Nicole Cote School of Dance
Palm Bay Location
5180 Minton Road
Palm Bay, FL 32907
Sebastian Location NEW!
250 Sebastian Blvd, Ste 7
Sebastian, FL 32958
(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 Weissman

Briana's love of dance is deeply rooted. She started dancing practically when she began walking. Throughout her earlier education she was involved with competitive studio dance, chorus, theater, band, dance and drill, and a showcase choir. At the start of college, Briana was awarded and dance scholarship and studied modern and jazz. In 2005, at age 20, is when Briana began her teaching career while also earning her BA in Organizational/Interpersonal Communication from UCF. Since then, she has worked in numerous church dance programs, The Christian Dance Collective, and also Brevard Cultural Alliance as a teaching artist in Brevard Public Schools. Briana is currently a competitive jazz, lyrical, and contemporary teacher/choreographer at Nicole Cote School of Dance. She looks forward to continuing to discover what God has planned for her in this world of creating, teaching, worshiping, and DANCING!

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 than just ballet.

Throughout the years she expanded the types of styles she studied to styles such as lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, tap, pointe, broadway/musical theater, acro, and improv. Katie started to help in classes around age 14 helping Ms. Briana. After a year of assisting she fell in love and expanded to assisting under multiple teachers to experience different teaching styles. Ever since helping in those classes Katie knew that she wanted to be a dance instructor and was lucky enough to be giving her first class to her at the age of 16.

Katie also attended dance conventions during her years of dancing (and still loves to attend them today!) Thanks to the convention circuit Katie has had the opportunity to take classes from many well renowned 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 solos throughout her 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. She now choreographs pieces for the competition team she used to dance on. Her dances have competed in both the regional and national level placing in overalls many times, even winning 1st Overall in a 2017 Nationals!

Katie loves teaching and finds so much joy in seeing the growth in dancers of all ages! She plans to continue to grow in her knowledge of dance as well as true to explore new popular trends in the dance community.


Elizabeth Moran

Elizabeth is Certified in
Progressing Ballet Technique

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Elizabeth is also
Pilates Matt Exercise Certified

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Elizabeth started taking ballet at the age of 7 years and through high school. After high school, Elizabeth went to the University of Alabama, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She was a company member for Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT), faulty choreographed performance, and was further involved in the student’s choreography show, Dance Alabama!. At one of ARDT’s performances, she performed in an eight-minute improv work called “Baldessari” set by UA’s professor, Rebecca Salzer. UA gave her opportunities to workshop with other choreographers such as Jim Cooney, Liz Burritt, George Staib, Helanius Wikins, and James Atkinson. While in college, she was involved in National Association of Contra Dancing Society, line and square dancing, and Crimson Ballroom. In spring 2016, she worked at Walt Disney World Inc., in Orlando, FL where she took part in the Disney College Program. The summer of her return, Elizabeth began apprenticing as a modern dancer at Sanspointe Dance Company in Birmingham, AL while completing her degree. After she graduated in 2017, she moved to Florida and taught dance throughout Orange County. Elizabeth has traveled nationally for Celebration Talent Dance Competition as a tabulator, awards manager, and backstage manager. Elizabeth was ask to perform as a guest artist at Discovery Church and Faith Assembly in dances called “Healing”, “MOVE”, “Those Magic Changes”, and “SOS.” These variations include styles of: ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. Other guest work include Dawn Branch Works, “Eden” a story ballet about the Garden of Eden, in March 2020, but was cancelled a day before the performance.

Recently, Elizabeth has received her Matt Pilates certification from the Pilates Instructor Academy, and is Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT), certificated. Elizabeth also enjoys photography and videography.

Erik "Silky" Moore
Erik Moore

Erik "Silky" Moore is dancer, choreographer, instrucutor, and photographer with a passion for the arts in all its forms. From a young age, he has studied a myriad of dance styles from renowned instructors across the globe. He specializes in Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and Acrobatics.

After graduating high school, Erik began his professional career as a performer at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. He mas made appearances on NBC and FOX Network's talent shows including seasons 5, 6 and 11 of So You Think You Can Dance making his way to the top 11 male contestants, and multiple performances on America's Got Talent with both "Masterz N Motion" dance crew and "Street Beatz", one of the nation's top urban percussion groups.

His style and choreography has won numerous awards and made him a sought after choreographer and dancer in many parts of the country. He has shared his craft with many young aspiring dancers at many conventions across the nation including: Edge National Talent Competition, Jolt, KinFigure and many more. Erik has choreographed for names such as Kodak Black, Rich Homie Quan, and WildnOut, and he considers his biggest accomplishment, a performance in "The Chocolate Nutcracker" alongside the legendary Savion Glover.

When Erik isn't dancing or teaching, he turns to creating art in other ways; he has toured with "Artists Simple Human" and "Celebration Talent" as a photgrapher and videographer, further expanding his dedication to capturing movement and art.


Kendal Cote
Kendal Cote

For the last 18 years, Kendal Cote has had an inspiring amount of love for the art of dance. She started her dance journey at the young age of two years old and continued to have love and passion for dance ever since. Kendal started her training throughout the years as a recreational dancer at Nicole Cote School of Dance. At the age of seven years old she then joined the competition team at Nicole Cote School of Dance. Kendalís few classes then turned into several hours of training, practices, competing at travel competitions, and even taking classes from professional choreographers at dance conventions helping her become the best dancer she has ever been. Kendal became apart of the NCSD family and created strong bonds with other dancers and even instructors. NSCD turned into her second home. Later down the road Kendal joined the high school dance team known as the Melbourne Miracles at Melbourne High School her freshman year. On top of training and competing with Nicole Cote School of Dance she was also training and competing with the Melbourne Miracles. Being apart of the high school dance team took Kendal to amazing opportunities to show off her skills with being able to compete at Regional and National dance competitions in Florida and also had 4 years of training at summer intensive dance camps with the Universal Dance Association. At the age of 16 years old Kendal started her teaching career with Nicole Cote School of Dance. For the next four years Kendal continued to dance and teach about 6 days a week on top of being a student at Melbourne High School. Kendalís love and passion for dance has forever been so strong

JoAnn Richter

After moving to Florida from Pennsylvania in 2002, JoAnn has worked in various jobs including physical therapy and an elementary school cafeteria. She brings with her a widely varied customer service skill set. She understands both sides, as prior to her employment with Nicole Cote School of Dance, JoAnn was a dance mom for 10 years. JoAnn is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office and ensuring that all office procedures are followed. JoAnn is a highly organized person with wonderful interpersonal communication skills. Ms. JoAnn is a valuable asset to Nicole Cote School of Dance.

Ava Hurlbert

Ava Hurlbert began dancing in the creative kids program at Nicole Coteís School of Dance at the young age of 2 and hasnít stopped since. As her family always says she danced before she walked. She continued dancing throughout her childhood, taking classes from Ms. Stephanie. She attended ballet, tap, and hip hop classes, but it wasnít until the age of 6 that she started taking jazz, acro, and lyrical classes that she truly fell in love with dancing. She now takes classes under Ms. Nicole Cote and Mr. Erik Moore.

In the fall of 2020, as a seventh grader, Ava joined the West Shore Purrfections, a nationally ranked dance team at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School in Melbourne, FL. She would then go on to make the varsity team in her 8th grade year and plans to continue with the team throughout her high school career. She has also attended professional training under the Universal Dance Association at their summer camp intensives. Ava, with the West Shore Purrfections, has won many awards at these summer intensives, including a special recognition award from her coaches and an invitation to UDAís national competition in Orlando, FL.

Avaís dance life would take a turn for the better. In 2021, at her 11th dance recital, she was awarded the Hannah Johnson Scholarship at NCSD. This scholarship gave her the wonderful opportunity to continue her dance education. This scholarship also gave her the opportunity to assist many dance classes. In the summer of 2021, she began assisting summer classes under Ms. Katie Carinci and Ms. Stephanie Vanhorn with all age groups and styles. This was when she found her true passion- teaching dance classes and sharing her love of dance with the world. She then began helping with dance classes under Ms. Elizabeth Moran, Ms. Stephanie Vanhorn, and Ms. Jessica Cheek. During this time, Ava began working on her first solo with Ms. Stephanie as a part of receiving the Hannah Johnson Scholarship.

Ava is currently continuing to assist with dance classes under Ms. Nicole Cote and Ms. Elizabeth Moran. She is extremely grateful for every opportunity that NCSD has given to her and she canít wait to see what the future holds for her and her dance career.

Elle Villari

Elle Villari began her dance journey in 2006 with such a passion for dance and has been dancing for 16 years. Elle was raised in the dance industry at her family’s dance studio, the American Dance Center, with two locations in the Chicago Southland area.

She has had the pleasure to dance in so many wonderful productions such as "Dance the World” in Disney World, Navy pier in Chicago, The Art Institute and Governors State Theater of performing arts and has performed with multiple Performance Teams throughout her dance career. Elle attended Lincoln Way East high school and James Madison University, graduating in 2022 with high honors and a career diploma in Child Care. She performed with LWE’s Poms team and was chosen to choreograph a routine for their half time showcase.

Elle started teaching dance with the American Dance Center when she was 14 years old. She went through a teacher training program and has loved teaching since. Elle has been trained in all styles of dance by many world famous dance educators. She has always has such a passion for all styles of dance but is a Hip Hop dancer at heart. Elle loves spreading her love for dance and life with all of her students! Her main philosophy is that dance is more than steps and she is excited to share her knowledge and joy for dance with all students.

Cowboy Bob
Cowboy Bob

Cowboy Bob has called Brevard County his home for the last 3 years. Originally from Long Island, New York, not a place you would readily think of when talking about country music and dance, Cowboy Bob has spent 10 years learning dance etiquette, technique, instructional styles for line dance, classic two- step and patterned partner dancing at various venues and with accomplished choreographers and instructors.

Cowboy Bob was not always a dancer though. He worked as an Emergency Department Nurse for many years, having run Trauma centers and an ER here in Melbourne Fl as well. He has experience with children, knowing how to engage with them to help them learn new skills and have fun. He started a DJ and dance business, Cowboy Bob DJ and Dance, with his wife Shannon and has performed at many birthday events, weddings, school functions and other events where fun, easy dances were taught to various different age groups.

Cowboy Bob looks forward to bringing the fun and enjoyment of country line dancing to a new generation of Cowboys and Cowgirls. He’s looking forward to providing all levels of instruction to Brevard’s teen and adult populations, so they too can enjoy the positive benefits country


Grace King

Grace started her dance journey at the age of 7, taking a jazz and pom pom class at a studio in Indiana. She took jazz and musical Theater the next year. When she was 9 years old, she started training in ballet. Soon enough, she was training in contemporary, ballet, musical theater, jazz, and hip-hop. What started as a simple hobby became something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Grace became an assistant teacher when she was 13 years old, teaching a hip-hop class. She had an immediate connection with the children, and they with her.

At age 14 her life took a turn when she became ill with a mysterious illness. After being bedridden for over 5 months, she was finally able to get her back on her feet. This experience showed her that she couldnít live without dance, not even for 5 months. She moved to Florida at the age of 15, and for the next year, she took hip-hop and tap classes with Erik Moore. She was enamored by his teaching style and his knowledge, and finally realized what she wanted to do. She wanted to teach dance! Grace became a student at Nicole Cote School of Dance in the summer of 2023. She loved the environment and the people immediately. In the upcoming season she started to train at two different studios before switching completely to Nicole Cote School of Dance.

Graceís ultimate goal is to teach her students that, in dance, nothing is impossible. She wants to show them how to express their emotions and creative potential through dance. Itís not about absolutely nailing every move or remembering every piece of horeography. Itís about having fun and learning your true potential. Grace wants to see everyone come into her class with a smile, and leave feeling empowered about what they can do, along with a higher self-esteem.



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Nicole Cote School of Dance
 5180 Minton Road  •  Palm Bay, FL 32907
NEW! 250 Sebastian Blvd. Ste. 7 Sebastian FL 32958
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