Carrie Dwyer graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance and BS in Educational Studies from Texas Christian University. Prior to attending TCU, Carrie grew up in Singapore until age 18 and began her dance training at Cheng Ballet Academy and Singapore American School. Carrie utilized her summers in high school to train at Orlando Ballet School, Anaheim Ballet, and the American Dance Festival where she had the opportunity to perform Cunningham Repertory under the direction of Andrea Weber. While attending TCU, she performed works by guest artists Joy Atkins Bollinger, General MacArthur Hambrick, and Andee Scott and TCU faculty members Susan Douglas Roberts, Dr. Suki John, Alex Karigan Farrior, and Lily Sloan. Most recently, Carrie has attended summer intensives with New York dance companies Paul Taylor American Modern Dance (2014) and Keigwin + Company (2015, 2016). Carrie danced at TCU as a recipient of the Faculty Scholarship and Friends of Fine Arts Guild Scholarship.
Amy O’Heren has been dancing since 2008, when she enrolled her daughter in a Mommy and Me class. It was there that her love of dance began. Mrs. Frances observed uniqueness in Amy and encouraged her to further her dance experience. Under the instruction of Frances Lea, she began her mentorship in Mommy and Me in 2010. Amy attends the Adult Tap class weekly and is a member of the FLDC Adult Clogging Team. Amy’s dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of space, time, coordination, and rhythm to our youngest dancers. Amy is especially passionate about catering to the dancing needs of those children with disabilities.
Speciality: Mommy and Me
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Angelina has had the privilege of dancing with FLDC since she was 2 years old. She began attending the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts when she was 9, was a member of the Academy Dance Company for 4 years and graduated in 2015. She has been competitively dancing for 8 years and currently dances with TCC as she studies special needs education. She has choreographed numerous award winning solos, duos, trios and groups and is a well rounded dancer who can perform various styles of dance. SPECIALTY: Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop
You're never too young or too old to learn how to dance
- Ms. Frances Lea
Cassidy Smith has been dancing for 13 years with the Frances Lea Dance Center where she has been competing for the last 5 years. Cassidy has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, clogging and contemporary dance and has been fortunate to assist many experienced instructors including Ms. Frances, Mrs. Rosalyn, Miss Lauren and Mrs. Angelique. Cassidy enjoys teaching beginner level 4 to 9-year-old ballet, tap, jazz and 7 to 9-year-old clogging and lyrical. In her classes Cassidy strives to incorporate imaginative ways for young dancers to grasp movement concepts. Cassidy believes dance class should be fun, creative and interactive just like the classes she took at FLDC when she was little!
Sheri Brown has had passion for dancing since she began at the Frances Lea Dance Center when she was 7 years old. At FLDC she was able to take various classes in dance, including: tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. While at FLDC as a competition team dancer she had the pleasure of dancing for George Bush Sr., LeAnn Rimes, and the Johnnie High Show. Her competition team traveled throughout the United States competing amongst some of the best dancers out there! she attended TCC where she helped choreograph some of the performances put on by the dance teams.
SPECIALTY: Clogging, Jazz
Angelique Smith began her dance training Southlake High School and continued at Brookhaven College where she performed as a member of the Dance department’s “Dancer’s Theater” productions. Angelique was chosen to attend a Parson’s Dance Company workshop and worked with local choreographers, including Karen Bower Robinson. Angelique was also a dancer with Ballet East Dance Company in Austin, Texas. At BEDC Angelique worked with many talented choreographers including Stephen Mills of Ballet Austin, Andrea Ariel of Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre and the late Fred Benjamin.
Ballet East’s outreach program titled “Dare to Dance” was where Angelique first developed a love of dance education. Funded by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation, this program brought free dance classes to low income children in afterschool programs. The 2017/18 dance year will be Angelique’s fourteenth year with Frances Lea where she will continue to teach Ballet and Lyrical dance. Angelique hopes to improve ballet technique of FLDC students because Ballet is the foundation on which all other dance styles are built.