Dana's Studio of Dance Keller Teaching Staff

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Our Staff

Aiesha Ashby

Aiesha Ashby

Aiesha, a native-born Texan, spent many years residing in Orange County, CA as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Aiesha studied at the EDGE PAC, Millennium Studios and Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy; along with many fabulous accredited choreographers.

Her earlier experiences included being a part of Body Talk Dance Company and Zilker Hillside Theatre located in Austin, Tx. Aiesha has had the pleasure of working with and being in the Artistic presence of Gregory Hines, Lil Kim, Pink, Brook Hogan, Jaz Z, Snoop Dogg, Laurie Ann Gibson, Raven Simone, Jamie King, Acia Gray and Chloe Arnold to name a few. Aiesha has performed in the hit TV shows American Dreams, Pop Stars, 1998 Grammy Awards; Warner Bros featured film Living Out Loud and Sunset Gower feature film Between the Sheets.

Aiesha also has international experience as a feature dancer for Korean Pop Singer Mi Sing A’s world tour. Many years ago, Aiesha started Image Dance Explosion, a Texas-based company that offers convention/workshop type classes, which caters to all dancers from all walks of life and all ranges of experience; Beginner to Master Levels. While living in Orange County, CA Aiesha co-founded a baby boomer studio with her business partner Yasmin Fletcher, named Impulse Dance Production.

Aiesha moved back to Texas where she currently has the pleasure of working at Dana’s Studio of Dance where she continues to strive for excellence while choreographing, instructing, mentoring with an amazing staff and a wonderful group of young dancers. Aiesha was just recently asked to join in on Tap Fest L.A.. Aiesha believes reaching new heights in the Arts can be achieved by anyone through hard work, an ethical approach and an optimistic sense of what is yet to come.

Amber Nicole Kellogg

Amber Nicole Kellogg

Amber Nicole Kellogg was born in Leland, North Carolina, a small town outside of Wilmington on the coast. She began her dance career at the age of 2, taking Kinderdance Classes at a local studio. By the age of 5 she had followed her older sister’s footsteps into the competitive dance field. She became a master of costume changes by then, competing on multiple teams and in different age groups, having 21 dances in one recital. She quickly began winning competitions as a soloist, a duet partner, and a team player. She attended the Junior Olympics for dance 2 years in a row, winning multiple Gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze. Amber began to get noticed in the National circuits by choreographers at conventions and won scholarships to further her training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She was chosen to be an assistant in many classes at the conventions and assist in choreography at her own studio in Wilmington. She enjoyed many years learning from the professionals that led the competition circuits. She has trained with the likes of, Aaron Burr, Tabitha and Napoleon, Travis Wall, Nick Dinicolangelo, Haley Mac, and much more. She began teaching her own classes at the age of 17, while she was still competing and became a certified personal trainer to be able to teach stretch and conditioning classes. She achieved her most coveted award of National Soloist for Showstoppers and Star Systems in 2 consecutive years, making many friends nationwide. Her love for dance, choreography, and teaching landed her teaching jobs in multiple studios at the age of 18. After opening for the Rockettes in Raleigh, she made the move to Dallas and began performing at Six Flags, dancing and singing, then danced for Coca-Cola at the State Fair. When asked, “What is your favorite part of the dance?” she replied, “All of it. From creating it, performing it, to teaching it, there is not a part I don’t love!!”

Bridgette Fargason

Bridgette Fargason

Bridgette Fargason began her dance training at the age of five. Her father’s military career gave her the opportunity to continue her studies across the country from Hawaii to Virginia in tap, jazz, musical theatre, and the Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabus. She started choreographing for local theaters when in high school.

She studied for two years under Ingeborg Heuser at the University of Texas at El Paso before finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance degree at a Point Park University in December of 2005. After graduation she danced two seasons with Atlanta Festival Ballet and choreographed productions for locals schools. She then married a soldier and began teaching at Bates Dance Studios in Manhattan and Junction City, Kansas whole also performing and choreographing with community theatres. She took a break for a few years to move to Texas with her husband and two children and was honored to begin teaching at Beyond the Movement in Fort Worth, Texas and the Fort Worth Dance Collective. She is very excited to now be teaching at Dana’s Studio of Dance in Southlake and Keller and growing with her students in the beautiful art of dance.

Derrius J. Harmon

Derrius J. Harmon

Derrius J. Harmon (Bang) began dancing in high school, at the age of 17, at Oscar Dean Wyatt High School. He spent his senior year training in jazz and modern. Bang attended Tarrant County College where he joined the resident pre-professional dance company, “Velocity.” Soon after, Bang ventured into street/club styles of hip-hop (popping, locking, waving, tutting, house, etc). His love for performing granted him the opportunity to showcase his work at local events, such as Move To Groove and work with local dance company Contemporary Dance Fort Worth. He has worked with industry professionals on music videos & movies, as well as trained with some of the top choreographers in L.A., where he lived for a year. Currently teaching all over the DFW area, Bang embraces his love for choreographing by empowering the youth, and aims to help dancers train and prepare for the dance industry.

Eboni Ivery

New Movement Hip Hop Crew Director

Eboni Ivery

New Movement Hip Hop Crew Director

Eboni Ivery has been dancing since the age of four. She started her training in Dallas where she began studying tap, ballet and hip-hop. At the age of eight, she joined CPAC, a professional touring company, where she started to sing and dance for their elite group, Unity. During this time, she continued to take classes from a variety of choreographers and studios in the DFW metroplex (DSOD being one of them!). At the age of fifteen, Eboni was selected as one of seven dancers to tour with Big Idea Entertainment, which included thirty-six cities. She studied hip-hop, jazz, ballet, tap and musical theatre at studios such as Rhythm Nation and Dallas Powerhouse of Dance. She has also attended a variety of workshops and seminars ranging from DBDT2 Summer Intensive to Edge Dance Convention. She has performed at events such as “The Move to Groove Ball”, “Dancers For A Cause” and “Six Flags Holiday In The Park”. Eboni attended Tarrant County College where she was a part of the dance program. Eboni enjoys teaching her students and taking a class at Studio 74 and Millennium Dance Complex.

Jennifer McManus

DRILL TEAM DIRECTOR

Jennifer McManus

DRILL TEAM DIRECTOR

As a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and Dallas Mavericks Dancer, Jennifer has had the opportunity to perform on many stages across America, but the most honored performance took place overseas as a USO entertainer. Jennifer has been involved with many of our Dallas heroes as well, with opportunities to teach, perform, and meet with the children of the Make A Wish Foundation, Christian dance programs, and the Children’s Hospital.

In 2010 she had the opportunity to dance for two years on the stages of the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney World, as a character performer. As a Graduate of the University of North Texas and Kilgore College, Jennifer made a trip to Washington DC as a Kilgore College Rangerette and performed in the 2000 Presidential Inaugural Ball and Parade. Her experience has taken her around Texas instructing and performing for many camps, competitions, and parades. She has been a dance teacher and director since 2002 and is a Personal Trainer with a double certification from the nationally recognized Cooper Institute. Jennifer is excited to now be a part of Dana’s Studio of Dance and looks forward to building the Drill Company into another successful program like only DSOD can offer.

Southlake, Keller, Coppell

Jessica Merrell

Jessica Merrell

Jessica has been a part of the Dana’s Studio family since the young age of three years old. Growing up at the studio Jessica regularly attended classes from Dana Bailey, Jeremy Keeton, Nick Zborowski, Justin & Lindy Giles, and Kristal Russell. Jessica also danced at the Carolina Academy of Dance in Greensboro North Carolina for four years specializing in classical jazz and ballet.

During her time as a dancer, Jessica received scholarships from Adrenaline Dance, Co. Dance, Monsters of Hip Hop, and LADF. As well as received distinguished performer at Starlight Competition and the All American Award at the NCA and ACA cheer camp. Jessica was captain of her cheerleading team in high school and graduated in the top ten percent of her class.

Jessica went on to dance professionally for the Dallas Desperados Arena Football League, The Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Hip Hop Dance Team, and participated in the Richard Frankel off-Broadway production of CHEER. During her professional dance career, Jessica attended college at the University of Texas at Arlington where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

Jessica has created choreography for the Southlake and Keller dance companies since 2006 as well as worked for many local drill teams specializing in technique classes and team choreography. Jessica enjoys igniting a passion for technique in dancers as well as helping her dancers achieve their goals both professionally and personally.

Kristal Russell

Kristal Russell

Kristal began dancing at age 3. She competed nationally from a young age, winning various high point honors and numerous scholarships. Kristal was a guest performer on Cartoon Club House, various PBS programs and was invited to perform at the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl. She began teaching at age 15 and continues to teach all ages in Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater and Hip Hop at studios in Texas, Hawaii, California and Colorado. While in Hawaii, Kristal taught dance in Hawaii’s many military communities and performed in John Stewart’s Legends in Concert and Chez-Zam productions. In California, she choreographed for the San Diego City Dance Company and taught inner city kids in the San Diego Park and Recreation Division. In Colorado, Kristal spent one year as a dancer/choreographer and three years as director/choreographer/dancer for the Colorado Rapids MLS Co-ed Cheerleaders. She was the choreographer for, and performed in, the 2007 Depth of Illusion show as a magician’s assistant and has judged various professional cheerleading team auditions. Kristal’s choreography has won regional and national honors at numerous competitions. She and her students have performed and/or showcased her choreography at various shows/events in Texas, Southern California and Colorado including The Grapevine Opry, Six Flags, Balboa Park, Disneyland, Colorado Crush Arena Football and the 2006 AFC Championship. In addition to her dance and fitness instruction, Kristal worked for the San Diego ISD as a Special Education Instructional Assistant and Behavior Technician. She worked alongside the National Guard for four years in their Red Ribbon Week campaign visiting Elementary and Middle School students to speak against drug use. Most recently she consulted on two Snap Books for teen cheerleaders. Kristal is the proud mama to her three beautiful daughters, Falynn, Savigne and Theisyn, and strives to make them proud of her with the ethics, drive and passion she brings to all of her students through dance. She has been on DSOD staff since 2009.

Kristen Cawyer

Kristen Cawyer

Kristen is trained in all forms of dance and musical theatre and she is equally passionate about both. She has taught for Dana’s Studio of Dance since 2011. She earned her BA in Theatre from the University of North Texas as well as earning her “Mousters” Degree in Entertainment Show Production from the Walt Disney World Company. Kristen taught Theater at Woodland Springs Elementary School in Keller ISD, before moving to Orlando to perform for “Sesame Street Live” at Sea World in Orlando, Florida. Kristen has filled her career with musicals, dance, choreographing, and acting, starting at a young age; starring in musicals such as: The Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Lucky Stiff, Annie Get your Gun, Seussical, The King and I, The Little Mermaid, and many others. Kristen has danced for thirteen years, specializing in tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop, taking master classes under Kihyoug Choi, and the New York Goofs. She has also taught special needs cheerleading and dance since 2012.

Kristen is thrilled to be back in Texas.

Lisa Groves

MovZ Company Director

Lisa Groves

MovZ Company Director

Lisa Groves, an Oklahoma native, started dance at the age of 3 and fell in love from there. She studied all dance styles, but found Ballet as her favorite. She attended St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma where she received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Dance Performance and Dance Pedagogy. After college, Lisa started teaching dance at Theatre Arts Inc. in Broken Arrow OK and has taught there for 10 years. She also performed and choreographed for an organization in Oklahoma that teaches and performs for public school kids by going into the classrooms and sharing the love and knowledge of dance. Lisa and her husband, Brandon, and their two children, Anniston and Gavin, recently moved to the area and are excited to start a new adventure in Texas.

Matt King

Matt King

Matt King has been partner dancing for over 25 years and professionally teaching for 10. He co-owns Daily Dance Services with his wife Marina Motet. They teach over 30 different partner dances from Ballroom (American and International) to 30s Swing, Alternative Latin and Country Western.

Matt started his adventure in dancing at a young age by learning country social styles like 2 step, 3 step and country Waltz . His love for teaching ignited when he was exposed to Ballroom styles and later began working in studios at age 21.  He was awarded multiple times as a top teacher while he worked for TCDCI clubs. His success in working for multiple studios allowed him to branch off and open a studio with his dance partner and wife.  Relevant training and experience includes:

Strong Variety in diverse syllabi from leading dance organizations like Fred Astaire , TCDCI, DVIDA & Arthur Murray's with knowledge up to a Gold Standard.
A thorough understanding of material for Man's and Woman's parts and how to instruct teachers in Introduction of material, foot patterns, timing, musicality, technique, styling and continuity.
Years of accumulated knowledge under a Fellow in the IDTA in both American and International styles. Additional training under a UCWDC champion and judicator in Country Western.
Developed and implemented a Neo Tango Argentine Syllabus Extensive historical research in dances and their origins.

Nicole Jordan

Nicole Jordan

Nicole Jordan began dancing in her teens and hasn't stopped! She studied ballet, modern and jazz at both Collin County and Brookhaven colleges during their summer programs. Nicole was a founding member of Ingredients Professional Training Program and traveled with Dance Revolution Dance Convention as a performer and assistant teacher.

Nicole traveled to New York City for the Dance Teacher Summit conference to further her dance training in ballet, contemporary, competition choreography, business management and marketing. She is also furthering her dance education in Paula Morgan Technique and has completed her Level 1 Certification and working towards Level 2. She is currently pursuing her degree in Dance at Tarrant County College and will complete her degree at University of North Texas.  Nicole is also excited to be training and teaching the Aerial Silks program at DSOD.

Nicole has over 15 years of teaching experience and has worked with students ages two through adult. She is an award-winning choreographer and has taught for several studios in the DFW area. Nicole has performed in numerous musicals including: Jesus Christ Super Star, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol and Truthical:  the Musical. She is currently dancing with Simple Sparrow Dance Company, a modern dance company based in Denton, TX as well as Movers Unlimited via Tarrant County College.  Nicole is passionate about educating young dancers.

Nicole Madison

Nicole Madison

Nicole has had extensive training for the past twenty years in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, Clogging, Jazz and Hip Hop at various studios in the DFW area, as well as New York City. She started her own entertainment company, Cowgirls Entertainment, for private and corporate events, including functions for the NFL Association, the Texas Rangers, and Microsoft. Nicole’s choreography received several awards at numerous competitions such as All-American Showcase Nationals, Hall of Fame, Stars of Tomorrow, Showstoppers, and Star Systems Nationals. Nicole performed at Disney World in Florida and at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. She also toured the east coast with the Hoctor Dance Convention.

Shelby Blattner

Drill Team Assistant Director

Shelby Blattner

Drill Team Assistant Director

Shelby Blattner graduated from Texas Tech University in 2018 with her University Studies Degree concentrating in Personal Financial Planning, Integrative Studies, and Human Resources. She has been dancing for 20 years, teaching for 7 years, and is currently teaching at Dana’s Studio of Dance in Southlake and Dana’s Studio of Dance in Keller. She will also be assisting the Drill Team at all DSOD locations.

Shelby is trained in all styles of dance from classical ballet to modern and is even trained in styles such as military and kick. She was a competitive dancer for 12 years and won regional and national titles including National Champion of Tap from Hall of Fame Dance. She was a two year member of Dance Council of North Texas Hoofin’ Crew and was able to learn from tap legends such as Buster Cooper, Jason Janas, and David Mann.

She was a member of the Northwest High School Drill Team called The Sidekicks for 2 years with her second year being the Lieutenant. She has continued working with their organization by choreographing for the team for the last 4 years.

Shelby has loved dance all of her life is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with all of her students!

Stacy Ali

Stacy Ali

Stacy Ali has been a dancer since the age of eight. She has studied ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop at dance schools in California and Texas, including Goleta Civic Ballet, Ballet Austin, Joyce Willet, UNT, Millennium, The EdgePAC, Dallas Powerhouse and more. She has performed in “The Nutcracker” nine seasons with Goleta Civic Ballet and Ballet Austin, and in Lambros Lambrou’s “The Rainbow” and “Peter and the Wolf.”

Stacy’s professional experience includes dancing for Usher (in conjunction with Cowgirls Entertainment), Motley Cru and Rockell, touring with Radio Disney, and performing in music videos for Blink 182, The Lost Prophets, J-Lo, A Tribe Called Quest, Pras, and Joss Stone. She has modeled for both Ian Logan Photography and Starz Dancewear. In addition to MTV’s well-known dance competition “The Wade Robson Project,” Stacy has competed in other dance and drill competitions, receiving many awards and scholarships. She’s taught ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and tap for Dana’s Studio, Debbie’s Studio, Miss Persis Studio, Creative Arts Theatre and School, Millennium, Dallas Powerhouse, and Artistic Motion Dance.

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