Performing Arts Facilitators
Our Facilitators

Melissa Dobbs

Jazz Dance

Melissa, originally from the Washington, DC area, is a highly sought-after movement professional who has spent the last 20 years innovating, creating, and cultivating a leading performing arts school in Alexandria, VA.  During her time as Founder and Executive Director of Metropolitan School of the Arts, she had the opportunity to train thousands of young dancers who have gone on to perform and study in some of the most prestigious and acclaimed venues and schools in the world.

As a dancer and performer, Melissa has had the honor of taking the stage in numerous national events including Walt Disney World, multiple Presidential Inaugural Balls, national galas and industrial events, ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade and most recently as a tap dancer in the annual gala: A Salute to the 1940’s Broadway Musical, with the National Symphony Orchestra, hosted by Julie Andrews on the Kennedy Center stage. 

Melissa is a certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (London) and a Stott Pilates instructor. She is nearing completion of her Masters of Arts in Psychology at Harvard Extension School and is currently relentlessly dedicated to building a new FUTURE OF DANCE for children.

Melissa is an advocate for wellness and health and has a passion for quantum physics and natural healing.  Most importantly, Melissa is the proud mother to her three children who are the center of her universe and teach her more and more each day about the important things in life. Melissa is the founder of Future of Dance Studio.

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Caitlyn Healey

Junior Theatre

Caitlyn Healey is a Homeschooled graduate of Learning and Families. She has been an active member of the Learning and Families Theatre Troupe over the past two school years and is now heading up the Junior Co-op Theatre Troupe. She is an instructor and musical theatre director at the Lakewood Ranch Music Academy. Caitlyn is passionate about the arts and is looking forward to directing their first-ever production this fall.

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Sam Stahlmann


Sam Stahlmann is a college sophomore and LAF graduate who joined Learning and Families in 2008 when he was in Pre-K. Sam is the only member of his graduating class who can say he graduated from LAF twice, although the first was kindergarten graduation. Sam is an accomplished musician, teacher, performer, and director who has worked with Manatee Performing Arts, Sarasota Opera, and Bee Ridge Presbyterian. He is currently a faculty member at the Music Compound where he teaches voice and piano and music directs their theatre programs, and more! Sam founded the Learning and Families Theatre Troupe when he was 14 with the goal of creating an opportunity for his community to be able to collaborate and bring glory to God through theatre. This past year, he taught an aural theory and choral studies course and is excited to be returning to LAF in 2022/2023 as a facilitator in the Junior Co-op and in the Performing Arts department.

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