Vivian Alzola Executive Director
After participating in the KAPOW program (Kids and the Power of Work) and teaching social skills to 8th grade students, Vivian knew her calling was in the arts and education. Her shared vision with her business partner, Mitsouko Pinon, came to light when both were presented with an opportunity to create a tailored after school program for schools throughout South Florida. With more than 10 years of experience in strategic planning and marketing, Vivian's background has helped other businesses flourish in their industries. As a mother of four, she recognizes the need for performing and cultural arts programs within the schools. She oversees each of the enrichment programs and continues to expand the platform for new and exciting opportunities! In addition, she also is a foreign languages (French and Spanish) instructor for TLBA. She holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Miami with a concentration in Marketing and a double minor in French and Legal Studies.
Mitsouko Pinon Artistic director
Mitsouko started her love affair with ballet at the tender age of three. As a young girl, she studied under the direction of Lupe Barroso and South Florida Ballet. During her time there, she also studied musical theater and acted in several local plays with Gratelli and La Danza studios. “La Viuda Alegre” and “Santa Camila de la Habana Vieja” as both dancer and actress. She also was awarded the distinguished honor of Dancer of the Year from ACCA for 4 consecutive years. She was briefly part of Miami Fire Girls and the Cuban Folklore performing at Noche de Carnaval for several years in Miami. During her time with BCC she performed in classical ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Carmen, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and many more including original works from members of the Company. She has shared the stage with Fernando Bujones, Alexander Godunov and the great Rudolf Nureyev. Mitsouko keeps busy indulging in her passion for dance as a Certified Vixen Workout Instructor as well.
Amanda De Coro
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Amandavhas cheered since the age of 4. She has been part of the All-Star teams such as Miami Elite, Encore, and Top Gun, and also participated in her high school cheer team. After graduation, she has continued to pursue her love for the sport and began coaching for her high school team as well as other local cheer teams. She is currently pursuing her degree in court reporting at Atlantic Technical College.
Lisbeth has been dancing all her life. In 2006, she graduated as a classically trained ballerina. She was formally part of the prestigious Cuban Camagüey Ballet for 3 years and then continued her professional career at the Endedans Contemporary Ballet Company in which she participated in both national and international performances. As part of the Cuban-Mexican affiliation, she worked in several dance companies with focus on classical and contemporary ballet throughout Mexico. She currently teaches in various studios in South Florida. Her passion is teaching and motivating all of her students to learn the art of dancing.
Taufiq is a Computer Science undergraduate currently in his third-year attending Florida International University. He's driven by the idea that the limits of technology are endless; and with the right know-how, one person can connect the entire world. Taufiq's passion for technology sparked at a young age while he was playing Space Defenders on his computer. Since then, he's built numerous computers from scratch, learned four programming languages, designed several websites, and built programs for multiple companies in South Florida. He plans to specialize in software development and branch into mobile robotics/ Pascal development in the future.
Rebecca is an alumni from design and architecture senior high school. She has always had a passion for design and art, she is continuing her education at Miami Dade College soon to be receiving her Bachelors in Education for Exceptional Students. She has worked alongside Miami Dade public schooling at Kensington Park Elementary and Coral Gables High School, enjoying very much working with every student not only being their teacher but also being a mentor. Her motto is to 'Help all students find their individual motivation to succeed and lead us into a better tomorrow'.
Kelly is our office and costume manager. She works behind the scenes with TLBA making sure everything is ready for our end of year performances. With background experience in office management, she is a great addition to the team!
Brandi began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, contortion, modern, lyrical, flamenco, hip hop, heels and contemporary. She has been working professionally on TV and stage since the age of 13 and is a graduate of New World School of the Arts as well as a former Miami Heat Dancer. Brandi has worked professionally along side many major recording artists including Beyoncé, Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, Prince Royce, Katy Perry, P!nk. She has been a Sag-Aftra member for 13+ years and is now bringing her experience to Dancers Alliance Miami as a board member helping to protect Miami’s Dancers and their careers as they flourish. Not only is she an NPC Bikini fitness competitor she also teaches theater, dance, cheer, acrobatics, flexibility and fitness to all ages. Her love and passion for fitness and the art of dance is equal to the love she has for her students. Brandi’s high energy, fun and good vibes always has her students coming back for more!
Cecile is a retired educator from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She has a degree in Exceptional Education from Miami Dade College and is dually certified in Elementary and Special Education. She holds endorsements in ESOL and in Reading Education. Mrs. Pelaez began her love of the Arts as a small child beginning her dance training at L'ecole de Ballet under the directions go Vivian Digon de Greer. She continued training under several other masters including Lupe Barroso and Armando Navarro, where she danced for Pro-Arte Grateli in Zarzuelas such as, “Maria La O” and “La Viuda Alegre.” In addition, Mrs.Pelaez acted in local community theater under the direction of Nestor Cabell in several of his productions.
Ethan has been playing piano since the age of 4. He was trained in classical piano for 6 years, as well as jazz, contemporary music, and music theory for 5 years. He is part of three different musical ensembles, and he regularly plays gigs and tours with them. His unique exposure to classical music, jazz and contemporary music, and frequent live performance allows him to teach using real world experience and cover a wide variety of musical concepts.
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Stephanie began her dance training at the age of 3. She has trained with notorious instructors from all over the United States in the styles of ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop. Stephanie received numerous awards and scholarships from competitions and conventions all throughout Florida in her time as a dancer. She also became part of the National Dance Honor Society in 2014. At the age of 16, Stephanie began her journey as a choreographer and instructor. Her choreography has won accolades at regional and national levels. Stephanie is now working to achieve her B.A. in Dance from Nova Southeastern University. She looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with her students.