Teachers

Miss Madison

Owner/Artistic Director/ Teaches All Styles for the 2017-2018 Season

11078203_10152832996733437_5128925120910576799_nMadison’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 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.

 

 

Miss Caitlyn

Teaches Performance Group for the 2017-2018 Season

unnamed-1Caitlyn was born in Natick, Massachusetts and grew up in Plano, Texas, where she started dance classes at the age of three. She started with tap and ballet and later found a love for hip-hop, jazz, improvisation, contemporary, and modern. In high school, Caitlyn was the Captain of her studio company, and also was a part of the high school drill team for two years.

Caitlyn graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance and a General Business minor, magna cum laude. There she performed multiple works in their New Choreographer’s and Faculty Dance Concerts, and worked with several choreographers including Nick Cave and Carl Flink. Caitlyn has also traveled to various states to train with Doug Varone, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Garth Fagan, Danny Buraczeski, and more! Caitlyn was the President of a dance honors society, Chi Tau Epsilon, and participated as a member of an Honors Fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, promoting leadership, scholarship, and fellowship. In 2012-2013, Caitlyn was with CholoRock, a local latino and jazz company, and later in 2014 joined a local hip-hop company, Renegades, and still continues with them today.

Caitlyn has been teaching for seven years now and specializes in many genres of dance including hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, beginner tap, improvisation, and special needs. Currently, she teaches many classes at Sacred Ground Dance, is the Assistant Director of Performance Group, and is the Director of a Special Needs Competitive Hip-Hop team, Team Swag, at Revelation Dance Studio.

 

 

 

Miss Whitney

Teaches Musical Theater, Ballet, and Tap and Styles for the 2017-2018 Season

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Whitney is a Midwestern girl, born and raised in Illinois where she started dancing at the age of four.  She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, pointe, acrobatics, musical theatre, swing, social and hoop dance.  She was a member of multiple dance ensembles growing up and was on her high school dance team for 3 years (including a year as co-caption).  Whitney began doing choreography as part of the Orchesis Intercity Dance Company in high school where one of her pieces was selected by the Illinois High School Association for a showcase of the top nine student choreographed dances in the state.

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 baby son, Gavin.  She is very excited to return to teaching and share her knowledge and passion with the students at Sacred Ground!

Miss Joi

Teaches Ballet Fit, Ballet & Tap, Hip Hop , Pre-Pointe and Styles for the 2017-2018 Season

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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.

 

Miss Annemarie

Teaches Ballet & Tap for the 2017-2018 Season

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Annemarie was born in Collierville, Tennessee and moved to Flower Mound, Texas when she was 4.  At a young age Annemarie didn’t walk or run around the house, she danced and somersaulted. Her parents only thought it would be right to enroll her in dance classes. Annemarie attended her first dance class at age 4. These beginner ballet and tap classes sparked her love for dance. Annemarie started competing at age 7 and participated in countless competitions and conventions. Some of which included: JUMP, CoDance and The Beat. Annemarie has taken dance classes from Twitch, Courtney Galiano, Lauren Froderman, Nick Lazzarini, Alison Renae Holker, Ade T. Obayomi and Reyna Mondragon. Annemarie has been a part of Sacred Ground’s Teacher Apprentice Program for 4 semesters, where Caitlyn Dougherty and Madison Mulnix have been training her to teach children the art of dance while having fun. Annemarie is passionate about working with children to share her love for the art of dance!

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Kathryn

Teaches Ballet & Tap, Hip Hop, and Styles for the 2017-2018 Season

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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. While being on the team she competed in many competitions in the North Texas area. In high school, she was a part of the Rider Raiderettes dance team, under the direction of Krista Tanaka, for four years. Her senior year, she held the position of Senior Lieutenant. During that time, she performed at many sporting events, spring shows, and even competed with the Raiderettes at many competitions with team dances, trios, duets, and solos. Kathryn has taken dance class under some amazing teachers, some of her favorites include Yanis Marshall, So You Think You Can Dance Season 4 winner Joshua Allen, Amy Tuelly from Diavolo, Jake Bone from Doug Varone, and Bill Evans. Kathryn is now working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of North Texas. She plans on graduating in the spring of 2019. After graduation she wants to perform in the North Texas area and to continue school where she will work towards getting her teachers certificate. She wants to continue dancing after her schooling is finished in Los Angeles or New York 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!

 

 

Miss LaSheta

Teaches BalletFit & Hip Hop for the 2017-2018 Season

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Miss LaSheta is a southern girl from Houston, TX. Growing up she was the kid in everything from

band, to plays, to running track and finally finding her love of dance at the age of 12 years old.
Dance immediately became something that was the most important thing in her life. She began
dancing at the age of 12 after school breakdancing. From there she became a varsity dancer
on her high school dance team where she held officer positions of Senior Lieutenant Colonel
and Spirit Leader, as well as competed in numerous competitions in Hip Hop, Jazz,
Contemporary and more. During her time there she received numerous recognition, one in
particular from the American Drill/Dance Team for being an Outstanding Performer. After high
school Mis LaSheta continued her education for two years at Trinity Valley Community College
after being accepted to their Cardette Dance Team. She held officer positions both years as
Freshmen Representative and Lieutenant, choreographing a number of routines for sporting
events and spring productions. Her specialities lie in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and Drill
Team.! After receiving her Associates degree in Kinesiology, she continued her education at the
University of North texas earning a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising with a minor in Social
Science. With these two degrees and her experience in dance she is hoping to bridge the gap
between society and the importance of the performing arts. Over the years she has taken studio
classes at numerous studios from California to NYC. She has performed in various parades in
the DFW area, as well as shows in Disneyland and London! “I truly believe no matter who you are
or what age you begin dancing, as long as you believe in yourself and push hard, you can do
anything your heart desires. Dancing is so important to so many people in the world. It gives you
a voice when you don’t know what to say and gives you a way to express emotion when you feel
it is impossible to get out. Without dance I am not sure who I would be today.” I am so excited to
work with all of the dancers this year. It will be one for the books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Abby

Teaches Ballet & Tap for the 2017-2018 Season

 

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