Learn More About Our Fabulous Fort Myers Dance Instructors
Gabby is the head choreographer and competition team coach at G-Force Dance Company. She is very diverse in tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and ballet.
Dancing since the age of 7, Gabby has won many scholarships and awards throughout her pre-professional dance career in the competition world. Her interest in teaching was sparked when she began assisting classes at the age of 12. This then grew into her choreographing and instructing at 16 by forming her own company – G-Force. She created this company so she could explore her own creativity and share her passion of this art form with her students.
She evolved with her own training in Miami to work with one of her favorite and most inspiring instructors who has helped mold her into the person she is today.
Last season, Gabby was one of the few selected dancers who were a part of the ACE program with Adrenaline Dance convention/competition. Due to her stellar dedication and hard work throughout the program she has been asked to become an official Member of the Adrenaline Team. She will be working with Adrenaline and their new sister convention, Revive for this upcoming 2016-2017 season. She is very excited to start this employment and bring back her experiences and knowledge to her students here at the studio.
Miss Gabby choreographs all solos, duets, trios and group routines that our studio takes to competition. She was awarded an "Outstanding Award" and also a "Choreography Award" last season for her unique and original style.
She is excited to be able to bring her devotion, talent and artistic training to the students here at G-Force, which is her home away from home.
Ms. Cassie is the director of the Hip-Hop Competition Team here at G-Force, and also teaches other classes such as combo jazz/ballet, jazz dance and lyrical. She has been a teacher here at G-Force Dance Company since the studio opened in 2013. Before that, she taught at The Dance Warehouse, with Ms. Karen Martina.
Cassie is a graduate of Cypress Lake High School, where she danced under the direction of Patricia Gair and Nancy Petro. While there, she was awarded the Florida state scholarship for Artistic Merit and Leadership. She then went to the national level, where she was named second.
During high school, she was a student at Robin Dawn Academy. After graduation, Cassie was a member of Delirium Contemporary Dance Company until 2011. In 2013, she started her own dance company, Perpetual Motion Dance Company, which still actively performs throughout the community.
Cassie has taught all over the county. In 2014, she was the long term dance substitute teacher at Cypress Lake Middle School, where she oversaw the direction of the dance department. In 2015, she accepted a position as the dance instructor at Fort Myers High School, where she still teaches. In addition to FMHS, Cassie has been offered the dance director position at Lexington Middle School for the 2016/2017 school year. Recently, Ms. Cassie graduated with her B.A. in psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Her strong passion for dance and genuine love for her students make teaching feel less like a job and more like a vacation. She looks forward to working with you or your student!
Mandy is currently teaching contemporary dance at G-Force. She grew up learning and dancing in Southwest Florida. Her love of classical modern and contemporary dance techniques began while training with Patricia Gair at Cypress Lake Center of the Arts. She then went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University.
During her time at Florida State, she danced with many world renowned artists and choreographers including Rick McCullough, Gerri Houlihan, Anthony Morgan, Suzanne Farrell, Dan Wagnoer, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Anjali Austin.
Mandy is also a Physical Therapist and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dancers and dance-related injuries. But most of all, she loves teaching and instilling in her students the foundations and passion of dance so that they may find their own artistic voices and become the future of our beautiful profession.
Jose is teaching ballet at G-Force Dance Company. He has taught at School of Classical Ballet and Dance in Iowa, Americas Ballet School in Tampa and Western Ballet in San Jose. He was born in Valencia, Venezuela and started his dance studies on a full scholarship at the Miami City Ballet School.
Jose joined Silicon Valley Ballet (then known as Ballet San Jose) in 2014 and was a guest dancer with Brandon Ballet's "Dancing Through Generations Gala" in Brandon, Florida. He has received training from Franklin Gamero, Iliana Lopez, Luis Serrano, Paula Nunes, Osmany Montano, Julio Montano, and Vladimir Isaeev.
Jose is an accomplished professional dancer and has performed with Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Gamonet, and Ballet Des Moines. His repertoire includes Don Quixote, Diana and Action, Grand Pas Classique, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Snow White, Square Dance, La Bayadère, and Le Corsaire.
Erica is teaching jazz dance, ballet, lyrical, and leaps and turns at G-Force. She has been a professional dancer since the age of sixteen.
Her resume includes Actor's Equity Association dancer at Walt Disney World. She danced at Universal Orlando from 2009-2015, and both at SeaWorld Orlando and Orlando Magic from 2007-2014. Her resume’s notable achievements include dancer for Cirque Du Soliel's Corteo, dancer contracted with the Bloch talent agency, and dancer for Hardrive Productions under Pam Bolling.
Erica is a University of Central Florida Dance minor graduate and has been a UCF Dance Team member.
For the past ten years she has taught various forms of dance at different dance studios in the Orlando area, as well as children's dance camps for the Orlando Magic and master classes. She has taught barre fitness classes for the past six years, and is yoga and stand up paddle board yoga certified.
Erica hopes to inspire her students to love and follow their passion for dance with her own professional experiences. Her yoga background provides her students with an anatomically safer class, driven by her deeper understanding of how the body moves.
Jason is teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students acro techniques at G-Force. He was a college cheerleader in Michigan for 4 years and served as the tumbling and stunt coach for a competitive varsity high school cheerleading squad.
After moving to Florida, he became a cheerleading coach at Bishop Verot Catholic High School. He coached there for three years, taking on responsibilities from freshmen all the way to varsity head coach. Jason has also been a co-head coach of the varsity cheerleading team at Fort Myers High School.
He has been helping athletes reach their goals of fitness, flexibility, strength and tumbling for a number of years and is excited to bring his expertise to our studio and help G-Force dancers achieve their goals.
Kaitlin is teaching jazz/leaps & turns, and acro to students of all ages at G-Force.
She was born in Akron, Ohio and moved with her family to Fort Myers when she was 3 years old. She took her first tap dance class at the age of 8 and soon began learning all forms of dance. Kaitlin went to Cypress Lake Middle and High school where she danced and was part of Newton's Law Dance Company. After high school she joined local dance companies, Delirium and Dance Alliance.
Kaitlin has choreographed for Cypress Lake Middle School's Ovations dance team and studied with notable choreographers Robert Battle and Mark Morris. When she was 16, Kaitlin began teaching dance and found her true passion. She has been teaching all styles of dance to all ages of children since. Kaitlin is very excited for her first season with G-Force!
Melody is teaching our Mommy & Me class for moms and toddlers and the combo tap/ballet/tumble class.
Mandy has been a dancer for 15 years, training in several styles such as jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and a little bit of tap! Aside from the studio, she also loves to spend her time helping out with the Fort Myers High School Riptide Dance Team, which was also a huge part of her own high school career for all four years.
In addition, she is now a member of the Kappa Delta sorority at Florida Gulf Coast University. Melody's biggest supporters are her parents Kelly and Patrick Eakins, who continue to give her everything she needs to thrive in life.
She is extremely excited about the opportunity of joining the G-Force family this year and can't wait to see what this amazing studio under the leadership of Karen and Gabby Martina is capable of.
Lauren is teaching many of our youngest students at G-Force. Her tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop classes are very popular with our 5 year old to 8 year old dance students.
Lauren has been dancing for more than twenty years and has taught dance and theatre locally and abroad. While in high school, she worked as an entertainer for the Walt Disney Company and, upon graduating from the Center for the Arts, received a contract on the Disney Cruise Lines and performed on the Disney Wonder for two years. She has also taught and competed professionally in ballroom dancing with Fred Astaire franchised studios.
In addition to dance experience, Lauren has a degree in early childhood education and worked teaching Pre-K and 1st -6th for several years in both private and public schools. Dance and education are her passion and she is thrilled to be a part of the G-Force family!
Lauren has taught various ages and levels at several studios and is currently teaching adult tap dance at G-Force.
She first discovered her love of dance at a very young age as a figure skater. As part of her training for figure skating and ice dancing, she began taking ballet classes around the age of 8 and quickly developed a passion for the art and structure of dance. She continued to study ballet until the age of 13, when she expanded her curriculum to include tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, pointe, Cecchetti, hip-hop, Zumba. She began assisting in teaching various classes around the age of 15.
Throughout her years of dance training, she has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of master teachers and choreographers, including her personal favorites, Danny Wallace and Sonya Tayeh.
Lauren was a member of an award-winning competition team for more than 3 years and participated in a plethora of competitions, including Hall of Fame, NYCDA, Tremaine, and Jump, performing in solos, duets, group numbers, and production numbers. She then continued to take dance classes at a studio in Tallahassee until graduating Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology in 2011.
She has since continued taking dance classes, as she is always eager to learn from others and perfect her craft. About teaching at G-Force, Lauren said, “At this point in my life, I wish to share my passion for dance as well as my knowledge, skills, and training with others in order to provide them with the proper technique and guidance to allow their individual strengths and skills to flourish.”