Lori has been dancing since she was 8 years old, beginning her training with Tiffany Turner Edwards at Dance Techniques in Garland, TX, where she was a member of the competitive Company team. In her high school years she became actively involved in drill/dance team, serving as lieutenant on the Junior Varsity drill team as a freshman, a member of the Varsity team her sophomore - senior years and serving as Captain of the Varsity team her senior year. In addition, she earned All American dance team honors from ADTS both in junior high and her high school years, earning the honor to perform in the halftime show at the Freedom Bowl . While earning a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University, Lori took a break from dance to focus on her studies. After college, she returned to the studio, focusing her training in modern, lyrical and ballet and training primarily with Kathleen Lobue of Sugar Land Dance Center for the next 8 years. She danced with and choreographed for Sugar Creek Dance Company for 10 years, transitioning to Artistic Director before moving to Pittsburgh. Once in Pittsburgh, she had the privilege to teach ballet, modern and hip hop for Bella School of Dance for 5 years as well as dance with and choreograph for the dance ministry at Northway Christian Community both in weekly services and large productions. While in Pittsburgh, Lori continued her training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Point Park University. On her return to Houston, Lori taught competitive dance, modern, and ballet at Laeral Dance Academy. In addition, she served as Executive Director of the Missouri City Ballet company for two years. Lori’s group, solo and duet choreographies and dancers have won numerous choreographic and national overall awards.
In addition to dance, Lori is also an AFAA certified Group Exercise Instructor and is certified to teach Zumba, PiYo, BootyBarre, LifeBarre, En Barre and Pound and is currently teaching at LifeTime Fitness Sugar Land.
Lori is married to Mike and is the proud Mom of Brandon and Whitney.
Lindsey Hill was born and raised in Missouri City, Texas and started her dance training locally at the age of 3 at Kinard Dance School. In her early years, her focus of dance styles were ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and musical theater. In middle school, she became actively involved in the dance team, serving as Co-Captain of the Quail Valley Middle School Dance Team. Lindsey soon realized her passion for competitive dance and shifted her training style to a more elite level. As a young girl, she became a very successful competitive dancer winning local, regional, and national competitions with innumerable awards such as: first place platinum, first place overall, technique, showmanship, Senior Ballet Dancer of the Year, Dancer of the Year, and winning the dance Hall of Fame twice. She was also the recipient of several dance scholarships from Pulse Dance Convention, NYCDA, WCDE, Nuvo, Break the Floor, and Showstopper. During her high school years she was a member of the Varsity Dance Team at Hightower High School and Elkins High School. Lindsey received training from top industry dancers such as Lauren Anderson, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels and Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo. Lindsey’s dance training has not only allowed her to win several awards and scholarships, but it also helped her win the title of Miss Teen Houston. Lindsey earned her BBA in Human Resource Management on scholarship at Sam Houston State University and while attending college continued her dance training as a member of the 12-time National Award Winning Orange Pride Dance Team. While focusing on her dance discipline, Lindsey taught dance at multiple studios in Houston, San Antonio, Huntsville and Pittsburgh, PA. Lindsey is proud to have received awards for best choreography for her work with high schools in the Houston area, along with her solos, duets, and group routines winning a variety of regional and national awards, Summit Dance finalist routine, and Dance Worlds Finalist routine.
Lindsey hopes that her love and passion for dance will inspire others to pursue their dreams as well.
Instructor - Ballet, Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Lyrical/Jazz, Contemporary/Modern, Technique/Leaps/Turns, Ballet/Tap, Tap, Mommy and Me, Company
From a young age, Dawn showed a great passion for dance. Following in her grandmother's footsteps, Dawn started dancing from the age of 2 and began her professional career at the age of 18. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, she was raised in Missouri City, Texas and was trained in a variety of styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and acrobatics at her home studio, Cynde Lomonte's Dance Dimensions. She danced competitively since the age of 8 and placed with several overall and high point awards in group routines and as a soloist under the mentorship of Cynde Lomonte, broadway dancer, Natalie Lomonte, ballet master, Vanessa Brown, and Houston Ballet's Manuel Barra. Dawn was Captain of Elkins High School Elite Dance Team where she gained experience in Pom, Military, and High Kick. This experience taught her the importance of being a team and perseverance to rise together. After graduation, Dawn auditioned for MA Dance and was hired onto thier travel staff. City hopping every 3-5 days for months, Dawn had the opportunity to choreograph for several studios and teams throughout the south and east coast. Her love and passion for choreography grew as she traveled from city to city. Dawn attended the University of North Texas and Texas Women's University where she majored in pre- med biology and minored in music. She continued to teach at various studios, working with the competitive teams and dancing on the side for several dance companies including "Phenom" and "Polygon Dance Project" and had the opportunity to perform all over the Dallas metroplex. At the age of 21, Dawn was hired by The Frisco Ballet, where she had the opportunity to dance as a principle dancer and use her creative knowledge to reinvent various Ballets, such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and more. After 5 years of teaching and training with The Frisco Ballet, Dawn moved back to the Houston area where she became the competitive company director and pointe program director with Pointe of Grace Dance Studio. Previously competing at a novice level, Dawn was able to successfully bring these dancers to competing at an Intermediate and Elite level consistently placing in overalls and being multi- grand champions at a national level. With a burning passion, Dawn is excited for her newest adventures with Core Dance Alliance and Mitsi's Ballet School.
Tre 'Clyde' Spears
Instructor - Hip Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary
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Instructor - Ballet, Pointe/Pre-Pointe
Kristen has been involved in the performing arts and sports world from a young age. Early on, she was a state ranked gymnast in Alabama and Colorado. Later, as a professional ski instructor during her high school and college years, she first discovered her love of teaching, honing both her teaching and athletic skills. In addition, she secured the rank of co-captain for Drill Team her senior year, falling in love with dance.
Auditioning for West Texas State University Dance Ensemble, she was awarded an apprenticeship, shortly thereafter being invited to join the ensemble. She quickly became immersed in the world of performance, as the Ensemble had a rigorous performing schedule. They were awarded honors multiple years at the American College Dance Festival and received an invitation to dance at the State Capital.
It was during this time Kristen danced with Lone Star Ballet under the direction of Neil Hess, dancing both core and soloist roles. Additionally, as a cast member of *TEXAS*, the Musical Drama, in the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon, she was awarded one of the two soloist dance roles.
Due to an injury, she stepped aside from dance, finishing her Physical Therapy degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
In Houston, Kristen resumed dance training with Houston Ballet’s adult ballet program, taking classes regularly with Houston Ballet company members. She also trained at The Met, and with Kathleen Lobue and Randall Flynn of Ad Deum Dance.
During this time, she joined Sugar Creek Baptist Church Dance Company, where she co-directed for three years, enjoying choreographing, performing, and rekindling her passion for teaching.
Kristen is well-trained in ballet, pointe, partnering, lyrical and jazz, but her first love is ballet. Additionally, Kristen gained advanced certifications as a physical therapist, including becoming a fully trained PHI Pilates Mat Instructor and a certified Core Barre Instructor.
Teaching since 2003, her passion for promoting health in the dance industry fuels her enthusiasm in dance education. Using her knowledge and skills as a physical therapist, she enjoys training dancers through promotion of safe and effective technique, partnered with strength and flexibility training promoting fluid and graceful movement from a sound, stable core.
Instructor - Ballet/Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Jazz, Mini Company
Mariah Henry, born and raised in Houston, Texas, is a recent graduate from the University of Houston where she has received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance after training in various styles of dance throughout her youth in the Houston dance community. Upon founding her non-profit performance dance company, Deeper Than Dance, Mariah has created choreographic works performed at the Houston House of Blues as well as created choreography for various dance film projects. Mariah is currently continuing to expand her work in dance on film and teach studio dance classes.
Instructor - Tap, Lyrical/Jazz
Ms. Suni has had a love of dance all her life. As a child she took classes beginning at the age of seven. At nine she auditioned for and was accepted into the company at Studio Once Dance Conservatory, located in Chicago Illinois, where she performed at many major parks. At age twelve she moved to Richmond Texas, and danced with Becky's Academy of dance for a year, before joining their company for two and a half years.
She has also had the joy of being taught and influenced by Stephen Boyd, and others such as Frank Hatchet and Ale Lowe. She attended Cookie Joe’s Dance School for tap and jazz, and went to Allegro School of Ballet. Ms. Suni taught classes at Dance Zone for five years. Prior to teaching she was a student at Dance Zone for four years.
Her specialty is tap, but she enjoys all styles. She has spent the last five years at Anne Moody Sill Dance Studio. Learning the ins and outs of the dance world from a director who's been in the business for over 45 years has been an educational experience, promoting even more growth in her dance teaching. For the past year she has taught at Move Dance and Family. She hopes to continue learning from wonderful choreographers and developing in her students’ grace, self-discipline, and self-confidence. She's definitely excited to be a part of a new family at Core Dance Alliance.
Instructor - Ballet/Tap (3-4)
Hope Patrice Zehler began dancing at the age of ten in Sugar Land, TX at DuFour Dance Centre. When she was eleven, Hope started competing in dance competitions around the Houston area and later joined another studio, Dance Du Coeur, at the age of fifteen. After competing for nine years, Hope graduated from William P. Clements high school and attended several dance intensives: Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase in Tucson, AZ, NobleMotion Dance in Houston, TX, and DancerPalooza in Long Beach, CA. Continuing her passion and love for dance, Hope studied dance at Sam Houston State University. Hope graduated iMagna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from SHSU in 2019. At SHSU, she trained in ballet, modern, jazz, partnering, improvisation, Pilates, and more. While in college, Hope has performed in several works: Dana E. Nicolay’s The Wynne Home Nutcracker in Huntsville, TX, Elijah Alhadji Gibson’s The Black Card at The MATCH in Houston, TX, and NobleMotion Dance’s Catapult at the Hobby Center in Houston, TX. She has also performed at the American College Dance Association for three consecutive years representing SHSU in works choreographed by the faculty, alumni, and undergraduate students. During the summer of 2016, Hope worked and performed at SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment in San Antonio, TX as a dancer and costume character. Hope has also danced at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Gelsey Kirland Arts Theater for New York City’s Dance Gallery Festival in the fall of 2017. In December of 2019, Hope performed The Sugar Plum Fairy role in The Woodlands Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker as a guest artist. With sixteen years of dance experience, Hope is teaching several dance styles for all ages around the Houston area at different studios. In the future, Hope Zehler plans to teach, perform and travel, study Pilates and yoga, and eventually receive a Master’s degree in dance.
Instructor - Contemporary/Modern, Lyrical/Jazz, Ballet
Jasmine Burns is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist. During her undergrad at Colorado State University, she performed in over 15 dance concerts in student, faculty, and guest artists works. Along with performing, she was able to choreograph several works for the CSU stage, one of which was selected for the American College Dance Association Conference in 2020. Following her graduation in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, Jasmine was offered a company position with Flatlands Dance Theatre, invited to the 2020 Lula Washington Dance Company Apprentice Training Program on scholarship, and was invited to dance with Impact Dance Company as a guest artist.
After moving back to her hometown of Houston, Texas, Jasmine decided to focus on her love for teaching dance. She immediately began teaching ballet and jazz at D3 Elite Dance Academy, where she stayed for two seasons. During that time, she also began working at Sassy Feet Dance Studio, teaching contemporary, jazz, ballet, and choreographing for their competition team. Jasmine is excited to continue her dance teaching journey and share her passion and love for dance at Core Dance Alliance this season.
Instructor - Acro, Lyrical/Jazz, Technique/Leaps/Turns
Hannah is originally from West Virginia and has been dancing since she was two. She started competing at the age of five and continued to do so through her high school years, where she enjoyed a successful career winning many awards at competitions. Hannah moved to the area for her studies and currently attends the University of Houston. Hannah's has experience teaching tumbling and acro along with leaps/turns, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, ballet and tap. Hannah can’t wait to share the love and passion of dance and tumbling with CDA!
Instructor - Technique/Leaps/Turns
Lilian has been dancing since the age of three, and from the moment she set foot in the dance studio, she was hooked! While she was born in Canada, she was raised in Sugar Land, Texas, where she attended several dance studios in the area. Lilian was a captain of the Stephen F. Austin High School Angels Dance Team. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for her freshman year of college, performing as a member of the UT Dance Team. Upon transferring to the University of Houston, Lilian performed as a member of Ensemble and Young Audiences Touring Company. She was named the University of Houston Dancer of the Year in 2010, and she graduated summa cum laude with her BA in Dance in 2012.
Immediately after her graduation, she returned to her alma mater to serve as the Director of the Austin High School dance department and Angels Dance Team, where she taught for four years. Lilian then moved to Frisco, Texas to open a brand new high school, where she served as the Director of the Lebanon Trail High School dance department and Emerald Elite Dance Team. After one year in Frisco, Lilian moved to the Austin area to open another brand new high school. She served as the Director of the Weiss High School dance department and Scarlets Dance Team, where she taught for five years. In her ten years as a high school Director, Lilian’s teams and dancers received numerous awards and accolades, including several outstanding choreography, outstanding technique, artistry, and overall grand champion titles.
She has finally made her way back home, where she lives with her husband, Justin, her son, Cameron, and her two dogs, Sasha and Ruby.
Shelley began dancing at a young age in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from college with a BS in Accounting, she moved to Houston to start a career in the oil and gas industry. Her vast experience includes cost accounting, tax, auditing, reconciliation, accounts payable, project management, variance analysis, contacts and service agreements.
Wanting to share her passion of dance with her daughters, she enrolled them in dance at the age of 3. As a dance mom she supported her children at recitals, football games, competitions, conventions and auditions.Her support continued as they attended Sam Houston State University with one daughter graduating from the dance department and the other becoming a member of the 12 time national champion Orange Pride Dance Team. To this day Shelley continues her passion for the art by supporting her daughters in their careers as dance instructors.
She looks forward to bringing both her accounting and dance mom experience to her new role as office manager at CDA.