Guest Instructors and Choreographers
Tap, Musical Theatre
Anthony is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and started singing and dancing at the age of two. Anthony attended Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance. While there, he received dance training under Lon Hurst, Michele Dunleavy, and Broadway legend, Spence Ford; he also received vocal training under Bev Patton, Raymond Sage, and Mary Saunders-Barton.
After graduation, Anthony performed in multiple professional productions including Off-Broadway shows at New World Stages and “the cell” theatre in New York City, as well as the National Touring Productions of Children’s Letters to God and Seussical the Musical where he worked with Choreographer and Tony Nominated Director Marcia Milgrom Dodge.
While living in New York City, Anthony attended classes at Broadway Dance Center and the Alvin Ailey Dance Extension. Anthony was also an Artist-in-Resident at Wallenpaupack High School teaching musical theatre and voice classes to high school students. His students have been accepted to such prestigious Musical Theatre programs as Catholic University, Desales University, Ithaca College, Pennsylvania State University, and PACE University in NYC.
Anthony is also a director and choreographer and proud member of the Actors Equity Association, the professional union for actors.
Currently, Anthony is the director of the theatre program at Atlantic High School in Daytona.
Antonio C. Scott
Antonio C. Scott believes in the power of envisioning a dream, believing you can achieve it and figuring out a path to make it happen. He began his formal training in the performing arts in Houston, Texas where he attended the Fleming Fine Arts Academy and Jr. High School with a focus in theater arts and both jazz and concert bands. He went on to graduate from the High School for Performing & Visual Arts (HSPVA) with an emphasis in vocal music. At the age of 16, he began classical ballet training at the Houston Dance Center and Allegro Ballet. During his senior year at HSPVA he also began studying jazz and modern dance techniques.
He earned a B.F.A in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and trained in the Schools of both the San Francisco and Pennsylvania Ballet. During an 18-year career as a professional dancer he performed principal roles to international audiences with the Philadelphia Dance Company, Jamison Project, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), Donald Byrd/The Group, New York Contemporary Dance Theater, The Dutch National Opera and A Celebration of Dance: Stars of American Dance. He was a founding member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet (CCB) and served as principal dancer, rehearsal director and resident composer for seven years. As resident composer for CCB Mr. Scott created scores for over thirty ballets which included world premieres at the Altogether Different Series (NYC), Biennial De Danse in (France), The Holland Dance Festival (NL), and Festival Des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (Canada). Additional performance credits include Eye on Dance (PBS), Judith Jamison: The Dance Maker (PBS), Zena Romett Floor Barre Technique, A Tribute to Alvin Ailey, and Bill Clinton’s Presidential Inaugural Gala.
In collaboration with various chorographers, Antonio created musical scores for AAADT, Ailey II, Arizona Ballet, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Braun Industries (France), Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Festival Des Arts, Indiana University, New York City Ballet Diamond Project, Pennsylvania Ballet, Phoenix Dance (UK), RhythMEK (Jacob’s Pillow), Urban Dance Collective, Skidmore University, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Washington Ballet among others.
Mr. Scott has an Ms. Ed in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College (NY) and an Ms. Ed in Educational Leadership from Shenandoah University (VA). Mr. Scott, has served communities in public education school systems in New York City, Fairfax County, VA, and Montgomery County, MD. He has served in various positions in elementary schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and currently enjoys the role of Curriculum Specialist for K-12 Fine Arts programming for the St Johns County School District in Florida.
Lynne DiCianni was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Lynne started dancing at age 3 and became a professional at age 9 performing with the renowned “Kirov Ballet”. She studied with Ruth Page, Richard Arve, Loreeto Rozak, Larry Long, Mimi Rozak-Kelly, Delores Lipinski, and Bruce Merrill in Chicago.
Lynne was a member of “The Arve Connection” modern dance company, Ruth Page’s “Chicago Ballet”, “Richard Arve Trio” and appeared with the Urban Getaways Educational Theatre Co. which brought dance into the Chicago area schools. She performed in Ruth Page’s “The Nutcracker” sponsored by the Chicago Tribune Charities. Lynne also performed with The Chicago Lyric Opera and the Lithuanian Opera Company.
Lynne did lecture demonstrations with New York City Ballet’s principal dancer, Maria Tallchief and Dance Magazine’s Dance Critic, Ann Barzel. She was the artistic director of “Arve School of Dance” in Calcutta City, IL and taught for Dance Educators of America in the early 1990’s. In 2000, Lynne was commissioned to set “Naja”, a modern piece from repertoire of “Arve Connection” for Chicago’s Gus Giordano Dance Company.
Lynne works at Mia Bella Academy of dance and has been there since 2011. She is currently a board member of Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre
Caden started doing acro when he was 7 years old at the YMCA in California. A few years later, he transitioned to gymnastics for about 5 years. He was in the St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA) Musical Theatre program for all 4 years of high school and was in SJCCA Dance his senior year. Caden loves to come in and see how much they have grown since the last time he visited and then start working on new skills. He is very excited for the classes to come!
Kiera began dancing at the age of 7 where she trained at the Academy of Performing Arts in musical theatre, ballet, tap, hip hop, and lyrical. When she was 11 years old, she began assisting teachers in classes with young students where she found her passion for teaching. At age 12, she started attending Abella’s School of Dance where she took ballet, modern, pointe, jazz, hip hop, flamenco, tap, contemporary, and character, and later attended the American Ballet Theater summer intensive to further her studies of ballet.
Throughout middle and high school, she was part of the St. Johns County Center for the Arts, where she participated in performances as a dancer and choreographer. She was also a member of the St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers at St. Augustine High School where she tutored, and taught lesson plans to students in elementary and middle school. When Kiera was 15 years old, she began teaching students ages 3-8 in ballet, tap, and jazz at Abella’s School of Dance. She has appeared in numerous St. Augustine Ballet in which she also had the honor of being an assistant choreographer.
Kiera is now a faculty member at Mia Bella Academy of Dance where she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, technique classes, and hip hop. She is honored to be a guest teacher for SJCCA at St. Augustine High School!