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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 31 years and are proud parents to 3 young men and grandparents to 2 grandchildren. 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 - Instructor

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.  

 

  Kaylan Alday - Instructor           

Kaylan is excited to be a part of the DAOM family this year and is stoked to grow and learn alongside her incredible students! 

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. 

 

  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.

 

  Priscilla Brothers - Instructor

Priscilla Brothers started dancing at the age of 3 at Dance Academy of Mansfield. While training at DAOM under the oversight of Christie Garrett, Priscilla performed and competed in the studio's company. Throughout her high school years, she participated in Joffrey School of Dance's summer intensive and was accepted into Texas Ballet School's summer intensive program as well as Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts' most prestigious company. She also competed in the Worship Dance Solo division at Fine Arts Competition and won the award of Merritt at North Texas Districts and placed 7th overall at the national level. In addition to dance, Priscilla found a love for theater and performed in shows such as Music Man, Oklahoma, and Joseph and the Technicolored Dream Coat with a local theater group in Mansfield. After completing high school at the age of 17, Priscilla joined Ingredients Dance Company as an intern. She is now a company member and enjoys touring with the company at Dance Revolution alongside the director, Michelle Brogan.

While still a child, Priscilla found so much joy and fulfillment with assisting classes at Dance Academy of Mansfield. Once received the proper training, she was given the opportunity to teach her own classes. This is her second year teaching at DAOM and she loves it! To have the opportunity to pour back into the ministry that gave so much to her is a rare opportunity she cherishes having.

 

  Audra Wilson- Instructor

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. 

 

  Sidney Michner-Instructor 

Sydney Michener started dancing at four years old at Dance Academy of Mansfield all the way to high school. She always cherished the valuable foundation she received at DAOM both spiritually and in her dance career. In high school she branched out into her passion for theater, dancing in the yearly musical and starring in a play her senior year. She also danced as a soloist in an indoor drumline show her senior year, which won first place at the NTCA championship. After she graduated high school in 2017, she started attending UTA where she is majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience and dance. She has been taking dance classes at UTA every semester and is a member of the UTA Maverick Dance Company, who she has performed with and will again this semester. She has also been training and dancing with Art Ballet Academy for three years, performing in their productions of the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. She will graduate with her bachelor’s this year and plans on auditioning for ballet companies next year. This is her first year teaching at Dance Academy of Mansfield and she is thrilled and blessed to have the opportunity to teach and share her passion for dance at the studio she grew up at and loves so much. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

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