OF NORTH AUSTIN
What We Do
Kinderdance provides dance and gymnastics classes to children on site at preschools, childcare centers, community centers, etc. Call for a free demonstration of classes at your location or child's school today!
Angela Fox Collins, Owner
Angela Fox Collins has been dancing since she was 4 and teaching various ages and styles of dance for the past 18 years. Her training began in Illinois with Betty McRoberts, studying ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. She attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and trained with Paula Beals and Keith Williams in the disciplines of ballet, modern, and tap, also performing in the choreography of many guest choreographers. She later transferred to Texas State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and teaching certification in Dance. Angela began teaching dance in various dance studios while still living in Illinois. She has taught for Killeen ISD and Leander ISD, teaching dance and directing dance teams in the Austin area until she started Kinderdance of North Austin in 2007.
Teaching young children the art of dance has become a passion in her life that fuels her contagious enthusiasm and joy for the art of movement!
Tori Sanchez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas where, by the age of 4, she was already on stage. Beginning with ballet and tap, Tori continued to learn the techniques of various dance styles to include jazz, modern, clogging, folklorico, and flamenco. She performed in several musicals throughout high school, while developing a singing talent as well.
Tori decided on Arizona State University for college, where she pursued a degree in Music Theatre, a curriculum that blended music, drama, and dance. Through her course of study, along with performances both at the university and regional professional theatres, Tori became a well-rounded performer. She was awarded an “AriZONI” award for the best lead female actress for her work in Smokey Joe’s Café done at Phoenix Theatre. Other lead-role credits include A Chorus Line (“Connie”, Phoenix Theatre), The 1940s Radio Hour (“Connie”, Phoenix Theatre), Anything Goes (“Hope”, Arizona State University’s Lyric Opera Theatre), and The Music Man (“Zaneeta”, El Paso Independent School District.)
It wasn’t long before Tori decided to turn the tables and begin teaching. While she continued performing, Tori took over dance and drama classes at a nearby middle school and high school. From there she began teaching private voice lessons, coaching music theatre students, and directing a singing and dance show choir for ages 4 and up.
Tori is thrilled to be part of our team of teachers. She believes that art classes, even at an early age, can improve a child’s self esteem. She looks forward to working with the youngsters, helping them learn an appreciation and passion for art and beauty through dance.
With a love of education and a passion for creative movement, Julie has happily spent her entire adult life working with young children. Through college and beyond she taught dance and gymnastics at Powell-Moise School of Dance in Baton Rouge, LA and was a member of Dance Masters of America. From there she moved into a 15-year career in public education as a classroom teacher and counselor for students in Pre-K through fifth grade. Now a certified yoga teacher, Julie has enjoyed eight years of teaching dance and yoga to students of all ages. In the meantime she and her husband have raised three daughters, all dancers themselves.
Rebekah cannot remember a day without dance. Rebekah started dancing formally in 1983 with Katha Bardell's School of Dance in Oklahoma City and moved with the company to Edmond, performing with the A.R.T.S. collective. In 1993, Rebekah and her family relocated to Austin, Texas where she continued to dance with Ballet Austin, Let's Dance and was a Rookie officer with Bowie High School Silver Stars. After a two-and-a-half year break from dancing due to rigorous physical therapy related to an automobile accident, Mrs. Galloway returned to dance studying with Mary-Lynn Smith and Gideon Alorwoyle at the University of North Texas. Since graduation Rebekah worked for 10 years as a Literature teacher while enjoying dance classes with Darla Johnson and Tracy Machalek in various locations around Austin. Currently Rebekah is working as a birth doula and loves learning everyday from her two year old son. She feels that Kinderdance is a truly wonderful way for children to learn movement and dance in an environment that is beautiful and free of pressure.
Jillian Riojas started dancing at the age of five at the Austin Conservatory of the Arts, where she studied ballet and tap. Since then she has studied ballet, jazz and pointe in various studios in the Austin area and, in 2006, she was a part of the Austin Children’s Nutcracker dancing the roles of party girl and snowflake. Jillian later became a member of her high school dance team, The Leander High School Blue Belles, for three years. During her time as a Blue Belle her team won awards such as state champions and Ms. Riojas was awarded, “Outstanding Line Member of the Year” by her directors. Jillian is currently studying at Texas Woman’s University to achieve her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with teacher certification. Upon completion, she hopes to return back to the Austin area to teach dance. Jillian has always loved teaching and is very happy to be teaching with Kinderdance.