"Miami's Best Rated Ballet School"

​Classical Ballet Training

Dancing Since 1982

(305) 677-2909

​ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. -John 3:16



Our Intructors

 Julia Carpena Mannucci 

Director at JCS Ballet Academy & Ballet Instructor.

Francesca, Sebastian, Juan Carlos & Julia, GianMarco, Valentina

​​Ms. 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.  

Ms. Julia is also founder of Ballet Essentials, LLC. creators of the original BalletBun® kit, featured in Dance Magazine's May and June 2016 issues.  Ms. Julia has a Masters Degree in Business Administration 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". 

Ms. Julia joined the prestigious Miami Royal Ballet Academy where she was a soloist performer and a Ballet teacher for all dance levels from beginner to advanced, pointe, and adult ballet. 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. 

Lydia Curbelo Lopez 

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 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.


The Carpena Mannucci family 2016

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

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

Ashley Marie Klein 

Contemporary / Lyrical / Jazz / Ballet Instructor 

​​​​​Ms. Ashley was born and raised in Miami Florida. With a God given talent to perform in front of hundreds of people starting at the age of three, Ashley began dancing with tap, ballet, and jazz at Patricia Penenori Dance Center. During her school career, she began to unfold in different sports, swimming, baseball, track, but dance was her one true love. For the years following, she trained mainly in ballet and pointe while volunteering as youth counselor at Our Lady of Lourdes. Not only was she active in the dance world, but she also dedicated plenty of time to academics and youth group. Towards the end of her high school career she began teaching ballet to continue her love for dance. Ashley is now majoring in accounting at Florida International University and passing on her admiration for the arts to little ones.  We are grateful to have Ms. Ashley as part of our selective and qualified staff here at JCS Ballet Academy. 

About our Director

​​Ms. 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 (fusion of Russian/French technique-Vaganova). 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).

Learn more about us

​​Our Foundation, our Mission/Vision
JCS Ballet Academy’s mission is to use our God given gifts and talents to serve others in order to fulfill God’s Vision and to faithfully benefit and impact individuals, children, families and the community. We are committed to provide a sound and solid dance formation to those who are seeking to properly learn to dance ballet. At JCS Ballet Academy we offer dance instruction and training for Children 3 to Adults in an encouraging, loving, and family oriented environment as we follow our principles and values based on the word of God.  

Why are we set apart from other dance studios?

Where there is light, there can’t be darkness. What differentiates JCS Ballet Academy from other dance studios is our focus to please God and not the world. We strive to influence every child, person, and family by offering a strong and solid teaching of classical ballet technique to the best of our ability in a loving and family oriented environment. We also offer Christian  contemporary lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, and liturgical with only Christian songs and messages. With love, care, and discipline we instill consciousness and awareness of how to properly learn and take care of our bodies, to love and respect one another, to share and to learn about the righteousness and greatness of our Lord and the real purpose of dancing, to praise His name and give Him all the glory.  At JCS Ballet Academy we value Discipline, Commitment, Perseverance, Integrity, Fellowship, Family, Community and we are committed to serve and to teach by example to the best of our ability.

What we specialize on
JCS Ballet Academy offers Classical Ballet Training for Children 3+, levels from beginner to advanced and pre-professional, and professional, POINTE, and ADULT ballet classes for beginner and intermediate levels, there is no age limit to learn. In addition, we offer Christian Lyrical and Jazz classes.

What we want our community to know
We want to invite the community to our OPEN HOUSE Saturday, August 27, 9am-4pm. Special discounts, promos, free gifts and free classes are offered to those who register. We want to let the community know where we are located, and to let them know that we offer a choice to those moms and families with children and teens who want to learn how to dance ballet in a loving and family oriented environment. You can always visit our website for complete information of our classes and schedule www.jcsballetcacademy.com or by calling us 305-677-2909.
We currently work closely with missions in different parts of the world and we are committed to bring awareness of these needs to the community; the importance of being grateful for all the blessings God has given us, and the importance of giving back to those in need.
We currently offer full and  partial scholarship programs in order to help low income families to provide a solid dance education to the children in our community.

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