Dance Central, LLC formed in 2003 in Cypress, Texas by owner Danielle Shoaf. Danielle's vision was to create an organization and place where dancers could learn, grow, build confidence and foster the love of dance. Dance Central works with passionate teachers who care deeply about their students and who continuously challenge themselves to fine tune their craft. Read below to learn more about our instructors and why they love dance.
Many of our dancers call Dance Central their "second home." We are proud to have a place where our dancers love to come. We care as much about the heart of the dancer as we do the technique cultivated within that dancer.
Dance Central offers many types of dance, from ballet to contemporary and hip hop, to children of all ages. Visit our Classes page to learn more. For those that want to take their performance and technique skills to the next level, we offer our Dance Central Company classes. Learn more here about our Company competition team.
Interested in trying out Dance Central? Then Step into the Spotlight! Call the office at (281) 304-9282 to sign your dancer up for a free trial class and get to know us.
DANIELLE SHOAF • Owner and Director
Raised in Houston, Texas, Ms. Danielle began her dance training under the direction of Kay Bily. Ms. Danielle received a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU she trained with Jo Rowan, Lyn Cramer, Liz Reiter, Richard Denson, and Kay Sandal, studying tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre. She was also a member of the American Spirit Dance
Company and Spirit of Dance Liturgical Company. Being a member of these companies, she had the opportunity to tour Singapore, Malaysia, London, and Las Vegas. After graduation, Ms. Danielle worked for Lyric Theater in Oklahoma, then returned to Houston to work in the public relations department of Houston Ballet. She continued to teach at several studios in the Houston area, until she decided to open Dance Central, LLC in March of 2003. Ms. Danielle is a member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing and continues to take classes and attend conventions. Ms. Danielle currently lives in the Cypress area and is married to Shane Shoaf. They are the proud parents of Oscar, Nyla, Oliver, and Agnes!
BERNADETTE PATTEN • Instructor
Bernadette Patten has been teaching ballet, pointe, jazz and lyrical at Dance Central since 2006. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she trained with Olga Ziczeva and Richard Gibson in ballet and Berle Davis in tap, jazz and musical theater. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from San Francisco State University. In New York, she studied jazz and musical theater from Ron Forella and ballet with Don Farnsworth for four years. Her performing credits include West Side Story, Dames at Sea, Once Upon a Mattress and Pal Joey. She has toured with Plexus Dance Company in Ventura, CA and was a soloist with Ballet Hysell in New Orleans and Beresheet Ballet in Houston. She has attended the Cecchetti Council Seminar for Teachers of Ballet, the Oklahoma City University Teacher Training Seminar, Mia Michaels and Brian Friedman's The PULSE Tour and the Dance Teacher Summit in New York in 2015. She taught dance and theater arts at Gregory-Lincoln Middle School in HISD, a performing arts magnet school for three years and created and directed the dance program at Cornerstone Academy for eight years in Spring Branch. Her choreography credits include Annie, Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof and Into the Woods. Other artists and teachers that have inspired her unique style include Roland Dupree, Bob Fosse, Lester Horton and the Alvin Ailey School in New York. As she shares her love of dance with her students she continues to study and attend ballet and jazz classes in Houston. She takes class regularly no matter what city she is visiting; San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Boston. Ms. Bernadette believes in life long learning and that we are students and teachers at the same time. She exudes perpetual joy and enthusiasm for dance which is contagious. Students sense her happiness during dance classes and discover new joys in dancing for themselves. She is grateful for the energy she receives when she is teaching. Her students inspire her. She loves her students unconditionally and LOVES to dance. Nothing makes her happier than the beginning of class and the plie exercise. It feels like home.
LULU SANTOS • Instructor
Lulu Santos has proudly been on staff at Dance Central for 14 years, working closely with the competition and performing company. She has been teaching to all ages and levels of dance in area preschools and studios throughout her career, specializing in jazz, contemporary, & hip-hop. Ms. Lulu has danced for several performing companies including Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Uptown Street Dance Company, Swingtown Jitterhoppers, Frowbiz, UH's University Dance Theater, The Filipino-American Dance Troupe, and Disney's Big Red Boat. She has been chosen by fellow artists to perform in concerts such as Dance Salad, Dance Houston, and Choreographers X 6. Some of Ms. Lulu's favorite performances have been with The Brian Setzer Orchestra at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, as well as the pre-show galas of Superbowl XXXVIII. She is the proud mother of two Dance Central alumni, Kayla and Cameron Pierson, and is married to our local celebrity Cavalier, Mr. Shawn. More than laying down choreography, Ms. Lulu loves raising her students in the world of dance and cherishes every new bond that she makes with these amazing humans and artists.
ANDEE WILSON • Instructor
Ms. Andee Wilson has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, musical theater, and hip hop. She has been motivating children and passing along her love of dance since she was 16. She has taught students ages 3 through adults in recreational and competitive classes at studios, private schools, after-school programs at daycares, and for drill teams in the Houston area. As a member of the nationally acclaimed dance team The RhythmMasters, she won numerous awards for solo, duet/trio, and ensemble routines, as well as student choreography recognition under the direction of Angela Wright-Pineda. She received scholarships from Dance Educators of America, and “I Love Dance” Pageant and Dance Competition to study in New York and Las Vegas multiple times. She was also named Miss Teen Dance Educators of America when she was 13. Andee performed on the Riverwalk in San Antonio for the Pan American Student Forum, in the NFL Pro Bowl Halftime show, and the NCAA Citrus Bowl Halftime show, as well as in local parades. Andee’s choreography has won on the regional and national levels and has received entertainment, choreography, and overall high-point awards. She has also been honored with several Top Teacher acknowledgements. Her students have gone on to receive scholarships to pursue dance in college and conservatories.
“There is something magical about seeing a child successfully achieve a step I taught them. My students motivate me every day; they push me to be a better teacher and role model. I love watching them light up on stage or donning the biggest smile after they learn something new. Teaching dance is my true passion and I believe I have the best job in the world!” Ms. Andee found her love for dance when she was 10. “I was lucky enough to find a teacher who asked me to give her 110% effort in everything I did. I strive to instill this work ethic in all my students.”
Ms. Andee believes that many life lessons can be taught in the studio - not just dance. “I love that responsibility, determination, teamwork, and building confidence are all aspects of their training. I hope they carry these skills with them throughout life. I hope I touch my students’ lives in the same way they’ve touched mine. I am beyond blessed to be teaching at Dance Central. We are a true family, working towards one goal: for our students to learn and appreciate the true art of dance. I look forward to many more magical moments!”
Andee has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston. She and her husband Mark have three sons, Connor, Colton, and Carver.
RACHEL PERRY • Instructor
Rachel Perry earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and a Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business from UT Austin. She trained for 11 years at the Ozsoy School of Ballet in Duncanville, TX, under Ballet Master Ceyhun Ozsoy. Rachel attended intensives including the American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Program in New York City, and the International Ballet Competition Intensive in Jackson, MS. She has performed in professional pieces by artists including Sidra Bell, Merce Cunningham, Andrea Beckham, Mark Morris and Shen Jun. She has choreographed multiple works for the Dance program/department at UT at Austin and for the McCallum Fine Arts Academy, including her contemporary ballet pointe piece, “Introspection.” Rachel also taught dance at the Ozsoy School of Ballet and at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy.
AMY MILLER • Instructor
Amy Miller is an international dance teacher and choreographer. Her dance background started in Fresno, California where she competed and won multiple national dance titles. She toured as an assistant on a national dance convention as well as performed and held the role of Dance Captain aboard Holland America Cruise Lines under Stiletto Entertainment. Amy continued her professional dance career as an NBA Sacramento Kings Royal Court Dancer. Working in an outreach program, The Juline Foundation for Children, gave her opportunities to educate hundreds of individuals through a six-week dance curriculum culminating in an end of session dance show. Amy worked for the company USA (United Spirit Association) hosting and teaching multiple dance camps as well as instructing and mentoring staff members. Not only has she judged on USA’s regional and national competition judging panels, she has also judged for Champion Tours and Events, Crowd Pleasers Dance, and Thunderstruck Dance Productions. From professional, collegiate, and studio dance teams, her choreography has won accolades including Excellence in All-Around Choreography, Performance Plus, and Most Entertaining. An absolute joy for Amy is sharing her passion of art while building dancers to become their personal best!
BREEYA HARRISON • Instructor
Originally from Houston, Breeya Harrison acquired her BFA in Art; specialization in Graphic Design and a BA in Theater; specialization in Dance from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida in December 2015. She began as a Hip Hop dancer but her passion for dance blossomed when she joined her High School dance team. She held advanced two dance officer positions: Third Lieutenant her junior year and Second Lieutenant her senior year. Breeya was elected as the Captain of the Barry University Dance Team for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. She was also a member of the dance company B.U.R.D.E., (Barry University Repertory Dance Ensemble) from 2012-2015. During her final semester of college, she choreographed her senior dance showcase, completing all choreography, costuming, scheduling of photo-shoots, as well as the planning of the lighting for the show and all graphic design work. Breeya has performed and/or choreographed for events such as sporting events, dance concerts, social justice events, community events, competitions, Channel 6 Spirit Week, Downtown Disney, and pep rallies. Post-graduation she has taught contemporary, hip hop, jazz, Barre, and dance fitness classes as well as choreographed solos, duets, trios, and dance team routines. Breeya describes her style as quirky but powerful. She prides herself in being versatile dancer and choreographer. Her favorite styles are Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary.
ELIZABETH MATHEWS • Instructor
Elizabeth Mathews is a native of Baton Rouge, LA, where she studied dance at The Dancers’ Workshop and was a soloist with Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. She studied at The Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Houston Ballet, Limon, Martha Graham School, and American Dance Theater. Elizabeth attended Regional Dance America’s yearly Festival with Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre for over 10 years. In 2002, she received the Emerging Choreographer’s Scholarship to the Choreography Conference for her piece Lighten Up. After graduating from LSU with her B.A. in Theater, she moved to NYC and worked on Broadway for many years. Her shows include Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Shrek, Chicago, Steel Magnolias, and others. While in NYC, Elizabeth coached children in Broadway shows, taught at Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, and worked in the wig department for many Broadway and regional shows. She has taught ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, theater, drill team, competition, and acting for dancers at many prestigious studios, schools, and companies. She has received honors and awards for her teaching, choreography, dancing, singing, and acting. Elizabeth believes in strong technique as a base for every dancer with passion and joy added. One of her favorite quotes is: “Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.” ~Martha Graham
We couldn't begin the next dance year without Ms. Debby. Ms. Debby has devoted her entire life to children. She has worked at several day cares and Montessori schools. Ms. Debby is the proud mother of two daughters and six grandchildren, Devon, Ava, Lucas, Oscar, Nyla and Oliver. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask her! Ms. Debby will be working in the office several days a week! We are so grateful that she is back!
Shane Shoaf received a Bachelor of Science in Technical Theater from Oklahoma City University. During the day Mr. Shane works as the Meeting Technology Analyst at Conoco and during the evening he helps Ms. Danielle at Dance Central! We wouldn't have the wonderful sets, props, and many more of the technical aspects of our performances without Mr. Shane!