Miriam Vera: Miriam Vera is a summa cum laude graduate of Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Dance Education. During her collegiate education she performed with TWU's DanceWorks Repertory Dance Company and toured for a couple of years with a professional modern dance company, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre. She began her teaching career at Guyer HS as the Assistant Dance/Drill Team Director, and then became the Dance/Drill Team director for the award-winning The Colony HS Topcats for two years. Under her direction, the Topcats earned regional and state titles for both Team and Officer events. She recently moved back from Los Angeles, California, where she had the opportunity to study at the Millennium Dance Center in North Hollywood. Miriam has choreographed many award-winning routines for various dance teams all over Texas. She is in her ninth year being on staff and her third year as Lyrical/Modern Staff Captain.
Int/Adv Stylized Jazz – “Shooting Star” by: David Rush – Time: 2:02 Fun, upbeat, and challenging! This techno beat is sure to keep your dancers excited while learning non-stop technical combinations, oppositional work, parts, and stylized pop movements. The different parts in this routine provide different visuals, as well as a variety of technical abilities. Everyone will have an opportunity to feel comfortable popping the isolated dance movements, as well as dance with individual style! “Shooting Star” is perfect for a pep-rally performance, community event, or spring show; and it will definitely keep the audience pumped up! Int/Adv Contemporary Lyrical – “Save Me for Myself” by: Christina Aguilera – Time: 2:04 The soft music and meaningful singing will require your dancers to completely engage in the movements and emotion while performing this dance. “Save Me from Myself” is technically challenging yet innovative with expressive and impulsive contemporary movements. This piece will definitely push your intermediate dancers, with different advanced turns and leaps, as well as create pretty visuals with flowing continuous parts and levels. Heartfelt, romantic, and sweet, this contemporary lyrical is sure to warm the audience’s hearts! Int/Adv Modern – “Better Man” by: James Morrison – Time: 2:20 Expressive, soft, intense, and innovative is what best describes this modern piece choreographed and inspired by love. “Better Man” will definite captivate the audience with the various movement qualities, powerful partner work, and intense expression throughout the dance. This routine will definitely challenge your intermediate to advanced dancers who aren’t afraid to try new movements, partner with their peers, and express themselves while dancing. “Better Man” is perfect for any special performance, your spring show, and contest!
Natasha Newbrough: Natasha Newbrough was captain of the Silver Rhythm Dancers at Rowlett High School and helped lead her team in winning National Champions of the Large Team Division. She then went on to become a member of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers in the 2007-2008 season and is featured on the cover of the book Dance Team by Mary Kaye Coachman. Natasha is currently working at United Dance & Cheer and attending the University of Texas at Arlington to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Int/Adv Hip Hop – “Morning After Dark” by: Timbaland (feat. SoShy & Nelly) – Time: 2:11 This routine is full of fun and visual dance moves everyone will enjoy with bursts of advanced choreography to challenge your officers. You can perform this crowd favorite at pep rallies, basketball games, and spring show. Int Pom – “Clap Your Hands” by: Danzel – Time: 1:59 Get the crowd clapping their hands with this fun and energetic routine. This pom dance is upbeat and full of eye-catching arm movements, parts, and levels. It is exciting to learn and you can even bring it back to teach your team! Perfect for a basketball game or contest piece. Int/Adv Jazz – “Cooler Than Me” by: Mike Posner (Gigamesh Remix) – Time: 2:13