"I was born and raised in San Angelo, TX. I started dancing at the age of three, at my mother's dance studio, Patricia Aylor School of Dance. I studied ballet, tap, jazz & acrobatics. I loved dancing from the moment I started. I always knew that my life would be centered around dance. At the age of twelve, I attended my first Nutcracker performance in San Angelo. It was the Civic Ballet's premier performance. I wanted to be a dancer in the Nutcracker, so I auditioned the following year. For the next six years, I performed in every production of the Nutcracker. Back then, the Civic Ballet just put on productions, and the dancers danced at their own local studios. I've had a deep love of ballet, ever since then.
I always wanted to be a Central High School Tex-Ann. I watched them perform since I was a little girl. I auditioned, and became a Tex-Ann, my sophomore year in high school. I was elected Second Lieutenant my Junior Year, and Co. Captain my Senior Year. I must say, some of my best memories include those made, as a Tex-Ann. When I wasn't busy with the Civic Ballet or Tex-Anns, I was dancing & teaching at my mother's studio. I knew I wanted to be a dance teacher, so I attended Texas Tech University, and received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, in Dance. I danced with the Texas Tech Dance Division and also taught dancing in Tahoka, TX. I also received my Secondary Teacher Certification while at Tech. After graduating, I came back to San Angelo and taught dancing briefly. During that time, I auditioned for the Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleaders, and was a two time Finalist. I soon moved to Beaumont TX. In Beaumont, I worked as a dance teacher and gymnastics instructor, until I became a mom. I then switched gears, to teaching group fitness classes. Teaching group fitness classes allowed me to be a stay at home mom, but still get my "choreography fix."
Life happened... In 2007, I returned to San Angelo, with my two beautiful girls. I realized how much I had missed teaching dancing, and decided to open The Dance Academy. In 2008, with the love and support of my children and family, I did!
The last twelve years of my life have been wonderful! The Dance Academy has grown more than I could have ever imagined. In 2012, I met, then married, the love of my life, Neal. He jumped right in, to help with the studio. I am blessed to have him, along with my daughters, who also share a great love of dance, and a great staff of dance instructors.
I feel blessed to do what I always loved and dreamed of doing. I hope that all who attend The Dance Academy have wonderful experiences!"
Maggie began dancing at the age of three at her home town dance studio, Lisa's Dance Connection in Temple Texas. She was a four year member of her high-school’s award winning dance team, The Magic Belles, and was Team Captain her Junior and Senior year. She came to San Angelo for college, where she was on the dance team at ASU her Freshman and Sophomore year and graduated December of 2015. In November of 2016 she married San Angelo Native, Zach Daniel and has recently adopted their first pet kitty, Zooey. Since graduation, she has been working at Brandon K. Moore Financial as the Executive Assistant and spends her free time volunteering with The Junior League of San Angelo.
She has enjoyed teaching at The Dance Academy since 2014, where she has taught Ballet, Lyrical, Drill Team Prep, Intro Level Classes, Technique, and Jazz. Maggie is also a big part of Poise Dance Company. "I am looking forward to the upcoming year and can't wait to get to know your kiddos!"
Mallie is a Freshman at Angelo State University and is prsuing a degree in Nursing. She is also a member of the Angelettes Dance Team. She is the daughter of Ms Stacia.
As the daughter of a dance studio owner, Mallie has been dancing her whole life. She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical and modern dance. As she advanced in ballet, her schedule got more demanding and her focus switched mainly to ballet. She danced at Ballet San Angelo for 11 years, which included 10 Nutcracker performances and numerous other performances. She danced as a Pre-Profesional Level ballerina for 4 years. Some of her starring roles included Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy & Snow Queen. She attended numerous summer ballet intensive programs including Ballet Austin, American Ballet Theatre in New York, Houston Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She was also awarded best female young dancer by Youth American Grand Prix.
Mallie is starting her third year as an instructor at The Dance Academy.
" I am excited to share my knowledge of dance with the children."
Ariah was born in San Angelo, TX. At the age of ten, she moved to Del Rio, TX. At the age of eleven, she joined her first dance team. Dance has been a part of her life for the past nine years. She studied jazz, tap, hip-hop & ballet. She continued dancing in high school with the Del Rio Dance Company. While with the company she was recognized as an All-American dancer. Ariah’s senior year she moved back to San Angelo and auditioned for the Central High School Tex-Ann’s. She was chosen to be a part of the Dance and Kick Academy at HTE camp. After graduating, she attended Angelo State University where she was a member of the Angelette’s Dance Team. Ariah is now attending Howard College pursuing an education degree.
“As a young dancer, I dreamed of teaching children who share the same passion for dance as I do. I’ve learned a world of routine, dedication, and so much more throughout my experience. I only hope to instill the same qualities my dance teacher put into me, into my students. I’m so blessed to have been given the opportunity of teaching at The Dance Academy"
Eina’s dance experience started when she was three years old in Chicago, Illinois. She studied ballet, tap & jazz. In addition to dance, she was also a gymnast for ten years. In highschool, she was a member of her high school drill team, the Diamond Dancers in San Antonio, Texas. Most recently, she danced with the Angelo State University, Angeletts. She holds a degree in Communications from ASU.
Eina teaches Hip-Hop, Dance Technique, Jazz and Acrobatic Dance. She is eager to share her technical dance training with the students!
Jennifer has been dancing since she was in elementary school. She trained right here at the Dance Academy. Jennifer was a three year member of the Central High School Tex-Ann Drill Team. She was a Junior Lieutenant and the 1st Lieutenant her senior year. Jennifer was a member of the Angelette’ s Dance Team and is currently attending Angelo State University and is involved in clubs and organizations such as Delta Zeta. Jennifer teaches Hip-Hop at TDA.