Jade Greenough - 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 elect 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.”

BRITTANY HERZFELD

    Brittany 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, Brittany 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 Brittany was accepted as a member of TATD (Texas Association Teachers of Dancing), with an exam in Jazz. Brittany 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.

NATALIA BALINA - ZBOROWSKA

   Natalia Balina - Zborowska is a native of Russia, where she graduated from Lidia Gilevich School of Ballet in her home town Tobolsk (Siberia). She then went on to graduate from the Institute of Fine Arts in Perm, Russia. Following, Natalia studied Choreography and Dance at University of Arts and Culture in St. Petersburgh, Russia. She later continued her education at Tulane University in Louisiana .

   

   Natalia has performed at Panfilove's Ballet (modern dance company), Wroclaw's Musical Theater in Poland, Vanderbilt Dance Group in Nashville, TN, Sabato Gigantes TV Show, Komenka Ethnic Ensemble and the D-Project Modern Dance Company in New Orleans, La.


   She taught Ballet and Character Dance at the New Orleans Ballet Association, and also taught at various Summer Intensives around New Orleans. Founder ,director and dance instructor of the Jay Dance Studio in North Country (NYS) where she taught Character Dance at Lake Placid School of Ballet and Dance. Natalia also taught ballet for Figure Skaters at the Lake Placid Olympic Center summer intensive. She has collaborated with North Country Ballet Ensemble and choreographed their Polichinells Dance for one of their productions. Natalia has worked as the choreographer for the musical "Mountain to Mountain " and has done choreography for other productions as well.


   Natalia just recently moved to Austin with her husband and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with the local dance community.

PAIGE CHUN

   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 competed in 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 graduating from high school, she desired to find a way to continue dancing and choreographing while pursuing her bachelor's degree. Paige joined the faculty at a South Austin dance studio in the fall of 2012 where she taught tap and contemporary and choreographed award-winning dances for their competitive dance company through the spring of 2016.

 

   Paige graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Public Relations in May 2016. After a couple of years working in this industry, Paige realized that dance education was her true passion. She has been an instructor at Pivotal Academy of Dance for two years specializing in tap, jazz, and contemporary. In 2019, she became a member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing after passing her exam in Tap. There is nothing Paige loves more than helping children grow as dancers and as people through their experiences at the studio. 

LINDSEY GERSON

    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 this past year (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! 

BROOKLYN MORROW

  Born in San Antonio, TX but raised in a variety of places, Ms. Brooklyn has always found dance to be her constant, a friend, a craft and a focus. She is currently enrolled in Texas State University working at her last year to receive her BFA in dance, along with becoming a certified Dance Movement Therapist. Brooklyn has been trained in all styles but has been drawn heavily to hip-hop most of her life, she brought that interest to college with her by becoming a co-founder of 2 hip-hop crews on Texas State campus. She has spent many years in Los Angeles, CA doing intensives with Millennium Dance Complex, IDA Hollywood, Debbie Reynolds Legacy, Playground LA and more. She has also trained and coached at studios/companies in Iowa and South Dakota. Ms. Brooklyn adores kids and hopes to mesh her passion for children and dancing together through movement therapy. She is extremely excited to work with PAD and can’t wait to have some fun with our dancers! 

A late bloomer, Derrick’s passion for dance didn’t blossom until his freshman year of college when he audition for an organization on the Texas A&M University campus called Fade to Black. Predominantly focusing on hip hop, he studied a variety of dance styles from tap and contemporary to Bollywood and salsa. In addition to dancing on campus, he danced with MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew’s SoRealCru Performance Team and was awarded many scholarships at different conventions such as PULSE and Monsters of Hip Hop. His success and experience in the arts helped leverage his move to New York City in March of 2015 where he took class, auditioned, and performed on several stages. He is excited to be back in Texas for a second year inspiring, leading, and directing individuals, front and center on this beautiful stage we call life.

DERRICK LEE

PAIGE CARTER

Paige Carter is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer from Cedar Park Texas. She has always had a strong passion for dance that has lead her to hold Head Captain positions on her middle school, high school, and college dance teams. During her time in high school she took different classes within Austin-based studios and travelled to Los Angeles, CA to train and take classes with professionals at the E.D.G.E. Performing arts center. She graduated from Texas State University with a dance education degree with honors. It was there that her experience on the Texas State Strutters jazz elite team, Pom squad, officer line  and eventually head  captain role  lead her to many performance opportunities. Some of which include performing in the 2016 Presidential Inaugural Parade, Black Tie and Boots Inaugural ball, abroad in Honduras, on the Liberty of the Seas  cruise ship,  and in multiple NBA halftime shows. She is an enthusiastic instructor who believes in her students, and is committed to seeing growth in them everyday.  She is very excited to be teaching with PAD and looks forward to meeting all of her students! 

ERIN ELLIS

Erin Ellis is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator from Austin, TX. She uses her training within modern, jazz, tap, Bartenieff Fundamentals, ballet, and precision dance to inform her movement. In high school Erin became involved in the Bowie Dance Company along with the school's drill team. She was a member, jazz company performer, and senior lieutenant of the James Bowie High School Silver stars.  

Upon being selected for The Kilgore College Rangerettes, Erin had many incredible performance opportunities, including the Cotton Bowl Classic, opening the State Fair of Texas, the Contest of Champions in Orlando, Florida, Houston Texans NFL game halftime, participating in the 75th commemoration of the attack of Pearl Harbor, the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Rangerette Revels. She was also a Swingster and Revels soloist. While in Kilgore Erin received her Associates of Arts. She was the Vice President of the Kilgore College Dance Department Dance Club, and a member of the department's modern company, Industry, led by Angela Aulds. In 2017 she began working for Marching Auxiliaries Dance Camps and Competitions. With Marching Auxiliaries Erin has choreographed, taught, and judged dance competitions and camps across the United States. 

She is currently working on receiving her Bachelor's in Dance Education at Texas State University, and teaching at various studios in the greater Austin area. She danced and performed with The Dance Project, a local performance company. Erin was a member of Texas States Dance Divisions modern company, Merge, led by Ana Bear and Christa Oliver. Being a member of Merge hosted a variety of learning opportunities from residencies including but not limited to: Roxanne Gage, ARCOS, Body Shift, and Rosely Conz. During her time at Texas State she performed in pieces choreographed by Ana Bear, Christa Oliver, and Amanda McCorckle. She has also worked side by side with Kaysie Seitz Brown in pursuing research on teaching students deemed at-risk social emotional skills through creative movement. She has attended and performed the regional American College Dance Association and Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, having the opportunity to learn from experts in the Modern and Improvisation communities. Her choreography has been featured in Austin Dance Festival and received countless awards at Drill Team and studio based competitions.

HAILEY HIX

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.

Madison Nance, a Texas native, started dancing at the age of two. Her youth and high school years were spent touring the competition and convention circuits, including summer intensive programs such as ABT and Hubbard Street Dance Company. She was also Hollywood Vibe's Dancer of The Year and crowned Miss Encore. Madison also toured with iHollywood and Hollywood Vibe as part of their crew and choreographer's assistant. She studied at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she got her Bachelors in Fine Arts at the age of 20. Madison is professionally signed with Movement Talent Agency as a commercial dancer. You can find her on shows like The Late Night Show With James Corden, This Is Us, So You Think You Can Dance and American Horror Story. As well as an ESPN/AT&T commercial and The Greatest Showman Live Commercial.

MADISON NANCE

   Amanda Manti (Mrs. Mandy) created The Learning Nest in 2016. She earned her early childhood education degree from Texas State in 2002. She has been working with young children for over 20 years in many capacities from being a nanny, teaching preschool and developing curriculum. She has three young children and enjoys scrapbooking and helping out at the kid's elementary school. Her approach in the classroom is a focus on student's strengths to build character.

AMANDA MANTI

The Learning Nest