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Luann Fair

Luann is the owner and director of Buddy Sherwood School of Dance.  Luann has more than 40 years of experience as a dance instructor.   Her classes combine a delicate balance of fun, discipline, and proper training in order to educate, inspire and build confidence in her students.  She has spent the past 3 decades advancing the dance legacy established by her father, the founder of the studio Buddy Sherwood, and is proud to lead the longest running family-owned studio in the city of Jacksonville.

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Allie Roth

The Buddy Sherwood School of dance is a family-run business and that’s exactly how Allie wants to keep it! She has more than 20 years of dance training and has been sharing her love of dance as an instructor for the past nine years. Allie graduated from the University of North Florida in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Communications focusing in marketing and advertising. Allie is an award-winning choreographer and current leader of the Buddy Sherwood Dance Ensemble, which competes nationally. Allie’s extensive dance training allowed her the opportunity to showcase her talents with the DanceWorks Dance Ensemble at FSCJ and as a Jacksonville Jaguars ROAR cheerleader. Allie has a passion for the community and likes to give back by performing at charity events around the city and partnering with local charities to introduce dance into the lives of others.

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Laura Dowdle

Laura has been dancing since the age of 5, studying tap, jazz, ballet, pointe and modern. She started teaching dance at the age of 17 and has been teaching ever since. Laura graduated from Ball State University with a minor in dance choreography. She enjoys continuing her dance education by participating in dance conventions and workshops around the state of Florida. Laura enjoys spending time with her family and teaching them how to free dance. “If I am not dancing, I’m not living.”

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Hanny Mena Smith

Hanny grew up in Cuba, where she began her dance training at the age of five. Upon moving to Jacksonville, Hanny continued her dance training at the Florida Ballet Training Center under the direction of Laurie Picinich-Byrd. Hanny has taken the American Ballet Theatre student examination, which she has passed with merits. She has participated in Youth America Grand Prix both in the Junior and Senior divisions. She also had the opportunity to attend Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York with an ensemble, performing with many other ballet dancers from around the world. During her summers as a trainee, she took summer intensives with Orlando Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. After graduating from high school, she was accepted into Jacksonville University as a double major in Dance and Pre-dentistry. While dancing at Jacksonville University, Hanny has had the opportunity to take class from well recognize professionals such as Jennifer Muller and Kristen Gallagher to name a few. Hanny has taught students ballet in the public school programs and mentored younger students during her training. Currently, she finishing up her Pre-dentistry degree at Jacksonville University. She hopes to become an orthodontist in the near future. Hanny is looking forward to sharing her love and passion with our students.

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Jordan Price

Jordan Price is a Jacksonville native who graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelors degree in communications and a minor in American Sign Language. She is currently an elementary ESE school teacher for Duval County. When she’s not teaching, she is an on field emcee for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Armada Soccer and an on court emcee for Jacksonville University Basketball. Jordan cheered in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars for 5 years. She was the swimsuit calendar cover girl in 2010 and selected as one of the captains in her 5th year. Jordan started dancing at the age of 3 at Buddy Sherwood School of Dance and is currently a dance instructor there. She is an award winning choreographer for the Dance Company and has choreographed numerous dances for pageants. Jordan has competed in local pageants and now spends time judging the pageants along with Dance and cheerleading tryouts.

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