800 Vanesa in Wylie, Texas
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Dance Company of Wylie is owned and operated by two sisters who have been involved in the dance industry for more than 40 years combined.
Our mission is to develop strong, confident, and knowledgeable dancers in a diverse community that promotes individuality and teamwork while upholding a high standard of professionalism.
Dance Company of Wylie is approximately 4000 square feet with three spacious dance studios. Each studio has a specifically engineered floor.
Our two larger studios use a floating floor approach with Birch plywood and Styrofoam padding designed to reduce and or eliminate injuries to dancers. They are both finished with a professional Marley floor.
The third studio is used primarily for our smaller dancers and the floor is constructed with beautiful engineered light maple wood.
All studios are equipped with full length mirrors and traditional wall mounted and free standing ballet Barres. The spacious facility accommodates a locker room, three bathrooms, as well as a lounge and eating area for our company dancers. Every studio has hard wired cameras to allow younger siblings and parents to observe classes in comfortable lounge areas on flat screen TVs.
Classes & Honors
Dance Company of Wylie offers classes for
We proudly offer the opportunity for induction into our chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts through the
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
Dance Company of Wylie is guided by the
Leap n Learn
curriculum, a comprehensive early childhood dance syllabus designed with a childs physical, emotional, and cognitive development in mind.
Our curriculum along with our affiliation with NDEO provides our students and staff proven structured learning with many opportunities in the dance community including: Conferences and workshops, National Honor Society, Professional networking, Online community, Job & internship opportunities, Groundbreaking research, Informative publications, Curriculum and standards, Strong advocacy and Informed Leadership.
Through our Perfomance Companies, we will provide those with the desire to study dance at a more intense level to learn not only dance technique, but also performance processes, choreography, dance history, dance criticism, and to learn dance as creative artists. Company members are motivated to learn who they are as artists, performers, and dancers, while connecting with fellow company members as a single, solid, educated, and artistic unit that will perform, create, and learn as a whole.
We seek to provide the tools for each student to acknowledge who they are as an individual dancer while also acquiring the skills to contribute to and work within a community of artistic and knowledgeable human beings.
We manage a Senior Company, a Junior Company, a Mini Company, and a Tiny Company. Dancers at the Junior and Senior levels will have the opportunity to function as teacher assistants.
Dance Company of Wylie Staff
Nikki Wintters experience is a blending of dance, upper level corporate management, dance education, and 18 years of motherhood. Nikki began dancing as a small child at her local dance studio in San Angelo, TX and continued to dance as part of the Shepton High School and Plano Senior High School (Plano, TX) drill teams. After highschool, Nikki pursued a successful career in sales and marketing which led her into leadership positions in which she managed regional teams. Through her ability to connect, empathize, and relate she was able to acquire large accounts for the company, reaching record breaking numbers.
While working in marketing, Nikki began her journey as a mother to 5 children ranging in ages from 6 to 18. As a mother, she has learned the importance of guided child development through positive experiences in the home and in extracurricular activities. Because of this, she returned to dancing in 2006 when she began teaching for the formerly managed Dance Company of Wylie to then take ownership in 2007. She found that through dancing, her daughters began developing a sense of confidence that is irreplaceable and unforgettable.
Nikkis dance education is primarily focused on the young child and their development prior to extensive and competitive training. Nikki has worked side by side with Dr. Annie Spell, child psychology specialist, and Beverly Spell (Leap N Learn, Milton, LA) to immerse herself in the inner workings of the young child focusing on their physical, emotional, and cognitive development. Since 2007, Nikki has led Dance Company of Wylie from a tiny 1-studio facility with 60 dancers and 4 teachers, to a bustling 3-studio facility with more than 350 students, 15 faculty members, and 5 successful performance/competition teams. Her goal is to continue sharing her love for dance to young ladies and gentlemen so that they will never forget the positive experiences they faced as children while providing a comprehensive and disciplined dance education that they can use in their adulthood, whatever they choose to become.
Jennifer Kaiser, MFA
Jenn Kaiser began her training in Plano, TX at the age of 3 years old at Art of Dance. She also trained at the Edge Performing Arts center in Los Angeles, performed at local and national competitions, and won scholarships to Company Dance and Encore dance competitions. She later received a performance scholarship to Oklahoma City University where she continued her education in ballet, tap, and jazz. While at OCU, she studied under Jo Rowan, Leonard Reed, and Robert Reed and performed with the American Spirit Dance Company. After leaving Oklahoma City University, Jenn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Performance at the University of Texas at Dallas where she began her studies in more modern styles. During this time, she performed with N2It Dance Company, Garland Summer Musicals in their renditions of Music Man, and Can Can, and danced with the Dallas Sidekicks Sizzle.
In May of 2008 Jenn received her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from Texas Woman's university where she studied dance performance, theory, choreography, and pedagogy and taught as a graduate teaching assistant for 2 years. There, her research focused on the integration of dance as creative and competitive arts within the dance studio. While working on her education, she performed with Dallas Dance Company as a dancer and later as the Assistant Artistic Director, and opened Wylies first competitive dance studio, Dance Company of Wylie with her sister, Nikki Wintters. Jenn has worked with studios all over the metroplex, such as Art of Dance (Plano, TX), Taylor Dance Center (McKinney, TX), Dance Fusion (Denton, TX), Xtreme Danz (Richardson, TX) and Coppell Dance Center (Coppell, TX). br /> After receiving her masters degree, Jenn quickly shifted into higher education, where she taught as an Adjunct Professor for Richland Colleges dance department for 3 years. Jenn is currently focusing on her work as Artistic Director at Dance Company of Wylie, where she heads the Performance Company and Competitive Dance Program as well as the Dance Company of Wylie chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Jenns goal is to remain committed to her values while also being open minded to new understandings through choreographic processes and teaching experiences in order to provide the knowledge and creativity needed to inspire the artists, choreographers, performers, and instructors of the future.
Kaitlin began as a gymnast when she was five. She won the 1992 Nebraska State Championship for her level when she was seven. At the age of ten, she discovered a passion for dance. In 2000, she competed in several competitions and had the opportunity to attend an Access Broadway convention for advanced students in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. During her high school years she danced at TJ's Dance Factory and joined the Sandra Day O'Connor High School Golduster Dance team. During her junior year, she won first place with a solo at the American Dance and Drill competition in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and finished top 10 at the Showmakers of America National Competition in San Marcos, Texas. She was elected Junior Lieutenant and Senior Co-Captain. As an officer, she was responsible for choreographing and teaching dance routines for football games, shows, and competitions, along with maintaining discipline and assisting the director.
Kaitlin is currently studying Finance and International Business at the University of North Texas and is returning to the Dance Fusion for a second year of teaching.
Bonnie grew up right here in Wylie where she was a member of the Wylie Jr. High Drill Team and then a member and officer of the Wylie High School Pacesetters. At Wylie High, she achieved several awards and honors, including Pacesetter of the Year in 2002, her senior year. Bonnie attended Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX, and was a member of the TVCC Cardettes. She performed on the TVCC Competition Team. Bonnie received an Associates of Arts in Teaching degree in 2009 and is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree. In 2007, Bonnie became a part of the DCW family as an instructor, and in 2012 became Assistant Director for the DCW Fireworks Company.
Chad grew up in Rowlett, TX, where he attended Rockwall High School. Chad earned a spot on the schools varsity gymnastics team his freshman year, and received the Yellowjacket Gymnast of the Year Award twice over the period of his high school career, as well as receiving All-American honors on the floor, parallel bars, and pommel horse events. He joined his team in competing at the State Championship Competition all four years. After graduation in 2009, Chad attended Richland College, where he began his dance training under Gina Sawyer and Jenn Kaiser, former Artistic Director of Dallas Dance Company, and eventually earning his Associates of Arts degree. Chad joined Dallas Dance Company in February of 2011, and continued his training in the Dallas area. Since joining Dallas Dance Company, Chad has received instruction from Ben Cameron and Amanda Ulibarri, and has performed works set by Justin Giles, Jessica Dillan, and Christopher Koehl. Chad recently traveled to New York where he trained with established actors such as Bart Shatto, Paul Valley, and Maggie Maes. Chad is currently teaching at Dance Company of Wylie and entering his second year as a performer with Dallas Dance Company. Most recently, he performed with 8&1 Dance Company for the show, "In the Name of Love," under the direction of Jill Rucci.
Britney Rush received her training from Tuzer Ballet in Richardson, Texas, and later studied with Kirt Hathaway in Collin County ballet Theater. Ms. Rush started serious modern training at the University of Oklahoma on a dance scholarship. She continued her studies and graduated with a BFA in Dance from West Texas A&M University and also performed with Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo, TX as a guest artist. While in West Texas, she got the privilage of being a dancer in "Texas! a musical drama" in Palo Duro Canyon. After dancing in Houston with Psophonia Dance Company and Urban Souls Dance Company, she moved back to Dallas and has danced with Dallas Black Dance Theater II, 8&1 Dance Company, and the Dallas Opera. Her choreography has been performed by Dallas Black II company members and has received accolades for outstanding choreography at dance competitions. Britney enjoys teaching all around the Dallas area, and taking class in any style!
Robin has been dancing since she was 3 years old, gaining experience in all types of dance, but having extensive Ballet training. She was on the drill team at Sachse high school where she was an officer her freshman, junior and senior years. Robin has been a member of Dallas Dance Company for the past six years and has continued her training in a variety of dance styles. Robin also decided to continue her dance education as a dance major at Collin College, where she was a member of their Modern, Contemporary, and Ballet dance company called Collin Dance Ensemble. Being on the company for three years, she was able to travel and was given the opportunity to work with many guest artists like Janice Garrett & Company from California, and Jhon Stroks from New York. She had several opportunities to choreograph for the company as well, and has had her works placed in several shows. Robin received many scholarships and awards during her time on the company and ultimately received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts. She then decided to further her dance career by auditioning for a dance ministry called Ingredients where she has extended her training in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Robin has been a teacher at Dance Company of Wylie for 5 years and loves being a part of such a professional and talented studio.
Shelley Padillas performing career includes dancing with Colorado Ballet, Classical Dance Theater, Ballets Arts, Ballet Ariel, Collin County Ballet Theater, and most recently, Elle Danceworks. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Texas Womans University. She is currently teaching dance at Texas Womans University and Brookhaven College and writes dance reviews for World Arts Today. In addition, she is a 200-Hour Registered and Certified yoga teacher and teaches at Yoga on Main Street in Frisco, TX. Shelley has presented research at the Teaching for a Change and World Dance Alliance Conferences, she has had choreographic work adjudicated and performed in the Regional Dance of America Festival, she was awarded the Gordon Yeargon Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year at North Central Texas College, and received the Outstanding Teacher Award at TWU. Shelley lives with her husband and four children in Prosper, Texas and is very excited to be joining the teaching staff at the Dance Company of Wylie.
Jessie took his first dance class at the age of 9 and has enjoyed dancing ever since. At age 15, he attended Plano Dance Theater where he started considering a career in dance instruction and choreography. Jessie has received multiple scholarships for his dance ability including full rides to both the 2009 New York Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive and the 2010 Ballet Austin Summer Intensive. In 2011, he won the Collin, You Think You Dance? competition that was held at Collin College, where he is currently studying. Jessies areas of expertise are ballet and contemporary, but is also trained in jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, and musical theater. Jessie joined the Dance Company of Wylie faculty.
Mindy began dancing in 8th grade as a member of the McMillan Junior High Dazzlers right here in Wylie, Texas. From there she won the Gussie Nell Davis dance award and competed in local competitions throughout the year. After junior high, she became a Wylie Pirate Pacesetter for three years before becoming a Senior Lieutenant on the Pacesetters. While in high school she performed at football and basketball games and also participated in the annual Spring Shows. She performed in competitions, dancing in team and small groups in San Antonio and Galveston, while also traveling out of state to Los Angeles and Orlando, receiving honors and awards throughout high school. During her senior year, she held a leadership position while choreographing routines, maintaining discipline among the team, and participating in local dance clinics for children. Mindy came to Dance Company of Wylie in 2010 after graduating and is still continuing her education in dance by taking classes as well as teaching at Dance Company of Wylie. Mindy enjoys introducing and teaching the values of dance including discipline, creativity, confidence, and perseverance through working with children in her classes.
Starting from a young age, Shelly was always involved in dance. She began ballet at the age of 3 and worked all the way up until she was 12 at one of the highest ranked ballet schools in the Dallas FortWorth Area. Shelly began Jazz and HipHop around 11 and has been pursuing those styles ever since. Shelly has taught HipHop at studios in the DFW area, as well as at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has had several opportunities to dance with big name promotion teams, including Radio Disney, and most recently for the singer/songwriter Drake. Shelly has also taught with a dance company called Tippi Toes, teaching basic ballet moves to kids as young as 2 years old.
Kendra Hibbs, from Wylie, Texas, studied on scholarship at McLennan Community College and finished her Bachelors in Dance Studies at Texas Womans University. While at MCC she trained under Sandy Hinton where she won two Division III National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate Championships in Daytona, Florida. Under Hinton she trained in Jazz, Pom and Hip-Hop dance. In 2011, Kendra performed at the half time Super Bowl show on stage with the Black Eyed Peas.
After graduating with her Associates degree from MCC Kendra moved on to study ballet and modern dance at Texas Womans University. While at TWU Kendra had the opportunity to take workshops with Amii LeGendre and KT Niehoff. Kendra trained under Mary Williford Shade, Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, and Shelly Padilla. While at TWU Kendra had the opportunity to be a part of the International Dance Company, where she performed many dances from various cultures. Kendra danced with 8&1 Dance Company in Dallas, Texas in their Deadly and In The Spirit shows. She recently went with 8&1 to New York for numerous performance opportunities. Most recently Kendra has been working with Shannon Watters on her culminating project "just be.". Kendra is excited to be back at Dance Company of Wylie teaching.
Hours of Operation
Mondays: 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays: 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location & Directions
The Dance Company of Wylie Studio is located at 801 Vanesa Lane, Suite A, Wylie, Texas 75098. Find us easily on Park Blvd between Parker Road (FM 2514) and the McMillan Junior High School.
From Downtown Wylie
, take Ballard (FM 2514) north to Park Blvd, make left onto Park, studio is on right.
From Wylie High School
, take Country Club Road (FM 1378) north to Park Blvd, make right onto Park, pass McMillan Junior High, studio is on left.
, take Country Club Road (FM 1378) south to Park Blvd, make left onto Park, pass McMillan Junior High, studio is on left.
, take Parker Road east to Country Club Road (FM 1378), make right onto Country Club, head south to Park Blvd, make left onto Park, pass McMillan Junior High, studio is on left.
Need more assistance finding us? Try the map below or call us at (972) 429-0700.
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