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

CHERYL TRAPP

Owner / Director

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MAKENZIE TRAPP

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)

Maddi Gunn began dancing at the age of two and quickly fell in love with the art. She attended Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts where she trained in various styles and realized her passion for choreography. After graduating high school she began attending Texas State University to study geography, receiving a degree in Resource and Environmental Studies. At Texas State University, Maddi was a member of the Texas State Strutters where she served as a Junior Captain. Serving as Junior Captain, Maddi was faced with the importance of leadership to guide her team to success. 

Maddi has studied and practiced many styled of dance, including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, hip hop, as well as studying the art of choreography. Maddi has gain experience with teaching since she was 13 years old as a teachers assistant, since then she has found her passion for teaching dance and sharing the art that has always been a piece of who she is.   

 

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

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Our Instructors

 

 

Maddi Gunn

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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

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

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Katy began dancing at the age of 3. She has taken classes in various styles of dance but discovered her passion for percussion style dancing early in her teens. During her dance career she has had the privilege of dancing in multiple venues including Disneyland. In 2020, Katy joined Rhythmic Souls Tap Youth Company where she continues to develop her passion for tap. By teaching tap and clogging at CCAD, she is hoping to inspire future percussion dancers.

Specialties:   Tap and Clogging

KATY TROXELL

Guest Choreographers

 

 

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Gary Larsen

Solice Surles

Justin Johnson

Jonathan Henderson

Arie Thiede

Stevee Lynch