Jamie Rodriguez — Owner and Creative/Artistic Director
As the owner and creative/artistic director of Dancer’s Edge Dance Studios for 20 years, I am grateful to be living out my dream as a studio owner. I began my career in Flint, Michigan, performing as a soloist with the Flint Ballet Theater. After earning a BFA in dance from Western Michigan University, I received a scholarship to the Harkness House School of ballet in NYC. Although my vocation is classical ballet, I teach all dance forms we offer at the studio. I am currently studying to become an examiner of the Cecchetti method of teaching classical ballet. I currently hold the teacher’s grade Vl Professional Intermediate Certificate, qualifying me as a licentiate member of the Cecchetti Council of America.
Cecchetti focuses on theory and technique allowing us to uphold a standard of excellence.
Rachel Marks — Lyrical, Tap, & Jazz Instructor
Miss Rachel has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Growing up, she studied all genres of dance, but her favorites were always tap, lyrical, and modern. Rachel continued to pursue dance at Rollins College, studying Theatre Arts and Dance. A few years ago, she came to Dancer’s Edge in order to rekindle her love of dance. She now teaches tap, ballet, and modern classes at the studio. When she’s not dancing, Miss Rachel teaches English at the University of Central Florida.
Megan Kuczajda — Ballet & Pre-Ballet Instructor
Miss Megan is our Ballet and Pre-Ballet dance instructor. She began dancing at Dancer’s Edge when she was three years old, and has grown up dancing at the studio. She is trained and certified in levels I-V of the Cecchetti Method of classical ballet. Miss Megan, a UCF graduate, having studied Biomedical Sciences and Dance, is working to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy. Throughout her time at UCF, she had been involved in the dance program, performing as a soloist in UCF Celebrates the Arts’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at the Dr. Phillips Center and choreographing in a number of UCF productions. Miss Megan looks forward to sharing her passion for dance and performance with her students at Dancer’s Edge.
Rachel Brown — Flamenco Dance Instructor
Miss Rachel is our Flamenco teacher and teaches ballet as well. She studied ballet as a student at the School of Performing Arts in Fern Park, Florida. She went on to Albaquerque, New Mexico to earn her degree in Flamenco Dancing. After dancing and touring in Spain, she returned to Florida to teach for Dancer’s Edge, along with her accompanist, El Papi, Flamenco guitarist.