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TAYLOR PITTMAN:

Owner, Instructor, Choreographer

Miss Taylor is from Dale, Texas a small town just south of Austin. She started taking tap and ballet lessons when she was eight years old which led her to a spot on a competition team later on that year. She continued dancing competitively through her senior year of high school at various competitions and conventions primarily in the central Texas area. However, she has also traveled to New York where she trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and performed at Encore Nationals in Las Vegas where she danced with the Encore Elite Dance Team. Since she started dancing, she has had extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, contemporary, and acro-dance. She started assisting classes when she was fourteen and began teaching at FCDC at sixteen. She graduated from Texas State University in the spring of 2020 with degrees in accounting and marketing. She was promoted to Company Director spring of 2019 in which she took on more responsibilities around the studio such as planning performances, leading the competitive companies, and creating and planning studio classes and camps. She took ownership of FCDC in 2020 and continues to share her passion for dance with San Marcos youth while helping them reach their fullest potential both in and outside of the studio.

MACEY PHILLIPS :

Assistant Director, Hip-hop Program Director

Macey began her love for dancing at the age of two and competed for eleven years winning regional and national titles with her studio. She trained in tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary. Through dance, she became a part of many programs and dance communities. 

In high school, she was a member of the award-winning Jack C. Hays Varsity Highsteppers and served as Senior Lieutenant. After graduation, she worked for Crowd Pleasers Dance Company for 5 years where she taught, choreographed, and built strong leadership skills for Dance Teams across Texas. While Macey was in college, she danced as a World Famous Texas State University Strutter. During this time, she served on the officer line as Lieutenant for three years and Head Captain her senior year. Her favorite part about being a Strutter was the performance opportunities, which included the Royal Caribbean cruise line, the San Antonio Spurs and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. 

Macey graduated from Texas State University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education and a Business Minor. Upon graduation, Macey spent one year as the Dance Director at Miller Middle School. During this time, she built relationships with her students and helped continue to build the dance program. She has enjoyed her time in studio and public school settings and is grateful for the perspective and experience she has gained through both. 

Macey is heading into her 7th year at First Class Dance Center, where she proudly serves as the Hip Hop and Assistant Director. Macey takes pride in her abilities to teach a variety of dance class types and styles. She wants her students to understand the importance of all styles of dance and respect the connection they have to each other. Her lively energy and passion for teaching helps her connect and push her students to new levels of artistic and technical excellence. Outside of the technical performance, Macey believes that dance instruction can have a monumental role in shaping young lives. The classroom is an opportunity to help build life skills, leadership skills and to grow as a human. Dance class is more than just dance. Macey is passionate about creating a more compassionate dance environment where these connections and skills take place.

ADDISON KEY : Company Choreographer, Instructor

Addison was born in Austin and grew up in San Marcos, Texas. She found her love for dance at the age of twelve by participating in her junior high drill team, but she trained in gymnastics and cheer prior to that. She continued to grow her passion for dance during high school by being an Elite Company member of the San Marcos Diamond Line dance team where she was invited to perform in multiple pro-bowl opportunities and won regional and national titles with solos, duets and group dances. 

 

Her sophomore year of high school, Addison elevated her dance education by beginning classes at First Class Dance Center. She spent the next few years dedicating training to jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, technique, ballet and acrobatics through studio classes, regional conventions and masterclasses. The years she spent training at the studio fueled her passion for dance and led her to pursue a teaching career there. Addison started teaching at First Class Dance Center in 2017 and really began to thrive at teaching technique, jazz and pushing the boundaries of her choreography. Since the beginning of her choreography career in 2020, she has received several choreography awards in various styles like contemporary, musical theater and jazz. 

 

In 2022 she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Texas State University. She uses her extensive knowledge in injury prevention, anatomy and physiology, and biomechanics to create a safe dance environment and educate dancers on how to use proper muscle mechanics to achieve their goals. Addison has been a part of the FCDC family teaching for seven years and loves being able to share her unique artistry and knowledge with her students.

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Loralei Vergara : Instructor 

 

Loralei was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She started dancing at the age of three at The Dance Spot. Then at the age of seven she joined Rise Dance Company and competed with them for seven years. She traveled to competitions with them all over Texas and even traveled to Florida and Las Vegas to compete nationally. At the age of 13, she started assisting and teaching the Pre-co & Mini Company teams. Once she got to high school, she decided to join the Anderson Trojans Belles Drill Team. 

 

In addition to the Belles, her Senior year she joined Cheryl Copeland’s company Bhumn Art Ensemble. She has enjoyed teaching camps and classes in Cedar Park, Round Rock, & Austin. She has trained in many styles including ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, modern and lyrical. She recently moved to San Marcos to start her first year attending Texas State University. Loralei has 15 years of training and counting, she’s excited to join the FCDC family and continue teaching dance.

Julia Runne : Instructor 

Julia Runne is a passionate and dedicated dance teacher with a connection to the art of dance, emphasizing the profound link between mind, body, and soul. With 18 years of personal performance experience and 7 years of coaching, Julia has become inspired by the world of dance education and encourages healing through the art form of dance.

Born and raised in the vibrant city of Dallas TX, Julia’s journey into the world of dance began at the age of 4 and she started dancing competitively at the high school level. Julia's leadership abilities quickly came to the forefront as she took on the roles of Junior Lieutenant and Captain, guiding her team with grace and poise.

Julia's time on the drill team honed her skills and deepened her understanding of the intricate connection between dance, discipline, and teamwork. Her leadership roles allowed her to inspire and motivate her fellow dancers, fostering an environment where they could collectively excel.

Upon graduating from high school, Julia continued to pursue her passion for dance by enrolling at Texas Tech University. There, she became a member of the university's Vitality Performance Team, bringing her years of experience, leadership, and a profound connection to dance to a new stage.

She found her calling off the stage, where her innate talent for movement and her deep-rooted appreciation for the mind-body-soul connection converged under the umbrella of coaching. She has directed drill teams and taught various studio classes for the past 7 years. She is looking forward to bringing fresh, healing-centric lessons and methods to the FCDC students.

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Shannon Mathis : Instructor 

Shannon Mathis started her dancing career at three years old. She began her training in Ballet and Tap and continued to train in other styles such as Jazz, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. At eight years old, Shannon started competing at KAD in Kansas City, Kansas. She became passionate about Ballet and was a member of the Ballet Hawaii company.

She then was a competitive team member and Ballet Company member for Elite School of Dance in Puyallup, Washington. 

 

Shannon is originally from El Paso, Texas, but has frequently moved throughout her life due to her father’s dedicated service in the Army. 

She and her family are now settled in San Antonio, Texas, where she began attending Texas State University in 2021. With a Major in Health Science and a minor in Dance, Shannon plans to graduate in the Spring of 2025. 

Throughout her time at Texas State, she has been a member of the Texas State Univeristy Stutters and serves her team as Pom Leader!  With the Strutters, she has had the opportunity to perform in Dinsey Springs in Orlando, Florida, San Juan, Costa Rica, and the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade. 

Shannon is excited to bring her passion for dance to the First Class Dance Center family! 

Sam Porter: Instructor 

Sam porter is from El Paso, Texas where she began dancing at age 3, when her doctor told her mom to enroll her in ballet to stop her from tip toe walking.

She’s trained and competed in almost every style but has a soft spot for Acro. She loves the elegance and strength required of the genre. 

In 2020, Sam moved to central Texas
for college where she earned her degree from UT Austin. She’s excited to begin this new adventure at FCDC! 

Noelle Colca: Office Manager

Meet Miss Noelle! She was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and found her passion for dance from a young age at various studios such as Ballet Austin, The DanceWorks, and Greater Austin Dance Academy where she trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, jazz, and hip-hop. 

 

In high school, Noelle continued pursuing her interest in dance and served as a three-year Captain of the Dragon Pride Dance Company, Round Rock High School’s award-winning competitive modern team. By leading the Dragon Pride Dance Company, Noelle found her lifelong goal was to teach dance. She graduated from Round Rock High School in 2020 with medical and fine arts program endorsements. After graduation, she began attending Texas State University and was accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Education program with a projected graduation date of Fall 2024. While she attended college, Noelle worked for a financial company where she found another passion of hers - the business side of dance. 

 

Noelle continues to choreograph, dance, and perform for the Texas State BFA program in various mediums such as thesis works, video dance, and stage management. She has had the privilege of studying under Michelle Nance, Shay Lee Hartung, and LeAnne Smith who all danced for and with Erick Hawkins, a revolutionary pioneer of modern dance. Due to her modern-heavy background, Noelle hopes to integrate the art of modern dance into younger artists who hope to make dance a career one day. 

Noelle started her position as Office Manager at First Class Dance Center in October of 2023. She prides herself in her ability to create and maintain a welcoming and warm studio atmosphere that is organized, consistent, and inviting. Noelle believes that all children should have an opportunity to express themselves through dance and hopes to guide her future students to find a passion for not only dance but themselves in the process.

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Sandra Thompson: Jr. Staff

Bio - Coming Soon!

Rose Leal: Future Leader

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Aliya Guerra: Future Leader 

 

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