Former Orlando Ballet Principal Dancers Israel Rodriguez and Katia Garza Join Elite Faculty of New Performing Arts Academy in Altamonte Springs

Principal Dancers Israel Rodriguez and Katia Garza

“We are so pleased to have Israel and Katia as the dance program directors at Skyra Studios. The choice was easy, technique comes first and for us there was nobody more qualified to run the dance program than this power couple” – Scott Poiley

Former Orlando Ballet principal dancers Israel Rodriguez and Katia Garza have joined Skyra Studios as the Directors of the Dance Program. Skyra is a state-of-the-art performing arts academy, owned by local film producers Mary and Scott Poiley that is slated to open in Altamonte Springs late summer. The 7,000 sq ft studio features four oversized and uniquely themed dance rooms with 15’ ceilings and sprung floors, a film recording studio, a digital lab for filmmakers and artists, a study lounge, large dressing room with changing pods, a cafe, a retail store, and a one-of-a-kind curriculum encompassing dance, acting, filmmaking and art. Rodriguez and Garza are principal dancers and highly sought after master teachers and coaches. Their former students include principal dancers, soloists and members of the Corps de Ballet in the Houston Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Orlando Ballet and others. The pair has developed a conservatory style program focused on discipline, technique, and artistry for classical and contemporary professional dancers.

“We are so pleased to have Israel and Katia as the dance program directors at Skyra Studios. The choice was easy, technique comes first and for us there was nobody more qualified to run the dance program than this power couple,” says Scott Poiley, owner of Skyra Studios.

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