Intro I, Intro II, Intro III, Level 1 & 2 Tap, Jazz & Ballet, Tap 3 & 4
"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.
Also, I always wanted to be a Central High School Tex-Ann. I had 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 eleven years of my life have been wonderful! The Dance Academy has grown more than I could have ever imagined. In 2011, 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!
Instructor of Lyrical 3 & 4, Hip-Hop 1, Jazz 4 and Drill Team Prep
Assistant in Acrobatic Dance
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.
"I am looking forward to the upcoming year and can't wait to get to know your kiddos!"
Instructor of Dance Technique 1 & 2, Intro II, and Intro III
Assistant in Intro I
Mallie is a Senior at Central High School. 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 second year as an instructor at The Dance Academy.
" I am excited to share my knowledge of dance with the children."
Intructor of Jazz 2,
Assistant in Intro II, Intro III, Hip-Hop 1, Hip-Hop 3 & 4, and Jazz 4
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
Instructor of Dance Technique 3 & 4
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 has taught Hip-Hop classes at TDA the last two summers, and is very excited to teach the upper level Dance Technique class this year, and share her technical dance training with the students!
Instructor of Hip-Hop 2
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 will be teaching Hip-Hop at TDA.
Instructor of Acrobatic Dance
Baylie was born and raised in Brownwood, TX. She started dancing in a studio at the age of three years old and continued through elementary school, her classes included jazz, tap and intro level classes. In 5th grade, Baylie decided that cheerleading and gymnastics was something she wanted to pursue and began cheering competitively at Cheerzone & Seal Gymnastics in Brownwood. In high school, Baylie was a member of the cheerleading squad where she served as captain her senior year.
Baylie attended college at Texas Tech University and later transferred to Angelo State University. At ASU, Baylie spent her remaining two years as a collegiate cheerleader and graduated in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. She then attended Texas A&M University at Commerce where she graduated in December 2017 with a Master of Science in Accounting.
Baylie has worked at BKM pc Certified Public Accountants for four years, where she serves as a Senior Tax Accountant pursuing her CPA license. Baylie was married in May 2018 to Jacob Beckwith, who is a police officer for SAPD. They are expecting their first child (a little boy) in December 2019. Baylie is a first-year dance teacher and looking forward to teaching the Acrobatic Dance class alongside Maggie this year.
Assistant in Intro I, Intro II
Sophia was born and raised in San Angelo, Texas. She is a Senior at San Angelo Central High School. She danced with the San Angelo Civic Ballet, now Ballet San Angelo, from age 4 until age 16. During her years of dance for SACB/BSA Sophia participated in eight Nutcracker performances and performed in several other civic ballet productions, including the Annual Spring Showcase, Aesop’s Fables, Poetry in Motion and the Jazz Affair. Sophia rose to the pre-professional level at SACB/BSA and also participated in many intensive ballet classes and programs, including a 6 week ballet intensive at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington. Having family in Peru, Sophia has also studied and performed with the Casa de la Cultura Ballet Company and Compañía Visión de la Danza in Trujillo, Peru.
When not in school or ballet class, Sophia enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.