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DeeDee Munson – Artistic Director

DeeDee leads the NTPA – Dance program as Artistic Director, and serves on the teaching staff for NTPA – Dance and NTPA – Academy. She is also the Staffing Coordinator and part of the Executive Staff at MA Dance & MA Visual FX. DeeDee has been teaching & educating students since 1991! She is the former General Manager/Artistic Director for the Power House of Dance. Her credits include Kilgore College Rangerette, Stephen F. Austin Repertory Company Member, Stephen F. Austin Pom Squad member and coach, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and Dallas Mavericks Dancer. While attending SFA she won two consecutive NCA National Dance Championship titles. She is also a former Walt Disney World Dancer where she performed in The Beauty & The Beast Show, Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers, various conventions and special events, and the Rhythms of the World Show at Tokyo DisneySeas.

DeeDee has taught and choreographed for drill teams and dance teams across the country as well as being a head instructor and adjudicator for MA Dance. She has appeared in Body Wrappers, Dance Spirit, Cheerleader & Danzteam, YM, and Glamour Magazines. She also modeled for Disney Animation where her likeness was used for the image of Princess Kida in Atlantis Milo’s Return. Her television appearances include Good Morning Texas, Good Day Dallas, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Salvation Army Halftime with Reba McEntire, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade with Aaron Carter and John O’Hurley, Live with Regis and Kelly, the Oprah Winfrey Show and Street Talk with Wendy Williams. She was also a dancer/actress in the movie Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock and can be seen judging in the documentary Sweethearts Of The Gridiron featuring the Kilgore College Rangerettes. DeeDee has served as a judge for The Dance Worlds held at Walt Disney World. She has served on USASF Dance Worlds National Advisory Board, Power House Dance Foundation, Twelve 12 Ministries & the North Texas Performing Arts Management Board.

Carol Crook

Carol Crook

Carol is a multi-talented dancer with extensive experience in choreography. Her training includes Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Russian Vagoniva, and Royal Ballet. Although a Dallas native, she has studied across the country with dancers and choreographers such as Joe Tremaine, Joe Lanteri, Susie Taylor, Buster Cooper, Phil Black, Gil Stroming, Lisa Hopkins, Louie Depron, Frank Hatchet, Rhonda Miller, Michelle Asolf, Doug Caldwell, Carol Connors and Keith Clifton to name a few.
Carol’s performance credits include TV work for Universal Studios Hollywood, and shows in Century City. Carol taught for the Ohio Dance Masters Convention Atlanta Ga. and TATD in Biloxi MS. Carol was called to sub for Dance Master Buster Cooper. Carol is Buster Cooper’s former long time assistant.
In addition to Carol’s Dance & Choreography Talents, she owned and operated the Plano Academy of Dance for twenty-one years. As the Artistic Director of the school, she set up the curriculum and taught all ages and levels. Carol is very proud of her dancers whom she has trained.
Many of Carol’s dancers have pursued professional careers of owning their own schools and dancing in LA and NY. Carol’s former long time student Jeb Bounds went on to dance on Broadway. Jeb was a principal dancer in the Musical Swing, Tap soloist, Lyrical duet, as well as a chorus dancer.
Jacob Hemsath, NTPA Adjunct Director

Jacob Hemsath

Jacob has loved working with NTPA in many regards since 2018. He enjoys being both on the artistic and managerial side of things in order to truly appreciate this wonderful company.  Jacob grew up close by in Wylie, Texas and is a recent graduate from Ouachita Baptist University graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater. His emphasis in music along with studies in education has helped him prepare to not only perform as an artist but teach as well. Along with that, he has choreographed and directed published shows as well as an original show written by a fellow NTPA staff member Andrew Martin, Libby Villegas, and himself.
While studying musical theatre in college, Jacob was the marketing intern for the school of fine arts and created the basis for how they market themselves today. Aside from college, he’s worked as a freelance social media coordinator and creator for companies such as State Farm and Social Media Insite.
Since graduating he has performed in multiple professional productions in and out of the DFW area. Some recent favorites have been Newsies with Lyric Stage, which won the Column award for best equity musical in 2018, and Spring Awakening with Uptown Players. Jacob loves being involved in many aspects of the arts in order to truly learn how they can help us grow as people.

Lauren Kravitz

Lauren Kravitz is a freelance dance artist from Plano, TX. She received her early training from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She has spent the past five years working professionally in New York. She performed and taught nationally and internationally with Seán Curran Company, Take Dance, and Indah Walsh Dance Company, among others, at venues including the New Victory Theater (NYC), The Wooden Floor (CA), the Prince Theater (PA), Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Symphony Space (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), and The Watermill Center (NYC).
Lauren is a co-creator of the NY-based performance duo ‘bait’ whose work has been presented throughout New York at venues including Gibney Dance and Westbeth.is a freelance dance artist from Plano, TX.
Alex Langley

Alex Langley

Alex is a graduate of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. Mr. Langley has danced for Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Princess Cruises, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Holland America Line, Dallas Black Dance Theater II, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Bruce Wood Dance Project, as a guest artist with local dance companies and performed at the Mary Kay National Seminars, among other industrials. Mr. Langley performed in the ensembles of “Disney’s TARZAN: the Musical” and “Fiddler on the Roof”, and has also appeared in television commercials as both an actor and a dancer. Mr. Langley studied dance at Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA), where he focused on ballet and modern dance.
Trisha Martin, NTPA Adjunct Director

Trisha Martin

Trisha Martin has been a part of the NTPA family since January 2017. Since young childhood, Trisha has been educated in dancing, singing and acting in the Texas panhandle. She has performed in several shows with Amarillo Little Theatre including Annie and Chicago, danced in “Texas” The Musical Drama in Palo Duro Canyon, and in mainstage shows at West Texas A&M University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in dance. Also, Trisha has experience teaching acting, voice, ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop, and has a passion for teaching to young and old.

She is grateful for every opportunity to teach, direct, choreograph and perform in NTPA Youth and Repertory productions. When busy with choreography, performing and classes, she dedicates her time to her three girls, Nora, Abbigayl and Natalie who are her light, joy and grace.

Emily Sears

Emily Sears

Emily is a Denton, TX native who trained locally with Liz Gallego, Suzanne Ramirez and Tanju and Patricia Tuzer. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Journalism where she performed principal ballet roles by Marius Petipa and George Balanchine. Emily relocated to New York City where she had the pleasure of working with the Radio City Rockettes, Eunhee Lee, Faye Driscoll, Laura Peterson Choreography, Stephanie Liapis, Deborah Lohse, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Red Wall Dance Theatre and the Stephen Petronio Company (apprentice). She is thrilled to be back in North Texas teaching ballet and musical theatre!
Leslie Shaw-Hatchard

Leslie Shaw-Hatchard

Leslie Shaw-Hatchard has spent over 30 years performing and teaching dance throughout the U. S. as well as France, Germany and Switzerland. Her dance training began at the age of 5, and has since developed into a professional career, with such credits as performing for the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League. Leslie’s involvement with professional sports began in 1990 when she was selected as one of 36 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from a field of over 300. In 1991, Leslie began dancing for NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and she continued entertaining basketball fans as a Dallas Mavericks Dancer for the next five years, receiving recognition in 1996 as the Dallas Mavericks Dancers’ Veteran of the Year and Dancer with the Most Positive Influence. In 1997, Leslie joined the dance team for the Dallas Burn, Dallas’s outdoor soccer team. She most recently was the founding Director for the NBA D-League Texas Legends Dance Team in Frisco, TX in 2010.  Leslie is a former Company Director at the Broadway Dance Center in Garland, Texas, Power House of Dance & Dance Industry. She regularly choreographs award winning routines throughout Texas and the U. S. She often serves as a guest instructor and professional adjudicator for Marching Auxiliaries Dance, Crowd Pleasers drill team organization, and Halftime Entertainment (HTE). Leslie is also the proud mother of two daughters, Kennedy and Madison. Leslie is also the author of “What I Learned Half Naked: Tales Of A Pro Cheerleader.”
LaSheta Skinner

LaSheta Skinner

LaSheta Skinner is a southern girl from Houston, TX and found her love for dance at the age of 7 years old. Her love for the arts really came when she started breakdancing afterschool and experienced her first solo performance. After that her dance life and career took off! Growing up through high school, being a member and leader on the dance team, she choreographed for christmas performance, spring productions and more! In addition received numerous recognition, placing in duet numbers, placing with her competition teams in high school/college and one award in particular from the American Drill/Dance Team for being an Outstanding Performer. She has also trained and taken studio classes in numerous locations from California to NYC at Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center, in Houston at The Met, San Antonio and currently dance training in Dallas. She has performed in a number of parades in the DFW area, such as a Christmas Performance with Pizza Hut, the Cotton Bowl, as well as shows in Disneyland and London! After high school she continued her education for two years at Trinity Valley Community College after being accepted and provided a scholarship to their Dance Team. There she held leadership positions both years, choreographing routines for football, basketball seasons and two spring productions. Since finishing college she has been actively working in the dance world to choreograph for high school drill teams and studios, a judge for cheer/drill team tryouts, does work for a national competition company, teaching studio classes and being the head person to assist getting dancers ready and coached to competition.Currently she is a dancer with the The Society Contemporary Dance Company in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area and continues her Ballet training! She truly believes no matter who you are or what age you begin dancing, as long as you believe in yourself and push hard, you can do anything your heart desires. Be true to you and let your light standout!