Our Team

TWIN ARTS DANCE STUDIO's employees are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our business.

Deborah Sanford

Artistic Director

 

      Deborah began her dance education at Twin Arts Studio at the age of 2. Studying all areas of dance and theatre, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, baton, musical theatre and voice enables Deborah to teach all levels of dance as well as coach teams and soloist. Dancing for Theatre Under the Stars, Deborah was a natural for moving into choreographing and staging musicals for civic dance companies. She has served as a national director for Dance Masters of America and is a national examiner for the orginazation and is a DMA Teachers Training School graduate and scholarship recipient. Her expertise in dance, theatre, film, and television helps Twin Arts produce one of the most entertaining recitals in the Houston area.

Kim Collier

Director of Childrens Work and Office Manager

 

Kim is an expert in the area of preparing preschool dancers for the upper levels of dance skills. Dancing since the age of 3, also at Twin Arts, Kim is trained in all the core dance subjects. While performing for the dance team a San Jacinto College, Kim became one of the original Derrick Dolls. Her special relationship with the younger dancers makes her a very popularteacher at the studio. Kim also helps in the coordination of the year-end recital, helping select and order costumes.

Heather Sanford Perdew

Team Coach and Costume Designer

 

Dancing from the age of 2, Heather has a place in history at Twin Arts Studio. She was enrolled in the ground-breaking class that was developed especially for two-year olds. After graduating from high school, Heather continued to dance at San Jacinto College where she performed and choreographedfor the SJC Dance Department. Along the way she discovered her love for designing custom-made solo and production costumes. From teaching, choreographing or coaching, Heather is a favorite among our youngest stars. She is also our instudio make up artist and hairstylist.

Erin Bealle 

 

     Erin is an alumni of Twin Arts Studio and is currently serving as a teacher, choreographer and coach. Trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and lyrical, Erin teaches all levels and ages throughout the dance week. A student at San Jac, she is pursuing a degree in education with plans of eventually directing a high school drill team.

Kara Mills

 

       Kara is a home grown Twin Arts Studio alumni. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical and has a background in child psychology. Her eye for perfection makes Kara invaluable for cleaning dances and stepping in to help prepare students for the stage and competition. Kara is always available at the front desk to assist parents with classes. As the InMotion PAC Competion Coordinator, Kara is responsible for all the bakground work that is involved with the competition circuit.

Bethany Mills 

 

   Bethany started dancing at Twin Arts Studio at the age of 2. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acro and contemporary. Bethany teaches all ages and is one of our competition coaches.She is currently enrolld at San Jac South where she is apart of their Performance Dance Program She uses her knowledge of ASL when working with our hearing impaired students.

Lisa Ratliff

 

Lisa has an extensive background in ballet, tap, and jazz. She was trained in a local Pasadena studio and came to Twin Arts Studio when she enrolled her two daughters, she instantly became a permanent fixture and family member.  Lisa eventually took over our “tots” program and has been teaching two year olds for about fifteen years and eventually added three, four, and five year olds.  She starts the base training with our little ones so that they easily adapt to the more advance work.

Besides her love of teaching the studio’s tiniest rising stars, Lisa has a BA in education and teaches eighth grade science.  This makes an excellent transition from one classroom to another challenging her “tots” and younger students to reach deep and develop their creativity. 

Taylor Brooks

 

Taylor Brooks was two years old when she took her first dance class. In high school, she was a four-year member of the Maverick Sidekick drill team at Pasadena Memorial High School where she was 1st Lieutenant her junior year and the top position of Colonel during her senior year.  Taylor recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Science. Taylor was an officer of the University of Texas Dance Team for all four years of her college life where she went on to compete in national dance competitions. She also has an Associates of Arts in Dance from San Jacinto College South. Taylor has gone on to choreograph for many drill and cheer teams all over the state of Texas and is now the TIFI League Deer Park Starlights.

One important lesson she learned from her involvement in dance and drill team is that team and individual success is derived through discipline, commitment, respect, and loyalty. The second is that dance is her lifelong passion. She plans on being involved in dance some way throughout her lifetime whether it is performing or teaching. Taylor is very excited and eager to jump into her first year at Twin Arts dance studio!

 

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