Tatum Graham is a persistent, motivated, and joyful person who never hesitates to let an opportunity slip through her fingers. She is currently majoring in Public Health at The University of North Texas. Tatum has danced since the age of two training in modern, contemporary, ballet, pointe, African, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, acro, and drill team.
In 2019, Tatum was a contestant on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance “Academy Round”. Tatum is a three time American Dance and Drill Team National Solo Champion and multi award winning competition title holder. In 2018, she was selected to travel to Osaka, Japan to perform as a soloist and company member of the Texas All Star Dance Team at the Miss Japan Drill Team Competition. She attended Rockwall High School where she had the honor to serve as the 2017-2018 Captain of the Stingerettes drill team. Tatum had the wonderful opportunity to perform as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade opening act in 2018 and in Disney Springs (2011 and 2018). On Thanksgiving Day, 2015, Tatum performed on the Today Show for the Thanksgiving Day Special and later that day performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Tatum loves to make people laugh and smile. Her true passion in life is to be a light to others while also sharing her love for dance. She finds great importance and satisfaction in pushing people to their fullest potential. She has learned that there is no greater joy in life than devoting oneself to others. Tatum attends Lake Pointe Church and volunteers in the two year old nursery. She is also apart of the UNT FOCUS Christian College Campus Ministry Organization.Type your paragraph here.
Born and raised in New York, Tara is excited to bring a unique flavor to Studio7 Performance. Tara grew up training and competing in a number of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. As she grew in performance, she found a niche in Jazz-Funk and Pro-Style dancing. Her credits include performing at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, as well as appearing in music video productions for EDM artists, dancing back-up with Country music singer Thomas Rhett for his NFL halftime performance, and in television productions such as Good Morning America, Good Day New York, the NFL AM show, and ESPN's UpFront. Tara has also accumulated six years of dance experience with professional sports teams, including the New York Jets, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and the Dallas Mavericks. She has appeared at over 50 NFL games, including Superbowl XVIII. In recent years, Tara has focused on developing her skill in urban dance styles, managing an all-female Hip Hop dance crew that has competed at the World of Dance Championships. Aside from dance training, Tara has studied theatre and developed a resume as a Choreographer for theatre programs across the New York metroplex. Tara views dance and the performing arts as a way to truly draw a connection with others, and will bring Studio7 a blend of backgrounds that she's excited to share with young creatives through the joy of dance.
Caroline participated in the Young Tanzommer festival in Austria. Caroline has attended the summer programs of notable dance companies including those of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Austin, Kansas City Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Her favorite performing experiences include Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, restaged by Willy Shives, “Four Little Swans” and “Italian Variation” from Swan Lake, Susan Jaffe’s Soundbars, Le Corsaire soloist, restaged by Li-Chou Cheng, and August Bournonville’s Napoli restaged by Susan Dromisky.
Upon graduation, she relocated to Dallas and began her teaching career. Caroline continues to discover her passion for dance by teaching and choreographing across the DFW metroplex. She also has discovered her love for fitness and teaches Reformer Pilates. Caroline has been featured in D-Magazine multiple times for her involvement in the fitness community, and was voted best Barre Instructor in Dallas by Studiohop. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique which promotes safe and effective cross-training for dancers.Caroline has studied the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet syllabus and curriculum created by world-famous Marcia Dale Weary, and applies these methods into her classes.
Caroline most recently became an Ambassador for the well known Canadian clothing brand - Lululemon Athletica. In her free time she likes to do yoga and hang out with her husband, Ben and their French Bulldog, Knox.
Megan Storey is a native of Newcastle, Oklahoma. At the age of three, she began her dance education at a local studio, taking classes in tap and ballet and later extending to include jazz, hip hop and contemporary forms. Megan attended high school at the Classen School of Advanced Studies and Visual/Performing Arts as a dance major, training in classical ballet, pointe, flamenco and modern, and graduated as Valedictorian while simultaneously continuing her training in jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary. She also participated in many dance competitions and was titled Miss Dance of Oklahoma in 2008. She continued her dance training and experience by attending summer programs on scholarships at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, the School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, River North Dance Chicago, Spectrum Dance Theater and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. These experiences gave her the opportunity to learn from distinguished instructors such as Andrew Palermo, Milton Myers, Francisco Martinez, Tony Fabre, Andrea Miller, Donald Byrd, Stephanie Powell and others. Megan was also a founding member of the Oklahoma City Dance Project in 2012. She attended the University of Oklahoma School of Dance under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt where she studied modern, ballet, flamenco, and Counter-technique. She had the privilege of working with and performing works by Austin Hartel, Derrick Minter, Jessica Lang and was the featured soloist “Angelitos Negros” in Songs of the Disinherited by Donald McKayle. In May 2014, she graduated with Special Distinction and was named the Outstanding Senior of the School of Dance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance. Megan also has many years of experience in Pilates and yoga, as well as knowledge of holistic health and wellness. She has a strong passion for performing all styles of dance and is a current member of Bruce Wood Dance Project. Megan enjoys sharing her passion through teaching as well in a variety of styles.
Director Elite / Select / Dance
Alex grew up dancing in the Dallas community and has been heavily influenced by those around her. As a student at Dance Industry, she was given the chance to teach and choreograph solos for her younger peers and that is where she found her love for teaching. Alex has trained at prestigious summer intensives including Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive, San Francisco Conservatory, and The Soul Escape Company Intensive. She decided to dive into the world of creating and teaching because it keeps her forever a student and in a place to evolve and learn from those she works with. Constantly she is sharing her truth and learning others through movement. Alex is extremely grateful and humbled to be in the position to have influence in the lives of young and curious minds.
Britta is originally from Woodstock, Georgia and grew up dancing at The Georgia Ballet. By the age of 13, she started in their mentor program and began assisting in young children’s ballet classes ages 2-6. By age 15, she was teaching her own classes (6 classes 3 days a week). She then moved to Salt Lake City Utah to train with Ballet West. During her years spent there, she was a rehearsal and teaching assistant to the lower school division director, Heather Thackeray. She worked along side her with kids ages 6 - 16 in Ballet West’s professional company productions of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Nutcracker. She was also a part of their movement mentor program, where twice a week she would help teach a ballet class to kids with both physical or mental disabilities. Most recently, this last year, she was dancing in Phoenix with Ballet Arizona and she taught contemporary and modern classes for the kids in their upper school division. Now, she lives here in Dallas and she is a dancer with Avant Chamber Ballet. She has always loved teaching and working with kids and she is so excited to be able to continue that with you all!
Director of Acro
Stephanie loves the passion for dance has been felt by the thousands that have had the opportunity to take class from her. She began her dance career with Gino Johnson’s Planet Funk Entertainment. Stephanie is a former Dallas Mavericks captain/choreographer, former Dallas Desperados dancer/choreographer, master prep class instructor for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, HTE, MA, NDA, ADTS and is currently the Director/Choreographer of the Allen American Ice Angels. She has choreographed for several colleges, some of which include Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M, Baylor University, UTD, Texas Woman’s University and Tyler Junior College. She had taught over 400 high school drill teams from all over. All of her competed pieces have received a national title or first overall! Some of her professional work includes “Live with Regis and Kelly”, NBA “doin it live” national commercial, Maxim/Bud light, The Movie Channel, Fox Sports Commercial, Good Morning Texas, Good Day Dallas, Fox Sports Net, Toni and Guy, Neiman Marcus Catton Barron’s Ball, Beauti Control, Farouk Systems CHI International Hair shows, Sally’s Beauty Supply International Hair shows, Blockbuster Industrial, Harrah’s Hotels, Telnet Wireless (Mexico City), Sam’s Wholesale Club industrial, Vive-La Lance Armstrong, Ft. Hood troops, Joe Avezanno’s Celebration, Viva Las Vegas, Moulin Rouge Production, Dallas ProSports Dancers, Studio 54, Miss Dallas Pageant, Sports Illustrated, Body Art Ball, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, D-magazine, NBA Sports magazine, D Scene, Rockies Apparel, Betsy Johnson, Sketchers, Gottex Swimwear and Maxim Magazine. She was recently voted as one of the 10 Most Influentual Women of Dallas. Her energy is addicting and her passion and drive is inspiring. Stephanie is looking forward to teaching and sharing just why she loves the art of dance. She specializes in hip-hop and pro-league dance classes.
Teylor Hare started dancing at the age of 3 and fell in love with it right from the very start. She's trained in multiple styles of dance including: jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, hip hop modern, afro-jazz, african dance, ballroom, etc. She's trained at various studios in the metroplex throughout her time as a dancer and performer. In her free time, she attends several different tap classes from teachers who are associated with Rhythmic Souls, Choreo Records and Hyper Feet Productions. She's also attended tap master classes from the members of Syncopated Ladies whenever they're in town. Because dance is such a big part of her life, she's gotten the opportunities to meet all kinds of people and perform in the biggest of theaters. Her goal as a teacher is to share the knowledge that's been passed down to her from great masters to her students. She wants to educate them so they can make wise decisions with their bodies, minds and artistry.
Co Director Elite / Select / Dance
Director of S7 Academy Dance
Director of CAS choreography
Director of Ballet
Acro / Strength conditioning / Improv / Contemporary Instructor
Israel Pena, with his partner Lisa Holt, is currently an International Latin Ballroom competition and teacher. Motown born and Texas raised. Israel is a graduate from the University of North Texas, where he discovered his passion and love for dance teaching salsa classes in college. Shortly after graduating, he began teaching Ballroom at a small independent studio in Grapevine, Texas. From there, Israel and Lisa started their own Ballroom program at Power House of Dance in both Frisco and Dallas and dedicated himself to becoming an International Latin Competitor. Israel has since traveled and competed across the United States both with his partner and his students in all four ballroom genres. He has guest taught master classes at Booker T. Washington, UTD, Texas Womens University, UNT, and numerous dance studios and public schools in the Dow metroplex. His biggest accomplishments include competing in both London and Blackpool at the Blackpool Dance festival, attending the World Dance Congress, and teaching children as a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms. His most influential and continued inspiration come from being fortunate enough to work with, and continue to learn from, great coaches and world champion dancers including Martin Lamb, and Shirley Ballas. They have continued to influence his passion for knowledge in becoming a better dancer and teacher.
Contemporary / Modern / Artistry
Hip Hop Instructor
Ballet / Contemporary / Artistry / Instructor
Hip Hop / Jazz Instructor
Director of Ballroom
Maria's professional dance experience includes, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, DBDT II, Bruce Wood Dance Project, and the Zion Dance Project. In 2010, she became an independent artist and has been part of various guest and collaborative works with local, national, and international artists within and outside the realm of dance such as fashion, music, and ministries, and corporate events. She trained with many professional artists and choreographers from around the nation and the world. Maria has had the opportunity to teach at the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Carver Magnet High School in Houston, and was an Arts Integration Specialist for Big Thought's Thriving Minds After School Program. She has taught and choreographed for Park Cities Dance, Kitty Carter Dance Factory, and many more. She has served as a Director at Power House of Dance Dallas & Frisco. She is currently the Teen Ministry Director of Dance at The Potters House, Dallas.
Alex Patrick, affectionately known as “Acro with Alex” or “Ms. Acro”, graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Creative Advertising, a B.A. in Dance Management and Production, as well as a minor in Dance Performance. She is certified by the Acrobatic Arts (Module 2), Acrobatique Acrodance (ADTA) and Alixa Flexibility (Module 2).
Alex is a national award-winning choreographer, stage manager, and international performer. She has choreographed and worked in Canada, New Orleans, Dallas, Oklahoma and Los Angeles, including the world-renowned Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Alex was a Stage Manager on staff with the SMU Division of Dance and with the All Stars Project. She has over a decade of dance administration, teaching, choreographing and management experience.
As the first in the Southwest region to become Acrobatic Arts Certified, Alex teaches ages 3 through adult and levels Primary through Pre- Professional 3. The 12-level curriculum is based on safe and effective progressions for balance, strength, flexibility, limbering, and tumbling as they pertain to dance technique.
Additional performance career highlights include: Destiny’s Child, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Pepsico, TITAS, Celebrity Dance Competitions, Museffect/Muse Dance Company, Oreah Dance Company, Good Dance Since 1984, The Dallas Conservatory’s Rockefeller Christmas Spectacular & Disney’s The Little Mermaid in New Orleans, LA.
Alex loves inspiring her students to excel in their craft. Alex is able to tune into what works for each individual student, body type, personality type, learning style and even varying levels of confidence. Ms. Alex replaces fear with technique, while prioritizing work ethic and positivity. Her teaching goals are: to create a positive and diligent environment, to nurture versatile talent that emphasizes both technique and style, and to foster passion for the performing arts. Alex primarily teaches jazz, acro, contemporary and flexibility classes.