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.
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