A former Walt Disney World performer who opened a dance studio in Spring Hill is teaming up with an accomplished choreographer this weekend to bring children a workshop in hip hop.
Ms. Karin’s Spirit in Motion opened in August with a platform for children that centers on delivering a love of dance to the youngest protégés. But owner Karin Mizell is a professional who understands that there is so much more to teach than she could do alone.
To insure her students receive a balanced introduction into the real creative passions of well-choreographed and skilled instructional dance, Mizell jumped at the opportunity to bring a master choreographer to her studio.
Children learn better from those they believe in, she said. And giving them the opportunity to watch a professional whose name is linked to productions they recognize is the best way to engage them.
Rosero McCoy, who is best known among the tween set for such Disney productions as Camp Rock 2, Step Up, Shake It Up and Alvin and the Chipmunks will bring his magic to Spirit in Motion on Sunday.
According to his online biography, McCoy has taught dancers and performers for Disney productions as well as others. His choreography credits include Beauty Shop, Vanilla Sky and MTV’s Americas Best Dance Crew.
Ms. Karin’s Spirit in Motion belongs to a circuit of dance conventions where she discovered McCoy’s availability in central Florida. She scheduled his appearance for her students, delivered in a workshop format, open to anyone who is interested.
Two 90 minute sessions will place McCoy in front of the students, teaching them moves they might see on television or the big screen. A 15 minute question and answer gathering will follow each class.
The cost is $50 per student with a discounted price if they bring their friends. Children must be 7 or older to participate.
Mizell was a dancer and performer at Walt Disney World where she performed in roles, such as Wendy and Tinker Bell from Peter Pan. In fact, it was while part of the Disney family that she met her husband, a performer she worked with at Disney World and later at Disney Japan. He played several roles, including Peter Pan.
The two auditioned and were accepted for roles at Disney Japan where they spent two years working in the park as performers before returning to Florida and settling in her hometown of Spring Hill.
That background took Mizell to the YMCA of the Suncoast Hernando County where she started a dance program for fun.
“And it just took off,” she said.
The program grew to the point where she felt ready to launch her own independent studio where her focus would be on children.
She has already built her client base to 70 students, working from the premise that children can be inspired to learn and express themselves if given creative passion.
“I was raised with a fun, loving, family-oriented dance teacher,” Mizell said. “And I feel I got everything I would ever need from that.”
When she struggled with challenges young people face, she danced to get through them.
“It’s all I ever wanted to do,” she said.
She followed that same foundation and built a studio that embraces the beauty and creativity of dance without overwhelming her students with pressures to excel.
Mizell’s Spirit in Motion will offer several other workshops as professional instructors become available.
For the classes with Rosero McCoy, tickets are available in advance or at the door on the day of the event. Seating is limited.
For more information, contact Karin’s Spirit in Motion at (352) 428-2232. The studio is located at 11037 Hearth Road.
Email Hernando Today correspondent Kim Dame at firstname.lastname@example.org.