Kathy Smith Dupuy

Kathy Smith Dupuy

Owner

Kathy started dancing seriously in high school and has continued to take classes and had the opportunity to perform through various studios in Austin. Through the years, dance has proven a great way… Read more

Christine Bourgeois Autin

Christine Bourgeois Autin

Program Director

Christine has been teaching ballet for 25 years and most recently taught at Revolution Dance Company in Baton Rouge, LA. She implemented the first dance program at St. Joseph’s Academy in …. Read more

Shawna Hesketh

Shawna Hesketh

Director, Elevate Broadway Babies | Co-Director, Ignite

Shawna started dancing at an early age, at her one-room studio, in her small central Texas hometown. Her love of dance continued to grow, and she went on to join her high school’s drill/dance team, and then began teaching dance at the age of 16. Read more

Kyrie Lloyd

Kyrie Lloyd

Director, AYCB South

Kyrie Lloyd began her dance training in Philadelphia, PA where she studied classical ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Upon graduating high school, she attended Palm Beach Atlantic University earning a degree in dance. Read more

Chantel Mead

Chantel Mead

Director, Elevate Performance Company

Chantel Mead is a seasoned vocalist, performer, recording artist, and voice educator. While she loves the stage & studio, she is also passionate about helping others more fully understand their voice, fall in love with their own unique sound, and feel truly confident with their voice in the world.. Read more

Mandy Anstey

Mandy Anstey

Ignite Co-Director

Mandy Anstey graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida in 2013. Amanda has performed, choreographed and trained all over the world including Paris, France and Beijing, China. After graduation, she moved to Orlando, FL where she was the lead performer for the dance theater company VarieTEASE for 5 years under the direction of Blue Star. VarieTEASE dance company has been awarded “Top Dance Company of Orlando” for the past 5 years. In 2015, Amanda received her Yoga Teaching Certification from Asheville Yoga Center. Read more

Kate McCann

Kate McCann

Ignite Co-Director

Kate fell in love with dance at an early age. The way that movement and music creates its own unique form of artistry has had an unparalleled impact on her life, both in and outside of the studio. Read more

Haley Sikes

Haley Sikes

Director, UGK Hip Hop Crew

Haley is a dancer, performer, choreographer, and teacher based out of the Austin area. She started dancing at the age of three, training in many different styles, with a focus on hip hop and contemporary. Read more

Darby Perkins

Darby Perkins

DNCE Adult Program Director

Darby Perkins grew up dancing many different styles and has always had a passion for dance. As an adult, after having three boys, she started going to dance classes again, and her love and appreciation for dance grew. She loves trying new classes and learning new skills, including Bungee Fitness, which has led her to teach those skills to adults of all ages. For her, dance isn’t only a way to stay active, it’s a fun way to build community and to improve all aspects of personal health.

Her appreciation of dance and all it has to offer, along with her involvement in the dance community, has led her to become the Adult Programs Director at Balance Dance Studios. In this role, she is committed to creating a supportive and inspiring environment where adult dancers of all levels can thrive and grow.

Beyond dance, her professional journey has been equally enriching. She started her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, where she developed skills in communication and empathy that continue to serve her in all aspects of her life. Later, she transitioned to becoming a Birth Doula, supporting families during the transformative journey of childbirth.

When she’s not at the dance studio, Darby loves hanging out with friends around town, hiking with her Boston Terrier pup, and spending time with her husband and three teen boys.

Tatiana Mechinus

Tatiana Mechinus

Client Services Manager

Tatiana is the Client Services Manager of Balance Dance Studios and the shining face you see every time you walk in the door for classes. She is skilled in all things administrative and prides herself in being a confidante for both new and seasoned parents in the dance world.