Meet Our Dance Instructors

Angel Logan
Angel LoganArtistic Director
Angel has been dancing for the past 32 years. She was trained in Lyrical, jazz, ballet, Tap, modern, Acro & hip Hop. Her many honors and achievements as a dancer include the Miami Movement Dance Company from 1988 to 1991. Also in 1988 she was a finalist on the ever-popular Star Search hosted by Ed McMan. In 1989 she became the Junior National Dance Champion in the U.S. and in 1990 was featured in many acclaimed TV commercials based on her national titles, including becoming the “McArthur Milk Child”. She also appeared in advertisements in the Miami Herald as well as other print media. She began to guest perform for personalities such as Philip Michael Thomas, Don Johnson and former Senator Bob Graham. She attended the NewWordSchool of the Arts/Department of dance and was offered a full scholarship to Florida State University & NYU. Read More…
Tawanna Hall-Charlton
Tawanna Hall-CharltonDance Instructor
Tawanna Hall-Charlton is the most sought after, highly regarded choreographer and master teacher in South Florida today. Her fresh physical style, yet smooth energetic moves have been used by some of the most talented dancers and hottest dance studios world-wide. Born and raised in South Florida, Tawanna began her formal dance training at the age of 14. When she was 16 she was accepted into the world renowned New World School of the Arts, where she became a student of discipline. Soon after she decided to follow her genuine love and passion for teaching dance and after graduation embarked into the wonderful world of “physical freedom” choreographed at Joe Michaels Dance Center with their Artistic Director, Mia Michaels. Her unique style captures movements connecting to the music creating amazing visuals. Read More…
Dee Caspary
Dee CasparyChoreographer
Dee Caspary has Directed and Choreographed 5 Full length shows in Los Angeles, and has worked with dancers from NYC Ballet (NYC), Odyssey Dance Theatre (Utah), Evolution Dance Company (Los Angeles). Dee Caspary has choreographed the last 4 Seasons on SYTYCDance and has worked with artists such as Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato.
Jamar Roberts
Jamar RobertsDance Instuctor
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Jamar began his dance training in the Miami-Dade County Magnet dance program. First starting at MaysMiddle School then on to SouthwoodMiddle School, CoralReefSenior high school, until finally graduating from the New WorldSchool of the Arts in 2001. Read More…
Liana Navarro
Liana NavarroDance Instructor
Liana Navarro began her classical ballet training at the age of seven. In 1975, Ms. Navarro started her teaching career in classical ballet at several academic schools in the Miami area. By 1976, she had founded the Liana Ballet Studio. As Director of this studio for ten years and Co-Director of Le Atelier de Ballet with the late Julio Lamas, Liana has dedicated herself to the perfection of the art as an instructor to children of all ages. Full Story…
Candace Rodriguez
Candace RodriguezDance Instructor
Some of you might recall her from the hit TV show “Star Search”, where for 2 years she and her partner, Brandon Bryant, were the overall champions in the Dance category. She graduated from New World School of the Arts dance division in 2005 , and was been a member of the Senior Company here at Dance Empire for the past 5 years. Full Story…
April Burgin
April BurginDance Instructor
April was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her dance career started at Joe Michaels Dance Studio; her instructors were Joe and Dana Michaels as she danced alongside Mia Michaels. She also studied at Miami Conservatory with Thomas Armour and Robert Pike. April has danced with Momentum Dance Company under the direction of Delma Iles. Full Story…
Ingrid Aguiar
Ingrid AguiarDance Instructor
Ingrid is a native of Cuba and graduated from National School of the Arts in Havana. She has expertise in the fields of classical ballet, neo-classes and Afro-Cuban dance as well as modern. In 1997 she went to Venezuela where she continued her training as a dancer at the National School of Ballet under the direction of Rafael Portillo. Full Story…
Natasha Williams
Natasha WilliamsDance Instructor
Natasha Williams graduated from New World School of the Arts High School, Dance Division in 2004. She completed her Bachelors in Business Management in 2008 and her MBA in 2012, both at Florida International University. Natasha has studied with renowned tappers including, her mentor Katherine Kramer, Dianne Walker, Derick Grant, Sarah Reich, and many more. Natasha is also an alumni of Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program for 2010. Full Story…
Kelly Robotham
Kelly RobothamDance Instructor
Kelly Robotham was born in Bronx New York raised in Miami and trained at Dance Empire of Miami since the age of 5. Kelly is an alumni of New World School of the Arts and holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from The Juilliard School. Ms. Robotham danced with Ailey II for one year and was promoted to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she danced from 2010-2014 and performed classical ballets, modern, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary masterpieces. Ms. Robotham is currently the Dance Director for Miami Arts Charter Homestead and is excited to rejoin her Dance Empire family and give back her experience and knowledge to its students.
Brooke Logan
Brooke Logan
Marion Syke-Brooke Logan

Born and raised in Miami Florida, trained at Dance Empire of Miami and studied at Florida State University as a dance major. She was also a member of the 2012-2013 FSU Golden Girl Dance Team. Brooke recently returned from an internship with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company through Brazil and Argentina. Full Story…

Nicole Perez
Nicole PerezDance Instructor
Nicole Perez is a graduate from Coral Reef Senior High School. She was a member of Cudettes for 4 Years. Having trained technically in Ballroom, she brought her expertise and flare to Dance Empire and will continue to teach as she pursues a dance degree at New World School of the Arts for College.
Janell Williams
Janell WilliamsDance Instructor
Janell graduated from the Magnet Dance Program at Coral Reef Senior High School. While at Coral Reef she was the Varsity Cudette Dance Team Co-Captain and helped bring home two National Championships. She also choreographed a winning number for the Coral Reef Dance Alliance. Janell was casted for the musical “The Wizard of Oz” and was also involved in the music video “High and Mighty” by Why Not Y. Janell was accepted into the Joffrey Program in both New York City and Los Angeles but has decided to stay in Miami for college while teaching at Dance Empire.
Aimee Henriquez
Aimee HenriquezDance Instructor
Aimee Henriquez has been dancing since the age of 3. She has advanced dance training in all styles of dance such as jazz, ballet, modern (Graham and Limon), ballroom and partnering, salsa and hip hop. She has also worked and taught young dancers for the past 10 years. Aimee has appeared in numerous television shows and commercials as well as music videos with artists such as Pitbull, Adassa and Ivy Queen to name a few. Aimee has appeared on stage for Disney’s Magical Gatherings, KC & the Sunshine Band and others. She danced for the Miami Heat as well as for the Miami Marlins Energy Team. Aimee is excited to jump on board at Dance Empire and says “there is nothing more rewarding than to give back to my own community and city while doing what I love most”.
Tony Catanzaro
Tony CatanzaroDance Instructor
Tony Catanzaro brings an impressive array of accomplishments to the field of dance. His technical ability, combined with a magnetic and dramatic stage personality has brought him broad recognition, not only in ballet, but in modern dance and musical comedy as well. He began his dance training in his native New York at the High School of Performing Arts, where he graduated as the Dance Award Recipient. It was here that he was discovered by Norman Walker, his modern dance teacher. Mr. Catanzaro studied and performed with Mr. Walker for eight years, becoming the most impressive years of his career. After receiving a full scholarship with the Harkness Ballet School, he progressed to lead dancer with the Harkness Youth Company. Read More…
Alba Zarate
Alba ZarateDance Instructor
Alba Zarate trained at Dance Empire under Angel Fraser Logan and Tawanna Hall. She graduated from the Magnet Dance Program at Coral Reef High School in 2013 and moved to Utah to study dance at the University of Utah. Alba is a well loved member of our faculty who returns every summer to help prepare our dances and dancers for national competitions. Alba plans to return to teach and choreograph at Dance Empire upon graduation from college.