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Sherry Bettersworth - Artistic Director/Dance Instructor

Sherry has a Bachelor's Degree in Dance/Secondary History Education/History from Texas State University in San Marcos. While attending Tx. State she was a member of the award winning Strutters dance team for 4 years, serving as lieutenant for 2 years. The Strutters performed around the world including performances in China, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She has been a lead vocalist/guitarist in bands as well as other performances through the years. She served as Dance Director at the high school level for 18 years.

 

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Dyllan Berwald - Hip-Hop Dance Instructor

Dyllan Berwald was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and learned to dance through a combination of self-teaching and classes. He began competing in hip-hop competitions at the age of 13. At 16, he won his first two World of Dance all styles 2v2 competitions, while attending Judson High School and choregraphing various hip-hop numbers for the Satellite and Galaxy dance team. At age 17, he joined Dorothy Keck as an assistant to Duane Roberts, director of their hip-hop department, where after a year and a half of mentorship, Dyllan started teaching his own classes. During his time as an assistant, Dyllan competed in upper division competitions within World of Dance, Monsters of Hip – Hop, Urban Dance Camp, and Movement Lifestyle. He toured with Austin Mahone in 2014 and Becky G’s Texas tour in 2015. Dyllan strives to challenge others with the same passion and commitment that has brought him success.

 

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Tap Dance Instructor

Hannah Cox, from Grapevine, Texas, began dancing at age three and competed with Lifesong Studios' Elite Tap Company from 2012-2016, competing several group dances and solos around the Dallas area as well as National competitions in Branson, Las Vegas, and Destin. During her high school career, Hannah was a member of the Premier Panteras Drill Team, she performed and choreographed with the Colleyville Heritage High School Theatre program as a dancer in Hairspray: The Musical, Urinetown: The Musical, Curtains, and a Bird girl in Seussical: The Musical; she co-choreographed for Curtains and The Addams Family Musical. Hannah learned under Meghan Way at Lifesong Studio, she has also taken class from Sarah Reich, Chloe Arnold, Matthew Shields and Nick Young as well as taken a class at the Broadway Dance Center from a cast member of Pippin and taken African Dance at Alvin Ailey. She is now a dance education student at Texas State University.

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Sonya Florie

Vocal Instructor

She received her training in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Linda Poetschke at The University of Texas at San Antonio and has been training vocalists in San Antonio for more than 20 years. Sonya is also an accomplished vocalist.  She is part of the internationally acclaimed classical vocal ensemble, SAVAE (San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble), and The Powerhouse Divas.  Sonya has won many competitions and has appeared in numerous roles in opera and musical theater projects including Maria in West Side Story and Rizzo in Grease. She was selected and published in the Marquis Who's Who in America as Voice Teacher and Educator. As part of continuing education studies, Sonya Florie has attended The Fifth Interdisciplinary Voice Intervention Studies @ The Voice Institute. Sonya believes that good singing is built not just on a foundation of good technique, but also on performance.  

 

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Vocal Coach

Carrie Bretzke de Lemos is from New Braunfels, TX. She has a degree in Music performance from Texas State University, and has done some graduate work at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and at SMU. She has also studied and performed in Germany, Ireland, and Italy. Carrie loves working with Children. While in Houston she got her Kindermusik certificate and taught Kindermusik. She has directed children and adult Choirs in New Mexico, Houston, and New Braunfels. She has taught private voice lessons to all ages for 15 years. Carrie is mom to Samantha and Emma and step mom to Breauna. It is a thrill to work with the talented students of the Performing Arts Academy of New Braunfels.

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Renee Scheel

Dance Instructor/Choreographer

Renee started her entertainment journey at age 8yrs with the Showstoppers Academy of Musical Theater. She studied and performed with them through high school at East Central HS, where she also served as Captain of the dance team. Immediately following HS, Renee began her long professional entertainment career, performing on multiple cruise lines, tours, Branson, MO, dance studios, and regional and professional theaters. She dedicated 17 seasons of her career to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, as a performer, director, voice over talent, host, and choreographer. She was honored to win the “Big E Award” as Best Female performer in 2009 by the International Assoc. of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). She also worked as Lead Choreographer for Sea World San Antonio, has choreographed for wedding couples, quinceaneras, local dance teams and show choirs, Spurs street team, NB Performing Arts Academy, and numerous shows at the RockBox Theater in Fredericksburg. Renee has been blessed to pay tribute to some of her favorite legends, Lucille Ball and Patsy Cline. Off the main stage, Renee leads her special event variety band “Blow My Cover”, winning “Best of Weddings - Variety Band in SA” by The Knot Magazine in 2014-15. She is in the process of developing a full service entertainment company called Elite Events Entertainment featuring professional upscale acts such as tribute artists, vocalists, dancers, actors and comedians, show production and design, along with multiple live music acts, including our party band After Five, classic country female led band Rebel West, and 40s-today show band On The Radio!!!! Oh...and she recently joined legendary show band Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, and is the proud mom of her hilarious 12yr old son!

Chloe Walker

Ballet Instructor

Chloe Walker is from San Marcos, Texas where she began dancing at the age of 4 with The Pointe Dance Studios under the direction of Kathrine Wolff Grote where she was trained in the Cecchetti method. At the age of 9 she moved to New Braunfels, but continued to dance with The Pointe, joining their studio company, River City Dance. Upon moving into middle school Chloe joined Ballet New Braunfels and their studio company where she trained in ballet and jazz for 3 years under the direction of Tracie Tesch. Chloe went to Canyon High School in New Braunfels and joined the Canyon Aristocats, where she learned Dance Team technique and performed in many football games and competed in state and national competitions under the direction of Megan Nebgen. She remained on the Aristocats for two years then returned to Ballet New Braunfels to concentrate on ballet training. Her senior year of high school Chloe was accepted into Ballet Chicago’s Pre-Professional program. She moved to Chicago to pursue a ballet career under the direction of Daniel Duell and Patricia Blair. For two years Chloe was trained in the Balanchine technique and performed in multiple Balanchine ballets while completing her high school education online. To continue her strict ballet training Chloe moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to join the trainee program at North Carolina Dance Theatre under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Mark Diamond with Vaganova and Balanchine techniques, continuing in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, and choreography. She had the pleasure of performing in company ballets and creating her own choreography for students. In 2015 Chloe was Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker for Ballet New Braunfels, while continuing  her college career, and is now currently enrolled at the University of Texas at San Antonio, with an intended degree in Art History and minor in Chemistry. Chloe loves to teach and educate in her rounded ballet background as well as encourage the influence of ballet on other dance styles and life.

 

Brett Cline

Private Lesson Instructor

As a New Braunfels native and professional performing musician for over 20 years, Brett brings with him a knowledge of music that spans multiple genres and instruments. Whether it be through piano, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, tuba or trumpet, he is always striving to learn more about music as a language. Brett is a passionate teacher, believing that the strongest musical educations begin with fostering a love of music and the joy it brings. Rather than work with a prewritten curriculum, he favors a one-on-one approach, catering his teaching to each individual's musical interests and aspirations.