Meet Our Instructors and Founders

Nellie Whitmire
Instructor
Nellie Whitmire is the mother of three who 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. She has currently gone back to school so that she can become a special education teacher!
Mikala Spinelli
Instructor
Mikala Spinelli is a graduating senior on Triple Motion’s competition team this year. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and has known Shawnel and Sonya since they moved to Texas! In the fall of 2018, Mikala will be attending Oklahoma City University with a major in Dance Pedagogy/Performance. This is currently rated the #1 dance school in the nation. After she graduates, she would like to travel, perform, and open up a studio of her own where performers can learn singing, acting, and dancing. Mikala’s favorite styles are Lyrical/Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Jazz. She has many titles including Miss Dance, Miss Energy, and Improve Dance Off Winner at Energy Dance Competition. She has received 1st overall awards from Showstopper Dance Competition, Energy Dance Competition, Talent On Parade Dance Competition, Stage One Dance Competition, and KAR regional and national Dance Competition. Mikala was also a performer in KIDS ROC at Clay Cooper Theatre where she was able to work with legendary names such as Bonnie Story, Helene Phillips, and Kishema Pendu. Mikala is also a skilled singer and actress. Some of her favorite roles she has played have been Penny in Hairspray, Jasmine in Aladdin, Vanessa in In The Heights, and Sharpay in High School Musical.
Bleu
Office Manager
Bleu Morris grew up in California and has always loved watching and participating in the performing arts. She was born into a family that has a long history of performing. Fun facts: Bleu’s grandfather was a dancer, singer, and performer in the longest Vaudeville show. He met her grandmother who was a chorus line dancer on the set of a show. They had three sons. Bleu’s uncle, Russ Tamblyn is known for his acrobatic dancing and played major roles such as Tom Thumb, Riff in West Side Story, and Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. His daughter Amber Tamblyn has been in movies like The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants and in several TV Shows. Bleu’s dad, Larry Tamblyn, was the founder of a sixties rock band The Standells . The Standells had a few popular records and had a hit record Dirty Water. Dirty Water climbed all the way to 3rd on the music charts. Dancing and performing run in the family. Bleu was so excited when her children became passionate about dance. She is thrilled to be the office manager and witness their growth and development. Although Bleu is not an instructor at TMD and does not have a personal background in dance, you may catch her in the Parent Dance and the end of the year showcase and in the adult hip hop and jazz/tap classes offered this summer.
Sonya Hardy
Instructor/Founder
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 competitions. Many of her dancers have continued their dance careers on college dance teams, MTV Video Award, Disney's "High School Musical 3," Professional Sports teams (NFL, NBA, AFL), Cruise ships, Disneyland, "So You think You Can Dance," and Broadway touring companies of "Cats," "Wicked," and most recently, "Chicago"!
Shawnel Herbst
Instructor/Founder
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, Don McClean 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 Singing in the Rain, 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,” “Cats," and "The Little Mermaid." Along with everything else, Shawnel is the mother of two very active boys and twin girls!
Hollind Hardy
Instructor
Hollind Hardy grew up in California where she found a love for dancing, singing, and acting. As a competitive dancer from ages two to eighteen she was trained in multiple styles of dance such as ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, and tap dancing but found her niche in tap dancing at a young age. Soon after her move to Texas she joined the Drawbacks Youth Tap Ensemble for three years where her love for tap continued to grow and develop. Throughout high school she gained experience with teaching and choreographing young and older kids for Triple Motion Dance. Currently she is a full time teacher and member of Rhythmic Souls Tap Company where she teaches children between the ages of 5-17 all over the Dallas- Fort Worth metroplex and trains with world renowned tap dancers such as, Anthony Morigerato, Katelyn Harris, Nick Dinicolangelo, and more. Her personal mission is to educate and encourage anyone and everyone to find a home, passion, and ultimately love through the art of dance.
Jacy Barney
Instructor
Jacy Rae Barney, Is currently the head coach of the Power Dancers at the University of Texas at Dallas and 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 and was the Director of Tap at Cutting Edge dance center for 5 years. 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 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, as the 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. She is a national adjudicator for Move productions and Bravo talent competition, as well as the Master Tap teacher for Kids Artistic Revue Convention. Jacy is a three year veteran of the Los Angeles Clippers Dance Team, she was awarded hardest working member on the team and asked to represent the NBA overseas performing in Taiwan, Beijing, and Urumqi. She spent one season with the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dance Team, as the first and only Co-Ed hip hop team in the NFL. Jacy’s Performance credits include the “Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship for the Arts” showcase at Club Fugazi in San Francisco, “Beat it down,” “A Chorus Line” and “Get up and move” Haiti Benefit. She was a soloist at the renowned duke theater on times square “Broadway dance showcase” and can be seen Dancing in the MTV Video Music awards with the Jonas Brothers and rapper TI. You may also have seen Jacy in commercials for Monday night football and Bacardi Limón or in the video for D. Woods (Danity Kane) “Legalize Me.” She is on the big screen dancing in the #1 comedy movie of the year “Easy A” and the “Hannah Montana Movie.” Jacy signed under the R&B singer Ciaras’ Label and had the opportunity to choreograph for her Universal Dance and talent agency auditions. She spent one season cheering for the Anaheim Arsenal basketball team and performed in Las Vegas representing alumni pro cheerleaders during the Super Bowl. She hopes to continue dancing and sharing her passion for dance while motivating others to be the best they can be.
Danielle Ihle
Danielle Ihle has been dancing and performing since the age of three in the Bay Area of California where she was strongly trained in tap, musical theatre, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, modern, and ballroom. During Danielle's 14 years as a competitive dancer she has been crowned Miss Teen Legacy, Miss Spotlight Dance, the Senior Hall of Fame Inductee of 2010, and has been awarded numerous 1st overall solo achievements, specialty awards, scholarships to train in New York and Los Angeles, and was scouted her senior year by DDO, a Los Angeles Talent Agency. After graduating high school she was a featured contemporary dancer on Season 8 of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, became a Pulse Protégé, Danced in multiple Music Videos in LA and toured in Hawaii with artist Aquile from NBC’s “the Voice” Team Xtina. Danielle moved from California to Texas to further her career and found a lot of joy working with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders on CMT’s “Making the Team” for 6 years. The Dallas Cowboys Organization brought even more opportunity to Danielle as she was able to perform in multiple NFL Halftime Shows with artists such as Selena Gomez, Meghan Trainor and Thomas Rhett. Danielle over the years came to realize that she was ready for the world to see her talent and she developed a new found passion for creating and choreographing unique styles of movement which lead her to become a USASF certified Dance Coach from 2013-2019 where she holds 2 World Champion Titles and 2 Summit Champion Titles as a Hip Hop Coach and Choreographer. Danielle now continues to perform, choreograph, and teach sharing her knowledge and experience with students and audiences all over the United States in hopes to inspire all of her students and athletes to understand and love dance just as her teachers and mentors have done for her. We are so excited to be the home for the her new hip-hop crew Motiv8’D.
Kim Alverez
Kim Alvarez has a BFA in Modern Dance & Choreographic Design from the Conservatory at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and is represented by Bloc Agency in LA.gained. Kim gained notoriety as a competitive dancer where she won 10 national and international titles and was a top 30 finalist in Season 5 of FOX TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. Kim was awarded a number of scholarships to various conventions, master classes and dance programs and had the opportunity to assist choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Lane Napper and Mikeal Knight, as well as convention faculty. A “triple threat”, Kim is regularly seen in regional theatrical performances. Most recently, she received standing ovations for her portrayal of Cassie in ‘A Chorus Line’. Other career credits include Netflix’s ‘Glow’, Café Bustelo, Lifetime, Showtime, Facebook and Verizon Wireless. In 2012, she was a summer intern at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and was the featured dancer in several numbers as well as being the first participant ever to have two works selected for their Showcase. Kim was presented the Choreography Award by the BDC faculty. She has received many regional and national awards for her choreography including 5 Industry Dance Award nominations, 3 of which have been National finalists. Besides being a highly successful competition choreographer, her works have been seen in theatrical and concert productions, film, dance companies, teams and musical groups.
Madi Dean
Madi Dean was born and raised a true Texan. She started dancing at the age of 2 and started competing at the age of 4. Madi started dancing in the Disney Summer Classic parades when she was 4 years old. During her dance career she has competed different types of solos, which she won the National Solo Shootout at StageOne National competition in tap. Madi is currently a Central High School Lightning Dancer serving as line member, Jr Lieutenant and Senior Lieutenant. Madi is the most decorated Lightning Dancer in the history of the school being the very first ever to win a solo championship for the Lightning Dancers. During Madi's junior year she finally decided to join the theater department in musical theater. She was asked to choregraph for the musical Newsies. Madi choreographed "Seize The Day" where she won Best Musical and Best Choreography at the Keller ISD Kelley awards. As a child Madi modeled and acted for The Campbell Agency where she was on the show Prison Break on Fox4 and multiple print ads for various companies. She was also a Junior Dallas Cowboys cheerleader that performed in halftime shows with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and various professional performers, including The Jonas Brothers and Neil McCoy. Madi has trained in various dance styles including Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theater and her favorites Hip Hop and Tap. Madi has taken multiple master classes with professional choreographers with her favorite being Phil Wright. Madi loves working with the kids and sharing her passion for dance with them.
Veronica France
Veronica France spent her grade school through college years in California, and she has been dancing for nearly as long. She started her dance and drama career at the age of 9 and says the experience has given her a live-long passion for the performing arts. In 2017, Veronica earned a degree in Dance with an emphasis in choreography, and a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism. During her stay in the City of San Francisco, she worked for the city’s teen musical theater program and choreographed for the renowned ODC Dance. Veronica has also been a teacher at private dance studios and for the city teaching jazz, hip hop and creative movement in both San Francisco and Las Vegas. After working for the entertainment department on Carnival Cruise lines, Veronica moved to Texas to further her passion in the DFW area. Veronica said, “I am so excited to be working at this amazing studio and to share my love of dance with every student that walks through the door.”
Hannah Fowler
Hannah Fowler’s passion for dance was was formed in her hometown of College Station where she grew up training in all styles of technical dance at a wonderful local studio. A few years later she took her first hip hop class and instantly discovered a love for movement she’d never felt before. She continued to find a sense of belonging in hip hop and urban styles of dance and made this her focus. A little over 2 years ago, she moved to Dallas where she currently resides to further her training. She found what she was looking for through DFC Headquarters, joining The Neighborhood, and being exposed to the amazing Dallas freestyle scene. Hannah is a lover of all kinds of movement and finds her home in both freestyle and choreography. What she loves most about dance is how freeing and limitless it is, and the power to portray stories and emotions in ways that words cannot. She now dances for Dance Revolution National Tour, a convention that focuses on purpose, excellence, and expression while sharing the love of God. She also teaches at multiple studios in the Dallas area and strives to encourage and connect with others through the common love of dance.