Top Row from Left to Right: Taylor, Bakos-Lewis Kassie Grace, Skyler Pittman, Wendy Holland, Jennifer Luffman Bottom Row from Left to Right: Lois Wincz, Kayla McNamara, Lisa Bucher, Angel Heivly, Chelsea Dees

Top Row from Left to Right: Taylor, Bakos-Lewis Kassie Grace, Skyler Pittman, Wendy Holland, Jennifer Luffman
Bottom Row from Left to Right: Lois Wincz, Kayla McNamara, Lisa Bucher, Angel Heivly, Chelsea Dees

 

Owner/Director-Lisa Bucher

          Lisa began her dance career at the age of four and focused solely on ballet for eight years. Throughout the past 24 years I have 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 and 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. 

            Lisa is now in  her 3rd year as owner of Footprints In Motion and my 17th 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-Angel Naughton

          Angel began dancing at the age of 3 at The Dance Academy in Stockbridge, Georgia. For most of her dance career, she studied numerous styles of dance such as; jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet/pointe, contemporary & lyrical and was a member of a professional dance company, Into The Light in McDonough, Georgia.

           For 6 years, Angel danced on a competitive dance team which was under the direction of Ms. Kathy Baker. The styles they focused on were jazz, hip hop, high kick and pom. During her time on the team, they placed top 5 in the nation each year and two of the years they placed 2nd.

          Angel has performed in multiple shows, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and has taken class from professional instructors such as Sandy Yen. 

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. Currently, Taylor is a senior at Vanguard high school and dual enrolled at College of Central Florida. She has been on the Vanguard dance team for 4 years and recently was elected as an officer. Over the last two years, Taylor has received superior ratings at state competition for her solos and dance ensembles. 
 

Tumbling Coach-Chris Talmadge

            Coach Chris Talmadge has been teaching gymnastics for 30 years.  He has coached at Tropical and Browns Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida. 

Dance Instructor-Chelsea Dees

   Chelsea started dancing at the age of 3 and was part of her high school and studio dance team. She has been a part of the competitive dance world attending multiple dance conventions and choreographing for competitions. Chelsea has been teaching for 3 years and has her Masters in Counseling.

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 30 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. 

Dance Instructor-Kayla McNamara

     Kayla started dancing at the age of 5 and has been dancing competitively for 7 years receiving multiple awards and specialty awards, as well as placing over-all. She started out interning with FPIM in 2016 and later took over to teach a couple classes. This is Kayla's first year teaching her own classes and looks forward to passing on her passion for dance to her students. 

Dance Instructor-Skyler Pittman

     Skyler has been dancing since the age of 18 months. She has been assisting for many years and will be starting her 2nd year of teaching at FPIM.  Skyler has been a part of the dance world for 8 years receiving many awards and attending numerous dance competitions and conventions. 

Office Staff-Lois Wincz

     Lois is the mother of Lisa Bucher, FPIM's studio owner.  This is her 3rd year working and running the desk. She retired from Wells Fargo in 2010 and currently works from home. Lois has many 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.