Owner/Director of CoffeeMill Dance Studio, Choreographer/Instructor (Modern, Musical Theater, Zumba)

Born and raised in the Bronx, Penny relocated to Key West in 1977 with a B.A. in Dance Education from Herbert H. Lehman College. Penny purchased the CoffeeMill property (known for it’s El Brazo Fuerte coffee) in the mid-eighties, co-founded the Key West Dance Theatre and became an original member of the Fabulous Spectrelles (Toni). Penny choreographs for all the theater groups in Key West including Keys Kids (credits include: Annie, Peter Pan, King & I, High School Musical, Footloose, Wizard of Oz, Little Mermaid, Oliver, Wanda’s World) the Waterfront Playhouse (favorites include: Urinetown, Reefer Madness, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Drowsy Chaperone, Xanadu, Spamalot) and the Red Barn Theatre (credits include: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bat Boy, Forbidden Broadway, Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, Bingo) and produces DanceWorks! (this year featured A Midsummer’s Night Dream May 16 & 17 at TWT) and Walk on White’s ‘hiPSo fActO’ - an informal live dance performance series. In 2009 the CoffeeMill was awarded an ‘Art Reach’ Grant to present Peter and the Wolf to school aged children. Penny is also interested in promoting dance in our schools through the CoffeeMillDance Outreach and Scholarship Program bringing dance to children who cannot get to the studio and is a recipient of two ‘Artist in Schools’ Grants. Every summer Penny is proud to be a part of Camp Bravo! A musical theatre camp for children in collaboration with the Waterfront Playhouse and Keys Community School of the Arts (credits include:Once On This Island, The Aristocats Jr.)

​Portrait by Lauren Marie Breaux