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Ashley Collins – Assistant Director
Ashley is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance with Secondary Certification 8-12 and Physical Education Certification EC-12. She has served as choreographer and performer for numerous teams and organizations in the state of Texas such as All Nations in Praise, Elite Masterminds of Lufkin, R.A.V.E dance team, Praise N ’Motion Dance company and the East Bethel Cowboys junior cheer team. She has taught dance classes for the past six years in a variety of styles ranging from hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, ballet/tap and creative movement in both the private and public school sectors. At present, she is the Artistic Director for The Fellowship of Enlightenment Church Sacred Dancers Youth Ministry and an active member of the Adult Praise Dance Ministry. She is also currently serving the Independence Heights Community at Burrus Elementary as the Magnet Department Chair, Dance Educator and Coach for the Burrus Bees Dance Team. Ashley has a sincere passion for the Arts and working with young artists in the Houston community.
Janie Yao – Chinese
Janie is the Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Dance of Asian America (DAA), a non-profit dance company established in 2001. Ms. Yao trained with Mitsi Dancing School and the Houston Ballet in Chinese classical and folk dance and classical ballet. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in ballet, modern, and jazz, and she is a certified teacher of the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Syllabus. Her choreography has been invited to the grand opening of Cirque de Soleil: Dralion and the grand opening of the Meadows Museum in Dallas. In 2009, DAA was select as one of eleven dance companies in Houston to perform in Dance/USA’s Showcase – “The Power of Movement” – at The Wortham Center, for which she also served as Production Manager. Ms. Yao is the Co-Director of Mitsi Dancing School which was invited to compete in Season 8 of America’s Got Talent Live at Radio City Music Hall.
recognized as one of City of Shanghai’s best dancer in 2006. Yifan also performs as a soloist with Dance of Asian America.
Bryan Peck – Modern
Bryan Peck is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Dance. He graduated from San Jacinto College South with an Associate of Arts in Dance. He currently dances with UH Dance Ensemble, Karen Stokes Dance, Suchu Dance, ChinaCat Dance and J & D Entertainment. He has trained in modern, jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and gymnastics and worked with many choreographers and dancers such as Terrance Harrison from Step Up, Twitch from Step Up 3D, and Dacia James. He has attended the American Dance Festival Summer Intensive and the American College Dance Festival with San Jacinto College Dance and UH Dance Ensemble. Bryan has also done modeling for the Halloween Party and Expo; has performed in music videos with Patti LaBelle, Prodigy, Von Won, and Macy Medford; and he has performed in Step Up Revolution with Cindy K’s Dance Studio. He has choreographed for Cindy K’s Elite Competition Team, Dance Houston’s No Limits Dance Camp, and many high schools in the local area.
Marissa Cantu Harkless – Jazz
Marissa is originally from San Antonio, Texas but grew up in Austin, Texas where she attended Crockett High School. She was on the Tex Ann’s Dance Team for 3 years and then went on the join the World Famous Texas State University Strutters in San Marcos, Texas. Marissa graduated from Texas State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with teacher certification and a minor in Communications. She then moved to Houston, Texas to become the head director and founder of the Show Stoppers dance team at G. C. Scarborough High School. After 4 years of building a successful and award winning team at Scarborough she has just accepted the Head Director position of the Reagan Red Coats Dance team.
Andrea Cody – Lindy Hop
Andrea Cody has worked in the arts and entertainment industry for over thirty years with clients including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Dance of Asian America, METdance, Texas Dance Educator’s Association, University of Houston, Citgo, Camden, and Grantmakers in the Arts. She is a graduate of St. John’s School with a bachelor’s degree in the humanities from University of Chicago. She is the executive producer of H-Town Get Down and Swing, Baby, Swing! at Miller Outdoor Theatre. She serves on the advisory board of Hope Stone Dance Company and has served as Vice President of Chicago Swing Dance Society and The Houston Swing Dance Society. She learned to dance from Margo Marshall School of Ballet, the Houston Ballet Academy, Carnell Pipkin, Frankie Manning, and Norma Miller, and she enjoys teaching dance at Texas Southern University, Avenida Houston, the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center and Queensbury Theater.