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Atascocita Dance Academy& Crosby Dance Academy
ADA Ballet Instructor
Andreea was trained in the Vagonova style of ballet, which is known for athleticism
& artistry. She trained for 8 years at the Russian School of Ballet. More coming soon!
Sarah has been dancing for 14 years. She was a 4 year member of the Crosby Cougar Stars, a 2 year dance officer, serving as Colonel her senior year. She attended Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Sciences. She is currently a science teacher at Crosby High School. Sarah is knowledgeable about the body, loves to dance, and has a passion and heart for teaching and for young people. She taught at ADA this past year, and is so excited to be part of the CDA staff!
Shaleigh has been dancing since the age of 4. She attended studio until the age of 14. In 7th grade she became a member of the middle school dance team at Crosby. Her 8th grade year she served in a leadership role as a "Star Leader". She is currently a member of the Crosby High School Cougar Stars and holds the dance officer position of First Lieutenant. She is currently enrolled in classes at the newly opened CDA. Shaleigh is very passionate about dance and loves to show that through her students and CDA family.
Lauren White Mangum
Lauren was a member of the Blinn College dance team for two years, as well as served as the dance captain for one year. She then transitioned to Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member and captain of the SFA dance team. After dancing for SFA for two years, she then became the SFA assistant director for one year.
Fun/interesting fact: She does not like any types of chocolate!
ADA Office Manager
Mary has been happily married to Tim for 18 years. Together they have 5 kids (2 of which competitively dance with ADA). Mrs. Mary serves as a 1st grade teacher with Humble ISD. She has been with ADA since the doors opened 5 years ago. She loves to help guide parents and students with taking the class or classes that best fit them, when they walk through our front door!
Hunter started gymnastics at the age of 2 and continued competitively for 12 years until she stopped at level 9. After that she found a love for dance and competed for the last 5 years, 2 of that with Mrs. Rayburn at ADA. Hunter has taught pre-school to first grade acro, and acro 1 and 2 for the past year and can't wait to teach more! A fun fact about her is that her first job was as a kennel worker for a veterinary clinic.
Bio coming soon!
Brittany has been dancing since the 4th grade. In 6th grade she began attending ADA and was on the competition team for one year. In 8th grade she became a CMS Star Steppers Dance Team member where she served in a leadership role as a “Star Leader”. Currently, she is a member of the Crosby High School Cougar Stars and holds the dance officer position of Junior Lieutenant. She actively takes classes at the new studio, CDA. One of Brittany's major goals is to always have a servant heart. “God is first, others are second, and I am third.”
Melissa Rayburn AKA Mrs. Ray
ADA Owner/Instructor, CDA Co-Owner/Instructor
Galena Park HS: Taught dance levels 1-4 & directed the Jacketeer Drill Team for 7 years
Humble High School & Kingwood High School: Dance 1 teacher
Atascocita High School: Taught dance 1-4 and directed the Patriette Dance Team for 7 years.
Mrs. Rayburn was the inaugural instructor & resigned in June of 2013 from her position in
order to focus on her home, family, & her ADA family!
Spotlight Dance Productions: Free lance teaching and choreography, 12 years & going strong
Planet Dance: Owner, director, instructor for 5 years
Woodforest Dance Academy: Owner, director, lead instructor for 2 years
San Jacinto College, North Campus: Taught jazz dance & fitness credit courses for 5 years
Graduated top 6% (#15) in her high school class at Galena Park HS in 1993
Mrs. Rayburn attended the University of Houston's main campus to major in music and minor in dance, but after 1 year she pursued her passion for health and wellness- she graduated magna cum laude in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and minors in psychology and dance. She also danced with the Cougar Dolls Dance Team her freshmen year before entering the U of H Dance Department.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance
Houston Art Partners
Texas Dance Educators Association
Favorite Scripture/Life Philosophy
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5
Came to know her Lord & Savior at age 13, married to Mike Rayburn for 15 years, mother to Miranda age 14, Makenzie age 10, & step-mother to Myles age 27.
ADA Office Manager
Stacy is an elementary school teacher by day (just finished her 15th year) and one of ADA’s Office Managers in the evenings. Stacy and her husband of 13 years, Brian, have both lived in Kingwood for over 37 years and have 2 beautiful girls. Her girls, Addison Grace and Emerson Claire are both students at ADA and dance on the Competition and Production teams. She loves to watch her girls dance and treats all the other dancers like they are her own.
She also has 3 other family members named Jack, Bella and Gunner who are very spoiled dogs.
High School – Kingwood High School
College – Sam Houston State University
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
CDA Office Manager
Janna and her husband of 26 years, David, are empty-nesters! They have lived in Crosby for 26 years and are the owners of Patriot Transit LLC and Patriot Pipe Services. Janna has 5 kids, Chris, Katy, Sean, Taylor & Andi, (4 of which graduated from Crosby High School)! Her youngest daughter is a junior at TCU in Ft. Worth. Janna also has 6 grandchildren: Kindall, Gavyn, Mackenzie, Gunner, Gracee Sean, and Saylor.
High School- Daingerfield High School
College- Northeast Texas Community College
Janna loves to travel and spend time with family and friends
Favorite Scripture-Psalms 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
CDA Co-Owner/Instructor, ADA Instructor
Heather developed her technical skills as a dedicated officer of her competitive dance team as a youth, resulting in winning several National Championship titles. She later developed her skills as a teacher of recreational classes and director of competitive teams for 10+ years.
After graduating Cum laude with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, she obtained certification to teach Dance and Physical Education, among other subjects, in Texas public schools. As an educator, Heather pioneered and directed the first award-winning middle school dance team in her school district, in addition to teaching six academic Science classes. The program Heather developed set a precedent for other middle school-level dance teams in the district on which to base their programming.
Coach Carolynn is currently serving as Captain of Crosby Varsity High School Cheer Squad. She started cheerleading in 7th grade at Crosby Middle School, and served her Freshman year on JV, Sophomore year on Varsity and her Junior year she made Varsity Co-Captain. She's been awarded All-American 4 times while attending UCA cheer camps. Carolynn also joined Woodlands Elite to try out Competitive Cheer her Freshman year, and has competed on two level 5 cheer worlds teams, one reaching 9th place out of 79 teams at Worlds. It all started with gymnastics where Carolynn competed through level 7. In her spare time, Carolynn swims, hangs out with her friends and watches her favorite shows on Netflix.
Heather enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Dan, family, friends, and dog, Roxy. She is so excited to share her passion for dance with the Crosby & Atascocita communities!
Her philosophy on life is: Work hard, be kind, dream big.
-4 year member of the Patriettes Dance Team at Atascocita High School & a 3 year officer
-member of the Trinity Valley Cardettes her freshmen year of college
-member of the MCC Dance team at McLennan her sophomore year of college
-2 years choreographing, directing, & competing in her sorority Gamma Phi Beta's dance
competitions at Texas A&M University
-8 years of choreography & teaching experience at studios & schools
Shay started teaching at local studios when she was only 16.
She continued teaching at Emily's Dance Studio in Waco, TX while she was dancing at MCC.
Shay also has done choreography for different schools all around Texas:
High School: Atascocita High School, Class of 2012
College: Trinity Valley Community College 2012-2013, McLennan Community College 2013-2014, Texas A&M University Class of 2016 (GIG'EM AGGIES!!)
Shay graduated from Texas A&M University College Station in August of 2016 with a Bachelors in Sports Management & two Minors in 1) Communications 2) International Diversity Management.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13
Her fiance' Jeremy Hallonquist, her dog Tank, reading, painting, working out, & watching my talented kiddos perform!
Tara has been coaching gymnastics for 8 years: recreational, competitive gymnastics and tumbling classes. She competed on a level 9 gymnastics team and achieved level 8 acrobatic. Tara is also USASF certified.
Bio coming soon!
Colleen is currently an officer on the Atascocita High School Patriette Drill Team. She has been dancing for 13 years, 9 of which have been competitive. Dancing is her passion, and she would love to share it with your wonderful children!