Alfonso Academy officially launched in January upon completion of their expansive new studio, located at 12598 US Highway 98 West, behind the Emerald Coast Urgent Care in the Star Executive Building in Miramar Beach. Evening classes in jazz, ballet, contemporary and improvisation are available for all levels of experience from ages two and up. The Academy also seeks to be a fine arts center, offering both an academic and dance education program for elite dancers that wish to excel into a performing arts career or professional dance company. Alfonso Academy offers a half-day program as well as a full-time private school enrollment program, which requires an audition and interview process. Alfonso Academy has also established the New Light Dance Project, a pre-professional dance company. Auditions for both the day program and New Light Dance Project Dance Company are to be held Saturday, July 23, 2016.
Founder and Director, Mary Alfonso, holds a Masters in Art from New York University, and worked in the Joffrey Ballet School under the esteemed Jo Matos. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Alfonso began dancing at a young age at the Rhonda Edmundson School of Dance. She later went on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She has also studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, as well as the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in Greenwich, England. Alfonso is also a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and the Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO), in addition to being a past board member for the New York State Dance Education Association. Her immense knowledge and experience now translates into her choreography and students. Alfonso and her husband have been South Walton locals since 2012.