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Jade Greenough - Owner, Director

    Jade was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She began dancing at the young age of four with Shirley McPhail School of Dance. She studied in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, contemporary, and hip hop and performed with the Terpsichore Dance Company. Jade won numerous scholarships and awards from TATD (Texas Association Teachers of Dancing), Urban Jam, LA Dance Force and Star Makers. In high school Jade was a member of the award winning James Bowie High School Silver Stars and served on the officer line her Senior year. Jade has had the opportunity to study with master teachers and choreographers through master classes, conventions and summer intensive programs in both Texas and Los Angeles.

 

    At the age of 15 she began choreographing for the Rhythm Force Dance Company, from D’Ette & Co Dancers. Jade began teaching in 1998 and was on staff for D'Ette & Co. Dancers for twenty years. Jade also taught at several studios in the Phoenix, Arizona metroplex while attending Arizona State University where she studied dance education in 2001 - 2002. While at ASU Jade had the pleasure of becoming the assistant teacher for both beginning and intermediate Tap. In 1999 Jade was accepted as a member of TATD (Texas Association Teachers of Dancing), with an exam in Jazz. In 2008 Jade successfully passed her Examiners Exam in Tap and in 2019 her Examiners Exam in Jazz. Jade currently serves as the President for TATD.

 

    Jade graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. She specializes in tap, ballet, jazz, musical theater, contemporary and hip hop for all ages. Jade has found a passion for dance that is undeniable. She brings energy, enthusiasm and laughter to all her classes. Jade has also had the pleasure of teaching both master classes and choreography to high schools and middle schools in the Austin and Bastrop areas. She has served on faculty at Tap It Up and TATD and enjoys spreading her love for the arts. Each day Jade is thankful for what dance has brought into her life. You can always hear her say, “Dance with your heart and your feet will always follow.”

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Britt Herzfeld - 

Office Manager, Director of PADlock

    Britt began her formal dance training at the age of 3 with The Dance Center in Austin, Texas under the direction of Judy Thompson-Price. She graduated from James Bowie High School in 2002 where she was a member of the award winning Silver Stars for three years. Upon graduation, Britt attended Texas State University obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice where she also participated in several dance courses to include creative movement for children, “emphasizing rhythmical and creative movement as both an art form and a teaching tool”. 

   

    She then continued her education obtaining a Graduate degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. Along the way, dance has always been a part of her busy schedule bringing her to D’Ette & Co. Dancers first as a student in 2008 and then as an instructor and office manager in 2014. She was an assistant choreographer of D’Ette & Co. Dancers Rhythm Force Dance Company from 2014 until 2017. She is proud to say her love of dance has filtered down to her daughters, both of whom actively dance at Pivotal. In 2015 Britt was accepted as a member of TATD (Texas Association Teachers of Dancing), with an exam in Jazz and has served on the Board of Directors since January 2020. Later in 2020 she became certified as a Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor, continuing her education to pass along to students. Britt is also a Dance Pro with Flash Mob of America for the Texas region, helping to spread joy through dance to the unexpected. 

   

    Her passion for dance is what has brought her to us and is both inspiring and motivational for the young students she teaches.

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Paige Chun - Instructor

     Paige was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and began dancing at the age of five with D'Ette & Co Dancers where she studied under Jade Greenough, Paula Samson, Karen Elliott, and D’Ette Ray Rice. Paige was a dedicated member of the Rhythm Force Dance Troupe for 8 years and studied many genres of dance including, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She performed at festivals and recitals, as well as competitions earning scholarships and awards for her performances. Paige also attended dance conventions where she learned from master choreographers such as Jay Fagan, Rhonda Miller, and Thayne Jasperson. 

     In high school Paige was a member of the award-winning James Bowie High School Silver Stars and served on the officer line as a junior lieutenant during her junior year and as the captain during her senior year. After high school, Paige received her B.S. in Public Relations in May 2016 from The University of Texas at Austin. After a couple of years working in this industry, she realized that dance education was her true passion. 

 

     Paige has been a dance instructor and choreographer for 10 years, spending the last 5 years at her "second home" Pivotal Academy of Dance in Buda, Texas.  She specializes in tap, jazz, and contemporary as well as combo classes. Paige is also a choreographer and instructor for PAD's competition team Vitality Dance Company. Outside of the studio, Paige choreographs for Hays CISD and Austin ISD drill teams and judges for Ascension Dance during the competition season.

 

     In 2019, she became a member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing after passing her exam in Tap. In 2022, Paige passed the Module 1 Certification for the Alixa Flexibility program to help our dancers improve their flexibility in a safe and effective way. There is nothing Paige loves more than helping students grow through the art of dance.

    Lindsey Gerson was born in Germany and grew up in El Paso, Texas. She started her dancing career in classical ballet at 13 and continued for 6 years under the direction of David Alejandro Duran. After graduating high school, she traveled abroad for 7 months in Germany and China during a Discipleship Training School where she also experienced native dance forms. After returning, she moved to Austin and began choreography and improv classes with Darla Johnson and learned American Sign Language at Austin Community College. During this time, she began sewing and costume making.

 

     After gaining her Certificate in American Sign Language Studies, she transferred to Texas State. She was a member of Merge Dance Company for the 2016-2017 season and traveled with them to preform in Trinidad for the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective Dance Festival. She joined Transient Dance Collective in 2016 and was the President from 2017-2018. Her dance films, Refine and Imprisoned, have both been selected for various film festivals. She graduated in May with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography. She continues her self- taught work as an amateur seamstress and also teaches dance in the surrounding Austin area. She will be preforming with the aerial dance company, Blue Lapis Light, this fall. Lindsey’s darling black cat, Coco, enjoys assisting with all sewing projects. Lindsey is very excited to be teaching at Pivotal Academy of Dance this year! 

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Lindsey Gerson - Instructor

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Hailey Chambers - Front Desk, Instructor

     Hailey’s dance experience began in high school on a dance/drill team, and she was sure that that was the only dance experience she’d ever have. During Hailey’s first year of college as a marine biology major, there wasn’t a day that went by that dance did not cross her mind. After that year, Hailey transferred to Texas State University and knew that dance needed to be a part of her life. At Texas State, Hailey completed a degree in Dance Education with a second teaching field in life sciences. Hailey completed her internship at both Canyon Lake and Smithson Valley high schools. While at Texas State University Hailey participated in CIMTEYA, performed with Orchesis Dance Company and Transient Dance Collective, trained and performed in traditional Balinese dance and theatre, and performed in a variety of faculty and student projects. Hailey is currently dancing with and leading Psalm 149 Dance Ministries.

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Kelley Smith - Instructor

   Kelley began dancing in Odessa, Texas. As a member of the Dance Elite performing group, she had the opportunity to travel and compete at several conventions including LADF, Co. Dance and Dance Magic. Her training was also enriched during the summers by attending classes at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Kelley was a member of the Odessa High School Showgirls drill team and was Captain her senior year. With the Showgirls she had the opportunity of performing in the 2001 Rose Bowl Parade. She attended Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management on scholarship. While there she performed with the American Spirit Dance Company, Liturgical Dance Company and the OCU Pep Dancers. She graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Dance Management and has a well-rounded understanding of dance performance, technical theatre, non-profit organizations and the entertainment industry.

 

   Kelley is also a member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing Inc., and earned her teaching certification in Jazz in 2006. Kelley has been teaching & training in Austin since 2009 & has found her true passion working with young dancers. Creating a foundation for a love of dance & learning. Kelley is proud mama to Nolan and Nash, loves spending time with hubby Riley & cat Kitty and is so excited to be joining the PAD family. 

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Alexus Galeana - Instructor

     Alexus has been dancing since the age of three studying ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, improvisation, tap, and acro at Kathy Marfin’s dance school in San Antonio, Texas. Alexus danced competitively for seven years with the Leading Edge Dance Company. She attended many dance conventions over the years, such as, Jump, The Streetz, Celebrity, Tremaine, and summer intensives with Dallas Black Dance Theater to further her growth. These conventions presented her with the opportunity to take classes from Mia Micheals, Kathryn McCormick, Melanie Moore, Tony Bellissimo, Jackie Nowicki, and other renowned dancers. Alexus has taught at multiple studios in the San Antonio area teaching jazz, contemporary, acro and modern. 

 

     Alexus received her BFA with a focus in performance and choreography from Texas State University. During her time at Texas State she has been in numerous student and professor works that have been presented in San Marcos, Texas. At the end of Alexus’ freshman year in college she was awarded the “Outstanding Freshman Award”. Alexus was a member of Merge Dance Company for three years and has learned from highly qualified choreographers such as Rosely Cortez, Erica Gionfriddo, Bernard Brown, Christa Oliver, Ana Baer, Torens Johnson, Francisco Graciano and more. 

 

     Most recently, Alexus’ choreography was selected to be performed in the American College Dance Association Gala in 2022 and 2023. Alexus intends to dance professionally as long as her body allows. She will be performing with Blue Lapis Light this fall in their new work “Belonging II”. Alexus has found a deep love for teaching and choreography. She can not wait to share all she has learned with the PAD students!!!

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     Ashley Kwasna is a graduate from Texas State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in Performance and Choreography. Ashley was born in New York and raised in Texas where she began dancing at the age of three. She has trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballroom, Flamenco, Improvisation, and Folkorico. She started dancing competitively at the age of nine and received numerous awards. Starting at the age of thirteen, she had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas to train with the Joffrey Ballet School for four summers on a full scholarship. Ashley is currently on staff at ShowMakers of America and choreographs around Texas. At the end of her freshman year of college, she was awarded the Charlie and Joy Williams Scholarship for Outstanding Freshman Dance Major. During her junior and senior year, she was selected to perform at the American College Dance Association’s Gala. One of her favorite memories during college was being a part of Merge Dance Company. She was given opportunities to work with numerous artists from around the country and perform in company showcases. Ashley looks forward to sharing her knowledge with the next generation!

Ashley Kwasna - Instructor

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     Micah began formal dance training at the age of 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She graduated from The Dance Gallery where she trained, competed, and assisted classes. She has fond memories of dancing in Disney World and training in NYC with jazz isolationist Luigi. Micah attended and graduated from MCC with her Associates in Waco. While in school she also performed and trained in musical theater, modern and ballet under Joseph Taylor. She also spent 5 years working for Joys School of Dance and worked with their Junior Company.  In 2019 Micah was accepted as a member of TATD [Texas Association Teachers of Dancing]. She spends her free time with her fiancé and all of their different animals. She is so excited to be teaching for Pivotal Academy of Dance!

  

Micah Sandusky - Instructor

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    Prince started dancing freshman year of high school. Financially, he wasn’t able to go train at any studio’s, so he created the opportunity for himself by learning choreography online. In 2017 Prince started a dance team at Texas state university and began taking classes in Austin and San Antonio. Since graduating, he’s been on the SA Spurs hype squad entertainment team and has taken every opportunity he can to dance, teach, and learn from his favorite choreographers. Just recently, he’s come back from Todrick halls femuline world tour, backup dancing for the opening act, Josey greenwall. 

Prince Imo - Instructor

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Amy Young - Assistant Office Manager

Amy Young was born and raised in Payson, Utah. Although Amy was always drawn to dance, she didn’t get her start until she was an adult. As a young adult Amy learned several styles of dance through Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Salt Lake City. One of those styles was swing dancing, which would help Amy to become a swing dance instructor during the swing craze of the 1990’s. Amy met her husband Jim through swing dancing and they were married in 2000. Amy has over a decade of experience as a dance mom supporting her daughter Sadah who took classes and was on the competition team at both Pivotal Academy of Dance and at D’Ette and Company Dancers. Amy joined the adult tap dance class at D’Ette & Company Dancers in 2013 and later followed Ms. Jade to Pivotal Academy of dance where she added jazz and hip hop to her repertoire. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Utah Valley University and has spent many years helping students with disabilities foster a love of reading. Amy has long thought of Pivotal Academy of Dance as family and is so excited to now be a part of the PAD team!

  

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     Valeria was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She began dancing at the age of 5 at D’ette & Co. Dancers and was a part of Rhythm Force for 6 years. She trained in ballet, contemporary, tap, and jazz. Upon reaching the age of 14, Valeria transitioned to the next chapter at Pivotal Academy of Dance. The next four years she spent as a dedicated member of Vitality Dance Company, marking a phase of her life enriched with artistic growth and exploration. Valeria's commitment to dance extended to her high school experience, as she joined the Akins Diamond Dazzlers Dance Team. She held the position of Line Sergeant during her sophomore year, and she was chosen to be the Captain for both her junior and senior years. Graduating in May of 2023, her love for dance remained strong, prompting her decision to pursue this passion at Texas State University. She can’t wait to embark on this new adventure and is more than excited to be working at Pivotal Academy of Dance!

Valeria Peña - Front Desk

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