Jacksonville, Florida

Loss of Florida State Funding for the Arts in the Public Schools? How the Jacksonville Community Benefits from the local Arts.

Rhonda Stampalia is a dance teacher at Douglas Anderson school of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. Stampalia grew up in northern New York.

She started her dancing career in New York where she took dance classes in the city. From New York she moved to Jacksonville, Florida to continue her dancing career where she worked as a professional ballet dancer. Later in her career as a professional dancer, she was offered to choreograph a piece for the Douglas Anderson dance recital, which is where her teaching career began.

She has worked as a dance teacher for Douglas Anderson for a little over 28 consecutive years. Stampalia choreographs two recital pieces during the academic year. The first recital piece is created in the fall, late August and early September and performed by the dance students in early December late November. The second recital is created in early January and late February and the recital is performed in May. The parents and guardians of the students as well as family and friends are given the opportunity to attend the student recital in the Douglas Anderson auditorium.

There has been some recent concern with the funding for the dance department as well as the rest of the arts offered at Douglas Anderson. Douglas Anderson is a public high school that relies on funding from the state of Florida, and budgets have been changing for public high schools throughout the country. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are parents of two ballet dancers in Douglas Anderson. The Smiths have suggested that the school could become a private institution to avoid the constant fluctuation of funding in the education system from the state. The Smiths have suggested that Douglas Anderson could seek out other ways of funding for the school.

Stampalia also choreographs the First Coast in the Nutcracker in Jacksonville at the Florida Theater. The Jacksonville Symphony is also apart of the annual performance of the Nutcracker. The First Coast Nutcracker is a large event that involves many parts of the community. The casting for the December performance begins in September and rehearsals last until show time in mid December.
Rhonda Stampalia has a true passion for the arts in the Jacksonville, Florida community and her work and time has rewarded the community with breathtaking performances.    

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Monday, April 17, 2017
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