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 10 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 14th 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 Tap, Ballet, and some beginning motor skill tumbling. Pre-I is designed for 2 & 3 year olds. Pre-II is geared […]
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 […]
Our instructors are passionate about developing your child's self-confidence and skill through dance.
Chrissy O’Donnal began dancing at the age of 3. At the age of 8, she started dancing competitively and quickly fell in love with the stage. Chrissy continued dancing competitively until the age of 16 when she was able to dance with the John Marshall High School Dance Team. She served as a Captain her Senior Year and traveled to Los Angeles with her team performing at DisneyLand.
She continued to dance and perform through college where she received a Bachelors of Science in Dance with Teacher Certification from Texas State University in 2003. She was invited to perform in a Christmas Show with the San Antonio Symphony with many friends and colleagues. Chrissy also had the opportunity to perform as a back up dancer with Tejano singer, Stefani Montiel. This led her to many exciting performances including the Tejano Music Awards. She was also invited to travel with the band to Las Vegas and South Padre Island.
Chrissy knew it was her time to make her dream come true in 2004. At the age of 23, Chrissy opened the doors to Chrissy’s Dance Academy. The Academy is about to start their 15th Year and has continued to hold both recreational and competitive programs. They have continued to win top awards, many national championships, and have been voted Best Dance Studio 10 Times by the Helotes Community.
Jenny Martinez is a 2007 graduate of Texas State University where she was an officer for the Strutter Dance Team. She began dancing at the age of three and to this day her passion for the art remains. As a dancer she was awarded many scholarships and accolades within the competitive circuit. She began training at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles at the age of 18 and continues to further her training there each summer under the instruction of Terri Best, Nico O’Connor, Benjamin Allen, and Sam Allen. She is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, and clogging. She had the opportunity to perform in the “Iconic” Groov3 showcase where she danced along side Robin Antin, under the direction of Benjamin Allen and Dean Bais in Los Angeles. She also assisted and appeared in Groov3’s “Living Room Sessions” kids edition with Benjamin Allen.
She began teaching at the age of sixteen and has had the privilege of being the assistant director of Premiere Dance Co. for the past 8 years. As the jazz and lyrical choreographer for Premiere, her pieces have been recognized both regionally and nationally receiving choreography awards from Bravo, Revolution, and Platinum Dance Competitions, as well as consistently placing in the overall awards each competition season. Her Elite Company lyrical group holds the Grand Champion Title for Starboard Nationals three years running. Many of her students are now title holders as well. She is also a faculty member for Power Dance Convention where she travels across the US and teaches contemporary.
Jenny loves being able to share her passion for dance with others and the opportunity to introduce students to a form of art that encourages self expression. Watching her students grow is the ultimate reward and often times it is her students who inspire her!
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.
Diana, Chrissy’s Dance Academy’s office manager, is a happily married Mom of 3 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 instantly fell in love with her husband, Sly and his first son, Jeremy. Their daughter, Karina was born in the fall of 2000 and their son, Cesar was born in the summer of 2006. In addition to being the office manager, Diana also works for NISD.
Although Diana herself has no previous dance experience (other than the occasional celebration or night out with her husband or friends) she loves and admires 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, now in high school, has been dancing since the age of 4 and competing since the age of 6. She is a member of Chrissy’s Elite Premiere Dance Company and currently holds the title of Miss Teen Starbound. In addition to studying karate, Cesar has been taking hip hop for a number of years and enjoys taking tap lessons too. Jeremy is currently in college where he is studying to earn a degree in architecture. Diana’s husband, Sly, is an avid runner who completed his first full marathon in November of 2012. He is an amazing man who truly shows great support and enthusiasm for all of his children’s activities.
Diana truly enjoys working at the best dance studio in Helotes. The staff and students are always a joy to be around. She truly feels blessed.
Ally will be a 2016 graduate of O’Connor high school. She is currently serving as captain of the award winning Golduster dance team. Ally hopes to attend UTSA and follow in her Mom‘s footsteps to become a nurse.
Ally is an original member of Chrissy’s Dance Academy. She joined as a student when the studio first opened its doors in 2004 and has been dancing for 11 years. She was also an original member of Chrissy’s Premiere Dance Company.
Ally has began her 2nd year of teaching at the studio. She truly enjoys being able to teach students the skills she was not able to master herself. Watching her students grow and succeed brings her a lot of joy.
Zandy Bauer 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.
Sarah is 19 years old and started dancing at the age of 11. Her passion for dance led her to study all disciplines in the dance field. She has studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. She attended and graduated from Antonian College Preparatory High School in 2014. At Antonian, Sarah was an officer her junior and senior year and was a 4-time National Dance Team Champion. Sarah has trained under an extensive amount of world- renowned choreographers in her dance career. She travels throughout the United States training at workshops and conventions, such as, Monsters of Hip Hop and The Pulse On Tour. This past season, Sarah was awarded a scholarship to participate in the week long Pulse On Tour Summer Intensive Training in New York City. Sarah worked closely with Tessandra Chavez and performed in Tessandra’s piece at The Pulse 10 year Anniversary Gala. Sarah is not done growing as a dancer and believes in the philosophy, “Be better than yesterday”.
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Alora Wurzbach started her dancing career at the age of two. At the age of 12 she began competing in dance competitions winning overalls in Starbound, Tremaine, and Showstoppers. From there she joined the Junior Company at Ballet San Antonio won national titles and danced in the Ballet San Antonio Nutcracker her thirteenth and fourteenth years. After that she moved to Trilogy Dance Center and finished her training there when she graduated Medina Valley High School dancing on the dance team, Top Cats. Her senior year she competed in Vegas for National Titles. She traveled to New York and Vegas again for countless auditions. She began teaching at fifteen years old and has not stopped growing with every single one of her students. Alora graduated with her Associate of Arts, concentration in Liberal Arts from Northwest Vista College and is furthering her education at Texas A&M University San Antonio.
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Brittany enrolled in her first dance class at age 3 and continued to dance for another 14 years, ten of which she was involved in competition. She competed at both regional and national levels, earning numerous “first overall” titles and distinguished performer awards, dance convention scholarships and awards for top choreography. She always had a competitive nature and also competed in gymnastics, swimming, and track.
After graduating from O’Connor High School in 2002, she attended Texas A&M University where she earned a B.A. in English in 2006. She was employed by Texas A&M University in the Information Technology Department from 2005-2015. Never having lost her love for dance, she has returned to teach and inspire the next generation of dancers and top performers.
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Kirsten Burandt is a 2000 graduate of Texas State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Dance Education. A native of San Antonio, she began her dance career at the age of 2 and continued through high school, and then on to college. Growing up she was part of a competitive dance show group for 5 years in San Antonio that competed in all dance styles regionally and nationally. She has been teaching in private and public institutions for over 20 years, providing education in Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Musical Theatre. For the past 9 years, she served as the Performing Arts Department’s Dance teacher and Director of Dance Teams at various high schools. She most recently was the Artistic Director of the Alief Jazz Ballet Company in Houston for three years. She currently holds certification by EXCET, in Dance, Physical Education, and Professional Development. She is also certified by the Texas Association, Teachers of Dance (TATD) where she is a Master Instructor/choreographer. She consistently trains at workshops and conventions around the country to remain current, hip, and always in touch with the latest music, styles, techniques and choreography.
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