Meet the teachers:
Melinda has danced and taught in the USA and Europe for many years. She has teaching credentials from the Royal Academy of Dance in England. Based in Denmark, she danced for various ballet companies, in musicals, TV and film. She taught ballet and jazz in her own dance studios, at the University of Copenhagen, the Danish Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Team, and at ballet workshops throughout Europe. Her students have been admitted to major dance educational institutions and many are currently enjoying successful dance careers.
From the moment she stepped into her first Ballet class at the age of 6, Brianna McAnulty knew she wanted to be a dancer. She trained extensively in Ballet with the Sonshine Christian Ballet Syllabus under teachers Lani Fuller, Liza Polluck, Anna Valle, Jessica Greenhaw, and Jeanna Vance through the years. Along with her ballet training, she has also studied Jazz and Contemporary under Jeff Lewis and Karin Celeste.
Brianna has danced with Benaiah Dance Company under Jessica Greenhaw, first as an apprentice, and later as a company member, where she performed locally as well as internationally in Costa Rica.
Brianna began her teaching career as a student teacher when she was eleven years old. She enjoys teaching creative movement and basic dance skills to toddlers through kindergarten age, and Ballet to elementary aged children. She finds great joy in passing on the love and tradition of dance to her students.
Taylor McAnulty (Twinkle Babies, Twinkle Stars, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet)
Taylor is a choreographer/performer/
Tap, Theater, Modern, Jazz, Ballet
Nichelle Suzanne Strzepek (Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Twinkle Stars)
Nichelle developed her love for movement in a small-town studio in Central Pennsylvania and she holds a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University. An instructor for nearly 20 years, she has taught dance in recreational and academic settings, including Penn State University and Lone Star College Kingwood.
Locally, Nichelle has performed with Suchu Dance and appears in several dance-for-camera works by Frame Dance Productions. She is the founder and editor of DanceAdvantage.net, a frequent dance writer for Dance Source Houston and Arts+Culture Magazine: Texas, and a contributor to the NYC Rockettes.com website.
Nichelle is also mom to two beautiful, young children, and is happy to be part of the Define Dance & Arts family!