Our Directors



Cheryl started dancing at the age of four.  By sixteen, Cheryl was already fully vested in the dance industry and became a dance teacher.  Her dream was always to open her own dance studio where she could inspire children and help them reach their full potential. 


Cheryl has furthered her knowledge and passion for dance by attending and teaching Master Classes all over the country. Cheryl has also trained with many local and international professional choreographers.


Specialties:   Tap & Clogging


Owner / Director


Assistant Director

Makenzie Trapp has always had a passion for dance. At the age of two years old, her mother, a dance teacher, enrolled her in classes.  Throughout her dance career, Makenzie has participated in various competitions and recitals.  Her diverse background in many dance styles makes her a well rounded and well-versed dancer, choreographer, and teacher.


Makenzie has a true talent for choreography and had choreographed many jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and musical theater routines.  In her first year of choreographing, Makenzie won her first choreography award.  "This award definitely brought out my passion to choreography and has made me push the boundaries a little more each year. I love to help make my dancers think out of the box and push themselves to a whole different level."  


Specialties:   Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap & Musical Theater (Character)

Kaylee Finch was raised in Fort Worth, Texas where she started dancing with Frances Lea Dance Center at the age of 4. While under the instruction of Mrs. Lea, Kaylee was educated in a wide range of dance styles including, ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, contemporary and lyrical. During her time at Frances Lea, she took part in the competition team and was able to gain the confidence to become an instructor. In 2008, she decided to further her education at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) starting in middle school and graduated High School in 2014.


While at FWAFA, Kaylee was apart of the Dance Company, where she was able to perform in 3 winter shows and 3 ballets. In addition, in her three years with the company at FWAFA, she had the opportunity to co-direct a Student Choreography concert, set choreography, and attend the National High School Dance Festival in Miami, Florida.


After graduating FWAFA, Kaylee started her college education at a local community college while helping her aunt start her own dance studio, C&C Academy of Dance. At C&C, she educated children from the ages of 3-17 and was also a choreographer for the competition teams. Kaylee graduated from the University of North Texas, spring of 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Merchandising. She is excited to start her third year at SDC and can’t wait to see the passion of dance grow within her students!


Specialties:   Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap & Musical Theater (Character) 


Our Instructors



Kaylee Finch


Macie Gunn is a local performing artist who attends the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Dance. She plans to pursue further training in college upon graduation. She has set choreography on solos, duos, small groups, and entire companies.

She has been dancing since the age of two. She enjoys all forms of dance and has received training locally, across Texas as well as nationally where she was awarded entrance into college programs as well as numerous scholarship offers. From an early age she has experimented with the way her body can move through space. Her love of gymnastics and the acro arts has pushed her further into self-study and technique classes.


Specialties:   Tumble, Acro, and Contemporary

Macie Gunn


Samantha Pille began her ballet training with a family owned studio, Patty Pille's School of Dance, at the age of two. By the age of eight, Samantha attended The School for Creative and Performing Arts as a ballet major. In her 5 years with the school, she performed leading roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Jane in Treasure Island, and was selected to perform variations with the Pops Orchestra. Samantha continued her training with various schools including San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, The English National Ballet of London, and Cincinnati Ballet.


By the age of 14, Samantha joined Cincinnati Ballet where she remained in the second company for two years. In this time she performed many ballets and was picked to perform with the American run of the German Opera 'Die Meistersinger'. She then spent a year training with former Alvin Ailey principal dancer Bernard Gaddis in the Horton Modern technique to become more diverse in her dance training. Samantha is currently a company member with Texas Ballet Theater under the direction of Ben Stevenson. She has performed many ballets with them including Etudes, Carlos Acosta's Carmen, and the principal role in Christopher Wheeldon's Danse à Grande Vitesse.

Specialties:   Ballet, Ballet Intermediate, Pre-Pointe & Pointe







Specialties:   Beginner Ballet, Tap & Jazz



Katie Hicks began dancing at the age of three and has been dancing ever since. She has trained under Cheryl for the past eleven years and continues to take classes.


Katie is currently studying numerous aspects of dance while attending school.  This includes continued instruction in personal dance classes, learning choreographic techniques, and increasing understanding both anatomy and physiology in dance. 


Specialties:   Beginner Ballet, Tap & Jazz


Guest Choreographers




Maddi Gunn

Solice Surles

Justin Johnson

Jonathan Henderson

Arie Thiede