Teachers

Miss Whitney

Owner & Artistic Director / Teaches All Styles & Performance Group for the 2019-2020 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 two boys, Gavin and Cooper.

Miss Kathryn

Teaches Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz & the Littles for the 2019-2020 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. 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!

Miss Molly

Teaches Hip Hop & Elementary Ages for the 2019-2020 Season

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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!

Miss Cristen

Teaches Ballet, Tap & Drill Team Prep for the 2019-2020 Season

Cristen grew up in Flower Mound, Texas and began dancing at the age of 9 at Sacred Ground Dance. She has taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and pointe. After a few years of dancing, Cristen auditioned for the performance group and has been a member for 4 years. Being a part of the performance group allowed her to perform at nursing homes, festivals and various community events in the area.  She enjoyed getting to share her love of dance with others! Cristen also made the Flower Mound High School drill team as a freshman and will begin her third year on the team as a junior this upcoming fall. She has been able to briefly experience the competition life as a member of the drill team and enjoys getting to dance with her friends on a daily basis.

Cristen recently attended the Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, California over the summer with some of the other dance teachers at SGD and took master classes from many accomplished choreographers such as, Travis Wall and Mandy Moore. Cristen also just completed the T.A.P. program at Sacred Ground Dance that teaches students how to become teachers. Throughout her 3 years in this program she has taught various ages and styles and has learned a lot about what it takes to be a teacher. She is eager to begin her first year at an official teacher!

Miss Annemarie

Teaches Hip Hop, Littles & Elementary Ages for the 2019-2020 Season

Annemarie was born in Collierville, Tennessee and moved to Flower Mound, Texas when she was just 4 years old. At a young age she didn’t walk or run around the house but danced and somersaulted her way around. Her parents only thought it would only be right to enroll her in dance classes. She attended her first dance classes (ballet & tap) at age 4 which sparked her love for dance. Annemarie has had opportunities over the years to take classes from Twitch, Nick Lazzarini, Alison Renae Holker, Gregg Russel, Martha Nichols, Mark Meismer, Wade Robson & Kenny Wormaid. Annemarie was apart of the Sacred Ground Dance’s teacher apprentice program for 4 semesters before becoming a full time teacher at the studio. She is so passionate about working with children in which she can Shar her love for the art of dance.

Annemarie is currently minoring in dance performance at TWU in Denton. She was previously cast in two senior pieces in SFA’s Dancework’s show. She was also a member of Dancers Against Cancer, a nonprofit that hosts a dance benefit show in order to raise money for cancer research and care. Annemarie hopes to continue performing as she is coming back this year to teach at her studio Sacred Ground Dance.

Miss Cheryl

Teaches Hip Hop for the 2019-2020 Season

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Cheryl was born in Anchorage, Alaska and traveled extensively growing up as a military brat. Upon arrival to Denton, TX, Cheryl decided to pursue an integrative studies Bachelor of Arts degree with focuses in Dance, Kinesiology and Anthropology. Alongside many hopes and dreams, Cheryl is working to become a professional dancer, choreographer and an educator. She has worked in various fields of dance and under the direction of the esteemed hip hop choreographer, Rennie Harris. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys educating herself about world cultures and practicing yoga. She has an animated personality and she believes in sass, class and all that jazz. Educational plans for the future include an Applied Anthropology Certificate, a Massage Therapy License, a Master of Fine Arts in Dance and a Doctorates of Chiropractics. We are so excited to having her join our SGD family this dance season!