Staff

& Teachers

 

Staci Hall

Staci Clay Hall began dancing at the age of three. She began competitive dance at the age of ten and was crowned Dance Masters of America Teen Miss Dance of Texas Ch. 35 when she was sixteen. Staci went on to compete in New York, NY on a national stage. Due to her dedication and desire to be challenged, Mrs. Hall traveled seven hours, round trip, twice a week her Junior and Senior years of high school in order to take part in a highly competitive team that won the 1st place Starlight National Title in 2003.  Through these years, Staci developed a sincere love for competitive dancing, which has helped The Edge to become Amarillo's PREMIERE competitive studio. While attending the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, she taught dance for four years at Karen's Kids Studio of Performing Arts in Midwest City. Throughout her years at UCO, she performed in the Kaleidoscope Dance Company.  Read More »

Mark Lanham

Mark Lanham began formal ballet training at the remarkably late age of nineteen years in his native home, Amarillo, Texas, with Neil and Camille Hess. Under their watchful eyes he progressed quickly enough to receive two scholarships to the San Francisco Ballet School, the first after only two months of training. Under the direction of Harold Christensen and Anatol Vilzak, his vision of style continued to unfold; a style rich with virtuosity and romance, yet tempered with restraint. He returned to Texas to perform with Ballet El Paso, under the direction of Ingeborg Heuser, where he also continued university studies at UTEP and taught ballet classes as well.

In the summer of 1975 Mark received a scholarship to Ballet West's school in Aspen, Colorado, and was taken into the company as a regular member in the fall of that year. Read More »

Stephanie Parker

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stephanie Parker began serious ballet training at the age of 8 years with the Pennsylvania Ballet School, now called The Rock School, under the direction of Lupe Serrano. At the age of 10 her first appearance on stage was in The Nutcracker as Dr. Drosselmeyer’s Helper. While continuing her professional training Ms. Parker attended The Performing Arts High School of the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, now called The University of the Arts, where she studied not only ballet, but also Graham Technique, Drama, and Music, and appeared in Don Giovanni with the school’s opera company. During these years she also appeared with the Philadelphia Opera Company in The Damnation of Faust, which was broadcast nationally on PBS. In 1983/1984, Ms. Parker had the unique opportunity to perform with Ballet D’Juene, a pre professional youth company co-founded and sponsored by Princess Grace of Monaco. Read More »

Kimberly Valles

My name is Kimberly Valles. I have been dancing since the age of five. Throughout my dancing career I have performed and taught the following styles: ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, worship movement, African/tribal, hip hop, tap, and clogging. From 12-18 years old, I started teaching my own dance classes at my church which grew from six-teen students to one-hundred. This teaching opportunity allowed me to grow not only as a dancer but also as a leader and teacher. After graduating high school I moved to Dallas, Texas to train with Ingredients Dance Company, a part of Dance Revolution Ministries. From 2010 to 2012 I trained and traveled with this dance company performing at conventions and several different venues. I also spent a month training and traveling overseas to London with Arrows International Dance Team. My vision is to one day have my own performing arts center. Read More »

Kathy Cowan

Kathy Cowan has taught dance in the Amarillo area since 1997. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz and music and movement classes. Kathy started dancing at the age of 4. She studied dance at West Texas A&M University for four years. 

Kathy choreographed two Amarillo College musicals, "Xanadu" and "Sweet Charity." She also has choreographed and teaches children and adult musicals annually for St. Stephen United Methodist Church since 2009. Kathy performed with the "TEXAS" dancers for the Texas state capital rededication ceremony in 1995 in Austin. She also has danced in several church services. Kathy studied with Mia Michaels, Twitch, Mandy Moore and Tony Dovoloni at the Dance Teacher Summit. Kathy married her husband, Jeff, in 1997. They have three children, Kaitlyn, Emma and Connor.  She loves teaching students and sharing her love of dance with others!

Lauren Abercrombie

Bio coming soon!

Courtney Erwin

Bio coming soon!

Kaylyn Brown

Kaylyn Brown, born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, started dancing at 3 years old. She moved to Texas in 2009 to study at West Texas A&M University for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While there she studied under Leslie Meek, Crystal Bertrand, and Edward Truitt, along with many other guest artists. She danced in TEXAS! the outdoor musical drama for 5 years and was line captain her final year. Kaylyn is excited about teaching at The Edge and looks forward to meeting/seeing everyone!

 

Merrisa Lopez

Merrisa Lopez is currently a senior at Amarillo High school and has been dancing at The Edge for 4 years. She has trained in Modern, African, and Musical Theatre, and Ballet, but her strongest genre has always been Hip Hop. This past year, Merrisa choreographed and competed her first solo which placed in the top five of her division. She also choreographed and competed her first duet which did extremely well. Merrisa has been helping assist with classes in hopes that one day she will have a class of her own to teach. "My main goal for my future is to share my passion with others who admire dance just as much as I do".

Katie Rowan

Katie Rowan, and Amarillo native, has gained extensive experience in Musical Theatre and Jazz dance as well as classical ballet training from a young age. Her rigorous training includes attending institutions such as Oklahoma City University as well as WTAMU for dance as well as Steps On Broadway's Pre-professional program for jazz/musical theatre in New York City. She also continues to train in ballet technique with Mark and Stephanie Lanham. Local credits include a number of musicals with Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Summer Youth Musical, as well as Texas Musical Drama.

 

Bekah Watson

Bekah has been dancing competitively for over 5 years. She learned her passion for dance at the age of 11. Bekah is currently under training at the The-Edge Amarillo! She has won many awards competing solos and duets around the Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico area! At the age of 13 she competed her first solo and duet, choreographed herself, at the "Cheer Dance/Drill Team America" competition. She received 1st place on both routines. In 2014 she competed a solo and duo, choreographed herself, in San Antonio for the same competition. She received 2nd place for her duo and 3rd place for her solo! In 2015 she competed a solo and duo, choreographed herself, at "America Dance/Drill Team" and received 1st place on her duo and made it into the finals for her solo and received 2nd place. This past year competing her solo she has received many platinum’s, high gold, and overall awards. Bekah has also received many special awards through the season such as the "audience choice award" and "center stage award". At the national level she scored 11th place overall and "Ms. Encore" runner up. After dancing through the years Bekah has learned she has a passion for choreography and teaching. Bekah's strong points in choreography are hip-hop and jazz but enjoys anything as long as she gets to create movement. She has taught many technique private lessons, choreographs things on her own time, and has fallen in love with it. Bekah wants to pursue choreography in college for a lifetime career. She dreams of attending the University of California in Long Beach, and be on their dance team. Bekah would love to teach dancers all over the nation, and share with them her passion for dance and create a spark just as others did for her.

Adrian Sandoval

Just your average guy, who loves to dance. Has studied under Louie Rubio, Staci Clay Hall, and Tre Preston.

Leanne Penny

Leanne began her dance training in Dallas, Texas at the age of 3. Over the course of 15 years she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, clogging, and contemporary styles. Through technique classes and convention settings she was able to train with professionals such as Mia Michaels, Beth Plilar (choreographer for Ricky Martin and Jessica Simpson's world tour), and principal ballet dancers from Joffery, and American Ballet Theatre. Ballet eventually won her heart and she pursued training at the Ballet Academy of Texas in Coppell. While under the supervision of Lisa Slagle and Thomas Nicholson she performed with a pre professional ballet company and was accepted into summer training intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Joffery New York, Berklyn Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. Leanne now has a passion to pass her love for dance to her students.

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