Jolene Coates - 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 Sexton - Asst. Director
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.