Angie has studied dance for almost 38 years. As a member of Ballet Midland Dance Company, she was a featured soloist, studying under Susan Clark, Anthony Ferro, Judy Coleman and Audrey Walker. As a participant in Southwest Regional Ballet Association festivals across the southwest, she performed in Santa Fe, Dallas, and Houston, studying under guest artists Anne Reinking and Bill Martin Viscount. Angie has a B.A. in Pre-K and Elementary Education.
Angie has a solid background in competitive cheerleading and gymnastics. As a former NCA All-American Cheerleader, she performed in Ireland representing the United States and competed in All-Around gymnastics at the state level for many years. Angie has also coached competitive cheerleading at the high school level. Angie had a competitive and exhibition dance team for 3 years in the Midwest before relocating to the DFW area. Angie was recently named Outstanding Director by American Dance/Drill Team at the 2008 Texas State Championship and 2012 American Dance/Drill Team Nationals. Angie has created a very successful studio of multi-award winning dance companies as well as a studio that teaches every child the love for dance in every development stage. Angie is the President of United Performing Arts Guild a 501c3 program that helps raise money for families in order to be able to participate in the fine arts and mentor them. The nonprofit also offers dance classes for special needs students of all ages. Angie is an active member of the Downtown Arlington Rotary club and enjoys working with the city to help bring back Arts and Culture to Arlington. Angie has a passion to train dancers from the inside out and not only be good technical dancers, but to also have a strong sense of self-worth and confidence.
Ashley Dobay is originally from South Florida, where she started dancing at a young age. She continued her training in Cincinnati and went on to study dance at The University of Akron, where she graduated with a BFA in dance in 2006. At the university, Ashley was trained by members of The Martha Graham Company, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and Jennifer Mull/The Works. She was in The University of Akron Dance Company for four years and also performed in the student-choreographed concerts. Ashley danced with Verb Ballets in Cleveland, Ohio from 2006-2013. She has had the honor to perform many great works from well-known choreographers including Appalachian Spring and Lamentation by Martha Graham, To Have and To Hold by Shapiro and Smith, and Vespers by Ulysses Dove along with many other pieces by Heinz Poll, Hernando Cortez, Christopher Fleming, and emerging choreographers such as Antonio Brown to name a few. Along with her professional career, Ashley has been teaching dance since 2005 to pre-professional and competition kids of all ages. She also teaches master classes in intensives/workshops all over the Northeast Ohio area. Ashley just moved to Texas alongside her husband Matt and 1 year old daughter Sophia. She looks forward to continuing her dance career in the DFW area.
Samantha Ellis has been dancing since the age of 4 in Arlington Texas. She was classically trained in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical at Dance Workshop and competed in many regional and national competitions, receiving many awards and scholarships from dance conventions. She has eight years of experience teaching all ages from two to university students. While working on her BA in History, she was a member of the UTA Dance Ensemble where she honed her skills in Modern dance and not only attended ACDFA, but was chosen to choreograph a dance for the competition. She also received many awards within the Dance Ensemble including “Mrs. Dance Ensemble,” “Favorite Guest Choreographer” of Spring 2014, “Favorite Dance” for Spring 2014 and Fall 2011, and “Most Dedicated to Choreography” for multiple dances in various semesters. She also diversified and extended her training by taking classes at Durham University in England while studying for her MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. There she competed and won First place with the Durham Instep Advanced Tap group, was invited to perform with the Advanced Plus Tap Group, and choreographed and performed one jazz solo for the recital as well. Samantha is also a part of DFW’s Modern Dance Company DGDG. She is extremely excited to be sharing her knowledge and passion of dance with the next generation of dancers.
Miss Dorian started her ballet training at age 3 with Ballet Arlington under Svetlana Stanova and Nicolai Semikov. She continued her studies at Texas Ballet Theater School, Ballet Center of Fort Worth, and Etgen-Atkinson Ballet School where she performed for three years as a company member with Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. Miss Dorian finished her training as a student under Megan Young and Emily Hunter at Arlington Classical Ballet Academy.
Miss Dorian has attended summer intensives at Tulsa Ballet’s Pointe to the Future, American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Ballet West, and Texas Ballet Theater where she received scholarships for some of her training.
Three times, Miss Dorian placed in the top 10 at Youth America Grand Prix in both classical ballet and contemporary, qualifying for the New York finals.
Miss Dorian started teaching pre-ballet and creative movement classes at the age of 14 while she was a student and company member with Dallas Met. She continued to develop as a teacher and choreographer during this time, coaching students for YAGP and other national dance competitions. Miss Dorian has taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance for ACBA and IDI for the past four years where her competitive groups and solos consistently won top ratings and overall titles.
In addition to her teaching schedule, Miss Dorian has danced professionally with Gaudium Dance Movement for two years under the direction of Gina Lee. Miss Dorian currently dances professionally with Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and Festival Ballet of North Central Texas and is so excited to work with the fabulous instructors and dancers of United Performing Arts.
Shelby Smith has received her training while under a performance scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin in both Contemporary and Ballet technique, earning a BFA in Dance. Shelby has traveled and performed around the world, being featured in The Rope: Tres Momentos choreographed by Lyn Wiltshire and Alvaro Restrepo, taught in Cartegna, Colombia. Shelby has also had the opportunity to perform throughout Austria in the summer festival Tanzsommer. She was most recently performing for Holland America Line cruise ships, touring throughout Europe and the Caribbean. Shelby is taking this dance season to continue her passion of dance while performing, auditioning and taking classes throughout the Country. When Shelby is not busy traveling she will be a valuable part of our studio by helping with subbing, performances, choreography, master classes, and helping grow Arlington’s passion for the arts.
Ashley Sikes (Mansfield, TX) began her dance training at the age of 2 in the Arlington area. Ashley has been training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Clogging, Lyrical, Contemporary and Pointe. Along with her studio training Ashley was also a 4 year member of the Summit Sapphires, where she served as Sophomore Lieutenant, Junior Lieutenant and Captain. While on Drill Team she received the awards Rookie of the year, Highest Achievement, Most Dedicated, Most Admired and the Directors Award. Outside of dancing Ashely is an active member in her church and has recently been on a mission trip to Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf in Kingston, Jamaica. In the fall Ashley will be attending TCC and Majoring in ASL Interpreting. Ashley’s long term goal is to share the love of dance with our community’s youth and be able to bring dance to deaf children as well.
Meghann began dancing at the age of three in Houston, Texas. She has performed at numerous community functions and on television. She has danced at national talent competitions winning first overall and even having her dance company’s picture in Dance Magazine. Other accomplishments include dancing both solo and corps roles two seasons in the Nutcracker presented by the Irving Ballet Company. In high school she was a member of the Trinity Troyanns drill team at Trinity High School in Euless, TX where she became first lieutenant her junior year and co-captain her senior year. In drill team she won several awards including Miss Showtime ’97. Meghann also danced in competitions and conventions, winning several awards including first overall at a national competition and runner up for the Gus Giordano Scholarship award through Starbound Competitions. She also was runner up for Miss Sweetheart at the I Love Dance competition in 1997. Meghann is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in journalism emphasizing public relations. During her studies at both TCU and A&M she continued to take dance classes from world-renowned dance teachers and was a member of the Texas A&M Dance Arts Society. Today, Meghann also teaches high school English at Union Bower Learning Center in Irving. Meghann’s tap choreography has won many awards and we are looking forward to her teaching our leveled tap classes this summer and fall for all recreational and company members to enjoy!