Principal / Executive Director
Michelle Bellamy-Arndt, founder and Director of The Dance Works, has been dancing thru life from the moment she put on her first pair of tap shoes. Michelle began her dance training at an early age concentrating on ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical styles of dance. She attended the University of Nebraska, and Creighton University where she studied business management and dance.
Michelle has over 30 years of teaching and directing experience, and has had the pleasure of studying with renowned teachers such as Gus Giordano, Brenda Buffalino, Frank Hatchett, Diane Walker and Luigi. Michelle is grateful to all of the masters of the dance art form in which she has had the opportunity to study with or simply be influenced by. Michelle continues to be a student of dance by attending seminars, regional and national conventions and teacher workshops.
Michelle has owned and operated dance studios in Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia before opening The Dance Works in Round Rock, Texas in 1998. Michelle believes The Dance Works is a vehicle for her dancers in bringing them together not only with the talents of a professional staff and quality facilities, but giving them true community and opportunity as both dancers and young leaders. Whether their goals are recreational, regional success or professional, Michelle wants her students to come away with impeccable technique, responsible discipline and a positive character that goes with them throughout their lifetime.
Tracey Hill Lowe
Director of TheatreWorks
Primary Levels, and Body Drop: Instructor/Choreographer
Tracey has been part of The DanceWorks family since 2003, and opened The TheatreWorks as Director in 2014. She is a current member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, and a three year veteran and yearly attendee of the Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York City.
Tracey has studied dance (tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater) in Utah, Missouri, Washington, and Texas. As a dancer/actor, Tracey has appeared in television and print ads, and performed in numerous shows and reviews. Favorites include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, No, No, Nannette, Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!, Can Can, and Carnival, among others. She has been blessed to learn from and study with many of her dance and theatre heroes, including Ann Reinking and Megan Hilty.
As an instructor, director, and choreographer, Tracey has taught various levels of tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theater for the last 18 years. She is also a certified group fitness instructor and currently teaches a hip hop cardio format that she absolutely loves. She is grateful to have been recognized with entertainment and choreography awards over the years, and especially proud of the DanceWorks Elite Team winning the Encore 2016 National Championship title with their hilarious and spirited performance of “Stepsisters Lament”.
Ms. Tracey has added writing to her list of interests, and after several skits, one-acts, and songs over the years, her first musical was completed and opened TheatreWorks second season. It is currently under copyright and set to be published later this year.
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz: Instructor/Choreographer
Sonja was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sonja started dancing at the age of four, she danced and performed with Southwest Ballet Company for all of her grade school years. After high school she received a dance scholarship to attend West Texas A&M University. While studying in Texas she dance with Lone Star Ballet Company, and spent three summers performing In the Musical Drama “Texas”, she also taught all of the college level Jazz classes at WTA&MU. After receiving her B.F.A in dance, she moved back to New Mexico and danced with New Mexico Ballet Company for one Season. After getting married Sonja and her husband moved to Las Vegas, so she could audition for shows. Having lived in Las Vegas for 8 years, she danced in “Tournament of Kings” at the Excalibur, “Celebration Lounge” at the Tropicana, and most recently she danced for three years for “Siegfried and Roy, and many other short term gigs. While dancing Sonja Taught for the Academy of Ballet for six years, teaching Ballet and Jazz. After “Siegfried and Roy” closed, Sonja and her family decided to move to Texas. Sonja has been teaching for The Dance Works since 2007 and has enjoyed directing, and creating the studios annual ballet productions.
Kali attended Kilgore College where she was a Kilgore College Rangerette and Swingster for two years. As a Rangerette, she performed in Washington D.C. for the inaugural celebration for President George W. Bush and for Carnival Cruise Lines. After Kilgore, she studied dance at Texas Woman’s University where she performed with CholoRock a local dance company. For the past 10 years, Kali has traveled all over the United States teaching summer camps and judging regional and national competitions with MA Dance and StageOne National Dance Competitions. Kali has had the opportunity to be the Head Choreographer for the Capital One Bowl games in Orlando, FL. Working with Grammy nominated country singers Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes for the halftime performance. She is also the Head Choreographer for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Pre-game performances. She also spends time choreographing for the NHL Dallas Stars Ice girls, Frisco Texas Legends Dancers AHL Texas Stars Ice Girls. For the Past 7 years she travels to New York to work with the Spirit of America dancers who perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Samantha was born in Elgin, Illinois where she began dancing at Gould Academy of Dance Arts at age three. After moving to Texas in 1998 Samantha started dancing at The Dance Works. While at the studio Samantha took various dance classes such as ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She became part of the studio’s competition team in 2003, helping the company win various awards throughout the years. After graduating high school in 2009, Samantha attended Texas State University in San Marcos as a marketing major. She will graduate with a Bachelors of Business Administration in May of 2013. Samantha is very excited to return to The Dance Works as a teacher.
Natalie Klinck Haggerty
Natalie was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. She started dance at the age of two with Melba’s School of Dance & Gymnastics. She has 22 years of combined dance experience in ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, jazz, and hip-hop. After high school, Natalie continued her dance training during college at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas, where she was a member of the UT Dance Team. After graduating, Natalie and her husband, Dennis, moved to Michigan. While working in banking, she took classes at Rochester School of Dance, and a year later, became a member of the NBA Detroit Pistons Dance Team. She later taught ballet at Expressions Dance studio. Natalie returned to Austin and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Texas. She has been married for 14 years, and after working as a pharmacist for four years, she is now raising her four children. Currently, all of the kids are students at The Dance Works, her oldest now in her sixth year with the studio. She is excited to explore her passion for dance again and share her love of dance with all of you.
Hip Hop Instructor/ Choreographer
Erick Yanez started dancing at the age of sixteen. Self-taught in hip hop, he began taking dance classes at Burnet High School where he learned the principal elements of dance. From the moment he started, he fell in love with dance and entered into his 1st two dance competitions: he placed top ten overall in both of them and received performance/showmanship awards along with a scholarship to New York Dance Experience. This provided multiple opportunities as an instructor and a performer. He then booked his 1st teaching job at Studio 29. Erick has also performed as a dancer in numerous music videos, shows, and traveled to work with multiple artists like Sean Paul, K Camp, Tory Lanez & D Woods. He has also trained and taken classes from many world known choreographers like Matt Steffanina, WilldaBeast Adams, Parris Goebel and Nick DeMoura just to name few. After teaching choreography at multiple schools, camps, workshops and intensives, Erick is now an instructor at various studios throughout the Austin area and faculty member with Dupree Dance Convention and Power Dance Convention. Erick is also founder of Diversified Unity! He continues to spread his love for dance with others.
Anitra Coulter Blunt
Anitra Coulter Blunt is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a Master’s degree in Music/Voice Performance and Pedagogy, with an Emphasis on Therapy. Anitra has performed a variety of character roles, including Madame Goldnertrille in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Die Konigen der Nacht in Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Cinderella’s Mother/ The Voice of Rapunzel in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Before earning her degree from The University of Texas, Anitra graduated from Arts Magnet High School in Dallas, Texas, where she studied visual art, and began her training as a soprano vocalist. Anitra specializes in the performance and instruction of classical, operatic music, and Kindermusik, but also sings jazz, spiritual, cultural/ethnic music, and children’s music. Her musical expertise encompasses performance, vocal technique, musical analysis, theory, and principle applications of classical music. Anitra also enjoys recording in the studio, acting and voice work, including character voices, commercial singing, writing, and storytelling. In 2012 she was co-writer for an inspiring 2012 film called “Southern Girls”. Most recently, Anitra was a guest soloist in Living Paper Song Project’s “I, Too: The Voices of Langston Hughes, which won the award for Best Chamber Performance in the 2017 Austin Critics Table Awards.
Stephanie Patrick is happy to be back in Texas! Since 2012, she has directed, choreographed, written, and performed for Stephanie Patrick Dance in Texas, North Carolina, and California. In 2015, the company was granted the Starving Artists Award from Principal Creative Performing Arts, and two residencies from SAFE House Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, SPD received the Dance Artist Development Award from Arcos Dance in Austin. Stephanie has danced for Andrea Torres Dance Company, Twisted Oak Theatre, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, Asheville Ballet, and apprenticed with Tapestry Dance Company. She has professionally taught for eight years, including at City Dance in San Francisco. You can view her work at www.StephaniePatrick.me.
Lisa is a grounded dance performer & creator with a creative mind and a strong, vibrant flare. She has taught dance and fitness to varying populations in private studios, academies and schools from Austin to New York City to London, and brings positive, encouraging, calming energy to each new scene. She studied at the Laban Conservatoire of Dance as well as The University of Texas at Austin with a B.F.A in Dance. Currently she also is a Dancer with the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company here in Austin.
Assistant Operations Manager, Master Barista and Baker Extraordinaire
Ava was born in Juarez, Mexico but raised in El Paso, TX. She moved to Austin, TX in 1998 to pursue a business degree but ended up in the culinary field. Ava is now a student of Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, TX finishing up her certificates in the culinary and baked arts. Miss Ava served as the Executive Chef of La Union Station in New Mexico from 2008-2012. Her specialties include Latin and Hispanic pastries and various baked goods. Ava has been with the Dance Works since 2010.
Mohra was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She moved to Georgia in 1990 to pursue a degree in Psychology. It was at Georgia College and State University where she met her husband Scott. They have been married for 17 years and have two daughters. They have lived all over the country settling in Austin in 2001.
After the birth of her oldest daughter Mohra decided to stay home full time. It was a rewarding choice, but in 2004 inspired by her grandmothers recipes and a passion for baking she decided to open her own business. Mama J’s Brownies. Mama J’s ships brownies and desserts all over the country and makes local deliveries.