Dance Studio Owner/Artistic Director

Christine Hayes began dancing like many little girls at the age of three. Growing up in the Austin area, she studied and performed with several local dance companies, including Tapestry Dance Company. Christine studied theater and dance at the University of Texas in Austin and also holds a Psychology degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. While in Corpus Christi, Christine was privileged to teach and choreograph for the Corpus Christi Ballet. Christine always had a passion to be a dance educator and has now been teaching dance for over 20 years for many different dance companies throughout Texas. Christine has developed a comprehensive dance curriculum and strongly believes in teaching sound technique in a positive and encouraging atmosphere.

Christine opened her first dance studio, Central Texas Dance Academy near Waco, Texas and served as Owner/Artistic Director. In May 2008, she sold Central Texas Dance Academy and returned to the Austin area to be near her family. Christine opened The Dance Gallery in 2009 and is dedicated to bringing the HIGHEST level of dance education to students in Round Rock and the surrounding areas. Christine continues her training by attending numerous dance conventions throughout the year where she can work with some of today’s leading professionals in the dance industry. Christine is married and is the proud mother of two children, Emily and Evan.

Dance Gallery Staff

Elizabeth Manning, Office Manager/Instructor

Elizabeth Manning was born and raised in Stow, Ohio where she started dancing at the age of 10. Elizabeth has studied a variety of dance styles under incredible choreographers such as Kristen Messner, Brian Marcum, Dejan Tubic, and Jo Rowan, and has completed her Level V certification in Cecchetti ballet. Elizabeth went on to pursue dance in college at Oklahoma City University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Dance Management. After college, she lived in Chicago and worked for On The Grind Management, a music management company as an Artist Manager/Booking Agent. Elizabeth is a proud mom to Harper, and is very excited to join The Dance Gallery family for her 3rd year!

Jenna Friedheim, General Manager, Instructor

Jenna graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in dance. Shortly after graduation she moved to L.A. where she was a work-study at the world famous Millennium Dance Complex. Looking for adventure Jenna moved to Seattle where she taught and had the opportunity to perform with Seattle dance companies. Jenna then moved to Chicago where she created and implemented a dance program at Chicago Athletic Clubs and performed with numerous dance companies including, Chicago Reviews top rated company, Matter Dance Company. Now back in Texas, Jenna is also still performing, most recently with the dance company Woven Feet for the band Sorne. Jenna is very excited to be a part of The Dance Gallery for her 8th year.

Lindsey Jo Gardner, Instructor/Dance Troupe Director

Lindsey has been dancing as long as she can remember! She grew up dancing in Round Rock, studying ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and musical theater under Susan Babcock and Desi Ray for 14 years. As a member of a performing/competition group for 8 years, Lindsey Jo enjoyed performing at competitions and community events, as well attending conventions and workshops all over the state of Texas. Lindsey graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from The University of Texas at Austin; she has been a guest instructor and choreographer for many RRISD Dance programs, both middle and high school, and is currently in her third year with an after-school dance program at Robertson Elementary. Lindsey Jo has been teaching dance for over 15 years and this will be her 10th year with The Dance Gallery.

Michelle Gomez, Instructor/Hip Hop Crew Director

Michelle Gomez grew up in Mountain View, California and then moved to Round Rock, TX around the age of 11 where she began dancing for All-Stars Unlimited at Westwood High School. Michelle became a member of the McNeil Majestic’s during her high school years as well as Hip Hop Club Captain her senior year. After graduating high school, Michelle joined a professional dance company called the Austin City Showgirls, while attending community college and teaching hip hop at a local austin studio. She performed in four music videos, two commercials, one TV show and was a back-up dancer for multiple performers such as Gloria Trevi, Elvis Crespo, Andres Cuervo, Aj Castillo, and 8 Segundo’s. Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Texas Tech University with a minor in Media Strategies and French. During her college career she studied abroad in Paris, France for two months while interning at a hip hop dance school named Juste Debout. Once she graduated, she moved to Los Angeles to continue her education in dance studios such as Movement Lifestyle, Millennium Dance Complex, and the Debbie Reynolds studio. Michelle is back in Austin and ready to begin her 4th year teaching at the Dance Gallery.

Stephanie Staggs, Instructor

Stephanie has been dancing since the age of 5. She grew up dancing in Round Rock studying under Susan Babcock, Beth Hickman, Joni Starr, and Desi Ray. She is a member of The Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing, Inc. and received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance from The University of Texas in Austin in 1996. At UT, she studied under Heywood McGriff, Lathan Sanford, Yacov Sharir, Andrea Beckham, Ricardo Garcia, Densie Prasky, Lynne Grossman, Sondra Lomax, Sharon Vasquez, and Llory Wilson. She had the opportunity to take master classes from Savion Glover, Karen Herbet, Robert Christopher, Twyla Tharp Dance Company, The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company, The Martha Graham Dance Company and The Ghana Dance Ensemble. Stephanie is married and is a proud mother to 6 year old daughter who loves dancing and swimming. This is Stephanie’s 9th year with The Dance Gallery.

Staci Sill, Instructor

Staci began dancing at the age of 5 in Austin. She studied and performed throughout the Austin area for many years. Staci taught for several studios in the Austin and surrounding areas before moving to North Carolina in 1998. While in North Carolina, she taught and took professional classes at North Carolina Dance Institute under the artistic director Kirstie Spadie. After moving back to Texas in 2006, Staci took some time off to go back to school and is now a Registered Nurse. One interesting side fact…Staci and Christine danced together in a ballet production many years ago when they were teens. The dance world is small indeed! Staci is the proud mom of 2 children, Cade and Emma. Staci is excited to be a part of The Dance Gallery staff for the 7th year.

Katya Welch, Instructor

Katya was born and raised in Austin, Texas. After training at multiple studios in the Austin area, Katya quickly found a second home at The Dance Gallery in 2009. She danced with the award winning Troupe for two years, and was awarded the Tremaine Dancer Of The Year Scholarship Award in 2013. During that time she was privileged to train with several industry professionals in master classes and conventions. She also assisted with several classes during her time as a student. She recently returned from New York City after spending several months at Broadway Dance Center in their prestigious Training Program. When not teaching, you can find her onstage at the Georgetown Palace Theatre, most recently as the title character in “Mary Poppins”. This is her 5th year as a teacher at The Dance Gallery.

Anna Warr, Instructor

Anna has a tremendous love and passion for the performing arts. She grew up in Round Rock, traveling with a performance choir and competitive theatre company. She discovered her love of dance when she became involved in musicals through her later years. She built her love for dance through her four years with the Stony Point Tiger Dancers and discovered her new love of a team atmosphere. Through the years, Anna has continued to work on her dance background by attending conventions and dance events such as the Teachers Summit in L.A. where she trained under names such as Travis Wall, Mandy Moore and Tyce Diorio. Anna has been teaching multiple styles to numerous ages for the past 12 years and has even spread her love by teaching hip hop through the local recreation centers and to elementary schools for their after school enrichment programs. Anna has just received a Bachelors of Science in Education and looks forward to reaching more children by teaching within the local school districts. Both of Anna’s daughters Adisyn and Ashlyn are on the performance troupe here at The Dance Gallery. This is Anna’s 9th year with The Dance Gallery.

Francis Rodriguez, Instructor

Francis is a performer and dance educator currently based in Austin, Texas. She began her formal dance training at a young age in Brownsville, Texas and across the lower Rio Grande Valley. Francis holds both a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin and her Texas state teacher certification in dance.While at UT, she performed in works by Netta Yerushalmy, Charles O. Anderson, Jeremy Arnold, Ray Schwartz and Oluwaseun Olayiwola. Francis has also received additional training at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France, the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina and Sidra Bell Dance New York’s choreographic lab, MODULE. Most recently, she was an artistic intern with Forklift Danceworks, working in both production and operations for the company’s most recent performance Dove Springs Swims/Nadamos Dove Springs. This is Francis’ first year with The Dance Gallery and she looks forward to having an amazing year with TDG family!”

Heather Doyal, Instructor

Heather grew up in the dance studio since the age of three, taking classes from her mother who is also a dance teacher and company director. She started dancing in an Austin studio and began competing at the age of six. She has been classically trained in a myriad of different styles such as tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet. Heather has been teaching dance for 9 years and finds teaching to be extremely rewarding and beneficial to her personal growth. She is looking forward to working with all her new students and growing lasting relationships with her new TDG family!

Julian Crenshaw, Instructor

Julian had been dancing for 20 years after being inspired by Michael Jackson. As he got older he began training with other dance professionals at many dance conventions/workshops around the globe. He started teaching in 2011 at a studio in South Dakota, where he grew as an instructor, dancer, and leader. Julian loves to use his craft as a dancer to not only express himself but also to minister to others. In 2015 he started to travel around the world to “World of Dance” events, teaching workshops while meeting new people and growing as a dancer himself. In 2017 he moved to Austin, Texas to continue spreading the love of dance teaching throughout the city. Julian is excited to join TDG this year!

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