MEET THE TEAM
Studio Owner, Artistic Director, Wife to an amazing Dance Dad, Dance Mom to a gorgeous girl
Ms. Rachel has over 22 years of dance and teaching experience in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and tap. Past instructors who helped mold Ms. Rachel’s dance education range from Ballet Mistresses of the Denton Ballet who studied under George Balanchine (founder of the School of Amercian Ballet and co-founder of the New York City Ballet), former professional ballerinas, to founders of critically acclaimed professional modern companies such as the Ewert-Pittman Company, and distinguished alumni from SMU. During Ms. Rachel’s high school and college years she auditioned for (and made) many companies and programs such as the Plano Metropolitan Ballet Company, Paul Taylor Modern Company Intensive in New York, The Rock School, Ballet Austin, Pacific Northwestern Ballet, and many more. She also performed solo and variation pieces for multiple ballets such as “The Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker, “Tweetle Dee” from Alice in Wonderland, one of the sisters from The Little Mermaid, and other principal roles from Don Quixote, Cinderella, and much more. During her last two years of performing Ms. Rachel danced en pointe for an average of 30-40+ hours per week.
Ms. Rachel’s past students have gone on to teach dance, open their own studios, and join prestigious programs such as the Plano Metropolitan Ballet Company, Kirov Ballet, Chamberlain School of Performing Arts, Texas Women’s University’s Dance Program, The San Francisco Ballet, University of Texas’s Dance Program, Oklahoma University’s Dance Program, Dallas Conservatory of the Arts, SMU’s Meadows School for the Fine Arts, Greenville’s Flaming Flashes & Cheer Squad, Caddo Mill’s Drill Team, Royse City’s Drill & Dance Team, Kilgore Rangerettes, Texas A&M Commerce University‘s Lionettes Dance Team, as well as many other dance programs.
Over the years, Ms. Rachel worked with many amazing studios and dance teams to further their own dance programs. In 2010 she decided to follow her dream of opening her own studio. Since then, her small beginnings have grown into a large studio family with a positive foundation and love for everyone that comes through the door.
Ms. Rachel has been awarded and recognized as a choreographer and teacher at multiple competitions where her choreography has consistently placed and been recognized for correct technique. Her competition team and choreographed pieces have won awards at the regional and national levels such as “Best Costume“, “First Place Overall Solo” in the Petite, Junior, Teen, Senior and Adult age divisions, “First Place Overall Duet” in the Junior age division, “First Place Overall Trio” in the Petite, Junior and Teen age divisions, “First Place Overall Small Group” in the Petite, Junior and Teen age divisions, “Elite Top First“, “Diamond Elite Top First“, “Top First“, “Top Starz“, “Division I High Score“, “Best In Jazz“, “Best in Ballet“, “Best in Contemporary“, “Platinum“, “Platinum Plus“, invitations to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and SMU half time shows, cash awards, scholarships, and “Best Dance Studio” overall.
Each year Ms. Rachel attends classes, conventions and workshops to further her dance education and her studio owner savvy with some amazing people – Austin Roberson, Misty Lown, Darren Hardy, and Alana Hess. She has attended master classes and teacher training for ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, tap and jazz with many well known choreographers and master teachers such as Debbie Landrum, Anna Marie Ewert-Pittman, Denise Wall, Ray Leeper, Mark Meismer, Dana Foglia, Chebar Williams, Stacey Tookey and Anthony Morigerato.
Ms. Rachel’s lifetime goal is to make a positive impact through her studio in every individual (students, parents, their families, community members, vendors, etc.) she comes in contact with. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the moment a dancer lights up because they have learned something new, overcome their fear of the stage, or when they (finally!) have their splits!! Ms. Rachel’s biggest goal is to pass on her passion and love for dance to each and every child and to help her teacher’s retain and grow that same passion within themselves.
Instructor and Costume Manager
Ms. Jace began dancing when she was three years old under the instruction of Bonita Malone and transferred to Dance Prodigy Studios in 2014 to begin training under Rachel Arnold. In her 16+ years of dance she has taken ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She has attended master classes and from amazing teachers such as Denise Wall, Ray Leeper, Mark Meismer, Dana Foglia, Chebar Williams, Stacey Tookey, Ian Koumaev, Kenny Wormald, Anthony Morigerato, Alex Brooks, Toni Fisher, Blair Lawrence, Leah Gammage (Garcia), Dani Sanders, and Rachel (Holland) Arnold. Ms. Jace auditioned for and made the Dance Prodigy Studios’ D. Edge competition team in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Over the years she has competed in groups, solos & duets winning 1st Place Overall, 1st Place in Category, Division 1 First Place, Cash Awards, Scholarships, High Score, Platinum, Judges Choice, Top 5 at Nationals, and more. Ms. Jace has over 5 years of teaching experience and strives to bring out the best in every student.
Ms. Jace is excited to be a part of Dance Prodigy and is looking forward to a great year.
Ms. Katie began dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She has over 30 years of dance experience as well as 15+ years of instruction experience. For the 1st year of her dance career she danced under Jacquie Noting. The next season Ms. Katie transferred to the Ardis Center for Performing Arts in Sulphur Springs and trained there until she was 19. At the age of 20, Ms. Katie began training at Starstruck Dance Academy in Sulphur Springs. When the owner took leave Ms. Katie took over instruction of the majority of classes. During her time at Starstruck Ms. Katie also attended 20+ hours a week of classes at Power House of Dallas and Contemporary Ballet of Dallas. She also briefly trained with The Academy in Mount Pleasant before moving to Las Vegas where she continued furthering her dance training.
In 2007 Ms. Katie moved back to Sulphur Springs and opened her first studio. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2010 her location was sold unexpectedly and she was forced to close. Instead, Ms. Katie continued attending CCCCD (she started classes there in 2009) and completed all but the anatomy courses for her Associates of Fine Arts. She was poorly advised and transferred to UNT where she enjoyed her edjucation, but was unable to continue to commute 4+ hours per day. She left school and re-opened her studio in 2011.She continued teaching and expanding until finally shutting the doors in 2015.
Ms. Katie is a certified Yoga instructor and currently teaches Yoga as well as active senior classes in Sulphur Springs.
Ms. Katie is looking forward to a great season at Dance Prodigy Studios.
Instructor and Hip-Hop Program Director
Ms. Chloé began dancing when she was three years old under the instruction of Bonita Malone and transferred to Dance Prodigy Studios in 2014 to begin training under Rachel Arnold. In her 16+ years of dance she has taken ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She has attended master classes and from amazing teachers such as Denise Wall, Ray Leeper, Mark Meismer, Dana Foglia, Chebar Williams, Stacey Tookey, Ian Koumaev, Kenny Wormald, Anthony Morigerato, Alex Brooks, Toni Fisher, Blair Lawrence, Leah Gammage (Garcia), Dani Sanders, and Rachel (Holland) Arnold. Ms. Chloé auditioned for and made the Dance Prodigy Studios’ D. Edge competition team in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Over the years she has competed in groups, solos & duets winning 1st Place Overall, 1st Place in Category, Division 1 First Place, Cash Awards, Scholarships, High Score, Platinum, Top 5 at Nationals, and more. Ms. Chloe has over 4 years of teaching experience and strives to bring out the best in every student.
Ms. Chloé is excited to be a part of Dance Prodigy and is looking forward to a great year.
Ms. Callie began dancing when she was three years old under the instruction of Bonita Malone. In her many years of dance she has taken ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. She has attended master classes and from amazing teachers such as Denise Wall, Ray Leeper, Mark Meismer, Dana Foglia, Chebar Williams, Stacey Tookey, Ian Koumaev, Kenny Wormald, Anthony Morigerato, Alex Brooks, Toni Fisher, Blair Lawrence, Leah Gammage (Garcia), Dani Sanders, and Rachel Arnold.
Ms. Callie auditioned for and made the Dance Prodigy Studios’ D. Edge competition team in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Over the years she has competed in groups, solos & duets winning the title of Miss Teen Starquest, 1st Place Overall, 1st Place in Category, Division 1 First Place, Cash Awards, Scholarships, High Score, Platinum, Judges Choice, and more. Ms. Callie has over 5 years of assistant teaching experience and strives to bring out the best in every student.
Ms. Callie is excited to be a part of Dance Prodigy and is looking forward to a great year.
Sarah started training at the age of 4 after seeing Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker with her Dad. She trained from the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus for 9 years with Gillian Howatt at Counterpoint Dance Academy and was part of the competitive team for four years and competed in local and regional competitions.
She continued 6 years of professional training at the School of Alberta Ballet and trained for three years at the International School of Ballet with Umran Sumen. She has completed the Advanced level 1 and 2 Cecchetti Examinations in addition to the graded syllabus at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Outside of dance, Sarah has attended the University of Victoria where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She started taking ballet classes and teaching dance to children in 2011, which is close to same time she discovered her overall passion and love for teaching.
Sarah’s favorite part about working for APA is the opportunity to connect with each of her students. She loves watching them express their passion and love for dance and appreciates working at a place that makes her feel like she’s making a difference. She loves getting to know her students and challenging them to learn, grow, and discover who they are as human beings. Sarah started teaching at APA in 2015 and is looking forward to teaching this year.
Shelby has been at APA since 2012, and even though she was brought on a singing teacher, her role has now grown to include teaching dance classes, directing music programs, and coordinating Summer camps at the studio.
Shelby has had 15 years of training in classical singing and musical theatre. She has performed with the Storybrook Theatre, Cappucino Musical Theatre, and Front Row Center and her most recent show credit it “Into the Woods” at Cappucino Musical Theatre.
She loves APA because the studio provides a family-friendly, all inclusive culture. As a teacher, she feels deeply invested in the experiences her students will have when they walk through the doors at APA. She loves her team because she knows they’re very dedicated to making the studio a safe place where students can have fun, take risks, and grow.
Jillian has been training in dance for 13 years, six of which were with APA. She’s a member of the T.A.P. and has successfully completed her Adapt jazz exams up to the pre-advanced level, as well as her Adapt tap exams up to pre inter three. She has completed her Al Gilbert tap exams up to grade six and RAD ballet exams up to grade seven.
Over the past couple of years, she has attended numerous workshops and conventions such as Triple Threat, Groovestreet, 24 Seven, NUVO, and Fresh. Jillian is an accomplished teacher as well and has led workshops and rehearsals for dancers who performed in the Christmas Spectacular parade at Disney Land. She has performed in many shows with APA such as the Showcase of the Stars, Mayor’s Night of the Arts, and Harlem Globetrotters.
Tiffany has been dancing for 14 years, training in ballet, jazz, hop hop, musical theatre, lyrical, and contemporary. As a student, she attended numerous conventions and competitions including Pure, Triple Threat, Fresh, and Groove Street Dance. Her pre-professional education includes master classes taught and led by Michele Dawley and Paul Decker, cast members of the Lion King.
Tiffany has completed her junior three, pre intermediate two, intermediate three, and intermediate one ADAPT jazz exams. She has performed at the saddle dome for the Harlem Globe Trotters as well as the Airdrie Santa Claus parade and Calaway Park.
Outside of dance and school, Tiffany celebrates her certification in first aid and CPR (Level C). She is currently attending George McDougall High School, where she is proud do be a member of the honour roll since Grade five.
She loves working at APA because of the friendly and welcomed atmosphere created by all of the staff, parents, and students. She loves seeing all of the smiles on young dancer’s faces when they coming into the studio and she enjoys being a part of their learning experience.
Hannah has been dancing at APA for years, and she believes her experience has been life-changing to say the least. Being a part of APA has taught her the meaning of “team” and because of the people she has met at the studio, her confidence has increased tremendously.
Hannah has been a part of the teacher assistant program for four years and has trained in ballet, Point, jazz, tap, and lyrical. She has completed her Intermediate Ballet Exams (grades 2 through 7) as well as her Junior 3 Jazz and Grade 3 Ballet exams. She has performed in the Nutcracker as well.
She loves working at APA because everyone is friendly, like a family. They’re hardworking and positive, and they push you to be your best. But with all that said, they love to just have fun too. Hannah is excited to continue her journey this year at Ambition Arts.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We are driven to provide quality lessons in a safe, innovative and enriching environment. We hold ourselves to a higher standard while putting life skills, community, friendships and family first.
Parents choose APA Dance Studio for our convenient location, friendly service, and welcoming atmosphere. They stay with us because of our commitment to excellence, value, and customer care.
Our mission is to be an innovator in dance education, developing friendships and skills for a lifetime. We believe that an arts education is about more than just great dancing.