MEET OUR STAFF
Owner, Director & Instructor
Kaitlin is in her 7th year of ownership of Dance Connections. She has been dancing since the age of three. She spent seventeen years under the direction of Gina Deming at Dance Connections & Extreme Performing Arts. Kaitlin studied ballet, tap and jazz extensively and danced competitively for eight years. During those eight years, Kaitlin also won many solo, duet and team awards at numerous dance competitions including: American Dance, Miss Drill Team Texas, Showtime and Crowd Pleasers Dance. In those years they 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. Kaitlin has elven years of direct teaching experience and is loving her career in mentoring dancers at Dance Connections. Kaitlin resides in Montgomery, tx.
Natalie has been a part of the dance world for 26 years. This will be Natalie's thirteenth 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!
Myah has been dancing for over 9 years. She has been trained in many styles of dance such as, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She danced competitively for 7 years, winning multiple awards for solos. She competed with On The Move Dance Company from 2014-2016. She was also a Midlothian High School Pantherette from 2012-2016, later becoming Junior Lieutenant and Senior Captain. She continued her dance career as a Kilgore College Rangerette, under the direction of Dana Blair and Shelley Wayne. During her freshman year, she had the opportunity to perform in the 90th Anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade in New York City and the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. During her sophomore year, she performed at the Contest of Champions in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, Myah became apart of the pre-professional modern dance company, Industry, under the direction of Angela Aulds. This Company allowed for multiple performance opportunities. Furthermore, Myah works for the dance company, M.A., a traveling drill and dance company. This company allowes Myah to travel across the U.S. to instruct and choreograph for multiple middle school and high school teams. Myah is currently continuing her education at Texas A&M University as a University Studies - Dance Concentration Major. This will be Myah’s third year with Dance Connections and she couldn`t be more excited!
Allie has been dancing since the age of three. She trained at Keely Jardell’s School of Dance for 15 years and focused on the styles of jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She continued her training in college as a member of the Kilgore College Rangerettes where she had the opportunity to travel and perform at the World of Champions contest in Disney World, the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland, and the opening of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. She now attends Sam Houston State University where she is currently majoring in Dance. Allie also works for the dance company MA where she is able to work with drill teams across Texas for camps and contests. This will be Allie’s first year on DC staff!
Kim is in her 6th year as the Office Manager 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.
Holly has been dancing since the age of two. She was a company member at Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School for six years, where she trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Performing at the Wortham Theater every year, at the age of 8, she had the privilege of featuring in The Nutcracker with the Houston Ballet. In high school, she continued 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. 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 volunteering as a dance instructor for different benefits and camps, Holly took a step back in dance for a bit to start a family and obtain a teacher certification. Now, she cannot be more excited to be a part of the DC family as she continues to pursue her passion in dance, with her husband and two-year-old daughter along her side.
Karsen has been dancing since the age of three. She trained at Candy Crocker School of Dance for 15 years, where she focused on Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Ballet. She danced competitively for 7 years with Candy Crocker elite. From 2015-2018 she was a member of the Whitehouse First Ladies Drill Team where she served as First Lieutenant her junior year and Captain her senior year. She furthered her dance career as a Kilgore College Rangerette where her sophomore year she had the opportunity to serve as Captain. As a Rangerette she traveled to New York City to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Italy to perform at the World Band’s Contest, and London to perform in the Birmingham Tattoo. Karsen works for American Dance Drill Team where she travels and teaches dance all across the state of Texas. She now attends Texas A&M University as a University Science- Dance Concentration major.
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 sophomore 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 first year as a member of the Dance Connections staff and she couldn’t be more excited!