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Artistic Dance Center (ADC), was established in Doral, FL under the direction and vision of Elizabeth Acuña Nuevo. Since its establishment in May of 2003, it has trained it’s students for professional careers in ballet and other dance forms. In 2006, Lissette Salgado Lucas joined the staff at ADC, later to become the Assistant Director of the school.

Elizabeth Alcuña-Nuevo

Director and Ballet Instructor

Elizabeth Acuña-Nuevo began her ballet training at the young age of three. At fifteen, she continued her training with Susana Prieto.

In her years as a dancer, Mrs. Nuevo performed many classical, as well as contemporary works, such as the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, Bluebird Pas de Deux and variations from Sleeping Beauty, Grisi and Cerito from Pas DeQuatre, Maria in West Side Story, Clara and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, and many others.

Ms. Nuevo has been teaching since the young age of fifteen. At age eighteen, she became Assistant Director of a prominent ballet school in Miami and held this position for ten years. In 2002, she opened the doors to Artistic Dance Center where she has had many triumphs. She has dedicated herself to training students in classical ballet and has coached students for many national competitions such as the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, American Dance Competition, Youth America Grand Prix and a few others, where many of her students have won the highest honors. In addition, Mrs.Nuevo has also been invited as a guest instructor for various local and touring companies.

Many of Mrs.Nuevo’s former students have successfully pursued careers in dance. She is currently Director of Artistic Dance Center and Artistic Dance Theater, a nonprofit dance company. She has staged the full-length Nutcracker for Artistic Dance Theater as well as other classical and contemporary works for the company and school performances.

Lissette Salgado

Associate Director & Ballet Instructor

Miami, Florida native, Lissette Salgado, studied with Judith Reece Newman and Marianna Alvarez. In 1985, Ms. Salgado was a finalist in the Prix de Lausanne Competition where she received utmost recognition, which led her to her joining the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. She had the privilege of working with Edward Villella and Allegra Kent in Concerto Barocco. As a result, Ms. Salgado was one of the first dancers offered a contract to join his company the Miami City Ballet.

In 1987, Ms. Salgado joined the Joffrey Ballet and danced many roles with the company. She has had the privilege to Perform for President George W. Bush Sr. at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Ms. Salgado also had the honor of working with world-renowned choreographers: William Forsyth, Jiri Kylian, Rudi van Dantzig, and Alonso King amongst others.

In 1995, Ms. Salgado joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and she became a Principal dancer Ms. Salgado was recognized for her role as Odette/Odile in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Juliet in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and Butterfly in David Nixon’s Beauty and the Beast and Butterfly, Lucy in Mark Godden’s Dracula.

As a renowned international guest artist, Ms. Salgado has performed with the Daring Project .She has also brought her role of Juliet to Florence, Italy with Teatro de Maggio Dance Company. In addition, Ms. Salgado was a guest artist with the ‘Stars of Canadian Ballet’ Company, touring Canada and performing in the Pan Am Summer Games Closing Ceremonies.

Ms. Salgado retired as a dancer in Winnipeg, Canada and was asked to join Artistic Dance Center in Miami as the Assistant Director, a position that she currently holds. Ms. Salgado has guest taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts, Laguna Beach Dance Theater and Dillard High School for the Performing Arts. Furthermore, she has been invited to teach master classes and workshops as well as judge in statewide competitions.

Lissette and her husband David are the Founders/Directors of Shake the Ground, The Ultimate Dance Competition and the sister company Universal Ballet Competition.

Jackie Oria Clayton

Tumbling Instructor

Jacqueline Oria Clayton, a native Floridian, discovered her love for dance and cheer at the early age of five. Throughout her childhood and early adulthood, Mrs. Clayton trained vigorously in several forms of dance, including ballet, and competed on many athletic league and school cheer teams. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She immediately began teaching cheer and dance. Under Mrs. Clayton’s leadership, her elementary school and all star cheer squads won national titles for the past 20 years.

Many of her students have gone on to compete for all star, junior high, high school and collegiate squads. Mrs. Clayton started teaching Acro/tumbling at Artistic Dance Center, an independent institution located in Doral, FL which focuses intensely on its mission of excellence in dance education. She choreographs many dances for the school including both in-house and award winning, competitive performances. Incorporating Acro into her choreography has become Mrs. Clayton’s greatest professional passion.

Jade S. McCartney

Hip Hop Instructor

Jade S. McCartney started her training at the age of five, as a military child she was rewarded the opportunity to receive dance training in various studios throughout the United States. Once her life settled down in Miami, FL she trained at Dance Gallery, Dance Town, Dancing in XS and her school dance teams. Ms. McCartney received 1st place overall in the Miami-Dade Student Choreography Showcase in 2014 as Captain of the Sensations Dance Team.

She is currently in her junior year on partial scholarship at New World School of the Arts college in Downtown, Miami pursing her Bachelor in Fine Arts. Throughout her time at Valencia College and New World she has performed works by Robert Battle, Mark Morris, Alwin Nikolias, Peter London, Pilobolus, Jon Lehrer, etc. She has spent a couple of summers at Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Jose Limón summer intensives to further her knowledge of dance. If she isn’t spending her free time teaching at the Academy of Arts in Pembroke Pines or Artistic Dance Center in Doral, FL, you can find Jade modeling, performing or choreographing as a freelance artist. With years of core training in hip-hop, modern, ballet and jazz, Jade believes that all her students should not only learn how to dance but learn the importance of the art form.

Maria Carolina Avedaño

Flamenco Instructor

Maria Carolina Avendaño began her training at the young age of 4 in Merida, Venezuela. She received her training from some of the most exceptional dancers and teachers from her country, as well as from Spain. She trained not only in Flamenco, but also in Ballet and Jazz for one year in order to improve her Flamenco skills. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to perform in many dance events and is happy to now be able to be teach at Artistic Dance Center, where she is looking forward to what the future holds.

Amanda Marie Rodriguez

Ballet Instructor

Amanda Marie Rodriguez is from Miami, Florida and began dancing at ADC in 2007 where she decided to focus more on her ballet training.  While there, her teachers Elizabeth Acuña Nuevo and Lissette Salgado Lucas have helped perfect her technique and made her the dancer she is today.   She then graduated from ADC in 2013.  While at ADC Amanda has placed and won at various national dance competitions such as YAGP, Shake The Ground, and The American Dance Competition.  She has attended summer programs on full or partial scholarships with the following: Ballet Met, Chautauqua, NCDT (now Charlotte Ballet), Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  She auditioned and was chosen for the prestigious Butler Ballet program at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where she graduated in 2017.

While there, she worked to acquire a Dance-Pedagogy degree with Business Law and Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation minors. While at Butler, Amanda has been awarded a Butler Merit for her performances in the Nutcracker and has accepted an invitation to be part of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars for her academic prowess.  She has performed in ballets like the Nutcracker, Midwinter Dance Festival, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, and excerpts of Paquita: where each performance is accompanied by a live orchestra.

During her off time, Amanda loves spending time at home with her family and playing around with her dog Lila.

Butler University Class of 2017
Bachelor of Arts Dance Pedagogy
Business Law Minor
Business Entrepreneurship Minor

Amaya Stifano

Ballet Instructor

Amaya Stifano began her education in the arts when she was about 6 years old, a time when she began to take ballet lessons and participate in choir rehearsals with the Humboldt School Choir. At 8 years-old she was accepted at the school of arts Emil Friedman, there she learned ballet from Ruta Railaite-Butviliene and furthered her education in music theory, choir, theatre and several visual arts.

At age thirteen she moved to the United States and continued her art education at the Doral Conservatory of the Arts where she studied theatre and singing. During this time, she also attended several dance studios where she had the opportunity to assist teaching the youngest levels. Later on, she began attending Artistic Dance Center where she received ballet instruction by Elizabeth Nuevo and Lissette Salgado.

Currently, she is a teacher for the youngest levels at Artistic Dance Center and is double majoring in Art and International Relations at Florida International University.

Emily Garcia

Ballroom Instructor

Emily Garcia has trained in dancing for over 15 years in different styles including ballet, ballroom, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She has been seen in popular television shows such as, NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Mira Quien Baila, NBC’s World of Dance, The Christina Show, and Sabado Gigante. Throughout the years of competing in Latin Ballroom, passion and dedication help her rise to among the top Latin Ballroom couples in her respective division. She has won Regional and National Latin Ballroom competitions.

Xavier Dubrocq

Contemporary Instructor

Xavier was born and raised in Miami, Fl. He began his dance training in 2000 at New Image Dance Center and within three years, he became one of the senior Company members and an Associate Director of the center. In 2004, Xavier branched out from New Image and began his own dance company by the name of "Next Level". It was in operation for two years and received several accolades from prominent dance competitions both on a regional and national level. In 2006, Xavier became one of the original members of Miami's E.magine Dance Ensemble. Xavier is also an accomplished actor. His most memorable role was as the malicious and manipulative villain of Shakespeare's Othello, Lago. Shortly after, he was nominated for Florida's Carbonell Award. His most recent project is acting in a lead role in an upcoming short film titled “Pretty Dancer.”

Anasophia Balladares

Ballet Instructor

Anasophia Balladares has been training at Artistic Dance Center since the age of 3. Currently a high school student, Anasophia is part of the Doral Academy Firebirds Performing Arts Theater Program. Where she has performed in various theater and musical productions such as,  Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind, Antigone, and Godspell the Musical. Anasophia has  performed in every end of the year show and Nutcraker performances for ADC since the age of 3. Being part of our intensive program, she has competed as a soloist numerous times as well as competed with duets, quartets, and group dances. She has participated in competitions such as, Shake the Ground the Ultimate Dance Comptetion, Universal Ballet Competition and American Dance Competition. As a soloist, Anasophia placed 2nd for her latest Classical Variation in Universal Ballet Competition and placed 5th for her Contemporary in Shake the Ground the Ultimate Dance Competition. Anasophia has choreographed various group dances, duets, and a solo (Gravity) at Doral Academy as well as being the dance coach of a large musical production (Godspell). Last year, she taught Pre-ballet and Level 1 at ADC. This year, she will teaching Level 2 and 3.

Amanda Acuña

Ballet Instructor

Amanda Acuña has been an ADC student since she was 2 1/2 years old. Participating in all our End of the year shows and Nutcrackers, Amanda has competed in numerous competitions such as American Dance Competition, Universal Ballet Competition, and Shake The Ground The Ultimate Dance Competition. Placing in 2nd place for her contemporary in Shake The Ground The Ultimate Dance Competition as a soloist, Amanda has also competed with group dances and a trio. Amanda has also had choreography experience with Mater Gardens Middle school dance team. Amanda is currently attending Mater Lakes Academy and taking Honors and Advanced courses. Amanda was teaching level 1 and 2 last year and will teach this level 2 and 3.

Gina Zito

Aerial Instructor

Gina Zito is a trained aerialist and performer who is passionate about the Circus Arts. She realized her calling for being an instructor over a decade ago when she started coaching baton twirling, cheerleading, and kickline dance.  While in school, she was a dancer on the competitive varsity kickline team and became a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition specialist. After graduating high school, Gina continued her quest to learn how to provide optimal nutrition consulting and athletic training for herself and others by completing both her bachelors and masters degree in exercise science with cum laude honors and is currently in her doctoral program for exercise physiology at the University of Miami. During this time, Gina became a ballroom instructor, and professional Latin dancer and circus performer. She has been featured at the Hard Rock Cafe & Dolphin Stadium, Fountainbleau, Straz Center for Performing Arts, and many other venues across the state of Florida.

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