About Us

 

SPOTLIGHT OWNERS / DIRECTORS
 

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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 LaGuardia 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 Hirschfeld 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 thirty years. 

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PETER 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, events industries, and stage for the past Twenty five 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, & LA, Walt Disney World, Asics, Alta Vista New Balance, Converse, Matrix Hair, Smith Kline Beechum, IBM, Macy's, Meeting Planners International

As owner of Spotlight Dance Center, Peter is highly involved in the instruction and training of adults in the area of Jazz and video Hip-Hop.  Peter's electric personality motivates and inspires his students.