Meet Our Faculty
at Ballet Arts Centre we are extremely proud of our faculty. BAC is one of the few dance schools in Jacksonville where all of the faculty are college educated. All of our instructors have extensive training and performance experience and a deep love for the art of dance. Dance is a major part of all of the instructors lives and we are honored to share our love of dance with the dancer in your family.
Sydney is a magna cum laude graduate of Florida State University, with a BFA in Dance. While at FSU Sydney was a member of FSU’s Dance Repertory Theatre for three years. As a company member of DRT she was able to work with guest artists; Stephen Koester, Alan Danielson, Michael Foley and more. Her choreography Life After This was showcased at FSU in their Days of Dance Concert Series in 2011. Raised in Jacksonville, Sydney attended LaVilla Middle School of the Arts and went on to graduate from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 2007. At Douglas Anderson she was a member of Dance Theatre for three years. Since graduating from FSU, Sydney was the director of dance at Lake Forest Elementary and has been dance faculty at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, LaVilla School of the Arts, Jacksonville Country Day School and Assumption ECLC. Sydney has held the title of Miss Jacksonville 2013 and Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2006 in the Miss America Organization. Sydney has enjoyed choreographing and dancing with both Jacksonville Dance Theatre and Braided Light Dance Project. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son and traveling the world with her husband who is a pilot.
Sydney Keister Phelps - owner/director
Katie fell in love with dance at the young age of three and hasn’t stopped since! She is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and while there was a member of the Tap Ensemble. Katie continued to study dance while majoring in Exercise Science at Florida State University. While at FSU she was able to train under FSU’s dance faculty and performed in many of their shows.. Some of the dancing greats that she’s studied under include Joe Lanteri, Rhonda Stampalia, Mia Michaels, Ellie Potts Barrett, Finis Jhung, Phyllis Penney and Joe Tremaine.
After graduating in 2003, she moved back to Jacksonville and started teaching dance at local studios. Since teaching at Ballet Arts Centre, she has fallen in love with the students and staff here and hopes to share her passion for tap for many years to come!
Katie Blandford - tap
Brooke Bogachunas - acro assistant
Brooke grew up in Stony Brook, New York, and graduated from Ward Melville High School in 2020. She spent 14 years dancing and 6 years competing at Long Island Academy of Dance. She spent one year at St. John's University in Queens, New York and was on their dance team before transferring to Jacksonville University. At Jacksonville University, Brooke is a Psychology major, working towards becoming a Child Life Specialist. She continues to pursue her love of dance in college through being a member of the Sirens Dance team.
Brooke has had positions teaching young dancers and gymnasts basic ballet and technique skills both home on Long Island and at school in Jacksonville. She is so excited to continue spreading her love for dance and acrobatics to another generation of dancers!