Instructors and Staff
Kerry Mynatt, Studio Director/Owner
Kerry has over 30 years experience in dance. Born and raised in New York, Kerry began her dance training at the age of three with the American Academy of Ballet. She began her studies of jazz and tap at Debonaire Dance Studios under Sam Fiorella. At the University of South Florida, she majored in elementary education and minored in dance. Being an advocate for continuing dance education, she continues her studies through Dance Masters TTS. She has received her Associates Degree and is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America, one of America’s most prestigious dance teacher associations. Kerry has also taken seminars with Kiddance, a teacher training program especially designed to teach students ages 2-7. Her studies include ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, hip-hop and acrobatics. She studied dance from masters such as Joe Tremaine, Tom Ralabate, Bob Rizzo, Judy Rice, Barry Lather, and Diane Gudat, along with classes in musical theory and musical notation. Kerry has had the opportunity to perform at several state and national events such as United Fund, Miss Manatee, The French Film Festival, and IMTA in New York City. Kerry competed and won several national dance competitions in a group and as a soloist. Kerry’s students have won top honors at both the regional and national level, and have been recognized both locally and nationally.
Antonio Pinho, Instructor/Office Admin.
Originally from New Jersey, Tony started his dance career at a young age. He attended the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and it was there that he discovered his love for Hip Hop. He joined the JUMP family in 2008 as the Hip Hop instructor. Tony has trained with world-renowned names such as Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Donyelle Jones, and Cris Judd, just to name a few. As a master class instructor, Tony continues to train, educate and inspire dancers of all ages and levels.
Tony’s ongoing self-education and performance work is influenced by rhythm and new world hip-hop styles. His choreography has won various awards including high score and overalls for his students both regionally and nationally. Tony is also actively involved in philanthropic efforts through various non-profits like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, SPARCC, Child Protection Center and most recently CAN Community Health.
MaryElizabeth Mock, Instructor
MaryElizabeth received her training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz at Florida Ballet Arts in Sarasota and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut. At age 14, she was selected to perform as a Junior Company Member with the Sarasota Ballet under the direction of Eddy Toussaint and at 16, with the Nutmeg Ballet Company. During her professional career, she performed for Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Classical Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, Ballet South, Starpointe Productions, and as a choreography demonstrator for Frank Hatchett, “Master of Jazz”. MaryElizabeth has served as Ballet Master to West Florida Ballet, San Diego Ballet, and Unity Dance Ensemble, a Los Angeles based contemporary company. As the Artistic/Executive Director of Florida Ballet Arts Academy and the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble, she earned great respect from the community through her unwavering commitment to excellence and sharp attention to detail, producing the area’s top level dancers while dazzling Sarasota audiences for more than a decade with professional seasonal performances at the Sarasota Opera House and Van Wezel. MaryElizabeth has since served as coast-to-coast Conductor of Auditions for Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and Carreno Dance Festival, and has taught master classes across the country. Her students have gone on to dance professionally for Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Boston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal.
Kristina Babcock, Musical Theater Instructor
Born and raised in New York, Kristina has trained in all forms of dance for over 30 years. She is also a talented director, producer, choreographer and performer, having appeared in shows including Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy (Mazzeppa), Cinderella (Wicked Stepmother), Seussical, Annie, and Bye Bye Birdie. She has also received many awards including 2 TANYS (Theater Association of NYS) Outstanding Awards for her work. Kristina studied acting and dance at the New York State Theater Institute (NYSTI), and has worked in NYC with many studios and Broadway productions. Kristina has directed, produced and choreographed dozens of shows and many of her students have appeared on Broadway in productions that include Billy Elliott, 13 The Musical, Gypsy and more! She is excited to be working with JUMP and all the talented students here!
Molly Bowbeer, Instructor
Molly graduated with a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a Dance Works Scholarship. She toured with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show in Phoenix, Arizona and Branson, Missouri. Molly later went on to attend the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts where she studied dance, theater arts and multimedia. She interned with Randy James and has worked with such choreographers as Christian von Howard, Raegan Wood, Danielle Agami from Batsheva, Banu Ogan from Merce Cunningham, and Benoit-Swan Pouffer from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Molly has performed repertory from the Mark Morris Group and taught dance to children in the New York/New Jersey area for many years. She relocated from New Jersey to Florida and is excited to become a part of the dance community here and share her love and knowledge of dance with our students.
Nicole Chang, Instructor
As a Sarasota native, Nikki began her training at the age of 3 and started competitive dancing at the age of 8. She completed the Assistant Teaching program at JUMP and has been educating dancers since 2012. Nikki is an award winning competitive dancer and strives to inspire and educate dancers of many ages. She is currently enrolled as a Senior at the University of South Florida majoring as a Physical Therapy Assistant and minoring in Dance.
Stefan Gernaga, Instructor
Stefan began his dance career at the age of 11, with the Ukrainian dance company - Kashtan. During his time with Kashtan, he decided to further his ballet training at the University of Akron, where he received a B.F.A. in Dance and performed in productions of Turondo, My Fair Lady, Tales of Hoffman, Pirates of Penzance, Carmen, Giselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadare, Graduation Ball and Choreographic Offering. Additionally, he performed in Nutcracker with the Cleveland Ballet, under the direction of Denise Nahat and the Cleveland Opera. Later, Stefan moved to Sarasota to dance with Sarasota Ballet, under the direction of Eddy Toussaint, where he performed in Cantate, Concerto Por Sophie, Bodies, Alexei le de Trotuerand, and Florida Suite. Stefan’s desire to further his artistic expression took him to the Charleston Ballet Theater, under the direction of Jill Ethourne Barr, where he performed as soloist in Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, Ballet One, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Captured Angel and Nutcracker. Stefan later joined Ballet Eddy Toussaint as principal in Requiem, Beethoven 7th Symphony, Dracula, Souvenance, and Concerto en Movement. He also trained with the ballet master of Bejart Ballet and Jacque Daimos, which added to his artistry and performance. Stefan has been performing and guest teaching with the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble and Academy since 2001, joined Florida Ballet Arts as a faculty member and choreographer in 2009, and joined Imaginique Contemporary Ballet in 2005.
Erin Montgomery , Instructor
Erin is a Florida native, and has been a part of the performing arts community her entire life. She began her training as a competitive gymnast at Apollo School of Gymnastics where she trained for ten years. Erin also took four years of figure skating with the Tampa Bay Skating Academy. From an early age, Erin was extremely involved in Musical Theatre at school and in her community, performing in multiple productions around the state, including productions with the David A. Straz Center for Performing Arts in Tampa. She primarily danced in the Tampa Bay area studying ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, contemporary and jazz, finishing up her studies at Lees McRae College for a degree in Performing Arts. Erin has trained under well-known master instructors such as Victor Smalley, Tessandra Chavez, Jeff Amsden and Tony Bellissimo to name a few.
Erin enjoys teaching at Jump Dance Company, and continues to work hard with both recreational students and competitive dancers. She has received multiple regional and national awards for her choreography and costuming. Erin loves the students and the wonderful staff at Jump and looks forward to continuing to grow as an instructor and sharing her passion for dance.
Carol Lee Klein, Instructor
Born and raised in Manhattan, NY, Carol trained at NY's Broadway Dance Center. She studied a variety of dance forms under the direction of several master teachers, including Frank Hatchett, Charles Kelly, and Lynda Gache and Luigi.
Carol's dance experience includes owning her own studio in New York for 33 years, as well as teaching classes for Fit Pro Travel at superclubs in the Caribbean.
Carol is a certified dance educator and holds certifications in Pilates and Zumba instruction. She has also trained in ethnic dance styles including Irish Dance and Belly Dance.
Sybil Manzano, Instructor
Sybil began her professional training with the Florida Ballet Arts School; continuing her training at the Sarasota Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Steps NYC and The Nutmeg Conservatory. She went on to dance professionally with Bay Ballet Theatre, New York Dance Theatre, Sarasota Ballet of Florida and the Columbia City Ballet. Sybil performed soloist roles in ballet such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Firebird, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Balanchine's Rubies, Dracula's Revenge, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coppelia, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, De Mille's Rodeo, and Alvin Ailey's Steams. She has taught at numerous schools including the Broadway Dance Center, NYC, Columbia Conservatory of Dance, Florida Ballet Arts Academy, Piedmont School of Music and Dance, Jami Masters School of Dance, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, and The Cary Ballet Arts Conservatory.
Anna Nadar, Instructor
Anna began dancing at an early age and studied dance at private studios as well as at the performing arts high school she attended. She trained in a variety of dance styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. She went on to become a member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Blazerettes Dance Team, where she also continued to study both jazz and modern dance, and received a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Anna was a preschool teacher at Kingwood Christian Child Development Center for almost 10 years. She has also been a certified Zumba instructor since 2011.
Anna has been teaching dance to children ages 3-18 for over 6 years and is happy to be a part of the Jump Dance family.
Tracy Navarro, Instructor
Miss Tracy holds a B.F.A in dance performance. While attending college ,Tracy was crowned Miss Dance of WNY. Professionally, she danced with Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago (2nd company), where she studied with and performed the choreography of Gus and Nan Giordano, Randy Duncan, Harrison McEldowney, and Mia Michaels, to name a few. She was a member of the faculty at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center where she choreographed and taught the Giordano technique. Tracy was in the Las Vegas Company of Footloose and in a national tour of Chicago. Presently, Tracy is teaching, adjudicating, and choreographing throughout the world. She won numerous awards for her choreography, including the American Dance Awards Diamond and Solo Choreography Awards. She taught at the college level, teaching classes and providing choreography for Fine Arts majors in Musical Theater and Dance. Tracy is excited to be working with Jump's competition team members, as well as recreational dancers.
Nikki Piburn, Instructor
Nikki is a highly trained and experienced dance professional with a strong background in team choreography and dance performance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from Colorado State University, as well as professional certifications as a yoga and fitness instructor.
After receiving her degree, Nikki danced professionally for Holland American Cruise Lines, as well as with the Denver Nuggets (NBA) dancers. With the Denver Nuggets, she was not only was a dancer, but also a choreographer and captain. Nikki taught the Junior Nugget Dance Camps, judged dance competitions, and taught choreography to students of all ages worldwide, in such countries as Taipei, Taiwan, Beijing, China and Indonesia.
Most recently Nikki was sharing her love for dance at Dynamite Dance in Boca Raton, FL, teaching ballet, tap, contemporary, and jazz, as well as designing a Pom program for the studio. Prior to moving to Florida, she taught and choreographed at Cherry Creek Dance in Denver, CO.
Nikki's other work experience includes working as an educator for Lululemon Athletica, and as the Stylist and Promotional Manager for Mile High Sports in Denver, CO.
Julie Rohr McHugh, Show Choir Director
Julie moved to Sarasota at the age of 7, attending Phillippi Shores Elementary, Brookside Jr. High, and Riverview High School. While in school, she was active in the West Coast Youth Orchestra, the Riverview High School Orchestra, Chorus, Radio Choir, and Drama Department, as well as the Sarasota Players Theater.
Following high school, she studied at the University of Miami, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Music and her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance. While attending U of M, she had the opportunity to sing professionally in the Miami Beach area, on television, and around the world. Julie performed on the Mike Douglas Show, the Jackie Gleason Show, at the Orange Bowl Parade, the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, and appeared in commercials in North Miami. She also had the opportunity to perform with the university, and toured with U of M's Changing Tide in Miami and New York City, as well as many other states. She performed in 2 USO tours to Europe, and the Far East.
After Julie completed her Master's Degree, she married Mike McHugh and taught music alongside him in Ft Lauderdale, during which time she had 2 sons. In 1976, she and her growing family moved back to Sarasota. Julie then began working as principal and music teacher at Julie Rohr Academy, which allowed her time to be with her children. Since returning to Sarasota, Julie has served as music director of 4 Sarasota Players' productions, 33 JRA productions, and over 100 Sarasota Academy of the Arts productions. She taught Changing Tide Show Choir and the Singing Sailors Chorus at Sarasota High School for 12 years, as well as Sonic Boom Show Choir for 7 years. Julie also directed Sound Wave, a community show choir for students in 6th grade - junior college. She was chosen for the Community Video Archives Award in 2009. This video can be found in Sarasota Libraries, as well as in the Library of Congress.
Now a grandmother of 5 beautiful grandchildren, Julie retired from Sarasota Academy of the Arts in June 2020, after teaching in public and private schools for 51 years. We welcome her to Jump Dance Company, as she joyfully begins the next chapter of her life, and continues to do what she loves most - direct show choirs!
Dori Sutherland, Instructor
Dori is a multi-talented, certified instructor with a strong background in gymnastics and acrobatics. Dori has been an actress and gymnast throughout her life, performing in several local theater productions and competing as a gymnast. She was very involved with the aerial arts students at the Sailor Circus in Sarasota for many years, where her daughter was a performer. Dori is certified as a dance teacher through Kiddance, a specialized program for students ages 2-7. She has been teaching gymnastics, acrobatics, and children's dance for over 20 years. Her diverse role at Jump Dance Company involves teaching preschool, creative dance, pre-k and youth hip hop and acrobatics classes, youth musical theater, as well as beginner to advanced acrobatics and tumbling classes. Dori is known by all of her students for her enthusiasm and joy of teaching.