Fall 2013

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Champions Advertisement Video

Have you happened to catch the new Champions Advertisement running on TV? Our very own Ms. Sarah makes an appearance teaching preschool dance in our Synergy/Champions partnership dance classes!

If you’re looking for a dance program for your preschool aged child, be sure to give us a call!

Summer Camp Schedule is released!

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Our summer camp schedule is now posted and registration is open!  Camps do fill up so register early to secure your spot!

We offer recreational dance and creative arts camps for ages 4.5-11, preschool camps for ages 3-5 and dance intensives for intermediate and advanced dancers age 7-16.  In addition this summer we’ve added a jazz and hip hop intensive for beginner/intermediate level dancers age 7-16.

Click here for summer camp information.

Synergy Xtreme Aces Hyline Tryouts!

Synergy Dance Studio

Last night Westlake Hyline hosted tryouts for their 2013-2014 Season. Hyline is the esteemed Dance team at Westlake High School and it is highly competitive to make the team. Every one of our Synergy Xtreme girls made Hyline and this goes to show just how hard our Extreme dancers work to further their dance education.

Congratulations girls, you deserve it!

December Recital

The December Recital is rapidly approaching! The performance will be held at Hill Country Middle School located at 1300 Walsh Tarlton in Westlake. There will be 3 shows, 1:30, 3:00, and 4:30. Each show will last about 45 minutes and admission is free.

Please view our December Performance Information page for more info!

Synergy Performs at Bridgepoint Elementary

Bridgepoint Elementary held its first annual Art Day and invited Synergy Dance Studio to perform an art related number at the school.

The Synergy Dance Company instructors came together and choreographed a modern performance art number to the song Colours. It was a lot of fun and the Bridgepoint students appeared to really enjoy the number!

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 since 1988 and has an extensive knowledge of ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, drill team, and cheer. 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.  In addition, she holds a degree in Mathematics and taught at Arlington and Eanes ISD for 9 years. In addition, 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.  Additionally, she believes in continuing her own dance education by attending conventions, master classes and at least yearly training trip to NYC.

Nancy Crandall

Nancy Crandall

Ms. Nancy brings with her experience, diversity and knowledge having owned her own studio, Backstage Dance, for 26 years! Nancy is a currently a Pilates instructor at Live Oak Pilates and Wellness with more than 10 years experience teaching Pilates. As a lifelong teacher of movement, she encourages her students to find joy in challenging their bodies to increase strength, flexibility, range of motion and coordination. Her students appreciate her love of music and creative choreography. Ms. Nancy is our adult tap and jazz teacher and is the founder of STILL DANCING, a dance company of adults 40 and older. When she’s not teaching you can find her visiting New York and when she can’t get to NYC she enjoys virtual classes hosted by numerous friends she’s made along the way!

Mara Demel

Mara Demel

Mara Demel

Ms. Mara is an amazing teacher and is known as our resident Disney princess.  Her enthusiasm and personality make her an exceptional teacher for our youngest dancers to our advanced team students.  As a student she trained with Body Talk Dance Company at Joyce Willet School of Dance. As a member of their team 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 her students. Ms. Mara is a valuable and loved member of our team!

Courtney Holland

199Courtney Holland

Ms. Courtney was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and at the age of 11 began her professional training at Canada’s National Ballet School. After graduating from NBS in 2010, Courtney moved to New York City to continue her training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem on a full scholarship. In June 2012, she was a finalist at the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Banff Centre’s Professional Dance Program where she appeared as a guest artist in the Arts Summer Festival, performing George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Christopher Wheeldon’s Souvenirs. In 2013, Courtney joined Charlotte Ballet II where she performed works by George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond and Jean- Pierre Bonnefoux. There she had the privilege to perform featured roles in The Nutcracker and the role of the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, under the direction of Kennedy Center Honoree Patricia McBride. Since joining Ballet Austin in 2016, Courtney has had the pleasure of dancing several of Stephen Mills’ ballets as well as works by Septime Webre and Pam Tanowitz. She enjoyed performing Justin Peck’s In Creases and was featured in Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan as Tinker Bell. Courtney feels very blessed to have the love and support of her family and is excited for her third season with Ballet Austin.

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.

Dre Torres

Dre Torres is an international performer, teacher and choreographer who received a Bachelor of Science in American Dance Pedagogy and Minor in Business Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma City University. Some performances include Comedy Central, Radio City Music Hall, The Joyce Theatre, FOX, The Capezio A.C.E. Awards, BBC London, PBS and Harvard University. Dre has been on faculty with Broadway Dance Center, Pineapple Dance Studios, DansEncore International Dance Festival, Soul to Sole Tap Festival, London Tap Dance Intensive to name a few. For five seasons, Dre was a Principal Company Dancer with Tapestry Dance Company under the direction of Acia Gray. Dre then premiered her latest tap show production, ‘OSCiLLATE’, which she co-choreographed with Avalon Rathgeb and performed in the U.K. with the London-based tap company Old Kent Road. This show debuted at the renowned Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Latitude Music Festival, and Shanghai’s Xintiandi Festival, and is still on tour. Most recently, Dre performed at the Joyce Theater with Hoofer Award winner Ayodele Casel and 6 Time Grammy Award winning artist Arturo O’Farrill.

Hall of Fame Nationals Competition

Synergy Dance Company performed in Hall of Fame Nationals in San Antonio. Our girls did fantastic and Nicest Thing place 8th in the Seniors Finals division! Way to go girls!