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PDT Dance Arts Faculty

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Katie Wilcox

Owner / Master Instructor / Ensemble Director

Ms. Katie Wilcox,  began her dance education at the age of 2.  She attended her first competition at the age of 6 brining home awards both regionally and nationally for for talent and performance through out her youth. At 12 years old, she began traveling to a variety of prestigious schools around the country to expand her education.  She attended Ballet Chicago, Ruth Page Foundation School of Ballet, Gus Giordano Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet New York and Ballet Magnificat, to name a few. She performed several leading roles in productions, including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker.

Upon high school graduation, Ms. Wilcox moved to Chicago IL, where she earned her BFA at Columbia College Chicago. She continued her dance training through out the city, studying with company members of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Chicago and Gus Giordano.  Due to a spinal injury, she set her performance career aside, and discovered her true love of choreography and teaching. She taught at several schools in the Chicagoland area before relocating here to Plano in 2005 to open The Plano Dance Theatre, (Now PDT Dance Arts).

Since Ms. Wilcox began teaching, she has earned countless awards and accolades for teaching and choreography.  More importantly, she and the other PDT staff members have raised many students in the arts that have won countless awards themselves for their outstanding work & technique. Many have gone on to colleges & careers in the performing arts with scholarships and accolades for their excellence.  

Ms. Wilcox is also an adjudicator for national talent competitions, sharing her knowledge with students across America.  She is the primary choreographer for the Plano East Senior High School show choir and provides freelance choreography for corporate performances. Ms. Wilcox maintains personal relationships with many of the students that have grown through PDT and she finds her purpose in positively effecting the lives of young students.  

 

Ms. Wilcox's primary focus is to ensure that all students know they have a place on the stage, that each child can learn self expression through the arts and that through dance they have a voice.  Her passion is to help young students grow, gain a healthy sense of self worth and learn life lessons to carry them successfully throughout their lives.

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Terri Bruno

Owner/ Master Instructor

Miss Terri began her dance education at age 4.  She trained throughout her early childhood to become a member of the Grand Rapids Ballet for several years.  Miss Terri owned and operated The Caledonia Dance Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 17 years prior to relocating to the DFW area.  In that time, she directed 8 seasons of “The Nutcracker” won countless awards for her performance, choreography and teaching skills both regionally and nationally.  Upon inception of PDT Miss Terri has written and directed over 20 productions for PDT.  She also works for the City of Plano at the Courtyard Theater as Lighting Designer, manager and theater technician.  

Miss Terri has enhanced the lives of countless students over her career and many have her to thank for their successes.  She has been a blessing to many and will continue to be as she continues to pass on her values of hard work, determination, accountability and strength.

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Mary Barnett

Owner / Master Instructor / Hip Hop Crew Director

Miss Mary is a musician as well as a dancer.  She started her training in piano and dancing when she was 8 years old and she’s been passionate ever since. She graduated high school in 2012 and has put her educational focus on business and music theory.

Along with her dance, music and performing arts training, many other things Mary loves to sew and she’s proud to be one of the seamstresses for The Plano Dance Theatre.  Miss Mary plays 8 instruments including piano, guitar, bass, cello, drums, ukulele, xylophone, and violin. She is also a skilled vocalist and music writer. Mary was a valued member of the PDT Performance Ensemble for over 5 years, where she earned many awards for her performance. She played many lead roles in PDT productions and post-graduation became a PDT Instructor.  She has since won several awards for her teaching and choreography.  

When Mary isn’t teaching or continuing her own growth and education, she’s volunteering at church, where she helps with music and teaching others. She also participates in short-term missions trip teaching her skills.  She desires to teach her skills and touch as many lives as she can.

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Sharon Godsave

 Owner / Master Instructor

Miss Sharon was born in Hertfordshire England and has been in theater since the age of 5. She trained at East Herts College studying acting, dancing, voice and technical theater.  Before relocating to the US, Miss Sharon appeared in many professional productions including The Matchgirls, The Boyfriend, The Wiz and Run For Your Wife to name a few.  She has also performed in many British Pantomimes including The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Miss Sharon has been teaching theater for over 10 years, concentrating on improvisation and Theater Technique. She has co-directed several of the over 30 Plano Dance Theatre productions alongside Miss Terri Bruno.  Miss Sharon is gifted at working with students of all ages.  She is also the director of our pre-school program “Mini Movers,” instilling the love of the arts in our smallest dancers.  Miss Sharon brings her invaluable wealth of knowledge to our students with her giving heart and enthusiasm for sharing all she knows.

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Lindsey Henderson

Master Instructor / Assistant Ensemble & Crew Director

Lindsey Henderson is 25 years old, and was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Women Studies minor. In her four years at the University, Lindsey was a consistent member of the performing company, Alabama Repertoire of Dance and Theatre, and had her choreographic work featured each semester in Dance Alabama!. In 2014, Lindsey was awarded the Junior Dancer of the Alabama Repertory of Dance and Theatre Company.  In her earlier days, Lindsey was selected to be a Jr. Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader which led to some of her most memorable performances with well-known artists including Destiney’s Child, Journey, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Sheryl Crow and Jessica Simpson. Although performing is what sparked her passion for dance, by age 15, Lindsey was also a faculty member at her performing arts studio and found her love for choreographing at a young age. While studying at the Un. Of Alabama, Lindsey was invited by her former high school drill team to return as an outside choreographer for 3 consecutive summers, which led to her opportunities to choreograph for other high schools in the Dallas Metroplex. Since she was 18, Lindsey has continuously been invited to teach at several studio summer intensives across The States.

Upon graduating in 2015, Lindsey moved to New York City after receiving a full scholarship (from Jim Cooney himself!) to Broadway Dance Center where she successfully completed the program, meanwhile working as an intern for The Pulse on Tour offices in NYC. While in NYC, Lindsey trained extensively in commercial dance (Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Jazz, Heels and Contemporary) under several major choreographers including Candace Brown, Dave Scott, Sheryl Murakami, Jim Cooney, Jerad Grimes, Neil Shwartz and many more. While pursuing her commercial dance career, Lindsey was also chosen to work as the Program Director’s Assistant at Broadway Dance Center. If you visit BDC, you may find a familiar face welcoming you into the studio as Lindsey’s Dirty Sugar photoshoot is being used as the “welcome photo” at the front desk and is continuously used to advertise Broadway Dance Center internationally! Her major accomplishments in NYC include when she danced in the music video for Artist KMC’s new single “Club On Fire”, she then danced in Times Square for Hard Rock Café’s flagship, and she appeared as a featured dancer in the international Dance Panorama, televised on Czech TV. 

In 2017, Lindsey moved to Los Angeles, California where she appeared as afeatured dancer in a music video for artist Trinidad James in his new single “Monsoon”, being released in 2018. She was then afforded the opportunity, through choreographer Dana Alexa, to perform at the famous Cesar’s Palace Omnia Nightclub, in Las Vegas. While living in LA, Lindsey performed at several venues in Hollywood, CA backup dancing for various local artists, she performed in numerous concept videos, and was featured in a video project for LG Mobile Speakers.

In 2018, Lindsey moved back to Dallas after being away for 7 years. She is ecstatic to share her experience and knowledge of both the East & West coasts as a professional dancer. With 10 years of teaching experience, Lindsey still continues her training by traveling back to Los Angeles and New York City – where she auditions, performs, trains and expands her knowledge/creativity further to bring back home to Dallas. Most importantly, her passion for teaching, choreographing, and performing is evident in everything that she does. Her biggest attribute is that she is a young, hands-on instructor who will always demonstrate what she preaches – she loves to get moving and dancing with the kiddos! Lindsey finds immense pride in being able to connect with all children in the classroom through her energetic personality!

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Stephanie Godsave

Master Instructor

Stephanie has been dancing since the age of 2.  At age 5, she began her training with PDT Dance Arts. Stephanie has pursued all forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, modern and contemporary. She has participated in many shows and has performed many leading roles.  She also performed in the Dallas Summer Musicals production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Stephanie has attended many summer dance intensive studies including American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet School, New York, and Alvin Ailey. This past summer she was one of only 44 dancers to be accepted to, and attend the Juilliard summer Intensive in New York City.  Stephanie has won numerous high score overall awards for her dance performances.  Stephanie has received accolades from some of the nation’s most acclaimed dance masters, including a perfect score from Complexions director, Desmond Richardson, stating she was “Exquisite.”  This past spring Miss Stephanie received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase.  She is now a company member of the Bruce Wood Dance company here in Dallas.  We could not be more proud of all of Miss Stephanie's accomplishments and we are thrilled she is able to continue to work with our growing performers!

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Kami Lynn

Master Instructor

Miss Kami is a daughter of Miss Terri and sister to Miss Katie.  Miss Kami began her dance training as soon as she could walk.  She showed an exceptional talent in tap and rhythm at a very young age earning her many outstanding awards for her performance.  Her natural abilities were molded in her years of dance training by some of the nations top instructors.  Upon graduation, Kami went on to study cosmotology.  In addition to being one of PDT’s esteemed instructors, she is also a Master Stylist at Visible Changes. 

Miss Kami has won countless scholarships and awards for her dance abilities, teaching and outstanding choreography.   As an instructor, she has helped mold our most successful students into incredible people.  We are proud to have Miss Kami on staff.

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Greg Daniels

Master Instructor

PDT is proud to have Greg Daniels, a PDT Alumni on staff.  He began dancing at the age of fourteen with Modern ballet and Jazz.  At eighteen he discovered his love for acrobatics & all things upside down, leading him to Aerial silks dance.  He currently teaches acrobatics, aerial silks, & yoga as well as various other styles of dance.  In his free time, he enjoys playing with his cats & dogs, as well as continuing his education pursuing a 500 hour yoga certification.

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Darci Fortune

Conservatory Academic Program Director

Miss Darci has been an Academic Instructor at all levels for more than 22 years.  She has served in the class room as

High School English Teacher and Debate coach., Middle School English Teacher for gifted-and-talented/at-risk students, English Literature, History, and Government Teacher at a local private school, Adjunct Faculty at Collin College, ESL Grammar Instructor for Collin College, Developmental English Instructor for Collin College, English as a Second Language and American Speech Instructor, and the Officer and Vice President on the directorial board for a private school.  She has consistently received outstanding evaluations from students and directors/managers, and there are several companies who request her specifically for the  design and teaching of their courses. She understands that there are various methods of learning and teaching; "I try to employ as many

methods as possible to ensure that each student grasps the information he or she may need to be successful." 

For the last 15 years, Ms. Darci designed and authored multiple classes for over 50 companies while

working with Collin College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Divisions.

These classes include but are not limited to:

• Better Business Writing

• Proofreading and Editing

• Technical Writing

• Email and Written Communication in Business

• Proofreading and Editing

• Conflict Communication

• Creating Good Writing

• English as a Second Language – Grammar

• SAT Test Prep

She currently serves on the Gunter ISD Foundation and Trust (GIFT) Board and on the GIFT scholarship selection committee.

PDT is proud to have Ms. Darci as our Conservatory Program Director.  If your child is looking for an alternative to public school and he or she is interested in the performing arts, Miss Darci would love to help your child maximize his or her full potential!

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George Patterson

Master Conservatory Instructor

Born and Raised in Chicago,IL 

George “Gmo” Patterson has performed and taught all over the globe. He started his journey with Chicago’s world-renowned Jesse White Tumblers. He is from and represents the Sammy Dyer School of Theater in (Chicago), which is also responsible for Ted Levy, Idella Reed, Bril Barrett, Jumanne Taylor, and Cousin Donnetta “Lil Bit“Jackson. 

 

After graduating from high school, George immediately moved to NYC to join Savion Glover’s Broadway show, Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk, which won 4 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards. During his time with the show, he worked alongside Jason Samuels Smith and Dulè Hill, star of the television shows Psych and The Wonder Years (2022).  George starred in The American Millennium Celebration at the White House w/ Bill Clinton, Hoofing and Banging the tour with Baakari Wilder in Frankfurt Germany, and Supper Club, the Broadway show, with Larry Marshall in New York and Sweden. He has had the honor to perform and share the stage with countless greats; Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Arthur Duncan, Dianne Walker, Reggio the Hoofer, Ernest "Brownie" Brown, and Harold "Stumpy" Cromer, to name a few. He recently performed in Nico Rubio’s J Dilla Tribute performance in Chicago.

 

Some of his teaching credits include St. Louis Tap Festival under the direction of Robert L. Reed II,

LA Tap Festival (Debbie Allen Dance Studio), Broadway Dance Center (NY), Steps on Broadway (NY), NewYork City Dance School in (Stuttgart Germany) and many more! 

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William Agliata

Master Conservatory Instructor

Originally from Rome Opera, Mr. Agliata received his formal dance training and performed extensively. Later in his career he moved to New York City, where he danced and performed professionally for over 20 years. He danced at the Metropolitan Opera, served as a ballet master and movement coach for the new NYC Opera, worked in contemporary companies, motion pictures and as an extra dancer in the Royal Ballet production of Cinderella for the Lincoln CenterFestival at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Agliata also danced as a guest for Nevada Ballet Theater in Beauty and the Beast at the Smith Center and finished the season as a ballet master for the Nevada Ballet Academy. I taught the boys’ program and choreographed their piece in the final spring performance of La Fille Mal Gardée, which was also performed at the Smith Center. Most recently, he danced in a newly choreographed production of Camelot with Pacific Festival Ballet in Los Angeles. Furthermore, he taught ballet, contemporary and classical jazz at Pasadena Dance Theater, Westside Ballet, California Dance Theater, Burbank Dance Academy, Pasadena Civic Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, Millenium Dance Complex, Connecticut Ballet and Woodbury Ballet.  PDT Dance Arts Conservatory is proud to welcome him to our staff this year.

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Kate Bishop

Master Conservatory Instructor

Known for her rich tone and emotive performances, Kate Bishop, American mezzo-soprano, is increasingly recognized for the brilliance of her instrument. Mrs. Bishop has performed the roles of Quiltlover in Michael Ching's RSBE, Madame Kirsten in John Duke’s Captain Lovelock, and Famigliari and Amori in Claudio Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Additionally, she has sung in scenes programs as Hansel from Hansel and Gretel, Mercédès from Carmen, Old Lady from Candide, and Third Lady from Die Zauberflöte and has also prepared the roles of Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel as well as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Bishop earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University in 2021, where she has been involved in the Baylor Opera Theater, A Cappella Choir, and Chamber Singers. She has also studied at the Taos Opera Institute in 2021.

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