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Lisa Shed

Owner/Director

Lisa Shed, owner of Lisa’s Dance Connection, opened her studio in 1992. An honor graduate of Temple College and a cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, Lisa has a degree in early childhood education and over thirty years experience in teaching dance. She has performed at Disney World and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but her true passion is teaching dance to students ages birth through adult.  Lisa Shed was named Business Person of the Year for 2007 by the Temple Chamber of Commerce, and Lisa’s Dance Connection has been voted #1 Dance Studio in the Reader’s Choice Awards of the Temple Daily Telegram. She is a Tap certified member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing (TATD) and attends dance conventions and master classes often to continue to stay up to date with the newest dance techniques. Lisa has been a guest instructor for the TATD Dance Convention. To Lisa, it’s about MORE than dance; it’s about developing the confidence and self-esteem every child needs to be successful in life. 

Check out one of Mrs. Lisa's feature articles in Dance Teacher Magazine:

https://www.dance-teacher.com/lisa-shed-teaches-the-oldest-and-youngest-students-and-loves-parachutes-2631632933.html

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Rachel Shed Edelbrock

Assistant Studio Director, LDC Company Stars Director

Rachel Edelbrock trained at Lisa's Dance Connection in Temple, TX from 18 months old to 18 years old. Truly called to dance education, she began teaching at Lisa’s Dance Connection in 2014 and has since become a professional dance instructor and choreographer and owner of Motion Composers Dance Intensive. Rachel is the Assistant Studio Director at Lisa's Dance Connection as well as the Director of the competitive dance program at LDC, the LDC Company Stars.

 

Rachel began competing in a multitude of dance competitions at age 5 and was honored with numerous awards for her performances. Teaming up with Lisa Shed and co-choreographing her tap solo in 2012, Rachel was awarded the title of Grand National Champion at Dance Showcase U.S.A. Since then, she has moved on to choreograph several solos, duets, and group dances, many of which have received the highest accolades. When Rachel was 13, her choreography was presented by Lisa Shed at the Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing (TATD) Convention. Most recently, Rachel presented a hip-hop class at the TATD Mini Convention, sharing her knowledge and teaching methods with other dance teachers in Texas.

 

Rachel often travels across the country attending dance conventions, tap festivals, and assisting famous choreographers. Rachel was chosen to be a member of Power Dance Convention’s Power Krew; a program where dancers assist distinguished choreographers at conventions across the country. Blessed with several scholarship opportunities to travel to many places such as Los Angeles and New York, Rachel has studied with world-renowned choreographers, expanding her knowledge and skill. While traveling and training internationally, Rachel’s students have been hand-selected to perform her choreography at several events and faculty shows at national dance conventions.

Rachel managed her busy high school schedule as an honor roll student, and a member of the Belton High School Magic Belles, where she was a Social Officer and Choreographer/Captain of the Hip Hop Company. She also has a passion for music and vocal performance, giving her extensive knowledge of music theory. Rachel shares this love with her students by creating choreography fitting to the musicality and lyrical phrasing in a piece of music, mixing and editing music that suits her dancers well, and incorporating “Rhythm Reading” into her tap curriculum. In addition to stressing the importance of musical notation and timing in dance, Rachel advocates for dancers to understand the intentions behind each phrase in choreography, allowing them to connect with the music, the audience, and their fellow dancers on stage.

 

While pursuing her BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Rachel earned her Associate's Degree in General Studies in 2020 with Phi Theta Kappa Honors from Temple College and plans to complete her Bachelor's Degree from TAMUCT in 2022. Defying the odds and braving the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel married her high school sweetheart in August of 2020. Her husband, Joseph, is a self-proclaimed "Dance Husband" and her #1 Fan!

 

Rachel is certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Sexual Abuse Awareness, and Dance Safety + Wellness. She holds her Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) Certification, demonstrating her dedication to age-appropriate dance artistry, costuming, and music selection. Rachel gives all of the glory to God for her accomplishments and loves to share her passion for dance with her students.

Marcia Beeksma

Classical Ballet Conservatory

Marcia Beeksma began her training in 1987 as both a dancer and teacher first under Margaret Newcomb and later with Renee Gillenwater, former owners of Newcomb School of Ballet in Killeen, TX.  She continued with Newcomb until 2015 serving as both a teacher's assistant, instructor, and assistant performance director at Newcomb's.  After Ms. Gillenwater passed away, Mrs. Beeksma continued as interim director and primary instructor of Newcomb Ballet until its closure in 2016.

Mrs. Beeksma has also attended the 15th Annual Teacher's Congress offered by Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio, former professor and head of the dance program at Texas Tech University.  Upon completion of this intensive course of study, Mrs. Beeksma received certificates in Classes I and II of the Accelerated 6-year Program for teaching classical ballet.  Recently, Mrs. Beeksma attended the Cosmopolitan Ballet Theatre's Teacher Training Program, an intensive program where she studied the pedagogy of levels one through six of the eight-year Russian (Vaganova) syllabus with Irina Vakhromeeva. 

In addition to teaching ballet, Mrs. Beeksma also holds a Bachelor's Degree and Texas Elementary Teaching certificate and has several years experience teaching in both public and private schools as well as many years homeschooling her own children.

Melinda Kunz

Dance Instructor

Melinda Kunz enjoys combining her love of children with her passion for dance. From the age of three, Melinda grew up performing with her hometown dance studio in California.   She continued to study dance at Brigham Young University and performed on one of the university’s dance companies.  At BYU, she took classes in children’s dance methodology and was hired to teach for the university’s community outreach program.   Since graduation, Melinda has taught dance classes for eighteen years at studios in Utah, Missouri, North Carolina, San Antonio, and is now starting her eleventh year at Lisa’s Dance Connection. Melinda is also member of Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing (TATD) and is certified in Ballet.  

Samantha Shepherd

Dance Instructor, LDC Company Stars

Samantha Shepherd is a senior undergrad at UTA studying Musical Theatre. She can’t remember a time that she was not dancing! She started teaching dance when she was only 12 and absolutely loves it. She has trained at countless conventions and studios across the US including Debbie Allen’s Dance, Millennium, Dance Space LA with Harry Shum Jr, Anthony “Kanec” Carr and Heidi Jarrett. She was a professional backup dancer for MoHo Productions performing and touring with Ashley Argota, Chris Michael and Abi Ann. The dance team she was a part of in high school has won countless titles taking them all around the world to compete! She also has studied dance intensely in college and was a part of Maverick Dance Company. Apart from that, she has been involved with the theatre for years, directing, writing and even choreographing large scale musicals like “Thoroughly Modern Millie”! She has always had a passion for choreography and loves seeing her visions come to life and working with beautiful spirits to create. She is so excited to be at Lisa’s.

Elizabeth Hodges

Dance Instructor, LDC Company Stars

Elizabeth Hodges began dancing at the age of three and trained at Dance Connection in St. Peters, Missouri, where she was born and raised. During her time dancing and competing at regional and national competitions, she received numerous overall awards, scholarships, and special awards. She has had the privilege of training with professionals such as Justin Giles, Mark Meismer, and Tina D’Amato. Some of her accomplishments include performing at Disney World, dancing in a Hallmark movie, assist teaching at Hollywood Connection Convention, being a company dancer with The Collaboration Dance Company, and being named hip hop national champions at Universal Dance Association with her college dance team, the Lion Line. Liz has over 15 years of experience as a dance instructor/choreographer with an expertise in jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, and contemporary. Her choreography has received many high scores and overall awards regionally and nationally. Dance is Elizabeth's greatest passion and she is so excited to be sharing it with the students at Lisa’s Dance Connection!

Danielle Drake

Classical Ballet Conservatory

Danielle Drake started dancing at 5 years old at The Newcomb School of Ballet in Killeen, TX, where she trained through her high school years. At 13 years old, she began attending Ballet Magnificat! summer dance intensives. In 2011, she successfully auditioned for the company's trainee program and moved to Jackson, MS. There she trained and toured with the events company for 3 years. She was then promoted to Ballet Magnificat!'s Omega company, touring worldwide and teaching master classes for 2 years before retiring. Since 2016, Danielle has taught at two different dance studios, instructing her students with the knowledge she gleaned as a professional dancer. 

Kylei Vale

Dance Instructor, Administrative Assistant

Kylei Vale grew up locally in Killeen, Texas where she began dancing at a studio at 9 years old and was invited to dance competitively at 11.  She also joined her middle school dance team and eventually grew to become an Ellison Emerald in high school. Over the last 7 years, Kylei has grown as a dancer by excelling in various type of competitions, choreographing dances, and assisting in the development of other dancers.  While in high school, Kylei earned an Associates of Arts at Central Texas College. Kylei attends the University of Mary Hardin Baylor where she was a part of the Sader Belles dance team and is working to obtain a degree in Nursing.

Bristal Wright

Dance Instructor, LDC Company Stars

Bristal Wright has been dancing since the age of 3 in all styles of dance. She competitively competed for her regional and nationally ranked high school dance team, where she also served as President, and was named Utah All-State Dance Team Member.  Bristal continued to dance in college and graduated from Brigham Young University majoring in Exercise Wellness and minoring in Business Management. She then returned to her high school as the head coach of the drill/dance team, where she choreographed and oversaw the success of 34 established dancers. Most recently, Bristal taught and choreographed in Hershey, PA, focusing on contemporary, jazz, and hip hop for all levels and ages, including the studio’s advanced dancers. Her love for dance has allowed her to participate in and be recognized in dance conventions all over the United States. Bristal is very excited to be working with Lisa’s Dance Connection, and continue to share her passion for dance with others!

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Marissa Smith

Dance Instructor, LDC Company Stars

Marissa Smith began taking dance at Lisa's Dance Connection at 3 years old. She continued on to dance with the LDC Company Stars, graduate from the student teacher training program, and become a great dance teacher loved by her students. She is excited to teach this summer after becoming LDC Alumni in 2021.

Kylie Martinez

Dance Instructor, Classical Ballet Conservatory

Kylie Martinez grew up in Denton, Texas. She started dance when she was 5 years old. She has danced at several different studios throughout her life. She spent her sophomore through senior years in high school dancing at Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, Texas. She danced as a company member her senior year, training in ballet, modern, and jazz. Kylie is currently a sophomore at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and is majoring in Social Work and minoring in Spanish.

Beatrice White

Dance Instructor, LDC Company Stars

Beatrice White began dancing competitively at the age of 10 years old, and was trained in a variety of different dance styles including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and modern! During high school, she was apart of the Varsity Magic Belles for all 4 years while she continued her studio training. In 2019, Beatrice danced in the televised Rose Parade in Pasadena California along side Chaka Kahn, and Jordan Fisher. Beatrice continued dancing at the collegiate level with the internationally famous TJC Apache Belles. During her years on the team she traveled to Washington D.C. and performed for esteemed military veterans, as well as performed in the HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston Texas! While at TJC she was a member of Chi Tau Epsilon (Dance Honor Society) and she served as secretary, and co-choreographer for student dance projects. At TJC she received extensive training in ballet and modern techniques, under highly regarded professors, and guest teachers.

Miss Bea is a proud LDC Alumni! 

Victoria Maxson

Assistant Dance Instructor

Victoria Maxson has completed our student assistant training program and is now an assistant teacher. In addition to assisting, she is a member of the LDC Company Stars and Classical Ballet Conservatory. Victoria was awarded the Tap Into The Network Scholarship at Encore National Dance Competition in 2021.