Meet Our Team

ProAm Dance Studio is proud to provide professional dance instruction in a friendly environment. With a mixture of tradition and innovation, our staff brings the best out of students each and every day. Please keep reading to meet our team.

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Melanie Gibbs – Owner / Director

Ms Melanie is the director of two South Florida dance studios, which are home to over 550 students. She has been sharing her passion for dance and mentorship with South Florida students for more than 20 years. Ms Melanie is also the founder of chapter FL-313 of National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and enjoys advocating for dance honor society around the US. Melanie is a founding member of More Than Just Great Dancing™ as well as a member of the Florida Dance Association and the National Dance Education Organization. Melanie is the founder of the 501c3 Leave A Legacy Foundation of South Florida, which in three years has raised more than $17,000 for local charities.

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Brook Priebis – Enrollment Coordinator

Brook Priebis is entering her 11th year with our organization. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and is a former Palm Beach County Schools teacher. Brook has extensive experience as a private tutor and holds the following State Certifications: Mathematics 6-12, Elementary Education K-6, Exceptional Student Education K-12, and ESOL Endorsement. She has completed management training from More Than Just Great Dancing™ and regularly seeks new opportunities to continue her education. As a student she was an award-winning competitor, performed with Parkway Middle School of the Arts, and the University of Florida dance company DANZA.

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Katie Westrich – Performing Group Coordinator

Katie is a lifetime alum with our sister Boca Dance Studio, entering her tenth year of teaching. She has taught in numerous South Florida studios and received teacher and management training from More Than Just Great Dancing™. As a student, Katie was an award-winning competitor and performed at Disney World and The Crest Theatre as well as attended numerous conventions and dance programs such as Pacific Coast Dance Fest in Long Beach, CA and Florida Dance Festival in Miami. She holds a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology from FAU, where she was an active member of her sorority, Theta Phi Alpha. Ms. Katie teaches all levels as well as works side by side with Ms. Melanie on our Company and Performing Groups.

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 Olivia Bink – Leadership Team

Ms Olivia teaches all levels as well as takes the lead managing ProAm. Olivia is a Florida native who started dancing at the age of 3, and is an experienced performer and competitor who trained under choreographers Scott Benson and Debbi Dee. Olivia traveled and performed with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan and International Dance Challenge. She has completed teacher and management training from More Than Just Great Dancing™ and continues to seek opportunities to continue her education.

Courtney Thomas – Community Coordinator

Courtney is a lifetime PA alum with years of experience as a performer, competitor and teacher. In addition to handling local business partnerships, school auctions, benefit performances, charity events and more, Courtney teaches all levels.

 

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Daniela Nascimento – Ballet Mistress

Daniela is a Royal Academy of Dancing certified teacher originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil and is entering her 11th year with us. She has 17 years of experience teaching ballet, pointe and character and 16 years of experience as a professional dancer. Daniela has performed locally for Boca Ballet Theatre and in Brazil for Ilara Lopes and Nice Leite Nucleo de Danca. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas in Sao Paulo and received her certificates in 1997 from legendary ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn, the president of the RAD. Ms Daniela oversees our company ballet program as well as advises on our “Fun”damentals and teen ballet curriculum and choreography.

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Carly Higgins – Staff

Carly is a 15 year dancer and trained at our affiliate DANL Dance Center. She is an experienced competitor and performer and has been seen in the ProBowl halftime show in Hawaii and 42 Street for ClearChannel Miami. She relocated to Los Angeles for two years where she performed with Revelations Dance Company, taught for Fusion Dance Studio and toured with West Coast Dance Explosion as an assistant to Kim Wolfe. Ms Carly teaches company level classes and competition choreography.

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Testimonials

“What a pleasure it’s been to judge you this weekend! You’re getting the Class Act award because you’re such a classy studio – your costumes are so age-appropriate, your choreography is age-appropriate, you’re so well groomed! So you’re in a very good studio, dancers, stay right where you are, because you’ve got excellent teachers and directors!” – OnstageAmerica judge

Thank you for another wonderful year of dance! – Megan

Ms. Melanie,
I have wanted to email you all week to say that we LOVED the recital this year. The organization of all was exceptional! Thank you for all you do to make the girls feel special and give them a loving but tough environment to become better dancers and young ladies! – Susan

News

Summer Dance Enrolling NOW!
February 8, 2017

Summer classes at ProAm are now enrolling – visit our Summer page for more info!

Showcase 2017 is June 3!

Our annual recital will be held at the Township Performing Arts Center – don’t miss it!