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Vicky started her dance career at the age of 2. She has had a passion for dance all of her life. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in dance and minor in television. She is the proud owner of DAC and Dance Variations Dance Company for the past 37 years. She has studied with numerous modern choreographers including Melvin Purcell and Alwin Nikolais. She has extensive training in Martha Graham technique and utilizes her contemporary modern background through out her studio. She was honored to have studied under Fernando Shafenberg while studying at TCU. After performing and touring for two years, Vicky decided to open a business where she could share the love of dance with anyone who wanted to learn. She is an award winning choreographer. Many of her students have gone on to dance at the collegiate & professional levels. Her values are an open door to anyone wanting to learn the art and passion for dance! Her goal as an instructor is to instill the passion of dance into others as well as self confidence to be strong forces in life. Her wish for others is to dance like no one is watching!!
Britany Grubbs grew up in Garland, TX and began teaching dance in 1991. She is a 1993 graduate of Garland High School where she served as a two-year officer of the Dashing DebsVarsity Drill Team. After graduation, she attended Sam Houston State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Business Administration degree in 1998. In 2002 she founded and directed the City of Garland's Fine Arts Program, which led to her opening her own studio a few years later. In 2009, her and her family moved to Rockwall and she decided to close her studio and take on a teaching position at Dance and Arts Connection. In 2010, Britany received her certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and loved being able to train people in the fitness industry. Britany began taking dance at 18 months old and continued training in dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading throughout her career. While in college, Britany served on staff as an instructor for NCA Cheer & NCA Danz and continued to teach in a private studio setting in Huntsville, TX until graduating in 1998. During her dance career, Britany has had the opportunity to dance as a member of the Choreography Dance Company, The Nutcracker with the Houston Ballet, Dance Repertory and many more. Throughout her teaching career she has been privileged to instruct many students that have competed to win National Titles over the past 31 years. The Art of Dance is very much a passion that Britany loves, not only as a dancer herself but also as a choreographer and instructor. She looks forward to many more years of sharing her knowledge of dance with her students.
Kendra is a former student of Dance & Arts Connection. She graduated Cum Laude from SMU, where she completed her post graduate work for her teaching certificate. She received the Drill team Highlandette Outstanding Line Member Award. She also was chosen to perform the opening number at national tap dance day with Fred Kelly, and a national's number with Ray Leaper. She was chosen for Power Pak and performed on tour in Las Vegas and Branson. She has obtained several overall wins, choreography awards during her 22 years of teaching. She is looking forward to the excitement on the kid's faces when they accomplish a new skill.
McKenzie Rollinson received her BFA in modern dance performance from the University of Oklahoma. She grew up in Dallas, TX dancing competitively and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Throughout her education she has had the opportunity to perform works and train with various artists such as Donald McKayle, Derrick Minter, Robert Battle, Austin Hartel, Jessica Lang, Peter Chu, Jill Rucci, and Christopher Vo. She has toured schools, performing for and working with children through Big Thought, a non-profit organization. Recently McKenzie has been performing for and touring with 8&1 Dance Company and is an instructor and choreographer throughout the Dallas area.
William Agliata received his early ballet training in his native home, Rome, Italy, at the Renato Greco Dance Studio and The Rome Opera School of Ballet, under the guidance of Victor Livtinov, Ivana Gattei and Anton Kalinov (Sophia Opera and Ballet). During William’s dance education and subsequent professional career, he studied with eminent artists, choreographers, directors and composers.
Some highlights from William's Italian resume:
William’s professional dance career began at the Rome Opera with roles in Raymonda and other full-length ballets, as well as in the ballets of Faust and Aida at the Rome Opera. He danced in the worldwide telecast of the World Youth Fair for John Paul II, the world premiere of The Seven Deadly Sins and Lindbergh’s Flight at the Arena Sferisterio of Macerata, commercials and variety shows for RAI, the Italian National TV Network, the private TV Network Channel 5, and Coppelia for the Rome Summer Festival.
William moved to New York permanently in 2004 to dance and deepen his ballet training, studying with great teachers in the American ballet tradition: Wilhelm Burmann, Nancy Bielski and David Howard.
Highlights from William’s New York Resume:
Dancing and stage combat in Otello and other operas at the Metropolitan Opera; The Saints of Bleecker Street at Di Capo Opera/New York City Opera, Rebecca
Kelly Ballet, the 20th Century Fox film, Little Manhattan, with Pat Birch, choreographer, he danced in Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor, In spring 2017, he danced in the Eightieth Anniversary Recital of Ballet Arts and continues to work with several contemporary choreographers in New York.
William strives to teach perfect posture and form to reveal each student’s maximum potential. In 2016-2017, he worked as Ballet Master for Di Capo Opera/New York City Opera.
He began teaching and coaching in 1991 and ceaselessly incorporates his comprehensive knowledge of dance and singing techniques into his coaching and rehabilitation work.
Since 2015, he’s been training Robert De Niro and Stings families. Breathing techniques, weightlifting and ballet floor and barre exercises helped them to achieve their goals rapidly. In 2016, he trained polio and cancer survivors to achieve greater postoperative strength and flexibility.
With William’s extensive stage experience, he’s also coached actors to prepare for their performing challenges.
Karissma grew up in Rockwall and attended DVDC for several years. She attended Rockwall High School where she was a member of the award winning Stingerettes. After graduating in 2013, she went on to become an accredited level 3 gymnastics and acrobatic coach. She is celebrating her 8th year in coaching and is so excited to be in her second-year teaching at Dance and Arts Connection.
Abby started dance at the age of 7. She continued on and started at Dance and Arts Connection in 8th grade all the way through her senior year. After high school, she continued her dance career at the collegiate level on the dance team at Stephen F. Austin. She left college early to pursue healthcare where she currently works as an EMT. She's excited to be back with DVDC for the upcoming season!
Shawnee grew up in Heath and attended Dance and Arts Connection for 16 years. She attended Rockwall Heath High School where she was a member of the Highsteppers and served as captain her senior year. After graduating in 2016, She attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member of their award-winning dance team for four years and served as Captain her senior year. During her time on SFADT, she won four national titles. She earned a bachelor's degree in Dance Education and became a drill team director after graduation. She has worked for Crowdpleasers Dance since 2016 where she teaches drill teams all around Texas. She is currently the assistant drill team director at North Forney High School.
Paige started her dance career at the age of two. She is a Dance and Arts Connection Alumni where she spent nine years mastering her craft. After graduating in 2018, she attend Mary Hardin-Baylor where she was a member of the dance team. She graduated in 2022 with a BS in Applied Psychology. After graduation, she found her way back to the studio and is excited to be a part of the team, doing what she loves.