Ave Maria


NAPLES, FL October 27, 2023 – Ave Maria Development and the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce will be welcoming the new owners of the Ave Maria Dance Academy, Charl and Okkie Van Wyk, at a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ave Maria Dance Academy located at 5068 Annunciation Circle #103 Ave Maria, FL 34142.

Pictured Left to Right: Charl Van Wyk, Nathan Van Wyk, Adryan Van Wyk and Okkie Van Wyk of the Ave Maria Dance Academy

“The Ave Maria Dance Academy has been providing a valuable service to the community since 2009 We are thrilled to see it continue its legacy and serve Ave Maria’s aspiring dancers,” shared Cee Cee Marinelli, director of development.

As residents of Ave Maria, the Van Wyk’s felt grateful to know this opportunity came up where they could share opportunities of dance with others. Their daughter, Adryan, has danced her entire life and is now on the Ave Maria University Dance Team. “Our daughter has benefited tremendously from dance. Our dancers will not only gain knowledge in various styles of dance, but they will also gain the confidence, dedication, and teamwork skills necessary for excellence in all areas of life,” shared Okkie Van Wyk.

Pictured Left to Right: Ave Maria Dance Academy owners Charl and Okkie Van Wyk

The Ave Maria Dance Academy offers high-quality dance training for all ages. From mommy and me classes to adult classes and everything in between, the academy provides instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, pointe, theater jazz, and more. With many options for afterschool/evening classes, as well as weekend classes, they can serve dancers with different schedules. For dancers looking to pursue dance on a higher level, Ave Maria Dance Academy offers the opportunity to audition for its dance company. To learn more please visit AveMariaDanceAcademy.com.



Ave Maria has been named a Top 20 Master Planned Community in the United States, 2015-2023 Community of the Year, the Top Selling Single-Family Home Community in Southwest Florida, a Blue Zones Certified Community, and its active adult community, Del Webb Naples, has been named a Top 20 Places to Retire. Located in southwest Florida, Ave Maria is a self-sustaining town including shopping and dining, employment opportunities, parks and recreation, and is zoned for all A-rated Collier County public schools.  At its build out, the town will include up to 11,000 residences, and 1.8 million square feet of retail, office, and business park uses in its 4,000 acres.  Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County.  The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow the signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 25 minutes. For more information, please visit  https://www.avemaria.com/ or call 239-352-3903.



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