MEREDITH DREYFUSS

Dance Director/Owner

Meredith Dreyfuss, founder and director of Dance Through the Ages, has been dancing for over 30 years, instructing in studios and schools for over 10 and always striving to learn more about the technical and current trends in the dance world. Because of her love for dance, and her belief that all extracurricular activities are an essential part of building a child’s confidence in themselves and others, she founded Dance Through the Ages.

“There is nothing better than seeing a child excel at something they at first found impossible to do.   When children are exposed to dance through school enrichments, they are learning within a comfort zone they are familiar with.  This enables them to enjoy dance, and all of its benefits to the fullest extent. With loving instruction, and a positive atmosphere, there is little a child cannot accomplish.  Because of this philosophy, Dance Through the Ages is dedicated to sharing that love of dance with children and adults alike.”

Meredith trained at The British Academy of Theatrical Arts under Jeanne Hichcliffe, as well as with various master teachers and choreographers, studying tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and the hip hop genres. She won numerous awards in both local and national competitions and was also a chosen dancer in the SuperBowl XXIX Pre-Game show.

Meredith began teaching at age 18 and soon became an Assistant Director of a dance studio, managing, teaching, and assisting in the direction of shows. She developed Studio Success—a well known series of guides and scripted themes dedicated to helping dance studio owners and instructors organize a successful school and recital. After receiving her B.A. in English Literature from Florida Atlantic University, Meredith earned her teaching certification and has taught in preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools.  She is also a member of the International Dance Teachers Association.

GABRIELA DREYFUSS

Co-Director

Gabriela, known to our dancers as “Miss Gaby”, is an integral part of the DTTA family. As our Co-Director, she is responsible for managing and instructing students in both school & studio locations across Broward County. Born and raised in Florida, she started dancing at the Emerald Hills Dance Studio under the instruction of Debbie Montgomery. Miss Gaby excelled in tap and modern dance, and has since expanded her focus to Hip Hop and Jazz Funk, offering our students a challenging and innovative perspective in both disciplines. During her training, she participated in various charity events, and events throughout South Florida. In high school, her love of dance and theater enticed her to get involved with the drama club. She provided choreography and make-up artistry for her school’s performances, while lending her time to teach dance to elementary school students. Since the age of 18, Miss Gaby has excelled in leadership as she has held the title of  Office Manager for a prominent veterinary clinic.  She is always working to expand her knowledge by staying informed of the latest trends in the industry.

CHRISTINE PACETTI

Instructor

Christine, born in New York, but raised in Florida, has been a patron of the arts since the age of 4. Her love of showmanship has driven her to study everything from ballet, modern dance, jazz, lyrical, cheerleading, gymnastics, ballroom, & Middle Eastern dance to acting & theater. She has been teaching others since the age of 16, having served as a volunteer coach for the local optimists, which was one of her many teaching experiences. This included instruction at the City of Tamarac, McCarther HIgh School and Walter C. Young. Christine always found that she had a love of teaching children, whether it be choreography, dance technique or cheerleading. She has always found the time to share her broad array of dance experience with others. While studying dance theater and acting in college, she also found time to choreograph for her cheerleading team (Nova and The University of Florida). She would go on to excel in many performances, including commercials for Disney, back up dancing for Jessica Simpson and numerous ballet & dance theater productions. She is thrilled to be with Dance Through the Ages and excited to share her passion for dance.

CYNDI CHRISTOPHER

Instructor

Cyndi is a South Florida native. Growing up in Ft. Lauderdale, she was exposed to the performing arts at a very young age. For her, it was love at first site and at age 6, she began dancing with Michael’s School of Dance.  At 12 and throughout high school,  Alina Guererra-Pena came into her life and offered an extremely strong ballet foundation to Cyndi, which she credits for taking her to the next level as a dancer. During this time, she joined the Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre and in her first year was cast in 3 plays. Cyndi continued studying acting in school, where she joined the drama club and participated in many school productions. However, dance always remained her first love. Cyndi went on to college and after graduating from UCF, she moved to Los Angeles where she continued to pursue acting and dancing. Cyndi gained a position dancing with H2H entertainment. And after the birth of her daughter, she relocated back to South Florida. 

Cyndi is elated to be back where it all began! She is a firm believer in the many positive effects performing arts have on a child’s self-esteem as well as their intelligence! Cyndi considers herself a former “dance kid” having spent 6 days a week in the studio and countless weekends competing and performing. She is extremely excited to be part of the next dance generation!

PATY RENDA

Instructor

Paty Renda is a Brazilian journalist as well as a certified Aananda Yoga Teacher and Vedic Thai
Bodywork practitioner. A journalist and writer in Brazil, she received her first training as a Yoga Fitness
instructor and Nutrition consultant in 2004. A few years later, she got certified by Aananda School of Yoga
where she studied under Surendran Pandaran and other amazing South Florida teachers. Besides being
an Aananda Yoga Teacher and Trainer, she also learned Baby Om Yoga, Kids Yoga, Seniors Yoga,
Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork and Yoga Nidra meditation. Her wish is to make yoga playful, relaxing and
appealing to every person in the world. “One person at a time” is her goal. Paty’s latest creation is Masala
Healing Arts, a brand new organization that focuses on enhancing people’s lives through fun classes,
plus sharing of knowledge and tools for a better living. As a dancer, she created Liquid Yoga (Belly
Dancing Yoga Class), a combination of dance movements, yoga asanas and meditation that improves
self love and offers empowerment within a loving environment for women of all ages and bodies. Paty is
also a trainer at the Aananda School of Yoga, where she shares her passion for yoga and her knowledge
of all yoga aspects. As a teacher, student and trainer, she hopes that yoga will transform people’s lives as it has transformed her.

RINA HOUSTON

Instructor

Rina Houston was born and raised in Ft.Lauderdale, FL. Growing up playing soccer and softball year round as well as being in gymnastics, she soon found her passion with sports & dance. While attending American Heritage, she participated in All County for both soccer and softball, as well as cheerleading.  She was also consistently active in drama, musical theatre, and Thespian club.

Rina graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. Upon graduation, she opened her first My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Plantation, Fl. Soon after, upon the success of the first, she opened a second My Gym location in Aventura, FL. Additionally, she worked closely with My Gym Corporate and trained future gym owners & staff before their own openings.  She continued to work as support staff and mentor for those opening their own gyms.  Having always loved working with and teaching children, combined with her passion for fitness, this was her “dream job.”

After 16 years and the birth of her second child, she left her career to care for her children as a “stay at home” mom.  Before long, she missed her calling, and is now thrilled to be a part of the DTTA Instructional staff.  Both her daughters are dancers with DTTA and it has become a second home for Ms. Rina and her girls!

DAISHA CROMETY

Instructor

Daisha, born and raised in Connecticut but currently living in Florida. She began dancing at Dee Dee’s Dance Center at age 7. Studying tap,ballet,jazz, and hip-hop as well as partaking in yearly dance recitals. She has always had a passion for dance at a very young age. By age 12 the journey of dance continued at Betsy Ross Arts Middle School and Gloria Jeans Dance Studio. Throughout high school at Cooperative Arts and Humanities, her passion began to grow, she also found a love for acting participating in school plays. She conducted a praise team at her local church, Christ the Redeemer. Moving forward as a Junior in high school her love for dance grew stronger being taught by Alina Guerrero-Pena and Enjoli Paul. Daisha is currently coaching gymnastics at Fort Lauderdale Stars while teaching private lessons and is now proud to be an employee of DTTA!

CARLOS TORRES

Guest Instructor

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Carlos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Arts from University of Puerto Rico. Carlos started his dance training in the School for the Performing Arts in  Puerto Rico when he was 14 years old. As he transitioned to the state of Florida, Carlos continued his training in many styles like ballroom, jazz, ballet among others, as well as teaching at different dance studios, developing young dancers in the styles of Jazz and Contemporary. Carlos has trained in aerial silks at the Rainbow Circus School from Miami, performing as an aerialist for Royal Caribbean and many different events.

MELISSA DELATORRE

Guest Instructor

Melissa began dancing at the age of five and it quickly became her passion. Growing up, she was on a competitive team, winning regional and national titles, and performed at various local and state events, including Disney and Universal Studios.  At the University of Florida she was a featured dancer and choreographer. After graduating in 2009, she appeared in several showcases with University Center for the Performing Arts. From 2010-2012 she was an ensemble dancer with Body and Soul Dance Theatre. In the summer of 2014 Melissa went to New York City to further develop her dance education at the Dance Teacher Summit. During the summer of 2017, she went to Texas and trained at Ballet Austin. The opportunity to watch dancers grow and have fun is what she loves most about teaching.  Melissa has had the honor of teaching in South Florida since 2011 and looks forward to sharing her passion with all you!

SARAH CRANE

Guest Instructor

Sarah Crane is a NYC based performer and choreographer, originally from Miami, FL. As a performer she has worked in many regional theaters around the country and is most recently seen on the Broadway Natl Tour of Mean Girls in the ensemble and understudy Janis! Her choreography has been seen Off Broadway and commercially. Favorite choreography credits include; “Single Rider” off broadway premier, “Hairspray” Priscilla Beach Theatre, a commercial for Hotels.com and the “Women Of the Future” music video by artist Kasie Gasparini.  Sarah’s teaching style combines her passion for dance, choreography and theatre into a high energy class! Check her out @saritacrane.