Established in 2013, First Class Dance Center is a premier dance studio in San Marcos, TX. We pride ourselves in knowing that we are creating healthy, successful and beautiful dancers. FCDC offers a welcoming atmosphere for students who are just starting out to students who are experienced dancers. We strive for our highest possibilities and expect that from our students as well. Come by and see what First Class Dance Center is all about. We look forward to teaching your children the fulfilling and rewarding art of dance!
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 all the way 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 performed with the Encore Elite Dance Team. Since she began dancing, she has had extensive training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and acrobatics. She started assisting classes when she was fourteen and began teaching at FCDC her junior year of high school. Currently, she lives in San Marcos where she recently graduated from Texas State University, double majoring in accounting and marketing. She was promoted to Company Director in 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 is now the owner of FCDC and wants to share her passion for dance with the dancers of San Marcos while helping them figure out what their goals are and how to reach them (dance-related or not)!
ADDISON KEY : Instructor, Choreographer , Assistant Director
Meet Miss Addison! Addison was born in Austin and grew up in San Marcos, Texas. She did not follow the traditional path of a dancer. Growing up, she participated mostly in cheerleading and gymnastics with Texas State University. It was at the age of 11 that she took her first dance class and realized her passion. She quickly became part of the Elite Company at her Jr. high and competed multiple group dances and solos. She became a member of her high school drill team Elite Company and was a lead in multiple group routines as a freshman, while also competing a solo and a duet throughout the year. She joined the FCDC family at the age 15 and continued her training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, lyrical, musical theater, and hip-hop. Throughout her dance career she has been invited to perform at Pro-Bowls and dance in several performances at Texas State University. She is now a student at Texas State in the Athletic Training program. She hopes to continue her education with a focus in blending her passion for dance and her interest in the medical field. Addison has been a part of the FCDC family teaching for 4 years and loves being here.
MACEY PHILLIPS :
Instructor, Hip-hop Director
Meet Macey! Macey is from Buda, TX. She started dancing when she was two years old and competed for eleven years winning regional and national titles with her studio. She is trained in tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary. In high school, she was on her drill team, Jack C. Hays Highsteppers for all four years. She was on the Highsteppers Elite Team for three years and was an officer her senior year. After graduation, she started working for Crowd Pleaesrs Dance Company where she teaches and choreographs for high school drill teams across Texas. Macey is currently enrolled at Texas State University where she is obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education with a business minor. Macey was also a Texas State University Strutter throughout college where served as an officer for three year and was head captain her senior year. During that time, she performed at football and basketball games, several away game stadiums such as A&M University and University of Texas San Antonio, the Royal Caribbean cruise line Liberty of the Seas, the San Antonio Spurs Game and opened the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. She has also performed in the Choreographers showcase put on by Texas State's dance department. She now serves as the hip-hop Director at FCDC where she loves challenging dancers with various styles of hip-hop.
Prince Imo : Hip-hop Instructor
Meet Mr Prince Imo! Prince was born in Nigeria and moved to Chicago at the age of five. In 2010, his family moved to Houston where he started dancing his freshman year of high school by watching dance tutorial videos in his small room and taking dance classes. Prince didn’t start competing until he created a hip-hop dance team while attending Texas State University from 2015 to 2019, majoring in public relations and minoring in communications. He currently teaches hip-hop classes in San Antonio and at FCDC, and he dances for the San Antonio Spurs Hype squad entertainment team. Prince plans to continue his career in entertainment and dance by working for Marvel, touring with big artists, becoming an actor, and taking classes in LA.
SCARLETT MCGRAW : Ballet Instructor
Scarlett came from the Ozsoy School of Ballet in Duncanville, TX, where she danced for 14 years. She began dancing at the young age of 3 at Stacia’s School of Dance. Her mother realized that her daughter’s true passion was ballet, so she found a more ballet-focused school. Scarlett went through her years at Ozsoy striving to be the best. At the age of 12, Scarlett received her letter that deemed her strong enough to begin pointe. That same year Scarlett auditioned for Joffrey Ballet’s summer intensive where she attended for four consecutive years— three years in New York City and one year in Denton, TX. Scarlett then went on to lead the ballet program at Oak Cliff Dance in Dallas for 3 years, before moving to San Marcos. She enjoys teaching the discipline and technique to beginners and more advanced students.
Kiersten Florence : Instructor
Meet Miss Kiersten! Kiersten is originally from the DFW metroplex where she began dancing at Dana’s Studio of Dance at the age of 3. She began dancing competitively from the age of six and continued through her senior year of high school. After moving to central Texas, Kiersten trained and was on the competition dance team at Illusion Dance Center, NB Dance and First Class Dance Center of San Marcos and also trained at MUV Dance and Fitness. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pom, hip hop, and ballroom.
Kiersten was a dancer on her middle school dance team for two years. She was also on her high school dance team for all 4 years and served as a Lieutenant and later the Captain of her team. She has lead and choreographed multiple group routines and won numerous team awards. She was a solo finalist every year during her middle and high school years and won multiple years.
Kiersten attends Texas State University and is a Texas State University Strutter. She is excited to be on staff at First Class Dance Center!
Estelle Saba : Instructor
Estelle Saba is a certified Yoga, Barre, Pilates, and High Intensity Interval Training Instructor. She began instructing group fitness classes at SunstoneFIT in Austin, Texas. She has held positions teaching yoga classes to children at Fuentes Elementary School in Kyle, Texas and facilitates an array of group fitness formats to students and faculty at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She currently teaches yoga and group fitness classes in San Marcos, New Braunfels, and Austin.
Estelle studied contemporary dance for multiple years with the talented choreographer Morella Petrozzi in Lima, Peru. She was selected and invited to perform an original work by choreographer Claudia Odeh in the National Theatre of Lima with the dance company CIA Danza Viva.
Ms. Saba plans to incorporate her passion for dance into her mission of helping others. She affirms that the therapeutic value of movement in combination with the healing properties of the arts are unparallel.
Estelle brings Creative Movement to FCDC to help dancers get in touch with their creative side. She believes that dancers are artists first and foremost; performance is simply a byproduct of a dancer’s craft. This class focuses on the dancer's individual creative processes. Estelle hopes to expose our dancers to new ways of approaching movement through various exercises, activities, and techniques. This class allows the dancers to explore the limitless boundaries of their imaginations. Estelle believes that all our creations are uniquely perfect when we create from a place of authenticity.