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DFW Performing Arts Conservatory

Dani Newlin

Dani Newlin

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Dani Newlin graduated from Creighton University in 1996, with a degree in Elementary Education.  She taught 4th grade for four years and 6th grade for another ten years, during which time she earned her certification as an ESL instructor, was lead teacher and district Science liaison.  Dani also worked as an Instructional Facilitator, responsible for schoolwide testing data and facilitating both academic and behavioral intervention plans for struggling students.

She has been happily married for 20 years to her husband, Greg, and they have two daughters, Lexi and Jordin, both of whom dance with Infinite Soul.  In her spare time Dani most enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing games, or reading.

Dani is so excited to join the DFW PAC family!


J’Cee Carothers

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J’Cee Carothers graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 1999 with a degree in English and is certified to teach secondary English, reading, and language arts. She taught 7th & 8th grade reading in Chapel Hill, Texas for two years and then moved to Plano and taught middle school language arts.

She has been happily married nearly 15 years to her husband Jeff and they have three kids. Her oldest, Addi, is 13 and part of the MOVZ team. Her middle son, Cash, is 11 and loves to swim and play video games. Carly, her 7-year-old, also dances at Dana’s and enjoys crafting and drama. When she is not busy being a mom, she loves to read, do yoga, and walk her two dogs.

She is so excited to work with the staff and students of PAC. She looks forward to a great year!


Katrise Kneeland

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Katrise grew up mainly in Central Texas, but has lived in different states between California and Georgia as well as Germany. She moved to North Texas in 2002 to attend college and ended up graduating from University of Texas at Arlington with a BA in Finance. Before joining the PAC team, Katrise has worked in the Finance, Sales & Marketing, Hospitality, Food Service and Education Industries. Math is a huge passion of hers and she believes it is a great honor to be a teacher.

Katrise is married to her “best friend/homie” since 2009 and together they have a son and daughter. In her spare time she can be found at Top Golf, Zumba, grocery stores, at her son’s little league baseball games, Zoe’s Kitchen or at home binge watching all the Star Wars movies.


Purthesia Williams

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Purthesia Williams has been happily married to Frederick Williams for the last 15 years for which they were blessed with a daughter Amani Williams. Purthesia was a stay at home mom who graduated from Everest College with a degree in Medical Assistant. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. Purthesia is so excited to be a part of the DFW PAC family.


Pierce Bailey

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Pierce Bailey has been dancing and acting for the last 17 years. He has always had a passion for dance (hip hop, break dancing, contemporary, ballet, jazz, partnering, and gymnastics). He has also enjoys acting as well. He has appeared in several episodes of Barney, ABC’s American Crime, the upcoming MARVEL FOX TV Show The Gifted, a print ad for Frito Lay, several films and industrial films including, Tribute To Big Red with Gary Coleman, the award-winning film Mangus and a Chuck E. Cheese music video. He also shot commercials for Hasbro’s Bey Blades, Texas Lottery, Region 10 and Market Street Grocery. He has performed at many local Variety Shows, Festivals and Dance Competitions winning numerous First Overalls as well as on Monday Night Football for the Dallas Cowboys. He is excited to continue his training in acting and dance while he teaches dance to young children as well.


Rebecca Paige

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REBECCA PAIGE is a teaching artist and working actor. She started performing professionally at age 14 and graduated with honors from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She attended The College of Santa Fe, NM, as an acting major with a minor in dance. She has worked as a stage and voice-over actor throughout the country for more than 20 years. Ms. Paige lived and worked in New York City for seven years where she was a member of the Actors Equity Association. There, she performed in cabarets, co-created, and performed with, both Le Comedie De Parkside comedy troupe, and an original cartoon (an official selection for the New York Television Festival), and starred in her own concert at the Triad Theater, Manhattan. She also has experience backstage in lighting, set construction and stage management.

Ms. Paige returned to the D/FW theater community in 2014. Locally, some of Ms. Paige’s favorite roles include Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde, Janet Van De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone, Miss Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Eva Peron in EVITA, (which earned her a Column Award Best Actress nomination), Hope Cladwell in Urinetown, Ado Annie in OKLAHOMA!, Pamela in Out of Order , and Marie in These Two Couples Went to Italy. She has also performed with Dallas Theater Center, The Dallas Children’s Theater, Richardson Theater Center, Theatre Arlington, Theatre Britain, The Firehouse Theatre, ONSTAGE in Bedford, and Uptown Theatre. She is a voice actor with credits from FUNimation, Inc, Cartoon Network and Actuality Films.


Sarah Avary

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Born and raised in Fort Worth, Sarah Avary graduate from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree of Science, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. Beginning her career at Grand Prairie High School in ninth grade Biology and coaching soccer. As a current full-time mother she is thoroughly excited for this new teaching opportunity!

Sarah has been happily married to Cody for 6 years. They have two children, Grayson who will be attending Colleyville Elementary and active in basketball, football, gymnastic; and Teagan who will be attending Chapel Hill Christian School and active in basketball, dance and gymnastics. She enjoy spending time with my family and friends.


Melanie Tyler-Horne

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Melanie started dancing at a very young age and continues to pursue her training today professionally; as a judge, master teacher, and taking classes from the top names in the dance industry.Her dance training includes Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Drill Team, and Leaps and turns and was a seasoned tumbler as well! She has trained extensively with renowned dance artists such as Mia Michaels, Nick Lazzarrini, Ray Leeper, Gil Stroming, Suzie Taylor, Robin Dunn, Dee Caspbery, Doug Caldwell, as well as many more NY, LA, and Dallas Choreographers.Melanie started her training in the “convention” circuit at the age of 13.She has also trained in New York at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.Melanie continues her training every year to stay current with all the latest styles and techniques.

Throughout her dance career, Melanie has participated in numerous and various events such as halftime performances for the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys as well as a background dancer for the band Boston! She has also performed Industrials for Mary Kay and Toni and Guy, Mistle-Toe and Magic, the Texas State Fair, the East Texas State Fair, Batman Stunt Show at Six Flags Over Texas, and various other local venues.She has also choreographed an off broadway show at the Lincoln Center in New York. Melanie has been awarded many dance scholarships at conventions and competitions including, Tremaine, West Coast Dance Explosion, LA Underground, LA Dance Force, and Dance Olympus.She also received highest honors as “Dancer of the Year”.In her Drill Team career, she was an officer of her high school Drill Team in Tyler, TX.She has choreographed for numerous Drill Teams including Robert E.Lee High School, Marble Falls, JJ Pierce HS, McKinney High School Marquettes, Jasper Middle School, Plano West Senior High, Tyler Junior College Apache Bells, and the Kilgore Rangerettes.

Melanie has taught dance in the Plano/ McKinney area since 1998. She has been recognized as a top choreographer regionally and nationally, winning the coveted title of “Teacher of the Year” in the Dallas area.She is known across the country for having technically trained dancers, as well as very emotional performers.Melanie teaches her dancers everything that she has learned, and having grown up in the competitive world herself.Melanie’s number one goal is to give her dance students the highest level of training and as much exposure to the hottest names in the dance world by bringing in highly acclaimed master teachers as well as traveling outside of the the DFW area to expose them to what it takes to be a professional dancer, on Broadway, choreographer, etc!!! Melanie takes great pride in making sure she gives her dancers what they need to reach their highest goals.


Andrew O’Hearn

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Andrew began his musical endeavors at just the age of three. Whether he was around a piano, guitar or just signing, he always found ways to play or make music. With such a strong desire to create art through music, O’Hearn continued his studies throughout his early years and went on to attend the University of North Texas after high school. While matriculating at UNT, he had the distinct pleasure of studying composition under Yu-Chung Tseng, Arnold Friedman, Paul Bonneau, Butch Rovan and Joseph Klein. He also studied voice under Richard Burke. In 2000, O’Hearn graduated from UNT with a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition as well as a minor in Music Theory with a concentration in Vocal Studies. Since that last day, he has been teaching numerous private lessons in voice, piano, guitar/bass, drums and composition. In addition to his private lessons, he teaches at both Hall Music Productions as well as PAC. O’Hearn has a special knack for making lessons with each of his students unique, fun and educational all at once. Supplementary to his professional teaching, he also finds the time to participate in several creative projects such as freelance composing/arranging, freelance jingle writing, freelance studio musician and studio producer/engineer. Specific projects include: Shaolin Death Squad (theatrical hard rock-O’Hearn is front man), Titanium Rib Cage (electronic soundscapes) and Latitud (Rock en espanol). With such credits as working with Dan Spitz of legendary metal band Anthrax, it is certain that O’Hearn will be creating music for years to come and plans to pass his knowledge down to all of his students.


Lisa Daly

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Lisa Daly has been training in all styles of dance since the age of three. She’s taught and choreographed for many studios and schools all around the Metroplex. Lisa also stays current with her dance training by attending various conventions such as Tremaine, West Coast Dance Explosion, L.A. Dance Magic, and Monsters of Hip Hop. She has been a member of two semi-pro dance teams, the Texas Tornado Ice Breakers and the Fort Worth Fly Girls. Lisa has been teaching, directing and choreographing competitive dance teams for numerous years and loves sharing her love of dance with the students at DFW Performing Arts Conservatory.