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Kirkwood Dance Studio begins its 47th year under the direction of Melisa Harris. The studio is a training center for students who are serious about the art of dance as well as for students who wish to dance for enjoyment while exercising and training the body. Kirkwood Dance Studio has a reputation for developing fine dancers, beautiful choreography and a happy atmosphere for learning. Kirkwood alumi include a former Miss & Mr. Dance of Texas, a former Teen Mr. Dance of Texas and a former Jr. Miss & Mr. Dance of Texas.

Melisa Harris: Owner, Director, dance educator and choreographer. Melisa has been a teacher for 44 years. She has studied extensively in the art of dance and started her career at Kirkwood. Melisa has studied under Glen Hunsucker, Houston Ballet Academy, Houston Dance Center, Delia Stewart and Patsy Swayze. She has extensive training in all phases of dance with professionals of national prominence. Member Dance Masters of America.

Lola Beaty: Co-Director of Collective Sound Cloggers (Kirkwoods resident exhibition team) and dance educator. Lola has been dancing and teaching for the past 36 years. She is choreographer/dance educator for all clogging and Irish classes. Lola has extensive training in Irish Dance and is prominent in the clogging community and teaches at numerous workshops and conventions across Texas. This is Lola’s 23rd year at Kirkwood Dance Studio.

Erin Riley: In her 26th year at Kirkwood Dance Studio and her 15th year as a dance educator, Erin choreographs dance pieces for the Southbelt Area Dance Arts Company (which she has been a member of for 18 years) and has won numerous awards at many dance competitions in the Houston area.

Jennifer Roberts: Jennie is in her 17th year at Kirkwood Dance Studio and her 12th year as Co-Director and choreographer of the Collective Sound Cloggers. She has been teaching and choreographing clogging routines for state workshops for 19 years. Jennie has been dancing for 32 years.

Sara Lundholm: Sara has danced at Kirkwood Dance Studio for 11 years and has been a member of the Southbelt Area Dance Arts Company for 6 years. She has also danced at San Jacinto College with the resident dance team.

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