OWNER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Schae is the owner and artistic director of SBDA. 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.
Schae has studied closely 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. SB Dance Academy has now been open for three years and we have seen such growth in our young dancers.
Schae is an active member in the Junior League of Amarillo. Most recently, Schae has been a recipient of the 2015 Women of Leadership Award from the Amarillo Business Women's Association.
INSTRUCTOR - Competition Cuties Director - Jazz, Lyrical, Tap
Kayla comes to SB Dance Academy all the way from Illinois and is currently studying Sports and Exercise Science at West Texas A&M University where she is an officer on the pom squad. Growing up south of Chicago, Kayla started her dance career at the age of two. By the age of seven, she was competing all over the Midwest. During the following years, she performed many places including Walt Disney World and Carnival Cruise Lines.
Studying dance has taken Kayla to many dance conventions all over the country. Some of the instructors include private lessons with Mario Valez, Sarah Jo Fazio, and Angie Sellers. She has also taken master classes with Brian Santora, Kirby Reed, Billy Griffin, Daniel Walker, Jon Fink and many more!
Kayla has had studio training for fifteen years as well as three years of experience on her varsity high school pom team where she served as captain for her senior year. During those years, she has been awarded multiple scholarships and awards including Senior Miss Superstar at Star Systems National Talent Competition, hip hop small group national champions with Dance Olympus, as well as one 3rd place title, two 2nd place titles, and three 1st place state champion titles in hip hop and open pom with the Morris High School Redskin Poms at Team Dance Illinois State Championships, along with a seventh place overall in the Illinois High School Association state competition. She is so excited to teach and lead her dancers through a wonderful, fun-filled year!
INSTRUCTOR - Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop
Faith comes to us from Tucson, Arizona! She is studying to obtain a degree in Math Education and is also a member of the pom squad at West Texas A&M University. Faith started her dance career at the age of three in Tucson and has loved dancing ever since.
Faith was an officer on the pom squad at Sabino High School where they took first place at the AIA State Championship during the 2010-2011 school year. She has also competed in many dance competitions around Tucson, Phoenix, and in California. Faith received two scholarships from Hollywood Connections which allowed her to travel to Los Angeles and take classes at The Edge Performing Arts Studio. Faith has trained closely under Todd Wilson, owner of Breakout Studios for years. Other notable professionals she has trained under include Katie Miller, Lissette Bustamante, and Robert Shultz. She has also taken master classes from Brooklyn Jai, Lindsley Allen, Brooke Lipton, Bill Bohl, and Chonique Sneed.
Assistant teaching at Breakout Studios in Tuscon prepared Faith for her new adventure in teaching once she moved to the Amarillo area. She loves teaching ballet, hip hop and jazz, Faith has even won a choreography award where her pieces were filmed and produced under the direction of Michael Montoya. She is Currently also a member of Amarillo art In Motion. She is so excited to work on her choreography and pass along her passion to her students!
INSTRUCTOR - Ballet, Hip Hop
Jessica started dancing at the age of 4 and quickly fell absolutely in love with dance. Growing up in Abilene, TX, Jessica trained at local studios, mainly in ballet. She performed in countless shows and numerous conventions. She knew she had a deep love and passion for learning and performing. She knew, even at a young age, that she wanted to be able to teach others who shared her passion and love for the art.
During her high school years, Jessica moved to Houston and was thrilled to train in different styles of dance, such as contemporary, hip hop, jazz funk, and ballroom. After learning extensive techniques and styles, she started to pass on her knowledge to others and began teaching at the age of 18. Jessica has been teaching for years now, and can say that it is the most inspiring and rewarding thing when she can see the progress being made with her students. Throughout her teaching career, Jessica has continued to delve in new styles. She has been privileged to learn from instructors such as Eric Ellis, Ben Stevenson, John Adamson, Nathan Trasoras, Richard Hess, Michael Nunn, Billy Trevitt, and many more. Continuing on with her recent training, she joined the Lone Star Ballet after moving to Amarillo. Jessican is thrilled to be a performing member of Amarillo Art In Motion and is so very excited to start her second year as a faculty member!
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!
INSTRUCTOR - Tumbling
INSTRUCTOR - Country & Western
INSTRUCTOR - Country & Western
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