STAFF

 
 
 
CRYSTAL ADAMS Crystal has a B.A. in Dance from Texas Women's University then began her journey as a dance instructor in Southlake, Texas. Crystal has studied with master teachers such as Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, and John Dixon, and has taken workshops with Mary Williford-Shade and Anthony Russo from Tap Dogz. Crystal's desire is to share her love of dance, teach quality technique, and to explore fun choreography through dance basics and body fundamentals in a positive atmosphere. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip-Hop.  Crystal's family includes her children, Dexy and Zade.  Crystal teaches Dance.

CRYSTAL ADAMS

Crystal has a B.A. in Dance from Texas Women's University then began her journey as a dance instructor in Southlake, Texas. Crystal has studied with master teachers such as Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, and John Dixon, and has taken workshops with Mary Williford-Shade and Anthony Russo from Tap Dogz. Crystal's desire is to share her love of dance, teach quality technique, and to explore fun choreography through dance basics and body fundamentals in a positive atmosphere. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip-Hop.  Crystal's family includes her children, Dexy and Zade.  Crystal teaches Dance.

SYDNEY BEMRICK Sydney is a student at Hardin Simmons University pursuing a B.B.S. in Math Education.  She is a member of the HSU Spurs dance team.  Sydney was raised in Hurst, Texas and has been dancing since the age of 10.   She attended Lawrence D. Bell High School and was a dance officer on the drill team. She also participated in the school orchestra and has played the violin for 14 years.  Sydney has a love for the arts and is excited to share that love with her students.  Sydney teaches Dance.

SYDNEY BEMRICK

Sydney is a student at Hardin Simmons University pursuing a B.B.S. in Math Education.  She is a member of the HSU Spurs dance team.  Sydney was raised in Hurst, Texas and has been dancing since the age of 10.   She attended Lawrence D. Bell High School and was a dance officer on the drill team. She also participated in the school orchestra and has played the violin for 14 years.  Sydney has a love for the arts and is excited to share that love with her students.  Sydney teaches Dance.

PEYTON BOURLAND Peyton is a student at Abilene Christian University pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry.  Peyton was raised in Abilene and has been dancing since the age of 4.  She has trained at APAC for the last nine years and is excited to share her passion for dance with students in the same studio.  Peyton teaches Dance.  

PEYTON BOURLAND

Peyton is a student at Abilene Christian University pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry.  Peyton was raised in Abilene and has been dancing since the age of 4.  She has trained at APAC for the last nine years and is excited to share her passion for dance with students in the same studio.  Peyton teaches Dance.

 

 
KAYLA COPHER Kayla is a student at Hardin Simmons University pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She is a member of Concert Choir and Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre fraternity. Raised in Abilene, Kayla has performed in productions with APAC, the Paramount, the NCCIL, and McMurry.  She also teaches piano lessons with the Sherry Frush Piano Studio and is an intern with the Cultural Affairs Council Story Book Capital of Texas Store. Kayla is blessed to be home at APAC, encouraging other young artists and performers to develop the confidence to shine.  She has a wonderful support system and she praises God for her talents and opportunities. Kayla teaches Musical Theatre. 

KAYLA COPHER

Kayla is a student at Hardin Simmons University pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She is a member of Concert Choir and Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre fraternity. Raised in Abilene, Kayla has performed in productions with APAC, the Paramount, the NCCIL, and McMurry.  She also teaches piano lessons with the Sherry Frush Piano Studio and is an intern with the Cultural Affairs Council Story Book Capital of Texas Store. Kayla is blessed to be home at APAC, encouraging other young artists and performers to develop the confidence to shine.  She has a wonderful support system and she praises God for her talents and opportunities. Kayla teaches Musical Theatre

ALLISON HESTER Allison is a student at McMurry University pursing a B.A. in History.  Allison has performed in several musical theatre productions at APAC and the Paramount.  She studied dance at Dance Discovery and was a member of the Chameleon Performing Dance Company. Allison was a 4-year member of the AHS Gold Rush Drill Team, earning the position of Lieutenant.  She continues to choreograph for local programs and feels blessed that God has led her back to APAC.  Her goal is to promote fellowship and allow each child to experience the joy of being part of a team while building confidence and self-esteem. She is trained in Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern. Allison has three cats Emma, Bagheera, and Oscar.  Allison teaches Dance.

ALLISON HESTER

Allison is a student at McMurry University pursing a B.A. in History.  Allison has performed in several musical theatre productions at APAC and the Paramount.  She studied dance at Dance Discovery and was a member of the Chameleon Performing Dance Company. Allison was a 4-year member of the AHS Gold Rush Drill Team, earning the position of Lieutenant.  She continues to choreograph for local programs and feels blessed that God has led her back to APAC.  Her goal is to promote fellowship and allow each child to experience the joy of being part of a team while building confidence and self-esteem. She is trained in Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern. Allison has three cats Emma, Bagheera, and Oscar.  Allison teaches Dance.

ROSEMARY HOLLINGSWORTH Rosie has a B.M. in Vocal Performance from DePauw University and a M.M. in Vocal Performance and Opera from Binghamton University.  She performed extensively in lead roles at Tri-Cities Opera and continues to perform nationally in roles such as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte and Adele in Die Fledermaus with The Soo Opera Theater in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Rosie also has a M.A. in Family Ministry and Family Psychology works with children. adolescents, and families at the Regional Victim's Crisis as a licenced practicing counselor-intern. She gets the opportunity to live her passion every day with her family. Rosie's family includes her husband, Chris and children, Colin, Julia, and Ryan.  Rosie teaches Ring Around with Rosie and Private Voice.

ROSEMARY HOLLINGSWORTH

Rosie has a B.M. in Vocal Performance from DePauw University and a M.M. in Vocal Performance and Opera from Binghamton University.  She performed extensively in lead roles at Tri-Cities Opera and continues to perform nationally in roles such as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte and Adele in Die Fledermaus with The Soo Opera Theater in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Rosie also has a M.A. in Family Ministry and Family Psychology works with children. adolescents, and families at the Regional Victim's Crisis as a licenced practicing counselor-intern. She gets the opportunity to live her passion every day with her family. Rosie's family includes her husband, Chris and children, Colin, Julia, and Ryan.  Rosie teaches Ring Around with Rosie and Private Voice.

 
ANN HURST Ann has a B.S in Secondary Education from McMurry University with specializations in Theatre Arts, English, and ESL.  Ann has taught at APAC for fourteen years directing shows, teaching classes, stage managing, and directing summer camps.  Her passion is working with young people to stretch their imagination muscles through the art of theatre. Some of her directing credits include Singin' in the Rain, Guys and Dolls Junior, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Our Town, and Into the Woods Jr.  In addition to teaching at APAC, Ann is also an English teacher at Wylie Junior High. Her family includes her husband, Luke and children, Hannah and Gracie.  Ann teaches Acting (6 week session) in Musical Theatre

ANN HURST

Ann has a B.S in Secondary Education from McMurry University with specializations in Theatre Arts, English, and ESL.  Ann has taught at APAC for fourteen years directing shows, teaching classes, stage managing, and directing summer camps.  Her passion is working with young people to stretch their imagination muscles through the art of theatre. Some of her directing credits include Singin' in the Rain, Guys and Dolls Junior, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Our Town, and Into the Woods Jr.  In addition to teaching at APAC, Ann is also an English teacher at Wylie Junior High. Her family includes her husband, Luke and children, Hannah and Gracie.  Ann teaches Acting (6 week session) in Musical Theatre

AMY KRAKE Amy has a B.A. in Music Business from Hardin-Simmons University and a M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Educational Diagnostician from Texas Tech University.  Amy has appeared in several HSU Musical Theatre, Abilene Collegiate Opera, and community productions including the Paramount Theatre's Summer Musicals "Smokey Joe's Café" and “Ragtime” where she was featured as Evelyn Nesbit. Amy is the Kindergarten Special Education Teacher at Wylie Early Childhood Center. Amy's family includes her husband, Jonathan, two children, Connor and Camden, and four pups Stanley, Rigby, Junebug, and Eleanor. Amy is the Assistant Director

AMY KRAKE

Amy has a B.A. in Music Business from Hardin-Simmons University and a M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Educational Diagnostician from Texas Tech University.  Amy has appeared in several HSU Musical Theatre, Abilene Collegiate Opera, and community productions including the Paramount Theatre's Summer Musicals "Smokey Joe's Café" and “Ragtime” where she was featured as Evelyn Nesbit. Amy is the Kindergarten Special Education Teacher at Wylie Early Childhood Center. Amy's family includes her husband, Jonathan, two children, Connor and Camden, and four pups Stanley, Rigby, Junebug, and Eleanor. Amy is the Assistant Director

BAILEY LEROUX Bailey has a from Hardin-Simmons University.  Dancing since the age of 8, she studied ballet at Academia De Artes Franceschi under Puerto Rico’s prima ballerina of Ballet Concierto, Maria Julia Landa.  During high school, she danced for two years with the Clear Creek Cavaliers in Houston and the Cooper Cougarettes, where she earned the position of 1st Lieutenant.  While at HSU, Bailey was a part of the Spurs Dance Team which she now directs.  Bailey works at Zachary Publications.  Bailey's family includes her husband, Michael.  Bailey teaches Dance.

BAILEY LEROUX

Bailey has a from Hardin-Simmons University.  Dancing since the age of 8, she studied ballet at Academia De Artes Franceschi under Puerto Rico’s prima ballerina of Ballet Concierto, Maria Julia Landa.  During high school, she danced for two years with the Clear Creek Cavaliers in Houston and the Cooper Cougarettes, where she earned the position of 1st Lieutenant.  While at HSU, Bailey was a part of the Spurs Dance Team which she now directs.  Bailey works at Zachary Publications.  Bailey's family includes her husband, Michael.  Bailey teaches Dance.

 
TONJA LOWRY Tonja is an Abilene native.  She has a B.A. in Dance with a specialization in Ballet and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University. During her college career, Tonja was the recipient of two dance scholarships and was a member of Chi Tau Epsilon, National Honorary Dance Society. She was a soloist with the Willis Ballet and taught preschool ballet for three years at the Conservatory of Classical Ballet in Lubbock. After graduation, Tonja taught 5th grade reading and language arts at Beltline Intermediate School in Cedar Hill, Texas. Tonja's family includes her husband, Stephen and three children, Maddie, Jack, and Emma. Tonja teaches Dance.

TONJA LOWRY

Tonja is an Abilene native.  She has a B.A. in Dance with a specialization in Ballet and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University. During her college career, Tonja was the recipient of two dance scholarships and was a member of Chi Tau Epsilon, National Honorary Dance Society. She was a soloist with the Willis Ballet and taught preschool ballet for three years at the Conservatory of Classical Ballet in Lubbock. After graduation, Tonja taught 5th grade reading and language arts at Beltline Intermediate School in Cedar Hill, Texas. Tonja's family includes her husband, Stephen and three children, Maddie, Jack, and Emma. Tonja teaches Dance.

NEECA MARTIN Neeca has a B.A. in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University.  She began dancing at the age of 4 and has danced with Abilene Ballet Company, APAC, and The Blues, a nationally ranked dance team at Alabama Dance Academy.  Neeca is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Modern/Lyrical. Neeca's family includes her husband Haven, her son Jaxon, a dog, Bliss, a kitty, Blaze, and a turtle, Clint..  Neeca teaches Dance.

NEECA MARTIN

Neeca has a B.A. in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University.  She began dancing at the age of 4 and has danced with Abilene Ballet Company, APAC, and The Blues, a nationally ranked dance team at Alabama Dance Academy.  Neeca is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Modern/Lyrical. Neeca's family includes her husband Haven, her son Jaxon, a dog, Bliss, a kitty, Blaze, and a turtle, Clint..  Neeca teaches Dance.

ANGELA MCKNIGHT Angela has a B.M. in Music Education and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from Hardin-Simmons University.  While at HSU, Angela participated in several musical theater and opera productions.  Angela has taught elementary music, middle school, and high school choir. She enjoys performing but her heart truly lies in teaching music. She believes that music is innate in our souls; a gift to be developed early and eagerly. Angela teaches private voice lessons in the Abilene schools and group fitness classes at Hendrick Health Club.  Angela's family includes her husband David, two boys, Levi and Asher, and a fluffy Aussie named Darby.  Angela is the Accounts Manager and teaches Kindermusik and Private Voice.

ANGELA MCKNIGHT

Angela has a B.M. in Music Education and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from Hardin-Simmons University.  While at HSU, Angela participated in several musical theater and opera productions.  Angela has taught elementary music, middle school, and high school choir. She enjoys performing but her heart truly lies in teaching music. She believes that music is innate in our souls; a gift to be developed early and eagerly. Angela teaches private voice lessons in the Abilene schools and group fitness classes at Hendrick Health Club.  Angela's family includes her husband David, two boys, Levi and Asher, and a fluffy Aussie named Darby.  Angela is the Accounts Manager and teaches Kindermusik and Private Voice.

 
KENNI RICH Kenni has been dancing since the age of 3 and is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. She attended Marysville Charter Academy for the Performing Arts, pursuing a concentration in dance and trained at the prestigious Jacque's Dance Expressions dance studio in California.  Kenni has performed on Norwegian Cruise Lines Hawaiian and Bahama's tour and Holland America's New England tour.  Kenni was a featured performer at Disneyland in California and was a principal dancer with Galena Street East Productions for 3 years.  Kenni taught dance at Georga's School of Dance in Del Rio, Texas for 5 years. Her family includes her husband, Jared, and children, Sawyer and Elle.  Kenni teaches Dance.  

KENNI RICH

Kenni has been dancing since the age of 3 and is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. She attended Marysville Charter Academy for the Performing Arts, pursuing a concentration in dance and trained at the prestigious Jacque's Dance Expressions dance studio in California.  Kenni has performed on Norwegian Cruise Lines Hawaiian and Bahama's tour and Holland America's New England tour.  Kenni was a featured performer at Disneyland in California and was a principal dancer with Galena Street East Productions for 3 years.  Kenni taught dance at Georga's School of Dance in Del Rio, Texas for 5 years. Her family includes her husband, Jared, and children, Sawyer and Elle.  Kenni teaches Dance.
 

BARB STOCKDALE BARB STOCKDALE hails from Council Bluffs, Iowa where she began her early dance training with Donna Wood. Later, while attending the University of Colorado, she trained with Leon de Isla, former principle of Ballet West, and also danced with the Rocky Mountain Ballet. Through her years of teaching, she has studied with many outstanding instructors such as Bobby Burgess, Gus Giordano, Luigi, Roni Mahler, and Steven Mills. She has taught at studios and Air Force Bases in Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.  During her time in Texas, Barb performed eleven years with a regional ballet company, and was a contract artist with Young Audiences of Abilene for six years. Barb's family includes her husband Mark, children, Chris, Steve, and Meredith, and grandchildren, Jack and Finn,  Barb teaches Dance.  

BARB STOCKDALE

BARB STOCKDALE hails from Council Bluffs, Iowa where she began her early dance training with Donna Wood. Later, while attending the University of Colorado, she trained with Leon de Isla, former principle of Ballet West, and also danced with the Rocky Mountain Ballet. Through her years of teaching, she has studied with many outstanding instructors such as Bobby Burgess, Gus Giordano, Luigi, Roni Mahler, and Steven Mills. She has taught at studios and Air Force Bases in Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.  During her time in Texas, Barb performed eleven years with a regional ballet company, and was a contract artist with Young Audiences of Abilene for six years. Barb's family includes her husband Mark, children, Chris, Steve, and Meredith, and grandchildren, Jack and Finn,  Barb teaches Dance.

 

KRISTIN WARD Kristin has a B.M. in Music Education from Abilene Christian University and a M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University.  She teaches at ACU as instructor of clarinet, and teaches courses in the areas of jazz voice, music education, and ear training. Kristin regularly performs with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and has also performed throughout Michigan and Oregon, including the Grand Rapids, Lansing, West Shore, Midland, and Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestras. An accomplished jazz vocalist, she performed in the 1997 Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival and was a participant in the International Association of Jazz Educators pilot program "Sisters in Jazz." Kristin's family includes her husband, Steven and children, Joshua and Karissa.  Kristin teaches Kindermusik.

KRISTIN WARD

Kristin has a B.M. in Music Education from Abilene Christian University and a M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University.  She teaches at ACU as instructor of clarinet, and teaches courses in the areas of jazz voice, music education, and ear training. Kristin regularly performs with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and has also performed throughout Michigan and Oregon, including the Grand Rapids, Lansing, West Shore, Midland, and Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestras. An accomplished jazz vocalist, she performed in the 1997 Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival and was a participant in the International Association of Jazz Educators pilot program "Sisters in Jazz." Kristin's family includes her husband, Steven and children, Joshua and Karissa.  Kristin teaches Kindermusik.

 
 
LANIE WESTMAN Lanie has a B.M. in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Hardin-Simmons University.  In addition to teaching at APAC, Lanie has directed music for Jr. musicals at the Paramount Theatre (under the direction of Betty Hukill).  She has performed with the Abilene Opera Association, McMurry Summer Dinner Theatre, ACT Theatre, Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, Young Audiences of Abilene, and Paramount Productions.  Lanie has appeared in the Paramount Theatre's Musical Productions “Swing,” "Smokey Joe's Café," and was featured as Mother in "Ragtime" and Momma Duck in "Honk".  Lanie's family includes her husband, Rob, two children, Josh and Jess, and four dogs, Muffy, Pixie, Sweden, and Elsa.  Lanie is the Executive Director and teaches Musical Theatre.

LANIE WESTMAN

Lanie has a B.M. in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Hardin-Simmons University.  In addition to teaching at APAC, Lanie has directed music for Jr. musicals at the Paramount Theatre (under the direction of Betty Hukill).  She has performed with the Abilene Opera Association, McMurry Summer Dinner Theatre, ACT Theatre, Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, Young Audiences of Abilene, and Paramount Productions.  Lanie has appeared in the Paramount Theatre's Musical Productions “Swing,” "Smokey Joe's Café," and was featured as Mother in "Ragtime" and Momma Duck in "Honk".  Lanie's family includes her husband, Rob, two children, Josh and Jess, and four dogs, Muffy, Pixie, Sweden, and Elsa.  Lanie is the Executive Director and teaches Musical Theatre.