2022-2023 Fall Schedule will be released the beginning of August. Early Enrollment August 6th and 13th FROM 12pm-4PM
It is our goal to Inspire, Educate, and Perform.
Welcome to New Creations Dance Studio and Performing Arts Center. It is our goal at New Creations Dance Studio and Performing Arts Center to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-poise through the education of dance, acting, and music as an art form.
Our faculty and staff are committed to inspiring the next generation of performers. We will provide an exceptional learning atmosphere that promotes self-development through exciting classes and performances. We are excited to share our passion and love of the performing arts with others.
Leslie Hooe is a choir director for Palestine Independent School. She graduated from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music. She also received her Master in Education Administration from the University of California - Los Angeles and holds an Orff-Schulwerk Certification from the University of Memphis, where she studied with Jos Wuytack. Leslie has been teaching music for 20 years. She began her career in Las Vegas, NV, where she worked with kindergarten through 5th grade students. Her choirs and percussion and recorder ensembles performed throughout Clark County and were featured on PBS, at UNLV, and with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra. Leslie left Las Vegas to help run a private Jewish school in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. She helped implement and build a strong music program that spanned from 2 years of age to 8th grade. In addition to teaching, she had the opportunity to perform in various choirs, operas, and musical theatre productions throughout the nation. Her most notable performances were in Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Yellow Ribbon Theatre in Branson, MO; and, the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, where she performed with Barbra Streisand. Leslie returned to Texas to get married and returned to Palestine to raise her children. She feels honored to be back in Palestine serving and giving back to the community that helped her become the person she is today.
Christina Jarvis is our high kicking, jazz dancing, and kind-hearted teacher at NCD. This is her 3rd year at NCD. She teaches ballet and tap to our younger students as well as contemporary, jazz, and drill team to our older students. She is about to graduate with her teaching degree. Growing up she has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, tumbling, contemporary, and cheerleading. She continued her dance training in college with the TVCC Cardettes. With the Cardettes, she has won many national awards with ADTS Nationals, Dance Team Union College Classics, and many more. She has taken on many teaching and leadership roles with many dance/cheer organizations such as TVCC Dance/Drill, Texas Dance Educators’ Association, Kilgore College Dance Department, MacArthur High School Dance/Drill Texas, and Irving Girls’ Cheerleading Association. Christina also choreographed beautiful field routines for the Palestine High School Kik-Kats. She is a great asset to our team, and we love that she is part of our NCD family
Shana Hansen is the artistic director and owner of New Creations Dance Studio and Performing Arts Center. Shana graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Performing Arts in 2000. After college she traveled to various locations performing which consists of working for Disney in Japan, Odyssey in New York, and various shows in Las Vegas which consist of Legends In Concert, Bill Acosta’s Lasting Impressions at the Flamingo, Harrah’s outdoor theater, Harley Davidson Conventions, and Paul Mitchell Conventions. She spent the next 10 years incorporating dance into academics in the public schools throughout the state of Oklahoma. While working in the Oklahoma City Public Schools she was the Dance Departments Chair and Fine Arts Chair for her 6A high school. She created the first year round public school tap class in the state of Oklahoma. She is certified through the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Texas State Department of Education with a focus on dance. Shana enjoys producing the full scale productions for New Creations Dance Studio and Performing Arts Center and the yearend shows. Shana has been teaching dance classes for over 18 years. She enjoys instructing her students through creative problem solving and three-dimensional experience of the performing arts. Sharing a love and passion of the performing arts has always been Shana’s goal for all of her extended studio family.
Blake Lockhart is an aspiring performer. She has performed at “The Antioch Church” in multiple Christmas, Easter and Anniversary dances and plays. She has also worked with the younger children there and led the “The Way Teens” praise team for a year. At NCD Blake has also done adult Jazz classes, Cardio classes, and also does private lessons. Beginning in the Summer of this year, she will be the teacher for the awesome Hip-Hop classes at NCD. She has also trained through CLI studios, learning about different choreographers around the world and their choreography while encouraging the students within the class to have fun and do their best. Blake is also a graduate from the Performance Readiness course, “Shine by Carey Lewis” and continues to expand her education by taking performance courses through “The Barrow Group”. For three years Blake was also a part of the PHS Kik-Kat Drill team and was a lieutenant on the team for two years. She pursues to allow a creative, fun, and limit-pushing environment for her students and teammates.
Teresa Ragland is one of NCD’s amazing vocal and piano instructors. While new to NCD, she has been teaching theatre for 17 years! She is currently the Palestine High School theatre teacher. Teresa has an undergrad from Stephen F Austin in English and music, and her master's is from the University of Houston in Theatre Education. She has been involved in theatre since she began in church plays as a child (hello, fellow shepherd/wise men!), and continued through high school with one act play and community theatre. She was heavily involved in band, theatre, UIL academics, journalism, and choir throughout high school as well. Teresa began college with theatre as her major and music as her minor and continued pursuing her passion of performing and teaching. She taught and managed at a dance studio for many years: ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, pageant training, voice, piano, clogging, and musical theatre. When she began teaching in public schools, theatre and choir were her subjects, and she also helped choreograph for school dance teams. In the 1990's she founded the Stingette Danzteam in Alto. She has performed in quite a few bands of different genres across east Texas, and she also founded the Angelina Community Theatre in Lufkin. She has been a certified, TTAO contest manager for over 4 years now and this is where she became familiar with Palestine High School and its standard of theatre excellence and tradition. We are so proud to have her expertise on our staff and we even more privileged to have her as part of our NCD family.
Katy Thoroughman is NCD's head ballet and modern dance instructor. She will also be starting be joining the PISD as a teacher and dance instructor. She grew up in Tomball, Texas, and started dancing at a young age. After graduating high school as part of the Klein Oak Dance Company, she continued her dance education and training at Sam Houston State University. Graduating in three and a half years, she received her BFA in Dance Performance with honors. She was taught under multiple award-winning choreographers and was able to participate in master classes from choreographers and teachers from NYC, LA, and Italy. Katy has received awards for her choreography throughout her life. She was chosen to present works at the Generation Next Choreographers in 2010. Her senior choreography project at Sam Houston State University was also nominated to go to the American College Dance Association Gala. After college, she has worked with dance studios in Texas and her choreography for groups, solos, and ensembles have won multiple choreography awards. Many soloists that Katy has worked with have received first place in their age divisions. Katy has a love for teaching and works with many different aspects of dance. During her time at SHSU, she worked in the public school system integrating dance in elementary education. She also was fortunate to work with the Houston Ballet in their adapted dance program, helping children with special needs.
Gerry Goodwin is the theatre teacher at NCD. This is his 2nd year at the studio. He has an amazing way of getting our students to recreate whatever character they are portraying. The laughter of the students and the fun they have in musical theatre class always brings a smile to your face when he is teaching. Gerry has been involved in more than 80 productions doing everything from producing to pulling a curtain since getting his start at PHS in 1999. He holds a theatre degree from Lon Morris College and has studied theatre at Angelo State University, SFA, and is currently completing a degree in English through Texas Tech. He works for the Fine Arts Department at Palestine High School. He has also been volunteering at the Texas Theatre since 2006 and is now on the Board of Directors. He has written a “A Christmas Carol” adaptation and cowrote “Pretty, Texas”. He has directed “A Christmas Carol” and has assistant directed “Sugar, “Pretty, Texas”, and many more. He gets so excited every time he steps into the studio and looks forward to it all week. We love what he brings to NCD and we are glad he as joined our team this year!
Becky Dedo Falconer is our tumbling teacher at NCD. She grew up participating in musical productions, beginning with "La Boheme", "Showboat", as well as lead roles in "Carousel", "Music Man", and Maria in "The Sound of Music". Active in tumbling and cheerleading since the seventh grade, she was a two-time All-American Cheerleader who performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Becky was accepted into the School of Music at the University of Central Florida and was crowned Miss UCF, competing in the Miss Florida Pageant. She went on to pursue her dream as a UCF cheerleader, placing third in the nation at UCA College Cheerleading Nationals on ESPN. She worked at Walt Disney's Wide World of Sports while coaching and choreographing national cheerleading routines and traveled the US teaching cheer camps and as a National Cheer leading Judge.
Today she is a Director at Palestine Regional Medical Center, and has returned to the stage portraying Judy in the musical "9 to 5" at the Texas Theatre.