VAULT Dance Company offers you the best in instruction. Our professional and certified team are here to assist you in achieving your best in the study of the Dance Arts. We welcome the opportunity to meet you and your goals.
Morgan Leigh became a professional dancer with the Augusta Ballet at the young age of 16, training under NYCB Prima Ballerina, Zann Colton. Her love for dance education, performance, and choreography grew as she continued to train and dance professionally with companies such as Joffrey Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Gainesville Ballet, Julliard, and American Ballet Theater.
In 2006, Morgan earned her B.F.A. in dance from Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. and later on went to obtain her M.F.A. in dance in 2014 from Texas Woman’s University. While and further after obtaining her M.F.A., Morgan served as an Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress of a North Texas Dance Studio.
Over the course of her career, Morgan has performed in corps de ballet and lead roles in performances such as The Nutcracker, Dracula, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and Raymonda. Additionally, she has performed in a variety of modern dance works with Zoetic Dance Company and Grid Dance Theater. As a choreographer, Morgan has been featured at the South Eastern Regional Ballet Conference, American College Dance Festival, Ballet Fest Atlanta, Denton Ballet Festival, 254 Dance Festival, and Houston Fringe Festival where she won the Director’s Choice Award for choreography.
Morgan is currently the founder and owner of Barton Hollow Contemporary Dance Company and continues to teach residencies in ballet, modern, and compositional technique. She is also an active member of the dance community in the North Texas area where she continues to perform and choreograph original work.
Katrina Brown is a performer, teacher, and choreographer in the North Texas area. She is trained in many dance forms such as ballet, tap, jazz,contemporary, modern, lyrical, and hip hop. Her experience has mostly come from being a top company member at various dance studios in North Texas and earning regional and national titles from various competitions and conventions from around the country. Not only does she hold awards for performance and entertainment, but she has also been recognized for her choreography at both a regional and national level. Katrina has also had the honor of performing in Branson, Missouri’s acclaimed Kidz Roc with Don Mirault and Joey Doucette from Doucette Entertainment and in the 2012 Los Angeles Carnival Choreographer’s Ball as a part of Lindsey Blaufarb and Craig Hollamon’s piece. She is currently a performing artist with Barton Hollow Contemporary Dance Company and Simple Sparrow Dance Company. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue her passion for teaching.
Brandon Chase McGee began dancing in Wichita, KS at Wichita Children’s Theater and Dance Center and Ballet Wichita under Jill Landrith. He attended the University of North Texas in Denton. Mr. McGee continued his local dance training with Kirt Hathaway, Kathy Chamberlain, Dallas Black Dance Theater II, and the Alvin Ailey School. He has performed the work of Sandra Organ, Beth Brown, Allyne Gartrell, Christopher Huggins, Troy Powell, Chet Walker and Alvin Ailey. He is a former member of Dallas Black Dance Theater II, Uptown Dance Company, and the Sandra Organ Dance Company. He has been blessed with the opportunity to perform extensively nationwide and abroad.
Katie Hayes has always had a love for the art of dance and is no stranger to it. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania she studied different genres of dance most her life at various studios. She started her yoga journey around the age 15 and finished her dancing and cheerleading after graduation switching her focus to yoga. After having her first daughter she completed her 200 hr RYT with school house yoga as well as a pre/post natal certification. She taught throughout the Pittsburgh area until a couple years later she and her husband moved to Texas and they had their second little girl. She soon continued her education in Coppell with Yoga from the heart receiving her 500 hour RYT in yoga therapeutics. Katie has taught yoga group classes and specializes in private sessions that focus on balancing ones energy chakras as well as ayurvedic lifestyle coaching. During this time she came across the circus arts while visiting family in Pittsburgh and hasn’t looked back! Seeing several Cirque du Solei shows growing up she always admired the graceful beauty of strength and flexibility. When it became a reality to learn herself she flew right into the silks! She has learned from some of the best in the Pittsburgh and Dallas areas and has performed in both cities as well. Her journey and education is always ongoing with both yoga and the circus arts and she is thrilled to bring her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students here at CBA!!
Taylor Quintero is a professional choreographer, dancer and instructor. Originally from Denton, TX she trained at Denton Ballet Academy under the direction of Hugh Nini for many years. At the age of 14, she recieved the opportunity to spend a summer in the south of France training with former etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet Danielle Villers.
Taylor then went on to study at the University of North Texas under Arlene Sugano for 2 years before transferring to Southern Methodist University and receiving her BFA in Dance Performance. While living in Dallas she performed with Festival Ballet of North Texas and Contemporary Ballet Dallas.
In the summer of 2010 Taylor moved to the city of Chicago and danced 2 seasons under Chicago Dance Crash. This company expanded her knowledge and physicality in the worlds of acrobatics, athleticism, and risk taking movement. While dancing under Crash Taylor had the opportunity of working with many artists including Paul Christiano, Nick Pupillo, Jon Lehrer, and Stephanie Martinez.
Most recently, Taylor danced three seasons with Aerial Dance Chicago. It was here that Taylor discovered her love for movement air bound. While dancing with ADC Taylor had numerous opportunities of performing with Redmoon Theater in various productions and locations around Chicago. In the summer of 2015 Taylor had her first professional company choreography premiere, “Touch-Grab-Hold.” The Chicago Tribune reviewed her work with having: “inventive floor choreography, like a quirky cascade of twisting hands and flipped forearms, with great stage presence and a powerful sense of connection.”
Ms. Padilla’s professional performance experience includes dancing with Colorado Ballet, Ballet Ariel, Collin County Ballet Theater, and Elledanceworks. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance and currently teaches at Texas Woman’s University but has also taught at Brookhaven College, Collin
College, Eastfield College, and North Central Texas College. In addition to performing professionally, Shelley has a long resume of choreographic work and is a former dance critic and theatre critic. She feels honored to have received the Pioneer Proud Award (2014-15), Gordon Yeargon Adjunct Faculty of the Year (2010), and Excellence in Teaching Award (2009) awards. Shelley is married, has four children, teaches and practices yoga, and is very excited to be joining the faculty at VAULT Dance Company.
Emily Brown started dancing at the age of 6 at local studios. At age 12 she became a member of the competitive dance company at Ballet Conservatory under the direction of Kerry Dove. She has earned many regional titles from dance competitions all over the DFW area. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, musical theatre, hip-hop, and drill team. She was a member of the Denton Guyer High School Silverados Drill Team for three years under the direction of Rachel Simpson and Cali Hoffman. She held the positions of Junior Lieutenant and Senior Captain. After graduating in 2016 from Guyer, Emily started her journey at the University of North Texas earning a B.A in dance. Emily is super excited to join the VDC team!
Jordan grew up in Dallas training in various styles of dance until she discovered her passion for hiphop. She has worked with choreographers from America’s Got Talent, had the opportunity to perform with companies like Iluminate, Eclipse Entertainment and Texas State Fair, and competed at World of Dance with the Neighborhood. Traveling to California, she performed in 2017 Los Angeles’s Choreographer’s Ball and filmed Dialysize ZblkHarte Entertainment. As an instructor, Jordan values the importance of mentoring new dancers and continuing to train as a dancer herself.