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5900 Stirling Road

Bay 2

Hollywood FL



Roots Dance Studio was founded in 2018 by Ellie Fant-Rimon. The original intent of the studio was to bring a judgment-free, skills-based, exciting, and positive dance space to South Florida.
Since then, RDS has expanded into more than just a studio space. Our instructors offer top level skills classes at any location in South Florida, making dance training easier to access in the new world of
COVID-19. RDS is the only concierge dance training company in the area. We pride ourselves in ensuring that although our classes and training may take place outside of the studio, our students still learn, improve, and have an amazing time during their sessions, whether it's in a backyard, living room, or home studio.

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 are what are truly important when it comes to a dance class. 


Ellie Fant-Rimon

Owner, CEO

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. 

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Carol Ravich

Ballet Instructor 

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.  


Sarah Haupt

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.


Desiree Ayala

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


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