I'm Micah Pearl, owner of Lonestar Dance Center, entertainment enthusiast, and life-long dancer. I am passionate about sharing my love of dance to promote confidence in each of my students and grateful for the chance to teach the next generation. Besides teaching, you can find me with coffee in hand, singing, cheering on the Horns, exploring the Greenbelt, and eating Tex Mex.
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.
Destinee began her dance journey at the age of three and explored a variety of dance genres before joining the competitive team at her local studio in Fremont, California. She began her journey in dance teaching at the age of 12 when she became an assistant. By the age of 16 she worked as a substitute teacher and by the age of 18, taught her own classes in the San Francisco bay area. She attended California State University Fullerton, and has been working as a competitive and recreational dance instructor for over 7 years. She loves ALL ages and finds each age group so very rewarding.
She has completed her BA in Dance, an AA in Human Development, and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Destinee works as a studio manager and assistant to the director of Lonestar Dance Center, Micah Kotter, during the day and teaches a variety of classes at LDC Monday through Thursday! She also works as a private dance instructor for all ages throughout the week.
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"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."
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.
Sydney has been dancing for 19 years and teaching for 6. Of those 6 years, this will be her 3rd year at Lonestar! She grew up dancing at Joy’s School of Dance in Waco, Texas where she was formally trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. In high school, she was a member of the dance team where she served two years as 1st Lieutenant and senior year as Captain. Out of high school, she was hired to choreograph and teach leadership skills for HalfTime Entertainment - a high school dance team company. She is now their PR director and she gets to travel the world with teams! In her first two years at UT, she joined the competitive dance team where she got to perform on campus and travel to NDA collegiate championships in Daytona, Florida! She is now focusing on her majors and spending more time teaching at Lonestar!
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 B.A. 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.
Dani is currently an undergrad student at UT Austin studying psychology and social work. I hope to go to grad school to become a counselor and eventually work with children and adolescents with mental health challenges. For fun I enjoy playing with my dog Macy, visiting local coffee shops, and camping at state parks around Texas.
My background is gymnastics; I was a gymnast for 11 years and then was introduced to acrodance and acroyoga as an adult. I love both and I enjoy teaching acro so the students can incorporate these skills into other dance disciplines or just have fun doing walkovers, handsprings, balances, and partner stunts.
Gabrielle began her ballet career at the age of 12 in Murrieta, CA. Her lessons started in Vaganova style training and later expanded to Cecchetti, Balanchine, and even Fosse style training.
Throughout her ballet career, Gabrielle was welcomed to summer intensives that many dancers aspire to attend to in their career. These amazing opportunities included attending The Maple Conservatory of Dance, CA (2008), Boston Ballet, MA (2009 and 2010), and KAATSBAAN Extreme Ballet, NY (2011). She was also offered to join the world renown Joffery Ballet School year-round and was also presented with an apprenticeship at Ballet Magnificat! Her time in these summer intensives taught her much about the professional ballet world and what artistic directors are looking for in a dancer.
Now Gabrielle begins to fight for a better dance world by fighting for equality and body positivity on her social media platforms. She has also been invited to numerous podcasts to further explain her journey and story through dance.
Mica began her dance training in Dripping Springs, TX at the age of 8, training and performing as a member of a competitive dance company. Her instructing career began at age 15 through assisting special needs dancers in the program 2dance2dream. Mica then continued her dance training at Hope College, earning a BA in Dance Performance & Choreography. While attending, she was in H2 Dance Company and toured the Midwest, performing modern and afro-fusion works by Matt Farmer and Crystal Frazier. Her favorite performances include tapping in Chicago Tap Theatre’s holiday show and also showcasing her choreography at the Centre Du Danse De Marias in Paris, France. Mica lived in Chicago for 4 years afterwards, and during that time, she taught at local dance studios, danced with Outlet Dance Company, and taught on faculty for Activate Your Artistry Dance Convention. This year she is returning to her home city of Austin, and can’t wait to invest in the surrounding dance communities.
Haley is a student at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a dance major in the school of fine arts and will be graduating in 2023 with a degree in dance studies and a K-12 teaching certificate. Haley was also a member of the University of Texas Pom Squad for the 2019-2020 season, the official dance team of UT athletics. She has experience teaching at studios, and was a guest choreographer for schools and teams in the DFW area for over a year. Growing up in DFW as a competitive studio dancer and drill team officer for 15 years, she is a big believer in the growth of dancers not only as citizens but also artists. When she is not in the studio she enjoys being involved in organizations through school, spending time with her friends, and dancing anywhere every chance she gets.
Prior to college, Parker experienced an enriching, 10-year competitive dance career. She began dancing at age nine with the Expressions Dance Company at Expressions Dance and Music in College Station, TX. In conjunction with studio dance, Parker was a member of the College Station High School Strutters drill team for her Freshman and Sophomore years, representing the CSHS Cougars at Friday night football games, pep rallies, and drill team contests. Her high school dance career came to an end at The Dancezone in Houston, TX where she solidified her dance training as a member of the senior company, Protegé.
She now attends the University of Texas where she is the co-captain of Texas Pom. She now has opportunities to dance in DKR Stadium in front of over 100,000 Longhorn fans.
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!
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 Mondays & Wednesdays!
Alexa has been dancing her entire life including 4 years of competitive Pom when she was in high school. In college, Alexa earned a minor in dance from Gonzaga University. She has been teaching dance for over 8 years and specifically loves jazz, lyrical and technique classes. When she is not in the studio you could probably find her back at an elementary school— She is a 1st grade teacher!
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.