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Davenport School of the Arts
 Dance Department

Meet the Dance Teachers...

 Jessica Granger Harvie, M.Ed Arts, CYT

Dance Director/Educator/Choreographer

Mrs. Harvie had the pleasure of establishing the DSA dance department back in 2000 and was hired by Mr. Kier as the first dance teacher to open the school. Mrs. Harvie has worked on both the old and new campus of DSA as an elementary and middle school teacher. Mrs. Harvie is a licensed, certified educator of Dance, Drama, Yoga, and K-12 Physical Education.  She holds a Masters Degree in Arts and Academic Interdisciplinary Education, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, a Bachelors in French, and has 30 years of experience as a Dance professional. She began her dance training at age 2 and has had extensive training in numerous genres of Dance. She continues to works with students 2 years and older; and has also trained professional level dancers who have gone on to careers in the Dance profession. While living in Louisiana, Jessica owned and operated her own dance studio, Studio 48, School of Fine Arts, Dance Academy, for seven years. She has also had the pleasure of founding the dance programs and serving as Director of Dance at both Davenport School of the Arts and Ridge Community High School during her 22 years with Polk County Schools. She has also been the founding artistic director and choreographer for three dance companies: DANCE, INC; The Davenport Dancers; and, Electric Motion Dance Company. Jessica also established, founded, and facilitated the All-County Dance Festival and Gala Events for Polk County Schools, and has been a part of three teams who have received The Kennedy Center Awards for excellence in the Arts. In addition, Jessica has served as a state leader serving as Past State Treasurer for The Florida Dance Education Organization and as a writer for the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Dance. Recently, Jessica wrote  the Middle School Dance Curriculum for the Polk County School District.  Currently, Jessica is writing a dance book which she aspires to publish one day. Jessica is a firm believer in dreams coming true because she sees evidence of it every day in her family, friends, and students. Above all else, Jessica is most thankful for the blessed life she leads with her daughter, Madison, and son, Jude. "Faith, Family, Future…" 

Tinamarie Carlow, BFA Dance

 Dance Director/Educator /Choreographer

This is Mrs. Carlow’s 18th year at DSA and her 30th year as a Dance Educator. Originally from Queens, New York, she is a Graduate of Talent Unlimited H.S in NYC, where she was a member of their Alexander Touring Company for four years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A) in Dance from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. After graduating, Mrs. Carlow performed for          Walt Disney World Entertainment for eight years and was one of their Seasonal Staging Specialists for Parades and Shows. Mrs. Carlow has performed for the United Nations in NYC, National Commercials, MTV TV Pilot Show and Hard Rock Live, just to name a few. She was an adjudicator for New York Festival of Dance and a teacher at Macy’s “Tap O Mania” in NYC. She has taught in numerous dance studios in New York and Florida. She was a member of the FDEO (Florida Dance Education Organization) and was the chapter sponsor for the Junior National Honors Society for Dance. Her choreography has been showcased around NYC and Florida as well as winning numerous awards at Star Power and Tremaine Dance competitions. Many of her students have gone on to dance at Harrison School for the Arts and in colleges/universities earning their B.A/ B.F.A in dance, as well as dancing professionally and owning their own studios. She was the choreographer for DSA’s productions of “The Wizard of Oz”, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, “Oliver”, “Peter Pan”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins”. Most recently she was the choreographer for the back to school commercial for Eye Specialist of Mid Florida. At DSA Mrs. Carlow instructs all levels in 6-8th grade in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap. Mrs. Carlow believes in the foundation of traditional dance training and how it develops the whole dancer.

Mrs. Carlow is loving, tough, fair and encourages the dancers to become the best dancer/version of themselves

they can be. She believes in hard work, positive affirmations and the understanding that the discipline that they receive in the arts can be applied towards all life skills. Communication and respect between parents and teachers is also the key to student success.

She owns a home-based business as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant teaching skin care and color cosmetics to teens and adults. She loves to create paper quilling designs, terracotta pots and mandala dot artwork. She has a wonderful husband and amazing 9 year old twins!!

Mrs. Carlow is excited to challenge the dancers and continue to take them to the next level.

“What each dancer puts in, is what they will get out”

Myriah Jost, BFA Dance

 Dance Co-Director/Educator/Choreographer

Facilitator for Polk County All County Dance Festival 2014

Myriah began her dance training at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Franklin, Mass.  She continued her dance education at Adelphi University, New York earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance.  She taught in Massachusetts for 10 years at several dance studios. She has worked with children and adults of all ages at the recreational and professional levels.  Some of her students have gone on to major in dance at respected universities. She has also danced professionally with Moving West Repertory Theater in Framingham, Mass.  This is her eighth year teaching dance grades K-8 at Davenport School of the Arts and 18th year teaching dance.  This will be her fourth year as the Facilitator for Polk’s All County Dance Festival and Gala.  Her choreography has been showcased at local festivals, Celebration’s “Now Snowing”, Gaylord Palms Resort, Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of Art, and Hawthorne Inn.  Her choreography has been showcased in DSA’s musical theatre productions of “Schoolhouse Rock Jr.”, “Annie”, and her favorite Disney story “Cinderella.”  She has continued her dance education through Florida Dance Education Organization workshops and seminars. To the loves of my life, Aaron, Sam, Maddy and Jilly…you are my life and joy!