Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Anne grew up with a love of dance. She started performing and choreographing in high school, while on a traditional dance team. Anne continued her training in jazz, ballet and tap at Brigham Young University, where her love of ballroom dance began in 1987. She performed with the BYU Ballroom Dance Tour Team for two years while student teaching in Latin and American styles. In 1992 Anne, competed with the BYU Latin Team winning the British National Formation Team Championships. The next year, she competed at the World Latin Team Formation Championships in Vienna, Austria, where the BYU Latin Team placed 6th. Anne also directed a beginning team and competed in International Latin as an amateur. In 1993 she and her partner placed 3rd nationally. After graduation, Anne continued teaching ballroom dance at the college level at Utah Valley University for two years. She coached the Latin Team at UVU, and taught bronze Standard, gold Latin, and bronze American classes. In 1997, Anne took the UVU Latin Team to the British National Formation Team Championships, where they placed 4th. Anne has taught at studios in Utah, San Diego, and Las Vegas. She has worked with many top professionals including: Ron Montez, Buddy Schwimmer, Pierre Allaire, Tony Meredith, Igor Suvorov, and others. She is also experienced as an adjudicator in all ballroom styles.
Anne joined DanceCenter as an instructor in November of 2010. Since then she has enjoyed teaching classes, choreographing solos and group numbers for Showcases and performing at “One Night For One Drop” in March of 2013 at the Bellagio. In the 2013/2014 school year, Anne was hired to be the dance director at Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy while continuing to teach once or twice a week at DanceCenter.
Anne is married to Robert McNinch, and they have four children. Their first grandchild is due in January. Anne’s other interests include singing, reading, and sports, as well as being actively involved in her church community. In July of 2015, Anne and Robert were fortunate enough to acquire DanceCenter and hope to continue a legacy of great teaching and dancing in a fun, friendly atmosphere.
Carrie Ann Cone-Fernandez
With over 25 years of experience in the dance industry, Carrie is thrilled to bring her knowledge of all forms of dance with her to DanceCenter Ballroom & Latin Studio. In 2010, Carrie was featured in the Review Journal’s Las Vegas Business Press for being one of the winners of the “Women Who Mean Business” award. She didn’t stop there. DanceCenter has also been featured in Crave Las Vegas, featured on The Morning Blend, Fox5 Vegas and many others.
Carrie is proud to say that she has trained with some of the top professionals in the finest dance schools in the country, including Joffery Ballet, the Rock School Pennsylvania Ballet, Boca Ballet Theatre, Palm Beach County School of the Arts, and many more. She has extensive training in many diverse forms of dance, including all forms of ballroom (both rhythm and smooth), ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, modern, and lyrical.
In the summer of 2000, Carrie found her love for ballroom dance. Since then, she has had the opportunity to teach hundreds of dancers of all ages and levels. She has performed in countless shows and productions, ranging from performances with some of the top casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, to a variety of charitable events throughout the US. Carrie is a big supporter of local charities and an active participant in the fundraisers they orchestrate. In years past, Carrie has been involved with fundraising efforts for the Dance for Heart American Heart Association, Oprah’s Angel Network, and Opportunity Village. In 2009, Carrie danced in the “Las Vegas Dancing with the Stars” to raise money for many charitable organizations. In March 2013 Carrie was asked to choreograph and perform, along with DanceCenter staff, a Samba piece for Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” held at the Bellagio.
Carrie was the owner and operator of DanceCenter from 2010–2015. In that time she did what she always wanted to do. She brought together an amazing, outstandingly talented staff and a group of students that she can now call friends. Although she sold DanceCenter, she continues her love of dance by teaching on a regular basis. Carrie has worked hard and earned admiration from within the dance community, as well as a reputation for excellence among her students and peers.
Lucy was born in Cuba and started her ballet training at the age of eight. She later moved on to be a principal dancer of the Cuban Ballet Company. Since moving to the US over nine years ago, she has performed in many Vegas shows highlighting different styles of dance including jazz, hip hop, modern, magic shows, and even a Cirque aerial artist.
Lucy started ballroom training with her life and dance partner Alex Falcon. In the past years, they have been heating up the competition dance floor and winning in the American Rhythm and Cabaret Divisions. Lucy loves teaching students of all ages, wedding couples too, and she especially adores teaching children and watching them grow.
Alex Falcon started dancing ballet in Havana, Cuba at the National Ballet School. His extensive training lead him to becoming a principal dancer in the Cuban Ballet Company and meeting his beautiful wife, Lucy.
In the past nine years, he has danced in many shows on the Strip in various styles including, ballroom, Latin, jazz, hip hop, and modern. Currently he competes with his wife, Lucy, in the Professional Rhythm and Cabaret Divisions. Together, they consistently make the finals and continue to win many titles.
Alex teaches students of all levels with great skill, knowledge, experience, and love for dance. He excels at being able to make all of his students learn with ease. So whether you’re looking for a very experienced instructor to learn from and compete with, or if you’re just getting started with your dancing, Alex can get you where you want to be.
Paula took to heart Dave Barry’s adage: “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.” She did, and found one of her passions. Her eclectic life has led in many directions: hospitality, communications, teaching, as well as guiding children in the world of yoga with Teeny Yoginis taught through the Henderson Parks and Recreation program. Dance and yoga share the joy of movement, balance, posture, and breath while encouraging flexibility and grace. Paula is happy to share her enthusiasm for life and dance teaching DanceCenter’s Creative Movement class.
Meaghan is a Las Vegas native. Born and raised in the city of entertainment proved to be the perfect place for her growing aspirations. Meaghan has studied to be an aesthetician and has worked with some amazing doctors throughout the valley. One of her best qualities is her ability to multitask and deal with people of all sorts. Being at DanceCenter has rekindled her passion for the dance world. Not only is Meaghan one of the first voices you’ll speak to at DanceCenter, she also specializes in organizing some of DanceCenter’s events and parties. She is proud to be a member of the DanceCenter family and is happy to help each and every one of you to find exactly what your looking for at DanceCenter.
Shaquida is a Las Vegas native. Born and raised in the city of entertainment proved to be the perfect place for her growing aspirations. Shaquida has studied to be an aesthetician and has worked with some amazing doctors throughout the valley. One of her best qualities is her ability to multitask and deal with people of all sorts. Being at DanceCenter has rekindled her passion for the dance world. Not only is Meaghan one of the first voices you’ll speak to at DanceCenter, she also specializes in organizing some of DanceCenter’s events and parties. She is proud to be a member of the DanceCenter family and is happy to help each and every one of you to find exactly what your looking for at DanceCenter.