About Gift of Dance

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I have been teaching dance in the World Golf Village area for the last 6 years. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to instill a love for dance in many children. I am actively involved in the local community and was a participant in the local fundraiser Dancing Stars of St. Johns County. This fundraiser directly benefited the St. Augustine School of the Performing Arts. I also volunteer with St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) to provide weekly hip hop lessons to the youth housed there. I absolutely love working with children and introducing them to the wonderful world of dance! Nothing gives me greater joy than to see one of my student's confidence grow as they progress through our dance sessions!

Our dance schedule is designed to give students who want to try dance an opportunity to experience classes and performing without a year long commitment to a studio. Our sessions are split up into Spring (January-April) and Fall (September-December)

For our youngest dancers, classes are focused on building a strong foundation in ballet as it is key for all other forms of dance. For our older students, we offer a combo class that explores the basics of ballet, jazz, and hip hop! Each class is filled with fun age appropriate choreography. The classes in each session are progressive towards a performance in which we showcase to friends and family the skills and technique we have learned!
Dancing with the Stars

Meet the Team

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Cristina Duncan

I have been teaching dance in the World Golf Village area for the last 6 years. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to instill a love for dance in many children. I am actively involved in the local community and was a participant in the local fundraiser Dancing Stars of St. Johns County. This fundraiser directly benefited the St. Augustine School of the Performing Arts. I also volunteer with St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) to provide weekly hip hop lessons to the youth housed there. I absolutely love working with children and introducing them to the wonderful world of dance! Nothing gives me greater joy than to see one of my student's confidence grow as they progress through our dance sessions!
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Lauren Villanueva

Ms. Lauren has been dancing since she was 3 years old and loves to train in ballet and jazz! She started teaching with us in 2022 and has quickly taken on many classes and other roles within our organization.

Ms. Lauren LOVES her students and enjoys leading them to become stronger dancers from season to season. We love seeing the teamwork fostered within her classes show up on recital day! Her students are a reflection of her loving & spirit.
Ms. Lauren is currently pursuing a degree in clinical social work/mental health counseling.

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Timara Verdell

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Kelsey

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