Kathy Dupuy 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 for her to stay fit after having 4 kids and maintaining a busy lifestyle. She has successfully pioneered multiple businesses from start up to maturity including Texas’ largest nanny/sitter service, Mom’s Best Friend, and an assisted living home for seniors. Kathy serves on various boards, and her companies have been recognized for outstanding achievement in various venues, as well as a commitment to giving back to the local community. She was inspired by her sister-in-law who created and owns one of the largest and most successful Houston dance studios. As a dancer herself and mom to 4 little dancers, Kathy understands the need for a high quality studio environment catering to the needs of both adults and children, thus the inception of Balance Dance Studios. Kathy’s business expertise and entrepreneurial spirit, combined with her passion for the art of dance, create the perfect combination for her role as studio owner of Balance Dance Studios. Kathy and her husband Stuart, who is also very involved in the business operations, reside in Southwest Austin and are the proud parents of Grace, Kaitlyn, and James and Jordan.
Devon Adams Driven by her love of movement, Devon has performed professionally from New Mexico to New York City with companies such as Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, Blackbird Dance, The Angelo Dance Project, and Sparrow Dance. A member of New York City-based modern company Blackbird Dance, she joins them for regular tours throughout the 2013-2014 season. She has trained with some of the nation’s top teachers and choreographers, graduating summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University in 2009. A versatile mover, Devon has performed works by distinguished choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, and Alex Ossadnik, and appeared as a dancer in the 2013 Walt Disney film The Lone Ranger, directed by Gore Verbinski. She began assistant teaching at the age of 15 at the Academy of Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, and quickly discovered the joy of sharing her passion with students. She has been teaching ever since, investing in each student as she helps them explore and refine their art form. Now embarking on her second year in Austin, Devon is so thrilled to be joining the faculty at Balance Dance Studios.
Daniel Broxton Daniel started dancing in high school, participating on a crew his freshman year that turned into a team his sophomore year. He started pursuing dance more and training more seriously throughout his high school years. He now directs a high school hip hop dance team, teaches workshops, and choreographs for music videos, musicals, events, and performances. Daniel is excited to bring his background and experience, as well as his excitement for hip hop, to dancers at Balance!
Dane Burch Dane grew up in Oregon, where he started training in dance at the age of 10. He quickly fell in love with movement and the expressiveness of it. He moved to Los Angeles, when he was 18, with a scholarship to EDGE Performing Arts Center. After completing his training, he continued to dance and perform. He worked with Tremaine Dance Convention for 5 years. He also worked for Move Dance Competitions, where he judged and taught master classes all around the U.S. In 2008, Dane moved to Austin. He is now the Co-director of Rise Dance Company and Reverence Dance Project. He works for numerous studios and high schools all around Texas. He loves sharing his knowledge and love for dance with all.
Lauren Caffey Lauren is an Austin native, where she grew up in the dance world with experience and training in a studio, as well as on a drill/dance team. In high school, she continued her studio training and became a Blue Belle with the dance team at Leander High School. She earned the title and role of lieutenant her junior year, and Captain of the Blue Belles her senior year. In the summer of 2001, she was chosen to work with the Marching Auxiliaries staff during their officer and line camps held all over Texas. Not quite finished with her passion for drill team comaraderie, Lauren attended Kilgore College (after graduating from high school), where she became a member of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes dance team. During her two years as a Rangerette, she was selected as a Swingster, performed her solo in Revels 2003, was a featured performer in the 2001 and 2002 Cotton Bowl halftime shows, and performed at the Dallas 2001 and Chicago 2002 Thanksgiving Parades. Upon graduating from Kilgore College, Lauren attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a BA in History and a minor in Dance. She was a part of the UT Dance team and was awarded Best Choreography in 2004. Lauren directed the Liberty Hill High School drill team from 2004-2006. She has taught at conventions such as Raising the Barr, Ovation Dance, LISD summer intensives, and In the Mix. In 2006, she took on a new opportunity to work at Leander High School. There, she directed the White Diamonds from 2006-2008. She has set choreography for drill/dance teams, studios, and has choreographed and performed for the hit television series, Friday Night Lights. Lauren began teaching at an Austin area studio in 2009, where she continued to choreograph award-winning pieces for their company and became Assistant Director in 2012. Lauren started her own dance company, LC Productions Live to Create, in 2012. She continues to work independently with school districts and studios all over Texas, teaching dance classes, intensives, master classes, choreographing, and judging competitions and auditions. Lauren has been a workshop presenter at Texas Dance Educator Association (TDEA). Each year, she continues to further her dance education by attending conventions and summer classes at the EDGE PAC, in LA. She was a member of Third Coast Contemporary adult dance company from 2012-2014. Lauren co- founded and owned a studio located in Cedar Park, from 2014-2019. Lauren and her family welcomed their daughter, Leighton, in December of 2018. She loves continuing to share her knowledge and love for dance thorugh teaching.
Jairus Carr Jairus started his dance training at seven-years-old. Since then, Jairus has trained with Austin’s top instructors and choreographers, but Jairus primarily trained here, at Balance Dance Studios. Starting here when he was twelve, Jairus grew up and trained with Balance’s very own Push Dance Company. This allowed him to learn and understand Balance’s core message: Finding our balance in heart, soul, and mind. In more recent years, Jairus has danced with many local artists, such as the Early Era Collective, Jennifer Sherburn, and the UT student body. Jairus can’t wait to teach you!
Lauren Cranford ?Lauren Cranford began dancing when she was 3 but discovered her love of cardio dance in 2011. She feels that dance fitness classes are the perfect way to get a dynamic workout with heart-pumping, calorie-blasting, easy-to-follow moves. As a regular attendee at Balance Dance Studios, she is now taking her passion for cardio dance to the next level by becoming an instructor. Her goal is to help others gain strength and confidence, regardless of their dance background. When she is not teaching classes, you can find Lauren cooking, participating in dance battles, or spending time with her dog, Olive.
Nikki “Blankenship” Chambers Since the age of three, Nikki has learned to master the art of expression through movement, sharing her love of dance with others. She received her formal dance training, at Hallmark Dance Studio, practicing Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Folkloric, Flamenco, and Jazz. It was her exceptional performance as a jazz dancer which earned Nikki a scholarship to West Texas A&M University, where she earned her BFA in Dance. Some notable achievements include the Lady Viper Dance Team, Assistant Academy Director for the WTAMU Dance Academy, Artist in Residence for Lone Star Ballet, Amarillo Vixens Dance Team, and Captain and Choreographer for the WTAMU Thunderette Dance Team. She shares the positive energy and enthusiasm for her art with those around her, hoping that she can inspire others to discover and follow their own dreams.
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Jacqueline Courchene Jackie was born and raised in Kingwood, TX where she began her dance training at Rowland/Ballards school of ballet. From 2008 to her high school graduation in 2012, Jackie trained with the Kingwood Dance Theatre — a pre-professional ballet company — and attended annual Regional Dance America Festivals. Through her performance, choreographic, and teaching opportunities with Kingwood Dance Theatre, Jackie’s love for dance truly blossomed. She continued her education at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York where she graduated with Honors in Dance and Business Management in May 2016. During the school year at Skidmore, Jacqueline was able to fine tune and enrich her choreography skills with many creative opportunities from collaborating with professors/peers and creating choreographic projects of her own. She has danced for and trained with choreographers such as Xan Burley and Alex Springer, Earl Mosely, Matt Pardo, Ruben Graciani, Christy Williams, and Erika Pujic. During her summers in Saratoga Springs, Jackie performed for Saratoga Summer Arts Festival and had opportunities to train with dance companies doing residencies in Saratoga Springs such as Martha Graham Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Doug Varone and Dancers. As a recent college graduate, she has danced in festivals from New York City to Los Angeles, and continues to produce choreographic works for a variety of performances and site specific venues. In 2017 Jackie was awarded the San Antonio Dance Umbrella’s “Emerging Artist” Scholarship. She teaches at a variety different dance studios in the San Antonio and Austin areas, and produces original choreographic works for performances at pre-professional level dance companies in the San Antonio, Austin, and Houston areas.
Maranda Creamer Maranda Creamer loves living a fit, healthy and active lifestyle. She has over a decade of cheerleading and gymnastics experience. Maranda began tumbling at age 9, and then cheered from middle school to college. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Texas State University, she moved to Austin where she now resides. Maranda is a licensed Zumba and Zumba Toning instructor, and also holds certifications in CPR/AED and First Aid, as well as AFAA Group Exercise. She is excited to bring her own spin to Zumba classes and provide fun, safe and effective dance cardio workouts. She brings a balance of various international music styles and rhythms to her classes, and strives to make each class different so that her students are constantly challenged.
Rachel Culver Rachel Cox Culver holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Sam Houston State University (SHSU). Since earning her degree, she apprenticed with Bruce Wood Dance and performed the works of Joy Bollinger. While pursuing her BFA, she performed a variety of ballet and modern repertoire as a Nicolay Dance Works company member, under the artistic direction of Dana Nicolay. Rachel guests frequently with NobleMotion Dance, based in Houston. While studying at SHSU, Rachel had the pleasure of working with guest choreographers Maurice Causey, Gerard Theoret, and Gregory Nuber, and performing in many SHSU faculty creations. Hailing from Elida, NM, she studied classical and contemporary ballet with S-W School of Dance and Ballet Lubbock. She spent her summers training with LoneStar Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, and the Kirov Ballet. She has performed lead roles in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Carnival of the Animals, and Firebird. Rachel currently performs as a freelance dancer throughout Texas, and enjoys sharing her love for ballet with young dancers.
Tracy Dunivan A native Texan, Tracy has successfully coached and guided the careers of young performers for over 25 years. Because of her strong training and diverse performance abilities, she undertook many artistic endeavors and opportunities, including choreography gigs and acting roles in local and regional playhouses including Houston’s renowned Theatre Under the Stars. During the evolution of her career, she began to specialize in training and promoting young actors. Through her highly successful SHOKIDZ acting classes in Houston and Los Angeles, a “career changing” professional level seminar series, and her artist management company, numerous young actors found their niche and began rewarding careers. She helped launch the professional careers of Hilary & Haylie Duff, Renee’ Olstead, the late Skye McCole Bartusiak, Sarah Hagan, Mariah Parks, and Jinhee Joung. Tracy saw a need within the competitive and pre-professional dance community for better performance understanding; so, she developed an innovative approach to teaching dancers how to honestly, organically and fully create and interpret the “story” of the choreography given them. Tracy’s goal is to help her clients recognize their full potential so they may realize all life’s gifts!
Courtney Edgerton Courtney Edgerton trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern for 10 years at Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, Texas. She studied tap under Buster Cooper, where she discovered her love for the art. In addition, she was a member of LakeCities Ballet Theatre II for two years. Throughout high school, she danced and competed with Next Step Performing Arts School in Frisco, Texas. Courtney graduated from The University of Texas and is currently in Integrative Medical School here in Austin. She has enjoyed dancing and teaching here in Austin!
Kim Frueh I have been practicing yoga for 7 years and teaching for almost 3 years. Yoga came into my life while I was working at a very difficult and mentally exhaustive job. I was looking for a way to find peace and balance in my life, while continuing to work on my physical self. Being a dancer my whole life, yoga seemed a very natural fit, with it’s graceful and strong postures. I love the practice of yoga because it is challenging and introspective and a great way to turn off the busy outside world. I received my teacher training with Malia Scott and Chrispy Bhaghat Singh at Say Om Yoga through the e3 Vinyasa 200 hour teacher training. My goal is to share this incredible practice of yoga, meeting students where they are, with challenges and support, hoping they find the same joy, emotional freedom and personal strength. Namaste.
Kenah Fuller Starting at the age of 3, Kenah has pursued her love for dance. Kenah was classically trained in Ballet and has danced on pointe for over 5 years. Along with her dance background, Kenah is an avid gymnast who is strong in power tumbling. Throughout her training she pursued a variety of genres of dance and competed in multiple styles including acro, modern, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and hip hop as well. She began student teaching at 17 and is adamant to continue to share her love for the arts with students.
Taylor Harbin Taylor Noel Harbin was born and raised in Dayton, OH where she began dancing in a creative movement class at the Jeraldine School of Dance. From there she attended Stivers School of the Performing Arts studying dance and choir. In addition to dancing in her school Taylor trained with form Dayton Ballet principal dancer Barbara Pontecorvo at Pontecorvo Studios later joining their pre-professional company Gem City Ballet. Upon graduating from High School Taylor initially attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she studied for a year and was able to perform a Martha Graham original piece ‘Heretic’. Later Transferring to University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she studied ballet and performed in Giselle, original pieces set by her professors, and fellow classmates.During her junior and senior year of school Taylor joined the Louisville Ballet as a Corps de Ballet dancer. Later retiring at Ballet Austin.
Dylan Hesser Born in El Paso, Texas, Dylan Hesser began dancing at El Paso Performing Arts at the age of 8. After joining his high school dance team in 2012, he continued dancing on The University of Texas-El Paso’s dance team through his junior and senior year of high school. Dylan started pursuing ballet seriously in 2014 with Champion Dance Studio under Andree Harper and Ouisa Davis. In 2015, he had the privilege of performing the principal role in The Nutcracker with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. After graduating high school, Dylan went on to continue his dance and academic training at the University of Arizona. His summer training includes Master Ballet Academy and Ballet Austin. Outside of ballet, Dylan is continuing his academic studies as a Biology major. He would like to thank his mother for raising him as a single woman and allowing him to follow his dreams.
Amanda Howes-Keith Amanda started dance when she was seven-years-old at her home dance studio in Southwick, MA. Her love of movement and creativity spanned from dance, to sports, music and theater. Amanda graduated from Radford University in Radford, VA with a Major in Media Production and a Minor in Dance. Since then she has worked in several entertainment industries including Six Flags New England, Universal Studios Resort Orlando, Sea World San Antonio, Walt Disney World Resort and Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, FL. Amanda’s love of dance has extended even further when she discovered aerial arts and can now take her creativity to new heights on the silks and lyra. Currently Amanda is an acrobatics/dance instructor, choreographer and avid aerial artist who enjoys performing locally. Amanda is so excited to have the opportunity to teach and inspire young dancers with her passion and energy!
Kelsey Kimble Kelsey Kimble uses her vast experience in performing a variety of different genres to entertain and educate others. As a performer, Kelsey enjoys singing jazz music with her husband, Austin Kimble. She also writes and performs original rock music with their band, The Kimbles. Trained in classical voice technique from The University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Rose Taylor, Kelsey enjoys acting in local theater productions, and recent roles include: “Louise/Eve” in Ruthless (City Theater, Austin), as well as “Regina” in Rock of Ages, “Calliope” in Xanadu, and several Theatre for Young Audiences Productions at the Georgetown Palace Theater. Aside from performing, Kelsey has a passion for educating voice students of all ages and experience levels. She offers weekly group classes as well as private lessons for several programs in the Austin, TX area.
Kelsy Leyendecker Kelsy Leyendecker is our assistant director of Elevate and PUSH Dand Company’s Opal director. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has been teaching since the age of 16 years old. She began her studies and competitive years at Irvine Dance Academy but went on to receive training at some of the best studios in the country in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, cheer, tumbling, and musical theatre. She has had the opportunity to study under legends such Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Molly Lynch, Christine Baltes, Jerome Robins, and Susan Stroman. In addition to them, she credits much of her growth and passion to her mentor, Monie Adamson who is a 3 time Emmy nominee and 2004 American Choreography Award winner. While still in school, she began choreographing young for her high school show choir and other local area theatre and children’s programs. As a diverse and performer, Kelsy danced as an extra on a couple TV shows, strutted the parade routes and stages of Disneyland as well as toured parts of the US as a member of the company, “Dance N’ ETC” and the “Concordia professional Chamber Choir”. She quickly found her passion in musical theatre and was cast in multiple theatre company ensembles such as “Guys and Dolls”, “Cabaret” and “Oklahoma” as well as lead roles such as Penny in “Swingtime” and Carol in “South Pacific”. She is proud to be a part of the Austin dance community and loves teaching all her students of all ages at Balance Dance Studios.
Stacey Lizette Stacey has been studying belly dance for twenty years. (Woah, how did that happen?) She is one of five dancers currently Level 5 certified in the internationally recognized Suhaila Salimpour format and hosts annual Suhaila workshops in Austin. Besides being a dance instructor, Stacey has taken on many roles and projects as part of the belly dance community, including: performer, choreographer, costume designer, artistic director of Tekatek Dance Ensemble, (former) producer of the annual Austin Belly Dance Convention, teaching assistant to Suhaila Salimpour, workshop sponsor, and show producer. Stacey’s style of teaching is patient yet challenging to guide students safely beyond their comfort zones and into personal growth. Belly dance will grow your brain, move your body and feed your soul!
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Andi Loo Native to Texas, Andi Loo graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Spanish and quickly jumped on the earliest flight to Los Angeles. While in L.A., Andi worked for a local newspaper while studying dance at local venues. She recalls pre-Zumba days in L.A. being filled with healthy doses of “Latin Hip Hop” and “Salsa-esque” aerobics. Needless to say, her love and commitment to dancing grew quickly and after 3 children and a move back to Texas, she found her passion in teaching dance fitness classes.
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Jessica Stroh Jessica Stroh began her love affaire with dance at the age of 3 in Ocala, Florida. She joined the Marion Ballet Theater and performed for 8 years under the direction of Nicole Benson and was a part of numerous ballets; performing notable roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette, and Princess Florine. In 2015, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology from the University of South Florida receiving the notable BRAVO! Scholarship in Dance Award. Under further scholarships, Jessica trained with Sarasota Ballet Company, Bodytraffic, Repertory Dance Theatre, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and USF’s Dance in Paris Program. Jessica has had the privilege of performing works by world-renown artists including Ohad Naharin, Alonzo King, Maurice Causey, and Robert Moses. In 2016, Jessica moved to New York City where she had the honor of working and collaborating with Colleen Thomas Dance, Dugal Dance Projects, Alexeya EM, Rosie DeAngelo, Bryce Dance Company, and BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance. In NYC, Jessica taught with Greenhouse Arts Center and Global Community Charter School. She has choreographed, performed, and taught in NYC, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Paris, France. She is the recipient of Brooklyn-based Spoke the Hub’s 2018 People’s Choice Award where she presented an evening-length work with collaborator, Laura Mobley. Jessica now resides in Austin, TX and joyfully teaches at Ballet Austin and creates with her performance company, Alt Project, alongside co-creator, Laura Mobley. Altproject.co
Natalia Maravi Natalia was born to dance. From dancing on the bleachers of a football game at 5 years old, to choreographing a dance performance for her and her friends for their 5th grade class talent show, to tearing it up on the dance floor of many clubs as an adult. However, it wasn’t until she was 26 years old that she took her first dance class and started her training. She fell in love immediately and got to work. She’s taken a ton of hip hop classes and heels classes and has traveled to LA to train with Brinn Nicole and Tevyn Cole. Her passion for dance and teaching runs very deep and she is grateful for every opportunity to shake her hips and flip her hair.
Kate McCann 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. She has been working with children since the age of 14, and has found that one of her greatest joys is being able to share her passions with a younger generation. Because Kate didn’t start her formal dance training until highschool she is a huge proponent of self discipline, and regards dance as the medium which taught her that all things are achievable through hard work and diligence. It was at Balance Dance Studios she cultivated this understanding, as she is one of our very own Push Dance Company alumni. Kate looks forward to teaching, training, and exploring movement with you!