Hunter Kunkel


​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


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.

Melissa Rayburn AKA Mrs. Ray


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

Office Manager

Stacy is an elementary school teacher by day (just finished her 16th year) and one of ADA’s Office Managers. Stacy and her husband of 14 years, Brian, have both lived in Kingwood for over 38 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

Special Movers Instructor

Dr. Poe Prochaska earned her doctorate in Occupational Therapy & has been working as a therapist in school & hospital settings for 21 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!   

Instructors & Staff

Shay Schoettlin


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! 

Colleen Canavan


Colleen is currently an officer on the Atascocita High School Patriette Drill Team. She has been dancing for 14 years, 10 of which have been competitive. Dancing is her passion, and she would love to share it with your wonderful children!

Mary Canavan

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!

Sarah McKeon


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.  

Atascocita Dance Academy

Andreea Mateescu

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!