Roots Dance Studio was founded in August of 2018 by Ellie Fant-Rimon. Our studio teaches a wide variety of dance styles, including ballet, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, lyrical, and more! We aim to offer classes that not only teach proper technique and muscle training for each style, but we also instill in our students the value of practice, commitment, hard work, and overcoming challenges. We believe that dance teaches more than just movements and the lessons learned in our classes can be taken beyond our studio walls.
Roots Dance studio is a studio of expression and energy, not competition and comparisons. We believe dancing is a hobby and a life skill and should not be a stressor for any student or parent that walks into our studio. We believe that movement and learning is what is truly important when it comes to a dance class.
Roots Dance Studio is proudly Shomer Shabbat and is not open on Shabbat or any other Jewish holiday.
Intermediate and Advanced Instructor
Since beginning ballet at age 5, Ellie has expanded her dance experience from ballet to jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. Ellie has studied at many world-renown dance schools including the Joffrey Ballet School in both Chicago and New York City as well as the Juilliard School. She opened RDS in the summer of 2018 and has been dedicated to creating a safe and healthy space for all dancers of all walks of life to come and express themselves in any and all styles of dance.
Ellie has been teaching for nearly 7 years and she hopes this studio will be her first of many. When Ellie is not teaching at Roots, she loves chilling at the beach and eating pizza.
Hip Hop Instructor
Kamille is our in-house hip-hop instructor. She is 23 years old and has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Trained in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, jazz-funk, heels, and more, Ms. Kamille has been teaching since she was 15 years old. She is now a professional dancer and has performed with major artists such as Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, Karol G, Ozuna, Akon, and more! Ms. Kamille has performed in award shows around the US, on National and International TV, as well as on music videos! She just recently came back from filming World of Dance season 4 in LA! She also owns her own dance entertainment company where she choreographs for different events such as birthday parties, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, music videos, local events, and more! Dance is her passion and getting to teach the younger generation has always been her favorite because she gets to watch them learn, be active, grow, and HAVE FUN!
Hip Hop, Acro, and Broadway Jazz Instructor
Sarah Haupt is a dance teacher, choreographer, and South Florida native. She began her dance journey at 3 years old where she found her passion and sense of purpose. She has trained as a competitive dancer in styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, and more. She discovered her love for teaching at the young age of 16 where she taught recreational gymnastics. She has since taught gymnastics and dance for over 9 years and has worked with both children and adults in various styles. Hip hop being her favorite genre, she has assisted in running a competitive hip hop team for 3 years and continues her training in the style. Sarah has performed with various local dance groups and entertainment companies throughout South Florida and intends to broaden her horizons in dance. Driven by the music, Sarah hopes to share her creativity and love for dance and movement with Roots Dance students.
Front Desk Manager
Esther is our dance office receptionist and just began her first semester of college in South Florida. At age 3, she began training in ballet and branched out to other styles ever since like gymnastics, hip hop, and acro, to name a few. Esther has always been involved in school choreographies and performances and has an organized and friendly style about her. In her free time, she loves music, dancing, reading, and spending time with family. Esther will take care of all your dance management needs, she's our girl!
Beginner Hip Hop Instructor
Lilly is 24 years old and dancing is her life. Since the creation of the app, Tik Tok, she has grown her passion for dance. Lilly has a Bachelor's degree in Human Services and has worked with children since her early teen years. Lilly has experience with living with a learning disability called Auditory Processing which makes some everyday tasks challenging, but not impossible. She teaches our students the value of hard work and persistence in her Hip Hop and Tik Tok classes. Lilly's passion is music and dancing- they bring her the most confidence and she integrates that confidence in her teaching style. In her free time, Lilly loves anything Disney and Justin Bieber. Lilly is an amazing addition to our team when it comes to teaching our young dancers confidence and self-worth.
Acro and Ballet Instructor
Desiree is 22 years old. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She primarily studied ballet and rhythmic gymnastics under world-renowned instructors. She was an internationally ranked gymnast and participated in several Youth American Grand Prix. She has been teaching for the last three years in several different studios. Desiree currently studies at the University of Miami’s Miami Herbert Business School and has aspirations of becoming an attorney in the future. Desiree has a love of working with children and a passion for dance. When Desiree isn’t working or doing school work she is likely at the gym or hanging out with her friends
Ms. Carol Ravich is an internationally recognized ballerina, choreographer, and instructor. She danced professionally at Principal Ballerina of the Boston Ballet Company. She trained with E. Virginia Williams at the Boston Ballet Company and was on point by the age of seven. After moving to South Florida, Ms. Ravich established The Ravich Ballet School and the Miami Repertoire Ballet Company. She has since then choreographed, arranged, and designed sets and costumes for over 50 ballet, including classics like the "Nutcracker", "Peter Pan", and "Coppelia." Ms. Ravich went on to write a book about the ins and outs of Ballet called "The Mystique of a Ballerina's Life." She now is a choreographer at Berry University and is an instructor throughout Florida, the United States, and an international coach in Bulgaria.