Caliber Dance Company

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​​Maria Carlo

(Instructor, Choreographer)

Maria Carlo began dancing at the age of 3, starting with Ballet. From there, her love of dance grew with every class she took.  In 2007, Maria joined her studio’s competition team. It was then that she knew that she was meant for the competition stage. Throughout her years of competing, Maria has won a variety of awards including, but not limited to: overall high scores, special judge’s awards, multiple competition titles and invitations to participate in numerous Nationals opening numbers. For many years, Maria assistant taught before she was ready to teach on her own. She is able to teach and choreograph many genres of dance, such as Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary; at both the recreational and competitive levels. She loves to dance but loves teaching dance even more. Maria isn’t just a dance teacher; she is a full-time college student. She is currently attending Cuyahoga Community College to complete all of her perquisites before attending a four-year school. Maria hopes to earn a degree in Physical Therapy in the near future.
 

Joey Ondo

(Instructor, Choreographer)


Joey started in the dance industry at the age of 5. He has primarily concentrated his dance training in the areas of tap, hip hop and acrobatics; with tap being his passion and absolute favorite style of dance. He has had the honor or dancing with some the best tappers in in the industry, including but not limited to: Anthony Morigerato, Mike Minery and Ricci Milan. During his own personal competitive dance career, he has been the recipient of many national titles, numerous first place overall awards, countless special judges' awards including "Judges' Choice" and "Judges' Pick", best choreography awards, best in tap category, top billing routine and the recognition of "Senior Soloist Showdown Winner" at Hall of Fame Nationals two years in a row.  Joey frequents classes and conventions in order to keep up to date with the current styles and trends in dance, as well as to always continue his own personal dance education.  His students have been the recipients of both overall high score awards and special judges' awards.

Kyle Bowen

(Instructor, Choreographer)

Kyle (AKA "
Kulex") started dancing at the age of 12, by way of teaching himself popping and waving techniques through various videos and dancers he admired.  He was completely self-taught for 5 years, until he turned 17 and began taking hip-hop and contemporary/jazz classes at local studios.  After only two months of formal hip-hop and jazz/contemporary training, Kyle joined an adult hip-hop competition team and took the highest awards at many of the competitions the team attended.  Throughout the season, Kyle performed across Northeast Ohio with the studio and competitive team.  Kyle partnered up with Max Albrecht to compete as a duo during the 2013-2014 competition season.  The routine that they choreographed themselves earned first place at several events, as well as special awards for "Incredible Musicality" and "Outstanding Performance" recognitions.  The two of them have performed and taught together at numerous events across Ohio, and have competed in 2vs2 all-style battles.  During Kyle's senior year of high school, he auditioned to perform at Brunswick High School's annual talent show.  Not only did he make the cut, he proceeded to win the show overall.  The following year, Brunswick asked if he would return for an encore performance before a new winner would be crowned.  Kyle has since been asked to perform on several occasions for the high school, such as pep rallies and showcases.  Since Kyle began his professional dance training, he has taken instruction from many of the hip-hop powerhouses in the business; such as Les Twins, Brian Puspos & Lando Wilkins from America's Best Dance Crew's Mos Wanted Crew, Andrew Baterina & Jill SanJuan of SoReal, and Brian & Mark Fucanan from Arkiteks.  Local musical artists, such as Cali Miles and Raydyant, approached Kyle, along with other local dancers, to perform in music videos they have created and uploaded to YouTube.  These videos, as well as dance videos he has uploaded, have received thousands of views. Kyle has taught workshops focusing on popping/waving and hip-hop technique, as well as hip-hop choreography classes.  He currently teaches both the recreational and competitive level dancers at Caliber Dance Company. Outside of the studio, Kyle is a Business Major at Cuyahoga Community College.  Kyle is a member of the 2016-2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team.

 ​​Orlando Mercado

(Instructor, Choreographer)

Orlando (AKA x factor) has been dancing since he was a small child, and has primarily focused his dance training in the areas of breakdancing and hip hop. Whether it be community events, festivals, working as a background dancer for Cleveland musical artists Cosculleula and PlanB, being a member of the 2013-2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team, music videos or dance competitions, Orlando loves to perform and entertain an audience. He is always continuing his dance education, learning new genres, improving his personal craft and keeping up to date with the newest styles in dance. At the age of 15, Orlando’s dance crew was awarded the recognition of “Best Dance Group of the Year”. He takes great pride in being one of the founders of the Cleveland hip
hop dance crew called “Evolution”. This remarkable crew has been together since 2010, and is very well-known for their style and creativity. At the age of 17, Orlando competed in the “Ohio’s Best Dance Crew” competition and took 2nd place with his crew.  In 2011, Orlando began working (and continues to work) as a professional dancer and entertainer for a local entertainment company. Orlando brings a lot of experience, enthusiasm, knowledge and creative style to the Caliber Family and is very excited to share his passion with his students.  Orlando is a member of the 2016-2017 Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team. 

                   

Max Albrecht

(Instructor, Choreographer)

Max (AKA "Cinemax") began dancing at the age of 14, starting with breakdancing. He later moved his studies to
waving, popping and urban hip hop. While most of his abilities were self taught through videos, he began taking hip hop classes at many local dance studios.  He also studied contemporary, jazz and Broadway during this time. During his junior year of high school he became the first boy ever to join the dance team at North Olmsted High School. He also became the captain of the team his senior year. Max has danced and performed with many local Cleveland artists and has appeared in music videos. At the age of 16, Max began competing with an advanced hip hop team, and ended up winning 2nd place at the World Dance Competition in New York City. Along with hundreds of other hopefuls, Max auditioned for the Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team in 2014, and earned a spot on that team. He became the youngest dancer to ever be on the Scream Team, and performed at multiple events through the Cavaliers; as well as all of the Cavalier’s home games during the 2014-2015 season. Max is currently a member of the award-winning hip hop crew ELEVĀTED. He teaches multiple hip hop classes at Caliber Dance Company, as well as hip hop workshops around Ohio.

Kiera Naples

(Acrobatics/Tumbling Instructor, Choreographer)

Kiera Naples
began dance at the age of 3. She took every class that she possibly could; including tap, jazz, hip hop and ballet. Ballet was her favorite.  She became involved in competitive cheerleading, and ultimately decided that this was her passion. She competed at Ohio Cheer Explosion All-Stars for eight years. Her team competed nationally at some of the largest competitions in the United States, placing in the top three a majority of the time. One win in particular was the US Finals National Championship! Outside of Ohio Cheer Explosion, she cheered throughout middle school and high school.  She became a member of both the Brunswick High School Varsity Cheerleading Squad and the Brunswick High School Competition Cheerleading Squad. During her senior year, she was fortunate enough to be a part of the competitive team that won the 2013 NOC conference championship for cheerleading. This was the first time Brunswick had won in three years! From 2008 to 2012, she was a Cheerleading coach for Blue Devils Youth Football in Brunswick, where she choreographed and taught 5-13 year olds to cheer sideline for football teams and compete against the other cheer teams in the league. Her special talent is her flexibility and contortion. Currently, Kiera is working on her Masters in School Psychology.

Joe Zitricki

(Acrobatics/Tumbling Instructor, Choreographer)

Joe first began developing his craft at the age of 7, when he started taking Karate. Once he achieved his Black Belt, Joe started parkour and tricking. He soon added break dancing, martial arts weapons training (double nunchucks, bo staff/3 section staff, rope dart), popping/animation, capoeira and tumbling to his list of skills. Joe has been a tumbling coach for 5 years; which includes both parkour and competitive cheerleading experience. He has coached at Camp Woodward with world famous athlete Kie Willis, Ohio Cheer Explosion and Steel City Parkour. Joe is a former Pararescue Candidate in the U.S. Air Force Special Operations and is currently a Cleveland State University Cheerleader. He is a Health Sciences major at Cleveland State University; going to school to become a Physical Therapist. Joe is exceptionally well rounded and trained to teach a wide variety of skills to both children and adults.

Hayley Stovcik


(Owner, Artistic Director, Instructor, Choreographer)


Hayley Stovcik's dance education began at age 3 in ballet, tap and jazz classes; with baton, acrobatics, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, Pointe, voice and violin being added to her weekly repertoire of classes / lessons soon after. She started dancing competitively as both a soloist and group member in elementary school, and continued to do so until graduating from high school. Outside of the studio, Hayley was a four year member and captain of the Strongsville High School Dance Team, took master classes at the Broadway Dance Center and numerous conventions, and performed with Sesame Street...Live! By way of the Universal Dance Association (UDA), Hayley was chosen to and danced in the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2002. From 2003-2004, Hayley attended Baldwin Wallace University, was on the BWU dance team, and cast in numerous student and faculty dance concerts and recitals. In 2004, Hayley transferred to Ohio University, and began taking daily modern and ballet technique classes after auditioning for and being accepted into the acclaimed Ohio University School of Dance. The curriculum provided seminars in improvisation, visiting artists, dance concerts and weekly composition labs. She enrolled and participated in quarter long classes dedicated to dance history, theory, stage production, Pilates, jazz and African techniques. In 2007, Hayley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has taught locally, at both a competitive and recreational level, since 2007. Her work has been recognized with overall high score and top choreography awards, as dancers bring her visions to life onstage and at competitions. Hayley enjoys sharing her love of dance, appreciation for diverse education opportunities and years of experience with the students of Caliber Dance Company; to guide them on a path of excellence as well-rounded young artists, performers and students. In the community, Hayley has choreographed for both GE Lighting and the United Way of Greater Cleveland's nationally recognized campaign kickoffs and anniversaries. She also works in transportation sales / business development at the Allen Lund Company and is a Berea Animal Rescue volunteer.  As of August 2015, Hayley is currently certified in CIZE LIVE fitness instruction.

Our mission is to provide children in our community with the opportunity to explore and hone their dance skills, pursue their passions, and realize their potential in a positive atmosphere built on commitment to enthusiasm, expertise, and excellence.

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10143 Royalton Road Unit A, North Royalton, Ohio 44133              Email: CaliberDance@gmail.com             Phone: 440-237-1723

Kylie Bett

(Instructor, Choreographer)


Kylie has been dancing since the age of 3. She grew up in Buffalo, NY dancing at the Dance Spectrum studying under Stacey Friend. Kylie competed and performed in the Buffalo, Pittsburgh and New York City areas. Growing up Kylie had many performing opportunities and can be seen in the 2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Opening Number, the Dancing Princess in a Fisher Price Video game, and as an extra in The American Side (film). She also has had the privilege of working with world renowned choreographers Dana Wilson, Suzi Taylor, and Jon Lehrer. Kylie received her Bachelors in Communication and minor in Health and Wellness from the University at Buffalo. While attending college Kylie taught at various studios, including Danceability, a studio for children and adults with special needs. Kylie recently made the move to Cleveland to perform as a Charge Girl for the Cleveland Cavaliers' D League Team, the Canton Charge. She is excited to make Ohio home and to work with the dancers at Caliber Dance Company!

Giovanna VanDenHaute

(Yoga, Barre)

Wellness and physical fitness have always been a significant part of Giovanna’s life.  Her favorite way to practice wellness is through a holistic approach of yoga, barre, pilates, meditation, clean eating, cleansing and self care rituals.  Yoga has always been her first love from the moment she first stepped onto her mat in 2001 and has enriched her life in countless ways since.  She strives to “live yoga” both on and off the mat each and every day.  After years of honing her own practice, Giovanna became a certified yoga teacher through Cleveland Yoga and Yoga Alliance in 2011.  She was trained in Baptiste Vinyasa Yoga and has taught a myriad of techniques including: Hot Power Vinyasa, Restorative Slow Flow Vinyasa and Yoga Barre.  She is always learning, growing and continuing to be inspired by her many amazing teachers. Giovanna describes her classes as playful, sweaty, challenging and rejuvenating.  She says “All of my classes have a flow that starts off gentle to stretch you out, warm you up and lengthen your muscles. Once you are warm, we amp up the energy and focus on toning and reaching your edge. Then we slow back down leaving you feeling peaceful and balanced.  My classes focus on healing and strengthening the mind, body and soul connection.  My barre classes have similar flows and results as my yoga classes.  What makes my barre classes unique is that they have a mix of modern ballet, yoga and pilates…not to mention amazing music.  This class will provide the lengthening, leaning and toning that everyone craves!” Another passion of Giovanna’s is teaching others the holistic approach to wellness. She received her Holistic Health Coaching Certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013 and a Bachelors of Science degree in Interpersonal Communications from the Scripps School of Communications at Ohio University in 2008.  Her professional experience includes: Yoga Teaching, Health Coaching, Barre Teaching, Wellness Workshops and Corporate Wellness. She truly believes that everyone can reach their optimal potential through a holistic approach of lifestyle, fitness and nutrition. “I feel so blessed to have this opportunity share my love of wellness with you all,” says Giovanna.  “I am excited to see you all in yoga, barre or in an upcoming wellness workshop.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to say hi. Namaste!