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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 2019, Sofia Arencibia joined the staff of ADC as the Associate Director and later that season she became the Artistic Director.

Elizabeth Acuña-Nuevo

Founder and Director

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.

Sofia Arencibia


Sofia Arencibia, born and raised in Miami, Florida, began her classical ballet training at the age of three. For over fourteen years, she received ballet instruction from Elizabeth Acuna Nuevo, Artistic Director and Lissette Salgado Lucas, Assistant Director of Artistic Dance Center. As a company member, she performed lead roles in The Nutcracker and many variations from classical works such as La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Napoli, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Swan Lake. She also performed pas de deux roles in classical works including Swan Lake, Paquita, Don Quixote, and Napoli.

Sofia earned many accolades in national competitions such as the American Dance Competition and Youth America Grand Prix, where she was invited to and attended the New York finals. She expanded her ballet training by attending reputable summer ballet intensives, such as New York’s School of American Ballet on full scholarship and Orlando Ballet and Sarasota Ballet on partial merit scholarships. Sofia is also a proud Young Arts Alumn (2012).

In 2012, at the age of 17, she accepted a professional contract with North Carolina Ballet Theater (recently re-named Charlotte Ballet) under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride and performed many classical and contemporary, original works by Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, and Sasha Janes. In 2014, Sofia guest danced in Desmond Richardson’s “Way of the Rain.”

Sofia began her career as a Classical Ballet Teacher and Choreographer in 2013. She has dedicated her teaching career to training students of all ages and levels and instilling the values and principles associated with ballet training in her students. Some of these values and principles include hard work, determination, discipline, confidence, and perseverance.

In 2014, Sofia accepted a contract as a soloist with Florida Grand Ballet. During her time with Florida Grand Ballet, she performed roles in La Sylphide (soloist), Paquita (soloist), Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty, and other contemporary works. From 2014-2016, Sofia participated in performances in Miami, FL as a freelance guest artist. In 2015, Sofia accepted the position as Co-Director of the Prima Ballet Team at Maria Verdeja School of the Arts and was later promoted to Team Director until 2019.

Sofia Arencibia holds a Business Administration and Management Bachelor’s Degree from Florida International University. She is also the Founder and Director of Movement Miami, an at-school Creative Movement and Introduction to Dance Technique Program for children. During the summer of 2019, Sofia was presented with the opportunity to return to her home studio, Artistic Dance Center, as the Associate Director and later that season took on the role as Artistic Director. Sofia is honored to carry on the legacy of ADC through her leadership and continues to uphold the high standard of dance training, established by Founder Elizabeth Nuevo, that Artistic Dance Center is known and recognized for.



Xavier Dubrocq

Resident Choreographer - Contemporary

Xavier began his dance training in 2000 at New Image Dance Center as a Senior Company Member. Within three years, he became the Associate Director of the center, until the spring of 2004.

In 2004, Xavier branched out and began his own dance company by the name of “Next Level”. By 2006, he had become one of the original members of Miami’s E.magine Dance Ensemble. Xavier also co-directed Artistic Soul Dance Studios from 2010-2017. All ventures resulted in several accolades from prominent dance competitions both on a regional and national level.

Xavier is also an accomplished actor. His most memorable role was as the malicious and manipulative Iago of Shakespeare’s Othello, with the Vaughn-Rian St. James players. He has also appeared in a variety of independent films with the New York Film Academy, UM Canes Film Festival and Royal Lion Media. One of Xavier’s latest credits includes appearing in an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Elizabeth Arencibia

Resident Choreographer - Contemporary Ballet

Elizabeth Arencibia began her classical ballet training at Artistic Dance Center. In 2009,
she joined Josee Garant Dance Company, with whom she danced for three years.
Elizabeth was honored to perform with the Florida Grand Opera in their performance of “La Traviata” in 2013.

Elizabeth expanded her ballet and contemporary ballet training by attending programs at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, American Dance Festival, ABT (NYC), and Orlando Ballet, all on merit scholarships.
Elizabeth has performed lead roles in The Nutcracker and variations from classical works such as Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Napoli, Giselle, Paquita, and The Dying Swan. Her performance repertoire also includes many modern and contemporary works by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Ohad Naharin, Eduardo Vilaro, Alonzo King,
Alejandro Cerrudo, Mats Ek, Jessica Lang and Darshan Bhuller.

Elizabeth graduated in 2015 from New World School of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and moved to New York City to pursue her dance career. She was a company member with contemporary ballet companies such as Ballet Inc., RudduR Dance, and Arch Contemporary Ballet while working full time as the Theatricals and Outreach Coordinator at the Capezio Flagship Store. Elizabeth graduated from Florida International University with a Masters in Marketing in 2018 and is now an Integrated Marketing Communications Manager at ONE/SIZE Beauty.

Elizabeth has served as a full time faculty member and resident choreographer at Artistic Dance Center since 2019. She instills the same level of passion, commitment, and community to her students that she experienced in her formative years at ADC

Jackie Oria Clayton

Tumbling/Acro Teacher

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, she 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 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She immediately began teaching cheer and dance. Under Jackie’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. She started teaching Acro at Artistic Dance Center, which focuses intensely on its mission of excellence in dance education. She choreographs dances for the school including both in-house and award winning, competitive performances. Incorporating Acro into her choreography has become her greatest professional passion.

Gina Zito

Aerial Teacher

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 kick-line dancing. While in school, she was a dancer on the competitive varsity kick-line dance 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.

Kohhei Kuwana

Ballet Teacher - Company & Pre-Professional Levels

KOHHEI KUWANA began his ballet training at Kaori Ballet Studio in Japan. At age 14. He was accepted to study at the Canada’s National Ballet School where he trained under Sergiu Stefanschi. Mr.Kuwana performed John Neumeier’s Yondering at Prix de Lausanne EntreActe Gala with Paris Opera Ballet School, Hamburg Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School in 2008.

After graduation from NBS in 2008, Mr. Kuwana moved to California to continue his training at the San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship. As a professional he has danced with Orlando Ballet II, Sarasota Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and BalletMet. Along with his dancing career, he works at international dance competitions as a judge. Mr. Kuwana goes back to Japan to teach in summer programs and competition training since 2009.

Didem Saglam

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Teacher

Didem is a ballet teacher originally from Istanbul, Turkey. She began dancing at the age of nine and has experience
performing with different companies from around the world such as Turkey, Germany, and the United States. In addition to over 15 years of dance and performance experience, Didem also has over seven years of experience as a Ballet Teacher for all levels from age three to advanced adult dancers. Didem is currently training to become a certified yoga instructor

Marialejandra Perez

Ballroom Teacher

Marialejandra Perez began dancing at the age of three after her pediatrician diagnosed her with a foot deformity called metatarsus varus. Metatarsus varus is a foot deformity noted at birth when the front half of the foot faces inward. Dance was able to fully correct her deformity and eventually became her life passion.

Marialejandra began dancing at small studios with renowned ballet instructor Vivian Tobio. She is well versed in many dance styles such as Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Latin Ballroom. When Marialejandra was eight years old, she began her professional training with an intensive focus in Latin Ballroom, Tango, Contemporary, and Pointe. She traveled the U.S in victory competitions with her home studio, DanceTown, with whom she was also featured on America’s Got Talent in 2012.

After a small injury during a Nutcracker performance in 2014, Marialejandra stopped dancing and began to focus her energy on teaching. She has taught at studios all across South Florida and has worked with many middle-school and high-school dance programs. Marialejandra runs her own professional Instagram account, called mariperez_dancetoescap, where she continues to offer intensive private Ballroom dance training outside of her studio work. She currently choreographs solos, duets, and group pieces in Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballroom. Her specialty and strength at Artistic Dance Center is Latin Ballroom.

Marialejandra Perez is a current student at The University of Miami where she is completing her second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Florida where she was involved in a premier dance organization called Danza Dance Company.


Daniella Cañas

Hip Hop & Contemporary Teacher

Daniella Cañas is a Hip Hop and Contemporary teacher and choreographer in Miami, FL. Daniella began dancing at the age of three, and now enjoys sharing her passion for dance as a teacher for over four years. Daniella has recently
finished her rookie season as a Miami Heat Dancer which she joined after graduating from the University of Florida
where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She looks forward to inspiring the next generation of dancers in helping them grow and step out of their comfort zone to realize their fullest potential

Aliene Cochran

Beginner/Intermediate Ballet Teacher

Aliene Cochran has been a dancer at Artistic Dance Center since the age of 4, training in Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Aerial, and many other styles of dance. She has participated in numerous performances and competitions and recently graduated from Doral Performing Arts Academy with a focus on Dance and Theatre. Aliene plans to pursue a Bachelors degree in Communications and Theatre at Florida International University, as well as evolve her passion for the arts through teaching. “My goal is to not only teach dance, but inspire a younger generation to follow their dreams and to do so while being comfortable in their own skin.”

Amaya Stifano

Pre-Ballet/Beginner Ballet Teacher

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.

Jade S. McCartney

Modern Teacher

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.

Amanda Acuña

Beginner/Intermediate Ballet Teacher

Amanda Acuña has been a student at Artistic Dance Center since she was two and a half years old. Amanda is excited to be a graduating senior Class of 2021. Throughout her time at ADC has participated in numerous end-of-year shows and “The Nutcracker” performances. Amanda has experience competing solos, trios, and group dances in several dance competitions such as American Dance Competition, Universal Ballet Competition, Headliners Competition, and Shake the Ground; The Ultimate Dance Competition. Amanda has received many awards for her solos such as 2nd place for her contemporary solo at Shake the Ground. Amanda is currently an Honors and Advanced Placement student with a focus on EMT courses with the long-term goal of becoming a doctor. Amanda has over four years of teaching experience working with students in levels 1-5 specializing in Classical Ballet, Stretch, Conditioning, and Beginner Pointe.