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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 is still 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, 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 5 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 be a positive part of the Sugar Land community.
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.
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 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.
Carmen began studying ballet at age 5 at Lori's Dance Studio in Houston, TX. After realizing her natural gift for movement, her parents enrolled her in the dance department at Johnston Middle School to continue dance studies. Carmen was then accepted into The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she studied with dance personnel from Houston Ballet, Hope Stone, Inc., Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company and many others. After graduating from HSPVA, Carmen accepted a performing arts scholarship in dance from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and graduated with an internship at Houston Ballet. During her time at Houston Ballet and through mentorship from adorned Prima ballerina, Lauren Anderson, Carmen moved back to New York City to train with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Upon completion of her training with The Ailey School, Carmen returned to Houston where she now teaches ballet at B.U. For the Arts, EPIC Center for Dance, The Houston Dance Lab and dances professionally with Urban Souls Dance Company!
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!
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 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.