Jackleen Rios began her dance career at the age of four, learning traditional ballet technique from a well known dance studio in San Antonio called the Vladimir Marek Ballet Studio. She continued dancing throughout her adolescence growing in the art of dance learning other genres such as jazz, hip hop, and modern. She continued with her dance career by attending the University of North Texas in Denton Tx, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance Cume Laude. After receiving her BA in dance, she completed her Dance Certification for 8-12th grade to begin her journey in dance education. In 2015, Jackleen graduated from The University of Texas San Antonio with a Master of Science in Health and Kinesiology.
While at University of North Texas, she and a fellow classmate pioneered a well known dance company called “Dreamers the Next Level,” where they performed in different venues all over the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex. When she moved back to San Antonio, she began teaching in dance studios throughout SA, working with ages 3 up to adults, as well as competitive dance companies, where she received several awards for her choreography, style and costume.
She also taught for the Parks and Recreation of San Antonio, displaying her choreography on the San Antonio’s famous Arneson theater and has been recognized for outstanding choreography. In 2010, she became the Dance Director for San Antonio Independent School District’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy. Jackleen started the dance program at YWLA. Some of her students started with little or no experience, and have become elite dancers, who have branched out into the dance world to be successful individuals. Her students have been in numerous opportunities throughout San Antonio, such as appearing on television (Dance SA), hip hop organizations (Hype, Unified Soul), local music videos, and dancers for local singing artists.
The program has also participated in local events including the Battle of Flowers parade in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, The Young Women’s Leadership Academy was asked to perform for the Department of Education in Fine Arts in Washington D.C. Jackleen’s choreography was recognized by the Department of Education in Fine Arts’ as one of the best programs in San Antonio. Jackleen is also a member of The Texas Dance Educators Association and The Center for Education in Developing Fine Arts since 2010.
Jackie Aguirre is the Fine Arts Dance teacher at Louis D. Brandeis High School. She teaches classical ballet, modern, and jazz technique and is the artistic director of the Brandeis Ballet Company.
Ms. Aguirre began her dance training at age eight at Vladimir Marek Ballet Academy under the instruction of Vladimir Marek, Nancy Smith and Joyce Knapick. She attended the summer program at the prestigious School of American Ballet in NYC and the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. After graduating from John Marshall High School, she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She earned a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Psychology and graduated magna cum laude in 1999.
Combo I & Mommy & Me
Charis Rosario, also known as Miss Reese, received her dance training at an early age in her native San Antonio, mainly at Pat Holbrook’s Studio 10 Co. Motion Dance Company. Reese holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Texas State University. Company credits include Merge Dance Company (2009-2011) and Orchesis Dance Company (Assistant Artistic Director 2008-2009). With these companies, she had the privilege to collaborate with credited choreographers and showcase pieces such as “Boots”, performed at Ballet Austin Theatre. Reese performed numerous pieces including “Undress Me Not” and “Mujeres de Juarez”, which was featured at Los Angeles Highways Performance Dance Space, and “Sick”, performed at New York’s, DUMBO Arts Festival. After college, Reese choreographed and performed as the soloist for Nadine Mansour’s “We Should Be Lover’s” music video. A year later she performed as a backup dancer for Nadine’s follow up single, “Love for Life”, on KENS 5 Great Day S.A. Reese later joined Ballet East Dance Company (2013-2015) in Austin, Texas focusing on Horton technique. Melissa Villarreal, previous Assistant Artistic Director, and Rodolfo Mendez, Artistic Director, offered choreographers such as Sharon Marroquin, Andrea Ariel, J.P Flores, Jessica Martinez-Zamarripa to set pieces on the Ballet East company. In her second season, Reese had the opportunity to promote Ballet East on Good Day Austin, with a performance duet choreographed by Julie Nunan Bohn. Later Melissa Villarreal founded her own modern dance company called Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts where Reese performed and collaborated on choreography for productions such as Ella, which explored the meaning of being a modern woman in modern times, breaking down a women’s experience in a day to day basis, and how past values oppress women and young girls even today. At this time, she also performed as a backup dancer for a rock band, Seek Irony, gaining exposure in major cities in Texas. Her main passion is educating children and teens through dance and theater. For the past four to five years Reese taught dance and drama classes at Smith Academy preschool and private school (2013-2018), Soul 2 Sole Dance Academy and One Academy of Dance (2013-2015) in Austin, Texas, and she taught ballet technique for after school programs with Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth, Texas (2015-2016).
John Sierra is an experienced and energetic teacher since 1970. He has been a gymnastic instructor and coach for the Northern Hills Gymnastics Club, YMCA, Gymex Corporation, Edgewood ISD, Harrison Unlimited Gymnastics Center, and SA Gymnastics Center. In 1985, he coach Girls Class IV gymnastics team that won first in the Texas Twisters competition and a gymnastic student who won first place in all around competition in the U.S.G.F Class IV Qualifier District Championship and third place in State Semi-Finals. He is knowledgeable in both cheer and gymnastics competitions as well as holding numerous Gymnastics clinics and workshops.
Tyrone Cabalo is an ambitious dancer and choreographer whom seeks not perfection, but progress. He started dancing since he was 5 years of age. His inspirations are well known artists like Usher, Chris Brown, and especially the pop legend, Michael Jackson. When Tyrone turned 12, he joined a cultural dance group, Philippine Dance Company of San Antonio. It’s a non-profit organization that perform traditions in the art of dance during the State Fair of Texas and Folklife Festival in San Antonio.
When Tyrone turned 16, he began to instruct dance through many studios, high school dance teams, quinceaneras, and competitive events. He strives to get the community together and have everyone of all ages enjoy and participate in the art of dancing!
Kirsten Burandt is a 2000 graduate of Texas State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Dance Education. A native of San Antonio, she began her dance career at the age of 2 and continued through high school, and then on to college. Growing up she was part of a competitive dance show group for 5 years in San Antonio that competed in all dance styles regionally and nationally. She has been teaching in private and public institutions for over 20 years, providing education in Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Musical Theatre. For the past 9 years, she served as the Performing Arts Department’s Dance teacher and Director of Dance Teams at various high schools. She most recently was the Artistic Director of the Alief Jazz Ballet Company in Houston for three years. She currently holds certification by EXCET, in Dance, Physical Education, and Professional Development. She is also certified by the Texas Association, Teachers of Dance (TATD) where she is a Master Instructor/choreographer. She consistently trains at workshops and conventions around the country to remain current, hip, and always in touch with the latest music, styles, techniques and choreography.
Hip Hop Heels /Vogue
BreeAnn “Breezy” Ashley, a 26 southern artist from San Antonio TX, started her professional dance carrer in Chicago, IL were she majored in Dance at Columbia College Chicago. After graduating, she formed her own movement in 2014 called Hip Heels Hop
A dance class Designed for all walks of life who live for being Strong, Sexy, Fierce, and Powerful DIVAS in Heels! Now Hip Heels Hop is continuing it’s journey all around the U.S!
Sandra Mata began dancing in 2014 with the dance department at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy & from then she began taking classes at the Jewel of Art where she then received her pointe shoes in 2018. Sandra has been exposed to Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet & Modern Contemporary. Sandra has preformed at induction ceremonies, as well as winter & spring shows affiliated with the YWLA dance department where she is apart of their Advanced Dance team. Sandra has also preformed in the Battle of Flowers, Princess Fest, Oyster Bake, & Deco Fest. Sandra is extremely active in her community as she’s preformed and assisted with choreography for the McCauley Baptist Church Winter musical productions & has done likewise for the church’s Vacation Bible School. She has also been apart of the church’s AWANA program since its establishment in 2015 where she is a Leader in Training for the youngest group of kids; the Puggles she helps to teach these children that are of 2 years of age. Sandra works with children of the Jewel of Art as well during our summer camps that began in 2017 as she has also participated in their summer teen intensive as well. Sandra’s primary focus in dance is Ballet & Tap as she has been apart of the Jewel of Art since our establishment.