Meet Our Staff

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Alyssa Bonomo

Artistic Director

        Alyssa has brought with her over 30 years of dance experience.  She was selected and began her dance career with the nationally and internationally recognized Noretta Dunworth’s School of Dance where she performed as one of their featured artists.  Under the direction of Noretta Dunworth, Alyssa performed with the Dearborn Ballet Company and played lead roles in Coppelia and The Nutcracker.  She is recognized, graded and pass commended in the Checetti method of ballet.  As a national dance champion, Alyssa was recognized and trained under Tap Master, Henry LeTang, who taught such greats as Gregory Hines and Debbie Allen.  As Alyssa continued to expand her dance expertise, she has worked with nationally recognized choreographer, Ray Leeper, where she began integrating her style with his powerful, passionate and inspirational form of jazz.  She has completed summer and winter intensive workshops at Gus Giordano’s Dance Company in Evanston, Illinois and STEPS on Broadway in New York. Alyssa was selected into the University of South Florida’s Fine Arts Dance Company where she has trained under many contemporary artists. 

 

            Alyssa was recognized and awarded as one of the youngest artists to be inducted into Who’s Who in American Dance.  Over the years she has received numerous national and international awards.   With her pageantry experience, Alyssa has held many titles including Miss Teen Citrus Country Runner–Up, Miss Teen Sunburst Citrus County and Miss Sweetheart Citrus County.  Alyssa also participated and received runner up in the Miss Florida USA preliminary pageants and was honored and featured in an article by Pageantry Magazine with the Spirit Award for her unquestionable deeds, generous actions and role to promote the noble causes and personal growth opportunities which the pageant, fashion, talent, dance and modeling industries have to offer.

 

            Alyssa is a 2002 Summa Cum Laude graduate from Lecanto High School where she was involved in numerous varsity sports and activities.  Alyssa then attended Central Florida Community College through the Community of Scholars honors program.  There she graduated top honors with her Associate Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance Education.  Alyssa graduated with honors from Saint Leo University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Dance Arts.  With her education degree, Alyssa taught in the Citrus County School System for 7 years and is still currently certified.  

 

        As the Director of Sharper Image, Alyssa takes pride in her teachers and student’s success.  Sharper Image has been awarded such titles as Best Choreographer, Most Entertaining, Best Debut Dance School at Access Broadway, recipients of numerous judge’s choice awards and overall high scores.  Her students have also been invited to Hollywood and New York due to being the highest scoring routines of the day.  Sharper Image has also been recognized by Citrus County as Best of the Best numerous times in dance and the performing arts. 

 

Alyssa’s personal philosophy that she instills in her students is that success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.  It takes a minute to dream it, but with persistence and dedication anyone can achieve their future goals.

Beth Bedee

Acting Director

Ms. Beth is an educator with a long history in the performing arts. As a child, she took dance and piano lessons, and in high school transitioned into drama and chorus. She graduated from Florida State University and is certified to teach Drama to grades K-12.

 

Ms. Beth has performed in community theatre and regional summer repertory productions around the state of Florida. She has over 20 years experience serving as a director and acting coach. In Citrus County, she taught Drama and Musical Theatre at Lecanto High School where her Thespian troupe was nationally-recognized. A number of her former students are currently pursuing professional careers in the arts, most notably, actor Miles Teller.  Some of her favorite productions she's directed are Footloose, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Damn Yankees, The Boys Next Door, The Diary of Anne Frank, Jekyll and Hyde,  Godspell, and Fame. 

 

Ms. Beth serves as the Theatre Director at Sharper Image Performance Dance Studio in Crystal River.  Her acting troupe has competed at the Florida Theatre Conference and various acting competitions around the state. Her actors have received overall highest scores at all competitions, were named members of  all-star casts, and received scholarships to collegiate summer acting programs.  In April 2019, her troupe was named the Best Acting Cast at the Turn it Around Tour.

Ms. Beth describes her approach to acting and directing as simply realistic with a blend of classical techniques where the actor creates an honest and believable character that evokes a natural response from the audience.  Actors will learn to relax and value the power in stillness as they connect with and convey the message of the piece. The actor's intention is to create an immediate audience reaction, whether it be anger, disgust, laughter, empathy, etc.  She believes in pushing actors beyond their comfort zones in order to grow as well-rounded performers.



Miles Teller Endorsement:

I wouldn’t have become a professional actor as quickly as I did had I not
studied with Beth Bedee in high school. My respect, love and commitment
to excellence in my work is connected to her. As a young thespian, she
embraced my talents and challenged me to go beyond my comfort zone. As
a 16 yr old drama student, we were training at a collegiate and professional
level. When I went to Tisch, I felt my skill level was ahead of my peers
because of Beth’s advanced teachings and my experiences performing
and competing theatrically under her direction . I believe any young actor
who is fortunate enough to work with Beth is getting the absolute best
there is. She was and has been absolutely instrumental in my development
as an actor in both my preparation and performances still to this day. Any
one who is thinking about a career on stage or screen should work with
Beth, she is a big reason why I’m at where I am today, and if I could go right
back to being 16 yrs old taking my very first drama class with her and start
all over again, I would. I loved it that much.

Miles Teller
Lecanto High School (2005)
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (2009)
Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures (2018)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1886602/

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Ashley Quinn

Vocal Director

A native of Mississippi, Ms. Ashley, is no stranger to the stage. She has been performing since the age of three. In her early years, Ms. Ashley competed in several pageants and talent competitions. In high school, she was a singer/dancer for the award winning
showchoir, ATTACHE, and she played the lead roles in the musicals Bye Bye Birdie and West Side Story. After high school, she went to the University of Southern Mississippi where she majored in Music Education. While there, she performed the leading
soprano roles in the operas The Tenderland and The Marriage of Figaro. She was also awarded a Talent Award at the Miss Mississippi pageant when she competed in 1997. Upon graduating from college, Ms. Ashley taught K-2 music in Petal, MS for the next 13 years. She also taught voice and pageant modeling. For several years while in Petal,
she and her husband led the worship music at their home church. In 2013, she and her high school sweetheart, her husband, and their 3 children moved to Florida. She is now a stay at home mom and substitute for Citrus County School District. In her spare time, Ms. Ashley enjoys painting, crafting with her CAMEO, spending time with her kids and husband, and going to the beach. This has been such a blessing to be a part of Sharper Image Performance Studio. She says she had “really missed teaching music these last four years, and this has brought part of me back to life!”

Rachel Tapley

Tumbling Coach

Rachel Tapley is the head of our tumbling program at Sharper Image Performance Dance Studio.  She is a former competitive gymnast who retired as a Level 7 after ten years of training.  In her final season, she placed 1st on floor & beam,3rd on bars, and 3rd All-Around at the 1997 DoDDs European Gymnastics Championships.  In addition to gymnastics, she also competed in cheerleading all four years of high school.

Prior to moving to Citrus County, Rachel served four years in the United States Air Force as an Alarms Systems Specialist.  In 2002, while stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, she began coaching cheerleading at the local high school.  In just four years, she helped the once non-ranking squad earna 3rd place finish at the 2003 Do DDs European Cheerleading Championships, a 2nd place finish in 2004, and a 1st place finish in 2005!  Two squad members went on to cheer at the collegiate level, and one went on to perform as a cheerleader with All Wheel Sports in the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent,
Season 7!In 2004, her dedication to the Ramstein High School cheer program helped earn her the award as the Kaiserslautern Military Community Volunteer of the Year.  That same year, she was named Airman of the Quarter for her contributions both on- and off-duty.  

In 2013, Coach Rachel was elected Cheer Commissioner of the Inverness Storm Board of Directors for which she quickly spearheaded the organization’s first year as a competitive spring cheer program.  Since joining the Inverness Storm as a volunteer coach in 2008, she has worked with squads of various ages. Her squads have finished well at several competitions including five 1st place finishes at the Timucua Championships from 2008-
2012!  In November 2012, her squad finished 3rd out of sixteen Pop Warner squads throughout the entire Southeast Region.  As a cheer coach, she has choreographed cheer and dance sequences, partner stunts and pyramids, as well as individual and synchronized jumps and tumbling.

In her spare time, Coach Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Brett, and their daughter, Toby.  She also enjoys painting, arts & crafts, playing trivia and board games, fishing, and hanging out with family and friends.  

Coach Rachel is never without a smile or willingness to help athletes advance their skills.  Her coaching philosophy is to positively encourage athletes to do their personal best.  As a former gymnast, she is able to safely spot and demonstrate novice through advanced tumbling skills.  Regardless of why young athletes choose to tumble – be it dance, cheer, or just because – Coach Rachel makes sure they learn progressively, and tailors her instruction to best suit the personalities and needs of individual athletes.

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Chandler Carney

Dance Instructor

Chandler Carney was born in Plantation, Florida although she was raised in Citrus County. She’s in high school attending the Health Academy inspiring to earn a degree in the health field. She’s a member of the National Honor Society currently taking advanced level and dual enrollment courses. She played volleyball in middle school and high school. She’s been a youth league bowler since age four and continually bowls in tournaments, some scholarship tournaments, to earn funds for college.

Chandler began dancing at age five. Since 2010, a great amount of her dance instruction was through a local dance studio under the direction of the owner/dancer Shannon Hall. In addition, she’s progressing with advanced dance instruction through Sharper Image Performance Dance Studio. Chandler has participated in dance conventions as well as yearly
recitals. She’s competed on dance teams in tap, lyrical, jazz and hip hop including duets and trios and received many awards. Chandler’s real passion is dance and enjoys sharing her love of dance with those around her.

Evelyn Vissicchio

Modern Instructor

Evelyn Vissicchio is a wife and mother of three; Gabriella 21, Joshua 18 and Gianna 10 years old. The past few years her priority in life has been raising her young children. Previously to raising her children, Evelyn was the Artistic Director to LABCO Dance a School and Dance Company in Pittsburgh, PA for 12 years. She has choreographed  many works for LABCO Dance. Evelyn has also performed works by national and international choreographers like;  Kevin Wynn, Neil Greenberg, Doug Vararone, Paul Taylor, and many others. While in Pittsburgh, she taught Modern Dance Technique and Improvisation / Composition at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA as well as at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh and after college she lived, taught, and performed in Madrid Spain with The Carmen LaRumbe Dance Company for 3 years.She earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance Performance from S.U.N.Y Purchase Dance Conservatory in Purchase, NY. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts AKA "The FAME School" in New York City. While in High School she was a member of Ballet Hispanics’s Junior Company. She also loves to practice and teach Yoga. Evelyn's passion is to teach dancers the art of movement and healthy habits.