Meet Our Team

Debbie Kennedy

Director
Debbie Kennedy is the Director of the Tutterow Dance Academy and the Tutterow “Stars of Tomorrow” performing group.  Debbie began her dance training at the age of nine under the direction of Gayle and Phyllis Tutterow and has been a part of the Tutterow dance program for over the past 40+ years. She started assisting in classes in 1977 and has been sharing her love of dance ever since. After graduation, she trained in New York at Steps on Broadway. Debbie, along with her husband Ron of 32 years, started Tutterow Dance Academy in 1998. They have 2 adult daughters; Brittney & Brielle. An exceptional choreographer and instructor, Debbie has led numerous dance routines to First Place, Platinum, and Grand Champion titles.  She has also received the honor of winning Outstanding Choreographer Awards & Most Entertaining Awards from multiple competitions. Debbie continues her study of dance by attending conventions and additional teacher training workshops featuring nationally known teachers and talented artists.

Brittney Kennedy

Assistant Director
Brittney is a preschool teacher at Indian Rocks Christian school and was also the dance director for the dance department at Classical Christian School of the Arts. She has been dancing with Tutterow since 1991. Brittney has studied with Joshua Allen, Travis Wall, Ivan Koumaev, Mia Michaels, Hayley Mac, and Jerry Rose, to name a few. While touring with the TDA company in Germany, she participated in a class with a member of the Berlin Ballet, an authentic Bavarian Folk Dance lesson & danced for the Military Troops and families in Stuttgart and Bamberg. She is lead choreographer for Indian Christian Schools’ productions. Some of those are: Annie Jr, Music Man, Beauty & the Beast, Flapper & Sound of Music. Brittney has her CPR, First Aide and Special Needs Certificate. To stay current with choreography, Brittney attends master classes, conventions & teacher training workshops all over the United States. She also has a dance teacher certification backed by the University of Nevada.

Gail Horton

Ballet Director
Born in Massachusetts, Ms. Gail started her early training in Boston and also the School of American Ballet in New York on scholarship. Starting at the age of 12, Ms. Gail attended summer ballet intensives each year. She has danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, Ohio Ballet, San Antonio Ballet, The Tampa Ballet and summer stock with the Berks Summer Theater.  She also did Nutcracker with the New Jersey Ballet. Ms. Gail taught for 15 years at Cheryl Lee Studio. She has also taught at Brandon School of dance arts, other studios around the Bay area and as a substitute at the Patel Conservatory. We are happy to have her teaching and overseeing our Ballet department at Tutterow.

Sarah Beth Aleman

Sarah began her training at Tutterow Dance Academy at the age of 3 where she developed a love for tap dance under the instruction of Gayle Tutterow. She went on to study under and train with such tap legends as Anthony Morigerato, Jason Samuels-Smith, and Mike Minery. Sarah Beth is also certified by the Universal Dance Association in Kickline, Novelty, and Musical Theatre technique instruction. She has won numerous awards for her choreography at competitions throughout the United States.  Sarah Beth has been an instructor and choreographer for over 25 years and is thrilled to be back home at the Tutterow Dance Academy!

Danielle Brown

Danielle started taking dance at Tutterow at the age of 4. She is studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has received her Child Development Associates Degree. Danielle has taken master classes withMia Michaels, Chris Judd, Dave Scott, Lori Ann Gibson, Tyce Diorio, Chris Smith, Jerry Rose, Barry Youngblood, Loree Rousseau, Sonya Livingston, Joshua Allen and many more. Danielle is also a member of the International Thespian Society. 

Michael Brown

Michael started dancing in 1996 with Tutterow Dancers. He is studying for his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. His plans are to teach math to high school students as well as teaching Tap. Michael is a member of the International Thespian Society. His choreography continues to receive High Gold’s and Platinum and Overall awards. Continuing in his craft, Michael has taken master classes with Miller & Ben, Chris Smith, Loree Rousseau, Hayley Mac, Tony Vitale, Susie Vitale, Quentin Bolden, Holly Humphrey, Michael Natter, and many more. 

Katie Kermerer Davis

Katie has been a part of the Tutterow Family for 35+ years, studying under the direction of Gayle & Phyllis Tutterow for 16 years with opportunities to dance in Russia and Disney World.  Katie has performed locally on cruise ships, in variety shows and was a previous talent award winner in a local scholarship pageant.  She has taken lessons at Florida State University School of Dance.  Katie returned to teaching dance several years ago, first as an assistant and now returning as a part of the faculty. Katie has also taught liturgical dance at her place of worship in the past for four years.  Katie also enjoys working with and serving children and their families in her professional & family life and has done so for over 20 years.  She understands the roll as a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and dance mom. Her 2 daughters have also been a part of TDA for over 16 years and now give back to the world of dance, one as a dance teacher herself and the other a dancer/performer with Disney. Katie loves teaching & being a part of the TDA family, and loves sharing the joy of dance with others! . 

Kiana Davis

Kiana has been a part of the Tutterow Dance family for over 18 years. She loves sharing her passion and joy for dance with others. Kiana started taking dance lessons with Tutterow at the age of 2 and it has led her to a lifelong love of dance. She is now able to share that with others. Kiana has taught dance at several Tutterow dance camps as well as teach a few classes here at the studio. In addition to teaching dance, she enjoys serving others at Sonny’s bbq as she is studying hospitality. She believes “dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another”. Kiana loves helping others dance with their hearts and she is so blessed to be a part of the TDA family

Jackie Hardesty

Jackie has been teaching both dance and gymnastics for the past 12 years. She started dance and gymnastics at the age of 3 and competed throughout high school both on a regional and national level. She then preformed for Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Va for Four seasons. Jackie has her Dance Masters of America Teaching certification as well as being a certified Pilates Instructor.  Jackie teaches Acro at TDA and has helped our dancers gain confidence in their acro skills. Ms Jackie is also versed in teaching Tap, Jazz, Ballet & technique. 

Katie Hauberger

Katie danced at Tutterow for 16 years and studied many genres including tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical and hip hop. Katie won many top national awards in her 11 years of competing and attended multiple conventions and master classes. She was also on her school’s cheer team. Katie’s other love is photography and owns a very successful photography business. Her knowledge of dance gives her a special edge on capturing the right shot of the dancer in action. We are happy to have Ms Katie on our team and her love of dance is evident in the classroom. 

Samantha Hood

Samantha dancing at Tutterow at the age of 5. Sam is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society for 2 years in college. She has taken master classes with Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Joshua Allen, Haley Mac, Todrick Hall, Joshua Allen and Barry Youngblood. Some highlight performances were at Walt Disney World, Disney’s California Adventure, the Florida State Fair and for the US Troops in Germany. Sam was a member of her high school dance team and the Seminole HS color/winter guard where she performed in the 2005 Rose Bowl Parade. Ms Sam also has her nursing degree and is an emergent nurse in the Tampa area and is continuing her education for her BSN.

Katryna Morrall

Katryna has been dancing since the age of 3 and was a member of the Tutterow “Stars of Tomorrow”company for 7 years. She joined the Tutterow faculty in 2004. Katryna traveled to Germany in 2008 to perform for the US military troops with Tutterow. Katryna graduated in 2007 suma cum laude with her AA degree from St Petersburg College and is studying for her Bachelor’ s Degree from University of South Florida. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Collegiate National Honor Society and Student Government, earning a Leadership Certificate and serving as an officer.  Her creative energy and expressive choreography give her students the opportunity to have fun while they build on their dance skills every year.  She continues her training by studying with various master teachers and talented artists throughout the United States. Katryna and her husband Mike were blessed with their handsome baby boy Jackson in February 2019. 

Brielle Kennedy

Brielle has been dancing since the age of 2 and on the competition team from the age of 6-17.
She has performed internationally for our troops and families in Germany, on cruise ships and Disney in Orlando, California and France. Besides teaching at the studio, she is a licensed cosmetologist and also works at Attitudes Dancewear.
Brielle enjoys working with the dancers and sharing her knowledge of dance and seeing a child experience the joy when accomplishing a new skill.

Jessica Kelly

Jessica was blessed to have trained locally as a young student in the Vaganova, Cecchetti and Balanchine methods. She fell in love with ballet at the age of 8 and was quick to pick it up. Jessica studied ballet, exclusively for 4 years but also became well versed in jazz and lyrical, as a successful competitive dancer and performer. Her summers were spent at ballet intensive programs such as Sarasota Ballet, Orlando Ballet and The Rock School for Dance Education, working diligently & striving for perfection. Jessica attended The Rock’s year-round, pre-professional level, ballet training program in Philadelphia for her 11th grade year on a scholarship. There were endless opportunities to perform, grow and refine her dancing with training five or six days a week. After graduation, I stumbled head over heels for the love of my life and we started our family. After a few auto accidents, my body needed physical therapy and ballet made the most sense for my recovery. Jessica is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, an innovative program designed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in class. Jessica and her husband have two beautiful children. Sharing her passion & knowledge for ballet with the next generation & watching them flourish comes with great satisfaction and pride!