Sherrie Sellers – Director

Sherrie Sellers

Sherrie Sellers is the owner and artistic director of Synergy Dance Studio. She began her own dance training at the age of four at the Academy of Dance Arts in Greenville, Texas and subsequently became a member of the prestigious and nationally ranked Northeast Texas Dance Company. She has been teaching dancers for since 1988 and has an extensive knowledge of ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, drill team, and cheer. In addition, she graduated from East Texas State University with a degree in Mathematics and went on to teach in the public school system for 9 years. She is a certified NCA Cheer Instructor and coached a varsity level team for three years. Her past experiences as a teacher both inside the schoolroom and the dance studio drive her to be a leading dance educator.

As a dance instructor, she strives to motivate young dancers to reach their full potential both inside and outside the studio. Some of Ms. Sherrie’s past dancers have gone on to be Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Rangerettes, and collegiate cheerleaders, and many others can be seen in college dance programs across the country.

As a choreographer, her pieces have had the honor of winning many awards at various competitions and conventions including Tremaine, LADF, Starlight Dance Productions and Encore. Many studios and schools throughout the state seek out Ms. Sherrie and her exciting choreography each year.

As a dancer herself, she has studied under Keith Clifton, Al Gilbert, Rhonda Miller, Darryl Retter, Linda Bernabei Retter, Jackie Sleight and Judy Klopfenstein of Dallas Ballet Center. Additionally, she believes in continuing her own dance education by attending conventions and master classes throughout the year.  In February 2013 she attended American Ballet Theatre’s 10 day National Ballet Training Curriculum in New York at the ABT studios and passed the exam making her an ABT certified teacher for levels pre-primary through 4.

Mara Demel – Xtreme Dance Company Director

Mara Demel

Mara Demel

Ms. Mara trained with Body Talk Dance Company at Joyce Willet School of Dance. She attended numerous workshops in L.A at “The Edge”, and “STEPS” dance studio in New York. Ms. Mara is well rounded and can teach all styles of dance. She loves children and her love and patience shine through in her classes and interaction with the children. We are excited to have Ms. Mara teaching here at Synergy Dance Studio!

Rebeca Gamborino

Rebeca has 25 years of dance training and has worked and choreographed for award winning companies and studios. She was the Competitive Dance Director for Frisco Dance Force and assistant Company Director for the Dance Zone. She is a well rounded dancer and teacher and has experience teaching ages 2yrs and up. She has won multiple choreography awards as well as entertainment awards and special judges awards.

As a performer, Rebeca has had the opportunity to be a part of several Faculty and New Choreographers Concerts at the University of North Texas as well as Austin Community College. While at the University of North Texas she was a part of the choreographer/ composer collaboration class and helped produce/choreograph and performed in their concert, “Trial and Air.” She’s also had the privilege of choreographing and performing in her own work at various Texas Dance Festivals including 10 Min Max in Austin as well as choreographing for The Dance Project, an Austin based professional dance company. She was a member and performed with Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance company based in Dallas. She is now performing with the Andrea Torres Dance Company, a commercial contemporary dance company based in Austin.

Rebeca holds an Associate of Arts and is currently pursing her Bachelor of Arts, Dance. She brings with her charisma and energy as well as new training techniques to build stronger dancers. Her choreography is both athletic and artistic and full of energy from beginning to end.

Aminya Houston

Aminya Houston

Aminya Houston

Aminya Houston started dancing at the early age of three at Joyce Willett School of Dance. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop and musical theater. She had the opportunity to compete and perform with the award winning dance company Body Talk directed by Kim Willett. While in Body Talk she performed at the 1999 Texas Inauguration and also appeared on the FOX News.

Aminya received dance scholarships L.A Dance Force, Tremaine, and L.A. Dance Magic. Aminya enjoys training in Los Angeles at the Edge Performance Arts Center with Bill Prudich, Adam Parsons, Mandy Moore, Malaya, Doug Caldwell, Tovaris, Nolan Padilla, Erica Sobol, Tabitha & Napoleon and many more.

In 2008 Aminya had the opportunity to join BHumn Dance Company, under the direction of Cheryl Copeland. She choreographs for several high school dance teams in the Austin area like Bowie, Westlake, Westwood, Leander and the University of Texas Pom Squad. Aminya loves working with all ages and is looking forward to great year with Synergy!

Robin Reynolds

Robin Reynolds

Robin Reynolds

Robin started her classical ballet training at the age of 5 in Houston, TX at the Gilbert Rome and Margo Marshall Studio of Dance. At the age of 12, Robin was invited into the Houston Repertoire Ballet Company where she performed various roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and The Wizard of Oz.

In 2003 Robin became a member of the National Grand Champion Silverado Drill Team at Cypress Creek High School in Houston, TX where she was both Junior Captain and Colonel. During her time on drill team, Robin was asked to be a member of the Texas Dance Educators of America All-Star Dance Team and had the opportunity to attend conventions and master classes from top choreographers and teachers.

After high school, Robin moved to Austin and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising at The University of Texas at Austin. During college Robin trained at Ballet Austin, and in the summer of 2010 she was chosen to attend the Rockette Summer Intensive in New York.

Currently, Robin is a member of the MA Marching Auxiliaries Dance Staff judging competitions and choreographing and teaching for dance teams across the country. Additionally, she offers personal training for dance teams such as Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and the UT Pom Squad.

Robin’s passion for teaching dance is almost as great as her passion for dance itself! She loves getting to know her students and has had so much fun teaching classes and taking classes with them over the years.

Sarah Skelton

Sarah Skelton

Ms. Sarah began her formal training in high school where she studied at Contemporary Dance Techniques in Tyler, Tx. After graduating she moved to Austin where she received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Texas. During her time at UT she traveled to Austria with the Young Tanzsommer Dance Tour and participated in master classes by Nashville Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ralph Lemon, Michael Foley and Guillaume Graffin from American Ballet Theatre as well as residencies from Delfos Dance Company from Mexico and Martha Graham Dance Company. She continues her education by taking workshops all over the US from San Francisco Dance Center in CA to Steps in New York City and currently is a member of Ballet East in Austin.

Maureen Slabaugh

Maureen Slabaugh

Maureen Slabaugh

Maureen began her classical ballet training at age eight with the Santa Rosa Ballet Company in Santa Rosa California. She studied with Julien Herrin, Russian trained and a former soloist with the Imperial Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, and Emily Stubbs, an accredited R.A.D. instructor. Maureen passed all her children’s level exams up to Professional Intermediate and this blend of Russian and R.A.D. training is the foundation of her instruction. During her teenage and young adult years, she was a member of The Santa Rosa Ballet Co., Ballet en Ronde and Redwood Empire Regional Ballet. Maureen also has a strong Jazz dance and Musical Theatre background having studied in Los Angeles with Joe Tremaine, Bob Banas and D.J. Daniels. Maureen has been a dance instructor for over 25 years and is also an accomplished actress often involved in theatrical productions in the Austin area.

Ellen Thomas

Ellen Thomas

Ellen Thomas

Ellen Thomas has been dancing since the early age of 2. She began her dance career at Barbara Scott Dance Company in Corsicana, Tx. Ellen was on her high school dance team for 4 years. She was Captain her Senior year. After graduation she enrolled in Sam Houston State university’s Dance program. At SHSU she had the opportunity to train under very talent artists such as Kista Tucker, Cindy Gratz, Dana Nicolay, Hillary Bryan and Andy and Dionne Noble. She also had the chance to perform under Kyla Olson, China Cat Productions, and Amy Llanes. Ellen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Spanish. After moving to Austin, Ellen became a member of Borealis Dance Company for 2 years. Now, Ellen is teaching and still dancing whenever an opportunity rises. Ellen’s future plans include, receiving a masters in Dance Movement Therapy, and owning her own performance arts academy and a movement based summer camp.