Alison Hesh​

Founder and Artistic Director

Alison began taking dance lessons at the age of three, but by age eight her parents recognized her extraordinary talent and started her in advanced ballet lessons. By age nine she was on pointe and dancing five days a week. Her summers were spent in New York dancing at the Joffrey Ballet School on full scholarship and while in Miami, she danced with a local ballet company, Ballet Theatre of Miami. By fifteen she was performing multiple times a year and dancing professional works by established choreographers. Having been home schooled Alison auditioned and was accepted on full scholarship to Juilliard but turned it down to attend a full curriculum college to broaden her academics. After two years in academia, she put college on hold and accepted a soloist contract with Bay Ballet Theatre in Tampa. After a few years of ballet life she decided to head back home to finish up college.Graduating from University of Miami with a BA in Art History, Alison went on to receive her Master’s Degree from Florida International University in English Literature. While in school and for many years after, Alison taught English Composition and Introduction to Writing at both UM and FIU. While juggling her own classes and the classes she was teaching, Alison was also the head of the Ballet Department at Dance Empire for ten years. It was also during that time that Alison became certified in Pilates and started teaching Pilates classes at Dance Empire. Alison also taught Pilates to the University of Miami women’s swim team for three years as well as privately trained a few Olympic swimmers in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics.Owning a ballet studio seemed a logical next step for Alison. Opening its doors in 2008, Soul Purpose Studio, now called The Ballet Space, has become the place to train in advanced ballet thanks in part to Alison’s very well-respected name in the community. The studio offers ballet class from ages 3-18 as well as Pilates and Yoga. Alison primarily teaches the Pre-Professional program which is ages 10-18 as well as all of the Pilates classes and absolutely loves what she does every single day!

Micheline Cacciatore

Ballet and Pointe

Micheline moved to Miami in 2010 from Massachusetts where she was the owner and founder of The Ballet Space just outside of Boston since 2004. After much success and over 300 students, she sold her school to be able to spend more time with her husband and two young children. Micheline had been a well respected teacher in the Boston area for over 20 years. Her teaching credits have included Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Brookline Academy of Dance, Acton School of Ballet and The Dancer's Workshop. After graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in 1991, Micheline continued her training at The Rock School, Ballet West and the University of Utah's ballet program. She has performed many classical and contemporary ballets under the direction of Willam Christensen, Conrad Ludlow, and many other well respected teachers. With ballet and teaching as her passion, Micheline is happy to have found Soul Purpose Studio, and has loaned the name The Ballet Space. She is thrilled to bring the joy of dance to the children of Miami.

Kelly Robotham

Ballet and Contemporary

 

Kelly was born in Bronx New York raised in Miami is an alumni of New World School of the Arts and holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from The Juilliard School. Ms. Robotham danced with Ailey II for one year and was promoted to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she danced from 2010-2014 and performed classical ballets, modern, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary masterpieces.

In 2014 Ms. Robotham returned to her city Miami, and worked briefly at Miami City Ballet as Executive Assistant and Development Coordinator. Ms. Robotham joined the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet faculty in 2015 as Program Administrator of Arts Education as well as their main hip hop teacher for the Outreach Program. Ms. Robotham is currently the Dance Director for Miami Arts Charter Homestead.

Trisha Carter

Guest Artist

Ballet and Pointe

 

Trisha Carter is a company member of Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami. She began her training in Maine with Bossov Ballet Theater and continued training abroad under the instruction of Irina Trofimova, Alla Sizova, Natalia Papinashvilli, Dimitri Simkin, and Vadim Pisarev, ultimately leading to her acceptance into the Vaganova School in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She completed her schooling at the Harid Conservatory, Houston Ballet, and Kirov Academy in the United States before joining Houston Ballet II and later Ballet Florida.
In Florida, Trisha has performed with multiple companies and choreographers touring both locally and internationally: Cuban Classical Ballet, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Now, and is currently with Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami.  When not performing, Trisha teaches Barre, ballet, Pilates, and yoga carrying teacher certifications in all methods (Booty Barre, Inner Balance, Red Elephant). Trisha holds a B.B.A. in International Business & Trade and a B.S. in International Economics, which she uses to develop the performing arts in south Florida.

Cecilia Benitez

Guest Artist

Contemporary and Ballet 

Cecilia was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has been dancing since the age of 4. She graduated high school from New World School of the Arts in 2016 where she performed in works by Uri Sands, Mark Morris, Josée Garant, and Lara Murphy to name a few.  She was also a member of The Ballet Space, formerly known as Soul Purpose Studio, from 2011 to 2016. Cecilia decided to continue her dance career at Point Park University on both academic and artistic scholarship where she is expected to graduate in 2020 with a B.F.A. in modern dance and a minor in psychology. Already at Point Park she has been given the opportunity to perform in works by the chair of the dance department Garfield Lemonius and the former chair of the dance department Rubén Graciani. She has also performed in new works by David Norsworthy, Jason McDole, and Matthew Powell. She has attended several prestigious intensives including Bates Dance Festival on scholarship, Hubbard Street Summer Dance Intensive, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has performed in several galleries in the Miami area including the National YoungArts headquarters and ArtsUp! Gallery.  She has been teaching and choreographing for The Ballet Space for the past 5 years and is thankful for the opportunity. Although her roots are in classical ballet, Cecilia now loves to teach contemporary ballet, rep class, modern, composition, and improvisation. In the future Cecilia hopes be able to pursue her dreams as a professional dancer and choreographer while continuing to teach and nurture the next generation of dancers.

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