Dance Instructors


Our instructors are available for private and semi-private lessons

 What is a teacher ? I'll tell you: Isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows

-Paulo Coelho 


photo Mayra Fernandez

Mayra Fernandez is the owner and artistic director of River City Fine Arts Academy, home of F13rce Dance Theatre. Ms. Fernandez graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Her  teaching credits include Kaluby's Ballroom Dance Studio, LaVilla School of the Arts, where she taught modern, ballet, and dance physicality classes, head coach of International Rhythmic Gymnastics and River City Rhythmic and Dance, a competitive training program that prepared amateur rhythmic gymnasts, 2005 Region VI Chair for USA Gymnastics, and coach of USA Rhythmic Gymnastics team gymnast. She has attended the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid for competitions and camps. She is an Artistic Associate for the First Coast Nutcracker with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where she teaches modern, jazz, ethnic, Latin, production, and musical theatre classes.

Rachel Cliff

After viewing her first performance of the Nutcracker Ballet at age three, Rachel was inspired to begin ballet training. She is honored to have performed as Clara in the First Coast Nutcracker and as the Sugarplum Fairy in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert. After graduating from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Rachel receive a scholarship to Jacksonville University's Dance Program. At JU, Rachel's contemporary ballet piece was selected for the American College Dance Festival. She has worked with Guest Choreographers Ricky Ruiz, Andre Tyson, and Stephanie Martinez. Rachel has attended JU's Study Abroad Program for Choreography in France and the Joffrey Ballet's Intensive in Italy. As a member of Douglas Anderson's Dance Theatre, Rachel was awarded as "Oustanding Ballet Dancer" and "Model Dancer," and had the opportunity to work with Rhonda Stampalia and other Guest Artists including Adam Sage, Andrew Carroll, and Jerry Opdenaker. Teaching dance gives Rachel the opportunity to share her love of dance, choreography, and performance with her students.