Judi Nelson Baruck is Artistic Director for ReCreation Tappers of Southwest Florida, teaching classes, choreographing routines, conducting rehearsals, and overseeing public and private appearances by the Portable Performance Troupe. Judi has been active with the organization since its inception in 2004. Having studied various dance disciplines since early childhood, she established the Judi Nelson School of Dance in Miami, Fla. and was owner/director/teacher for more than 22 years. Her students have won many titles and scholarships, and a number have gone on to professional performing and teaching careers.
Judi has a lengthy history of significant contributions to dance arts. She is a long-time member of Florida Dance Masters and has served in a number of roles for the organization including scholarship auditions teacher and membership examiner. Judi has judged National Performing Arts competitions and Beauty Pageants for many years and served as director/choreographer of the Miss North Miami Pageant (preliminary to the Miss America pageant) for five years. She was a national representative for Fred Astaire Performing Arts and was a master tap teacher and performing arts judge for the organization. She served as jazz choreographer for the Cultural Arts Society Junior Ballet Company and was a performing member of their Senior Ballet Company. In addition, Judi co-founded South Dade Expressions Dance Company, where she was production coordinator.
Music and dance continue to be Judi’s passion and a major part of her life.
Bryce Alexander is the CEO & Executive Artistic Director of The Naples Players, the non-profit community-based theatre located on Fifth Avenue in Downtown Naples. Heralded for his organization's response to COVID19, Bryce was called the "Champion of the Arts" by Gulfshore Magazine in 2020, and "Man of the Year" in 2021. He was also named one of Collier County's Top 100 most influential business leaders by Naples Illustrated for 2022.
In the community Bryce is a member of the Advisory Council for Leadership Collier at the Naples Chamber of Commerce; and the Vice Chair of the Collier County Emergency Medical Authority. But most importantly, he is a big fan of Pathways Early Education Center - and thrilled to be a small part of tonight's event.
Misha Moraru is a professional dancer from the country of Moldova. He began dancing at the age of 7 and has trained in many genres of dance since then. He competed in numerous international dance competitions in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Romania and Russia.
Misha and his wife, Anna Rudenco, owned and managed two dance studios for many years in their home city of Tiraspol. While both are international champions in hip-hop and finalists in ballroom dancing, they have also trained many students to be Dancesport and modern dance champions. The couple came to the United States and continued their training in American Smooth and American Rhythm styles, competing in various Dancesport Championships. They were vice-champions and finalists in the FADS (Fred Astaire Dance Studio) World Championship and National Championship. They were also finalists in South Open Dancesport Championship and vice-champions In the Yuletide Ball Championship.
Misha was an instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studios for nine (9) years where some of his students became FADS World and National Champions. He is an instructor at Etudes de Ballet in Naples, specializing in hip hop. He and Anna currently own a ballroom dance store - Milana Dance Wear which is located in Liberty Plaza, 4947 Tamiami Trail N #202. Their website is www.milanadancewear.com.