawn dance family since she was 10 years old. She has been a part of their Legends competition team, a substitute teacher, a guest judge for the competition team, and is excited to have her own classes now that she has moved back into the area full-time! After graduating from North Fort Myers High School, with a theater endorsement, she attended High Point University in North Carolina where she was a member of the dance team for four years. She was also a part of the High Point University dance program and while attending college was a dance instructor at The Dance Shop in Archdale, North Carolina. When she is not teaching at the studio, Katie and her husband Tommy run a local nonprofit organization called the Tommy Bohanon Foundation where they encourage young athletes to reach their highest potential on and off the playing field!
Homeschool & Dance Aquarium Instructor
Tammey was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to the Ft Myers area in 1973. She started dancing with RDA in 1975 and was part of the competition team, Showstoppers. She competed around the state of Florida, New York and performed at the 1982 Worlds Fair in Knoxville, TN. Tammey then joined our staff and taught Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics as well as led the competition team at RDA for about 10 years. She was lucky enough to take classes from Joe Tremaine and Gus Giordano and was a member of Dance Educators of America. Several of her students have gone on to work at Disney, Universal Studios, Broadway, and in movies (including Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther and Spider-Man 2). Tammey also taught Jazz and Acrobatics at Temple Judea Preschool in Ft Myers for about 4 years. Along with her daughter she currently teaches yoga and LMNOP at GiGi’s Playhouse for kids and adults with Down Syndrome. She is married to John, a retired Fire Fighter and has two children ages 24 and 14. They live in Matlacha and own the Blue Dog restaurant. Tammey is excited to be reunited with Robin and is looking forward to teaching kids the love of dance.
Dance Aquarium Instructor
Lori Hardacker is originally from Massachusetts but now resides in Southwest Florida. She went to Roger Williams University and graduated cum laude with a BA in Dance and a minor in Theater. For four years, Lori owned and operated a very successful dance studio and then later on created a traveling dance and fitness program, “Dance the Story”, which promotes reading and fitness. She had the opportunity of bringing this well-received program to over 50 pre-schools, libraries, elementary schools, daycare and recreation centers and YMCAs in New England. Lori has also performed and choreographed for many adult and children community theaters and high school productions. Before Lori moved to Southwest Florida, she was living and traveling in her RV full-time working around the country. She began this journey in May of 2016 and decided to come off the road in July of 2019. During her RV adventure she worked in Maine, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and Wyoming. Lori has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and now has a small event company for which she hosts local events. She has also created a few t-shirt lines and recently finished writing her first non-fiction book.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezula, Mr. Navarro began his ballet training at the State of Zulia Ballet School under the direction of the artistic director, Guillermo Gonzalez. As a principal soloist he performed in many classical pieces such as Swan Lake, Chopiniana, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Midsummer’s Night Dream & many more. Mr. Navarro participated in multiple international tours, galas and ballet festivals in Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Spain & Canada. During his career as a dancer he performed for the TV show pageant, Miss Venezuela, and multiple TV commercials. After discovering his passion for teaching and ballet coaching Mr. Navarro was trained by Irina Ivanova (a ballet mistress) and graduated from The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2002 with a certified diploma in pedagogy and classical repertoire under the Vaganova method. Since moving to Ft. Myers, Mr. Navarro has continued his passion for coaching, teaching & sharing his knowledge and experience in dance.