The staff of Joy’s School of Dance consists of highly qualified group of instructors whose primary concern is education, enjoyment and enrichment of their students. Their specialties include Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Modern and Hip Hop.

Natalie George

Natalie George

Studio Owner/Director

Owner/Director, Dance Company Director; Ballet, Tap, Lyrical and Jazz Instructor for all levels; TATD Board Member; Member Teacher and Guest Faculty Teacher; BA Public Relations Baylor University; Former JSOD Dance Company Member; Baylor University Faculty HHPR Dance Professor; Baylor Dance Company Advisor; Brazos Valley Coop Dance Teacher; More than 15 years of teaching experience

Amanda McKethan

Amanda McKethan

Studio Manager

Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop Instructor; Miriam’s Army Director; TATD Board Member; Member Teacher and Guest Faculty; BS Elementary Education Baylor University; Former JSOD Dance Company Member; Brazos Valley Coop Teacher; 10 years of teaching experience

Alanna Annick

Alanna Annick

Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop Instructor, Baylor University student studying Speech Pathology, Footlights Dance Studio Ballet, Tap, Jazz Contemporary and Modern competitive companies and instructor, 2 years of teaching experience

Emmeline Bearden

Emmeline Bearden

Ballet, Tap and Jazz Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Professional Writing and Political Science, Danceworks Waxahachie, Dance Captain Waxahachie Musical Theatre Department, 3 years teaching experience

Holly Gilmore

Holly Gilmore

Hip Hop and Jazz Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing, Baylor University Songleaders, Midwest Performing Arts Competition Team, 5 years of teaching experience

Sloane Guthrie

Sloane Guthrie

Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop and Musical Theater Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Elementary Education, Baylor Dance Company Vice President Miss Rhonda’s School of Dance, 3 years of teaching experience

Emily Gutzmann

Emily Gutzmann

Ballet, Tap and Jazz Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in S3 (Sports, Strategy, Sales) and Management, 4 years of teaching experience

Alex Hill

Alex Hill

Tap and Junior Company Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Secondary Education, minoring in Dance, Trendsetters Dance Company, Hintze Dance Center, Koenig School of Dance, 4 years of teaching experience

Erin Horne

Erin Horne

Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Ballerina Dreams Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Health Science Studies/Premed, Baylor Dance Company Officer, 3 years of teaching experience

Kristen Knapp

Kristen Knapp

Hip Hop and Dance Company Instructor, BA in Psychology Baylor University, Dallas Mavericks Dancer, Texas Legends Dancer, Baylor Songleader, Baylor Dance Company, MCC Dance Team, Former JSOD Dance Company Member, more than 10 years of teaching experience

Abby Lancaster

Abby Lancaster

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Ballerina Dreams Instructor, BS Elementary Education from Tarleton State University, TATD Member Teacher, Former JSOD Dance Company

Micah Ledger

Micah Ledger

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Junior Company Instructor, Co-Director 254 Dance Festival, 5 years of teaching experience

Reagan Luce

Reagan Luce

Ballet, Tap, and Musical Theater Instructor, Baylor University Student majoring in Child and Family studies, 6 years of teaching experience

Emma Manion

Emma Manion

Temple University student studying Human Resources Management and Dance; former Mill Ballet School trainee, assistant teacher, and guest choreographer; 2015 apprentice with Roxey Ballet; 2018 representative for Temple University Dance Department at the American College Dance Festival; Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble company member; 4 years of teaching experience

Risse Miller

Risse Miller

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theater Instructor, BA Theology Impact International School of Ministr;y, 3-D Dance, Sheena’s Dance Academy, Allegro School of Dance and Music, The Dream Dance Center, Preschool of the Arts, More than 15 years of teaching experience

Delanie Moore

Delanie Moore

Hip Hop, Jazz and Dance team prep Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Communications, 4 years of teaching experience

Maryann Morgan

Maryann Morgan

Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop Instructor, MCC student majoring in Accounting, Former JSOD Dance Company member, former Student Assistant, 1 year of teaching experience

Leelee Nelson

Leelee Nelson

Ballet, Tap, Jazz. Dance Team Prep, and Hip hop Instructor, Junior Company Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Human Resources, Dance minor, 6 years of teaching experience

Madeleine Nelson

Madeleine Nelson

Musical Theater, Ballet, Tap and Jazz Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Theater

Brinley Price

Brinley Price

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop Instructor, MCC student majoring in Nursing, JSOD Dance Company, former Student Assistant, 1 year of teaching experience

Sarah Schaffer

Sarah Schaffer

Preschool and Mommy and Me Instructor, MBA Tarleton State University Management Concentration, BBA Harding University in Marketing, Over 10 years of teaching experience

Brooke Schlecte

Brooke Schlecte

Modern Tech/Improv Instructor, Founder and Artistic Director of Out On a Limb Dance Company (OoLD), OoLD DOT BUDS and OoLD DOT VINES, Director of 254 Dance- Festival, MFA Texas Women’s University in Dance, BFA University of Texas in Dance, Master Teacher, More than 10 years of teaching experience

Chrissy Sessa

Chrissy Sessa

Ballet and Mommy and Me Instructor, Baylor University Student majoring in Biology and Great Texts, Ballet Magnificat! and Miami City Ballet intensives

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop and Contemporary Instructor, Truett student pursuing a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degree, BS in Child and Family Studies Baylor University, Baylor Dance Company Assistant Director, Former Baylor Dance Company member, 5 years of teaching experience

Lydia Spano

Lydia Spano

Advanced Ballet/Pointe Instructor, Ballet Magnificat Omega Company Member, Assistant to the Artistic Director, Master Teacher in USA, Belize, Honduras, Czech Republic, and Prague, Ballet Austin Company Member, Northwest Pacific Ballet, More than 10 years of teaching experience

Olivia Stahl

Olivia Stahl

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Professional Writing minoring in Dance, Baylor Dance Company, 1 year of teaching experience

Zoe Stinson

Zoe Stinson

Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Interior Design, Baylor Songleader Captain, 3 years of teaching experience

Cole Sussman

Cole Sussman

Ballet, Tap, and Jazz Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Elementary Education, 5 years of teaching experience

Jamie Suzuki

Jamie Suzuki

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern Instructor, BA of Chemistry from Colby College, Co-Director Director 254 Dance Festival, 1 year of teaching experience

Barb Vinson

Barb Vinson

Ballet Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Exercise Physiology/Pre-Physical Therapy, minoring in Entrepreneurship, School of American Ballet graduate, 1year of teaching experience

Joy Burkhart

Joy Burkhart

Studio Founder and Past Owner

Student Assistants 2018-2019
Grace Davis,  Elise Fuselier, Anna Hansen, Olivia Hansen, Anna Jones, Katy Jones, Kaija Kennedy, Maryann Morgan, Gabriella Pena, Brinley Price, Anna Rohrer, Sydney Rokas, Anna Schmidt, Alyssa Stuhr, Chloe Walker, Madison Wingert