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“For Commitment to the Art of Dance Education”



Houston, TX

Sheila is the Director of Dancezone in Houston, Texas. She has been a dance educator for over 35 years in all levels and genres, and has served as a director, dance facilitator, and choreographer in the private and public school systems for the past 30 years. In addition, she is a local franchise director of the Miss America Organization, and is proud that a few of her local titleholders have gone on to earn the state titles of Miss Teen Texas and Miss Texas.

As a younger dancer, Sheila performed in all genres. However, her growth in dance came with her expanded training during her college years, becoming a teacher and attending conventions, such as Tremaine. This also provided her with opportunities to connect with many great mentors like Frank Hatchett, who inspired her to explore and build a career from her passion for the arts.

Shelia is excited that Dancezone is now entering it’s 19th season in the training and development of artists, preparing them for their futures in the industry, as well as further their academics and education in dance. Both her pre-professional and dance companies have earned numerous local and national awards under her direction. In addition, she has developed artists who have gone on to work and perform nationally and internationally.

Sheila is grateful to Joe Tremaine and the Tremaine faculty and staff for building and providing a positive community in dance education. The opportunities that Dr. Joe Tremaine awards have inspired Sheila to provide a positive environment within her teaching and training for her students. She is honored to have trained 7 beautiful souls who have represented Tremaine as Dancers of the Year over the past several years, and is additionally proud of her past and present Tremaine Performance Company dancers.

Sheila wishes to inspire others to grow past 5-6-7-8. She enjoys teaching the art of dance and observing the growth of dancers as they achieve and succeed through their dedication to the development of their craft.