The Staff and Teachers

Edwina McPhail Worley

Owner/Director /Tap Teacher

Edwina graduated from UT with a B.A. in Education and has been teaching dance for 45 years. She grew up dancing at her mother’s studio, the Shirley McPhail School of Dance,

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Kristin W. Smith

Teacher & Troupe SMSDance Assistant Director

To say that dancing and teaching is literally in my blood is an understatement as I am the granddaughter of Shirley McPhail and the youngest daughter of Edwina McPhail Worley.  I began dancing at the age of three with Miss Trish… I mean, who didn’t? 

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Judy Moore McPhail 

Director, Marketing and Advertising, Director/Teacher, Cotillion Austin-Style

I grew up in Greenville, Tx, taking lessons from then well-known dance teacher Goodlow Lewis.  In high school, I was  Captain of the drill team, the Greenville Flaming Flashes, which had been founded by the famous Gussie Nell Davis.  Supposedly, it was the first drill team in the country!  When Gussie Nell left Greenville, she went to Kilgore, TX and began the incomparable Kilgore Rangerettes! 

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Teresa Pearce

Teacher/Troupe SMSDance Director

I started dancing at SMSD when I was five years old. Miss Trish was my very first dance teacher!  As a teenager I danced with the SMSD dance troupe, and performed with Ballet Austin, Third Coast Jazz, and in London with UCA. 

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Jennifer Tcharikova

Teacher

Jennifer began dancing at the age of 5 and received her training and love of dance from Judy Thompson-Price in Austin. Her dance education continued under Linda Divin, Deidre Strand, Acia Gray, and Greg Easley.

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Lauris Blackwell 

Teacher

Lauris Blackwell grew up singing and dancing at SMSD!  After high school she attended Austin College, and then went on to New York, where she was a scholarship winner to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. 

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Laure Kersch

Teacher

As a child, I loved to dance around my parents home on my toes pretending I was a ballerina. I didn't have the opportunity to take dance lessons, so I would watch t.v. and mimic dance moves. During my early teen years I started to excel in athletics and was on the volleyball team, track team, tennis team, pom pom team, baton twirling, cheerleading and learned racquetball in college. 

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Svetlana Krylova

Teacher

Svetlana was born in Kazakhstan (former republic of USSR) and began her professional dance training at the age of 10 with the Russian State Academy for the Classical Ballet in Voronezh, Russia, Choreographic Academy of Vaganova Program. At 18 she began her solo career with the Russian State Academy Theatre for the Opera and Ballet in Donetsk, Ukraine. 

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Lexi Beriswil

Teacher

 Lexi grew up in Cedar Park, Texas where she was trained in various styles of dance. She was First
Lieutenant for the Cedar Park High School “Celebrities,” and was a member of the Elite Company at the
Dance Center.  

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MJ Goerger

Teacher

Bursting onto the dance scene at the wee age of five in Tempe, AZ, Mandy Jay (MJ) Goerger was hooked for life on the groovy fever of dance!

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Beth Steinke

Teacher

Beth’s dance training began in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio. She has studied various forms of dance, including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, hula, and Tahitian among others. She grew up attending dance conventions and competing on dance team. Beth enjoys all dance styles but is particularly fond of tap, and thus, she began focusing her energy on rhythm tap in 1996. Click here to Read More

 

 

Boo Ruiz Wong

Teacher/ Competiton Team Director  

Boo Ruiz Wong is a lifelong dancer and fitness enthusiast. She began dancing at the age of 2 at Shirley McPhail's School of Dance. After dancing at SMSD for nearly 15 years she continued her dance education at Ballet Austin where she joined the pre-professional program under Mr. Stephen Mills. Click here to Read More

Jaimie Lycan

Teacher

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Rebeca Gamborino 

Teacher

Rebeca has 25 years of dance training and has worked and choreographed for award winning companies and studios. She was the Competitive Dance Director for Frisco Dance Force and assistant Company Director for the Dance Zone.  

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Madeleine Owens

Tap Teacher

In her second season with Tapestry, Madeleine Owens is a graduate of Texas Woman's University with a major in dance studies.

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Lisa Loring

E-RYT, YA NA Yoga Teacher
Lisa has been practicing and studying yoga for over 24 years. Her main certifications are held in two complementing yoga traditions; Embodyoga and Forrest Yoga with additional certifications in Yin Yoga, Adaptive Yoga and Pranayama and Meditation.

Embodyoga uses the fluidity of vinyasa to explore the poses and move with ease.  Forrest Yoga is more of a hatha style with a great emphasis on alignment and an invitation to deepen the breath as a way focus and deepen experiences of the poses and the practise.

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Amanda Nieves

Studio & Dancer's Den Manager, Teacher

Amanda Nieves began dancing at the age of 18 while attending Collin College, a community college in her hometown. After rapidly falling in love, she committed to pursuing a degree in dance and has recently graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Dance.

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Georgia Holloway

Office Manager/Accounts Receivable

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia Holloway is a multi-tasking southern peach who runs the SMSD Office "en pointé!"  

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Adrianna Mojica

Dancer's Den Associate

Adrianna grew up in Round Rock, Texas and always had a passion for dance. Later in her Teen years she moved to Lubbock, Texas where she began learning jazz, hip-hop, and ballet.

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Susanne Seckrettar

Dancer's Den Associate

Susanne Seckrettar is a former flight attendant who grew up in Germany.  After years of taking Pilates she has started taking Ballet class, as a grown up, four years ago.

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Kelly Treybig

Dancer's Den  & Studio Administrator & IT

Kelly started her dance education at age 4 with Miss Shirley and Miss Trish at SMSD. She danced at SMSD through high school and was also a 3 year member of the Westlake Hyline Dance team.

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