Nicole Cote School of Dance

5200 Minton Road
Palm Bay, FL 32907

(321) 725-6710


Meet Our Faculty

Nicole Cote

At the early age of 8, Nicole Cote started dancing in a single jazz class located in Carle Place, New York. After 4 years of studying jazz she then moved to Florida where she began taking classes in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop, and Lyrical with Patricia's School of Dance. Throughout her dance career Nicole has received many wonderful awards and scholarships.

Nicole began competing at the age of 14 with solos, duets, and small groups and has received many first place and high score awards. Nicole performed at local exhibits such as the "Melbourne Arts Festival" and local Florida Pageants. Nicole became a teachers assistant at age 16 and was awarded a full time teaching position shortly after with Patricia's School of Dance for 3 years and for "Kim Cole's Dance Studio for 8 years. Nicole has had the privilege of working with many dancers age 2 thru adult for over 20 years. Nicole Was the first instructor at Kim Cole's Dance Studio to begin the 2 year old creative kids program.

Nicole Cote became the director of her own program in 2005 and continues to direct, instruct, and manage "Nicole Cote School of Dance". She continues to travel to many dance conventions and competitions throughout the state of Florida and take classes from master professionals and choreographers to further her knowledge in which she can pass down to her students for years to come. Nicole Cote is recognized for her "top scores" and "top choreography" awards. Nicole Cote became a certified dance instructor in 2006 with "Florida Dance Masters", section 2 and has received her Masters In Arts Degree in Leadership & Management, from Webster University.

Briana Dipaolo

A native of Palm Bay, Briana Dipaolo has been dancing from the time she could walk. Seeing her interest at such a young age, Briana's parents enrolled her in a dance program at her pre-school where she learned the very basics of Ballet and performed in her first dance recital. When she started elementary school, her parents wanted her to have a variety of extracurricular activities, so for the next few years she explored things such as playing piano, theatre, gymnastics, and softball. It was obvious, though, after reminding her numerous times to pay attention to the game and stop turning and leaping in the out field, that dancing was something Briana not only loved to do, but had to do. So at the age of ten, she began taking classes at "Patricia's School of Dance," under the direction of Kim Cole, Heather Hall-Lobley, and Nicole Cote. She also competed in various groups winning numerous awards including Platinum and High Gold, and placed 1st and 2nd in overall divisions. With an eagerness to compete, Briana furthered her dance education at "Heather's Dance Studio" where she continued studying and competing in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Modern.

While still involved with studio dance, as a seventh grader, Briana auditioned and made the Central Middle School Highsteppers and then in eighth grade was elected Co-Captain of the very first Dance Team at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School. She was also a pioneer in developing the name "West Shore Purrfections" and during her 4 years on the team, Briana held titles including Captain, Co-Captain, Officer, and Choreographer earning awards for best choreography in Jazz and Pom.

After graduating high school, Briana was awarded a Dance Scholarship to Brevard Community College where she studied Jazz and Modern techniques under the direction of Susan Shepherd. Outside of school, Briana was working as the Director of her church Drama/Dance Ministry Team and had also organized an outreach program in the community where she provided free dance lessons to inner city kids and teens. This is where she got plugged in with the hip hop community and started taking break dance and hip hop classes from local instructor Buyett Funelas. Seeing how much she connected with the Hip Hop style of dance, Briana auditioned for and became a member of the Brevard Community College Hip Hop Team. Soon after, she was offered a job at the Nicole Cote School of Dance in 2005 as the Hip Hop instructor and has since then excelled in teaching other styles including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical, Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Creative Movement. She has also had the opportunity to choreograph for the award winning NCSD Competition Team.

Briana's holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Brevard Community College and also a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida which has helped her to connect with students on different levels in their learning process. She continues to further her dance and teaching education by regularly attending Conventions and Seminars taught by various dance experts such as Joe Tremaine and Rhee Gold. Briana plans to continue teaching dance and exploring all the new and exciting trends in the dance world as long as she can. Her passion drives her to excel and she hopes to be an inspiration all of her students by showing them the joy they can find in dancing just as she did at such a young age!

Stephanie Sorensen

Stephanie Sorensen began her dance career at the age of 4 in Pennsylvania at the "Thomas Kovaleski Dance Academy." There she studied tap and ballet for 4 years and performed twice a year in their annual performances. She also performed at their local fairs each year and in their annual October "Halloween" parade. At the age of 8, Stephanie relocated to Florida where she looked for a dance studio that would enhance my dance experience and my knowledge. She registered for 3 classes and by the following season was participating in an unlimited amount of dance classes. Finding herself wanting to learn more of the art of dance she started assisting classes 6 days a week and soon became a full time teacher. She has choreographed routines that have won her a spot with reputable talent agencies. She also has trained at local gymnastic studios to better her flexibility and acrobatics while attending dance classes at Brevard Community College on a full dance scholarship.

Since then Stephanie has performed at local malls, fairs, colleges, and have competed in several regional competitions including Showstoppers, Starpower, and International Dance Challenge receiving Platinum, gold, and silver overall first place and high score awards. In late July of 2010, she completed her teaching certification in ballet with "Dance Masters of America" and became a certified Dance Instructor.

Stephanie is always trying to expand her knowledge of dance and hopes to one day own her own school. Her future is in dance education and she simply can't get enough of it.

Jessica Spencer

Jessica Spencer started dancing during her elementary school years after trying out for soccer and gymnastics. She began attending dance class with a friend in second grade at Kim Cole Dance Studio and has danced ever since. After her first year, she found a passion for dancing and became more involved with the studio by taking classes in jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip hop.

Once Jessica reached middle school she set her sights on becoming a part of the school's young dance team as well as continuing at her dance studio. She joined Central Middle School Highsteppers in seventh grade and began dancing competitively with the team, traveling throughout Florida. During eighth grade, Jessica became captain of the Central Middle School Highsteppers and competed on the National level at Disney's Wide World of Sports in 2005.

Once Jessica became a freshman at Melbourne High School, she joined Nicole Cote School of Dance's first ever competition team and was very excited to become more a part of the studio she has grown up with. She attended Tremaine dance convention, learning new styles of dance and choreography with the team and competed in numerous competitions under the instruction of Nicole Cote. Jessica continued to dance throughout her high school years and after graduation, was given the opportunity to become an assistant teacher in 2009 at Nicole Cote School of Dance.

In addition to teaching dance, Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education. She is currently working at a local school, West Melbourne School for Science. Jessica is delighted to share a passion for dance with students of all ages at Nicole Cote School of Dance. She is very excited to be an instructor for the studio she has been with for eleven years and looks forward to every new year of teaching at Nicole Cote School of Dance.

Katie Carinci

Katie Carinci began dancing at the early age of 5 taking classes at Kim Coles Dance Studio. She originally began taking classes to follow in her sister's footsteps of wanting to become a dancer. After her sister decided dancing wasn't for her, Katie couldn't be pulled away from it. After taking a few years of classes Katie knew that she wanted to do more, and she began to take more classes such as jazz, lyrical and ballet. Now eleven years later Katie is still dancing, but she has expanded the types of styles such as ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, tap and pointe. Katie started to help in classes about four years ago, helping Ms. Briana on Fridays. Ever since helping in those classes Katie knew that she wanted to be a dance instructor when she got older. Now not only does she still assist Ms. Briana in Friday classes, she also assists all of the other instructors sometime throughout the week. Katie also takes classes herself, and is at the studio every single day to either assist, take classes or teach.

Katie loves to attend dance conventions and has been to both Pulse and Tremaine multiple times being taught by well known choreographers such as Mia Michaels from So You Think You Can Dance. In 2006 Katie joined the first ever Nicole Cote School of Dance competition team, then she joined it again in 2007. After taking a two year break from it, she tried out again for the 2010 year making the team once again as a senior dancer. She has performed with both groups and with a solo throughout her few competition years. During these years Katie, or the group she was in, has won awards such as gold and platinum trophies. As well as for her solo placing 6th place overall in her division as well as being an overall grand champion in her division.

Jaelynn Moreno

Jaelynn Moreno's love for dance began at the age of 12. At the age of 5 she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and began having a difficult time with joint mobility. Since she began home school at the age of 7, not participating in physical education classes were not helping her condition due to lack of physical activity so around the age of 12 doctors suggested she participate in either gymnastics or dance to develop a better range of motion and not allow her joints and muscles to stiffen. She heard about Nicole Cote's School of Dance through a family member that had previously attended the school. After looking into it her parents decided to enroll her and that is where she discovered how very much she enjoyed it! Ms. Briana taught the very first hip hop class she had enrolled in and her way of teaching her students inspired Jaelynn to one day be able to do the same thing. To teach others to love the art of expressing themselves through dance.

For the 2011-2012 year she was able to assist Ms. Briana and her passion for being able to one day teach a class on her own continued to grow. She wanted to be able to learn all styles of dance including contemporary, jazz, lyrical, ballet and tap. In 2012 she joined the competition team and competed routines in jazz, hip hop and production at Starpower, Fusion, Florida State Dance Competition, Showstoppers & Shake the Ground. Jaelynn has also been able to attend both Pulse & Tremaine Dance conventions learning from instructors like David Moore, Chris Judd, Jeff Amsden, Tony Bellisimo & Keri Lagrand to name a few and also began assisting Ms. Katie in the 2012-2013 school year and loved every minute she spent at the studio.

Being given the opportunity to assist and teach at the same studio she has come to love so much has definitely inspired her to continue to look forward to furthering her education in the art of dance and also attending future dance conventions and camps so she can excel in learning techniques and styles as well as continuing to learn from all of the great staff members at NCSD!

Heather Marsden

At the age of two, Heather Marsden enrolled at Nicole Cote School of Dance to take the creative kids class, and has been dancing ever since. Throughout the years, she has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, tap, and acro under the instruction of the teachers at the studio. The more she grew, the more her love for dance deepened.

In 2012, Heather won the Hannah Johnson Scholarship at the studio. She was honored for receiving the award, as it helped further her dance education. From 2012-2014, she was on the Central Middle School Highsteppers Dance Team. For two years she held an officer position, including Captain her 8th grade year, and was able to learn new styles of dance such as kick and pom. The team won numerous awards at competitions all over Florida. As she entered high school as a freshman, she became a part of the Melbourne High School Varsity Miracles. For the past two years, she has competed against other dance teams all over the nation. In 2016, the Miracles placed 7th in the nation in the Varsity High Kick division. She has also held an officer position on the team her sophomore year. Along with dancing on the teams, she performed in Disney’s Thanksgiving Parade in 2013, and was invited to perform in London for New Year’s Eve in 2015.

As she started to help out classes and fill in for teachers at the studio, she grew interested in the prospect of becoming a dance teacher as a career. She has always had a skill of being able to explain things to people and loves to help others around her. She loves to choreograph and make a story through dance. She plans to go to college after high school and earn a degree in fine arts and business to further her dance education even more. Heather wants to share her love of dance with children of all ages so that they can love it just as much!

Sylmarie Rodriguez-Wells

At the age of 3, Sylmarie began dancing at Nicole Cote school of dance starting with just the combo ballet, tap, and jazz classes. At around age 7 she began taking more classes like lyrical, hip hop and musical theatre and that's when my love for dance grew. By age 10. she was invited to pointe and also auditioned and made it onto the competition team. At the age of 13, Sylmarie began assisting classes with Ms. Katie and Mrs, Briana.

In January 2014, as her passion grew, she decided to audition for the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive, and in April she received the exciting news that she had made it! Sylmarie spent 4 weeks training hard at the Joffrey ballet school summer intensive Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 p.m. doing ballet, jazz, tap, Broadway theatre, modern, and hip hop. 2 years later, in March 2016, Joffrey Ballet school invited her to attend their summer intensive again. When she came back from my intensive, she continued to work hard to compete and attend conventions. Sylmarie has won special judges awards, scholarships, and have made it in the top 5 for her solo at Believe Talent Competition, and Starpower talent competition. Sylmarie continue to dance in the styles of tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, pointe, and musical theatre.

Sylmarie has attended the Pulse on tour and Jump, taking classes from Dave Scott, Mia Michaels, Ian Eastwood, David Moore, Gil Duldulao, Laurieann Gibson, Chris Judd, Willda beast, Mandy Moore, Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini, Andrew Winghart, Bobby Newberry, Misha Gabriel, and Katy Spreadberry. 14 years later, and her passion for dance has been stronger than ever, Sylmarie's goal is to be able to be a back up dancer and to receive opportunities to make it into the professional dance world.

Jennifer Madden

Jenny Madden began dancing at a local dance studio at the early age of 3 years old. She quickly fell in love with dance and danced as much as she possibly could. Continuing her dance education, she attended many dance conventions, performed at various local events and a local dance production at the Maxwell C. King Center at age 17. She began teaching her own students at age 15 and eventually created a competition team at her studio. She successfully took her students to many competitions, winning overall awards as well as specialty awards such as "Most Entertaining" and "Broadway Bound."

While Jennifer ultimately stopped teaching to focus on a career in financial planning, she is very excited to be a part of Nicole Cote School of Dance and continue her passion of dance education and arts.

Kathryn Carrick
Kathryn Carrick

Kathryn began dancing in fourth grade at Nicole Cote School of Dance. Ever since then,her love for dance just exploded. In the years to come she persisted in doing more and more classes, and after only two years of dancing, won the Second Annual Hannah Johnson Scholarship, with much honor. From there she joined the Nicole Cote School of Dance Competition Team, competing in solos, small groups, large groups, and productions, all around Florida, winning scholarships, specialty awards, and placing in the overalls. She has taken classes from top choreographers such as Nick Lazzarini, Brandon Bryant, Desiree Robbins, Ian Eastwood, Brian Freidman, Donovan Gibbs, Mia Michaels, Doug Caldwell, Misha Gabriel, Teddy Forance, Andrew Winghart, and many many more! Once she began high school at West Shore Jr./Sr. High she also joined the West Shore Purrfections Dance Team, competing with them as well, as they placed top in their categories regionally and nationally. She has now been given the honor of being captain of the team as well, as only a junior! Throughout all of this she has assisted in and substituted for several of Ms. Katie and Ms. Briana’s classes for about 5 years, becoming one of her favorite things about dance! She loves connecting with students, motivating them, and seeing them improve from year to year! She is now super excited to join the Nicole Cote School of Dance Faculty!

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Nicole Cote School of Dance  •  5200 Minton Road  •  Palm Bay, FL 32907  •  (321) 725-6710  •
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