SPOTLIGHT OWNERS / DIRECTORS & INSTRUCTORS
MARGARITA MARTINEZ ANTHONY:
Owner of Spotlight Dance Center... Ballet Instructor
Born in San Jose California, Margarita began her dance training at the age of six in Miami, FL at the Miami Conservatory studying with Thomas Armour, Bob Pike, and Martha Mahr. Margarita became a member of the
Miami Ballet Company before leaving home and family for New York at the age of 15 to attend the High School of Performing Arts (now Laquardia HS) . While living in New York, she trained with Ballet Hispanico, the Carnegie Ballet and Joffery Ballet; all on full scholarship. Upon graduation Margaret joined Ballet Company “Fundation Teresa Carreno” in Caracas, Venezuela touring for over two years in South America. Returning to Miami, Margaret attended New World School of the Arts and continued to perform professionally with a variety of ballet, jazz and Musical Theater Companies including the Miami Opera and the Hirshfeld Theater. Other credits include various commercials, television shows, variety shows, and movies including “Miami Rhapsody” and “Fame.” In 1994 Margaret joined the cast of “Beauty and The Beast” at the MGM Studio’s, Orlando, FL. Later she joined the cast of “Pocahontas” where she served as both performer and dance captain. Margarita and husband Peter Anthony opened Spotlight Dance Center in 1996. Margaret has been teaching classical ballet, her first love, for over twenty years. Apart from teaching, Margarita if a full time mom with two lovely children, Joshua and Sophia Anthony.
Owner of Spotlight Dance Center... Jazz & Hip Hop Instructor
Peter Anthony was born and raised in Miami FL. Peter started he career in Miami as a Model, Dancer, & Actor. Modeling for various Department store's, Magazine's, and Mall events. Peter also Dance for National and International Latin recording artist's as well as appeared on & in International Awards Shows, T.V programs, Various Dance Companies, Caesar's Palace Lake Tahoe & many Commercials . In 1983 Peter booked a regional commercial awarding him the prestigious membership into the Screen Across Guild (S.A.G.). In 1988 Peter was additionally awarded the prestigious membership into the Actors Equity Association (A.E.A), when he performer in "Anything Goes" starring Marilyn McCoo & Bebe Neuwirth. Furthering his education Peter graduated with an A.A. degree in theater and went on to receive his BFA in Dance at New World School of The Arts in Miami, Florida. Peter married in 1988 to his beautiful wife Margaret and continued to perform and choreograph, as well as adding to his family two beautiful children. Peter and Margaret also appeared on the Hit talent show "Star Search".
In 1992 Peter was contracted to choreographer a 39 episode Latin variety show TV Show, "Charytin International" Upon completion of that project, Peter, Margaret & there 2 children move to Orlando FL. Peter performed and became dance captain in Walt Disney Worlds "Beauty & The Beast" at Disney-MGM Studios. In 1995 Peter open Spotlight Entertainment Co providing Choreography, Specialty acts, Entertainment, & Show Production to the local & National business theater market. Spotlight Dance Center followed in 1996 with a 7000 sq. ft school & rehearsal facility. In 2000 Peter became the choreographer of another 39 episode national children's T.V. show which aired on PBS called "Dooley & Pals". In 2001 Peter add another T.V. Show entitled Ed McMahon's "Next Big Star" to his portfolio.
In 1999 Peter applied for a Talent Agency License and was award T.A. # 610, becoming an Talent agent catering to local and national Corporate Event Planners.
Peter has been choreographing, producing shows and providing talent for Television, Conventions and Industrial's, and stage for the past Twenty four years, through Spotlight Entertainment. In his position as Producer and owner of Spotlight Entertainment, Peter has the responsible for the creation of quality entertainment & opportunity of interacting with both large or small corporations and businesses. He is involved in the creation of show concepts, choreography, final show production or booking the talent needed (including specialty acts) for each event. Just to name a few, Peter services have been used by many well known companies including:Universal Studios FL, & LAWalt Disney WorldAsicsAlta Vista New BalanceConverseMatrix HairSmith Kline BeechumIBMMacy'sMeeting Planners International
As owner of Spotlight Dance Center, Peter is highly involved in the instruction and training of both children and adults in the area of Jazz and video Hip-Hop. Peter's electric personality motivates and inspires his students.
Musical Theater Jazz, Tap, Hip hop
Bio coming soon!
Sassy Jazz, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap
Born in Miami, Florida, Sophia is of Puerto Rican descent on her mother’s side, and Cuban-Canadian on her father’s side. Sophia moved to Orlando at the age of one and started dancing at her parent’s studio at the age of three. She has performed in various shows, conventions and commercials including Disney’s Epcot annual “Candlelight”; Party City, “Home Interiors” , Macy’s and Miss Teen Puerto Rico, just to name a few. She also choreographs for SWMS and DPHS for their annual Chorus Concerts. Sophia is currently a Radio City Rockette as well as an equity performer at WDW's " Beauty and the Beast" and continues to work in the commercial field. Along with her professional career, Sophia has received a certificate in nutrition and is pursuing a BA at UCF.
Beg Adult Hip Hop
Kendrick was born and raised in Orlando, FL. He has always had a love for the arts and in particular, dance. However, it wasn’t until after graduating from high school the he went from being a spectator to an active participant. After being invited by a friend, Kendrick found his way to Spotlight Dance Center in 2010 and began taking hip hop classes. Out of curiosity, he ventured into a lyrical class where he discovered that he also loved the technical side of dance. From there he quickly and seriously started taking classes in the style of not only in hip hop and lyrical, but jazz and occasionally ballet as well.
As an employee of Orange County Public Schools and the YMCA of Central Florida, he found ways to put his skills to good use. In 2012, opportunities came along to work with youth sponsoring after-school dance clubs, as well as coaching and choreographing the competition cheer team at Southwest Middle School.
Also in 2012, Kendrick became the administrative assistant to the owners of Spotlight. Later down the line, he expressed his interest in teaching. In the fall of 2014, he was given the chance to sub a few adult hip hop classes and by January of 2015, he was added to the weekly roster with his very own adult beginner hip hop class. After much success, Kendrick currently teaches 3 of the 5 weekly adult beginner hip hop classes at Spotlight. Although it has been such a short time frame, Kendrick has made great accomplishments and is enjoying the journey while continuing to evolve his craft as a teacher and choreographer. He is looking forward to every opportunity the future has in store
Hip Hop & JTB
Lisa – Instructor/Choreographer/Dancer August 2012 – Current
Teach groups ranging from individual sessions to 15 students on the origins of various dance forms, techniques and cultures
Choreograph and instruct new dance combinations and routines to students ranging from beginner to advanced in experience
Instruct advanced students and choreograph routines for public performances
Maintain productive relationships with both students and their caregivers
Lyrical, Jazz, & Tap
Bio coming soon!