Ms. Peña is the Owner and Artistic Director of On Your Toes Dance Academy. Born in Queens, N.Y. and raised in Miami, Ms. Peña began her classical Ballet training at the age of 7 with Alita Cabrera and Julio Lamas, later training with Vivian Tobio, Edmundo Ronquillo and Maria Eugenia Lorenzo of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Ms. Peña performed with the Florida International Ballet Company as a member of the Corp, while she received her Bachelor's degree in Dance with a minor in Education. Ms. Peña is also the Director of Dance at Dillard Center for the Arts & Magnet Performing Arts High School. Ms. Peña has produced numerous full length Ballets for the school and has won countless regional dance awards. Her student's are best known for being excellent and well trained Ballet dancers that are also versed in Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Hip-Hop.
Melissa James Bonta
Graduating with a Bachelor's in Science from Florida International University in 2006, Mrs. Bonta has been dancing since she was eleven years old. Originally training at The Dance Exchange, her teachers included Linda Rogers Albritton, Yayi Faretta, Ursino del Valle, Annalisia Simone and Zedric Bembry. She performed as a senior company ensemble member receiving many awards and performing at numerous venues. She was the consummate "studio kid" spending countless hours daily training and perfecting her craft. She joined On Your Toes in 2015.
Astrid began her Ballet studies in Peru and has performed with many professional dance companies before receiving a full scholarship to study under Vladimir Issaev in North Miami Beach. She was a member of Arts Ballet Theater of Florida. But, we had to say goodbye as Astrid now lives in Texas.
Miss Suzannah is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She holds a BA in Dance. She is a member of the Peter London Dance Ensemble and is new to On Your Toes Dance Academy. Her Ballet classes are exceptional and we are really lucky to have her this season.