Dana Davis–Bailey is the owner and artistic director of Dana’s Dance Academy. Many of her students are performing on Broadway, in California and Las Vegas. While attending MacArthur High School, Dana was a Cardette officer and later went on to become a Rangerette Lieutenant at Kilgore College. Ms. Davis-Bailey also provides her talents of choreography and movement to many of the Irving schools including Bowie, MacArthur and Irving High.
Dana danced professionally with the Dallas Ballet Company and the Irving Ballet Company. Her final role as a professional ballerina was the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker for the Irving Ballet. From 1996-1998 Ms. Davis-Bailey served as General Manager for the Irving Ballet Company. Summer months are spent as a dance instructor for KidsArts Camp at the Irving Art Center.
Her awards include Irving’s High Spirited Citizen Award, and Irving Cancer Society’s Rising Star. Dana is passionate about community involvement and some of her contributions include: Irving Arts Board Member – Arts Reach Committee; co-host for ICTN’s About Town and featured panelist on Lunch with Pamela on Dallas cable; artistic director and coordinator for Community Concert Association’s performance of Together We Can and Las Colinas Symphony’s Tap Concerto. Ms. Davis-Bailey has been selected to speak at college career days as a role model for young adults, as well as donated services to many fundraisers (Irving Cares, Baylor Hospital of Irving, Irving Cancer Society, et al.) and local charities through dance performances by her resident Dance Company and staff.
Karen Cooper is a graduate of North Texas State University with a B.S. in Dance Education and has been teaching in Irving for over 30 years. Karen is a veteran instructor at Dana’s Dance Academy, teaching a variety of classes for the past 15 years.
She is President of Irving Ballet Company and works to annually produce the Nutcracker Ballet. As a choreographer, she has worked extensively with local schools and commercial productions.
The Greater Dallas Urban League Guild presented her with the 21st Century’s Most Promising Leader Award for her professional work and volunteer service to the community.
Brianna J. Cattell joined us in 2000 as an instructor of various styles and levels. Her dance education began at the young age of 4 and continued during and after college with education in various styles as well as in kinesiology which she utilizes in when working with students to focus on proper placement and extend longevity in the art.
She had the opportunity to dance with area dance companies such as Ewert & Company, Nance Dance, Ground Level, to name a few. Brianna also was director of her own adult dance company Salserastyle Productions. Choreography credits include: collegiate level performances and festivals, dance segments for local television shows, many Dance Council events, as well as various promotional events for private corporations. She has guest choreographed for high school dance teams nationwide and has award winning choreography at regional and national levels of various competitions.
Brianna is also a Director of Academy Dancers Youth Ensemble, a program for dancers 7-18 years of age and the Social Media/Marketing Director for Brookhaven College School of the Arts. She has a great love for children and a passion for dance, teaching has broadened her vision on the benefits to dance and is looking forward to sharing that energy and passion with her students.
Lace McLaughlin began her dance training at the age of three, igniting a lifelong passion for the art of dance. Over the years, she has had extensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and musical theater. As a former competitive dancer of ten years, she has been awarded numerous platinum, high point, and judge’s awards at regional and national levels. She has had advanced training with Bruce Lea of Fort Worth, and was a part of his senior competitive team. She has also had advanced tap training with the late, great Buster Cooper and performed in one of his pieces at the National Tap Dance Celebration in 2005. She later studied at Brookhaven College and had the opportunity to perform at American College Dance Festivals. Her teaching career started as an assistant teacher to her mother. She then worked for her as a competitive choreographer and taught lyrical and contemporary workshops. Now as a third generation dance teacher and choreographer, she hopes to spread her love of dance to her students and inspire them to never stop dancing!
Carina Torres is originally from Dallas, TX and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, TX. Former high school graduate from the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) in Dallas, TX. She has also performed professionally as a founding member for two years with Nicolay Dance Works company in Houston, TX. Along with her dance experience, she has worked with Cirque Dreams as their Props/Carpenter Director in their Jungle Fantasy production and has toured as Props Master with their Holidaze production. As a returning alumna of Dana’s Dance Academy, Carina is delighted to continue working and sharing her talent with her family at Dana’s. She had the fortunate opportunity to teach at the studio this summer and has a positive outlook for the upcoming year.
Madison Frampton is a Booker T. Washington High School alumni and graduated with Dance Honors. She has a passion for teaching and plans to obtain her degree at Southern Methodist University. Over the past three years she has earned several choreography awards, has had her work performed at DFW art award show 2015, and continues to make strides to make Dallas a better place through art.
Lindsy Merideth has been the office manager at DDA for the past five years. She has a background working with children and managing various programs such as Destination Imagination.