Ms. Alyssa - Assistant Dance Director and Dance Instructor
Alyssa has always had a curiosity about life and how everything you do has an effect on your body. After her parents' divorce, Alyssa turned to yoga to cope with the shift in her life.
In 2009 she enrolled into teacher training and earned her RYT200. Alyssa teaches Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga and is currently studying Aerial Yoga. Later on, her journey lead her to different healing modalities.
Back in 2014 she received her certification as a Reflexologist and recently became a certified Reiki practitioner. Her path then took a giant leap when she moved to Fort Myers with her husband, Terrance and their dog, Ginger just this past June! We are happy to have her join us here at Sanibel Dance Pilates and Yoga. Her presence is uplifting and positive; you are guaranteed to have an all around great class. Always being passionate with dance and children we asked her to join our dance studio as well as a wonderful addition to the team.
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Debbie's mom encouraged her to enroll in a women’s self defense class and after doing so Debbie fell in love with martial arts. She studied and taught martial arts for many years. She received numerous awards and earned her Black Belt in Taekwondo with the American Taekwondo Association. Her modern dance background and Pilates teaching grew at the University of Arts in concentration in dance and choreography. As an educator, Ms. Sheme draws on years of experience to develop her own unique style of modern dance, focusing on fluid expressive styles of movement. Debbie’s desire is to serve and support the art of dance and choreography, promote the richness and variety of the art form in its fullest expression and enhance the public interest in it. Ms. Sheme has been sharing her love for dance and Pilates as a teacher for many years. She has taught and choreographed for all ages and levels at studios throughout the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware and is thrilled to now be the founder of Sanibel Dance on Sanibel Island, FL. She was a long time faculty member, choreographer, and guest dancer for the Delaware Dance Company and was the modern director for Pennsylvania Ballet’s principle dancer Paul Klocke and his Klocke School of Dance. Debbie was also the band front director for baton twirling and flags for Kennett High School. In addition to dance, Debbie is a certified health coach and loves educating people on the importance of health, nutrition and alternative medicine. Recently, she has been teaching health and wellness class for the company doTerra. Also, Ms. Debbie will be traveling to Greece this September for her intensive studies and certification in Yoga, Sup Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Ayurveda Medicine. Her love is to inspire, motivate, encourage, educate and enrich lives. Debbie lives on Sanibel Island with her husband Mark and absolutely loves being a mom to their son M.J and loves teaching all of the children at Sanibel Dance.
Ms. Debbie | Founder/Artistic Director
Debbie is the owner of three beautiful studio here on Sanibel Island. Sanibel Dance and Sanibel Pilates & Yoga. Debbie grew up in Pennsylvania were she began her dance training at the age of three studying at various studios. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, twirling, modern dance and pilates. Her love for the arts started at Carousel Performing Arts in Kennett Square, PA. The owner of the studio also owned Carousel Health Food Store. At Carousel, they stressed the importance of exercise and healthy living. This is where Debbie’s love and passion grew for nutrition, fitness, holistic healing, and dance. She performed her first solo ballet performance at the age of eight at Immaculata University in PA. As a young dancer she studied with The Brandywine Ballet Company under numerous teachers who were from Pennsylvania Ballet, Harrisburg Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. Her modern dance and Pilates background is in Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Ron Fletcher and she trained under teachers Holly Winje, Pat Thomas, Roni Koresh, Faye Snow who are professional dancers and teachers from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Debbie was fortunate to travel and perform in many states being a dancer. However, this concerned her mother.
Ms. Samantha - Dance Instructor
Ms. Samantha is originally from Fort Lauderdale and has been a full-time Island residence since 2008. Her passion for dance began as a five-year-old learning ballet, tap , jazz, modern and hip-hop styles at numerous studios along the east coast. As a competitor Samantha placed in many national competitions including performing in the Super Bowl halftime show.
Today , she is a member of Bobby Logue's tap team and a member of Sanibel Dances performing dance ensemble. She brings her loving patient and nurturing spirit to Sanibel Dance and we're so thankful to have her at the studios. Ms. Samantha is excited to provide our students a friendly face and a fun, enjoyable experience learning to dance on Sanibel!
Ms. Lisa Heggendorn - Dance Instructor
Lisa is a native of Switzerland who began her studies at a young age at the Maria Gorkin Academy of Classical Ballet, as well as the Ballet Opera House Basel and Fred Aenis Ballet Academy. She is trained in Vaganova and George Balanchine technique. At the age of 18 she received a scholarship to attend Steps on Broadway in New York City. Lisa studied with various teachers such as David Howard, Emilietta Ettlin, Hitomi Yoshimura, Luis Villanueva (member of the American Ballet Theater), Frank Pietri, Richard Pierlon, Suzi Taylor, Max Stone, Charles Goddertz and Laurent Heimann. She performed throughout the US, Switzerland, Italy and France. For five years she was a member, performer and choreographer at the International Dance Festival in New York City. Her versatility as an artist can be attributed to her extensive multidiscipline dance education, as well as her performance experience in numerous dance productions. Lisa has choreographed and produced shows in Switzerland and New York. Her company LT-Dance performed at various festivals and shows throughout Switzerland. She has also choreographed regional and national winning solos in New Jersey. Lisa was a member of the International Theater Festival winner (Peg O’ My Heart, 2011) the musical in New York City. Her work ranges from classical ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, tap, floor barre, acrobatics, workout and Pilates reforming. Lisa received her green card as an exceptional artist and is a member of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO. Currently she is teaching ballet at Robin Dawn Academy of Performing Arts.