• Dance Theatre of Jacksonville
    14 Doris Avenue
    Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • Phone: (910) 347-3226
    Email (General Inquiries):
    dtojax@gmail.com

Meet the Staff

Debra Baile Becerra began dancing at the age of 3 at DTOJ. She started dancing competitively at the age of 6 years old. She studied under Desiree LeFebvre, Bridget Stone, Larry Payne and, of course, Debbie T. Baile, her mother and owner of Dance Theatre of Jacksonville.

She started assisting dance teachers at the age of 13 and started her dance teaching career at the age of 18. Under her direction, students have won regional and national honors at various competitions.

As a dance teacher, she has won choreography awards, top score awards, technical awards. DTOJ students and staff won the “Super Sport” award for good sportsmanship four times and the “Class Act” award at NYCDA for the most age appropriate choreography.

Debra has a deep passion for innovative and fresh choreography and instilling new concepts into her choreography. Debra also choreographs and directs the DTOJ Musical Theatre productions. For the past three years, she was hired as the choreographer / co-director of Broadway Junior Musical at DeLalio Elementary School in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Debra continues to educate herself on dance styles and improve her dance skills by attending conventions, workshops and master classes.


Sonia Flores was born in Oceanside, California. She began her dance training at the age of six with Nancy Caldwell (Abbate), where she studied tap, ballet and jazz. Four years later, she continued her training at the Oceanside Dance Academy and added acrobatics, hip-hop and lyrical to her studies. The following year, Sonia joined the O.D.A."Jewels" competition team under the direction of Joceyln K. Wilson where she competed throughout California, and performed at the University of Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase.


At thirteen years old, Sonia began student teaching at O.D.A, while continuing her dance training and performing with Vista High School’s Panther Dancers. By sixteen, she started teaching her own ballet and tap classes at John Landes Community Center. While teaching for the City of Oceanside, Sonia continued performing. She performed at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, The Jeep Aloha Bowl in Hawaii, and the Down Under Bowl in Australia. She also performed in the pregame and halftime shows for Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXVII held in San Diego, California.

Sonia returned to Oceanside Dance Academy in 2000 as an instructor and taught Ballet/Tap, Ballet/Jazz, Hip Hop/Tumble, Tap, Jazz and Zumba. Even though teaching was Sonia's passion she missed performing and in 2004 enrolled in a Salsa dance class.  In that first Salsa class she met her husband and they were married in January 2005. They both continued taking group salsa classes and Sonia joined Majesty in Motion’s ladies performance team and began performing Salsa in venues around San Diego, the San Diego Salsa Congress, Los Angeles Salsa Congress and the San Francisco Salsa Congress.

In 2010, Sonia and her husband relocated to Okinawa, Japan and that same year they had their son Rudy. While on island Sonia taught Salsa dance and choreographed three musicals for the Pacific Okinawa Players: Alice In Wonderland Jr, A Midsummer's Night Dream and Godspell.

Sonia moved to Jacksonville with her husband, who is a United States Marine and her super hero son. Sonia is excited to bring her blend of traditional dance steps and Latin influence to Dance Theatre. Sonia would like to thank God for the gift of dance and the opportunity to share it.


Julie Barnes started ballet at 5 years of age at Bucks County Dance Center in Bensalem, PA under the direction of Rex Henriques and Lorelei Leigh. Her dance education continued at the studio for 10 years where she trained in ballet, jazz and tap. During that time, Julie also trained at the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia for 2 years to enhance her technique and musicality. After her family moved to Florida, she found Boca Ballet Theater and trained primarily in the art of ballet under the direction of Dan Guin and Jane Tyree. While with Boca Ballet Theater she performed full-length ballets to include The Nutcracker, Giselle, and the first Act in Paquita, as well as showcase performances. When Julie started college she attended one year at Florida International University as a dance major and performed multiple showcases with them. Unfortunately, she had to stop her dance major due to injury, but continued with her education. Despite the set back in her degree Julie continued taking classes and later joined a local organization called Illusions Dance Company that comprised of individuals of varying ages performing different styles of dance at events and a yearly full show. In addition to her formal ballet training, Julie Barnes also performed as the lead dancer in the colorguard community in South Florida to include Alliance of Miami Winterguard and Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps.

Julie has recently moved to Jacksonville with her Marine husband and 2 children and is excited to teach the students at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville and share her knowledge of dance technique with all her students.


Piper Collins is a Jacksonville High School graduate and alumni of Dance Theatre of Jacksonville, where she was a member of the competition teams since age 9. During her high school years, she was able to attend Governor’s School for dance, studying under Sara Tourek. Piper is currently working on her associates in arts at Coastal Carolina Community College and hopes to study special education at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in the future. Piper’s long-term goal is to open a dance studio for dancers with special needs

 

 

 

 

 


Victor Smith was born in Hong Kong and received his early ballet training at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. After moving to Australia, he began training at the Queensland Conservatoire of Ballet in Brisbane studying the Cecchetti Method and the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, passing exams with honors. He then furthered his studies in Sydney at Alegria Dance Studios under the direction of Hilary Kaplan and Archibald McKenzie, with whom he performed at the Sydney Opera House. He furthered his studies on scholarship in the United States with the Boston Ballet School as Trainee, Ellison Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy and the Joffrey Ballet School.Past companies include Joffrey Concert Group, Baltimore Ballet, Charlottesville Ballet and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.He has performed a vast amount of classical and contemporary repertoire, dancing as Principal and Soloist.Currently Mr. Smith is dancing as First Soloist with the US International Ballet in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Katrina Moore began dancing at age 5 in Columbus, GA, where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. After graduating high school, she attended Auburn University. There she became a member of the University's dance team, the Tiger Paws. It is on that team where she found her love for teaching and began choreographing for the team. Katrina began teaching at Rising Starz Performing Arts Centre in 2012 in Auburn, Alabama. The following year she became the associate director of the competition team and became the sole director in 2014. Since marrying her husband in 2016, Katrina has been traveling around the U.S. spreading her love for dance. She has recently relocated to Jacksonville, NC with her marine husband and two dogs. She feels blessed to able to share her passion with the students of DTOJ.


Amy Mitchell began studying ballet at the age of 6. She has studied at Friends University, Rogers Ballet Inc., Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education, Footprints Dance Studio, Nancy Clarke School of Dance, and under Sharon Rogers, Stan K. Rogers, Pia Russo, and Debbie Almohandis. Ms. Mitchell attended Friends University on scholarship, and graduated in May 2017 cum laude with a BFA in Ballet Performance, and a BA in Spanish. Her performance experience includes original pieces by Stan K. Rogers, Dominic Walsh, Randall Flinn, and James Wallace, as well as full length ballets including The FirebirdThe Nutcracker, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After graduating she joined world renowned Italian ballet stars, teachers, and choreographers Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini in Wilmington, North Carolina where she spent three seasons studying and performing classical and new contemporary ballets that included original productions by Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini of The Wizard of OzAlice in WonderlandVampires, as well as classical ballets that included CinderellaA Midsummer Nights Dream, and The Nutcracker. Ms. Mitchell has been teaching ballet and pointe classes to all levels, children through adults in the Wilmington area as well as across the country and has even set her own choreographic works.  Ms. Mitchell loves to teach children and pass on her love, passion, and knowledge for classical ballet!


Annie Adams has danced at DTOJ for 16 years.  She has trained as an instructor under her mother, Debra Baile Becerra, Director of Dance at DTOJ.  Annie has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre.  She has been a competitive dancer since the age of 6 and has won many technique, style and top awards as a soloist.  Annie is in her 2nd year as an instructor at DTOJ, she has also choreographed competitive groups and solos for our company dancers last season.  This past season, Annie auditioned and was selected to be a Pro-Reveler for the Revel Dance Convention.  She will be touring with the national convention and assisting their professional faculty in teaching convention classes all over the country.  Annie also trained at NYCDA's Summer Dance Intensive in NYC for two weeks in the summer of 2018.  Growing up at DTOJ, Annie is very familiar with our standards for class management and quality of instruction and is excited to teach hip hop this year!


Nicole Skeen was born and raised in Jacksonville, NC, where she started dancing at the age of 8. She started dancing at Diana’s Dance Academy and took ballet, tap and lyrical there for 3 years. Nicole then continued her dancing at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville for the next 7 years, where she danced competitively and extended her learning to jazz, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop and more! Nicole earned her Nursing Assistant Certification while still in high school  She graduated from White Oak High School this year and is now attending Coastal Carolina Community College to get her associates in Art. She is hoping to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill for Nursing. Although Nicole can no longer perform as a dancer at DTOJ, she decided that she wasn’t ready to give it up just yet and is very blessed to be teaching at DTOJ! Nicole loves children and that she has this opportunity to teach and help create the love of dance in her students!