Kim Davis Cypress Texas

 KIMBERLEY Davis
Owner/Director

Kim is the owner and director at Cypress Elite Dance Studio.

Kim started dancing at age three at Linda Sullivan’s School of Dance.  For nine years. Kim danced under Broadway choreographer Paula Sloan.  She was a member of their nationally-acclaimed production company “Texas Tap Ensemble”.

She went on to be one of the top officers of her High School drill team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Sam Houston State University.

Kim was the Assistant Director for the Texas Star Drill Team at Magnolia High School for two years where she taught Dance and History until opening the studio in 2006. She was nominated as Small Business Owner of the Year in 2018 and 2019 by the Lone Star Small Business Association. She is a member of the International Dance Entrepreneur’s Association, Rhee Gold’s Gold Alliance, a judge for Ascension Dance/Drill Team Competitions and a faculty member/presenter for Dance Life Teacher Conference. She enjoys giving advice to studio owners and helping their businesses succeed. 

She and her husband Mark have two daughters and currently reside in Tomball, Texas.

 SHANNON Rhodes
Director of Operations

Shannon has been a part of the Cypress Elite Dance Studio for several years as a big supporter of her youngest daughter, a long-time dancer at the studio. Trading in her “dance mom” title for another, she now joins the administrative team after recently retiring from an illuminating career at United Healthcare. She is an alumnus of University of Texas.

Shannon and her husband have three daughters and currently reside in Tomball, Texas.

Any questions regarding your account or schedule you can email shannon@cypresselitedance.com

Shannon Rhodes Cypress Texas
Anna Debbs Cypress Texas

ANNA Debbs
Costume Manager/Office Staff

Anna has been working for Cypress Elite Dance off and on for the past four years. Mrs. Anna is a huge asset to Cypress Elite and is a huge part in our front office organization. Anna lives in Spring, Texas with her husband. You can email her regarding costuming and recital at anna@cypresselitedance.com 

JESSALYN Batt
CEDT Director

After graduating with Honors from Sam Houston State University with her BFA in Dance, Jessalyn founded the Exhilaration EnCompassed Dance Company seeking to create a medium through which she could explore modern movement grounded solidly in innovation and technique.

As a choreographer, her works have been featured in such venues as the Wortham, the Hobby Center, Barnvelder, at Sam Houston State University, and throughout the country from Ohio to New York. As a dancer, she has been a part of the SHSU Dance Company, the Kista Tucker Dance Company, as well as performing with Lauren Anderson in the narrative ballet, Storm Recaptured, touring New York as part of KTDC alongside Bill Evans, and dancing in Paris, London, and Nice. During the course of instructing for over a decade, Jessalyn gained a deep appreciation for our youth and prides herself on devoting individual technique and artistry while maintaining a positive, professional, and always encouraging environment. She has most recently been a Director for the Kingwood Strutters, Dancing Bluebonnets, BEAT Performing Arts, and In-Step Dance Studio.

Jessalyn Batt Cypress Texas
Lindsey Wagnon Cypress Texas

LINDSEY Wagnon
Accounts Manager

Lindsey started dancing at a young age in local dance studios and went on to become a member of Tomball High School Cougar Charms where she was an All-Star member her Junior year.

She is currently pursuing her career in dance and is taking courses to obtain her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Dance. She was a member of the Texas Tech Dance Company for one year and performed in the DanceTech Texas premiere dance showcase. She is currently taking classes in ballet, jazz, modern, musical stage, and dance history.

Lindsey has studied under Tricia Gomez and Gregg Russell. She has been on staff with Cypress Elite Dance Studio eight years. Her classes are fun filled, energetic, and upbeat.

Casey Williams

Instructor 

Casey recieved her training from Ann Moody Sill Dance studio. There she was a senior featured performer in 2016. She has been trained in the competitive dance world and has taught at several studios within the Houston/Katy area with much success. Casey teaches preschool age students all the way to advanced level classes.  

CINDY Williams
Preschool and Elementary Instructor

Cindy Williams began dancing at a young age with Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio in Sugarland, Texas. She has 17 years teaching experience with training at all levels. She has studied with teachers in various parts of the country and performed with several professional dance companies. Cindy teaches for several studios and YMCA’s in the Northwest Houston area.

Cindy resides in Katy with her husband and two children.

Cindy Williams Cypress Texas

Fernando Ibarra Rocha
Assistant Team Director/Dance Instructor

Fernando has been teaching dance since the age of thirteen. Over time, he has garnered a unique style
of dance that includes various elements of multiple dance techniques. Throughout highschool, Fernando was given the opportunity to co-direct for his ninth grade dance company and choreograph for his highschool dance team along with other high schools amongst his school district. He has been awarded numerous times for his choreography throughout different competitions in the U.S. Fernando was also a founding member of De La Rosa Dance Company and was under the mentorship of Elisa De La Rosa located here in Houston, DLRDC is a non-profit organization that outreaches the youth community by emphasizing the importance of creative freedom and artistry. Fernando was also an invitational guest artist at the Waco 504 Festival in 2017 and performed at the NDEO conference in San Antonio, Tx. Fernando went on to continue his dance education by attending Stephen F. Austin State University where he was a member of the prestigious Stephen F. Austin State University Dance Teams. Fernando educates his students on healthy technique practices, muscle isolations, movement, and modern dance technique, while helping his students grow in their technique and artistry.Fernando travels nationally and internationally adjudicating for multiple dance competitions and is also a staff member at In-Step Dance Center where he is the head director for the jazz and technique curriculum and syllabus and the Director of the Instep mini/Junior competitive team, A staff member at The Humphrey School of Musical Theater also known as the Theatre Under The Stars Training Academy, where
he trains dancers in jazz technique, musical theatre.

SHEA Mallet
Preschool/Elementary Instructor

Shea (pronounced Shay) is a Cum Laude graduate with a Psychology degree from the University of Houston. She grew up in a dance studio setting and has trained in all areas of dance from a very young age. She was a dance officer/member of her HS drill team the Mayde Creek Martinettes in Katy I.S.D.

Shea is the former Academy Director of the Dance Factory and has been teaching ages two to teen dance lessons for 30 years. Her dancers have performed at Disney World and her choreography and dance teams have won numerous awards at various dance competitions both locally and nationally.

Shea resides in Cypress, Texas with her husband Gary and daughter Ava.

Shea Mallet Cypress Texas

Brenda Wales
Ballet Instructor

Brenda has over 50 years of dance experience. From the early days as a competitive studio dancer and cheerleader, to performing musical theatre and dancing with groups including: The Central Wisconsin Students of the Performing Arts, Minnesota Ballet, and UW Madison. Brenda is a dance instructor with over 35 years experience. Currently her focus is on teaching proper barre and ballet technique, helping Cypress Elite dancers improve their skills and achieve their dance goals..

HAYLI Howard
Acro/Tumbling Director

Hayli is an established coach with certification credentials for both, USAG and Acrobatic Arts.

Hayli has studied various dance disciplines as well as tumbling for 16 years. She began her training in ballet and jazz, along with tumbling. This training and experience allows her to bring a developed skill set to seamlessly combine the Acro-Tumbling skills in fusion with dance technique.

Our mission for Acro-Tumbling is to provide the best quality of instruction while also giving each student individualized direction. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and energetic atmosphere, while also encouraging confidence and motivation to learn the fusion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. Being enthusiastic about her Acro- Tumbling education, Hayli believes in continuing education and continues to take classes to help her athletes with injury prevention as well as the best quality education to bring to the table. Hayli strives to be the best she can be and instill in her students the passion and fire that she has for Acro-Tumbling, allowing them to be passionate about what they are accomplishing.

“In this space we are passionate, we trust and treat each other with respect and honesty, we work hard and stand for creativity and innovation, we believe in community, we are dedicated and love what we do, we are inspired by each other, we are not afraid to be great.”

Hayli Howard Cypress Texas
Lexie Sattizahn Cypress Texas

LEXIE Sattizahn
Academy Director

She began her dance journey at the age of three years old at The Studio of Dance and continued her dance education through the Northwest Houston area. While on the competition teams, she had the opportunity to learn from Emmy Award Winning Choreographer Mandy Moore, SYTYCD Season One Winner, Nick Lazzarini and SYTYCD finalist, Robert Roldan and many others.

Lexie has trained in all areas of dance for 15 years and has been teaching for two years now with Cypress Elite Dance. She currently continues training in Acro-Tumbling from Director, Hayli Howard.

She hopes with her time at the studio to pass on her passion and knowledge of Acro-Tumbling and dance onto her students, as well as, making classes a safe, fun and creative environment for everyone to enjoy.

Lexie currently resides in Tomball, Texas with her husband and two children.

AIREN Williamson

I’m Mrs. Airen; I began dancing at the age 4 years old. My teachers included Robin Judice Mueschke, Lesa Mueschke and Dina Vail. My favorite classes were Tap and Ballet but I also enjoyed Jazz and Tumbling. I began competing with the studio dance team when I was in my 5th grade year and completed 9 full years. I began Student Teaching at 16 years old and regularly taught my own classes at the age of 21. I was in show Choir in Katy High School from 1992-1996.

My most recent competition as an adult was the 8th National Talent Competition in San Antonio we took Double Platinum over all and the Musicality Award for our Tap. I recently completed 3 days of Teacher Training with Rhee Gold’s DanceLife Teachers Conference. I plan on taking many more dance training in the near future so I can bring a new curriculum to my classes. Along with dance I am married and a full time stay at home parent with 2 young children, Avery and Jack. I love to cook, bake, craft, read and paint.

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