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Owner/Director

Jenny Smith

Jenny has been teaching for over 30 years in Central FL. She has owned Focus for 20 years and is still excited to share her passion with each incoming generation of dancers. She is truly grateful that God has given her this opportunity to have a career doing what she loves.

FOCUS STAFF

Nikki Clevenger

Studio Manager

Nikki has been our studio manager for over 10 years. Her attention to detail, ability to keep everyone informed and organized as well as being a multitasking queen…. is a big part of why our studio is such a success. Not to mention her role as a second mom to all of our dancers when they have a boo boo, are unsure about trying a new class or just being a listening ear for a new knock knock joke. 

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Jessica Smith

Dance Instructor

Jessica has been teaching at Focus since our doors opened back in 2004. Jessica has been an asset to our studio from the very beginning. Her ability to train, motivate and invest in each and every one of our dancers from beginner to advanced, preschool to high school, is what makes Miss Jessica a stand out. She has won countless awards for her choreography, entertainment and storytelling. Her attention to detail and ability to perfect and clean choreography is second to none. We are grateful to have Miss Jessica on staff, and are excited to see what the next 20 years bring.

Karen Heartt

Ballet Instructor

Karen is a graduate of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Ballet. She was a company member of Utah Ballet and a recipient of the William F. Christensen Scholarship.  Karen is certified in the American Ballet Theatre's ABT® National Training Curriculum in levels Pre-Primary through Level 5. She has been teaching and choreographing for over 20 years and has received many teaching and choreography credits. Her previous students have been accepted into University Dance Programs and dance professionally in various companies around the United States. She enjoys sharing her passion for ballet through positive methods and her goal is to develop dancers with a strong technical and artistic foundation of ballet. 

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Chris "Casper" Lupis

Hip-Hop Instructor

Casper has more than 25 years of experience in the field of entertainment. His first step onto the floor as a dancer came when he joined his high school step team, Chi Theta Omega.  Around the same time, he started DJ’ing and MC’ing for his parents entertainment company, J&R Productions. His clients over the years have included Nike, Disney, Tyra Banks, the Orlando Magic Dancers, Movie Park in Germany & the ‘I Can Dance’ TV Show in Kenya. Focus has been his home studio for almost 20 years now, dating back to 2006.  Teaching is definitely his passion, as he hopes to continue working with dancers around the world. 

Jenny Harris-Lambert

Acro/Dance Instructor

Jenny, a Focus Alumni, began her training at the age of 3 at Deltona Dance Academy under the direction of Shelleh Harkcom, where she trained until Focus opened in 2004. Upon graduating high school in 2006, Jenny was accepted into the COPA program as a Jazz Major at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She then went on to dance professionally at Universal Studios as a Beauxbaton in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter where she was a Dance Captain, a high-kick dancer in the Macy’s Christmas Parade, The Beauty and The Beast show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and numerous corporate gigs for production companies all over Central Florida. Alongside performing, she was also teaching at Focus and guest teaching at local high schools and colleges. She took a step away from teaching but continued to take dance classes whenever she could as she worked as a professional stunt woman for film and television for 8 years. In 2019 she returned to Florida and to her Focus family! With 34 years of training & experience, Jenny has extensive knowledge in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and acro.

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Rayna Hallock

Dance Instructor

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Breana Krausman

Dance Instructor

Bre has been teaching dance for 11 years in Central Florida. She is a Focus Dance Company alumna and is excited to be back teaching at the studio. She is also the head coach of the Winter Springs High School Hunnybear Dance Team.

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Kayla Esquivel

Dance Instructor

We are excited to welcome Kayla Esquivel to Focus for her first season! She graduated from the University of Florida. During her time in Gainesville, FL she was able to choreograph and teach on a weekly-basis for Dancin’ Gators. She started training at Danzforce Extreme. In 2018, she led her varsity cheerleading team to victory as they took on the FHSAA State Champion title. 

Kayla has performed in shows and parades at Walt Disney World and has been teaching, educating and choreographing for 7 years. She is a certified Ballet Instructor under the Ballet Nacional de Cuba program. Previously, she had served as the Director of Operations and Company instructor/choreographer at Orlando International School of Dance.

Currently, Kayla is an active volunteer at her church, Faith Assembly of God, where she has choreographed for performances, productions and teaches master classes. Through her experiences, she has been molded into the artist she is today and is excited to share her talents with Focus Performing Arts Studio.

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