Staff

Meet Our Staff


Megan Young

Ballet Director /Co-Owner

     Mrs. Megan began her dance training at the age of five and has studied with Royal Academy of Dancing certified Allison Erwin Norton, Debra Web, Alyson Swenson Lindsey, Cari Coble, Jonathan Guise, Prima Ballerina Dulce Anaya, and the world renowned David Howard as well as many others.
     She graduated from Douglas Anderson High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Jacksonville University.
     Mrs. Megan has performed with First Coast Nutcracker Ballet, Jacksonville University Dance Theatre, Jacksonville Ballet Theatre and H.T. Chen and Company. Mrs. Megan has taught for Cari Coble, Ashley Cunningham, and most recently with the Divine Arts Dance Center.
     Mrs. Megan is a talented instructor and choreographer, creating fun, innovative works of art for the stage. Her students have been accepted into Ballet West, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Austin Ballet, Jillana School, Texas Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre summer programs.
     Mrs. Megan is married to her loving husband Mike, and the couple have devoted their lives to ministry, to serve the Lord and spread the word! She is excited to be a part of Innovative Dance Inc. family and we love to have her with us!

Kirsten Herrington

Instructor

      Kirsten Herrington started her love of dance at the age of two at Steps Dance Center in Woodstock, GA. She started in the competitive dance world at age seven and continued to compete through age 16 taking many styles of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, and modern. After moving to Texas, she ventured into the competitive cheerleading world and also began to teach dance. After graduating from North Crowley High school, Kirsten went on to receive a Bachelors Degree in Dance Education from Texas State University in San Marcos. Since then she has continued to grow her knowledge and passion for dance and choreography by teaching for several studios in Texas and Rhode Island. Kirsten has been a member of several dance organizations such as Dance Masters of America, and Dance Educators of America where she was able to work behind the scenes at competitions and conventions. She is now focused on choreography which is her true passion where she can explore different dance styles. 

Mariana Blessing

Instructor

     Originally from St. Louis, MO, Mariana Blessing embarked on her dance journey at Dayspring School of the Arts where she trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Musical Theatre. She danced with student company Midwest Ballet Theatre under the direction of Donna Patzius-Hill where she performed as a soloist in such works as Il Distrato, Great Galloping Gottschalk, and Bach Moves. Here, she was also privately coached in classical variations and contemporary solos which she performed at Youth America Grand Prix. Mariana has attended such summer programs as American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Ballet West, IU Jacobs School of Music, and Nashville Ballet where she was offered a second company contract. She is currently pursuing her BFA in classical dance at Texas Christian University and has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship for her academic achievements, a partial dance scholarship, and the Professional Developments Grant for her work as a therapeutic dance instructor at Cook Children’s Hospital.

Orlando Agawin

Instructor

     Born in Iligan, Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, California, Orlando received his B.F.A. Degree in Dance from CSU Long Beach. His performance credit includes the works by Sidra Bell, Doug Varone, Robert Moses, Joshua Peugh, Rebecca Lemme, Luca Signoretti, Micaela Taylor, Malcolm Sutherland, and Eve Ganneau. He has attended intensives with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, NW Dance Project, River North Dance Chicago, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Additionally, Orlando’s choreography has been presented at Diavolo Space, ARC Pasadena, Hellada Gallery, and the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater. Orlando will be joining Dallas Dance Troupe, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance USA for their fifth season.

Frieda Austin

Instructor

     Frieda Austin discovered her love of dance at the age of 8 when she began training at Gayle Corkery School of Ballet in Fort Worth. During high school, she had the honor of performing with Bruce Wood Dance Company and Festival Ballet of North Central Texas. In recent years, she has explored her theatrical side through performances with Hip Pocket Theatre and Artes de la Rosa in Fort Worth. Her favorite performance disciplines include contemporary ballet, tango, and aerial silks. Committed to making connections through movement, she has shared her passion for learning and performance with students around the metroplex since 2008. She teaches dance at Creative Arts Theatre & School in Arlington and Casa Mañana in Fort Worth. She also works with The Artist Outreach in Dallas to bring dance to public school students in Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin. Last year, she helped found FurtherDance Fort Worth, an organization dedicated to bringing dancers together to foster community, professional development and support within the Fort Worth dance landscape.

Lena Oren

Instructor

     Lena Oren received her BFA in Dance and BA in Art History from the University of Michigan where she was awarded the Earl V. Moore Award in Dance. She began her training in southern California with Dance Peninsula Ballet. Under the instruction of Patricia Stander, Roberto Almaguer, and Sasha Kalinin, Lena trained intensively in ballet, jazz, and character dance. She also trained at numerous summer intensives through the years with companies including: Bat Sheva, Ate9, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BODYTRAFFIC Dance Company, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Alvin Ailey. Lena spent 6 months in Israel studying Gaga under the direction of Aya Israeli and ballet under Mate Moray, Amir Kolbein, and Alexander Alexandrof as an international student at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. While at the University of Michigan, she has performed in works by Camille A. Brown, Bosmat Nossan, Peter Sparling, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Alexandra Beller, and Bill DeYoung, in addition to undergraduate and graduate thesis productions. She has also performed her own work at StudioArt Gallery in Tel Aviv and throughout Ann Arbor through the Emerging Artist Showcase and the Performance Project at The University of Michigan's Museum of Art. Lena now dances for Joshua Peugh’s Dark Circles Contemporary Dance in Dallas.

Leah Williams

Creative Director

     Leah Williams is a John V. Roach Honors student working toward a BFA in Modern Dance, as well as a minor in Arts Administration. Currently studying at Texas Christian University’s School of Classical & Contemporary Dance, she has been awarded with the Deans Scholarship for her academic achievements and the Nordan Scholarship for her dance merit. Moving into her Junior year, she has previously performed as a soloist in Hwa; Seeking Affinity by Kihyoung Choi and Lost Sheep Welcome by the director of Dark Circles Contemporary Company Joshua Peugh. Additionally, Leah performed at a competition for the American College Dance Association: in the solo Thematic Repetition, which she performed at their Gala and System Armed. She is also a member of Chi Tau Epsilon Honor Society, which is committed to developing the SCCD community and promoting dance arts. This Summer she performed for Wanderlust Dance Project and SoulEscape at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX. Upon graduation in the Spring of 2018, she hopes to join a professional dance company, while continuing her growth as a compassionate leader. 

Mackenzie Murphree

Instructor

     Mackenzie (Macie) began her dance training at Innovative Dance at the age of 8. She is now training at American Classical Ballet Academy under many great instructors such as Megan Young, Felicia Mcfee, Emily Hunter, Catherine Roe, Nicole Chandler, Elise Martinez, and Krista Langford. She furthered her dance training at many summer intensives including The Joffrey Ballet in NYC, Ballet West,  multiple summers at the School of American Ballet in NYC, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Macie has been in many professional productions including the North Central Ballet Nutcracker, multiple ACBA pieces, and Avant Chambers production of Alice in Wonderland. She has also taken many master classes from professionals including Tina le Blanc, Jeff Rodgers, Joshua Peush, Gelsey Kirkland, Katrina Killian, Ashley Bouder, and Darci Kistler.

Glenn Arceneaux

Instructor

     Glenn Arceneaux comes to Innovative Dance Incorporated with 24 years of Gymnastics Instructor / Coaching and 34 years as an active professional performing gymnast and dancer from his hometown of Dallas, TX, USA. A 2012 Theatre Major graduate from the University of Texas Arlington now living in Las Vegas, his previous theatre experience includes ‘Chicago – The Musical’ (Auckland, New Zealand), and productions in ‘Disney World’ (Orlando), ‘The Miss America Scholarship Pageant Association’, Sol Kerzner’s ‘Atlantis Resort & Casino’ (Nassau, Bahamas), and ‘The RIO’s Masquerade Village’s - Show In The Sky’ (Las Vegas). With seven years association with Royal Caribbean Int’l, Glenn was also an original premiere cast member of ‘Broadway’s Rhythm & Rhyme’ and ‘Dreamscape’ aboard the ‘Voyager Of The Seas’.

Christiane Catoe

Creative Director

     Christiane Catoe (San Antonio, TX) is working toward a BFA in Ballet with a minor in Arts Administration and a BA in Political Science at Texas Christian University (TCU). She received her training around the United States and recently completed a semester abroad. Based in Paris, Christiane studied under Kevin Quinaou, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Julian Desplantes, and many others. She also participated in choreographic workshops in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Normandy. Christiane has attended summer programs with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Christiane has previously taught Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Creative Movement.

Tonya March

Instructor

     Tonya has been dancing for over 20 years from beginner to collegiate and professional levels.  She has studied numerous styles including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, clogging, and drill team.  She has trained with Ingredients Professional Company and Gaudium Dance Movement and danced as a company member in Slightly Off Tap. Tonya received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of North Texas in 2009 and received her Texas teaching certificate in 2011.  She has taught dance for more than five years at various studios in the DFW area and has also coached a JV cheer squad and directed a drill team in her two years of teaching public school.  Tonya is trained and certified to teach the Cecchetti method of ballet through the Elementary (professional) level.
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