Angela Apel

Owner / Instructor

Angela has 15 years of dance experience in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and acrobatics. She was a company dancer at a nationally awarded dance studio, Suzette's Masters of Dance.  There, she was part of an elite group that won several 1st overall National Championships.  

 

Throughout high school, Angela was also on the varsity dance team.  During that time, she was honored to be chosen as a member of the Shock Wave NBA dance team and was also asked to join the dance team for the NBA Detroit Pistons.

 

Angela attended Michigan State University where she was selected to be on the MSU Cheer Leading Team.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and later received a Masters in Education from DePaul University. 

Tara Tassio
Owner / Instructor

Tara began dancing at the young age of 3 and soon developed a strong love for dancing, performing, and competing. Her years of competitive training took place at Suzette's Masters of Dance, one of the top rated dance studios in the nation. She trained extensively in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Tap, and Acrobatics.  She has traveled around the country performing and competing and has won several National Dance Championship awards. Tara has had the privilege of performing at NBA halftime shows and also received a dance scholarship to University of Northern Colorado.   

Tara has always had a passion for teaching and choreographing. She was the captain of her varsity high school dance team where she was a first place National Dance Team Champion and appeared on ESPN.  She also coached an All-Star Dance Team who took a national championship award in Orlando, Florida. Later, Tara attended Michigan State University where she received a degree in Elementary Education.  

Dance has been such a positive part of her life, providing numerous lifelong skills as well as wonderful memories. Tara is excited to share her love for dance and everything it has to offer with the students of District Dance Company.

Alyssa DiGiorgio

Owner / Instructor

Alyssa grew up dancing competitively in Michigan where she trained intensively at Suzette’s Masters of Dance, a renowned dance studio, for 14 years. She is trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Acrobatics and Ballet. During her years of studio training, Alyssa was also a high school Varsity Dance Team member for four years. She was the first freshman in the history of UCS to make the Varsity team.

 

Some exciting opportunities Alyssa had during her dancing career include being a back-up dancer for Enrique Iglesias during the Detroit Half Time Show and dancing multiple half time shows for the Detroit Pistons. She was also asked to model in the Leo’s Dancewear National catalog, which was an experience of a lifetime.

 

After graduating, Alyssa attended Oakland University where she received a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. During that time, she was a studio director and studio choreographer for a local dance studio. There, she won over 300 Platinum medals, multiple National Titles and was awarded numerous Choreography Awards. Alyssa is excited to share her wealth of knowledge and love of dance with the District Dance Company.

Mr. Yoshi

        Instructor

Mr. Yoshi is a driven performer and choreographer, as well as dance adjudicator at the international level. He has a strong passion for contemporary based movement and aerial acrobatics. He received his professional training at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where he was a ballet major.

As a professional, Yoshi is heavily involved in the commercial dance industry. He is represented in Los Angeles by The Movement Talent Agency. He travels the country as a lead instructor and choreographer for MA Dance and DX Events. His love for travel and culture led him to perform with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines vessels as a dance captain and aerial coordinator. He now choreographs for RCCL Productions and has directed shows for the fleet.

 

Yoshi toured internationally with aerial acrobatics company On the FLY as choreographer, dancer, and aerialist. With On the FLY, he has performed on season 9 of hit TV show Americas Got Talent and was runner-up on the second season of TruTV's FakeOff. Yoshi is a recent transplant from NYC where he performed with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater for the 2018 season. 

Mrs. Lindsey

        Instructor

Mrs. Lindsey began her formal dance training at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. As a residential high school student, she studied ballet and modern under Stanislav Issaev, Irina Ushakova, and Lloyd Whitmore. As a high school senior, Lindsey was awarded 3rd place overall in both the Classical and Contemporary solo divisions at the Youth America Grand Prix.

Following high school Mrs.Lindsey studied the Balanchine ballet technique under Stacey Calvert (former NYC Ballet soloist) and the Martha Graham modern technique under Miriam Barbosa (former Martha Graham soloist) at the University of South Carolina. During her college career, Lindsey was a featured performer in over 20 productions with the University, including several legendary modern works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp. She was also featured in the annual "Stars of New York City Ballet" Gala from 2006-09, performing alongside several NYCB principal dancers.

In 2009, Lindsey earned her bachelor's degree in Dance Education and began teaching in public school dance programs while dancing professionally with Unbound Dance Company out of Columbia, SC. She has 14 years of private studio teaching experience and served as the Modern Dance Director while also instructing ballet at Columbia City Jazz Conservatory. Lindsey is currently focused on raising her two children with her husband, and sharing her passion for dance technique and performance with her students.

Ms. Ellen

        Instructor

Ms. Ellen began dancing at the age of 3. Her mother, who is also a former dancer and dance teacher, instilled in her a love of dance at a very young age. Ellen grew up dancing at Dance Tree Dance Studio as well as The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. She trained intensively in dance such as classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop.
 

Ms. Ellen has 9 years experience as a dance instructor  and has taught all forms of dance to students of all ages. She has also participated in the Radio City Rockettes summer intensive training in New York.

Ms. Ellen graduated from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelors degree in Education.  Due to her extensive background in Education, Ms. Ellen is able to work with children of all different personality types, dance abilities, strengths and weaknesses and customize her instruction to fit the needs of each individual dancer.

Ms. Ellen is excited to share her love and passion for dance with the students of District Dance Company.

Mrs. Imelda

        Instructor

Mrs. Imelda has had the amazing privilege of teaching dance to young children for over 20 years.  Her dance teaching journey started in Queens, NY at Dance Dynamics Inc. where she began teaching while in high school and until she moved to Katy, TX in 2017.  She attended Queens College, CUNY earning her BA in Family Consumer Science- Nutrition during which time she also trained in dance. 

 

Her dance experience is in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary.  Mrs. Imelda has instructed contemporary dance classes at Dance Space Inc., performing works from emerging NYC and international choreographers including Jana Hicks, Max Stone, Marijke Eliasberg, Diane McCarthy, Guido Tuveri, Apollonia Holzer, and Victor Butcher.  She credits this time in her dance journey for realizing her movement vocabulary , potential and artistry as a dancer. 

 

Imelda feels blessed that she has been given the opportunity to enrich children's lives through teaching them dance.  She is excited about sharing her love for dance with her students and helping them discover the joy of movement.  

Mrs. Katie

        Instructor

Mrs. Katie started her dance journey at the age of three and has 8 years of dance teaching experience.  As a passionate dance instructor, Mrs. Katie is so inspired to make dance training available to all children, no matter their experience level or circumstances. She feels all children deserve to be a star!

Mrs. Katie was trained in tap, ballet, jazz, and musical theater throughout her young adult life. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where she discovered a spark for Contemporary dance and a FIRE for hip hop and funk. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development. She taught for eight years in Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms. 

Mrs. Katie has two children and lives with her family in Fulshear, TX.  She obtained her group fitness certification and began teaching a hip hop cardio dance format, a rhythm based cycle format, and studio hip hop classes for adults and children. 

Mrs. Katie is thrilled to be a part of The District Dance Company, and can’t wait to share that fire for hip hop with the District Dancers!

Mrs. Jenny

        Instructor

Mrs. Jenny is thrilled to be returning to her musical theatre roots and using her 37 years of theatre experience and 18 years of teaching kiddos!  

 

Jenny began her professional theatre career at age 7 with the Houston Grand Opera and went on to perform with HITS theatre for the next 11 years. After graduating from HSPVA in theatre, she attended UC, Santa Barbara and received a degree in Film Studies.  She then moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in the film industry before returning to musical theatre, performing in numerous musicals around Los Angeles.   It was here, in 2000, that she began teaching children. 

 

Upon returning to Texas, she became Program Director for HITS theatre, directing children between the ages of 5-19.  She then moved to the Humphreys School at TUTS where she taught dance and acting until she had her 3rd daughter.  Currently, she is co-owner of Mud Flower Yoga, a company that has empowered thousands of children, teachers, and parents through mindfulness and yoga-inspired movement. 

Mrs. Sabryna

        Instructor

Mrs. Sabryna, affectionately known as Mrs. Sunshine, began her dance journey at the age of three and is classically trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, and Pointe. She was a member of her high school dance team and has been a dance & gymnastics instructor, event coordinator, and gym director in studios across the Houston area since 2008. She has coached children from 4 months old through USAG level 4.

 

Mrs. Sabryna received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston in 2009 and went on to obtain her yoga teacher certification from The Yoga Institute of Houston and has trained in aerial acrobatics since 2010.  Sabryna has also worked as a behavior therapist, certified substitute teacher, and has coached swim, karate and sports. Through these varied professional experiences, Sabryna has developed a depth of knowledge in education and child development.  Her ability to establish lasting relationships through serving the families in her community even earned her the prestigious international director’s circle award in 2017.

 

When Mrs. Sabryna is not in the studio creating memories, she spends time practicing circus skills, crafting, and event planning at home with her beloved pets and husband.  Her passion for inspiring growth within her students is apparent in her classes and she is excited to share her love of performance arts with the District Dance Company.

Mrs. Tracy

        Instructor

Mrs. Tracy has 23 years of extensive dance experience combined with 10 years of teaching and choreography to a wide range of levels and age groups in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop.  She developed a strong love for dance while training under Keely Jardell and began dancing competitively at the age of 10.  Under the direction of Keely Jardell, her team won multiple national championship titles, Grand Champions at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Dance competition, and Mrs. Tracy was awarded first runner up soloist as Teen Miss Headliner during National competition.  

 

Mrs. Tracy has had the honor of performing in New York City and Washington D.C. as well as being a part of the showcased act in the pre-game performance for the Dallas Cowboys and multiple half time performances. Tracy also performed with the Mid County Performing Arts Company as one of the original cast members holding several lead roles. After high school graduation, she served as an Assistant Director for the company for 5 years until moving to Houston.

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