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Henderson, NV 89011
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DANCE TEACHERS

Our dance teachers love what they do! Check out their bios below and why they want to share their love of dance with their students!

Hilary Nelson - Dance Director

Hilary Nelson is the Director of Dance at Gymcats. She was a competitive gymnast from ages 5-13 until she suffered an ankle injury and turned to dance instead. After studying and competing dance in high school, she choreographed for her college dance club, taught dance and coached gymnastics in Hershey, PA. She also choreographed level 7-9 and xcel competitive gymnastics floor routines and the gymnasts competed dance locally. In 2009 she moved to Scranton, PA, where she was the dance teacher for Pocono Mountain Charter School, teaching grades K-12. On the side she taught at Arabesque Academy of Dancing and First Class Gymnastics. After 2 years in Scranton she moved to Las Vegas, NV and has been teaching at studios locally until her recent move to Gymcats in April 2013.  She is a Level 1 Certified Dance Teacher from Dance Teacher University through UNLV.

Deborah Hess-Boland

Miss Deb has studied dance since the age of 3. She teaches L2-L10 team ballet, Xcel Ballet, GT3 Ballet and Boy L4-10 ballet. She has been with Gymcats since 2006. She graduated from West Texas A & M in 2002 with a BFA in Dance. While in college she was in the International Folk Dance Company, Lone Star Ballet Company, West Texas A & M Dance Ensemble. She performed in 4 seasons of the Nutcracker 1998-2001. She also performed in 3 seasons of the summer musical “Texas the Musical Drama” 98-2000. She also performed throughout Texas and Oklahoma with the WT Dance Ensemble. She has also had the opportunity to go to conventions and workshops including Technique in Taos, Tremaine, and Dance Teacher Web.

Aubrey Colvin

Aubrey has been dancing since the age of 2 and competing since age 10. She has studied under many influential choreographers such as, Misha Grabriel, Joe Tremaine, & Kathryn McCormick.  She’s also won numerous competitive awards including Senior Solo National Champion.  After high school, Aubrey moved to Las Vegas to  pursue her dance career at the Theater Arts Preparatory School to be a professional dancer, singer, and actress. Aubrey now dances in 2twoshows on the Las Vegas strip: “MJ Live” and “The Worlds Greatest Rock Show.” Aubrey loves inspiring her students to by sharing her passion for dance.

Kaci Shupe

Kaci is currently a member of the Rebel Girls dance team at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  Born and raised in Ankeny, Iowa, Kaci has been dancing and training for most of her life.  She has a plethora of experience in both studio and dance team settings.  She has worked with Tabatha & Napoleon Duomo and Brandon Bryant from “So You Think You Can Dance,” studied at Giordano Dance Chicago and the Fort Wayne Ballet, was awarded numerous titles at Iowa State Dance Team Competitions, and recently added two national championships in Hip Hop and Gameday at the Universal Dance Association’s collegiate competition. Outside of the studio, she continues to be named an Outstanding Student Athlete by UNLV.  Kaci is very excited to join the DanceCats family as their newest teacher!

Ciana McFadden

Ciana is a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelors Degree in Dance Production & Management. She is originally from Maryland, where she completed most of her dance and cheer training. She has been dancing since the age of 6 and her favorite style of dance is Jazz. In Maryland, she instructed dance classes at Girls Inc. and also her community dance studio.  In Las Vegas, she taught adult ballet at the DDW Dance Collective. She aspires to use her dance training and her recent production knowledge to help grow the dance program at Gymcats.

Daphnie Hardin

Daphnie was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has danced for over 13 years competitively at a local studio and in high school. She has worked with many SYTYCD dancers such as Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, and Mollee Gray. Daphnie was featured in a promotion for a dance movie called “Untapped”. Throughout high school she received awards and scholarships such as the “CCSD Dancer of the Year award in 2015” and received a scholarship for ballet at AMDA in NYC. She has continued her passion by teaching children in dance and cheer clinics and is excited to be part of the DanceCats team.

 


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