Mrs. Laurel  Masso - Owner, Director, Instructor, Choreographer

Laurel Masso starting dancing at the age of four. It has been her passion her entire life. She danced at her hometown studio of Bay City, Texas. While attending, she received many awards and accomplishments. She was also an assistant and instructor who choreographed for recital and competitive numbers. 

Laurel's dance background is very well-rounded. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and musical theater. Laurel was also a gymnast and trained in tumbling for over a decade.  

 

Mrs. Laurel went on to pursue her love for dance at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. While attending, she auditioned and was chosen for the college dance department's Merge Dance Company. She was also awarded several dance scholarships for academic and performance excellence. In 2016, Laurel graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies and a minor in Business Administration.

 

After graduation, Laurel went back to her original, hometown studio and had the opportunity of being the studio's Director. During her time at the studio, Laurel expanded the classes and created more opportunities for her students. It was a bitter-sweet decision to leave her hometown again, but has always dreamed of opening her own studio to share her skills and love for dance for her very own students.

Laurel believes in teaching her students through respect and positive reinforcement. It is her goal that her studio be an inviting and warm learning environment. She believes dance class teaches way beyond the the art dance itself, it encourages creativity, instills discipline, ignites self-confidence, and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Laurel thanks dance and her wonderful teachers for shaping her childhood.

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Ms. Cait Nixon - Instructor, Choreographer

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Cait Nixon is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. She has been dancing since she was eight years old and has always loved to perform. Her dance training was rooted in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary at Abbotts Performing Arts Center. She performed and competed with this studio for many years, receiving multiple awards and achievements along the way. 

 

Her freshman year, Cait secured a spot on the high school drill team for the next 4 years. A team that instilled determination, integrity, positivity and leadership skills; additionally, making friendships that would last a lifetime. She believes that sharing a love for dance makes connections that cannot be forgotten. During her high school career she also taught ages 5-12 at another local studio in hopes to share these same ideals with her little ones.

 

After high school Cait went on to continue her dance career at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. There she learned the basics of Modern dance and Kinesiology. She was invited by her professors to audition for the college’s dance company, Merge. She was also an officer in the student run dance company, Orchesis, where she choreographed and performed many pieces at the end of the year shows. In 2016, Cait graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies and a minor in Education. 

 

A year after graduation, Cait moved to Los Angeles, California to grow her dance education in Hip Hop and Jazz Funk. There she performed professionally for different artists at several venues. She lived in Los Angeles for three years and decided that home was where she wanted to be. 

 

She believes in creating a warm and welcoming dance space in order to make learning fun and exciting. She is so excited to continue sharing her love for dance with her students!

Mrs. Sarah Brashear - Instructor, Choreographer

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Sarah Brashear is originally from the Gulf Coast area in Bay City, Texas. She has been dancing since she was four years old at a studio in Bay City where she discovered her true passion, care, and excellence for dance. Sarah danced competitively and received many awards. She was the Salutatorian of her graduating class of 2014.

Sarah is a Texas State University Bobcat Alumni. She accomplished the honors of graduating Cum Laude and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Business in 2017. She is trained and knowledgeable in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap, acro-dance, modern, and contemporary. She was invited by her professors to join the CIMTEYA dance company for three semesters. CIMTYA gave Sarah the opportunity to teach elementary-age students, dance at Texas State University performances, and study in New York City.

 

After Graduating, Sarah worked at a dance studio and fitness gym. Sarah believes that dance and fitness are a great way to build friendships, while developing a fun and trusting environment. She improved her teaching techniques as she helped others to conquer challenging movements. Sarah was given the opportunity and honor of becoming the Director at her hometown studio. She taught many classes, choreographed for the competition groups, and traveled with the team in various locations across Texas!

 

Mrs. Sarah has always loved working with children of different age groups. She will continue to live her dream of teaching dance and inspiring her students. Her favorite dance quote is “Dance like no one is watching.” She cannot wait to meet new faces, keep growing with her students, and build trust to help them accomplish their goals.