Ms. Renee Burdick, owner and director of the Stephenville Dance Center, is a native of Washington, D.C. where she trained on scholarship at the Fairfax Ballet under the tutelage of Thomas & Ilona Russell. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Ballet and a minor in Business in 2002 from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, she trained with ballet legend Fernando Bujones, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Li-Chou Cheng, Christian von Howard, Susan Douglas Roberts and many others. Upon graduation, Renee moved to New York where she danced with Mariana Beckerman Dance Company. She has also performed with Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Ballet Frontier, Wild Goose Chase, Caroline Calouche Dance Company, at the American College Dance Festival, and the American Dance Festival. She has traveled all over the country and Mexico performing with these companies. After hanging up her pointe shoes, she moved to Stephenville with her husband where she had been the director of the SPARD dance program for four years before opening the Stephenville Dance Center. Ms. Renee holds an Masters in Education with and emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Tarleton State University. She has been an adjunct faculty member with the Tarleton Kinesiology Department for the past 10 years. She has also enjoyed being involved with the TSU theater department where she choreographs musical theater productions such as "Grease," "West Side Story," "The Boyfriend," and "You Never Know." In 2010, Ms. Burdick welcomed her adorable daughter, Ava, into the world!
Ms. Chanell Dayton, a native to Stephenville, Texas began studying dance at the age of four in Hobbs, NM. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2008 where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Dance with a minor in photography. She has an expansive and eclectic range of dance experience ranging from studio dance, drill team, Modern and Contact Improvisation. In the past she has performed in pieces for TWU DanceMakers Concerts, DanceWorks Repertory Company, and Dance Lab. As a choreographer she prides herself in utilizing different forms of mixed media (video, photography, sculpture, music, etc) in conjunction with improvisation as a means to create dance. She is currently working on a dance for camera piece that probes questions about color and its connection to emotion. As an educator of dance she strives to enrich the lives of children by helping them find excitement, meaning, and an artistic voice through movement. It is her main goal to reach out to the community through teaching and give direction that will lead each child to become a decision maker, dig deep into their imaginative selves, and to find their artistic voice in dance.
Ms. Wendy enjoyed dancing on her high school drill team for four years. While in high school she assisted classes at Dance Connections and Progressions Dance in Houston. After graduating high school, she moved to Stephenville and was a Texan Star on the Tarleton dance team. She graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton in 2015. She immediately entered the Masters Program at Tarleton and has earned her Master's degree in Kinesiology. She has also enjoyed teaching dance fitness classes at the Tarleton Rec Center and at the Stephenville Dance Center.
Ms. Hannah Elkins began studying dance in Stephenville at age three. In addition, Ms. Hannah studied under the instruction of Ms. Renee Burdick for over a decade. Her experiences and performances have included the lead rolls of Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and the Enchantress in Belle and the Beast, as well as many others with the Stephenville Dance Center. Her experience in dance includes ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, tap, hip-hop, Ballet Folklórico, and drill team. She was a member of the Stephenville High School Stingerettes’ Varsity competition team and earned the title of State Grand Champion both years she performed with the Stingerettes. After high school graduation, she was a member of the International Dance Company at Texas Woman’s University and performed Ballet Folklórico in the DanceMakers concert, Denton Hispanic Heritage Festival, DanceAfrica Marketplace and Festival, the TWU Festival of Lights, and at TWU’s Family Weekend before transferring to Tarleton State University where she is majoring in psychology with a minor in business. She strives to use her experience in dance and education in psychology to teach and lead students in the most positive, effective, and healthy way possible, both physically and mentally.
Tiffany Trimble started dancing with the Stephenville Dance Center at the age of sixteen. Her training at the studio prepared her thoroughly for many "dance required" roles in live theatre. She has performed in numerous musicals in the last two years, her favorites include "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Singin' in the Rain". In addition to performing regularly with the Granbury Opera House and Plaza Theatre Company she is a Barré fitness instructor at Tarleton State University. She has had experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Competition, Square Dancing, Lyrical, Contemporary, Waltz, Foxtrot, Two Step, Line Dances, Polka, Salsa, and Swing. She is very passionate about choreographing and sharing her love of dance with the community.