MEET OUR STAFF
As an original Austinite, Alexis began dancing at the age of 3. Since then, she has trained with multiple studios in the North Austin area. She is well versed in many different styles, including ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern. This led her to be a Sundancer at Westwood High School while dancing for Rise Dance Company for 3 years. Currently, Alexis co-directs Energy Dance Company at Lonestar Dance Center and specializes in hip-hop, contemporary, and technique. She has been teaching for over six years now in the Austin area, and loves that Lonestar Dance Center is her dance studio home. When she is not dancing, she is loving on her sweet puppy dog Rose, running her wedding planning business, or hanging out with her husband. Alexis brings a creative energy into her classes and continues to push her dancers to explore their love for the art.
Katie Chandler began her dance training at the age of 7 under Lisa Holmstrom in Georgetown,
TX. She joined Ballet Austin’s pre-professional program at age 12, and at 16 began a mentorship with principal dancer Nadya Zybine competing classical solo variations. Katie relocated from Phoenix, AZ where she was a principal dancer and Assistant Artistic
Director for Aaron McGloin Dance. She attended Arizona State University and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. While in Arizona she had the pleasure of performing and choreographing for Temenos Dance Collective, Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre, and Aaron McGloin Dance. She also had the privilege of teaching dance at Boys and Girls Club of America, Silvestre S. Herrera Middle School, and several dance studios in the valley area. Katie loves dance education and working with students to help them achieve their goals.
IS PASSED DOWN
"I truly believe that dance has the power to instill confidence and discipline in young dancers, and that the lessons learned in the studio carry students through many seasons of their lives." -Micah Pearl
Chelsea’s training has spanned 28 years. What began as a 5-year-old signed up at Tinka’s Dance Studio with the primary objective to “move fast and learn the running man,” grew to a life-long passion, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the University of North Texas. She is experienced in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, Improvisation, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics and Competitive Latin and Ballroom Dancing. In North Texas, Chelsea received a lot of recognition for my choreography and worked for various studios, high schools, and at UNT. She brings her experience in dance kinesiology and pedagogy to the classroom, so that her students can learn effectively and safely with
proper alignment and technique.
Chelsea is a mom of 3 and have always loved working with children. She is beyond excited to join the Lonestar family! She has a true passion for dance, teaching, and seeing your dancers develop and become expressive and strong movers.
Jillian Tomasek has been dancing for 16 years, and has been trained in multiple styles, including Hip-hop, Jazz, technique, Contemporary/Lyrical, Acrobatics, Ballet and Tap. She has been teaching for 3 years. Jillian has grown up in Pflugerville Texas and trained at many studios in the area, one being Lonestar Dance Center. In high school she was the captain of the Hendrickson Silver Dancers, and is now studying dance as her major at Texas State. Jillian feels truly lucky to get to do something she loves so much and is passionate about passing this love of dance on to the next generation.
My name is Holly and I am so excited to teach your jazz & jazz technique class this school year! I have been dancing for over 20 years! I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where I was a member of the Texas Pom Squad. I work as a full time Physicians Assistant in Austin.
I have been looking forward to getting back into teaching dance for a long time and cannot wait to share the dance floor with you. I enjoy working on technique, creating new choreography, and always having fun. I hope you are ready for an active class, because we will always be moving!
I grew up in Waco, Texas where I danced at Joy’s School of Dance studio for 15 years. My sophomore year at the studio I was asked to join a professional contemporary dance company called Out On a Limb Dance Company. I was introduced into their pre-professional company and performed at many of their events such as 254 Dance Festival and Stimuli.
In high school, I was on the dance team. My sophomore and junior year I served as 1st Lieutenant and my senior year I served as Captain. My senior year, I got a staff invitation to work for HTEDance over the summers and I still do!
I attend the University of Texas at Austin. I am a double major in Communication and Leadership, and Dance. I am on the Texas Dance Team that I also serve as Public Relations Officer.
Growing up in North Carolina, Sally began dancing at the age of 3 at the Pegge Lee School Of Dance. Sally received her Bachelor’s Degree from Catawba College in Communication Arts with a minor in Musical Theatre. She was a featured dancer and portrayed roles in musicals which included BARNUM, A CHORUS LINE, WEST SIDE STORY, and JERRY’S GIRLS.
In the summer of 1988, Sally was a performer with the Central Piedmont Community College’s Summer Theatre in Charlotte, NC in their production of 42ND STREET. After that summer, Sally married her husband, Mark, and moved to Texas. She sang with the Round Rock Community Choir from 1997 through 2013, and was the choreographer for the choir’s productions of SWANEE from 2010 to 2013.
Sally is very excited to join the Lonestar Dance Center’s staff this year! Her daughter, Jillian, is a current member of the Energy Dance Company and, luckily, has inherited her mother’s love of tap dancing. For her “day job,” Sally is a speech-language pathologist with the Pflugerville Independent School District.
Amy Sanchez is one of the happy faces you’ll see at the front desk this season! She is ready and excited to help navigate and educate you through our systems and processes. Find her at the desk 4:30-7:30 on Tuesdays!