Performing Arts Facilitators
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Chanel Cotton with Future of Dance

Junior Jazz Dance
Future of Dance is on a mission to change lives through the transformative power of dance! They do so by offering a top-notch curriculum in dance education taught by world-class teachers to children in their studios, outreach programs, and summits.

Chanel Cotton is a Sarasota native. She has studied dance  for 20 plus years. Her high school alma mater is Manatee School for the Arts. While at MSA she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, and Hip Hop dance. Her undergraduate thesis at University of South Florida entailed the creation of Jazz dance the first American Dance style.



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Jackie Freeman

Theatre Troupe 

Jackie has homeschooled her three children for seven years. For fun, she loves board games, fantasy books, and camping. Jackie has been involved in theatre since she was a middle schooler – including playing Tracy Turnblad in her college’s performance of Hairspray. More recently, Jackie directed and choreographed Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. with a homeschool program she founded in Long Island, NY. She is very excited to have moved to Sunny Florida and begin bringing the love of theatre to students at Learning and Families!


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Marina Smith

Junior Theatre

Marina is a wife and mom of three children. She teaches 10th grade faith study at her church, loves spending time with her family, homeschooling and spending as much time outside as she can. She teaches Engineering Class and Jr. Theatre.


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