Dance-N-Drill
 

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D-N-D Staff 2019-2020


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Lynn Ramey - Director

Lynn has been teaching in the Tyler Area for the last 36 years and has gained the reputation of being a teacher with strong Christian values and a respect for her profession.

Lynn is the Director for the Tyler Golden Girls city-wide drill team

Masters Degree - Texas Tech University

International Dance Teacher

Teaches Leadership classes for the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles and Band

Director / Choreographer for the Texas Rose Festival Coronation

Internship with the New York City Rockettes

Featured at Super Bowl XIL, NFL Cowboys Game, Senior Bowl, Six Flags and Cotton Bowls.

Represented in Glamour Magazine Top 10 Women of the USA

Miss Halftime USA - Baylor University

Children's Teacher / Bible Study Leader at Grace Community Church

Graduate of Proverbs 31 Ministries.

KVNE/KGLY Board of Directors

Grace Community School Board Member

 

Lynn is married to King Ramey, owner of Razzmataz Dancewear Store.  They have a 28 year old son, Archer, who graduated Baylor Law School and a 26 year old daughter, Joy, that also grduated from Baylor University.  Lynn and King are members at Grace Community Church in Tyler.

 

 

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Renee' Allen - Instructor

Renee’ is entering her 24th year as a teacher with Dance-N-Drill.  Renee’ started with Mrs. Lynn 35 years ago as a member of the first “Tyler Golden Girls” team.

Renee’ is the Director of the Dance-N-Drill Dancers, Junior Jazz Competition Team, Junior and Senior Contemporary Teams and Junior and Senior “Extreme” Hip Hop Teams, Assistant Director for the “Tyler Golden Girls” as well as Head Coach for the D-N-D “Flyers” All-Star Cheer Teams

Director of the Grace Community High School Cougarettes Drill Team

Professional Private/Public Choreographer for 28 years

Qualified Judge for Dance and Cheer Competitions and Auditions

Former Choreographer for the University of Texas at Tyler Patriot Singers

Marching Auxiliaries Best Choreographer Award in Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, High Kick, Prop and Character

Certified USASF Cheerleading Coach in Training, Safety and Stunting

CPR/AED Certified by American Red Cross

Choreographer for the 1997 Pollen Weed Eater Independence Bowl Pre-Game Show

Former Tyler Junior College Apache Belle (Traveled and performed in Nice, France) 1989-1991

Former Director/Choreographer for the Continental Basketball Association Shreveport Crawdad Cheerleaders

Former Owner of “Center Stage Dance Company” and Director of the Nationally ranked “Red River Southern Belles” in Shreveport, Louisiana

Former Director/Choreographer for the Louisiana State University at Shreveport Dance Team

Gymnast for 12 years and competed at the Local, State-wide and National levels

Assistant Coached gymnastics for 3 years (Bar, Beam, Vault and Floor Exercise)

Former Robert E. Lee Southern Belle (1987-1989), Officer (1988-1989)

Former Dance-N-Drill Dancer (Traveled and performed at the Festival of Lights in Montreaux, Switzerland

Former "Tyler Golden Girls" at Dance-N-Drill Studio (1983-1985)  Captain (1984-1985)

 

Renee’ has been married 28 years to her husband Jack and they live in Whitehouse, Tx.  They have a 21 year old son Jackson who graduated from Northwestern State University. The Allen's attend the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Tyler.

 

 

 

 

 

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Maddie Bradley - Instructor

Maddie is an outging, hard-working student studying kinesiology in hopes to be a physical education teacher and dance/drill team director.

She is CPR/AED Certified by American Red Cross

TJC Apache Belle 2015-2017

Bullard Belles Drill Team 2011-2017

University of Texas at Tyler - January 2018-Present

     Major: Kinesiology with an EC-12 Physical Education Certification

     Plan to obtain a teaching certification in dance as well

Tyler Junior College - August 2015-December 2017

     Associates of Science Degree in Health and Kinesiology

     Dean's List 2016 and 2017

Skills: Self-Motivated and driven, interpersonal communication skills, takes initiative in problem solving and achieving goals, highly organization excelling at creative schedules and time management.

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Amanda Hiles - Instructor

Amanda is the Director of the Grace Community High School Pom

Squad and Assistant for the Cougarettes Drill Team. Amanda grew up at

Dance-n-Drill studio where she was a “Tyler Golden Girl”. Former

Robert E. Lee Southern Belle 2014-2017 where she serves as a Social

Officer her Senior year, current Tyler Junior College Apache Belle

where she serves as a Dance Captain. Amanda was the 2018 Tyler Rose

Queen. She will attend U. T. Tyler in the fall to pursue a degree in

Business. Her younger brother Preston Hiles attends Grace Community

Middle School. Amanda and her family attend Glenwood Church of Christ.

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Olivia Johnson - Instructor

Olivia started her dance career with Dance-N-Drill when she was in fifth grade. From hip hop to kick, Golden Girls, tap, and more her eight years as a Dance-N-Drill student were filled with wonderful memories and inspirational teachers.
 
Olivia attended Bullard High School where she was a member of the Bullard Belles drill team for three years. Two of those years, she served as an officer.
After graduating high school, Olivia danced with the internationally famous Tyler Junior College Apache Belles where she served as a Dance Captain her sophomore year. While dancing at TJC, Olivia assisted classes and teams at Dance-N-Drill.
 

After graduating from TJC, Olivia studied Elementary Education at Texas A&M University. Never forgetting her roots, Olivia will be joining the staff of Dance-N-Drill this year. She is so excited and expectant for how the Lord will use her and guide her on this journey.

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Yayoi Jones - Instructor

This is Yayoi's 10th year as the Director of the Wings Ballet Company

Masters Degree - Master of Science in kinesiology, University of Texas at Tyler

 Graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Attends numereous dance intensives and conventions including Noble Motion Dance summer intensive in Houtson, SHSU dance convention and Dance Revolution at DFW

Has taught College level dance at Tyler Junior College for the past 4 years

Started classical ballet dance at Wakabayashi Ballet School, Japan at the age of 3

Her ballet repertoire in “The Nutcracker” – including Arabian, Russian, Snow, Waltz of the Flowers, and Dew Drop.  Other ballets include “Pas De Quatre”, “Coppelia”, Raymonda”, “Swan lake”, “Giselle”, Sleeping Beauty”, and “Don Quixote”

Former company member with Kista Tucker Danced Company and Houston and Sam Houston State University Dance Company 

Studied Graham, Horton, Alexander techniques, Bartenieff Fundamentals of modern dance and Laban Movement Analysis. Also classical trained in the Cecchetti and Russian method of ballet.

Performed nationally in venues such as State University of New York at Brockport, The Carrier Theater in Syracuse, University at Buffalo, Dallas Museum of Art and The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, among others  

Former choreographer and assistant director for Tyler Junior College dance productions, 2008-2011

Guest choreographer for TJC theatre musical production of Chicago, 2011

Choreographed and trained many competition soloists who won championships in national and regional titles

 

Yayoi and her husband Michael have been married for 10 years.  They have a 7 year old daughter, Yuki, that is a second grader at Jack Elementary and a 4 year old son named Kenji, who attends Hand-in-Hand preschool, and a brand new baby girl!!

 

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Jaimelynn Parker-Watson - Instructor

Coming Soon

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Shelby Moy - Instructor

May 2016 - Present - Choreographer and Co-Director at the Tyler Civic Theater 

Choreography for "Singing in the Rain"

Choreography for"Godspell"

Choreography for"The Little Mermaid"

Choreography for"Legally Blond" the Musical

Presently - Star Camp Choreographer Tyler Civic Theater

Dance Instructor at Studio on the Main - Lindale, Texas - Teaching Classical Ballet technique to upper-level students.

Administrative Assistant at First Baptist Church of Lindale

Dance Instructor at Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance Choreographer and Instructor of Ballet ages 7-11 years old: Technique and Performance Qualities

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Nida Priest - Instructor

I've been teaching Barre at Dance-N-Drill since I moved to Tyler from Waco four years ago.

Helping people reach strength and flexibility goals they didn't think they were capable of is what motivates me to teach.

Outside of teaching, I work full time and my husband and I have two active kids who keep us on the go.

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Mikayla Russell - Instructor

Mikayla has been with Dance-N-Drill for the past 16 years

She has been an assistant teacher for the past 5 years.

Mikayla is thrilled to be instructing the cheer classes for her second year teaching.

She has been the Assistant Coach for the D-N-D Flyers All-Star Cheerleaders for 5 years.  I was honored to also be a member of the D-N-D Flyers All- Star Cheer Teams for 7 years. 

She was a member of the Dance-N-Drill “Extreme” Hip Hop Team for 7 years.

She is currently attending the University of Texas at Tyler to get her degree in education.

She plans on getting her Masters in Special Education.

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Lexie Terry - Instructor

Lexie started her career at the age of three. She studied in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz.  She also studied gymnastics in her younger years. After moving to Tyler from Ruston, LA she began dancing at Dance-N-Drill. She was Captain of the Tyler Golden Girls '13-'14, on Senior Hip Hop Team, Senior Contemporary Team, as well as a Dance-N-Drill Dancer. Lexie enjoyed coming back to Dance-N-Drill to help assist classes and judge Golden Girl tryouts.  Her time at Dance-N-Drill is something she will always cherish. Lexie was Head Dance Captain of the Cougarettes at Grace Community High School. She then proceeded to join the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles and was a Social Officer has sophomore year. Lexie served as a Lady-In-Wating in the 2018 Tyler Rose Festival. She is going to be attending U. T. Tyler in the fall to pursue her degree in Early Childhood Education.  This will be Lexie's forth year working with children at Stepping Stone School, and has spent countless years babysitting.  Lexie is ecstatic to come back and teach children what she loves, dance, at the place she loves, Dance-N-Drill. 

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Jamie Tschirhart - Instructor

Jaime is excited about returning to Dance-N-Drill after being gone for 7 years.

She grew up in Tyler and was a former Golden Girl and Dance-N-Drill Dancer.

Jaime was also a Robert E Lee Southern Belle Southern Belle member.

She graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelors in Family and Consumer Science (2001)

Jaime also worked at T Bar M Camps in New Braunfels on the Timothy Team (2001-2002)

Day Camp Director and Registrar (2002-2004)

Dance Instructor at Dance-N-Drill (2006-2011)

Former Day Camp Director for Green Acres Baptist Church (2010-2015)

Jaime has been married to her husband Nick for 13 years and they have 5 boys.