Julie Holt Lucia (Ms. Julie) is the founder and owner of Studio Dance Centre. 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 later earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of North Texas. In 2006, Ms. Julie opened Studio Dance Centre and in 2014 became an affiliate of More Than Just Great Dancing®. In addition to her work at SDC, Ms. Julie is a More Than Just Great Dancing® Certified Coach, offering guidance and support to studio owners and small businesses. Ms. Julie is also the founder of Moonlight Writing, a boutique writing business serving other dance studios, and she is a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Kayla Davey (Ms. Kayla) is SDC’s director of operations, as well as a dance instructor and performing company 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 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. Ms. Kayla was also the recipient of the Miguel Terekhov Ballet Choreography Award for her choreography in OU’s Young Choreographer’s Showcase. After graduation, she went on to dance professionally with Ballet San Antonio and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet. Ms. Kayla is also a certified Pure Barre instructor and teaches at the Frisco location.
Amanda Deitz (Ms. Amanda) is SDC’s director of accounts, 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.
Melissa DeGroat (Ms. Melissa) is SDC’s director of first impressions, as well as a dance instructor. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from the Ohio State University, and is also the founder of Epiphany DanceArts, a non-profit professional dance company based in Dallas. Over the past 10 years, Ms. Melissa has honed her classroom, choreographic, and business skills with her work at Epiphany. Her teaching experience encompasses all ages and dance styles, and includes a passion for adaptive dance and working with individuals who have special needs. In addition to her artistic acumen, Ms. Melissa also brings to SDC an array of experience in marketing and event management.
Carla Pinto (Ms. Carla) is a dance instructor and customer care assistant at SDC. She grew up dancing in the Dallas area, studied dance at Collin College, and graduated with a BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University. At SHSU, she was the proud recipient of the Kelly Barber Endowed Dance Performance Scholarship. Ms. Carla recently became a certified instructor for RhythmWorks Integrative Dance and is the coordinator of SDC’s Bravo Program for students with disabilities. In addition to dance, Ms. Carla has a passion for yoga and wellness and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She currently teaches at The Sacred Space in Frisco and is pursuing a career as a Certified Life Coach. In her spare time, Ms. Carla also teaches wellness to senior citizens in the community.
Sarah Cat-Hendricks (Ms. Sarah) is a dance instructor at SDC. She has been dancing since she was a toddler, and grew up dancing in Plano. She earned a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Advertising Management from Southern Methodist University. In college, Ms. Sarah had the privilege of dancing Martha Graham’s Lamentation and Primitive Mysteries for notational films and scores held at the Library of Congress. After graduation, she spent time dancing professionally in Berlin, the Netherlands, and New York. Ms. Sarah began teaching dance in high school and continued to teach throughout college and her professional career, including positions at Steps on Broadway in New York, Barefoot Dance Studio in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the Junior Players with Dallas ISD. In addition to working at SDC, Ms. Sarah is also an instructor at Plano Dance Theatre and she performs with 6 o’Clock Dance Theatre in Dallas.
DeeDee Bourdo (Ms. DeeDee) is a dance instructor and customer care assistant at SDC. She attended SDC as a student for seven years and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Ms. DeeDee earned her BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University. While in college, she was privileged to perform in works by choreographers such as Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, and Shen Wei, and participate in performance opportunities at Dance Gallery Houston, Houston Choreographers x6, and the America College Dance Associate. Ms. DeeDee is also a certified Pilates instructor and teaches at Club Pilates in Frisco.
Sarah Flaherty (Ms. Sarah) is the social media coordinator at SDC as well as a dance instructor. Ms. Sarah took her very first dance class at SDC and danced at the studio for nine years, through high school graduation. She is currently a sophomore at Collin College studying dance and was the proud recipient of the Collin Dance Ensemble scholarship. As a part of the Ensemble, Ms. Sarah has also had the opportunity to perform at the American College Dance Association Conference and has presented choreography at the dance department’s student showcase. She gained experience in social media marketing through her coursework and social media account management for Collin Dance Ensemble. Ms. Sarah’s next goal is to transfer to a four-year university to complete her BFA in dance.