Meet our Instructors

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.

Chrissy began dancing at the age of 3 under the late Kay Weiner. She also began dancing competitively at the age of eight. Competitive dance gave Chrissy the opportunity to travel and dance across the country.

Chrissy’s Dance Academy is currently in it’s 12th year. In that time, the academy has been voted a “People’s Choice” Best Dance Studio by the Helots Echo Newspaper readers 9 times and brought home a National Championship 6 times!

Chrissy 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 3 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 solar & security company. Ryan, Chrissy, Kali, Jayli, & Lyric are Helotes residents and enjoy being “on the go!”

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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