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Danielle Applegate- Owner/Code 17 Director/Studio Artistic Director

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Danielle Applegate was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a graduate from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s of science in Biology, in which she focused her studies on pre-med courses with an interest in Sports Medicine. While the human body has always been of interest to Danielle, her passion lies in the art and athleticism of dance. She began dancing at the age of 5 receiving training in various styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, character, and acrobatics, and began dancing competitively at the age of 7. As a student, Danielle has won various scholarships and awards from regional and national dance conventions and competitions. Since her childhood was spent in Arizona, she also made numerous trips to further her dance training by taking various classes at highly known facilities throughout Los Angeles such as Millennium and EDGE Performing Arts Center, as well as performing in Carnival's "Choreographer's Ball." Danielle soon began teaching and choreographing for the competitive company immediately after high school graduation at the very studio she received her training. Her choreography and dancers have been acknowledged at both the regional and national levels by winning multiple overall 1st place awards as well as choreography, best technique, and best entertainment awards from internationally respected competitions such as Adrenaline, KAR, 8 National Talent, Starquest, MOVE, Showbiz, Hall of Fame, Showstoppers, and iHollywood. In 2015, Danielle joined the inaugural season for 8 National Talent Dance Competition and has been with their faculty for all three seasons. At 8 National Talent she has worked both as a judge and backstage manager and truly enjoys working in both areas of this exciting competition. In 2016, Danielle became the Artistic Director of Forcing Boundaries Dance Company, a pre-professional dance program that prepares adolescent dancers to pursue a career in various areas of the dance industry. Even more recently, Danielle embarked on the new adventure of becoming studio owner of The Dance Vault, located in the Woodlands, TX, which will begin its inaugural season in August of 2017. Beyond sharing her compassion and energy for the art of dance, she enjoys seeing her students use the tools from their time in class overlap into their daily lives beyond the studio setting and into their future as young adults.

Toni Rodriguez- Code 7 Company Director

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Toni Rodriguez is a native Texan, born in San Antonio. She moved to Houston at age 5 and began her dance training with Joee Shapiro. Toni began her competitive dance career at age 10, and in addition to training in jazz, tap and acrobatics, she trained in classical ballet with Margo Marshall and Gilbert Rome. By age 16 she was studying with Frank Hatchett in New York, and Ricky Odum in France. She continued to study ballet with Soli Arvola and Leo Ahonen as an apprentice for the Texas Ballet. Toni worked with choreographer Jamie Rogers as a dancer for the Peoples Choice Awards as well as working with Patsy Swayze and Debbie Reynolds while she lived in Los Angeles. Toni returned to Texas, attended University of Houston, and participated in many state and national beauty pageants, mostly as a way to pay for college. Her titles included, Miss Harris County, Miss Fiestas Patrias, 2nd Runner up for Miss Texas, and Miss Petite Texas. Toni realized her dream of opening a dance studio in 1994. At the same time Toni began developing programs for several Montessori Schools in the Houston area, and her true love and passion for teaching became evident. Toni’s students have won many national awards, as well as Toni winning the prestigious, Presidents Cup for Choreography from the Dance Educators of America. In 2006, Toni retired from the ‘studio business’, and is now a contract choreographer, guest clinician, master teacher and judge. She is currently the director of jazz for Bonis Performing Arts in Houston. Her travels have taken her across the United States and to Monterrey, Mexico where she continues to share her passion of teaching and educating dancers of all levels.

Rebekah Morrow-Code 7 & 17 Ballet Co-Director/Code 1 Instructor

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Born and raised right here in The Woodlands, TX Rebekah Morrow first started dancing at In-Step Dance & Performing Arts Center at the age of two where she began her studies in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary. After seven years, Rebekah began the preprofessional program with International Ballet of Houston under the direction of Richard d’Alton mainly focusing on improving her ballet technique and performance quality. During this time she attended many competitions, conventions and world tours including YAGP, American Ballet Competition, the Streetz Dance convention and much more. In the winter of 2012 Rebekah was invited to train year round with the Princesse Grace Academie in Monte Carlo where she spent three years soaking up some of the best training in the world. There she performed with Les Ballet de Monte Carlo and worked with several amazing choreographers including Eugenio Buratti, Jacopo Godani, Lucia Geppi, Pompea Santoro (Matz Ek), Aran Buru (Jiri Kylian) and more. In the summer of 2016, Rebekah came back home to Texas to start her college education while working at Lake Houston Performing Dance. Currently she is working with both The Movement Xperience of Lake Houston and The Dance Vault as Co-Ballet Director. 

Jerrica Mark-Code 7 & 17 Ballet Co-Director/Code 1 Instructor

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Jerrica Mark has danced for Dance of Asian America, Houston Dance Theatre, and the UH Dance Ensemble. Jerrica has trained at Mitsi Dancing School, (ballet and Chinese dance,) and Houston Ballet Academy, under Priscilla Nathan Murphy, Cheryene Busche, and Shelly Powers. Jerrica has attended summer intensives with Ballet Adriatico under Anna Marie Holmes in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, and Hope Boikin from Alvin Ailey. Jerrica has performed with Dance of Asian America at Miller Outdoor Theatre. As part of Dance Houston concerts, she has performed Robert Mills' World Groove with Houston Dance Theatre and Fix You, choreographed by Bryan Peck and herself, at the Houston Transplant Games of America Opening Ceremonies 2014. Jerrica has performed works by Teresa Chapman, Rebecca Valls, Toni Valle, Jacqueline Nalett, jhon r. stronks, Jennifer Wood, and Sophia Torres. She also attended the American College Dance Festival in 2013 and 2014, where she choreographed and performed Among Heavenly Waters; and performed in several works by others. She is in her third season as a member for KSD, and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston. 

Valerie Simmons-Code 17 Tap Director/Code 1 Instructor

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Valerie Simmons  began her dance training at age 6 and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe modern, hip hop and ballroom. She has trained under instructors such as Frank Hatchett of Broadway Dance Center, Jo Rowan, Gregory Hines,  as well as her mentors, the late Sylvia Manning the late legendary Al Gilbert, who she served as an assistant at various workshops during his later years. Valerie continues to teach his graded syllabus for the foundation of tap technique as a percursor to current, advanced rhythm tap style.

Valerie has taught tap master classes in the UK where she also trained in ballet, tap, jazz and vocal performance at Danceworks and Pineapple Studio in London as well as DanceEast in Ipswich. 

Valerie is a National award winning choreographer/instructor and her tap students have received national and international awards.  

Jennifer Bradley-Code 1 Instructor

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Jennifer Bradley is an award-winning creative director from Houston, TX, she has an extensive background in dance, music videos, live stage productions, studio management, judging, film and print work.  Jennifer developed her feats training at LA’s most prestigious studios such as Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex.  She has taken acting classes at Page Parkes Agency, participated in dance conventions, intensives and she became heavily involved in music industry conferences across the globe.  Jennifer’s had the privilege to judge for 8 National Talent and Danceline Productions. The driven director shares her knowledge and skills teaching master classes, workshops, and intensives with over two dozen studios and counting. Under Innovation By Jennifer LLC,  Jennifer happily offers studio management services given her experience managing one the world’s leading franchise dance studios.  At this time she’s been featured in over 15 music videos as seen on BET, MTV, and VH1 including some of the industry's hottest artists such as UK artist Shelley Harland, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Rick Ross and many more.  Jennifer’s choreography has been showcased in music videos, The El Portal Theater in Los Angeles, California, The Hobby Center, Miss Texas Pageants, The International Film Festival, Great Day Houston,  Health and Fitness Magazine Expo and various regional and national dance competitions.  Jennifer is currently training students of all levels in hip-hop, jazz, jazz funk, body conditioning, lyrical, heels and contemporary throughout The Greater Houston Area and beyond.  Her passion for sharing her love of dance inspired her to create a dance convention; The Innovation Tour. She is thoroughly committed to uniting artists from all walks of life through the Innovation Tour one 8 count at a time.

BreLynn Mellen-Code 1 Instructor

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BreLynn started dancing at the age of two. By the age of three she competed and received top honors for her performances. BreLynn has been named to ESDC's National Dance Company where she participated in dance performances nationally. She also was a competitive cheerleader for nine years and most recently competed as a Woodlands Elite's Black Op. She has been honored at many cheer camps and contests on the national level and received many honors as a team and individual contests. BreLynn is very involved in theater, speech and debate and volunteers for Operation Pets Alive and The Humane Society. She has been acting and modeling since age five. BreLynn is a National Honor Society student at Magnolia High School and has future plans to attend NYU, majoring in theater and psychology.   

Breanna Sanchez-Code 1 Instructor

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Breanna Sanchez is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School. She is now attending Lonestar College to pursue a degree in Nursing. She began dancing at the age of six at the Woodlands Dance Center studying ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical. She started competing at the age of twelve. She then continued her training at The Dance Vault. Breanna has also attended multiple conventions such as Jump, West Coast Dance Explosions, NYCDA and Adrenaline where she received numerous scholarships. She has been honored to work with talented teachers and choreographers such as Clayton Cross, Emily Shock, Dina Vail, Sloan Falcon, Tyler Davis, Heather Iovine, Antoine Olds and Danielle Applegate. Breanna is excited to be apart of The Dance Vault faculty.

Traci Green-Code 7 Rehearsal Instructor

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Traci grew up in a dancing family. Her mother owned Beverly Thompson’s Studio of Dance in Fort Worth, Texas where Traci started dancing at the age of three. Growing up, Traci was fortunate enough to take classes from some of the greats including: Art Stone, Gus Giordano, Karen Hebert, Frank Hatchett, Bobby Burgess, Bruce Lee, Luige, Steven Boyd, Benny Smith, Gregg Russell, Doug Caldwell and Debbi Dee just to mention a few. Traci also persuade ice skating. She trained in Dallas, Texas at Fair Park Ice Skating Rink and went on to teach ice skating for several seasons at Will Rogers Ice Skating Rink in Fort Worth, Texas. Traci was also a member of Texas Girls Choir for 7 years. In 1980, she became the choreographer for this international group and went on a 3 week tour traveling to the Capitols of Asia.In 1985, Traci and her mother went into business together and Tracidee and Beverly’s Dance Centre’ was opened. The highlight for Traci in 1993 was to choreograph for Garth Brooks. His concert was held at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas. This event still holds the record for the most attendance of a country music concert by a single artist.In 1994, Traci’s family was relocated to Houston and her studio was sold to a former student. She takes great pride in the fact that her studio is still open and sharing the love of dance to children. For 23 years, Traci taught Tap, Ballet and Jazz at Boni's Dance and Preforming Arts and choreographed for their competition group.  Now, Traci works for several Studios in the Houston area cleaning dances and soloists.In her private life, Traci is married to Gary and has two daughters, Lauren and Allie. Both graduated from LSU. Geaux Tigers! Traci is excited to be concentrating on one of her passions which is cleaning dances and making dancers the best performers possible.

Alejandra Garcia- Code 17 Ballet Instructor

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Alejandra Garcia-Moreno was born in Harlingen Texas, and began dancing at the age of three. She received training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, belly dance, flamenco and folklorico. She was part of Brownsville Dance Center’s company and participated in many competitions, including West Coast Dance Explosion, Jump, Showstopper, NUVO, and Tremaine. She participated in American Academy of Ballet’s performance awards, who awarded her a scholarship to train in their summer school of excellence program in New York. In high school, she was captain of the dance team with who she competed all over Texas. She began teaching dance while she was in high school and has been teaching ever since. Alejandra graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with her bachelors and is a certified dance teacher from Dance Educators of America. Alejandra is excited to become part of The Dance Vault Faculty and hopes to transmit her knowledge and love for dance to her students.

Paola Garza- Code 17 Ballet Instructor

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Paola began studying dance in the Ballet Academy of Coyoacan in Mexico City under the
direction of the world renowned ballet instructor, Ana Castillo at the age of 8 years old. Later
she enrolled in the “Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey” which is a part of the
National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico, where she received her bachelor degree in dance in
1990. Immediately after graduating she began working at the Ballet of Monterrey Dance
Company becoming one of the original professional dancers of this new company. In 1996, she
became the soloist dancer of Ballet de Monterrey and in 1998 she also became the regisseur of
the company. In 2002, having been invited to the Festival del Barrio Antiguo, she founded and
directed a new independent dance group called "Fabulas y Cuentos" (Fables and Stories).
This group continued to operate for 10 years until 2012 performing in cultural festivals, and
other celebrations. Its purpose was to expose children to the world of ballet using well known
stories and fables as the content for the ballet performances. In 2010 she launched a
community based dance education program, Aprender con Danza (Learn through Dance),
where she was responsible for implementation, administration, coordination, training, and
management of a team of 48 dancers and musicians. This program provided children in 27
economically challenged schools and 7 community centers totaling 4,000 students, to utilize
dance as a tool to improve self confidence, muscle coordination, teamwork and improved
group dynamics. Overall, student performance increased in both school grades and social
interactions. She earned ABT (American Ballet Theatre) Certifications - Primary Level thru
Level 5 in New York City in 2010-2011. She has consistently been a ballet instructor for all
skill and experience levels over the last 26 years. Overall, she has taken dance courses and
trained in Mexico, Cuba and the United States. In 2015, she received an additional bachelor’s
degree in Classical Ballet Instruction from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
Throughout her professional career she has had the opportunity to work with well renowned
figures in dance including Fernando Bujones, Ann Marie de Angelo, Fernando Alonso,
Susana Benavides, Tulio de la Rosa, Fernando Jones, Cynthia Gregory, Kirk Peterson,
Melissa Hayden, Loipa Araujo, Jonathan Watts and many more. Paola is married to Israel
Luzunaris Jr. and has three wonderful daughters, Lorna, Tamara and Marla.

Alyssa Hawkins- Code 1 & Code 17 Tap director

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From Spring, Texas, Alyssa started dance when she was two years old and has been dancing since. Competitive dancing was first introduced to Alyssa when she was five years old and attended competitions Showstopper, KAR, 8 national talent, and more. Conventions were introduced by age 11, so she participated in Tremaine, 24/7, and ASH. At age 15, she danced in the finale for ASH in New Jersey. She currently attends Sam Houston State University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. After starting dance at Vicky Michelle Dance Studio, Alyssa attended other studios such as Progressions Performing Arts and Lake Houston Performing Arts Center. Having been trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, and musical theater, Alyssa has worked with some notable names such as Laurie Anderson of the Houston ballet. With ties to Savion Glover, Alfred Lowe from New York trained Alyssa in tap for two years. Her teaching career began at age 13. She has taught at studios such as Joee Schapiro School of Dance, Core Movement Arts Center, and The Movement Xperience.

 

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