Our Staff

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

Students have an opportunity to work with dance professionals who share a passion for Christ and who teach with the love and understanding of children.

We stay current with innovative dance trends without compromising our integrity. Dance 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

Dance 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 38th year with Lockheed Martin and has been a great support to Dance Academy for the past 21 years.

They have been married for 34 years and are proud parents to 3 young men and grandparents to 2 grandchildren. They attend Gateway church and are honored to have the opportunity to serve God and others through the art of Dance.

 

Christie Garrett - Artistic Director, Dance Company Director & Instructor

Ms. Christie has over 27 years of 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 hearts, mind, and soul.

Read more about Christie here

 
Amy Brothers - Studio Director & Instructor

Amy BrothersMs. Amy has been an instructor with Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2005 and has served as the Studio Director since 2014. She teaches and choreographs for all levels of ballet, tap, and jazz from ages 3 through adult.

Amy 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 high school 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 Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Oklahoma University, a Technical Certificate in Child Development from San Antonio College, and an Advanced Training Certificate from Christ for the Nations. She has 2 beautiful children and has been married to her beloved husband since 1996.

Ms. Amy has volunteered in a variety of ministries of all ages and groups.  More recently, supporting the business community of Mansfield has become a passion through her leadership skills as a Board member with the Historic Mansfield Business Association since 2018.  

 

Dance Academy TEAM

Aidan Keene - Receptionist

Brooke Cook - Costume Assistant 

Ms. Brooke has been with Dance Academy of Mansfield as a dance mom since 2013 and a receptionist from 2016-2021. She attends Walnut Ridge Baptist Church where she started The Ridge Homeschool Co-op. She loves to dance with ten years of experience. She could not do any of this without the loving support of her husband to whom she has been married since 2005 and they have 2 daughters who are students at Dance Academy.

Anastasia Waters - Instructor 

Ms. Asia has been an instructor with Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2017.  She teaches and choreographs Levels 4 in Ballet, Modern. 

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 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 King - Instructor

Ms. Annica has been an instructor with Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2017.  She teaches and choreographs Hip Hop 1 & 2, along with the Children's Classes ages 3-6. 

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 numerous shows and musicals. Her most notable is “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. 

   Rebekah Stepanian - Instructor & Company Coordinator

Ms. Rebekah has been an instructor with Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2018.  She teaches and choreographs for the Children's Classes, Youth Classes, and Level 2 & 3 in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz.  She also coordinates activities and choreography for all 4 dance companies.  

Ms. Rebekah has been dancing since age 4 and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree from UT Arlington in Journaling. 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 masterclasses 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 married her wonderful husband in  August 2018.  

  Kaylan Alday - Instructor           

Ms. Kaylan has been an instructor with Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2019.  She teaches and choreographs Level 4 in Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. 

Kaylan Alday is a Dallas-based interdisciplinary movement artist and maker. She was born in Houston, Texas where her love for dance began at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at the age of four. After moving to Mobile, Alabama, she continued training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary styles under the direction of Colby and Celi Shinn at Sheffield’s School of the Dance and Zoë Lombard-Todd at Mobile Ballet. After high school, she attended The University of the Arts, School of Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she trained under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield, and in the spring of 2019 received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, as well as a minor in Art Therapy. During her time at school, she worked with renowned artists such as Jesse Zaritt, Sidra Bell, Kyle and Dinita Clark, Katie Swords Thurman, and Tommie-Waheed Evans.

In addition to her training at UArts, Kaylan attended the American Dance Festival in 2017 where she worked with international artists Lui Wen-Chun and Saar Harari, and in the winter of 2017 traveled to France and Belgium where she worked with distinguished choreographers Douglas Becker, Clinton Stringer (Rosas), Dominique Duszynzky (Pina Bausch), Daniel Candamine (Pina Bausch), and Gala Moody (Cie.OFEN). Most recently, Kaylan attended the Zion Dance Project Summer Series, where she performed in the production "Sealed" as a 2019 Summer Series Student Artist. She is an apprentice with Zion Dance Project under the direction of Vincent and Abigail Hardy and spends her days sharing her love for dance in the studio teaching and fulfilling her duties as an arts admin. When she is not dancing, you can find Kaylan outdoors soaking up as many sun rays as possible, eating a giant bowl of pasta, or covered in paint and chalk making new artwork in her room. 

  Audra Wilson- Instructor

Ms. Audra has been an instructor with Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2019.  She teaches and choreographs Level 4 in Ballet. 

Audra began dancing at age 13 with Dramatic Truth School of the Arts where she studied ballet, pointe, partnering, modern, and contemporary. She was a member of the school’s Trainee Company for three years giving her the opportunity to perform locally as well as in Houston and New York City. In 2014, Audra spent time overseas using her dance in England and Italy to bring joy and beauty to communities with little access to the arts.  There she got to collaborate with artists from around the world as well as teach workshops. In 2015, Audra became a company member with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater where she danced for three years touring the U.S. and internationally. Audra produced her first ballet, The Forest Inside, in 2018 for DTBT and is currently based in Dallas, TX as a company member with Zion Dance Project. She has a passion both for teaching and developing aspiring dancers particularly in Graham-based modern which she has studied for many years under the direction of Graham 2 dancer, Tobin James. Besides Graham, Audra enjoys teaching ballet, contemporary, and improvisation as well as growing dancers in choreography, performance, and self-confidence. 

  Hannah Martin- Instructor

Ms. Hannah has been an instructor with Dance Academy of Mansfield since 2020.  She teaches and choreographs for the Children's Classes.

Hannah Martin has been training in various styles of dance since she was 11 years old. She danced with Shining Starz Dance Studio in Franklin, Tennessee until she graduated High School in 2018. She was also privileged to be a part of The Joshua Generation, a musical theater company that existed to spread the love of Jesus through the performing arts. She competed in various national competitions and won 1st overall with her senior solo in the Starpower National Talent Convention in 2018. As well as being a student at SSDS, she had the opportunity to assist and teach various children’s classes including acrobatic arts, ballet, and tap. Following her High School dance career, she was accepted into Ingredients Dance Training program in Dallas, Texas. After attending their training program, she was invited to be in their professional company and is returning to dance with them for her third year under director Michelle Brogan. Over the past three years, she has been blessed to travel with the convention Dance Revolution and assist classes for professional teachers from across the nation. She has also had various performing opportunities including dancing on tour with Dance Revolution and at Gateway Church’s XO Marriage conference. 

Along with dance, Hannah loves working with people in the hospitality industry and has been serving people at wedding venues, restaurants, and coffee shops since she was 16. When she isn’t dancing you will probably find her sitting at her favorite coffee shop or playing her guitar. 

Hannah is thrilled to be teaching at Dance Academy of Mansfield, and feels that it is an honor to help train the next generation of dancers! 

Anna Williamson - Instructor

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Anna Williamson began her dance training at age four at a local YMCA. Her mother decided it was best to put her in dance classes after sitting through countless “recitals” in the family room. Although she took ballet classes at a recreational level, her instructor saw her drive and passion for technique and referred her to the Academy of Dance Arts where she received her foundational training. She continued training in ballet and eventually explored other areas of dance including modern, jazz, lyrical, character, and Bollywood. She continued her high school training in the pre-professional company of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. She performed alongside the professional company and took daily classes. Throughout the years' Anna has been blessed with opportunities to attend intensives with Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana University, Ad Deum, Zion Dance Project, and received a scholarship for the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance 

After high school, Anna graduated cum laude from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance and Christian Ministry. After graduating, Anna danced with the professional company of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. After the pandemic, Anna relocated to the DFW area to dance with Ingredients Dance Company since 2020. 

Anna is passionate about exploring and teaching the joy found in dance! She is honored and excited to join the teaching staff of Dance Academy of Mansfield!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Would like to join our TEAM, please email your resume to us at
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