Check out all of our instructors…Vast amounts of professional experience and at the top of their fields!
Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical
>Music, Acting & Art
Ruth “Bootsie” Campbell
Jewels, Musical Theater
Guitar, Brass, Drums
Carley AngelesCarley Angeles graduated with Cum Laude from Pensacola State College in May 2018 with her A.A. in Performance and Theater. She has 18 years of dance and performance experience. She was judged “Best All Around Dancer” at Pensacola State College Summer Dance Workshop in 2014 and 2015, winning multiple scholarships to California and New York. Carley has also taken master classes with several well known dance teachers in all genres of dance, such as Eddy Garcia, Kenny Wormald, Ian Eastwood, and Mia Michaels. Carley’s performance experience includes Pensacola Opera's Deadman Walking and Alonzo in Pensacola Little Theater's production of Cats, dance captain in Pensacola State College's production of The Addams Family Musical. Carley received a FCSAA Theater Student of the Month award for the state of Florida in November 2017. She recently received a Artistic Excellence Crystal Award from Pensacola Little Theater for her role in Cats. Carley is currently auditioning for her dream job as a dancer/performer in Walt Disney World. She has been teaching for six years and loves sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages.
Julie CarrierMiss Julie began her dance career when she was three in St. Louis, Missouri. Her love of the art continued throughout her life, culminating in her decision to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wyoming. Julie has danced in many venues across the country, including Chicago and New York, and with many legendary dancers and dance companies including Peter Pucci, Jay Franke, the Martha Graham Dancers and the American Repertory Dance Company. In addition to her professional dance career, Julie has choreographed The Unsinkable Molly Brown and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, among others. She was voted best choreographer by students and faculty alike in her senior year at the University of Wyoming, as well as best dancer. Additionally, Julie was a cheerleader/dance squad member all through junior high, high school and college. Julie was chosen to represent the U.S. on the Superstar Performance Team, traveling to Ireland. Her choreography consistently earns top scores and places her dances among the Top 10 in their divisions at competitions. Her goal is to bring her variety of knowledge and joy of dance into their lives so they may experience a well-rounded fine arts education.
Theresa ByrneTheresa has had a love for dancing since she was a little girl. Her formal training started at age 12. She excelled in multiple disciplines and was awarded a full scholarship to her dance school several years in a row. The foundation she was given allowed her to represent her school through their performance company. She has had the privilege to train under world renowned choreographers through various dance conventions such as Tremaine, NYCDA, and Dupree as well as private studio workshops that were by invitation only. Performing has always been one of Theresa’s favorite things to do. In addition to competitions and community performances, she has had the privilege to perform multiple roles in the Nutcracker and as a dancer for a dinner theater show with a local production. Theresa has had the privilege of teaching dance since she was 16 years old. She is excited for the opportunity to impart her knowledge, experience and love for dance with the students at Time To Shine.
Kathy MessickKathy started her dance career at the young age of 2½ at Dorothy Warren Willard School of Dance in Jacksonville, Florida. She was always an active young girl so her mother thought it would be great to put that energy into something she’d do for the rest of her life. She loves all forms of dance but her favorites are tap and acrobatics. She was a part of the Bambi Phillips Dancers, competed in Miss Dance of Florida, and Showstopper. She has performed in productions of Nutcracker and Pagliacci as well as over 40 years of recitals. Kathy has attended multiple workshops by DMA, ADA as well as those taught by the amazing Al Gilbert and Anthony LoCasio. She also recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to dance with the Rockettes in New York City. As she says, “Dance is my passion so let’s get tapping!”
Christy RossMiss Christy has extensive professional ballet and modern performance and teaching experience. She is originally from Oak Harbor, Washington but her professional career was centered in the Midwest. She has trained with internationally renowned teachers and choreographers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais companies, among many others. She has danced with Grand Rapids Ballet, Aerial Dance Theatre, Detroit Dance Collective, Contemporary Motions and the University of Iowa’s professional touring company. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, she had the honor of performing in George Balanchine’s “Stars & Stripes” and the privilege of working under Balanchine ballerina Jillana as she staged the choreography. In addition to extensive private studio teaching experience, she has taught ballet as adjunct faculty for Oakland University (Rochester Hills, MI) and Oakland Community College (Royal Oak, MI) as well as summer faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Her choreography was selected to be showcased at the Mid-States Regional Ballet Festival and the American College Dance Festival and she was given Hope College’s Florence Cavanaugh Award for Outstanding Dance Student. Her recent choreography has helped her students earned Top 10 placement in their solos at competitions. Her passion for teaching comes from cultivating the individual potential in each student while helping them understand the rich tradition and history of dance that has come before them.
Carol BishopCarol has a B.S. in Music Education from Minot State University in North Dakota. She has taught band, elementary music and general music in public schools in North Dakota, Texas and Kansas, but prefers to teach private lessons. Even when she has had full-time positions in the corporate world, she has always given piano lessons on the side. In 1998 she began teaching piano on a full-time basis. Many students who have started piano in kindergarten with Miss Carol stopped only when they graduated high school! And it is quite clear just how nice and likeable she is as a person as she was named the “Kindest Woman of Dodge City, Kansas.”! Many of her students have placed high in various festivals and competitions throughout the years.
Miranda VarelaMiranda Varela began competing regionally and nationally in speech and acting competitions in high school. She is a 2005 Pensacola Christian College graduate, with a B.A. in Speech Communications, and received an M.A. in Interpretive Speech in 2007. She was on the PCC speech faculty for four years where she taught various classes on theatrical performing and producing. She has acted in numerous productions, and has a love for teaching children to make a difference in others lives through drama. She currently assists in putting on various camps and productions around the community. Her first two original works are “A Life Far Richer” and “What If?” Her background in competitive storytelling and interpretation of scripture drives her desire to help children express themselves, and bring literature to life!
Lisa HilliardSoprano Lisa Hilliard has performed and recorded with legendary conductor Robert Shaw throughout Europe and at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Atlanta Symphony Hall. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and the New York Choral Society and has been a featured soloist in concerts at the Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Lisa has enjoyed the unique opportunity of singing the soprano solos in the world premiere of two newly-commissioned Requiems performed in Atlanta. A native of Atlanta now living in Santa Rosa County, Miss Lisa was honored to sing the National Anthem for President Bush’s first appearance at the Pensacola Civic Center. Locally, she has performed with Pensacola Opera and as a soloist with the Pensacola Choral Society and the Gulf Coast Chorale. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, where she attended on voice and piano scholarships.
Frances MichaelsCurrently a member of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra since 1986, Miss Frances brings us a wealth of experience. She holds a B.M. in Music Education & Music Therapy from Loyola University, as well as her M.A. in Psychology from University of West Florida. She is originally from Miami and has been teaching violin for a number of years in Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, including being the Thibodaux, Louisiana middle schools string class director and director of the Brownsville Arts & Sciences Academy orchestra. She recorded her own CD of music, including several of her own original compositions. In addition to classical violin, she is proficient at fiddling and brings great versatility to her teaching. She received Suzuki method teacher training from Doris Hansen, who trained directly with Suzuki himself in Japan.
Lindy BrownLindy is originally from the shores of Lake Michigan. She moved to Pensacola to attend The University of West Florida where she earned a B.A. in English, Creative Writing with courses in computer design and education. Developing her musical skills middle school, she pursued her training in both classical and contemporary musical styles and is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. She has used her passion for music to perform in musical theater and lends her skills to her church’s worship team. Lindy also enjoys songwriting. She is excited to be teaching the students of Time To Shine!
Tanya WesterkomTanya Westerkom’s love of art began at an early age alongside her sister. Born into an artistic family (grandmother and mother are painters), she developed her talents during her formative years with a autodidactic approach. Tanya attended Florida State University where she minored in Art, and has worked as a freelance designer for four years. She and her sister, Lidia, were co-owners of Tee and Lee Designs, which specialized in a variety of artistic activities, from designing, painting and printing artwork and stationery to face painting at local events like Mardi Gras and the Sertoma July 4th celebrations. Tanya is excited to bring her love of all things Art to the classroom, and encourage a passion for Art in the children of Pace and surrounding areas.
Ruth “Bootsie” CampbellRuth “Bootsie” Campbell was born and raised inSt. Louis, Missouri and her claim to fame was that she, along with the help of God and over 50 agents, created the #1 Century 21 Company in the entire State of Missouri, holding that position for over SEVEN YEARS.She is the proud parent of Julie Carrier and grandmother to Ashley Ruth. After years in the punishing frozen tundra of Wyoming where they ran a successful dude ranch, she and her faithful husband, Wayne (“Pard”), decided to semi-retire and become snowbirds, bringing their 45 horses, dogs and cats back and forth to Florida. However, after Hurricane Ivan, they thought it best to settle in one place and remained here in Milton. Between the two of them, they have been blessed to be at the helm of several extremely successful (and quite varied) businesses through the years. They are proud to be the head of the newest and most exciting arts enterprise in the greater Pensacola area!
Stacy GriceStacy Grice was born in Tacoma, Washington. Shortly after she was born her father enlisted in the Air Force and the family began the journey of moving to a new place every three years. She lived in California and Germany until her father was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base and the family moved to Niceville, FL. This is where they stayed until Stacy graduated from Niceville High School in 1995. She went to college at Troy University on an athletic scholarship despite never playing a sport in her life. She worked in the Sports Information Department at Troy compiling stats from all sports and working closely with their marketing department. Convinced that this what she wanted to do in her life she pursued a degree in Journalism, but not willing to let go of her dream of possibly teaching one day she also majored in English. It was in the Sports Information Department that she met her husband Brad who was pursuing a Master’s in Education after a career in newspaper publishing. After college the newly married couple moved to Mississippi to work at a small newspaper in an even smaller town. Eventually Brad got the job he had been looking for as a basketball coach and teacher in Cottondale, FL, and Stacy took a job at the Panama City News Herald. It was here that she truly began to learn and love graphic design. But the call and desire to be a teacher never died, and when the opportunity came to become a teacher she jumped at it. Eventually God worked His magic and Stacy now gets to teach part of the day and stretch her graphic design skills by advising one of the top-ranked middle school yearbooks in the country at Sims Middle School. God has also blessed her with two wonderful children – Trey and Emileigh. Emileigh’s love of dance is what led Stacy to our family here at Time to Shine! where she now lends her graphic eye to enhance all of our printed materials and our image in the community.
Liz DickensMiss Liz began her dance training at age 3. She has spent 20 years in the dance world training in multiple styles. She spent the first few of those years on competition teams, attending multiple competitions and conventions including Showstopper, I Love Dance, Tremaine, and Dancemakers. At age 8, her family moved to the Pensacola area and she spent several years at Northwest Florida Ballet. While there she performed in several productions including the Nutcracker and Cinderella. Later she went back to competing and spent a year on the Pensacola Junior College (now PSC) dance team, although ballet remains her favorite discipline. Miss Liz is so excited to be a part of the Time to Shine family.
Julia RayJulia, originally from the Tampa Bay area, started her dance training at age 3. She studied ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and acrobatics, but ballet was always her first love. At age 11, she began performing with the Brandon Ballet, whom she trained with until graduating from high school. Julia then went on to study dance at the University of Alabama. While at UA she performed with the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre in classical, contemporary, and modern works. She also choreographed for and performed in student produced shows with Dance Alabama. During summers she participated as a counselor at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive. After graduation, Julia returned home to perform as a professional artist with Brandon Ballet, performing soloist roles in Dracula, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, and Aladdin. During this time she began teaching dance in preschools and studios. She recently moved to Milton and is very excited to join the Time to Shine family!
Chera WillettChera Willett has the voice of an angel! She is one of our local celebrities as she is a graduate of Milton High School, then continued her education studying music at the University of Florida under Debra Ross. Chera has been in several musical theater pieces as well as having encouraged young students in her role as a Children’s Music Director. Chera is also a recording artist along with her husband Nathan. Currently they are worship leaders at friendship Baptist Church. Chera’s teenage daughter, Karli, was a contestant on American Idol this year!
William ShanerWilliam Shaner graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School and received his B.S. in Music from the University of Southern Mississippi. He’s been a professional musician and educator for the past 27 years. He has a vast experience in instrumental music and stage productions. His personal interests include playing in the Pensacola Civic Band and volunteering with Pace High School Band, Gulf Islands National Seashore, the Ronald McDonald House, Liberty Church Media Team and DYW of Northwest Florida. He currently works as a music rep with Schmidt’s Music in Pensacola. His family includes his wife Stephanie, his son Sam, his daughter Olivia and his three grandchildren, Faith, Sam and Joseph.