All About Triple Motion Dance

Studio founders and sisters, Sonia and Shawnel

Mission Statement


Sonya and Shawnel are sisters that grew up dancing in Livermore, California. In 1994, they opened their first dance studio, SS Dance Express. They enjoyed the students and their families tremendously. In 2005, they were quickly outgrowing their location. Having had started families of their own, they opted to merge with two of their instructors to open Triple Threat Performing Arts. TTPA is still going strong today with over 400 students. In 2009, due to their husbands’ jobs relocating, both sisters moved to the Fort Worth area “next door to each other.” They both have children that attend schools in KISD.

Since they have moved here, they each have taught dance at dance studios throughout the metroplex–it’s just in their blood! They are so excited to be opening their latest venture, “Triple Motion Dance,”  in Watauga, Texas. They are hoping to share their passion of dance and performing and look forward to many new friendships.

Teaching Philosophy

At Triple Motion Dance, we assist students in discovering their passion for music, movement, and dance. We focus on fostering individual growth and developing confidence that extends beyond the dance floor, all in a family-centered environment.

We do this through a combination of individual and group instruction with a spotlight on building a strong foundation through practice and technique, exposure to multiple dance styles, and performance opportunities.

We set the “barre” high. We challenge our students to continually meet and exceed expectations, take risks, value the bonds among teammates, and learn about themselves through the journey.

“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” – Confucius

Stay in Motion, at Triple Motion Dance!

Head Instructors

Shawnel is originally from California where she has been involved with dancing since the age of 2 1/2, training with multiple studios and teachers in the Bay Area. She is co-owner of the dance studio Triple Threat Performing Arts back in Ca. During her six years as a member of the San Francisco 49er “Gold Rush” cheerleader, she has had the chance to perform in such locations as Canada, Japan, China, and Austria, and with Boys II Men, Huey Lewis and the News, and Jefferson Starship.

She also has had the opportunity to tour overseas with the USO to Bosnia, Croatia and Hungary to entertain American Troops for Independence Day. She has been involved in Community Theater for the past 20 years and has co-directed/ choreographed such shows as Beauty and the Beast, Modern Millie, Wizard of Oz, and Nunsense. If you look closely, Shawnel can also be seen in the feature film “Flubber” with Robin Williams. Shawnel has judged regionally and nationally for Hall of Fame Dance Challenge and Kid Artistic Revue. The dedication of Shawnel and her students have led them to many awards and accomplishment nationally.

Many of Shawnel’s students have continued on and performed on award winning college, NFL, NBA, and AFL dance teams. Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships, Disneyland and California Adventure. “So You Think You Can Dance,”  “The Glee Project,” “Glee.” The movies: “Easy A,” “High School Musical 3,” “A Better Life,” reoccurring roles on “All My Children,” and touring casts of “Wicked” and “Cats.”

Along with everything else, Shawnel is the mother of two very active little boys and twin girls!

Sonya grew up dancing in California and now resides in Fort Worth. Sonya has been dancing since the young age of six years old. She has trained with numerous instructors in the Bay Area. She was co-owner of SS Dance Express for 11 years and Triple Threat Performing Arts for the past seven. She has also performed in a variety of shows and musicals in the Bay Area. Her choreography has been seen in “Singing in the Rain” and “South Pacific” for the  the local community theater companies. Sonya was the dance dance instructor at the Keller Music and Dance Preschool in Keller. Sonya is the mother of 4 children and her love of dance and children has led her into teaching for over 20+ years.

Sonya’s dancers and choreography has won numerous overall scores and top choreography awards at State and national competiitons. Many of her dancers have continued their dance careers on college dance teams, MTV Video Awars, Sisney’s “High School Musical 3,” Proessional Sprot teams (NFL, NBA, AFL), Cruise ships, Disneyland, “So You think You Can Dance,” and Broadway touring companies of “Cats,” “Wicked,” and most recently, “Chicago”!

Nellie Whitmire has been a dance teacher in the area for may years. She began her dance training at the age of two. She has extensive professional dance training in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Drill Team, and Clogging. In High school she was on drill team for three years and served as Jr. Lieutenant and Sr. Captain. She won overall high scores at regional and national competitions as a soloist for self choreographed pieces. She attended UNT as a dance major, and was a UNT Dancer for two years. She was also a member in the Mosaic dance Project. Nellie was also casted as a dancer in the ABC Family movie “She Gets What She Wants.” She has continued her dance education with training from master teachers such as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Mia Michaels, Dave Carter, Dave Scott, and Tyce Diorio to name a few. Nellie has won several choreography awards and entertainment awards at local and national level competitions for her dance groups. Nellie has a true passion for dance, choreography, and teaching dance.

Jacy Rae Barney is versatile in all styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and gymnastics. She is certified by United Spirit Association in dance technique and has a diploma in performing arts. Jacy was chosen to represent the United States in Barcelona Spain winning world titles as a member of the American dance company and choreographs for many competitive dance studios winning numerous top overall awards as well as creativity and choreography recognition. She won two college dance team titles which aired on ESPN and has coached at the Anaheim Angels stadium for the NCIF championships, and was head coach of the Edison High school Song Team. Jacy was crowned national “Miss Dance USA” and was awarded Dance Spirit Magazines “Future Star of the Year Award.” She assisted at Company dance convention with Brian Friedman, Gregg Russell, Barry Youngblood, and Tyce Diorio and currently travels on weekends working for KAR dance competition. Jacy is signed with MSA agency in Hollywood and danced for the Los Angeles Clippers. Most recently you may have seen Jacy cheering on the “Dallas Cowboys” as a member of the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue!