"Praise his name with dancing" Psalm 149:3

about us

At JCS Ballet Academy we believe that learning and experiencing the benefits of Ballet should be available to ALL who are willing to learn and wish to enjoy these benefits.  Our mission is to instill the art of Ballet and Dance in children, teens, and adults. We are committed to provide you with only the best dance instruction in an encouraging, loving, and family oriented environment, as we follow our family principles and values.  

At JCS Ballet Academy, we value:

  • Discipline
  • Commitment
  • Perseverance
  • Integrity
  • Fellowship
  • Family
  • Community

Our staff consists of the most experienced and qualified instructors. Through dance, your child will experience the multiple benefits of discipline and the principles and values that will last a life time. 

We are delighted to be able to serve you as your Dance instruction choice.  Welcome to the JCS Ballet Academy family!​


jcs Ballet academy - committed to excellency!

2018 Award - Miami's Best Dance Studio

JCS Ballet Academy Awarded Best Dance Studio 2018!

Awarded Miami’s Best Dance school.

Miami’s Best rated Ballet School for children & adults!

2019 Award - Miami's Best Dance Studio


Business Hall of Fame - 2 consecutive years! Awarded Best Dance Studio for children & adults

about our director

Julia Figuerola Carpena Mannucci

Julia Carpena Mannucci

Artistic Director


Certified Teacher

Our Director Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena-Mannucci has been dancing Classical Ballet since 1982. Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena Mannucci has studied with the world's most acclaimed Ballet Institution, the Official Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow with a Teacher Certification  in "Methods of Teaching Classical Dance" . The Bolshoi Ballet Academy has an unsurpassed history of almost 250 years of training the world’s greatest ballet dancers, choreographers, educators, and scholars.  Bolshoi Ballet Academy's curriculum is based on the Vaganova method, respected internationally for its focus on musicality, strength, pureness of classical technique, and its emphasis on individual progress.  Mrs. Figuerola Carpena Mannucci understands how important it is to ensure proper instruction of classical ballet technique from the very first steps. She applies her years of experience and her in-depth knowledge and training of authentic Bolshoi Ballet Academy Methodology - Vaganova method in all of JCS Ballet Academy’s programs for all of our students, and carefully evaluates progress in every stage of the student's training. You can be confident that your child, or you as an adult, will receive only the most solid and strongest dance formation at all times

More About our director

Mrs. Julia Figuerola Carpena-Mannucci started her classical ballet training in Lima, Peru in 1982.  By the time she was 11 she started intensive training under the direction of Marcela Pardon from Escuela Nacional de Ballet del Peru and DanzArt School of Ballet (Vaganova method & French method). Her passion for classical ballet was a life motivation since her early childhood years, and as for all those who posses that commitment, she would rather spend her days at practice than at any other activity. In 1986 she was invited to participate in Escuela Nacional de Ballet performances as a guest dancer. She danced alongside Peruvian first principal ballet dancer, Jorge Rodriguez as his partner in several performances. She participated in international classical ballet competitions, Certamen Latinoamericano de Ballet Infantil, winning top awards and a scholarship to continue her dance training and education (winners also included other renowned ballet dancers today such as, Giselle Menacho -Peru and Paloma Herrera - Argentina). Mrs. Julia feels that life is rewarding when you do what you are passionate about, but most importantly, give glory to God in everything that you do and follow God's call in your life. He has a perfect plan for us, according to His will and purpose. In this principle, she founded JCS Ballet Academy. ​Mrs. Julia was selected to participate at the official Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow for an intensive Vaganova methodology program by the Academy’s leading teachers from Moscow and had earned a certification on "Methods of Teaching Classical Dance".

Mrs. Julia is also founder of Ballet Essentials, LLC. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and has worked in a variety of fields such as the equine veterinarian alternative medicine industry, consumer electronics industry, cargo & freight, and fashion industries in the past, but ultimately she went back to follow her "Call".    

Now residing in beautiful Miami, Florida, as a dancer, performer, ballet teacher, dance mom, and wife, she feels there is still so much to be done in her journey, and knows everything is made possible when we let our Father take the lead. 

JCS Ballet Academy, Miami, Miami's best rated ballet school

"Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow." Psalm 25:4



Francesca Carpena

 Classical Ballet Teacher - Russian Vaganova Method

Ms. Francesca started her classical ballet training at Miami City Ballet when she was 5 years old for her first year of ballet. Ms. Francesca continued her dance education at JCS Ballet Academy under the rigorous Russian Vaganova Classical Ballet Technique and under the direction of Mrs. Julia Carpena Mannucci.  

In 2019 Ms. Francesca was accepted at the Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet Academy - Russian Advanced Ballet Intensive program in New York City, where through unique instruction by Russian teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, was trained in a rigorous ballet pre-professional program. Ms. Francesca was trained following world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy curriculum Vaganova method and taught by the Academy’s leading teachers from Moscow, Russia.  She continues enriching her knowledge and experience by training and learning at the advanced / professional levels at JCS Ballet Academy, her strong focus on the clarity of technique, increased strength, and greater musicality are important aspects for teaching correctly from the very early stages of training. Ms. Francesca has experience teaching Pre-Ballet Level, and beginner entry levels following the Vaganova curriculum at JCS Ballet Academy. 

Ms. Francesca is an experienced classical ballet performer as a soloist at JCS Ballet Academy and has had the opportunity to perform with the Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy Final Performance  Pre- Professional Intensive in New York City. 

Ms. Francesca is an Honor Roll student at Westwood Christian High School. She is also part of the Westwood Christian School band playing the clarinet and has had the opportunity to perform with the band at Disney World, Orlando. She also plays the violin, which is her favorite instrument. 

We are grateful to have Ms. Francesca as part of our selective and qualified staff here at JCS Ballet Academy.

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our instructors


Lydia Curbelo Lopez

Character Dance & Ballet Teacher

Ms. Lydia Curbelo was born in Cinfuegos, Cuba. She graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte - Escuela Nacional de Ballet in La Habana Cuba with a degree in Classical Ballet Teacher, also with studies in International Folklore - Character Dance. Ms. Lydia has over 30 years experience in Classical Ballet Training. She started her work experience at the Cuban National School of Gymnastics where she obtained numerous awards in National competitions. She also participated in multiple International Ballet events and competitions.  She opened and directed her own Ballet Academy in Cuba and for the next 10 years she specialized in teaching classical ballet to young children.  Later on, Ms. Lydia worked at Escuela Nacional de Arte - Escuela de Espectaculos (School of Performing), where she taught classical ballet to students 14 to 18 years old in intermediate and advanced levels for the next 8 years. Ms. Lydia also has a Masters degree in Kinesiology. 

We are grateful to have Ms. Lydia as part of our selective and qualified staff here at JCS Ballet Academy.

our instructors


Cielomar Puccio

Contemporary Dance & Ballet Teacher

Mrs. Cielomar Puccio was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico.  She started her training in Classical Ballet at Escuela de Ballets de San Juan.  Later on she studied Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance at Andanza.  Andanza specializes in Contemporary Dance and there she had the opportunity to train with a well-known Puerto Rican contemporary teacher and choreographer, Jesus Miranda.  She also trained with Alvin Rangel and Norberto Collazo.  In 2000 she participated in the Summer Intensive Program of Andanza School where she performed the classical variation of Blue Bird and a contemporary piece called Fuimonos, that was part of the company’s repertoire under the direction of its Artistic Director Lolita Villanúa. In 2011 she began training in Arthur Murray Dance School, ballroom dance disciplines such as, tango, cha-cha, salsa, rumba, mambo, and others. In that same year she received recognition for her performance in the Argentinean Tango. As a teacher Mrs. Puccio began teaching at an early age in various academies and schools in Puerto Rico such as School for the Performing Arts, Andanza, and Deborah Carthy Deu Estudio y Agencia de Modelos.  The latter belongs to 1985 Miss Universe Deborah Carthy-Deu.  In Florida she worked as a dance teacher in Homestead City Ballet. As a teacher she taught Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance to various levels, starting in baby ballet and later on classes in junior ballet and intermediate and advanced levels.  She has also taught Jazz and Lyrical.  She has more than 15 years of experience as a teacher and a dancer.  Mrs. Puccio also is a floral designer for special events and has a law degree from the Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.  She holds the Puerto Rican license and practices Immigration Law.

We are grateful to have Mrs. Cielomar as part of our selective and qualified staff here at JCS Ballet Academy.​