Owner/Artistic Director/ Teaches All Styles and Performance Group for the 2018-2019 Season
Madison’s love for dance began at the early age of 3 as she began her training in ballet for what would later become her life path. In High School, Madison was very involved in her studio, training more than 8 hours a week. She was also on her High School dance team for 3 years, where she competed in regional and area wide competitions, obtaining multiple awards. Her interest in choreography also surfaced at this time as she began choreographing for local volunteer dance groups, dance team auditions, and assistant teaching opportunities.
Madison is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theatre, tap, hip-hop, contemporary/modern, and improvisational techniques. She has been teaching since she was 16 and thoroughly enjoys getting to share her passion and knowledge with others! Madison has had the privilege to attend many workshops to take classes and learn from some influential names in the dance world. She also attended a dance conference in New York, during the summer of 2014, 2015 and 2017 that was specifically designed for helping dance teachers create new and exciting material!
Madison graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas in May of 2015 with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Real Estate. She enjoyed staying involved and being apart of the Chi Tau Epsilon Honor Society as well as a school based club known as Dance Unit. She had the opportunity to perform with Nick Cave’s collaborative dance and art installation at The Dallas Museum of Art. She also has worked with the New York choreographer, Maggie Harrer, in her artist in residency production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in 2012. While pursuing her degree, Madison has had many performance opportunities in things such as Faculty Dance Concerts, student choreography projects, and the New Choreographer’s Concert where her own choreography was presented.
During the Fall of 2014, Madison also enjoyed implementing the Teacher’s Apprentice Program at Sacred Ground Dance. Using pedagogical techniques from courses taught at UNT, she is able to walk her older students through the process of helping others learn to dance. Madison’s passions include teaching, performing, working with children, and choreographing.
Office Manager/ Teaches All Styles for the 2018-2019 Season
Whitney has a Bachelors Degree from Ball State University where she double majored in Musical Theatre and Dance Performance. At BSU, she was a member of the Ball State Dance Theatre and Ball State Swing Society and her senior choreography project was selected to be part of the main stage company concert. She also had the opportunity to attend numerous workshops and master classes including David Howard, Joel Hall, Alvin Ailey, Tap Dogs, Pilobolus, Body Vox, Bill Evans, STOMP, CATS and others.
Whitney has always had a special love for musical theatre. She started performing in musicals at the age of six and has performed in or choreographed more than 100 shows. She assisted with the choreography for her high school musicals and choreographed her first full-length show in college as part of the student-directed series which earned her the department’s Best Choreography award. She then had the privilege of being the only student to choreograph a faculty-directed musical and the production was selected to perform at the American College Theater Festival.
Whitney currently lives in Lewisville with her husband, Josh, and their two boys, Gavin and Cooper.
Social Media Manager/ Teaches all Styles and Performance Group for the 2018-2019 Season
Joi Smith grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas and began taking dance at the age of three. Her parents enrolled her in dance just for fun, but dance began taking up much of her time and it became her greatest passion. Although a very quiet girl she grew to love dance and loved taking on the different persona that comes with the different genres. She has performed in all genres including ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and jazz. Miss Joi started competing in jazz, hip hop and contemporary at the age of 9 and did so until she graduated from high school. She moved to Denton, Texas to further her education and is currently a third year student at the University of North Texas, where she was a member of the North Texas Dancers in 2015. She is studying to receive a degree in organizational behavior and HR management and she hopes to graduate in the spring of 2018. When Joi is not dancing or studying she spends her time working out and planning meals because physical fitness and health are important to her and she is eager to start teaching the ballet fit class at Sacred Ground. Joi taught dance at her studio in Jacksonville, Arkansas and her passion for teaching others definitely shows! Her goal as an instructor is to groom young kids to have a love for the art of dance and see her students grow as both dancers and kids. She is excited to share her talents and the joy of dance with the students of Sacred Ground.
Teaches Ballet & Tap, Hip Hop, and Styles for the 2018-2019 Season
Kathryn grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas where she started dancing at the age of three at the public parks and recreation center. Two years later, she enrolled at Dance Etc. where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, Pointe and Lyrical for thirteen years. In junior high, she was a part of the Silver Stars dance team where she held the position of Captain for two years. In high school, she was a part of the Rider Raiderettes dance team for four years. Her senior year, she held the position of Senior Lieutenant. Kathryn has taken classes under some amazing teachers, some of her favorites include Yanis Marshall, Joshua Allen, Amy Tuelly from Diavolo, and Doug Varone and dancers. Kathryn is now working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of North Texas. She plans on graduating in December of 2019. After graduation she wants to perform in the North Texas area and to continue school where she will work towards getting her teaching certificate. She wants to continue dancing after her schooling is finished and eventually wants to open her own dance studio. Her favorite dance quote is from Martha Graham: “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion”. Kathryn is very excited to teach at Sacred Ground Dance this year!
Teaches Ballet & Tap for the 2018-2019 Season
Molly Hart is a recent graduate from Texas Woman’s University with a BA in dance and minor in education with certification for dance in grades 6-12. She discovered her love for dance in High School where she participated in many musical theater performances. In her years as an undergraduate, Molly studied and trained in various dance genres which include modern, ballet, tap, and jazz. Molly has presented her work in TWU shows, as well as performed in different cities across Texas. She also participated in an internship for the school’s Community Dance Center where she organized administration work and assisted dance classes of different genres. Influenced by improvisation, Molly appreciates finding the individuality of dancers to create choreography. She hopes to build self confidence and uniqueness in her students dancing. Along with her extensive dance training, Molly is currently working towards her masters degree at TWU to further her knowledge in dance education. There, she is a member of the National Honors Society of Dance Arts where she continues to expand her teaching methods in dance. She is very excited to be able to share her love of dance with her students at Sacred Ground Dance!
Teaches Ballet, Pre-Pointe, and Styles for the 2018-2019 Season
Brynne is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is a sophomore BFA Dance Major at the University of North Texas in Denton. She has 15 years of dance experience. She performed in her first American Collegiate Danc
This summer, she was an assistant teacher and counselor for American Dance Training Camps in North Carolina and Texas. She received a staff of the week award and shared her love of dance with all the attendees.
Her high school experience includes All American drill team captain and officer. She was an elite dance team leader and member at her private studio. She was awarded for her grand champion solo and team competitions. She performed at Disney Orlando, Orlando Citrus Bowl game, Dallas Mavericks game, Macy’s Day Parade, and San Antonio Spurs game.
Brynne enjoys choregraphing
Teaches BalletFit, Ballet/Tap Combo, and Hip Hop Level 1 for the 2018-2019 Season
Lexi has a strong passion for strength training and fitness yoga. When she’s not in the gym or studio, she loves painting, meeting new people, and live music festivals.
Teaches Styles and Hip Hop Level 2 for the 2018-2019 Season
Rachel was born in Salt Lake City, Utah where she began her journey as a dancer. She took ballet and tap classes as a child, but did not realize her passion for dance until middle school, where she discovered Sacred Ground Dance. Rachel began with tap and hip hop but quickly fell in love with all styles of dance. Her favorite styles are hip hop and contemporary. She was in the SGD Performance Group for 3 years before she joined the Flower Mound High School drill team. She has been a Rosette for 2 years and loves dancing at football games, spring shows, and competing with her team. Rachel has had the opportunity to be taught by many talented dance instructors, including Kelly Hoover, Shannon Dunham, Katie Perdue, Sarah Idziak, Afton Beadles, Bethany Crisp, and many others. Rachel was trained as a teacher through the Sacred Ground Dance Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP). She learned how to handle classrooms, choreograph dances, and become a successful dance teacher. After 3 years in the TAP program, Rachel has graduated and is ready to take on her first year teaching hip hop and styles. Her passion for dance is evident not only when she dances but also when she teaches. She is so excited to share her love of dance with her students and help them grow this upcoming year.
Teaches Styles, and ballet/tap combo for the 2018-2019 Season
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