OWNER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
COMPETITION COMPANY & CREW DIRECTOR
Schae is the owner and artistic director of APAC. She started her dancing career at the age of three and only a year later began competing in dance competitions, talent shows, and conventions all around the country. At the age of 10, she and her mother started driving a 7 hour round trip every weekend for her to train more. Schae began teaching dance at the age of 14 and immediately fell in love with the feeling of seeing how her students grew into beautiful young people both on and off stage!
Years of hard work and numerous awards and scholarships later, she considered her options and ultimately chose to move to New York City where she was a part of Broadway Dance Center’s Intern Affiliate Program. Being one of only 12 interns Schae was able to study closely under some of the most renowned teachers in the world. While studying in NYC, Schae was a featured dancer in BDC's Choreographer's Showcase.
Schae has studied under great choreographers such as: Sheila Barker, Finis Jung, David Howard, Tracie Stanfield, Luam, Chris Jacobsen, Rhapsody, Brice Mousset, Joshua Pelatzky, and many more.
After completion of her internship she moved to Kansas City where she went to school and taught at local dance studios. Schae knows her childhood dream of “being a dance teacher” is truly her passion in life and so lucky to share her enthusiasm with the youth of Amarillo.
Since opening her studio in June of 2012, Schae has continued to further her education by traveling to NYC and LA many times. She is currently choreographing not only award winning competition pieces, but charity shows, flash mobs, and breathing life into her company, AAIM.
Schae believes community involvement and service is just as important as running a successful business. She has volunteered for numerous charities in the panhandle, with her largest roles being Komen West Texas Race for the Cure and PASO. Schae has also been a recipient of the 2015 Women of Leadership Award from the Amarillo Business Women's Association.
COMPETITION CUTIE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
INSTRUCTOR - Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop
Sarah moved to Amarillo in June 2014 and is thrilled to be on faculty at SBDA this year! Born and raised in Lawton, OK, Sarah has been dancing since the age of only 2. She began her competitive career at the the age of 9 and continued competing while also participating on her high school dance team. Sarah has studio training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. She has studied under such astounding artists as Nappy Tabs, Mandy Moore, Eddie Garcia, Adam Parson, and many more
During her competitive career, Sarah won numerous awards and scholarships throughout the South. She participated in many ballet productions, most notable was her lead role in Snow White and the Huntsman. She was also selected as a member of the OSDTDA All Region West Squad and NDA All American Squad for multiple years
Sarah attended the University of Oklahoma where she received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and moved to Texas shortly after graduation. She has made Amarillo her home by being selected for the Amarillo Venom Vixens as well as Amarillo Art In Motion. She is so excited to be a part of SBDA for her second and is looking forward to teaching and watching her students grow and progress in their dance skills!
Mariah is from Hugoton, Kansas and started dancing at the age of 3. She is currently a dance major at West Texas A&M University. She was on the Dance Images Competition Troupe dance team and captain of the Hugoton High School Free Spirits dance team. Dance has brought so many great opportunities for her including being an All-American Dancer for 3 years and getting to dance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She is very excited to work with everyone and continue her passion for dance.
Callie began dancing when she was just 3 years old. Growing up in Lubbock, TX, she spent her entire dance career training at Talent Plus Dance and Gymnastics Studio where she studied ballet, jazz, and tap- later adding contemporary, lyrical, pointe, and hip hop. When she started to compete around the age of 7, she had the opportunity to attend dance conventions and competitions across the country where she studied under some of the most influential dance leaders. These included Dance Masters of America, Tremaine, NYCDA, Showstoppers, and the Pulse. She was a member of her high school dance team and also performed locally in many theatre productions, including a show written and directed by the Youtube sensation Todrick Hall.
Callie recently graduated from Baylor University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education. While in Waco, she danced as a member and served as captain of the Baylor Songleader Dance Team. Most recently, Callie has moved to Amarillo as the new dance director at Caprock High School. She loves working with dancers of all ages to inspire the love of hard work and expression through dance!
Cole was born and raised in Lubbock Texas to his parents James and Melinda Medley. Taking gymnastics as a kid, Cole has always had a love for tumbling and dance. Having spent his entire childhood playing sports, Cole has grown to love any form of fitness. He got into dance by performing in his high school’s fall musical where he was the lead dancer. Soon after he joined his first dance class and has been dancing ever since. Cole spent a semester at Baylor University and then realized he wanted to be a dance major and soon transferred to West Texas A&M to be a dance major. Starting out with tap in high school, Cole has also been trained in ballet, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, and tumbling.
Since moving to Canyon in the spring of 2016, Cole has been a part of multiple musicals including Hairspray at Amarillo Little Theater (dance captain) and Chicago at West Texas A&M (dance captain). Along with being in musicals, Cole was a professional company member at Lone Star Ballet for the 2016-2017 season where he performed in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Nutcracker, and Rainforest. On top of all of that, Cole, along with other WT dance majors, was chosen to perform in the American Collegiate Dance Association competition and was picked as one of the top eight performances. With his love for dance growing by the day he’s excited to teach and give back to the community as much as possible.
INSTRUCTOR - Ballroom
Rafael is a visual and performing artist. He has enjoyed partner dancing since an early age, and believes people can benefit from the joy this type of social dancing can foster. His experience as instructor includes movement and ballroom dancing. One of his strengths is coaching beginners how to partner dance to various genres of music, particularly Smooth dances such as Waltz and Foxtrot, and Rhythm dances such as Swing, Salsa, Rumba, Merengue, Samba and Cha Cha. He loves seeing students dance with grace, rhythm and confidence on the dance floor.
Mark Sternadel & Kassidy Burton
INSTRUCTORS - Country & Western
FRONT DESK MANAGER