Polly Boeneke: Polly continues to be a proven talent leader after 50 years in the dance industry. As an international choreographer she led her dancers to become the first American team to perform in Gorky, Russia. In addition to the team serving as goodwill ambassadors to Denmark, Sweden, and England, Polly has choreographed many Broadway musicals, shows, plays, TV commercials, beauty pageants, Walt Disney World shows, and competition dances winning numerous awards. Miss Polly is a certified member and past President of Florida Dance Masters Association, a certified member of Dance Educators Association, and continues to be involved with community functions in the Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Polly is recognized both nationally and internationally for her outstanding achievements in dance.
Dayna Williams: Dayna started off her dancing at the age of 3 and has been dancing every since. Miss Dayna began instructing dance at the Polly B Dance Academy since the age of 17, and began performing in musicals such as Music Man with YBAG, Sound of Music, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, and numerous dramas at Players by the Sea. She began her education at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts Dance program and completed her dance education at Jacksonville University, B'way Dance Center and took acting/voice at the H.B. Company. She has performed in musicals including Pippin, Bye Bye Birdie, Lil Abner, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the opera, Daughter of the Regiment. Dayna owned and operated her own successful studio in Liverpool, New York before returning to Jacksonville. Each year her choreography receives overall high score awards at all competitions. Her daughters Danielle and Drue were members of the Polly B. Dance Team. This experience has readied both young ladies for successful opportunities in the dance world and communication business sector. David, Ms. Dayna's son, graduated from the University of Tennessee and is now the owner and operator of 3 heavy duty equipment businesses.
Mrs. Lana - Russian Ballet Instructor - has thirty-two years of professional experience in performing and teaching classical ballet by A. Vaganova technique. Before Mrs. Lana began teaching in Northern Illinois, she owned The Latvian Independent Ballet located in Riga, Latvia. She has performed in numerous ballets with the Latvian National Opera. Ms. Lana has had the honor of working with choreographers like Vladimir Vasiliev (Bolshoi Theatre), Oleg Vinogradov (Kirov Ballet) and Natalia Kasatkina (Moscow Classical Ballet). Since moving to Florida 3 years ago, she has continued to share her love of the performing arts through teaching pre-pointe, pointe, variations classes in 3`N Motion Ballet Studio in Palm Coast. Mrs. Lana has choreographed original dances as well as adapted classical ballets (Swan Lake, Cindirella, Old Viena Melodies, Peppi (Longstocking).
Drue Williams: Drue was born into a family of dancers and has expressed her love of dance since birth. Drue grew up in New York and moved to Jacksonville at the age of ten. She has competed and performed with the Polly B Show Team, Nease High School Dance Team, University of Tennessee Dance Company, and the Florida State College Company DanceWorks. Drue has been very successful and won many awards and scholarships throughout her dance career but has most recently walked away with three choreography awards from various national dance competitions. In the summer of 2012 Drue traveled to France with the FSCJ/UNF production of “La Caroline.” Drue is currently the choreographer for the Polly B Show Team. Drue is very appreciative of her director/mentor/boss/grandma and all the students she gets to share her dance dream with.
Jackson Kettell began dancing at the age of 3 - Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and Clogging. Ballet was the furthest thing from his mind. At age 12, he fell in love with ballet. Ballet has taken him to many places in the United States. He has attended Summer Intensive Programs at The Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, PA, The Boston Ballet in Boston, MA, The Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, FL , the Nashville Ballet, Nashville, TN and most recently Ballet West in Salt Lake City, UT. Jackson has competed in International Competition in New York City, and placed second in 2013 with "Slide to Dance" at Youth American Grand Prix. He also placed fifth in 2012 with "Come Home" at YAGP. Jackson has danced as a Guest Artist for the Next Generation Ballet in 2012 in the role of Snow Prince, as the Prince in Cinderella for Tampa Bay Ballet in 2012, and performed as a "New Artist" in the Next Generation Ballet as Prince Charming. This fall, Jackson will continue his education, majoring in Dance at Jacksonville University.
Ms. Heather - Heather grew up in Dallas, Texas where she began dancing at age three. Ms. Rowan has just completed her teaching degree and is now teaching in the Duval County school system. Heather is thrilled to be breaking out her dancing shoes once again to teach the wonderful PBK kids.
Ms. Chabeli - Chabeli Rose started dancing in 1990 at the age of three with the one and only Polly B Dance Academy. By the age of thirteen, Chabeli Rose was invited to join the Polly B Show Team. While dancing on the Polly B Show Team, Chabeli enjoyed competing and performing all over Florida. She received multiple awards such as many Overall Winner titles, several gold medals at Starpower Nationals. Hop-hop was always Chabelis’ forte growing up and she received two gold medals and an Overall Winner title for a hip-hop duo at Starpower Nationals and Applause Dance Competition. In 2005, Chabeli Rose moved to Orlando, FL for college where she joined the hip-hop dance crews Giant Robot Killers and D.W.E.E.B.S. Both crews performed and competed throughout Orlando and Gainesville, winning first place in 2008 at the University of Central Florida’s Next Best Dance Crew competition. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Arts, Chabeli moved to Jacksonville, FL where she currently resides and works full time as a Senior Graphic Designer for Body Central Corporate. Chabeli thanks Polly B for being one of the best mentors of her life and for always inspiring and encouraging her as a dancer.
Ms. Katie - Katie is currently in her 2nd year teaching with Polly B and is also on the Polly B Show Team where she performs and competes throughout the Southeast. Katie has been dancing on a competitive level since age eight and has studied many different disciplines including ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, and gymnastics. After graduating high school next spring, Katie hopes to attend New York University where she plans to continue studying dance.
Ms. Judy - Ms. Judy began dancing at the age of 6. She has danced or taught most of her life and studied locally with Dorothy Hinson, Gloria Norman and from one of the best, Buddy Sherwood. She was an instructor at his Arlington Studio for 12 years and became the Studio Manager for 5 years. Judy then opened her own studio, Dance Factory, which she owned and operated for 11 years. She was a guest teacher for NADAA for several years and taught for them in Wrightsville Beach, NC - Baltimore, Maryland - and New York City and continued her training by taking classes from many well know teachers at various seminars and at their studio’s. Judy has such great and rewarding memories from all of the teachers she has studied with, but especially Frank Hatchett. Frank said he loved her choreography and asked if her students would perform for his family one night while we were attending a competition, and we did. The following year he invited her advanced students to come to NYC and dance in his recital. She has trained, choreographed and directed several very successful dance teams during her career. Her students have received many 1st Place, Overall, Platinum, High Gold and various other special awards for her choreography. In 2012 Judy received the “Highest Score” award for a Duo/Trio and also the “Highest Score” award of any routine at the entire competition for a Solo. Ms. Judy believes a teacher should: (1) Teach the love of dance; (2) Teach good and consistent technique; and (3) Teach students to believe in themselves. In competition, it is not all about winning, but in feeling good about yourself and your performance. Several of her students have become professional dancers and dance instructors and she is very proud of all of them. Ms. Judy is very happy to be joining the Polly B Family with their excellent dance education taught to dancers of all ages. She and Polly B have been friends for many years and both share the love and respect of all dance disciplines