Meet Our Team

Ashley beckno

Program Director

As a Director of Paramount Competitive Dance Team and PDS, Ashley Beckno is a talented artist, gifted choreographer, and valuable teacher who continually encourages and inspires her students. Facilitating the aspirations of her students by engendering discipline, determination, confidence, humility, respect and an appreciation for the arts. The art of dance is a compelling form of self-expression that she’s adopted and made her own. Truly embodying her contribution as a choreographer by earnestly sharing her deepest passion with her audience through performances compartmentalized in its realm of Contemporary, Lyrical, African, Hip-hop, Jazz and Ballet to generate dynamic configurations throughout each piece. Creating inspirational movement that connects the audience to the narrative; leaving them with an experience that will last a lifetime. As a choreographer, she believes in the liberty to express individualism by exploring the different layers of the anatomy and creating movement that inspires others. 

 

After graduating from the Performing Arts Academy at Coral Reef Highschool in 2006, she continued her education at Florida International University. In 2011, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Florida International University, in hope’s to one day start a non-profit organization for underprivileged youth in her community. In 2014, her dreams became a reality when Paramount Competitive Dance Team was founded.  Beginning this journey with her partner and sister, Lianna Reynolds was a humbling experience and one she takes great pride in. PCDT was founded with the mission of empowering at-risk youth to fully maximize their potential by fostering their unique abilities through the performing arts. 

 

Compelled by history, culture, and identity as an African-American she was honored to present one of her works at the Black Artist Talk in Deering Estates (2018). Ashley is a recent MFA graduate of Jacksonville University where she studied under Alonzo King, Cari Coble, John Paul Zaccarini, Mayra Morales, Lily Baldwin, and Marianela Boan.  From 2016-2018, Ashley served as a guest artist for Jubilation Dance Ensemble at Miami Dade College and setting a piece called “Intuitive Navigations”.

As a Founder and Director of Paramount Competitive Dance Team, Lianna Reynolds, is a well rounded professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Dancing since the age of four, Lianna has had extensive training at Dance Unlimited in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and acro. With dance, Lianna has been fortunate to travel around the world – from California, Nevada, New York, Kentucky to Mexico. Between the ages of 12 and 18, Lianna was a member of many intensive, award-winning companies and dance teams. For seven years she was a company dancer at Dance Unlimited. In 1998, Lianna was accepted to both magnet art school in Miami, Florida, New World School of the Arts; and Coral Reef Senior High. Between 1999 and 2002 Lianna was a part of the nationally accredited dance team, the ‘Cudettes.’

In her last year, Lianna was appointed the position Co-Captain for the Coral Reef dance team. After graduating from Coral Reef High School, Lianna started her college education at Florida International University where she graduated with a bachelors in Liberal Studies, Arts, and Science. For the first three years at F.I.U Lianna joined the F.I.U. Dance team where she competed at the National competition NDA in Daytona and performed at many Basketball and Football games.

Her dancing career continued as she became a professional backup dancer for many famous artists. In 2004 Lianna was a backup dancer for Angel Lopez at the Latin Billboards Premier on South Beach. She also danced for artists such as The Bandahood, The Mexiclan, and David Bisbal, along with other artists on the Latin television show, Univision.  In 2005, she performed and toured with Christian Castro as one of his backup dancers, and performed at the MTV’s Fashion Week runway show as the opening performance for fashion designer, Theresa Turchin. Assisting in the direction of the Orange Bowl half-time performance, Lianna taught kids their routine for the 2005 halftime show with performances by Ashlee Simpson and Kelly Clarkson. Lianna can be seen in various music videos, performing with artists such as Lil Wayne, Sizzla, Beanie Man and Wyclef.

Lianna has been teaching dance since the age of 18. She has taught at Dance Unlimited and Focal Point Dance Studios. There she was the teacher and choreographer of the talent Junior Company who competed and won various awards. She has also taught at various schools in Miami. Recently, Lianna choreographed F.I.U. dance team on their Jazz routine bid to National, as well as for Coral Reef Senior High’s alumni show and choreography show.

Proudly, with the establishment of her dance studio, she has been fortunate to teach and share her love for dance with her talented students. In collaboration with her dance studio, Lianna, along with Ashley Beckno, have produced a talented group of dancers who are a nationally accredited dance group and frequently win regional and national competitions.

Daniela Montoya began her dance training at a young age and fell in love with the feeling dance gives. At the age of twelve, she began training more intensely and developing the competitive desire to be great at this art. Winning various scholarships and assistant positions with conventions and competitions she would attend. Eager to always move and improve, Daniela was mentored and began teaching at fifteen and learned the joy of passing on the gift of dance. She has not stopped teaching since and has been fortunate enough to be able to be a mentor to various students, setting award-winning choreography, and preparing them to be productive and confident individuals in the real world. By the age of twenty-two, Daniela received a Masters in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK. During her time in the UK, she was blessed to teach at one of the premier studios in the Midlands and couldn’t wait to get home, teach, and dive into the practices she developed. After moving back home to Miami, Daniela teamed up with her mother, Patricia Arango, to begin working a designing her own line at Opera Dancewear. Shortly after her return, she began teaching, where she now considers her home base, Paramount Competitive Dance Team. Teaching all ages and levels at PCDT, Daniela has enjoyed teaming up with Lianna Reynolds and Ashley Beckno, to help train and mentor their amazing community of dancers. Her love of the art form, the dedication, and discipline it has taught her motivates her to accomplish her goals. She wishes to instill this same motivation, discipline, and desire for smart, creative choices in her students. Helping prepare them to be individuals who are confident in whom they are, their capabilities, and their decisions. Because dance is so much more than movement, it provides the structure for the kind of individual who is effective and efficient, but most of all intelligent, passionate, and ambitious.

LIANNA REYNOLDS

Artistic Director

Daniela Montoya

Principal Staff