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Dance Academy of Mansfield is passionate about investing in the lives of Children!

Students regardless of age or ability have an opportunity to work with dance professionals who share a passion for Christ and who teach others with love and understanding of children.

We stay current with the innovative dance trends without compromising our integrity. The Academy excels in patience, caring, and creative teaching skills. Proper Technique is stressed in all classes. Students are required to take ballet as it is the foundation they need in order to excel and advance in their dancing.
 

The Owners - Chris & Christie Garrett

The Founders of Dance Academy of Mansfield - Christie and Chris Garrett

 

The Academy was founded by Christie and Chris Garrett in 1999. Mr. Garrett Graduated from DBU University with a Degree in Business Management and is a Quality Program Manager with Lockheed Martin. He is in his 32nd year with Lockheed Martin and has been a great support to Dance Academy for the past 16 years.

They have been married for 28 years and are proud parents to Scott, Dylan, Chris Jr. and daughter-in-law Julie and are thrilled to be grandparents to their first grandchild Elle. They are members of Trinity Church in Cedar Hill and are honored to have the opportunity to serve God and others through the art of Dance.

 

 

 

Christie Garrett - Artistic Director, Performing Dance Company Director & Instructor

Christie GarrettMs. Christie has over 27 years’ experience in Professional Dance Training, Choreography, Teaching and Performing. She began dancing at the age of 8 and studied ballet with The DycheYzer School of Ballet, Margo Marshall School of Ballet in Houston, The Abilene Metropolitan Ballet and the Civic Ballet of Abilene. Mrs. Garrett has performed in various Ballet Productions such as the Nutcracker, Coppelia and The Wizard of Oz. After graduating High School she became a full time Scholarship student with Joe Tremaine and studied Jazz, Lyrical and Modern at the Moral Landis Dance Center in Los Angeles. She also trained under the direction of Doug Caldwell and Jackie Sleight as well at the Dupree Dance Center in Los Angeles California.

Christie began her professional dance career at the age of 19 years old and began touring nationally with the children's musical "The Chipmunks and Magic Camera”. She would go on to perform in numerous stage productions, musicals, industrials and T.V. commercials in Los Angeles and Dallas. Mrs. Garrett also has worked with worship leaders in various churches to incorporate worship into services and to bring dance back to its original purpose which is to worship and glorify God.  She is thrilled and honored for the opportunity to serve God and her community through the art of Dance. She loves inspiring students to use their gifts for God and to love God with all their heart, mind and soul.

Read more about Christie here

 

Amy Brothers - Administrative Director & Instructor

Amy BrothersMs. Amy has been an instructor with Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2005 and has served as the Administrative Director for the Academy since 2014. She teaches and choreographs all levels of ballet, tap and jazz from ages 3 through adult. Amy has been has been dancing since she was 5 years old and studied dance for 17 years all over the United States. She trained for 5 years during her Highschool and College under the direction of Scott Conway with San Antonio School for the Performing Arts. Ms. Amy has performed as a soloist and in the Corps for the Alamo City Dance Company. Her performances include featured roles such as The Snow Queen, Chinese, Mirlitons, Waltzing Flowers, and Snow Flakes in the Nutcracker Ballet. She also has performed as Hermia in Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and Mother Daffodil in the Original Production of Lepidoptera. Ms. Amy also has over 15 years of experience in Early Child Development from teaching to administration and Directorship. She has an Associate degree specializing in Child Development from Northeastern Oklahoma University, a Technical Certificate in Child Development from San Antonio College and an Advance Training Certificate from Christ for the Nations. She has 2 beautiful children and has been married to her beloved husband since 1996.

 

Dance Academy TEAM

Brooke Cook - Receptionist 

Ms. Brooke has been with Dance Academy of Mansfield as a dance mom since 2013 and a receptionist since January 2016. She is a homeschool mom of two beautiful girls, 6th grade and 2nd grade, and is in the process of becoming a licensed foster parent. She attends Walnut Ridge Baptist Church where she runs The Ridge Homeschool Co-op. She loves to dance and has ten years of experience. She could not do any of this without the loving support of her husband to whom she has been married to since 2005.

 Jennifer Karter - Receptionist 

 Ms. Jennifer was born and raised in Arlington, Texas and graduated from Martin High school. She is an IT systems administrator for       Bimbo Bakeries USA and has been there for over 10 years. She takes pride in working hard and getting the job done. In her free time she   enjoys doing things outside with her two beautiful girls ages 9 and 3 or going and playing a round of golf which she has played since the     age of 12. She also attends The Church on Rush creek and has been a dance mom at Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2014.

 

 Anastasia Waters - Instructor

Ms. Anastasia received her early training at the Ballet Conservatory, and as a member of the pre-professional company, LakeCities Ballet Theatre.  Later she went on to receive her BFA in modern dance at Texas Christian University.  At TCU, she was awarded the Jerry Bywaters Cochran Scholarship for excellence in modern dance.  She performed in works choreographed by guest artists Robert Battle, Loretta Livingston, and Alexandra Beller.  During her attendance at TCU, she was awarded the "Emerging Choreographers Award" for her creation of modern pieces, "Bedtime Story" and "Omnipotence". "Bedtime Story" was also selected to be performed and adjudicated at the 2010 American College Dance Festival.  Anastasia has attended many intensives for modern dance including the American Dance Festival in the summer of 2009, and Bates Dance Festival in the summer of 2010. While attending Bates Dance Festival, she performed in an original work choreographed by renowned dance artist, Doug Varone.  Anastasia has taught in many dance schools in DFW including, The Ballet Conservatory, Fort Worth Ballet Center, and Chamberlain School of Ballet as the modern dance, and composition teacher as well as YAGP choreographer and coach. She has been commissioned to choreograph works on Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department, Tarrant County College, and Chamberlain Performing Arts Company to name a few, and her choreography has been accepted into festivals such as The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival 2013, Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival in 2015 and 2017, {254} Dance-Fest 2017, as well as Dallas DanceFest 2017. She has had the opportunity to dance with a number of professional modern dance companies including, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (2010-2012), and Ewert and Company (2012). In 2012 she founded the professional modern dance company, imPULSE dance project. With imPULSE dance project she has produced many modern dance shows, and choreographed works for many dance festivals. Anastasia’s has a passion for dance, and a deep desire to share her passion with others. She is very excited to join the Dance Academy of Mansfield’s dance family!

 

  Annica Marcuccio - Instructor

Ms. Annica started dancing at age five. One of the best decisions she made as a child was to move to Chara Christian Dance Academy in the fifth grade. Annica was one of the founding members of Chara Christian Dance Academy’s competitive dance team where she moved through the ranks until she became a principal. During her time as a company member, she performed at Texas A&M, churches, numerous community outreaches, and competitions. During her time with Chara, Annica has worked with notable hip hop artist Karin Celeste. She continued in high school as a part of the Pride and Joy of Friendswood, The National Champion Wranglerettes! and she was appointed chaplain her senior year. Annica has performed in in numerous shows and musicals. Her most notable are “42nd Street” and “Mary Poppins” where she had the pleasure of being a soloist and a featured chimney sweep dancer. Annica was the head choreographer and dance director for P.I.N.E. for 5 years, a dance and theatre arts outreach program that focused on the underprivileged children within the community.  During that time she taught ballet, hip hop, tap, and jazz to children, and helped choreograph and stage large musical productions at Christmas for Angel Tree, a service project for children when their parents have been incarcerated. In addition, Annica has danced on NBC’s Today Show, in The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, KPRC’s Local 2 News with Ruben Galvan, and on ABC13 during the Tommy Tune awards. Currently, she is studying to be a teacher. Her future plans are to become a missionary and start a performing arts program for children in Botswana or Rwanda.

   

  Rebekah Stepanian - Insturctor

Ms. Rebekah has been dancing since age 4 and is currently pursuing her Associate of Arts in dance at TCC.  From there, she plans on receiving her Bachelors of Arts Dance and eventually her Masters in Dance Movement Therapy.  During her high school years she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, and Aerial arts at the RAQAD School of Dance studio, Moving Canvas Dance Space, and the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.  She has taken part in several master classes and workshops, including a private lesson with dancers from Ballet Magnificat, classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York, and with So You Think You Can Dance star, Comfort Fedoke. 

In the summer of 2016 Rebekah took part in the Dance the World Disney program and was able to dance down Main Street at Walt Disney World in Orlando!  Rebekah has a passion for dance ministry and hopes to see dancers use their gifts to bring glory to the Kingdom of Heaven.  Rebekah is filled with joy at the opportunity to teach at the Dance Academy of Mansfield and prays she can inspire her students in the same way her teachers have always inspired her dancing.  Rebekah is engaged to her best friend, Christian, and is currently planning her wedding for August 2018. 

 

  Leeann McNutt - Instructor

Ms. Leeann worked as an intern for Dance Academy of Mansfield in the year of 2016-2017, and is now delighted to be teaching here for her second year! She started Ballet when she was 4 years old, and chose to pick up Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical as the years went on. When Leeann entered into High School she was accepted onto the Permian Panther Paws Dance Team where she extensively trained and competed in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Pom. Leeann moved from West Texas to the DFW Metroplex for college. She attended Collin Community College, where she trained in Ballet, Modern and Pilates. During these years she was an understudy for Pedestrian Dance Company. In 2016 Leeann transferred to University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently at this school attaining her degree in Social Work. She hopes to work for Child Protective Services and eventually get her Masters in Social Work. Leeann is so ecstatic to be able to show the love and light of Jesus, and what He can do through dance.

 

Kristin Daniels - Instructor

Ms. Kristin is a native of the north Texas area and received her early training from Southlake Dance Academy. During high school she danced all four years on the Keller High School dance team where she served as an officer for two years. She attended the University of Kansas as a dance major and graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. During her time there she performed in several American College Dance Festivals and was a presenter/performer at Dance and the Child International held in Kingston, Jamaica. She was also accepted in to and attended the American Dance Festival in New York City with a focus in modern dance. After college, Ms. Kristin joined Muscle Memory Dance Theatre where she performed in solo, small ensemble and large group work from 2010-2013. Her last two years with the company were also spent as a choreographer, featuring “Redemption” (premiere 2010) and “Bizarre Love Triangle” (premiere 2013). In 2013 Ms. Kristin joined Impulse Dance Project as a performer. In 2014 she was selected as a soloist in the production of “Snow” and choreographed for the same production in 2015. She is currently still working with the company. Garner Fine Arts Academy in Grand Prairie is an additional dance home for Ms. Kristin. She has been the dance director on campus since 2013. Her passion is for the health, well-being and development of dancers as a whole; mind, body, spirit. She is excited to see and experience the unfolding of God’s plan through Dance Academy of Mansfield this season.

 

Lindsey Strok - Instructor

Lindsey Strok was born in Kansas City, MO and began dancing at the age of nine, developing her passion and love for dance. She grew up in Springfield, MO and after a few short years of dancing, gained her first professional role as “Claire” in the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, and was asked to reprise her role the following season. In the subsequent years, she toured internationally with the Messiah Project as a dancer in the European Tour and later as a principal dancer in the Orient Tour.
Following high school she attended Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City as a part of the Certificate Program. During her time in the city, she performed in the off-Broadway production of “Follow Me.” Following her time in the city, she danced as a principal dancer and choreographer with iPourLife Productions and celebrity star, Alison Stoner. Lindsey was also honored to introduce dance as a category for the National Fine Arts Festival in North Carolina performing alongside the Australian band, “Planet Shakers.” Her summers were spent dancing with Kansas City’s Culture House and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
In 2010, she moved to Northwest Arkansas and continued her training with The Royal Academy of Dance under the instruction of Peggy Wallis. Since arriving, she has continued to pursue additional training with RAD receiving “Distinction” in all Intermediate-Advance Two exams, and then performing her Solo Seal at the Micheal J Fox Theater in Vancouver, Canada.
From 2011-2018, Lindsey danced with Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre and enjoyed many soloist roles including: Nutcracker’s “Snow Queen,” “Sugar Plum” and “Arabian Pas;” Cinderella’s Pas de Deux Act II, Sleeping Beauty’s “Red Fairy;” Carnival of the Animals, and many original contemporary ballet works.
Lindsey’s passion to explore new opportunities and continue to grow as an artist has brought her to dance with Ballet Frontier of Texas. During this season, Lindsey is excited to be a part of Dance Academy of Mansfield!

If you would like to join our TEAM, please email your resume to us at
danceacademyofmansfield@hotmail.com