Chrissy’s Dance Academy is located in Silverado Station at Bandera and 1604. We are proud to have been voted “People’s Choice” Best Dance Studio by the Helotes Echo 7 times!
We begin teaching at the age of 2 years old with our highly qualified staff. Our teachers are dedicated to the success and happiness of your dancer. They work hard to keep the balance between strong technique and a fun environment. The academy is currently in its 10th year.
Many positive benefits are associated with learning the art of ballet. Besides learning the traditional techniques of ballet, ballet lessons can also foster a positive self image in young girls, as well as young boys. Ballet teaches skill, grace, poise, self discipline and self confidence. You will begin by learning the traditional techniques of ballet which have been handed down over the centuries.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor.
This is a class that is solely dedicated to the technique of jumps and turns. The class time will consist of warming up, center floor, and across the floor activities. Many pep squad members in area high schools join this class to brush up on skills for dance team try-outs.
Hip hop is a dance style, usually danced to hip hop music, that evolved from the hip hop culture. The first dance associated with hip hop was breakdancing. While breakdancing consists primarily of moves executed close to the ground, the majority of hip hop moves are done standing up. Hip hop dance steps require skill and experience to perfect. Hip hop dancers practice a lot in order to master basic steps and movements that appear simple when performed. Dancers with a good sense of rhythm find it easier to learn hip hop steps.*
Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way.
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy and anger. Lyrical dancers usually perform to music with lyrics…the lyrics of the chosen song serve as inspiration for movements and expressions. Music used for lyrical is typically emotionally charged and expressive. Music may consist of many genres including pop, rock and hip hop. Powerful, expressive songs are often used in lyrical dance to give dancers a chance…..
Modern dance encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. It is not unusual for dancers to invent new steps for their routines, instead of following a structured code of technique, as in ballet. Another characteristic of modern dance in opposition to ballet is the deliberate use of gravity. Whereas classical ballet dancers strive to be light and airy on their feet, modern dancers often use their body weight to enhance movement. This type of dancer rejects the classical ballet stance of an upright, erect body, often opting instead for deliberate falls to…..
These classes are designed for children 2-5 years old. They are designed to teach grace, respect, confidence, and the workings of a classroom environment. The classes are 1 hour once a week and consist of 20 minutes of tap, 20 minutes of ballet, and 20 minutes of tumbling. Pre-I is designed for 2 & 3 year olds. Pre-II is geared towards for 3 & 4 year olds. Pre-III is designated to our 4 & 5 year olds.*
Tap is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The term “tap dancing” is derived from the tapping sound produced when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard floor or surface. Typical tap classes last about an hour, beginning with a warm-up to stretch the muscles of the legs and feet. Dancers practice a series of basic steps, adding more difficult combinations as they become more proficient.*
Our instructors are passionate about developing your child's self-confidence and skill through dance.
Chrissy is 2003 graduate of the former Southwest Texas State University. There she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Dance with Teacher Certification. In San Marcos, she danced under Dr. Joan Hays. She also took from many other fabulous teachers such as the late Karen Earl, LeAnne Smith, and Pat Stone.
Chrissy also served as Captain her Senior year for the John Marshall Dance Team under Stacey Becker. Here she performed her solos in Showmakers Competitions where she placed as a top finalist.
She received 4th runner up Miss Showmaker in San Marcos and 5th runner up Miss Showmaker in San Antonio. Chrissy also received superlatives for every year she attended summer dance camp.
Chrissy began dancing at the age of 3 under the late Kay Weiner. She also began competing in clogging solos at the age of nine. Her first competition she received High Point for her age division. She has also won Dancer of the Year Finalist at Rainbow Connection for 2 years.
Chrissy’s Dance Academy is currently in it’s 10th year.
She is also the Director of Premiere Dance Co. This is the competitive division of Chrissy’s Dance Academy. She has choreographed many award winning pieces including 2 pieces that won National Champions!
Chrissy is the proud mother of 2 girls and 1 boy. Her husband, Ryan is a Regional Manager for a national security company. Ryan, Chrissy, Kali, Jayli, & Lyric are Helotes residents and enjoy being “on the go!”
Jennifer Martinez is an August ’07 graduate of Texas State University. There she was a member and officer for the Texas State Strutter Dance Team, and a member of the Showmakers of America dance staff.
She received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She now teaches kindergarten at Fisher Elementary for Northside Independent School District.
She has been dancing for 22 years and teaching for 9. She has won numerous overall awards including: Tremaine Studio Dancer of the Year, Showstoppers opening number, and a Tremaine convention scholarship. She has spent four summers training at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California, where she danced under the instruction of Nichelle Bane, Eddie Garcia, Doug Caldwell, Jayson Wright, Sonya Tayeh and Malaya.
She also appeared in Ryan Cabrera’s video, “On the Way Down” with Ashlee Simpson. Recently she auditioned for the t.v. show “So You Think You Can Dance”, in Seattle, where she was passed through first and second rounds, placing her in the top 250 out of 1,000.
It is her third year at Chrissy’s and she is very excited to be assistant director and part of such a wonderful staff.
Katy Schmidt graduated in 2011 from UTSA with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Marketing, and was a member of the Business Scholars Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She is now a proud Store Director with HEB and is currently the General Merchandise Leader at our own HEB Plus! Bandera location. Katy has studied various styles of dance in San Antonio since the age of three. She has trained under many accredited teachers and choreographers from around the country.
Katy has performed competitively as a member of a national award winning team. She has also performed for National Tap Dance Day, the Third Coast Rhythm Project, the Fiesta Queen’s Coronation, and the San Antonio Spurs.
Katy has also worked extensively in the dance industry including studio and costume management, retail, and various camps and industrials.
Katy has been teaching and choreographing all ages of dance over the past nine years throughout San Antonio. Katy specializes in preschool and children’s dance curriculum and all levels of tap. She will be instructing the advanced tap groups this year and is excited to begin her 5th year at Chrissy’s Dance Academy!
Amanda has been dancing since the age of 5. She was a former member of the Oconnor Golduster Dance Team, where she served as an lieutenant, and is now at the University of Texas at San Antonio working on her chemistry major in order to become a pharmacist. She has practiced ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, tap and musical theater.
She has competed at SMA in group dances as well as solo dances, and has won many awards and the SMA dance team camps and officer camps.
She is also a former participant of the Oconnor Varsity Vocal Music department, winning UIL events, and placing the Region Treble Choir. She has also danced in the musical productions of “Guy’s and Dolls” as well as “Beauty and The Beast” at Oconnor High School, and has a strong passion for musical theater.
Stephanie “Izzy” Madrid began dancing at 4 years old when she lived in Germany. The daughter of a military family, she also received dance training in Japan, Arizona, and Oklahoma. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, hip-hop, lyrical, and is certified to teach Zumba. Izzy has had the pleasure of working with many teachers and choreographers across the country, including Anton Smith, Frank Hatchett, and Andrea Holland.
While in Arizona, she was a part of a musical theater group that traveled around the southwest and performed for various cities every weekend. She was a competitive dancer in Oklahoma which left her a title winner of many awards, including Tremaine’s Studio Dancer of the Year. She has been teaching since she was 16, and is very glad to be a part of the Chrissy’s family.
Diana, Chrissy’s Dance Academy’s office manager, is a happily married Mom of 2 and is always ready to greet you with a smile at the front office. She attended Texas Tech University where she studied early childhood development. After moving to San Antonio in the summer of 1999, she met and fell in love with her husband, Sly. Her daughter, Karina was born in the fall of 2000 and her son, Cesar was born in the summer of 2006. In addition to her two children, Diana is also a proud stepmom to her husbands’ first born son, Jeremy.
Although Diana herself has no previous dance experience (other than the occasional night out with her husband or friends) she loves and is in awe of the many talented dancers and instructors she and her children have been exposed to. Diana’s children are very involved in the world of dance. Karina has been dancing since the age of 4 and competing since the age of 6. She takes lessons in tap, jazz, ballet, & lyrical. Cesar has taken tap lessons since the age of 3 and is now learning hip hop & jazz, he is also active in CYO sports. Diana’s husband, Sly, is an avid runner who is currently training for his first full marathon in November of 2012.
This is Diana’s 2nd year at Chrissy’s Dance Academy as a staff member and her 8th year as a studio parent. She is very excited to be part of such an amazing group of women and dancers.
Zandy Aguirre has been dancing since the age of 2 and has practiced ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical. In high school she was a member of the Silver Spurs Drill Team and the Lariettes Dance Team with which she performed competitively at various MA, SMA, Showtime and American Dance/Drill Team competitions. She was also a Principal in the Brandeis Ballet Company and now attends the University of Texas at San Antonio where she is working toward getting her degree in Criminal Psychology.