MEET OUR STAFF

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Kaitlin Hanus

Owner, Director & Instructor

Kaitlin is in her 9th year of ownership of Dance Connections. She has been dancing since the age of three. Kaitlin studied ballet, tap and jazz extensively and danced competitively for seventeen years. During those years, Kaitlin won many solo, duet and team awards at numerous dance competitions including: American Dance, Showtime and Crowd Pleasers Dance. In those years she won several national titles. Most recently, Kaitlin continued her dance career as a World Famous Kilgore College Rangerette under the direction of Dana Blair and Shelley Wayne. During her time as a Rangerette, she was fortunate enough to perform at the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Inugural Ball in Washington, D.C., McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, and Dallas Crystal Charity Ball. In her years of owning the studio she has performed in the Macy`s Thanksgiving Day Parade and has furthered her education at several dance conventions including Nuvo & 24/7 Dance. Kaitlin has thirteen years of direct teaching experience and is loving her career in mentoring dancers at Dance Connections. Kaitlin also owns Antique Rose Florist located in Magnolia. Kaitlin resides in Montgomery, TX. 

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Natalie Weber

Instructor

Natalie has been a part of the dance world for 27 years. This will be Natalie's fifteenth year as an instructor at Dance Connections. She spent 6 years dancing competitively at Dance Connections while dancing for the Texas Star Drill team. While on the Magnolia High School Drill Team she served as an officer for two years. During Natalie's senior year of high school she had the opportunity to perform in the NFL Super Bowl In Houston, TX. Following high school, Natalie was a choreographer and staff member for the dance company, HTE. She also attended Kilgore College where she was a World Famous Kilgore College Rangerette from 2004-2006. During her time in Rangerettes, Natalie had the opportunity to perform at the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball in Washington D.C. Most recently, Natalie was the owner and operator of Infinity Dance Studio in New Caney, TX. Natalie is beyond excited to be at Dance Connections to continue teaching and sharing her love and passion for dance!

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Kim Hanus

Receptionist

Kim is in her 9th year as the Receptionist at Dance Connections. Kim has her Bachelor & Masters degree in education from Sam Houston State University. Prior to her position at our studio, she was an elementary school teacher for 33 years. After retiring from teaching, she didn't want to give up her love for being around children so she joined the DC Team! Kim is also a seasoned dance mom, as she is the mom to our studio owner, Kaitlin. She is the perfect fit as the friendly face of DC. Kim resides in Magnolia with her husband. 

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Myah Brown
Social Media Manager & Instructor

Myah has been dancing since the age of 11, training in many styles of dance such as, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She danced competitively and assisted with On The Move Dance Company. During middle school, Myah was a Frank Seale Middle School Cub dancer and officer. In high school, she became a Midlothian High School Pantherette, leading as a Junior Lieutenant and Senior Captain. After high school, Myah continued her dance career as a Kilgore College Rangerette, dancing under the direction of Dana Blair and Shelley Wayne. She had the opportunity to perform in the 90th Anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade in New York City, the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, and Contest of Champions in Orlando, Florida. Along with Rangerettes, Myah became a part of the pre-professional modern dance company, Industry, under the direction of Angela Aulds. She graduated from Kilgore College with an Associate's of Arts degree in 2018. Myah continued her education and recently graduated in 2020 from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in University Studies - Dance Concentration with minors in business and leadership. Additionally, Myah has been a part of Marching Auxiliaries Dance Company since 2017. This company allows Myah to travel across the U.S. instructing and choreographing for multiple middle school and high school teams. This will be Myah’s fifth year with Dance Connections and she couldn`t be more excited!

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Holly Moore
Administrative Director & Instructor

Holly has been dancing since the age of two. She was a company member at Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School for ten years, where she trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Performing at the Wortham Theater every year, with the privilege of featuring in The Nutcracker with the Houston Ballet. In high school, she was a member of the Maverick Belles Dance Team, continuing her training competitively in many more styles, such as lyrical, pom, hip hop, modern, and kick. She earned numerous solo, ensemble, and team awards, including three national championships. She was an Elite Team member her Junior and Senior year and on Kick Company every year. After high school, she continued to study dance while pursuing her Bachelors degree in Business at The University of Houston. She not only performed with, but also choreographed for her college dance team, all while broadening her training in Contemporary and Hip Hop at The Houston Metropolitan Dance and SoReal Dance Studio. After college, she volunteered as a dance instructor for different benefits and camps, obtained a teacher certification, and even started a family. Now, she loves being a part of the DC family as she continues to pursue her passion in dance, with her husband and two daughters along her side. This will be Holly's third year with Dance Connections!

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Alexa Ramos
Instructor

Alexa has been dancing since she was two years old, and began her dance training at Twin Arts Dance Studio. She danced at Twin Arts for 15 years and was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. She then became a member of the Deer Park Escorts Drill and Dance team her freshman year of high school. She remained on the team for four years and was a member of the varsity team for all four years. She also received solo, duet, ensemble and team awards including 2019 National Duet winner for Crowd Pleasers Nationals and January Jubilee solo winner. She then continued to dance in college with the Kilgore College Rangerettes under the direction of Dana Blair and Shelley Wayne. During her time at Kilgore, she was also selected for an elite group known as the Rangerette swingsters. During her freshman year she had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham, England and perform in the Birmingham International Tattoo, as well as other special performances such as the Cotton Bowl. During her sophmore year she also was invited to perform at the virtual inaugural parade, and virtual Cotton Bowl halftime performance with the team. Alexa will continue her education at Texas A&M and will be majoring in Economics. This will be Alexa’s second year as a member of the Dance Connections staff and she couldn’t be more excited!

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Katelyn Dickerson
Instructor

Katelyn has been dancing since the age of 2, training for 10 years at Marsha Woody  Academy of Dance in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. She was a member of Beaumont Civic Ballet, where she performed many principal roles in the Nutcracker, and other productions. In high school, she was a member of West Brook Stars drill team, where she served as Junior Lieutenant and Captain her senior year. Katelyn was a member of Kilgore College Rangerette’s 81st line, where she was selected as a member of the elite dance group of Swingsters. She also served as Right Middle Lieutenant her sophomore year. During her two years as a Rangerette, she traveled to New York City to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Honolulu, Hawaii for the 80th Commemoration of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as performing at the Cotton Bowl. Katelyn now works for Encore Creative Productions, teaching dance across the state for dance & drill teams. She will be continuing her studies at Texas A&M University majoring in Allied Health. This will be Katelyn’s first year on the DC Staff.

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Kylie Benavidez
Receptionist & Instructor

Kylie has been dancing since the age of nine. She trained at Tina Grider Dance Studio where she trained in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Ballet. She danced competitively on their “TNT” competition team for 8 years. Throughout her high school career, she was a member of the Tatum High School Eaglettes where she served as first lieutenant her junior year, and Captain her senior year. She decided to further her dance education by attending Kilgore College where she became a part of the 81st line of the Kilgore College Rangerettes. Upon entering her sophomore year she became the Left End Lieutenant. As a Rangerette she got the opportunity to travel to New York City to preform in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade and Hawaii to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor. Kylie currently works for Encore Creative Productions where she gets to teach drill teams inside and outside of Texas. Kylie is currently continuing her education at Texas A&M university as a communications major. This will be Kylie’s first year on the DC staff.