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 and Personal Trainer
Gabby is an upbeat and energetic hip-hop instructor. She has been dancing since she could remember! She is trained in hip-hop, Afrobeat/traditional African dance, kompa, and dance fitness. She teaches dance to children so they can be empowered to do whatever they put their minds to. She started teaching at the age of 13 as her way of giving back to the community. From then on she has continued to teach classes in schools, community centers, and studios across South Florida. In addition, she is also a certified personal trainer. She brings aspects of health, cultural awareness, and creative challenges to create a one-of-a-kind experience.
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.
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.