Meet Our Team
Mary Elizabeth Alfonso, owner/director
Mary Elizabeth Alfonso is proud to call New Orleans, Louisiana home. Beginning her training at a young age at Rhonda Edmundson School of Dance, she has studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, traveled to Greenwich, England to attend the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, and spent an extensive amount of time participating in the world of the organization of Dance Masters of America. One of her favorite experiences is being a part of the National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Her passion for dance lead her to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she received her B.F.A in Dance Education. At Southern Miss, Mary participated in the Repertory Dance Company where she worked and trained with choreographers such as Trebien Pollard, Stacy Reischman Fletcher, Kelly Ferris Lester, and Julie Hammond White. She performed at the American College Dance Festival in Bowling Green, OH and Tallahassee, FL. After graduation, Mary ventured to Mobile, Alabama where she was the established Dance Educator at Benton Cato Rain High School. During her time there, she created the Velocity Dance Company where her students were given various opportunities to perform around the community. Mary Elizabeth holds a Master of Arts from New York University; she also performed at the Fredrick Lowe Theatre at NYU as a part of the Masters Dance Concert. While in NYC, Mary had the opportunity to work for Joffrey Ballet School both in the studio and in the office under the esteemed Jo Matos, the Director of the Children's and Youth Programs. Mary Elizabeth is a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and the Florida Dance Education Organization (FDEO). She held a Board Position on the New York State Dance Education Association. In addition, Alfonso also offers private instruction and choreography. While not in the studio, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, Adam, and her adorable son Rhett Kristian!
Miranda Knorr, modern/Contemporary, improv, stretch & Conditioning, NLDP
Miranda Knorr, a native of Rochester, New York began dancing at age three. She received her B.F.A in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography from Coker College,South Carolina. Here, she obtained the opportunity to work with leading choreographers Teena Marie Custer, Adele Myers, Seán Curran, Contra Tiempo, and performed in Trisha Brown’s
work, “Set and Reset”. This past year she began expanding her artistic voice, choreographing solo, duet, and group works, as well as a trio, “Color Coating” adjudicated by legendary Chuck Davis. Knorr has performed at the SCDancing Festival, concerts at the American College Dance Festival, SCAHPERD, and Coker College. Giving back to her community, she began teaching her passion for dance at the Richland One High School Dance Festival and taught classes at Coker College, expressing her interest in contemporary and improvisation. Recently relocating to Florida, she continues expanding her artistic style and choreography through intricate movement vocabulary.
Chelsea Fox, Acro/tumbling
Chelsea Fox was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's in Communications. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast where she won State two years in a row. She cheered for Middle Tennessee State University on their co-ed squad her freshman year of college. During her collegiate level cheer career she cheered for football, basketball, and volleyball games, as well as, competed at NCA College Nationals. She was also a staff member for the Universal Cheerleading Association for 1 year. She is currently the Volunteer/Events Coordinator for The Children's Advocacy Center. In her free time she enjoys doing Crossfit and paddle boarding. We send a warm welcome to Miss Chelsea!
bailey jenrich, junior hip-hop (Ages 5-10), Dance Conditioning (Daytime), & NLDP rehearsal Assistant
Bailey Jenrich is originally from Destin, FL where she grew up training as a cheerleader and dancer. She studied several years of dance where she found her true passion as a dance artist in many different styles, but has always had a strong love for Hip-Hop. She is the first graduating senior from our Daytime Program. Her talents not only lie within the realms of dance but also her eye for photography. She began her own business, Bailey Lauren Photography, at the age of 16. She attended UCF where she was a part of the Knight Moves Dance Team. She is currently studying for her newest endeavor in Health and Fitness and working towards becoming a certified Health Coach. Her advocacy for nutrition and health can be found on her weekly Vlogs and there is not a day that goes by that she is not working out. Check them out on YOUTUBE. We are truly happy Bailey is a part of the Alfonso Academy Dance Family.
SEBINA EVANS, INT/ADV Hip-HOP (Ages 11 & Up)
Sebina Evans is a dedicated & educated dancer, teacher, and choreographer originally from Bosnia and from Denmark who loves teaching advanced Hip-Hop with inspiration from experimental, contemporary, lyrical, girly, house and more. She created her own personal style throughout the years and is known as a very disciplined, reliable, different, positive and inspiring dancer & human. She gives a lot of herself to her dancers! Sebina graduated from “Fredie Pedersen” International Dance Academy in 2014 in Denmark & Los Angeles. She experienced nine months of dance education with all styles of dance and trained at Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. She created her own dance/performance crew in 2012 called D.O.P.E CREW (Dance, Original, Passion, Emotions). You can find them on Instagram @d.o.p.e.crew. They have performed 2 years in a row at the World of Dance in Denmark and Denmark Has Talent. Sebina has won many dance battles, but ultimately takes pride in being a 24/7 dancer and wife/mother. Her and her husband have a beautiful 2 year old daughter. If this is not enough, she’s also studying “Nutrition & Health” to receive her Bachelors's Degree. Alfonso Academy welcomes Sebina with all our hearts and cannot wait to see her journey unfold with us!
ERICA HAWLEY, Acro/ Tumbling ( Bio Coming SOON)