Dance Instructor :
Hip Hop , Contemporary and Performance
Deshae’s dance training began at age 3. Over the past years, she has trained in both Huntsville, Alabama, and Bermuda. At a young age, from ballet to gymnastics and eventually hip hop, she advanced to becoming a dance captain on the Nu Image Dance Team under the direction of Mrs. Joyce Jones. She began traveling and performing from state to state at the age of 11 years while residing in Huntsville, Alabama during her mother’s schooling. She obtained several awards and was recognized for her exemplary leadership abilities. Deshae loves to perform and her radiant smile keeps the audience captivated when she is dancing. She also has experience in Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, African, and Liturgical and has taught dancers of all levels. Her passion turned into her dream and eventually she was inspired to train young ladies to become great dancers, performers, and leaders. On December 30, 2019, she became a certified Dance Hip Hop Instructor. Deshae continues to make a positive impact in the lives of our young people while boosting their confidence and self-esteem.
Dance Instructor: Hip Hop
Mikado was involved in several creative outlets in his childhood. His passion for dance began in middle school. He participated in the drama club and performed in ‘Spring into the Arts’ every year. He also became a member of PRIDE Bermuda Performance Team where he performed at several community events. From there, he had the opportunity to attend a Y2Y (Youth to Youth) conference in Rhode Island, where he performed in the talent show. In
2001-2003, he trained at In Motion School of Dance, studying the Art of Tap Dance. Mikado idolizes, Savion Glover and the late Gregory Hines. During high school, he performed in The Whips Performing Arts Show under the direction of Ms. Joanna Powell. In 2007, he became a drummer for the Pembroke Hamilton Club Majorettes and Drum Corps. He’s been a growing and excelling member to this present day. He now holds the title of Drum Major, which he proudly wears as a badge and reminder to show his experience and growth. In 2018, he auditioned and was successful in performing for Memoirs of a Dancer Showcase. In 2020, Mikado has been given the opportunity to share his creativity, passion, and experience as a Hip-Hop instructor at Sui Generis Dance Studio.
Instructor : Girl Time Yoga
Donita discovered yoga at the age of 13, as part of her involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh Program. As a high school student at the time, yoga has been a part of her life since then. In 2016, she made the decision to deepen her personal knowledge and practice of yoga. She has completed the Karma Kids Yoga certification, allowing her to work with children from ages 2-18 years. Additionally, she has completed the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training for adults. She creates a safe and welcoming atmosphere in class, emphasizing breath work, and balance between strength and flexibility.
Dance Instructor : Intro to Ballet and Jazz
Dara Palmer was born and raised in Bermuda; she is a recipient of the Bermuda National Dance Foundation Scholarship. She decided to start dancing at a young age at (UDP) United Dance Productions under the direction of Suzette Harvey and also attended In Motion School of Dance under the direction of Liz Pimentel. She’s attended summer programs such as The Russian School of Ballet in Bermuda and Leon NY Summer intensive instructed by Dorrell Martin. She is a 2016 graduate from Cornish College of the Arts where she received a BFA in Dance. While at Cornish, she studied under Patricia Hon, Wade Madsen, Lodi McClellan, Michele Miller, Deborah Wolf, and Iyun Harrison. She performed works by Marlo Martin and Paula Peters. Dara looks forward to working with children to help them explore dance through creative movement.
Dance Instructor : Ballet and Jazz
Carlae's passion for dance started at the age of 3 where she attended United Dance Productions (UDP). While at UDP, she studied Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Carlae has also trained at DanceSations where she learned Pointe and several other dance genres. Outside of the traditional dance schools, she was also a member of the First Church of God Sound View Dance Ministry, where she was apart of the liturgical dance team for over five years. As a dance ministry member, she was tasked with leading praise and worship and choreographed dances for the team to minister both in church and at selected performances. Carlae has always grown up with a love and passion for working with young children. She joined the teaching roster at Anointed Steps Dance Ministry (ASDM) in 2019 and taught children ages 2-12 years old, Liturgical, Modern, and Ballet. Carlae expresses herself best when dancing and her ultimate goal is to have an established career in dance. She is so excited to be apart of Sui Generis Dance Studio and looks forward to sharing her gift and love of dance with the next generation of dancers!
Inspiring confidence and self-esteem
Sui Generis was founded in 2013 as Sui Generis Dance Team, under the direction of Miss. Deshae Edness. She choreographed several dance routines and the team have performed in the Bermuda Day Parade, Santa Claus Parade, America’s Cup, Harbour Nights, Private Events and several other community events. She has a passion for dance and her goal is to inspire young ladies to become great dancers, performers, leaders, and continue to make a positive impact in their lives, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem. On September 11 2020, Sui Generis was given the opportunity of opening a dance studio in Bermuda. Sui Generis Dance Studio is fully committed to providing young ladies ages 4 to adult, a safe and family environment where the girls can be themselves and are given the opportunity to grow and excel in their dance training. We accept dancers of all shapes, sizes, race, and levels of experience. We strive to deliver the highest quality of dance training, while nurturing each dancer’s unique gift of talent and creativity. We encourage our dancers to achieve their fullest potential, to support them as they grow artistically and academically, and develop into well-rounded individuals. We are proud of their accomplishments and love to celebrate their WINS! Our goal is to teach young ladies the importance of hard work, dedication, commitment, teamwork, self-discipline and an appreciation of the arts. Sui Generis Dance Instructors and Management Team are supportive, fun, talented, loving, caring, passionate and unique people who ensure our dancers have an experience of a lifetime.
Meet Our Instructors
MEET OUR ASSISTANTS
Janae began her dancing career at age 5. Her career started with the Somerset Trojan Majorettes under the direction of Norette Simmons. She performed in majorette competitions, Bermuda Day Parades, Christmas Parades, and other community events. Janae wanted to explore different genres of dance, so she enrolled in United Dance Productions. While at UDP she took several classes such as ballet, tap, hip hop, gymnastics, and African dance, as well as participating in their annual recitals. She discovered her love for hip hop because of the high energy and fast pace movements. She is forever grateful for her high school dance teacher Miss. Joanna Powell continued to shape and mold her into the dancer she is today. She encouraged Janae to audition for the Bermuda Musical and Drama Society’s Pantomime as a dancer. She was selected to be a part of the production and participated for 3 years. Before leaving high school, she was offered a dance instructor position at The Centre, where her love of teaching dance started to develop. She was blessed with another opportunity as the dance instructor of Bermuda’s National Drumline. Her responsibilities included: ordering costumes and leading practices and meetings. In 2013, Janae had the privilege of joining the Sui Generis Dance Team under the leadership of Deshae Edness. It was through hard work and dedication she became the Assistant Leader of the group. Within her new role, Janae assisted with choreography, parade preparation, and organizing fundraisers. Janae is an active member of the dance ministry at her church. She has ministered at several churches across Bermuda and was blessed to attend a conference in Tampa, Florida, where she participated in a ministry showcase. Janae always reminds her dancers “to give it your all” and “never stop dancing” because the audience doesn’t know the routine!
Intro to HIP HOP
Destiny was introduced to Sui Generis by her cousin Rachael Butterfield after coming back from a trip in high school. Ever since then she has been with SG for 5 years and counting. Before joining Sui Generis, she was a majorette with Devonshire Ultimate Star Twirlers for 4 years. She’s performed in the Bermuda Day Parade, Santa Claus Parade, The Annual Premier's Awards 2020, and several other community events. She loves to dance because it keeps her fit and she has the opportunity to learn different styles of dance that she didn’t get the chance to learn when she was younger. She enjoys teaching classes that allow her to connect with the girls and have fun. I’m greatly appreciative of Deshae and Janae for accepting me into the SG Family and teaching me everything that I need to know to become a Hip-Hop Dance Assistant.
Intro to HIP HOP
Jaelyn’s dance training began in 2013 with Sui Generis Dance Team, which ignited her passion for dance. Since then she’s had the chance to assist with the choreography in all different genres; hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, and modern. She doesn’t particularly have a favorite genre of dance as she’s interested to learn them all at an advanced level. Jaelyn has performed at a number of events including; The Bermuda Day Parade, the Santa Claus Parade, The Bermuda Regiment ‘Family Fun Day’, The 2017 America’s Cup, The Annual Premier's Awards 2020, and several other community events. In 2017, Sui Generis celebrated their 5th Anniversary and she was honored to be awarded ‘Most Valuable Dancer’ of the year. Now she’s a Hip-Hop Dance Assistant at Sui Generis Dance Studio.
At the age of 15, Aljalia assisted in choreography and danced alongside Deshae at various dance camps led by Deshae’s mother. From there, she entered dance classes at Berkeley Institute under the direction of Nikia Manders where she was able to choreograph her own routines with a special interest in jazz and contemporary, as well as perform in the Berkeley Institute Dance Shows. This allowed her entry into the advanced dance class at Berkeley Institute, giving her the opportunity to travel with a selected few to Philadelphia and learn from instructors at the Philadelphia Dance Academy. After graduating from Berkeley Institute, she spent 2 years in Canada as a cheerleader performing with the Sault College Cougars where they competed in the Kitchener Cheer Competition and were awarded 1st place the first year and 2nd place the second year. Since then she has taken a break from dance to focus on her studies as a Physiotherapist but is now glad to return to assist Deshae in their mutual love for contemporary dance.
Chiante has been an SG member since 2013. She was able to grow immensely as a dancer during her time and performed at various events over the years as well as parades. Eventually, she began choreographing routines for the group and now assists with teaching classes at the studio. She has traveled around the world performing with Up with People. While traveling, she was able to gain a wealth of experience; especially working under the dance captain as a dance intern for the European leg of the tour. She loves to explore different genres of dance and has taken classes in ballet, hip-hop, afro-beat/dancehall with her main focus now being on pole, salsa, and bachata.
At age 9, Al-Shae started her dance career with Sui Generis Dance Team in 2013. She performed in the Bermuda Day Parade, Santa Claus Parade, The 2017 America's Cup, Harbour Nights and several other community events. While attending Dellwood Middle School, she danced with her classmates for many performances on and off campus. She obtained a scholarship to United Dance Productions in 2017 and performed in their Annual Recital and other public performances. After graduating from Dellwood, she attended Cedarbridge Academy and performed at several school events such as; pageants, assemblies, pep rallies and cheerleading showcases. She has choreographed several dance routines, which led her to win ‘Choreographer of the Year’ at the Wave Awards in 2019. During the summer, she worked as a camp counsellor at Lotus, where she performed and taught on the pole, hammocks, and lyra. Her favourite genre of dance is Hip-Hop. She loves to dance because it ignites a flame inside that drives her to do bigger and better things within the dance community. She continues her dance career as captain of Cedarbridge Dance/Cheerleading Team and a Hip-Hop Dance Assistant at Sui Generis Dance Studio.
SG MANAGEMENT TEAM
Our SG Management Team consist of Sui Generis members who are dedicated and committed to ensure the studio operates smoothly. All members are SCARS trained and CPR certified. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have.
Studio Owner and Artistic Director: Miss. Deshae Edness
Camp Director and Performance Event Coordinator:
Miss. Janae Peterson
Volunteer Program Coordinator: Miss. Jaelyn Lee
Miss. Chiante Roberts
Miss. Destiny White
Miss. DeAsia Symonds
Miss. Daeshalae Hollis
Miss. Destiny White
Sui Generis Make-up Artist:
Miss. Jahkyah Belboda
Miss. Rachael Butterfield and
Mr. Mikado Grant
Graphic Designer & Videographer:
Mr. Mikado Grant
Girl Empowerment Program Coordinator: Miss. Sage Jackson
Back Row: left to right
Chiante Roberts, Sage Jackson, Mikado Grant,
Jahkyah Belboda, and Destiny White
Front Row: left to right
Jaelyn Lee, Janae Peterson, Deshae Edness,
and Rachael Butterfield