Kathy Dupuy - Owner

Kathy started dancing seriously in high school and has continued to take classes and had the opportunity to perform through various studios in Austin. Through the years, dance has proven a great way for her to stay fit after having 4 kids and maintaining a busy lifestyle. She has successfully pioneered multiple businesses from start up to maturity including Texas’ largest household staffing service, Mom’s Best Friend, which she founded in 1994. She and her husband, Stuart, now run this together, along with the College Sitters & Tutors Barton Springs franchise. She also started and ran a residential care, assisted living home for seniors, for 10 years. Kathy has served on various boards, and her companies have been recognized for outstanding achievement, as well as a commitment to giving back to the local community. As a dancer herself and mom of 4 kids who all danced at one point or another, Kathy understands the need for a high quality studio environment catering to the needs of both adults and children, thus the creation of Balance Dance Studios in 2012. Kathy’s business expertise and entrepreneurial spirit, combined with her passion for the art of dance, create the perfect combination for her role as studio owner of Balance Dance Studios. Kathy purchased a Round Rock studio, The Dance Spot, in 2017, and now manages both locations. Kathy and her family reside in Southwest Austin and are the proud parents of Grace, Kaitlyn, and James and Jordan.

Neda Ashour

I graduated with a degree in Dance and Speech Language Pathology. I am originally from Dallas, Texas and have experience teaching ballet, tap and jazz. I moved to Austin 3 years ago to pursue teaching dance and work as an SLP Assistant. My favorite activities include dancing, doing yoga, baking and being outdoors by the lake!

Neda Introduction Video

Angelina Barba

Angelina Barba always had a passion for dance since she was a child. She was born in Los Angeles, California and began her training in hip hop at the age of 8. She then soon moved to Austin, Texas to continue her training at local dance studios. She competed with 2 Hype hip hop company for 5 years, under the direction of Leslie Garcia. Angelina joined the Rouse Royals drill team in high school and served as a line officer her senior year. Along with her senior year of high school, she competed with eSTREET hip hop company, under the direction of Justin Streeter. Angelina has received Grand National titles and many awards throughout her competitive dance team years. She has also received scholarships for The Streetz Dance Convention, has attended Monsters of Hip Hop for many years now, as well as prestigious assistant opportunities by her mentors. Angelina’s found love for teaching has given her many opportunities as she now teaches at many local studios and schools in the Austin area regularly. Angelina wishes to continue her training and growth as both a student and a teacher. She is excited to continue to create choreography, teach and share her passion for dance!

Angelina Introduction Video

Melissa Best

Melissa began dancing at age 2 and has studied dance across the world from New York City to Germany.  Her dance career has been very active in the local Austin community since 1999, teaching in numerous dance studios and Drill Teams in around the country. She is certified as a pre-school teacher where she is educated and trained in early childhood development and has spent the most of her adult life inspiring a love of life and dance in her students.  From 2013-2020, she co-owned Evolution Dance Center and created a nurturing home for professional seeking dancers with the award winning EVOLVE Dance Company. Melissa is passionate about cultivating an environment that is safe and explorative for her dancers, challenging them to set goals, take risks, and make change. Under her direction, her dancers have received regional and national recognition and her choreography been nationally recognized and awarded.   Melissa brings a fresh and exciting energy into her classroom, instilling confidence and creativity in her students.  As a military wife, she is ready for anything life throws at her, and is passionate about cultivating a future of leaders that are confident, powerful, fearless, and creative. Melissa’s goal is to provide a customized dance experience for each dancer based on their own personal needs and goals and to provide a safe space to explore their growth and lead us in the future.

Melissa Introduction Video

Dane Burch

Dane grew up in Oregon, where he started training in dance at the age of 10. He quickly fell in love with movement and the expressiveness of it. He moved to Los Angeles, when he was 18, with a scholarship to EDGE Performing Arts Center. After completing his training, he continued to dance and perform. He worked with Tremaine Dance Convention for 5 years. He also worked for Move Dance Competitions, where he judged and taught master classes all around the U.S. In 2008, Dane moved to Austin.  He works for numerous studios and high schools all around Texas. He loves sharing his knowledge and love for dance with all.

Dane Introduction Video

Shelby Fletcher

Shelby Fletcher started dancing at the age of 12. She trained and danced competitively at The Dance Space from 2011-2018. Shelby attended Marcus High School and joined the Marcus Marquette drill team, where she led as Junior Lieutenant and then Captain, her senior year. After high school, Shelby spent two years as a Kilgore College Rangerette. She was also a member of the modern dance company, “Industry”. Shelby now works for Encore Creative Productions and attends the University of Texas at Austin. She is majoring in dance and plans to become a choreographer after graduating college.

Shelby Introduction Video

Taylor Keeley

Taylor Keeley grew up in Austin, TX and began dancing just as soon as she was able to walk. She was one of the original Rise Dance Company members under the direction of Quinton Weathers. After graduating Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance she moved to LA to pursue a professional career. She has received several performance and choreography awards from Chapman University, NUVO, JUMP along with other competitions. After teaching in LA, she brought to Sydney, Australia to teach at a competition studio as well. Her all time favorite thing is to create and help young growing dancers reach their potential.

Taylor Introduction Video

Kelsey Kimble

Kelsey Kimble uses her vast experience in performing a variety of different genres to entertain and educate others. As a performer, Kelsey enjoys singing jazz music with her husband, Austin Kimble. She also writes and performs original rock music with their band, The Kimbles. Trained in classical voice technique from The University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Rose Taylor, Kelsey enjoys acting in local theater productions, and recent roles include: “Louise/Eve” in Ruthless (City Theater, Austin), as well as “Regina” in Rock of Ages, “Calliope” in Xanadu, and several Theatre for Young Audiences Productions at the Georgetown Palace Theater. Aside from performing, Kelsey has a passion for educating voice students of all ages and experience levels. She offers weekly group classes as well as private lessons for several programs in the Austin, TX area.

Kelsey Introduction Video

Ashley Laubscher

Raised in the suburbs of Houston, Ashley fell in love with dance at age 7. She danced throughout high school, winning both national and international competitions with her high school dance team. She was the top dance officer her senior year. After high school, she moved to Georgetown, where she taught dance and gymnastics for 5 years, while earning her bachelor’s degree in visual communication, from UOP.  While in Georgetown, Ashley taught various dance genres, including hip hop, lyrical, modern, jazz, ballet, and tap. Her students performed at local festivals and events. Ashley has been a gymnastics coach for 13 years. She began coaching women’s gymnastics, incorporating dance into optional level floor and beam routines. In 2011, Ashley taught dance and gymnastics to adults and kids at clinics in Germany, during her 3-year stay. In 2009, Ashley was introduced to the trampoline and tumbling version of gymnastics, and she became a head coach in 2014. Since then, many of her athletes have won state, regional and national titles. In 2012, Ashley’s daughter was born. She began dancing in classes at age 2. She is currently a 3-time state champion, 4- time regional champion, and national qualifier for trampoline and tumbling. Ashley still dances and coaches, and enjoys spending her free time with her daughter, Harley.

Ashley Introduction Video

AnnaMarie Li

AnnaMarie started training at Texas Ballet Theater at the age of 8, and was featured in many company productions including Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula, and Romeo and Juliet. She began studying Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue a career in physical therapy, and recently graduated this year. While in her senior year of school, she was offered a position at Coastal City Ballet in Vancouver BC, and decided to pursue dance while continuing with her degree. While there, she was featured in productions such as Swan Lake, Raymonda, and other acclaimed works.

Ki'ana Rowland

Ki’ana considers herself an Austonian, even though she was a military brat and lived in many different places growing up. She started dancing when she started walking and, as she grew up, continued to dance in her garage and put on talent shows for her parents. She performed in many talent competitions as she moved across the globe and ultimately became the captain of her step team in 8th grade and later, the creator of the first hip hop dance club at her high school. She went to school to play basketball at Trinity International in Chicago, and then transferred to the University of North Texas, where she joined Choreoblock, also known as UNT FSA Modern. She became a choreographer and later, the creative co-director for the team, between 2015-2017. In the meantime, she also danced on Neighborhood, in Dallas, out of DFC dance studio, and went to World of Dance, placing 1st in 2016, and 3rd in 2018, winning crowd favorite both years, as well as Summer Meltdown, in Houston, in 2016, taking home 1st, and Dancers’ Paradise, in Mexico, in 2017 and 2018. After completing school at North Texas, she finished out her time with Neighborhood, in the spring of 2018, and became the director of the youth team, Impact N Change, for the 2019 WOD Dallas season. In August 2019, she moved home to Austin. She love dancing and is committed to continuing to make it a part of her life, to learn and grow, and try to help promote growth for those around her.

Ki’ana Introduction Video

Lisa Schrek

Lisa Schreck has always had a lifetime love of learning and dance! This started for her in her hometown of Cedar Falls, IA and led her to Ball State University where she graduated with her BFA in Dance. During her time at Ball State, she had the opportunity to perform across multiple genres in shows such as; Swing! The MusicalA Chorus Line (Bebe u/s, Dance Captain), modern dance concerts, and collaboratively in student led grant projects. In 2017 she worked closely with Sidra Bell on the project i2i: impact to innovation, an immersive evening length concert. After graduating, Lisa moved to Indianapolis, IN where she performed in the annual IPL Yuletide Celebration, The Fringe Festival, and Flourish: A Modern Dance Showcase; a recurring concert at the White Rabbit Cabaret. In addition to performing, Lisa taught dance to students from ages 2 to adult. She is so excited to be in Austin and share her love of dance!

Ann Marie Schuler

Ann Marie is an award-winning dancer, teacher, choreographer, actress, and singer, who has been teaching and performing for over 25 years.  She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, studying dance at Becky Nalevanko’s Dance and Tumbling Studio. She was the Co-Director of Hudson Dance Academy, in the Twin Cities, from 2006-2009, a teacher and choreographer at Dance FX, in Des Moines, from 2013-2015, and most recently, was the Owner/Director of AMS Dance Collective in Indianapolis, prior to relocating to Austin. She has adjudicated dance/talent competitions and travels where she is needed to teach dance workshops, as well as to choreograph competition solos and group routines. Ann Marie specializes in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, and Musical Theatre. She performed in productions of “West Side Story” (Margarita), “The Pajama Game” (Poopsie), and “A Chorus Line” (Cassie), and also choreographed for Community Theater and High School productions of “Guys and Dolls”, “Wizard of Oz”, and “The Nutcracker”. She has both studied with, and had her work performed, for Emmy-winning choreographers, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Brian Friedman, Cris Judd, Chuck Maldonado and Kevin Maher, among others.  Ann Marie is excited to bring her love of the performing arts to The Dance Spot family!

Ann Marie Introduction Video

Jessica Stroh

Jessica Stroh began her love affair with dance at the age of 3 in Ocala, Florida. She joined the Marion Ballet Theater and performed for 8 years under the direction of Nicole Benson and was a part of numerous ballets; performing notable roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette, and Princess Florine. In 2015, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology from the University of South Florida receiving the notable BRAVO! Scholarship in Dance Award. Under further scholarships, Jessica trained with Sarasota Ballet Company, Bodytraffic, Repertory Dance Theatre, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and USF’s Dance in Paris Program. Jessica has had the privilege of performing works by world-renown artists including Ohad Naharin, Alonzo King, Maurice Causey, and Robert Moses. In 2016, Jessica moved to New York City where she had the honor of working and collaborating with Colleen Thomas Dance, Dugal Dance Projects, Alexeya EM, Rosie DeAngelo, Bryce Dance Company, and BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance. In NYC, Jessica taught with Greenhouse Arts Center and Global Community Charter School. She has choreographed, performed, and taught in NYC, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Paris, France. She is the recipient of Brooklyn-based Spoke the Hub’s 2018 People’s Choice Award where she presented an evening-length work with a collaborator, Laura Mobley. Jessica now resides in Austin, TX, and joyfully teaches at Ballet Austin and creates with her performance company, Alt Project, alongside co-creator, Laura Mobley. Altproject.co.

Jessica Introduction Video

Dereke' Thompson

Dereke’ started his dance career in Chicago with the dance group 2XS. He was invited to LA for a Janet Jackson audition that led to him to the discovery of Monsters of Hip Hop. After being selected for the show in LA under the direction of Tabitha & Napoleon, he continued to be featured in various commercials. He was also a stand-in dancer for MTV ABDC & assisted choreographers on SYTCD. He was on two international tours with artists Kat Deluna, Amei, and Anahi, traveling to Europe, Asia, & South America. Dereke’ lived in Mexico City for five years, where he worked as a judge for Hip Hop International and Infinity dance studio which competed in the US and won various top awards at Nuvo, Monster of Hip Hop, etc. While teaching, he choreographed various tours, including Belinda & Gloria Trevi. He is now residing in Austin ready to invest in the future success of the city’s dance & fitness scene!

Dereke’ Introduction Video

Andrea Torres

Dre Torres is an International performer, teacher and choreographer who received a Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy and Minor in Business Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma City University. Some Performances include Comedy Central, Radio City Music Hall, The Joyce Theatre, FOX, The Capezio A.C.E. Awards, BBC London, PBS and Harvard University. Dre has been on faculty with Broadway Dance Center, Pineapple Dance Studios, DansEncore International Dance Festival, Soul to Sole Tap Festival, London Tap Dance Intensive to name a few. For 5 seasons Dre was a Principle Company Dancer with Tapestry Dance Company under the direction of Acia Gray. Dre then premiered her latest tap show production ‘OSCiLLATE’, which she co-choreographed with Avalon Rathgeb and performed in the UK with the London based tap company Old Kent Road . This show debuted at the renowned Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, and appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Latitude Music FestivalShanghai’s Xintiandi Festival and is still on Tour. Most recently,  Dre performed at the Joyce Theater with Hoofer Award winner Ayodele Casel and 6 Time Grammy Award winning artist Arturo O’Farril. 

Dre Introduction Video

Quinton Weathers

Quinton Weathers started dancing at the age of eight, at Joyce Willett School of Dance in Austin, TX. He studied in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, gymnastics and also performed with Body Talk Dance Company. He won numerous scholarships from L.A. Dance Force, Urban Jamm, West Coast Dance Explosion and New York City Dance Alliance. At twelve he started training at the Edge in Los Angeles, where he trained with Bill Prudich, Mandy Moore, Adam Parsons, Doug Caldwell, Malaya, Tabitha & Napoleon, Marty Kudelka, and Roger Lee to name a few. Quinton’s fresh choreography and outgoing attitude has made him a sought-after teacher and choreographer. He has taught master classes all over the United States, Canada, Korea and Japan. Quinton has judged and taught for Break the Floor Productions, V.I.P, Flow 40 and Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. For five years he taught lyrical, jazz and hip-hop at Simi Dance Center in Simi Valley, California. His students won numerous scholarships and awards and have gone on to work as professional dancers. He has also had the opportunity to assist award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore in Seoul, Korea at the International Jazz Festival and at the Edge. Quinton lived in Los Angeles for five years and is still represented by Bloc Talent Agency. He has worked with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Angie Stone, Snoop Dogg, Salt & Pepa, Kylie Minogue, Anastasia, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Solange Knowles, Yasmeen, Parker Posey and Chris Katan. His T.V. and film credits include Nickelodeon’s “All That” and “Taina,” “2002 Olympics,” “Soul Train”, “Trading Spaces,” “Varsity Blues,” “Honey,” “Adam and Steve” and “Dreamgirls”. He has done commercials and industrials for “So You Think You Can Dance,” I-pod, Motorola, Smashbox Cosmetics, Nintendo, Diesel and Levi Jeans, Nike, 7-up, and Pepsi. Quinton was also a dancer on the American Idol 2 Tour and traveled around the U.S. and Canada.

Quinton Introduction Video

Hannah Woolridge

Hannah Woolridge, who recently relocated to Austin, TX, began dancing at the age of 3 in Corpus Christi, TX. She has gone on to earn a B.F.A. in Dance from Sam Houston State University, is certified in Mat and Reformer Pilates, as well as pursuing her Gryotonic® Certification. Hannah performed with the Corpus Christi Ballet from 2004-2013 starring in various roles such as; Clara, Dew Drop Fairy, Russian dancer, Mirliton, Pirouette Doll, and Harlequin Doll in Nutcracker, Cygnet in Swan Lake, and the Generosity Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. She attended several summer intensives including Ballet Austin studying under Stephen Mills, the School of American Ballet studying under Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo, and the Alonzo King Lines Ballet. While pursuing her degree at Sam Houston, Hannah had the opportunity to work with various international choreographers, including Gerard Theoret and Maurice Causey, as well as perform as a member of Nicolay Danceworks in A Wynne Home Nutcracker. After graduating from Sam Houston State University in 2016, Hannah spent three months in Rome, Italy dancing and performing with VivoBallet under the direction of Enzo Celli. Upon returning back to the states Hannah began dancing as a Resident Guest Artist with Corpus Christi Concert Ballet for the 2017-2018 season as well as teaching at the Ballet Academy of Corpus Christi.

Hannah Introduction Video