About Us

At Devotions Dance Company, our motto is “Committed to character. Devoted to excellence.” DDC is a studio where parents will be confident in knowing their child will not be indoctrinated by anything negative, but rather be inspired to be the best version of self in and out of class. We keep a strong focus on modesty, positive attitudes, and attention to detail.

At Devotions Dance Company, staff and students alike, will know they are valued.

About Devotions Dance Company

Welcome to Devotions Dance Company (DDC), where we are more than just a dance studio—we are a community committed to character and devoted to excellence. At DDC, we believe in providing a nurturing and inspiring environment for your child to explore the art of dance while developing essential life skills.

Our motto, “Committed to character. Devoted to excellence,” encapsulates our core values and guides everything we do. We strive to instill in our students the importance of character, integrity, and personal growth, all while pursuing excellence in their dance education.

At DDC, our dedicated instructors not only focus on technique and artistry but also emphasize the significance of modesty, positive attitudes, and attention to detail. We believe that these qualities not only shape our dancers into well-rounded individuals but also set them up for success in all aspects of life.

Our Message To You

When you choose DDC for your child’s dance journey, you can expect a boutique experience like no other. We prioritize creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere where parents feel like an integral part of their child’s dance education. 

At DDC, we are committed to fostering a love for dance in your child. Through our carefully crafted curriculum, we offer a wide range of dance styles and levels to cater to every student’s interest and ability. Whether your child is a beginner or an experienced dancer, they will find a place to grow and flourish at our studio.

Our experienced and passionate instructors are not just teachers but mentors who guide and encourage each student on their individual dance journey. They provide personalized attention, ensuring that every student receives the support they need to reach their full potential. We believe in celebrating every achievement, no matter how big or small, as we believe that success is built upon a foundation of encouragement and positivity.

Join us at Devotions Dance Company and witness the transformative power of dance. Watch your child develop confidence, discipline, and a deep appreciation for the arts. Let us be the place where their dreams take flight, where they discover their inner strength and passion. Together, we will embark on a journey of growth, learning, and endless possibilities. Enroll Today!

Our Team

Mrs Michaela began her dance training at age 8, with School of Dance Arts, (Inverness, FL) from 2004-2011. Training in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Pointe, and Acrobatics. In 2011 she transferred to Benson Academy of Dance, (Ocala, FL) where she continued with Ballet. She was accepted as a company member into the Marion Ballet Theatre where she performed as a corps and soloist dancer in productions such as, Peter and The Wolf, The Nutcracker Ballet, and Cinderella. Dance achievements include, Gold with Distinction medals with The American Ballet Performance Awards competition. Florida Dance Masters honorable mention Jazz recipient. Michaela has spent her summers training with Christian dance companies including, Ballet Magnificat, and Ad Deum Dance Company. In 2013 Michaela was hired with RWS and Associates as a performer in a national holiday show. She began her teaching in 2009, and was invited in 2013 to become a faculty member of Benson Dance Academy instructing Jazz, Hip Hop, and acrobatics. In May of 2014 Michaela became the proud owner of Reflections Dance (Lecanto FL) after a very successful 9 years Mrs Michaela sold that company to her Protegé in April 2023. Since 2017 she has been a proud employee and partner of Star Dance Alliance working in backstage, client care, and registration.
Michaela looks forward to bringing her talents in passions here to Ocala with a studio who’s focus is committed to character and devoted to excellence.

Anastasia Zlotnikov was born in Russia where she studied classical ballet and character dance at the renowned Moscow Ballet Academy and later at Ledyah School of Classical Ballet since she was 9 years old. She graduated with a State Diploma as a Classical Ballet Artist. Upon graduation she competed as a soloist at the International Grigorovich Ballet Competition in Ukraine and then continued her education in Elmhurst School of Dance aka School of Birmingham Royal Ballet in England where she received training in classical ballet, modern, contemporary and jazz dance and was awarded a Dance Artist Certificate. Upon graduation Anastasia was accepted as an apprentice at Kremlin Classical Ballet Company and then received a company position in Moscow Chamber Ballet in Moscow, Russia where she performed all classical and neo-classical repertoire and toured in Russia and China. In 2002 Anastasia attended the renowned Joffrey Ballet School, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City where she was trained by well-known professors. Since 2003, Anastasia has performed as a soloist with many ballet, modern and contemporary dance companies such as New Jersey Ballet, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Brooklyn Ballet, Westchester Dance Theater, Michael Mao Modern Dance Co, Ballet Long Island and many others. In 2009 Anastasia received Masters of Fine Arts in pedagogics from Moscow State University of Arts, and since then she has taught classes in classical ballet, modern, contemporary and lyrical jazz. Her credits also include: developing numerous dance programs for professional and non-professional students, choreographing and staging many classical ballet and contemporary/jazz numbers and training dancers for professional dance competitions.

Sabrina began her love story with dance at the age of 3 and has been passionately involved in the world of movement, expression, and happiness ever since. Starting with ballet, jazz, and funk dance styles as a child, she has continuously sought to nourish her passion by taking various classes with different teachers from around the world. Her repertoire includes ballet, popping, Latin, hip hop, jazz, and cheerleading. In Canada, her home country, Sabrina coached cheerleading teams for ages 4 to 16 and led a competition team. She also taught hip hop at a highly reputed school for several years. Later, she expanded her expertise to include fitness, teaching Zumba and dance fitness classes, and further exploring Latin dance styles. With a background in daycare teaching, Sabrina brings creativity and dynamism to her children’s classes. She looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with you and your little dancers in one of her classes.

Karl Forbes began his dance training at the age of 11. He pursued his
passion for dance through school and local dance company programs. He
joined The Marion Ballet Theater and the Benson Academy of Dance where he
studied jazz, tap, modern, ballet, contemporary and pointe. Karl has
performed in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake. At
the age of 16 he underwent a summer’s choreography and dance studies
sponsorship in the style of modern, hip hop, and jazz at The Alvin Alley
American Dance Theater in New York. Specializing in hip hop dance he joined
the MCCA program at West Port high school conducting talent shows, pep
rallies, and seasonal dance performances as a freshman to a senior
graduate. We would also like to thank Karl for his service in the United
States Army. Karl is happily married to his beautiful high school
sweetheart. They have two wonderful children and one on the way!
His love for hip hop drives him to teach the younger generation where he
hopes to inspire students to find their own passion in the world of dance.

Juliana Landry began dancing in 2006 in Ocala, Florida, receiving training
in ballet, lyrical, and jazz. At the age of twelve, she fell in love with
ballet and soon shifted her focus to strictly training in classical ballet.
During this time, Juliana was able to attend a summer intensive as well as
numerous private lessons offered by The Joffrey Ballet. She participated in
various workshops and intensives with many different professional
companies, including Ballet Magnificat. After graduating high school,
Juliana received her Associate of Arts in Dance at Santa Fe College,
studying under the direction of Jessie Dominguez, Alora Haynes, and
Mellissa Brenner while receiving training in ballet, modern, jazz, and
dance composition. At Santa Fe College, she was awarded the Fine Arts
Scholarship for her dancing abilities, work ethics, and leadership
qualities. Throughout her years of training, Juliana was able to perform
numerous principal and soloist roles in various productions, including
Paquita and Giselle. She hopes to share her great love for dance with her
students, whether they are returning dancers or just beginning their dance
journey for the first time.

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