Sandy began adulthood as a high school science teacher, eventually marrying a Houston policeman, becoming mom to seven children, starting a young children’s music program, and eventually opening a dance studio. She credits her love of the creative and performing arts and her six daughters for the launching of a dance school. She put all of her daughters in dance at a young age, and never looked back. Sandy also credits her seven children for giving her what it takes to run a business. Sandy’s passion in life is loving and caring for her family. She wants to share, and encourage, families while they are in the trenches of parenting. People often ask how she does it. Her response is to fully credit the Lord for His provision of strength in her life.
Acro Dance,Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Theater Dance, Dance Company Director
Karin has been teaching and choreographing for over 20 years. She ministered through dance in the Ukraine, and has toured nationally with Dance Revolution Dance Convention for 8 years. In addition to her classical training at Houston ballet, she is a skilled hip hop artist. She is also a very proud mom to three children.
Ballet and Contemporary
Jessica has been a Ballet and Contemporary instructor and choreographer for over 20 years. She loves seeing students learn and grow artistically and physically as well as develop character and integrity that will sustain no matter what God has in store for them. Her hope is to see, in these earthen vessels, the living, breathing movement of the heart of the Father for his Children with excellence and honesty. She also has her certification in Personal Training as well as Yoga Instruction. Jessica has been married to Jason Greenhaw for 16 years, and together they have 2 beautiful children.
Melinda has danced and taught in the USA and Europe for many years. She has teaching credentials from the Royal Academy of Dance in England. Based in Denmark, she danced for various ballet companies, in musicals, TV and film. She taught ballet and jazz in her own dance studios, at the University of Copenhagen, the Danish Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Team, and at ballet workshops throughout Europe. Her students have been admitted to major dance educational institutions and many are currently enjoying successful dance careers.
Twinkle Stars Dance, Ballet
From the moment she stepped into her first Ballet class at the age of 6, Brianna McAnulty knew she wanted to be a dancer. She trained extensively in Ballet with the Sonshine Christian Ballet Syllabus under teachers Lani Fuller, Liza Polluck, Anna Valle, Jessica Greenhaw, and Jeanna Vance through the years. Along with her ballet training, she has also studied Jazz and Contemporary under Jeff Lewis and Karin Celeste. Brianna has danced with Benaiah Dance Company under Jessica Greenhaw, first as an apprentice, and later as a company member, where she performed locally as well as internationally in Costa Rica.Brianna began her teaching career as a student teacher when she was eleven years old. She enjoys teaching creative movement and basic dance skills to toddlers through kindergarten age, and Ballet to elementary aged children. She finds great joy in passing on the love and tradition of dance to her students.
Acro Dance, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Twinkle Stars, Dance Company Leader
Taylor is a choreographer/performer/teacher in her hometown of Houston, TX. She has performed 1 season under the direction of Annie Arnoult with Open Dance Project and danced six seasons with Psophonia Dance Company under the direction of Sophia Torres, along with performing in many festivals across Texas including “Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival” and “254 Dance Festival”. In 2014 she was a featured soloist in the original score of Robert Paterson “The Book of Goddesses”.
Nichelle developed her love for movement in a small-town studio in Central Pennsylvania and she holds a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University. An instructor for nearly 20 years, she has taught dance in recreational and academic settings, including Penn State University and Lone Star College Kingwood. Locally, Nichelle has performed with Suchu Dance and appears in several dance-for-camera works by Frame Dance Productions. She is the founder and editor of DanceAdvantage.net, a frequent dance writer for Dance Source Houston and Arts+Culture Magazine: Texas, and a contributor to the NYC Rockettes.com website.Nichelle is also mom to two beautiful, young children, and is happy to be part of the Define Dance & Arts family!