epic staff

Brandy Robertson

Owner/ Company Director/ Instructor
Brandy  has taught dance for over 20 years. She graduated cum laude with a  Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the University of North Texas.  While in college, she was a member and president of Chi Tau Epsilon  Honor Society and Dance UNiT. She was a four year member of the UNT  Dancers Pom Squad and served as the team’s Choreographer’s Assistant for  2 years and the team’s Dance Captain for 1. In addition to the dance  department semester shows, she performed at American College Dance  Festival, Mid-America Dance Network in Missouri, Contemporary Dance Fort  Worth Dance Exchange, Dance for the Planet in Dallas, and Denton Arts  Festival. Brandy was the only student selected to perform for sculptor  Jesus Baptiste in “Thundering in the Granite” in Houston. She was named  Outstanding Dance Major by the National Dance Association and received  numerous peer voted awards including Outstanding Performer. The UNT  faculty honored her with a University Honor Award in dance her senior  year of college. After college, Brandy traveled the country  teaching dance camps and choreographing for drill/ dance teams with  Marching Auxiliaries. She served as a panel judge for MA Dance and  America’s Best Cheer regional and national competitions. She is the  former director of the award-winning Hillcrest High School Panaders in  Dallas, TX and the MA National Champion Panader Ensemble. She was listed  in Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2002, and was a member of  DTDA (Dance/ Drill Team Directors of America).  Brandy has taken and  passed the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing entrance exam in jazz. Brandy’s  performance credits after college include being a soloist with PIECES  Modern Company, performing as a company member with N2it Jazz Company, and 3 years  performing as an NBA Dallas Mavericks Dancer. Brandy has been teaching  in the Sugar Land area for over 8 years now. She enjoys attending dance  conventions and seminars to enrich her choreography and strengthen her  teaching skills. She is excited to be a part of EPIC Center for Dance  and is sure the studio will continue to be a positive part of the Sugar Land  community. 

Mistie Porter

Instructor
Mistie  Porter has taught tap, ballet, and jazz for over 30 years. She served  three terms as the President of Texas Association Teachers of Dance  (TATD), and she also serves as an Entrance Examiner for new teachers  applying for TATD membership. Mistie is the Enrichment and Group  Exercise Coordinator at the YMCA where she has also taught aerobics for  10+ years. In addition to her teaching schedule, Mistie is going into  her 7th year as the choreographer for the Houston Junior League Charity  Ball.

During her career, Mistie has served as choreographer for  many show choirs and many musicals in Dallas and Houston area  (1984-present). She was a choreographer for Six Flags Show Productions  at Six Flags over Texas and Six Flags Astroworld from 1985-1995. She was  head of the tap department for Six Flags Show Productions dance studio.  She earned a degree in Radio/Television from the University of Texas @  Arlington.

Mistie’s performing highlights include: Six Flags over  Texas (1981-1983), 1985 USO show w/ Ann Jillian, Ben Vereen, John  Forsythe and Maxine Andrews (one of the Andrews sisters), 1988  Republican Convention Show in New Orleans.

  

Missy Tielke

DanceAbilities Director/ Instructor
Missy’s  love of working with special needs children came at an early age.  When  she was in third grade at Greeley Elementary in Tulsa, OK, the  principal asked for volunteers to help with the Special Education class,  and Missy volunteered.  Although it meant giving up recess, Missy  continued volunteering through 5th grade.  Missy has been a teacher/  assistant at Christ Church School for 17 years.  She has taught summer  camps for Christ United Methodist Church for 10 years and has welcomed  numerous special needs children into those camps.  She feels they can be  just as able as any other child.  Parents thank her for her ability to  work so well with their children by understanding their needs and  embracing their differences.  In researching Creative Movement/Dance  classes for children with special needs, Missy found none in the Fort  Bend County area.  Her dream is to make DanceAbilities a huge success.   Through this program, she hopes to bring an understanding of the  incredible ABILITIES of these wonderful children to the people of Fort  Bend County and the surrounding areas. 

Rachel Eades

Instructor
Rachel  fills her life with positivity and excitement, and she loves to share  that energy with others through dance.  Her passion for movement began  at an early age in her hometown of Amarillo, TX.  Rachel trained for 16  years in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical dance under  the guidance of Amarillo Little Theater and Amarillo College.  By her  teenage years, Rachel spent most Saturdays working at the studio as an  assistant instructor.  During this time, Rachel explored the arts of  choreography and performance as one of the studio's few soloists.  In  2006, she was awarded Amarillo College's studio dancer of the year at  Tremaine Dance Convention and led her team to win first place honors.   Currently, Rachel attends University of St. Thomas in Houston where she  is pursuing a double major in Economics and Finance.   

Hayley Jude

Instructor

Hayley is originally from Syston, England. Her passion for dancing began when she was six years old while attending Goscote Dance Studio, UK.  She began her formal training in Acro, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, while achieving high marks in BTDA exam testing. In her school’s stage class, she competed, medaled and won places in various solo, duet, trio and troupe dances. Teaching was also a large part of her curriculum as she gained experience instructing younger students in various styles of dance and honing her skills to develop her own choreography for dance competitions. She has had the privilege of dancing on her Majesty’s Theater stage in London in 1999, Sadler Wells in 2000, and at the London Palladium in 2001. She was also a regular in Gala Weekend Butlin’s Skegneess for their Cabaret Nights. To this day, dancing continues to play a large role in her life and is a source of great pride and happiness for her.  She looks forward to sharing her love for dancing with all of her new students!

Andrea Oregon

Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Dennisse DeArmas-Reedy

Office Administrator

Dennisse is heading into her third year as EPIC office personnel. Her organizational skills, team player work ethic, and get it done attitude helps us move smoothly through each dance season. Dennisse lives in Houston with her 2 EPIC dancers, Charlotte & Allie, and her husband, Roland.



Brianna Scott

Office Administrator

Brianna is heading into her second year of working as EPIC office personnel.  If you call or come in, Brianna will gladly help you out!  She also keeps our office running smoothly and sends out a record amount of emails to keep everyone informed!  Brianna is currently attending HBU.