Our qualified instructors are excited to share their love and knowledge of the performing arts with you!
Lisa Kelly Ferlita
Lisa Kelly Ferlita has as been performing since the age of three. She grew up in Middletown, New Jersey studying dancing, singing and acting. She went on to pursue her love for the arts and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Drama from Hofstra University in New York. She auditioned in Manhattan and landed herself her first professional musical theater gig at the age of 19. She went on to audition regularly in New York and toured nationally and internationally dancing, singing and acting. She earned her Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) union card through TheaterWorks USA.
After 10 years of performing professionally, she was asked to direct a dance program for a brand new Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. She built a very successful dance program from the ground up and assisted with the drama and musical theater departments. This is where she learned about her passion for teaching the performing arts!
Since then, Kelly-Ferlita married and moved to Tampa, Florida and founded a dance program at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. There she created a dance curriculum for grades Pre-k through 5th Grade. She also started her own after school dance program for ages 3 through Adults. Both programs have grown by leaps and bounds.
At Corbett Prep, Kelly-Ferlita was a co-teacher in the Drama Department. Now, Lisa has founded Stagelights Performing Arts Center where she is currently sharing her passion and love for the performing arts with her beloved students.
Lisa studied dance with world renowned dance artists such as: Robin Becker, Lance Westergard, Finus Jhung, Andy Blankenbuehler, Mia Michaels, David Marquez, Frank Hatchett, Charles Kelly, Sheila Barker, Luigi, Charles Goddard, Germaine Salsberg and many more. Lisa studied private voice under the direction of Steven Lutvak, Brad Ross, Thomas Parisi, Thomas Shephard, and Lynn Singer. Lisa studied and performed at T. Schreiber Actors Studio in NYC.
Gracie has been dancing since the age of 2, beginning at Brooksville Dance Academy and continuing her dance education at Blackwood Studios. She is furthering her studies as a Dance Major at USF in the fall of 2020. She has received scholarships in Jazz and Modern from Florida Dance Masters and has been a finalist at FDM Senior Miss Dance, Spotlight on Talent, and Pasco County Showcase of Talent. She has taught contemporary and modern classes at Blackwood Studios and has also assisted classes in every style of dance. She enjoys choreography and intends to make dance her life long passion.
Delorian White (a.k.a DLO)
Mina is from Zephyrhills, Florida and began dancing at the age of three. She trained in many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, and acrobatics. Mina has competed and performed at many dance competitions and showcases including Florida Dance Masters conventions, Pasco County Showcase of Talent, and Spotlight on Talent, where she won first place! Mina has enjoyed teaching classes in tap and acro at Blackwood Studios and is excited to join the faculty at Stagelights Performing Arts Center! Mina is happy to continue her love for dance and the arts while she completes her nursing degree at the University of South Florida.
Nancy has studied vocal pedagogy with the prestigious Dr. Thomas Gregg who is currently a Professor of Voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as well as the highly accomplished Jean Jordan, who is a professor emeritus of voice at Ole Miss.
Nancy personally has sung for the US Senate, at the Navy Ball, at various National Anthem events, in Carnegie Hall and has soloed in the Vatican in Rome, Italy. She has experience in musical theatre with many credits with several theatre companies across Tampa Bay and currently sings weekly with Keystone Community Church leading praise and worship. She has been in a vocal quartet as well as a lead singer for a local rock band and has experience in a wide variety of singing styles as specific singing techniques.
Personally, Nancy is the mother of 6 kids, 5 daughter and 1 son. She lives in Lutz, FL and has a natural gift with and love of working with children. She is delighted to teach voice to aspiring singers and help share the lessons taught with her.
Stagelights Performing Arts Center
4920 Newkirk Dr. #9
Tampa Fl, 33624