Jolene Coates - Owner/Director
Realizing that a passion for dance and a need to teach could be fulfilled together, Jolene Coates established Dance Depot, in August 2001. Her life long dance career began as a student of Phyllis and Gayle Tutterow at the age of four. She later became a member of their performance company Stars of Tomorrow. Mrs. Jolene has performed in many cities including New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, and internationally in Denmark and Russia. She has also had the opportunity to perform at venues such as Sea World, Disney World and Busch Gardens. Mrs. Jolene was also a member of the Royalty Theatre group where her dancing was featured in the musicals Anything Goes and West Side Story. Mrs. Jolene teaches the princess classes, combination classes and works with Revolution, the performance company.She also works with the assistants and teachers-in-training.
Bekah Ellis - Asst. Director/ Instructor
Jeryn Coates - Office Director/Instructor
This is where she started, Jeryn Coates started her dance career at 2 years old with Dance Depot. She was apart of the Revolution Performance Company for 10 years and has been dancing for 19 years. She had the opportunity to dance on 2 cruise ships, New York on Broadway, Nashville Tennessee at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Disney, and many more. She started interacting with the parents of Dance Depot at age 16 and has continued to manage the office. She also has assisted in classes with her mom since she was 10 years old. In the last 2 years she has taken on her own classes and is choreographing 3 days a week, ages ranging from 2-16. She knew she wanted to be a dance teacher when she saw so much joy it brought to kids. Her mom started this company when she found out she was having a girl so there was something more for little girls to do in the area and that’s exactly what she hopes to continue to bring to the community.
Jessica McCann - Instructor
Born and raised in Lake County, FL, Jessica developed a passion for dance at the age of 12. Jessica has been trained in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, and modern, but focused primarily on ballet and pointe. Throughout high school she was a member of her studio's performing company. She also performed in the Nutcracker with the Dance Alive Company from Gainesville. She was accepted into the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts at the age of 17 and has also auditioned for Disney, So You Think You Can Dance, and the School of American Ballet. Jessica has trained dancers who have been accepted into dance programs including The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, The Joffrey Ballet School, and Orlando Ballet School. She has also worked with competitive dancers who have received top awards for their performances. Mrs. Jessica wants to instill her students with a passion and emotional connection to dance. And she firmly believes... It's not about the steps you do to the music, but about the story you're telling with your movement. If you can move just one person... Then you've done your job.
Harrison Rustay - Instructor
Harrison Rustay is an accomplished and awarded dancer, and choreographer. He has been awarded with multiple scholarships - including Pulse Protégé, Jump VIP, and Radix Core Performer. Growing up competing, he is an experienced performer - he has won numerous awards at many regional, national, and world competitions. Some of these include achieving Overall and Title winner at Starpower World Nationals in Orlando, and Overall and Title winner at Showstoppers in Myrtle Beach. In his years of training he had the privilege to work with and trainning under many of the industry's most notable choreographers - including but not limited to: Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Brian Friedman, Comfort Fedoke, Talia Favia, Ian Eastwood, Victor Smalley, Teddy Forance, Mandy Moore, Nick Lazzarini, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, and Tucker Barkley. He was a guest dancer, and scholar-shipped at the Northwest Florida Ballet Academy for their summer program. Along with this program, he has trained extensively with the renowned Katie Garza and Israel Rodriguez from the Orlando ballet. Having been able to work with these diverse sets of choreographers for years, he has had much experience in a myriad of styles of dance, and prides himself on being a versatile dancer. He has not only thrived as a dancer, but also as a choreographer. At the young age of 15, he won his first student choreography award. He has since continued on that success, and has won a multitude of awards at competitions for his choreography set on soloists and groups. Harrison sets himself apart as an artist - pushing the boundaries of what dance is, and can be.
Kaelyn Coates - Office Manager Mt.Dora
Kaelyn joined Dance Depot in the Fall of 2021 bringing with her an extensive background in athletics and management. She has experience not only personally participating in competitive sports but also tending to athletes as an athletic trainer. Her well rounded knowledge, genuine care and work ethic bring a multitude of benefits to our youth at Dance Depot. Kaelyn has six years of business management that she gained while earning her Bachelor's degree in communications from The University of Central Florida which brings depth and organization to our Mount Dora location where she manages the front office.
Sydney Ramos - Instructor
Carly Wegner- Instructor
Carly attended Seminole State College to earn her Associates of Arts Degree. She then transferred to The University of North Florida to obtain her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. While attending UNF she danced on the Swoopin' Ospreys Dance Team for two semesters. She is currently teaching 2nd and 3rd grade at Create Conservatory here in Lake County. Carly has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical and many other genres. She is soon to be mother of two!
Felicia Cruz- Instructor
Felicia has been teaching for 15 years and dancing for well over 25. Felicia grew up in New York, where she has trained at multiple studios, in all genres. A few of her dances are award winning at Intensity Competitions, KAR, Step Up to Dance and in 2011, she was part of Ironworks Company in New York. Her favorite genres to teach are Hip Hop and Tap at the preschool and elementary levels.