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; More than 20 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; 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, 4 years of teaching experience

Amara Annick

Amara Annick

Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap Instructor, Baylor University student studying Interior Design, Footlights Dance Studio’s Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern Competitive companies, Former FMHS Pop Show Dance Captain

Nicci Arentsen

Nicci Arentsen

My name is Nicci Arentsen and I am a jazz, contemporary, ballet, and tap teacher, studying Public Relations and minoring in Business at Baylor University, Baylor Songleader, about 4 years of teaching experience

Brooklynn Bearden

Brooklynn Bearden

Kindergarten, Ballet, Tap, and Jazz Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Speech Pathology, Judith McCarty School of Dancing Texarkana, 8 years assistant dance teacher

Ellinor Bearden

Ellinor Bearden

Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and drill team prep instructor. Baylor student majoring in health, kinesiology, and leisure studies on the pre- physical therapy track. Previous Waxahachie High Cherokee Charmer Captain

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,5 years teaching experience

Avyn Brown

Avyn Brown

Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop Instructor, Baylor University Student majoring in Health, Kinesiology, and Leisure Studies with a minor in Dance, Baylor Dance Company member, Southwest Christian School Dance Team, Our Mother of Mercy Dance Studio

Maddie Cendrick

Maddie Cendrick

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater Instructor, Baylor University student pursuing a degree in Theatre Performance, competed and placed on National dance levels in Arlington, 4 years of teaching experience

Megan Condon

Megan Condon

Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater instructor, graduated with a minor in Dance from Texas A&M, Waco Civic Theatre Choreographer, five years of teaching experience

Emma Ethridge

Emma Ethridge

Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Drill Team Prep Assistant/Instructor. Student at Baylor University studying Public Relations with a minor in Business and Religion. Trained at Dancer’s Workshop, 2 years of teaching experience

Paige Freeburg

Paige Freeburg

Tap Dance Instructor, Baylor University senior majoring in psychology and minoring in dance, Rhythmic Souls Tap Company

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, 5 years of teaching experience

Emma Kate Graham

Emma Kate Graham

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Dance/Drill Team Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Business Fellows, former Midway Goal Tender 1st Lieutenant, JSOD Alumni, and performed at Disneyland and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Anna Hansen

Anna Hansen

Ballet, Tap, and Jazz Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Elementary Education, JSOD Company Alumni

Claire Harris

Claire Harris

Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary Instructor, Ballet Magnificat! Company Artist, Baylor University student majoring in Biochemistry, 8 years teaching experience

Addie Hintz

Addie Hintz

Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Business, Baylor Songleader

Casey Hulshof

Casey Hulshof

Jazz, Dance Team, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop and Tap Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in English and Great Texts, Baylor Dance Company Member, former Blazer Girl Dance Team member, former Academy of Fine Arts Competitive dancer, third year Universal Dance Association (UDA) Instructor

Sydney Johns

Sydney Johns

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Psychology, minoring in Dance, Ann Carroll School of Dance Company Member, Liturgical Dance Program Co-founder and Instructor at local church, 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 15 years of teaching experience

Berkley Knas

Berkley Knas

Preschool and Mommy and Me Instructor, Law Degree from Baylor Law School, BS in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, Classical ballerina for over 17 years including two years at the University of Texas

Lindsay Mastin

Lindsay Mastin

Ballet, Tap, and Hip Hop Instructor, Baylor University Student majoring in Speech Pathology

Leelee Nelson

Leelee Nelson

Ballet, Tap, Jazz. Dance Team Prep, and Hip hop Instructor, Junior Company Instructor, BBA Human Resources Management Baylor University, Baylor University Admissions Counselor, Dance minor, 8 years of teaching experience

Hannah Requa

Hannah Requa

Ballet, Pointe, and Modern Instructor, Principal Soloist with the Corpus Christi Ballet, BFA Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, Baylor Adjunct Dance Faculty, 10 year of teaching experience

Kirsten Rollwage

Kirsten Rollwage

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Mommy & Me Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Biology with a double minor in dance and religion, Baylor Dance Company Treasurer

Abbie Schaible

Abbie Schaible

Tap, Jazz, and Ballet Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Middle Grades Education, Minoring in Dance, Baylor Dance Company member, Boni’s Dance and Performing Arts Studio, 3 years 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 15years of teaching experience

Chrissy Sessa

Chrissy Sessa

Ballet, Tap, and Pointe Instructor, BA University Scholar from Baylor University (concentrations in Biology, Chemistry and Great Texts)

Mina Shuda

Mina Shuda

Ballet, Tap, and Jazz Instructor, Truett Seminary student pursing a Master of Divinity and Mast of Social Work degree, BS in Biochemistry from Baylor University, Former Baylor Dance Company member, Footlights Dance Studio’s Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Modern Competitive companies, 4 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 15 years of teaching experience

Cole Sussman

Cole Sussman

Ballet, Tap, and Jazz Instructor, Baylor University student majoring in Elementary Education, 7 years of teaching experience

Kathryn Thompson

Kathryn Thompson

Ballet/ Pointe, Modern, Contemporary and Preschool Ballet/Tap instructor, BFA in Dance from Belhaven University, Ballet Magnificat! Trainee, Ballet Conservatory of South Texas company member, 3 years teaching experience

Manning Thrower

Manning Thrower

Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern Instructor; Baylor University student majoring in Sociology, minor in Child and Family Studies, 9 year os competitive dance, former student at International Ballet of Houston, former Tomball Memorial High School Silver Stars Lieutenant and First Lieutenant, current Crowd Pleasers Dance Teaching Staff, 5 years of teaching experience

Joy Burkhart

Joy Burkhart

Studio Founder and Past Owner

Student Assistants 2020-2021
Lindsay Barker, Emery Black, Cadence Bever, Sophia Brooks, Caroline Carter, Katie Chakmakjian, Rylee Coleman, Megan Daily, Katherine Day, LilyBeth Dossey, Hallie Echols, Eryn Flood, Elise Fuselier, Ava Hanson, Olivia Hanson, Kaitlyn Helona, Alyssa Hernandez, Elizabeth Hooten, Louisa Hooten, Tennyson Ivy, Ainsley Kennedy, Cadence Kubacak, Miriam Odle, Destiny Owens, Elizabeth Reinhardt, Kendyl Rhymer, McKenna Selman, Emma Smith, Hayley Ward, Madison Wingert