Julie Holt Lucia (Ms. Julie) is the owner and director of Studio Dance Centre as well as a dance instructor. Her dance education took place across the United States, where she attended programs at North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA), the Eglevsky Ballet, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Mid-Pacific Institute, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and Florida State University. She earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Texas. Ms. Julie opened Studio Dance Centre in 2006 and has continued her professional education by attending teaching and business seminars whenever possible, including the Dance Life Teacher Conference, Dance Teacher Summit, Studio Owner University, and EntreLeadership 1-Day. She is also a proud member of More Than Just Great Dancing® and the National Dance Education Organization. In addition to her work at SDC, Ms. Julie is on the Studio Advisory Team for Traveling Tutus, Inc. and she is a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Kayla Davey (Ms. Kayla) is SDC’s assistant director, as well as a dance instructor and performing company co-director. She grew up dancing in the DFW area, and in the summers attended intensives with Texas Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and the Joffrey Midwest Workshop. Ms. Kayla attended the University of Oklahoma where she graduated with academic distinction with a BFA in Ballet Performance and a Minor in Nonprofit Organizational Studies. During her four years at OU, she performed with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet in roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Spring Fairy in Cinderella, and the Bluebird Pas de Deux in Sleeping Beauty. She was also the recipient of the Miguel Terekhov Ballet Choreography Award for her choreography in OU’s Young Choreographer’s Showcase. After graduation, Ms. Kayla went on to dance professionally with Ballet San Antonio and now enjoys dancing with Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet.
Amanda Deitz (Ms. Amanda) is SDC’s accounts manager as well as a dance instructor. She grew up dancing at Toby’s School of Dance in Richardson and became a member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II in high school. Ms. Amanda later earned her BFA in Contemporary Dance and Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In college, she was the recipient of the Jerry Bywaters Cochran Scholarship from the Dance Council of North Texas and spent time in Paris studying choreography under Kazuko Hirabayashi. Ms. Amanda also had the privilege of attending the American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. After college, she spent four seasons dancing with Donna Sternberg and Dancers, a professional modern dance company based in Los Angeles. Ms. Amanda is also a licensed massage therapist specializing in sports therapy and injury prevention.
Richard Falls (Mr. Richard) is a dance instructor at SDC. He started dancing at Illinois State University, where he earned a BA in Music Education and a minor in Dance Education. During college, Mr. Richard studied with the Illinois State Dance Theatre and Visceral Dance Center, and was privileged to attend a summer intensive at the Martha Graham School. He also enjoyed performing opportunities with Joel Hall Dancers, NoMi LaMad Dance Company, and Inaside Chicago Dance. In addition to teaching ballet and modern, Mr. Richard is well-versed in social dance instruction (ballroom, Latin, and swing dancing) and drumline instruction. He is also a dance instructor at Footlights Dance Studio in Flower Mound, and is in his second season as a company member with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.
Jamie Williams (Ms. Jamie) is a dance instructor at SDC. Her dance career took off when she 12 years old, after she joined her middle school’s drill team in Quinlan, Texas. Ms. Jamie continued her drill team experience through four years of high school, often traveling to dance festivals and competitions, and later graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Psychology and Performing Arts. From 2009-2011, she also directed her own professional modern dance troupe, Dance Unending Performing Company. In 2014, Ms. Jamie was privileged to choreograph the production of Beauty and the Beast for Covenant Christian Academy, and in her spare time, she continues to choreograph drill team group routines, officer routines, and solos. Ms. Jamie is also a dance instructor at Red Door Dance Academy in Wylie.
McKenna Airhart (Ms. McKenna) is one of SDC’s performing company co-directors. She began her dance training as a child, studying under the tutelage of her mother, Tena Scalco Vogel, a former ballerina with the Fort Worth Ballet. As a young dancer, Ms. McKenna performed with the Tyler Civic Ballet and the Moscow Ballet traveling company. She later attended Kilgore College and was a Kilgore Rangerette. After graduating from Kilgore, she attended Texas Woman’s University where she studied dance and history, and began working as a teacher and choreographer as well as honing her administrative skills. Ms. McKenna also works for FlexJobs as a Client Services Specialist.
Ariela Rodarte (Ms. Ariela) is a dance instructor at SDC. She started dancing in high school at The Dance Movement in Plano, and continued her training at Sam Houston State University where she earned a BFA in Dance. She recently had the opportunity to study with choreographers from NobleMotion Dance Company and Revolve Dance Company. While attending SHSU, Ms. Ariela had the opportunity to study dance abroad in Lucca, Italy. She also danced professionally in a show sponsored by NobleMotion Dance in Houston, and in the Wanderlust Dance Project. Ms. Ariela has trained in various dance styles including modern, ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and aerial silks. She is also an instructor at Studio 3 and The Dance Movement in Plano, and will start her first season dancing with 8&1 Dance Company in Dallas this coming year.