STAFF

 
 
 
BAILEY LEROUX    Bailey       has a B.S.S. in Communication 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 Hardin-Simmons University as the Head Dance Coach. Bailey's family includes her husband, Michael.    Bailey teaches Dance.

BAILEY LEROUX

Bailey has a B.S.S. in Communication 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 Hardin-Simmons University as the Head Dance Coach. Bailey's family includes her husband, Michael. Bailey 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.

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.

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.

 
PEYTON BOURLAND   Peyton is a student at Abilene Christian University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. 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 degree in Elementary Education. 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 has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Hardin-Simmons University. She was 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 has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Hardin-Simmons University. She was 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.

JORDAN MILTON   Jordan Milton is an Education Major at Abilene Christian University. She has been dancing since she was 7. She started dancing at Frances Lea Dance Center, then moved on to North Crowley SilverStars Drillteam in high school, and is currently dancing on OMEGA Dance CO’s dance team at ACU. Jordan joined the APAC family instructing staff in 2018.  Jordan teaches Dance.

JORDAN MILTON

Jordan Milton is an Education Major at Abilene Christian University. She has been dancing since she was 7. She started dancing at Frances Lea Dance Center, then moved on to North Crowley SilverStars Drillteam in high school, and is currently dancing on OMEGA Dance CO’s dance team at ACU. Jordan joined the APAC family instructing staff in 2018. Jordan teaches Dance.

MADELINE LOWRY   Madeline is a student at Hardin-Simmons studying elementary education. She was raised in Abilene and has performed in various productions with HSU Theatre and the Paramount. APAC allowed her discover her love of the arts at a young age and she is thankful for the opportunity to be able to share this same love with her students.  Madeline teaches Musical Theatre.

MADELINE LOWRY

Madeline is a student at Hardin-Simmons studying elementary education. She was raised in Abilene and has performed in various productions with HSU Theatre and the Paramount. APAC allowed her discover her love of the arts at a young age and she is thankful for the opportunity to be able to share this same love with her students. Madeline teaches Musical Theatre.

MADI MELBOURNE   Madi is currently a Theatre Education major at McMurry University. She’s been involved in theatre since she was 8, performing in shows at the Paramount Theater, as well as teaching multiple acting classes for Abilene’s homeschool community. She’s also been dancing at APAC for five years, and is thrilled to be giving back to the company that gave so much to her. Fall of 2019 begins her first year instructing at APAC.  Madi teaches dance.

MADI MELBOURNE

Madi is currently a Theatre Education major at McMurry University. She’s been involved in theatre since she was 8, performing in shows at the Paramount Theater, as well as teaching multiple acting classes for Abilene’s homeschool community. She’s also been dancing at APAC for five years, and is thrilled to be giving back to the company that gave so much to her. Fall of 2019 begins her first year instructing at APAC. Madi teaches dance.

KHAMISIE GREEN   While in college Khamisie was a dance instructor at dance discovery and also choreographed and directed the core hip-hop show in 2014. He also was a member and choreographer for the sanctify hip-hop dance company of Abilene Christian University. From 2014-2016 Khamisie put on large stage productions written, directed, costumed, choreographed, and staged by himself with the help of a team of students from ACU. He also directs the gospel choir at HSU “Selah” and began the gospel choir at ACU “Zoe” as well as participates in several singing groups across the key city. Khamisie joined the team at APAC in the fall of 2018 and teaches Hip-Hop. Khamisie’s family includes his wife Jasmine and their daughter Khyelle.  Khamisie teaches dance.

KHAMISIE GREEN

While in college Khamisie was a dance instructor at dance discovery and also choreographed and directed the core hip-hop show in 2014. He also was a member and choreographer for the sanctify hip-hop dance company of Abilene Christian University. From 2014-2016 Khamisie put on large stage productions written, directed, costumed, choreographed, and staged by himself with the help of a team of students from ACU. He also directs the gospel choir at HSU “Selah” and began the gospel choir at ACU “Zoe” as well as participates in several singing groups across the key city. Khamisie joined the team at APAC in the fall of 2018 and teaches Hip-Hop. Khamisie’s family includes his wife Jasmine and their daughter Khyelle. Khamisie teaches dance.

SUSIE ROCKETT

SUSIE ROCKETT

JULIA HOLLINGSWORTH

JULIA HOLLINGSWORTH

ASHLEIGH GOFF   Ashleigh Goff holds a BFA in Theatre from McMurry University with a focus in Acting and Directing. From 2010 to 2018, Ashleigh served as the Founder and Education Director for the Freddyburg Youth Theater, a children’s theatre program in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Theater Company. She also taught gymnastic for 11 years. Ashleigh has nearly 20 years of experience working with children. She is married to McMurry University Visiting Instructor, Kerry Goff. They have two children, six year old, Logan, and three year old, Emery.  Ashleigh teaches theatre .

ASHLEIGH GOFF

Ashleigh Goff holds a BFA in Theatre from McMurry University with a focus in Acting and Directing. From 2010 to 2018, Ashleigh served as the Founder and Education Director for the Freddyburg Youth Theater, a children’s theatre program in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Theater Company. She also taught gymnastic for 11 years. Ashleigh has nearly 20 years of experience working with children. She is married to McMurry University Visiting Instructor, Kerry Goff. They have two children, six year old, Logan, and three year old, Emery. Ashleigh teaches theatre.

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.

ALLISON HESTER   Allison has a B.A. in History with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from McMurry University. 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 two cats Emma and Oscar.  Allison teaches Dance.

ALLISON HESTER

Allison has a B.A. in History with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from McMurry University. 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 two cats Emma and Oscar. Allison teaches Dance.

 
Rachel Browning   A Fort Worth native, Rachel is a freshman at Abilene Christian University majoring in biochemistry. She began dancing at age three, learning ballet and tap. At age nine, she began Irish dancing and eventually went on to compete at regional and North American championships with the McTeggart school. Rachel continued to study ballet under Julie Ballew, training in Balanchine style ballet. She also trained in jazz under Dian Clough West. She is working toward getting her certification to teach competitive Irish dancers. Rachel is excited to share her passion teaching, dancing, performing with other dancers!  Rachel teaches dance.

Rachel Browning

A Fort Worth native, Rachel is a freshman at Abilene Christian University majoring in biochemistry. She began dancing at age three, learning ballet and tap. At age nine, she began Irish dancing and eventually went on to compete at regional and North American championships with the McTeggart school. Rachel continued to study ballet under Julie Ballew, training in Balanchine style ballet. She also trained in jazz under Dian Clough West. She is working toward getting her certification to teach competitive Irish dancers. Rachel is excited to share her passion teaching, dancing, performing with other dancers! Rachel teaches dance.

LAUREN BOX

LAUREN BOX

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.

RACHAEL McCORMICK   Rachael is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Theatre and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Family Psychology. Rachael has been an active member of the Theatre and Dance Community since the age of 3. She has studied dance at Etgen Atkinson School of Ballet, Rowlett Dance Academy, London School of Dance and Tuzors Ballet School. Rachael began participating in Theatre Competitions in 2nd Grade. Since then she had performed in Hello Dolly, Oliver, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sound of Music. She also choreographed and performed in Oklahoma. Rachael had intended on majoring in Ballet in college, but felt God directing her to attend Hardin-Simmons, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Theatre Department. While attending Hardin-Simmons, Rachael continued dancing with the Spurs Dance team of which she was Captain both her Junior and Senior years. She also served as a choreographer for HSU’s SING! for three years. During her many years of dancing, Rachael began to develop a love for the health and fitness benefits that dance provides. She became certified to teach Body Jam, Body Step, Body Attack, Body Combat and Active Living. In addition to working at APAC, Rachael currently teaches at Hendrick Health Club and works as a Prevention Specialist with Serenity House. She and her husband, Joe, served as the Dorm Directors for Behrens Freshman Women’s Dorm at Hardin-Simmons University.  Rachael is APAC’s Accounts Manager.

RACHAEL McCORMICK

Rachael is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Theatre and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Family Psychology. Rachael has been an active member of the Theatre and Dance Community since the age of 3. She has studied dance at Etgen Atkinson School of Ballet, Rowlett Dance Academy, London School of Dance and Tuzors Ballet School. Rachael began participating in Theatre Competitions in 2nd Grade. Since then she had performed in Hello Dolly, Oliver, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sound of Music. She also choreographed and performed in Oklahoma. Rachael had intended on majoring in Ballet in college, but felt God directing her to attend Hardin-Simmons, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Theatre Department. While attending Hardin-Simmons, Rachael continued dancing with the Spurs Dance team of which she was Captain both her Junior and Senior years. She also served as a choreographer for HSU’s SING! for three years. During her many years of dancing, Rachael began to develop a love for the health and fitness benefits that dance provides. She became certified to teach Body Jam, Body Step, Body Attack, Body Combat and Active Living. In addition to working at APAC, Rachael currently teaches at Hendrick Health Club and works as a Prevention Specialist with Serenity House. She and her husband, Joe, served as the Dorm Directors for Behrens Freshman Women’s Dorm at Hardin-Simmons University. Rachael is APAC’s Accounts Manager.

LANIE BEVILL 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 of 26 years, Rob Westman, two adult sons, Josh and Jess, soon to be daughter in-law Allison, and five dogs, Pixie, Sweden, Elsa, Olive, and grand dog Oakley.  Lanie is the Executive Director of APAC.

LANIE BEVILL 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 of 26 years, Rob Westman, two adult sons, Josh and Jess, soon to be daughter in-law Allison, and five dogs, Pixie, Sweden, Elsa, Olive, and grand dog Oakley. Lanie is the Executive Director of APAC.