Ms. Tamera Nesbitt - Alvarez,  a native Detroiter,  would start her first dance classes at  

    the age of three with Shirley St. Mary, of Henderson’s Dance Academy

    (an original jitterbug and tap dancer), and Master teacher Cynthia Sharpe of the Royal Academy

    Ballet, London England, who also starred in the original “Red Shoes.”

           She would continued her training in her early years until about the age of eleven, when dance

    started to become more serious for her.  Ms. Tamera would be in the studio for many hours training

    for parts in the ballets, pointe, and jazz.  A year prior, Ms. Tamera  also began Flamenco, Regional and

    Classical Spanishdance classes with  Master Teacher Ms. Maria Del Carmen, who danced

    throughout the U.S.,  Canada, and Mexico, and performed with famous dancers such as Jose

    Greco and Ms. Carmen  Amaya.   By age 12, Ms. Alvarez would be invited to perform with Maria 

    Del Carmen's  leading Flamenco Performance Company, (Grupo Espana) performing in hundreds of

    shows across Michigan such as, Oakway Symphony Orchestra, the Marquis Theater, International

    Institute of Dance, Wayne State Ensemble, Edsel and Elenor Mansion, Henry Ford Museum, Southfield

    Manor, Northville Art Commission, Southfield Arts Center, Cable Programs, Latin, Mexican and many

    other Hispanic Concerts and Shows, to name just a few.  

          Through out  her teen years, Ms. Alvarez had studied  many dance forms in acadamies

    throughout Michigan, was a professional model and dancer, continuously taking first place at competitions,

    was teaching street dance (Hip Hop) jazz and competition modeling for youth in Detroit under the direction of

    Mr. Remain Emmerson ( a close relative to "Smokey Ribinson") sang and danced for the Famous Broadway Star,

    Mr. Ben Vereen, who played Chicken George in the Original Movie “Roots.”

        After high school, Ms. Tamera continued her training as a teacher with Arthur Murray (ballroom and latin),

    private instruction in Salsa, Merengue, bachata, and cumbia while competing in Latin Competitions throughout

    the Metro Detroit Area.

    Ms. Tamera's Ballet and Pointe training would also continue through  the Cecchetti Council of America  

    Teachers Certificate, R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance), and studying with Master teachers such as: Janice Barringer,

    Kristina Kameuller, and Master teachers from Michigan, New York City Ballet, and ABT. 

    Tap, Choreography, Lyrical, Acro, Zumba and Belly Dancing with Saudi Arabian "Princess Madiha"  

    (Dearborn) Al Gilbert, Daryle Retter, Dupree, Joe Tremaine as well as attending Dance Teacher and      

    Business Seminars would also become engraved into her many other stlyes studied.

    Ms. Tamera's Flamenco training would include Master teachers from Spain, Chicago, New York, California, and

    Arizona, including Pablo Rodarte, Mel and Jason Martinez, Monica, "Paco", and Peter, to name just a few.

         While in College, Ms. Alvarez also studied courses in early childhood education, music, music

    for the elementary child, voice and Spanish.

         In the late 1980"s.... Under the advice and mentor ship of Ms. Shirley St. Mary, The Dance Palace  Academy

    would open its doors in the Detroit area taking many students to perform at the State Fairs,

    Festivals, Annual Recitals, Trade Shows, Christmas Shows and Charities throughout Michigan and Arizona.  Ms.    

    Alvarez has also taught in private schools, Parks and Recreation and Community Centers throughout the Detroit

    Metropolitan area and has taught the  Vals and Baile Sorpresa for Quinceañeras and Weddings in Chicago

    Mexico, and Arizona.

         Now, she brings her talents, wealth of life long experience, and commitment to cultivating

   Spanish Dance and the Performing Arts, to talented youth and dancers of all ages to the Peninsula.

Owner / Director

Tamera Alvarez


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