Lisa began her dance career at the age of four and focused solely on ballet for eight years. Throughout the past 24 years she has taken many styles of dance as well as perform on competitive dance teams. Lisa received her dance training at Mary Ellen's School of Dance and was a member of the Vanguard dance team for three years under the instruction of Wendy Holland then was elected Team Captain her Junior year. She also performed with the Lake Weir Dazzlers All-star dance team winning numerous awards and placing over-all.
An advantage to being part of a team, Lisa had the privilege to take class from world renowned choreographers. During the years, she has had the opportunity to perform for the community and participate in numerous performances with local studios and dance companies.
At age 16, Lisa began her teaching career. At age 18, she was choreographing dances for competitive dancers and at age 20 became the director of a competition team. Lisa has organized fundraisers, shows, attended competitions & conventions and choreographed for many dance pieces winning numerous awards, special awards and placing over-all top ten. In 2018, Lisa became certified in Progressing Ballet Technique also known as PBT.
Lisa is now in her 5th year as owner of Footprints In Motion and 19th year of teaching. Lisa teaches all ages and various styles such as; ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, tumbling, technique, silks and improv.
Dance Instructor-Taylor Bakos-Lewis
Taylor started her dance training at a young age with ballet and tap. Other styles that she has studied are hip hop, lyrical, modern and pointe. Taylor was on the Vanguard dance team for 4 years and elected as an officer her Senior year. Taylor has received superior ratings at state competition for her solos and dance ensembles. In 2018, she became certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT.) This is Taylor's 5th year teaching at FPIM and runs the teacher mentor program at Footprints In Motion.
Tumbling Coach-Chris Talmadge
Coach Chris Talmadge has been teaching gymnastics for over 30 years. He has coached at Tropical and Browns Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida. Coach Chris has been teaching at Footprints for the past 4 years.
Dance Instructor-Wendy Holland
Wendy was born in Ocala and began her dance training at Roberta's Studio of Fine Arts. While studying many styles of dance, she became a member of the Ocala Dance Theatre and the Gold Rush Clogging Team. She attended Forest High School and was a Lady Cat Dancer, receiving many awards and scholarships. Wendy was also a member of the Buckin' Mule Competition Clogging Team for several years and also performed with them as an entertainment group for Disney. She began her teaching career at Roberta's and continued teaching at other local dance studios before opening A Step Above Dance Studio in 1993. There she started the 'Cala Kids Clogging Team and ASA's competition and performance teams. She has been a choreographer for several local school programs and started the Knightmoves Dance Team at Vanguard High School, where she was the director for 10 years.
Wendy has been teaching dance for 32 years. She has enjoyed teaching dancers from age 2 years old through adults in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Clogging. She has choreographed many awards winning competition pieces including; Platinums, Diamonds, Top Tens, Grand Champions, Over-all High Scores and specialty awards.
Wendy joined Footprints In Motion's staff in the summer of 2016. She has taught Ballet, Pointe, Clogging, Ballet/Tap combo, Technique along with working with the performance and competition groups. She enjoys watching her dancers grow and excel in their dance classes at FPIM!
Dance Instructor-Kassie Grace
Kassie has loved dancing since about age 5. She received her dance and teacher training at A Step Above Dance Studio. Kassie has been teaching for 7 years and is trained to teach various styles of dance such as; Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Technique, Clogging and Pointe. She enjoys working with the kids and finds it rewarding from the smiles on their faces to the point in their toes. Kassie, also joined FPIM in the summer of 2016.
Dance Instructor - Sarah Alvarado
Sarah started her dance career at the age of eight while residing in Apopka, FL. She first began dancing at Kidzdance in 2002 focusing on jazz funk. She later became a member of their dance company where she learned various styles including jazz, hip hop, tumbling, musical theatre, ballet and tap. In 2011 Sarah continued her dance career at 3D Motion Dance Center where she joined their dance company. After graduating high school in 2014 she began working at 3D Motion and passionately fell in love with teaching and working in the studio office.
In 2015 Sarah auditioned for the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance! She had the pleasure of being featured on film for the opening episode. She had the best experience auditioning with so many talented dancers! She also auditioned for one of the hottest NBA dance teams the Orlando Magic Dancers in 2017 and 2018. Sarah still enjoys being a student and taking classes at Underground Movement, Hardrive Productions, DGBEK Studios and Metropolis Productions in Orlando.
In June of 2017 Sarah became a guest instructor at Footprints in Motion where she first taught jazz, musical theatre and jazz funk. She moved to Ocala in November of 2017, and she began substituting at FPIM. Sarah has been teaching dance for 5 years and this is her 3rd season at FPIM. Sarah teaches all ages and styles such as; jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, tumbling, technique, creative dance and silks
Dance Instructor - Emily Bard
Emily received her dance training from Suncoast Academy of Dance in Palm Harbor, FL since the age of three. While focusing on tap dance as her main discipline, she also danced competitively in jazz, lyrical, and contemporary for 10 years in the Tampa Bay area. Emily attended Florida State University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of Seminole Dance Force for a year, primarily as a jazz and hip hop dancer. Emily had trouble finding a strong tap dance community in Tallahassee, so in 2016 she founded FSU’s first tap dance team called Seminole Tap Troupe. She served as president for two years and then, as a busy school intern, watched the team flourish into a prominent FSU club with over 30 members today. Emily’s had the pleasure of teaching a variety of dance styles and ages at many different studios in Palm Harbor, Tallahassee, and now Ocala for the past 6 years. She currently teaches 2nd grade at Oakcrest Elementary School and has always known teaching is her true calling. Emily love’s that she can connect her passion for dance and her love for teaching by instructing the next generation of dancers.
Dance Instructor - Ashley Par-Due
Ashley is originally from Atlanta, GA and began her dance education at the age of 3. Lyrical, Jazz, Modern, Tap, and Hip Hop were all interests as she participated in performance companies and competition teams throughout Georgia. Starpower Talent Competition invited her on their Power Pak tour in 1999 where she worked with many amazing teachers and choreographers performing across the country. Her heart and drive were always for ballet though. She later spent summers with the Rock School and Pacific Northwest Ballet where she received solo roles in program-end performances. She received her ballet training and mentorship under Christine Auchincloss. Christine encouraged her to audition for Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, where she received the special role of “Baby Lamb” as her first performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. In her teens, she was accepted into the pre-professional division at Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education and performed in the Nutcracker for several years. She placed top twelve in a regional Youth America Grand Prix competition performing Giselle pas de deux and a contemporary piece. She is grateful for her exposure to so many ballet influencers and teachers like Robert Barnett, Maiqui Manosa, Reiko Kimura, Armando Luna, Carol Szkutek, just to name a few. As a teacher, she is most passionate about the wholeness of a dancer and the role of body, mind and spirit in the arts. She is most inspired in the studio and loves to share the many values of ballet with young dancers.
Dance Instructor - Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. Growing up in the midst of pop culture, he gained a lot of early inspiration for his dancing through watching Michael Jackson, msic videos, and participating in whatever social dancing was involved at that time. From the time Jose stepped into his first dance class at 12 years old, he had no idea that this experience would launch his dance journey for years to come. Over the years, Jose has developed a very unique approach to his dancing. He has fused together a wide variety of urban dance foundations to discover his own movement. His signature style can be distinguished by his power, control and flow. Jose has realized that his passion lies with creativity, the love for music and movement, and to spread positivity and make others happy. While on his dance journey Jose seeks to inspire and change the world to be better through love and artistry.
Student Teacher - Tisyn Smith
Tisyn first came to Footprints In Motion as a student 4 years ago and started his teaching career at age 15. He has studied Hip Hop, Improv, and Tumbling and has competed on the FPIM competition team for three years and won multiple awards, special awards and placed top 5 with his routines. Tisyn is in his 2nd year teaching hip hop at Footprints In Motion.
Student Teacher - Kennedy Darby
Kennedy began her dance career at the age of 3. She has performed in numerous ballet companies, competed for 6 years and started teaching at 16. She has won multiple awards along with placing top 3 at competitions. Kennedy takes multiple styles of dance and loves learning from world renowned choreographers. This is Kennedy’s 2nd year teaching and has taught Hip Hop and Tap and currently teaches jazz.
Student Teacher - Abigail Ingram
Abigail started dancing at the age of 3 at A Step Above Dance Studio. She fell in love with dance and started her competitive dance career at 10 years old. Abigail was a member of the ‘Cali Kids Clogging Team and performed as a ‘Dance The Magic’ dancer at Disney. Over the years she has taken multiple classes from some of the industries top choreographers and later became a student at Footprints in the summer of 2016. She has been a teachers assistant since 2011 and is excited to start her first year of teaching.
Office Staff-Lois Wincz
Lois is the mother of Lisa Bucher, FPIM's studio owner. This is her 5th year working and running the desk. She retired from Wells Fargo in 2010 and currently works from home. Lois has over 20 years of customer service experience and always has a smile on her face.
Guest Teacher-Crystal Curcie
Crystal Curcie has been dancing since the age of 3. She grew up training with Mary Ellen School of Dance in the competitive world. Crystal began teaching at the age 16, which is when she found her true passion. She went on to intern at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. There she trained under renowned and inspiring choreographers such as Cat Cogliandro and Neil Schwartz. Since then she’s taught many different forms of dance at multiple studios in central Florida.
Crystal is the founder of Ocala Dance Alliance, and believes that there is nothing more pure than honesty, love and support. She continues to share that message with her students encouraging them to dance fearlessly.
Crystal recently moved to L.A. where she is a principle dancer for Catastrophe!, training and performing with some of the most well known contemporary choreographers in the industry, including Jason Gorman, Megan Lawson, and Cat Cogliandro. Crystal is also a part of the faculty at Catastrophe! Workshop.