Atascocita Dance Academy& Crosby Dance Academy

Andreea Mateescu

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 McKeon

CDA Instructor

​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 Masters

CDA Instructor

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

ADA Instructor

 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!

Marliana Hwa

CDA Adult Fitness Director

Marliana has always been a very active individual through sports and fitness. In college she completed a BA in Psychology. She decided she could use her knowledge in Psychology and fitness to help people live healthier lives and feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally about themselves. In 2010 she became a certified Zumba instructor and started teaching her first classes at the Airforce Base in Minot, ND. This position soon led to her being awarded the contract for all fitness programs at this military base. Marliana worked with active duty military and their families to ensure they were offered great fitness classes for over 3 years. She later moved onto Washington State where she eventually opened and operated her own Fitness Studio for a little over 2 years. While in Washington Marliana furthered her fitness education by gaining her Personal Training License. After selling her business in Spring of 2017 she relocated to Texas to be close to family and warner weather. While only in Texas for a short period she has already established fitness programs in Crosby, TX and is loving her new home. Marliana currently holds 8 different fitness certifications/licenses and is actively personal training clients and teaching a variety of classes such as, Zumba, Kickboxing, Step, Cycle, Barre, and more. Marliana is always looking for ways to help people feel better about themselves, so do not be afraid to give a class a try and see how great you might feel. 

An interesting fact about her is she loves her fur babies, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 horses. 

Mary Canavan

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 Kunkel

ADA Instructor

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.

Anthony Davis

ADA/CDA Instructor

Anthony J. Davis is a dancer and choreographic artist from Houston, Texas who began dancing at the age of six years old at N-Motion Dance Studio, as well as the Lake Houston Performing Arts Center. He holds a BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University where he was a departmental scholarship recipient. Anthony has been the recipient of scholarships of summer intensive programs through the Ailey School in New York, and also the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. Currently, Anthony is a teacher and choreographer at Atascocita & Crosby Dance Academies and also on staff with the Universal Dance Association. With UDA, he has had the honor of teaching dancers from across the country.

Brittany Baird

CDA Instructor

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

Work Experience

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.

Professional Organizations 

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

Greatest Achievement

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. 

Stacy Pickard

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
Jeremiah 29:11
“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.”

Dr. Poe Prochaska

ADA Special Movers Instructor

Dr. Poe Prochaska earned her doctorate in Occupational Therapy & has been working as a therapist in school & hospital settings for 20 years.  She currently works for Humble ISD & Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Dr. P. is passionate about special needs students AND dance, thus she is the instructor for the newest class at ADA: Special Movers Dance.  In addition to her education in health science, she also studied ballet, tap, jazz, & pointe for 14 years, taught dance for 6 years, & even studied modern dance in college.  This makes her perfect for teaching this class that she designed herself!  We welcome this mother of 4 (2 of them ADA dancers), avid runner, & art lover to our ADA Staff Family!   

Janna Spencer

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.

Heather Galloway

CDA Co-Owner/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.

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 community!

Her philosophy on life is: Work hard, be kind, dream big.​

Instructors & Staff

Shay Schoettlin

ADA Director

Dance Experience
-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 

Work Experience 
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. 

Favorite Scripture
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13  

Favorite Things 
Her husband Jeremy Hallonquist, her dog Tank, reading, painting, working out, & watching my talented kiddos perform! 

Tara Theis

CDA Instructor

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.

Tina McDow

CDA Instructor

Tina fell in love with dance at the age of 3 and has been a dance educator for the past 24 years. In addition to teaching at ADA & CDA, she also teaches dance & fine arts at Crosby Middle School. During college, Tina was a Kilgore Rangerette and Swingster, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Sam Houston State University. After studying on a scholarship to Steps on Broadway in New York City, Tina earned her Master of Fine Arts degree, also from SHSU. Ms. Tina has been on staff with UDA-Universal Dance Association and American Dance/Drill Team teaching dance camps, technique and seminars to all ages. She was the director for several high school and collegiate teams. Tina is also active in community theatre.

Colleen Canavan

ADA Instructor

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!