Opening minds, eyes, and hearts
Opening minds, eyes, and hearts

The Directors

Anastasia Waters

Artistic Director

Anastasia Waters (Fort Worth, Texas), recevied her early dance training at the Ballet Conservatory, and as a member of LakeCities Ballet Theatre. She went on to receive her BFA in modern dance from Texas Christian University (2010). At TCU she was awared the Jerry Bywaters Cochran Scholarship for excellence in modern dance, and received accolades for her choreography "Bedtime Story" and "Omnipotence". To further her training, she attended the American College Dance Fesitval in North Carolina (2009), and Bates Dance Festival in Maine (2010) working with renowned artists such as Doug Varone and Omar Carrum. Anastasia has gone on to teach at a variety of schools within the DFW metrolplex, and is currently the contemporary modern teacher at Ballet Conservatory, and acts as Resident Choreographer for LakeCities Ballet Theatre. She has been commissioned to choreograph works on Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Arlington Heights High School, Tarrant County College, Chamberlain Performing Arts, and more. She founded imPULSE dance project in 2012 where she has premiered countless works, and produced over 10 evening length projects. Through imPULSE she has had work presented in many art and dance festivals throughout texas and beyond. It is her life's passion to create, and create with other passionate artists.

Miranda Spence

Assistant Director

Miranda Lorraine Spence, has taught at high schools and dance studios across Oklahoma and Texas and choreographed and performed for multiple festivals and productions throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri, including her role as “Maria” in Side Story: Just West of the Musical. She has also received many awards and accolades, including the University of Central Oklahoma’s “Choreographer of the Year” and the Mark of Excellence Talent Competition “National Choreographer” award for her professional and pre-professional choreography.    Miranda started dancing in 2010 under Lisa Motsenbocker at the age of 15 after a 10-year gymnastics career. After graduating high school, Miranda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). While in college, her piece, Ataxia performed at the Gala for the Central Region conference by the American College Dance Association and was later selected as an alternate to go to the John F. Kennedy Center. Miranda also received her Master's of Fine Arts From Texas Woman's University, where her research focused on the ways in which choreographers communicate and work with dancers. Miranda has taught modern, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and creative movement classes across Oklahoma and Texas for the last decade. Since graduating from UCO, she has taught in Oklahoma City at North High School and Northwest Classen High School, choreographing for the two high school musicals and dance productions, as well as for the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival in 2016. She is currently located in the Dallas area, working as the Assistant Director for imPULSE dance project, teaching at Sheena’s Dance Academy in Frisco, and choreographing for Frisco Ballet.

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