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.
Meet our Staff
“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, 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, 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 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 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 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!
Justin Grady is a New York-based dancer. Recently graduating from the esteemed professional semester at Broadway Dance Center. He has been dancing since he was 14 years old with his focus being movement and proper technique. Personally assisting choreographers like Alex Wong and Tom Richardson and performing at the Edinburgh film festival in Scotland, Justin has worked his way to create a dance career for himself. With multiple scholarships from conventions and his own choreography awards through dance films and competitions, he is looking to grow his knowledge and experience as he continues to expand his career.
Christine was born and raised in Rochester, NY where she studied Elementary Education at SUNY Brockport and earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Upon graduation, Christine taught preschool. After beginning graduate classes at St. John Fisher University, she made a career change to work in Minor League Baseball. At the same time, Christine joined the Park Avenue Dance Company, where she focused on the study of Modern dance under Christine Fendley. Christine soon spent four years working for Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres, before moving to Boston and finally South Florida with her husband and three children. Christine is beginning her twelfth season dancing with the studio and is happy to have the opportunity to contribute to the nurturing atmosphere, where she can combine her loves of teaching and dance.