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DanceMakers Staff:

Julie Ebe-Nix /Monique Rouleau / Amanda Brown / Chad Graber / James Shields / Agustin Gutierrez / Jasmine Newton / Terrica Bates / Tony New

DanceMakers Master Coach:

Jerry Robles

 

 Julie Ebe-Nix

A native of St. Louis, and a TCU graduate, Julie started dancing as a teacher trainee in 1993 for fun. Soon she was deeply immersed in the business of dance and in the Fort Worth community, taking part ownership of DanceMakers after graduating from college. She earned her Bronze certificate from NDCA, and has studied extensively with top coaches in American Smooth and Rhythm, International Standard and Latin as well as Country Western and Salsa.

Today, she is not only the owner of DanceMakers, she serves as manager, staff trainer, and senior teacher as well. She is proud to have brought DanceMakers to its present level where we are truly "Fort Worth's premier school of social and competition dance." She has introduced the ISTD syllabus, attracted and nurtured the best trained staff in the metroplex, brought in top coaches to work with staff and students, and still finds time to personally oversee the progress of each and every student.

Julie also competes several times a year with students in Pro-Am competitions throughout the area, even winning 3rd place Top Teacher at the Dallas Invitational in 2005. Our trophy case is filled with first place finishes her students and staff members have won - including Top School at the Dallas Invitational Dance Tournament in May 2007. Specializing in International Standard and American Smooth, Julie has performed many professional exhibitions at competitions and Showcases.

Julie was also privileged to train directly with Pierre Dulaine as part of Dancing Classrooms Fort Worth. In addition to teaching the Pierre Dulaine system of ballroom dancing to fifth graders here in the metroplex, Julie serves on the Dancing Classrooms North Texas steering committee and continues to teach private students at DanceMakers.

 Monique Rouleau

Monique has a BS in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Architecture. She was born in Rhode Island, and later moved to California with her husband David Getty. In 2002, they moved their family here to Fort Worth.

Monique began dancing Ballet when she was 5 years old. She trained with the Boston Ballet for 5 years, then danced another 5 years as a member of the professional company. Monique's study in Country & Ballroom propelled her to a World Championship Title in Showcase Pro-Am Country in 1997 and went on to become a 2 time World Champion in Pro-Am with her students.   Monique competed in the 2012 UCWDC World Championships and attained the coveted "Masters" level in Showcase. 

Monique is a UCWDC Masters Certified Judge in both Couples Dances and Line Dance. She is co-director of the Dallas Dance Festival in November, held in Dallas.   Monique has joined the DanceMakers staff to teach private lessons in all styles of partner dance. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband Dave and their two daughters.

Amanda Brown

Amanda, born and raised right here in Fort Worth, has enjoyed dance and music for as long as she can remember.  This love has led her down the path of teaching her first love - dance.

She started dancing Ballroom in 2008, followed by local Club Latin favorites, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha and began teaching in 2011.  Amanda has obtained her Salsa Certification from the Texas Association of Salsa Instructors.

She has been trained by master instructors in Ballroom and Latin and is currently a Teaching Artist for Dancing Classrooms, a program which introduces and teaches ballroom dancing to 5th grade young ladies and gentlemen.

Amanda loves to perform and has done many performances for Mexican Heritage Month and other local events.  Amanda started with DanceMakers in 2012.

Chad Graber

Chad Graber photoChad has been dancing since 1987 and teaching dance since 1988.  He was a charter member of the UT Austin Ballroom Dance Club.  In 1995, he started dancing and competing in Country Western dancing as well as continuing to teach and coach in Ballroom.

He has competed in both Classic and Showcase Divisions in the UCWDC and the ACDA circuits.  In 2002 and 2004 he won World Championship titles in the Pro-Pro Classic Division and ACDA national titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Beginning in 2002, Chad started judging in the ACDA circuit and has been certified to judge in UCWDC as of 2014 and spends many weekends at competitions both as a competitor and judge.

He continues to enjoy working with students of ALL levels, sharing the love and joy that dancing has brought to his life.

 

Agustin Gutierrez

Born in Monclova Coahuila, Mexico and raised in Fort Worth, Augie entered the world of dance in 2005.  Joining friends in their dance crew, Augie began studying Salsa, Merengue and Foxtrot and added practice in the disciplines of Ballet, Modern and Jazz. He soon joined a professional Latin and Reggaeton group, performing at events throughout Texas.

Well known on the West Coast Swing circuit and in the Club Latin community, he has earned numerous titles and enjoys working with competitive students as well as those who want to have a great time learning and social dancing. 

  “If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance”.
-George Bernard Shaw

Fluent in English and Spanish, as an instructor Augie focuses on honing technique while keeping things fun.  He strives to incorporate everyday movements into his teaching to help students of any level feel comfortable with the material.  His greatest joy comes from seeing his students find happiness in their dancing and watching them improve from their training and practice.  He was recently featured in the “Dallas Morning News” for his audition on the “So You Think You Can Dance” TV program.

1st place Advanced/All-Star Jack and Jill at Dallas Dance Festival - 2016.
1st Place Pro/Am Routine at the 2012 Austin Swing Dance Championship.
1st Place Pro/Am Jack & Jill at the 2012 DFW Pro Am Jam.
1st Place Pro/Am Routine at 2011 Dallas D.A.N.C.E.
4th place Top Teacher Award at the 2011 Southwestern Invitational.
6th Place Top Teacher Award at the 2011 Dallas Dance Festival.
1st place Jack & Jill at the 2009 Dallas Bachata Dance Festival.

Jasmine Newton

Jasmine has been a lover of dance for her entire life - all of which has been right here in the Fort Worth area.  As a social dancer for many years, she attended many Salsa congresses around the country, taking advantage of the numerous master classes offered at those events.

She also traveled for training and workshops with some of the top professionals in dance - just a few of these are Shirley Ballas, Paul Boltz and Carolina Orlovsky.

She joined our studio in 2015 and went through DanceMakers' intensive (and continuous) Teacher Training Program taught by Jerry Robles and Julie Ebe.

Jasmine is trained in several disciplines and is a Certified Holistic Coach with an extensive background in Mind-Body Practice which she applies in her teaching.  She has a passion for yoga along with physical training and working with people from all walks of life inspires her.

Her student's happiness and sense of accomplishment are of paramount importance; along with making sure that they have fun while learning.  She welcomes all level of students - from beginners to those wanting to perform in showcases or compete.

Terrica Bates

Terrica Bates was born in Dallas and grew up in Fort Worth where she found her passion for dance.  Terrica has loved music and dancing since she was a young child.


She began her dance journey by joining a jazz team at a very young age and was a part of the high school step team as a teenager.  Terrica began dancing as an adult with local Latin favorites such as Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata.  She began her
dance career with the well known non-profit organization Dancing Classrooms of North Texas.  She taught fifth graders in local school districts the basics of several ballroom dances such as Fox Trot and Waltz, Tango as well as Rumba and Merengue.  Terrica was an instructor with Dancing Classroom for over 2 years.

Since joining the DanceMakers’ team, Terrica has been trained in Ballroom and Latin dances by master instructors. Her love and passion for dancing shines through in each lesson taught.  She started with DanceMakers in 2016.

Master Coach

Jerry Robles

With 35 years of experience in the world of partner dancing, Jerry Robles has established a reputation as a master teacher.  Jerry takes pride in bringing fun and knowledge to all lovers of dance.

As a dance artist, he has toured the world many times.  Performing on cruise lines as well as in tropical resorts and casinos; Mr. Robles brought his own distinctive style of dancing to many audiences.  He continues to choreograph and coach professionals and DanceSport aficionados in the varied styles of social and competitive dancing.  His dedication and passion for musicality and rhythmical expression is well acknowledged and respected throughout local dance communities as well as dance enthusiasts nationwide.

Jerry continues to perform and compete with his pro-am partners at DanceSport events through Texas and the U.S.  He maintains a local interest in promoting ballroom dancing for beginners and hobbyists;  teaching for TCU as well as other local schools and social clubs.

Mr. Robles is most proud of his 14+ year affiliation with Julie Ebe and DanceMakers of Texas.  Together they continue to present exciting dance productions and student showcases year round.  Ms. Ebe and Jerry share a mutual desire to present opportunities for dancers of all levels to further their dance knowledge and passion for dancing in a well maintained and comfortable venue.

Come join Jerry and the DanceMakers’ family and love to learn the art of dancing!

 


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