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 instructors and choreographers such as: Sheila Barker, Finis Jung, David Howard, Tracie Stanfield, Luam, Chris Jacobsen, Rhapsody, Brice Mousset, 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 Chair for Komen West Texas, Race for the Cure, choreographing Panhandle AIDS Support Organization’s Annual Turnabout Show, and serving as an organizer for the inaugural Amarillo Arts Fest. Schae has also been a recipient of the 2015 Women of Leadership Award from the Amarillo Business Women's Association.
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. Taking gymnastics as a kid, Cole has always had a love for the arts. He got into dance by performing in his high school’s production of “The Addams Family the Musical” where he was the lead dancer. Ever since that experience, he hasn’t stopped dancing. Cole transferred to West Texas A&M University for their dance program in the spring of his freshman year. While at WT, Cole has been trained in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, tap, musical theater, and partnering.
Teaching dance is a huge passion for Cole, but his biggest passion is performing. A semester after transferring to West Texas, Cole was cast as the dancer swing for TEXAS! The Outdoor Musical Drama. During Cole’s sophomore year, he was a member of Lone Star Ballet’s Professional Company where he performed in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “The Nutcracker,” and “Rainforest.” Cole is pleased to say that for his senior year he will be joining LSB’s Professional Company again for their 2018-2019 season. Along with LSB, Cole has also participated in community and collegiate musicals. Starting off at Amarillo Little Theater in their production of “Hairspray” (Dance Captain), Cole has also been a cast member in WT’s productions of “Chicago” (Dance Captain) and “9 to 5.” Being a dance major at WT, Cole also partakes in both spring and fall dance concerts. Cole’s most recent professional job was working for Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington where he danced at the Southern Palace Theater for more than 250 performances. Returning for his second year at APAC and with his love for dance growing by the day, Cole is excited teach and make this season a huge success!
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