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Artistic Motion Dance Academy

Dance from the Heart to Create the Art

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Meet our AMDA Faculty

Dance has been in her life since the very beginning. She began

her dream at the young age of 3 and has never let go of this love.

Angela grew up in Victoria, Texas and began her journey of dance

from Jan Moore Hamilton. As she progressed as a dancer, she

developed an ultimate passion for ballet. Auditioning for the

Victoria Ballet Theater was her next goal. Debbie Busby invited her

to the Ballet Company at the young age of nine. During the rest of

her school years, she danced for the Company and performed in

The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, FireBird, Giselle,

Coppelia, and many more. During her summers she spent studying

dance at Dance New Mexico, Dance Aspen, and Ballet Austin. With all her training in dance she also had a passion for acting. Lucky for her, they synergize to create powerful performers.


In 1995, Angela auditioned for Texas Christian University’s Dance program and received the Ballet Nordan Scholarship. TCU increased her love and knowledge of dance and united her gift with all other dancers from all over. During her years at TCU, Angela studied from the late Fernando Bujones. Mr. Bujones had passion and desire that drove Angela to work harder. He had the faith in her dancing that pushed her to keep dancing. Mr. Bujones gave Angela lead roles that took her to perform in Italy and Mexico. He will never be far from Angela’s heart because he taught her how to push towards perfection. Along with Mr. Bujones, Angela also studied from Li Chou Chang, Susan Haigler Robles, Max Stone, Diane West, and Stephanie Rand. After graduating in 1999, Angela traveled to Branson, MO to perform with the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. She also performed in fashion shows all over the United States, Mary Kay Seminars, and industrials. Angela is still performing around the metroplex as much as possible as a freelance dancer.


Teaching dance to children of all ages has been her calling for many years as well. Angela has taught at several dance studios around the metroplex, in the Fort Worth ISD, Performing Arts High Schools, Kurt Russell’s gymnastics, and Young Audiences of North Texas. Currently, Angela is the Co-Owner of Synergy Performing Arts Competition. Competition is another passion Angela has grown to love. Pilates has also brought a new love to life that Angela feels everyone should have in their life. The truest loves of her life are her wonderful husband and two beautiful children. Thank you for giving our children the opportunity to learn dance from Artistic motion Dance Academy.


Let me start by saying we living 40 minutes away from AMDA and pass several dance studios just to attend. There is something special and unique offered here, and it’s not just dance. We are so blessed and thankful to be a part of such an amazing company at Artistic Motion Dance Academy. Mrs. Angela & Ms. Whitney have taken my daughter under their wing and allowed her to bloom and be herself, as they do for ALL their dancers. This is what makes AMDA so special.  The family support from ALL company age dancers and mommas is so unique. The older dancers are always right by the little ones’ side helping them in whatever they need. I am just speechless, over filled with joy, and bursting inside as a proud momma and proud AMDA parent!


-Magan D.

Give us a call today to learn more about our reputable dance instruction!



Angela McCord McGarity, Owner & Director

Sydnie Walker, Instructor

Sydnie, from a young age, trained extensively in hip-hop, jazz, ballet,

clogging and tap. Specializing in hip-hop, she strives to keep her

students up to the latest styles and choreography. Sydnie has taken

instruction from major performance teams such as Diavolo Dance

Theater, the A&M drill team, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and

the performance coach from the hit show MTV Made.


Sydnie is still performing and has taken home individual achievement

awards such as “The Wow Award”, “Most Outstanding Performer”,

and “All American”. Her competing team now holds a National ranking,

winning numerous first place titles every season. Her sole joy in life is



She has been a guest performer at the Dallas Cowboy football halftime show, the Amazing cheer and dance nationals, and her favorite performance of all was singing for a Dallas Cowboy cheerleading event.


AMDA has brought her the wonderful opportunity of sharing her love for dance with others.


Whitney is Assistant Director at AMDA. She is a local dance artist

and educator who received her M.F.A. in Dance from Texas

Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She began her dance training

at the age of 3, participating in tap, ballet, & tumbling classes. At

the age of 7, Whitney began competing in dance competitions and

attending conventions. Overall, she was involved in the studio and

competition dance scene for 14 years. Throughout her dance

training in high school, she focused on Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop,

Contemporary and Jazz under the direction of Mrs. Angela. Whitney

studied dance at Sam Houston State University, Kilgore College,

and Texas Woman's University. She received her B.A. in Dance from TWU in 2011, and her M.F.A in Dance in 2014.


Throughout her college career, Whitney gained invaluable performance and choreographic experience, in addition to contributing to concert production as sound board operator, light board operator, and stage manager. She has produced numerous full-length choreographic works and performed in over 20 dances since 2009. Whitney is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance Instruction at The University of Texas at Arlington, as well as the Assistant Director at AMDA.

Whitney Coleman, Assistant Director

Stacy Ali has been a dancer since the age of 8, studying ballet,

modern, jazz, and hip-hop at dance schools in California & Texas,

including Goleta Civic Ballet, Ballet Austin, Joyce Willet, UNT,

Millenium, The Edge PAC, Dallas Powerhouse and more. She

has performed in “The Nutcracker” nine seasons with Goleta

Civic Ballet and Ballet Austin, and in Lambros Lambrou’s “The

Rainbow” and “Peter and the Wolf”. Stacy’s professional

experience includes dancing for Usher (in conjunction with

Cowgirls Entertainment), Motley Crue and Rockwell, touring with Radio Disney, and performing in music videos for Blink 182, The Lost Prophets, J-Lo, A Tribe Called Quest, Pras, and Joss Stone. She has modeled for both Ian Logan Photography and Starz Dancewear.


In addition to MTV’s well known dance competition, “The Wade Robson Project,” Stacy has competed in other dance and drill competitions, receiving many awards and scholarships. She’s taught ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and tap for Dana's Studio, Debbie’s Studio, Miss Persis Studio, Creative Arts Theatre and School, Millenium, Dallas Powerhouse, and Artistic Motion Dance. Several of the year 2000 Junior Olympic Gymnasts benefited from her guidance as their ballet coach as well. Stacy has volunteered extensively in nursing homes and at Cook’s Children’s Hospital. She is currently pursuing her dance therapy certification and has degrees in both dance and social work/mental health. Most recently Stacy has received certifications in both Autism Movement Therapy and Pilates.

Stacy Ali, Instructor

Cassie's story started in an unusual fashion as she dreamed of

being an ice skater from the beginning but her mother had other

plans for her. Cassie's mother enrolled her in dance at the age of

three. The first lessons that she had were tap and ballet. Cassie's

love grew to encompass all forms of dance. She started competing

at the age of 6, and by 14, she was touring with a convention. At

the age of 16, Cassie started to instruct others in dance. She

finished out her remaining year at Debbie’s Studio of Creative

Motion where she was a student for 15 years. Cassie was

privileged enough in her adult career to have been able to dance at Six Flags, the Super Bowl party for Mark Cuban, Video Game Premiers, Private Parties and much, much more. Cassie taught dance at a multitude of places ranging from Gilley’s Palladium to the University of Texas at Tyler. During all this time, she was able to complete her bachelor’s Degree from University of Texas in Arlington. Throughout all of this, even today, Cassie's love for dance has not wavered and she hopes to be able to pass this on to the youth of today.

Cassie Morris, Instructor

Cassie Dancing

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Mindy Alvarez, Instructor

Mindy was born and raised in Lubbock, TX and attended Texas Tech

University. She has been teaching dance for over 30 years and

began dancing at age 3 with Suzanne Akers. Mindy continued to

train throughout her childhood and was also a competitive gymnast.

Mindy had the opportunity of training under Darrel Retter, Al Gibert

(piped piper of dance), Scott Benson, Keith Clifton, and Galina

Panova. In addition to training and competing in countless dance

conventions and competitions, her credits include working with Elite

Productions as a choreographer for the Miss Petite pageants and

Hawaiian Tropics. Mindy owned her own studio for over 10 years, in

her hometown of Lubbock, which grew to over 700 students. During

that time she also owned a dance store for her students across the

street from her studio. Mindy has also worked with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader organizing by running their fitness camps. Mindy owns an audition company, called Iaudition with her friend and partner Deanna Gonzales, working with students to improve their audition skills. Mindy has taught in the DFW area at several studios for the last 10 years. She is also a Pilates and Barre instructor. She lives in Fort Worth with her 5 children and puppy Mocha, and she is excited to be apart of AMDA!

Sam Shepherd, Instructor

Sam Shepherd is a senior undergrad at UTA studying Musical

Theatre. She can’t remember a time that she was not dancing! She

started teaching dance when she was only 12 and absolutely loves

it. She has trained at countless conventions and studios across the

US including Debbie Allen’s Dance, Millennium, Dance Space LA

with Harry Shum Jr, Anthony “Kanec” Carr and Heidi Jarrett. She

was a professional backup dancer for MoHo Productions

performing and touring with Ashley Argota, Chris Michael and Abi

Ann. The dance team she was a part of in high school has won

countless titles taking them all around the world to compete! They even won the championship title for their hip hop choreography at the Global Games in Hawaii!! Apart from that, she has been involved with the theatre for years, directing, writing and even co-choreographing large scale musicals like “Thoroughly Modern Millie”! She has always had a passion for choreography and loves seeing her visions come to life and working with beautiful spirits to create. She can’t wait to work with AMDA!

Melissa Smith, Instructor

Melissa Smith is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where

she began her gymnastics training at the age of 6. She was fully

immersed in the competitive gymnastics scene by the age of 7.

She studied gymnastics and Ballet under Johnny Moyal, until she

moved to Burleson at the age of 15. She left Louisiana with the

gymnastics title of “Louisiana State Champion”. After her move to

Texas, Melissa began competing with the Haltom High School

gymnastics team, in addition to performing in show choir. She

began coaching and sharing her love and knowledge of

gymnastics during her junior year of high school. Melissa has experience coaching gymnastics to children from the age of 3 to 18. Melissa is a dedicated wife, mother of 3, “dance mom”, photographer, & coach. She currently teaches the Tumbling/Acro & Strengthening classes at AMDA, and is excited to be apart of the AMDA family!

Jamey Brown, Instructor & Motionettes Coor.

Jamey Brown began dancing at the young age of three, despite

other activities she was involved in, she made dance her focal point

when she was only eight. By the time she was twelve, she began

dancing on a competitive company. She has studied ballet, pointe,

jazz, modern/contemporary, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. However, her

main focus is ballet. She has played the role of Clara and Snow

Queen in AMDA’s The Nutcracker. While dancing with the top

AMDA company, she began assisting classes at the age of fifteen.

By October 2016, Jamey was offered a position at AMDA working

in the office and substituting classes. During the summer of 2017,

Jamey was provided the opportunity to teach many dance camps

and travel to Los Angeles for the Dance Ideas Assistant Training Program.

She is currently an instructor and office assistant at AMDA and is thrilled to continue sharing her

love for dance at AMDA. Her passion for dance continues to grow each day and she is excited to see where the next year will take her!


Clery Moss, Instructor

Grand Prairie native, Clery Moss fell in love with dance

through musical theatre and began formal dance training after

graduating high school. After developing a strong jazz and

hip-hop base, he studied multiple modern and ballet practices

at Texas Woman's University as a dance major. He has had

experience working as a dancer/singer at Six Flags Over

Texas, been a featured dancer in various musical theatre

productions and now dances professionally with Pedestrian Dance Movement, a

contemporary dance company, under the direction of Liz Terry and has been for two seasons. With such variety of experience and training, Clery's goal as a dance educator is to use his experience to help build a community of versatile dancers, strong both in technical prowess and as individually unique artists.

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