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The Live Oak Conservatory has expanded its after school dance classes, which are held at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34601. A Tap class, a Jazz class, and Beginner Ballet class will be held at various times on Tuesday evenings from 5 pm to 8pm.

Tap class is taught by Brianna Genao. The Jazz class and Beginner Ballet class are taught by Live Oak veteran dance instructor, Kat Burburan. Classes begin the week of August 28.

For information about our after school classes and the Live Oak Conservatory go to, call 352-593-0270 or email

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Live Oak Theatre offers a wide range of opportunities for children (5 – 18) and adults to learn about all the performing arts. Some of the classes offered include beginning and advanced tap, jazz and ballet, voice, musical theatre, improv and acting at various levels. Live Oak Conservatory’s most popular program is its Acorn Theatre Production Class, beginning August 1.

Private lessons in a wide range of musical instruments are also offered at the conservatory. All classes are taught by veteran performers and instructors.

About Katherine (Kat) Burburan

Katherine trained in dance for 12 years across multiple studios and teachers. She started her training at Erin's Danceworks in 2006, learning ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and competing in competitions around the country. She then began study at John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts in 2012, with John Leggio and Edwina Nelson, who trained at Central School of Ballet and went on to perform professionally around the United Kingdom.

She began advanced training in ballet, pointe, and modern under Edwina Nelson and then continued training with her and Joey King at The Nelson Grey Academy in 2013. At the Nelson Grey Academy, Katherine performed Martha Graham's "Appalachian Springs", an original piece by Edwina Nelson "Welcome to the Machine," and achieved Second Place Overall Solo at Starbound Dance Competition in 2015.

Katherine went on to study ballet and modern at Santa Fe College in 2017, with Alora Haynes and Melissa Brenner. She participated in the student choreographed show Room To Dance, creating her first performed piece and performing in other student's pieces. Katherine has continued to dance independently, taking classes in Tampa, Florida and through online services during the pandemic.

About Brianna Genao

Brianna Genao started dancing when she was 5 years old. Her mother enrolled her in a jazz class, but a tap class was happening next door and “I would run to the window to watch their class. The next school year I started tap and fell in love with it.” Brianna continued dancing recreationally through elementary school. In middle school I began competing with dance. “I was trained in all areas but tap always remained my favorite.” She stopped competing in high school and moved into other types of productions like The Nutcracker and choreographing 42nd Street.

“I’ve been on a break being an adult and raising babies, but I cannot wait to get my two shoes back on!”

About the Live Oak Conservatory Programs

Live Oak Theatre & Conservatory is – above all - a family friendly theatre program which exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community by providing positive artistic experiences in the Performing Arts - including excellent, affordable, and edifying family friendly entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities.

We offer group classes and private lessons in acting, improv, youth art, musical theatre, singing, hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet, Acro, and most musical instruments including piano, guitar, and violin.

To compliment Live Oak Theatre’s tradition of bringing top notch musical theatre entertainment and training to our community, our Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and drama which together make up a well-rounded and versatile performing arts educational program. Children… and adults… can take these classes to enhance their creative and artistic skills and combine them with other fine arts and performing arts skills. The Live Oak Conservatory is Hernando County’s one stop destination for education in the performing arts!


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