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.