Meet our dance instructors
We are passionate about our student's success in dance and in life. Children often look up to their dance teacher. We strive to make sure that what they are seeing is an example worth following.
Our instructors have degrees in dance and/or are members of professional ballet companies. They are dedicated to teaching strong technique. This commitment helps our students get stronger, avoid injury, and gives them the firm foundation they need to enjoy other styles of dance in the future.
Artistic Director Tiffany Cotton Willis has been studing dance for over thirty five years. Mrs. Willis is a Native of Jacksonville, Florida. She is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Florida School of the Arts and Florida State University. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree in Dance. She has been teaching dance to students of all ages since 1997. She has had the privilege of studing with world renown choreographers and teachers. Tiffany has performed in the National High School Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival and the American College Dance Festival. She had the honor of being a member of Arts Triumphant Dance Theatre where she danced professionally under the direction of Yvonne Salcedo Williams. Mrs. Willis is the founder of Destiny Dance Center and Destiny Dance Company. It is her desire to see lives changed for the glory of God through the art of dance.
Abbey Taylor is a lifelong dancer, with nearly 21 years of dance experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the State University of New York. She studied movement science as it relates to dance strength and conditioning. She also studied ballet, tap, and modern in college. This is her seventh year teaching dance with Destiny Dance Center. She is passionate about dance and instilling strong technique in her students.
Erin Byrd received her dance training at The School of the Delaware Dance Company where she later became a company member. She performed many soloist and principal rolls in the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty Ballets including Dew Drop Fairy and Snow Queen.
She spent her summers studying at various summer intensives including North Carolina School of the Arts where she was invited back to study full-time, and Chautauqua Institute under the tutelage of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, where she performed alongside members of the New York City Ballet.
Erin later joined Arts Triumphant Dance Theater, a Christian based company here in Jacksonville FL, and later, Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company.
She has taught at several dance schools in Philadelphia PA and Jacksonville FL, including Destiny Dance Center, several years ago!
Erin instructs in the Cecchetti (Italian) ballet method, also instructs jazz, hip hop, and gymnastics/acrobatics.
She believes dance is a natural expression of love for the Lord and is delighted to be able to teach at Destiny Dance Center where dance skills are developed in a nurturing Christian environment.
Heather Bolam has trained for 13 years in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, and character dance. She has received training from several well-renowned instructors in the Jacksonville area including Marta Jackson, Mark Spivak, Alexa Coy, Megan Knickerbocker, and others. She spent her summers in high school training at intensives such as the Perla Ballet School at the advanced level. As well as Ballet Magnificat’s summer intensive at the pre-professional level for two consecutive years. Heather also spent time in Belhaven University’s dance program, training in ballet and modern techniques. Heather has performed numerous roles in different ballets, including Snow Queen, Snowflake, Dewdrop, Arabian, and Marzipan in the Nutcracker, as well as theatrical roles such as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. Heather has assisted in classes and taught dance for multiple years. She loves encouraging students to reach for their highest potential and use their gift of dance for the glory of the Lord.