Meet our Coaches
Heather Wood started dance at 2 years old and cheerleading at 5 and have not stopped. From recreation leagues to elite competition squads, she won countless awards and titles throughout her 20+ years of Dancing and Cheerleading. Earning titles such as All-American Cheerleader and Miss High Kick America. She started coaching at 12 with her first paid coaching job at 15, by 16 she was offering private lessons, and volunteering to coach for schools without cheer sponsors. She danced under many prestigious choreographers at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Heather then moved to College Station where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Social Science and Psychology. In 2012 she moved to Dallas where she earned her Bachelor's of Science in Child Development and Psychology all while being a cheerleader at the University of Texas at Dallas and competed in UCA and NCA collegiate National Championships. With 15 years of coaching experience, she started Texas Galaxy with aspirations of every child, no matter the family income or ability level could have the chance to compete in Cheer or Dance. Outside of coaching and running Texas Galaxy Heather enjoys traveling with her husband Will Wood DC, and their 3 dogs.
Denton Dance Coach
Susanna MacTavish has loved the art of Dance from a young age. She started studying Dance at the age
of five and has been dancing ever since. Susanna graduated in May of 2016 with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Throughout her dancing career she has
studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop.
Her passion for instilling the love of Dance through teaching started at age twelve, when she became a teacher’s assistant, and by age fifteen she was teaching her own classes. Her love of teaching only grew when she started studying dance at Collin College and UCO where she learned from passionate and dedicated professors. Her future goal is to continue her education by obtaining a Masters Degree in Dance and become a professor of Dance that teaches with the same passion and dedication she was taught with.
During her career, Susanna has had the opportunity of performing at the Great State Fair of Texas as one of the “Top Twenty Teens in Texas” four years in a row. She has also had the opportunity to perform with the “Collin Dance Ensemble” and the “Kaleidoscope Dance Company.” It was through these companies that Susanna has performed several times at the “American College Dance Association”, a festival held every year for college students, where she studied with world renowned guest artists such as Bill Evens, Thom Cobb, and Gregg Russell.Susanna is very excited to be a part of the Texas Galaxy Cheer and Dance family and is ready to share
her love of dance to every student she encounters.
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Denton Cheer Coach
LaTreshia Johnson was born and raised in Dallas, TX. Her love for cheerleading began in a little league program at the age of 9. After failing to maker her 1st middle school cheer squad, she decided to cheer competitively. Progressing rapidly, she was the youngest on her squad as a 12 year old competing on a level 3 team for the Dallas Diamond All-Stars, where she competed for 2 years. Since then, she made her Middle school & High School cheer teams over the next 5 years, earning All-American with NCA her Sophomore and Senior year. Returning to Competitive Cheer with Jaguar Cheer Academy, she also volunteered as a cheer coach for a Pee-Wee Squad in her spare time.
After High School she was a cheerleader for the esteemed University of North Texas competition squad for all 5 years, and served as Captain for a year on the All-Girl, and another year on the Co-Ed team. After college she began coaching cheer at Denton Calvary Academy where she stayed for 3 years as their technique coordinator, and teaching tumbling, high levels of stunts, and choreographed various routines. Over the past 10 years she's been a cheerleading judge at several competitions and travels to choreograph award winning routines for other competitive teams in Texas. She was Texas Galaxy's 1st coach in 2016 and has loved every season since. Currently she is Denton's Cheer Director, keeping track of the progresses of 100+ students, both in our recreational and competition programs.
Mesquite Dance & Cheer Coach:
Ashlyn Miller starting dance at the young age of 2, and knew she was destined to dance! She danced competitively from the age of 4 through out middle, and High School in Mesquite, TX and throughout her years in college. She's learned all sorts of different styles of dance including; jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and ballet. Ashlyn was also a cheerleader for many years during middle and high school, and has years of experience on a level 5 competitive cheer team. Her junior year of High School she switched to the Varsity drill team and was elected Captain her senior year. Afterwards, Ashlyn attended McLennan Community College and was apart of The McLennan Dance Company. She began teaching at Center Stage Dance company at the age of 16 and also taught at a dance studio in Waco, Tx. She has been with Texas Galaxy for 5 years and has choreographed several award winning competition dances. Currently she is Mesquite’s Cheer Director, keeping track of the progress of 100+ students, both in our recreational and competition programs.
Mesquite Tumbling Coach
Jatayvia is a 20 year old undergrad psychology major at the University of North Texas and is already making strides in Denton. She began gymnastics classes at 2 and began competing as a gymnast soon after. She joined a competitive dance team for 1 year, specializing in stunts, tumbling and technique. She currently trains in jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop and ballet. She has taught Acrobatics and Hip-Hop for 2 years and pre-school gymnastics and level 1-3 tumbling for a year in her home town. She has choreograohed award winning dance numbers for Texas Galaxy and her classes had been deemed "Best Hip-Hop Class in Denton." She is expecting a baby girl in September 2018 and is excited to take on the roll of MOMMY in addition to being a tumbling coach for next years season.
Denton Dance Coach
Victoria Nunez started dance classes at age 5 where she spent many of her younger years training and competing in dance competitions with studios and crews all across the DFW metroplex including Power House, Dance Precisions and Millennium Dallas. She also was on her high school dance team Birdville's Golden Motion. Throughout those years she trained mostly in contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet and lyrical. Victoria won numerous awards and top over-all awards in her solos and group numbers. She also attended dance conventions where she won scholarships and was recognized by choreographers like Tyce Diorio, Gil Duldulo and Dave Scott. Victoria has back up danced for upcoming local artist such as Tiny B, B Simone, Jaylai and Kolten Kirste. She has performed on Good Morning Texas, choreographed and danced in South by Southwest in Austin and has been performing in the Bomb Factory's Dragons ball for 3 consecutive years. In 2016 She was also apart of the WNBA Dallas Wings first professional hip hop crew. She has been trained by local and national choreographers such as Kim Mcswain, Melanie Tyler and Kat Garcia. She is also currently one of the members of Kevin Harris's ASDS elite group. Victoria is a young growing choreographer that has been teaching competitively for 3 years and loves seeing her students grow and sharing her passion.
Mesquite Dance Coach
Makayla Sifuentes is a signed dancer, actress, and model with the agency of Icon Studios Dallas, and managed for modeling by 42 Model Management. Originally from Mesquite, TX she’s danced for 14 years and she’s been choreographing and teaching dance for 9 years teaching students from the ages of 2-60 years old. Makayla is classically trained in ballet, pointe, modern, Horton, Graham, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, Carribean, African, Salsa, Breaking, Partnering, Yoga, Acrobatics, and physical conditioning. She is a high school graduate from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and a college graduate from California Institute of the Arts, and also graduated from college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and a Minor Degree in Science and Mathematics. Miss Sifuentes has worked for many professional visual artists, vocalists, entertainment groups, music artists, producers, film directors, dance studios and educational institutions. She has even modeled for numerous dance magazines for ballet/pointe, and has been given the privilege to be the creative director for published dance magazines. Her talent continues with experience with music artists as their choreographer, creative director, lead dancer, and lead actress. Makayla has toured across the country with the So You Think You Can Dance, All Stars performing, and trained young performing artists all across the US. While in California she was able to teach and choreograph with Oakwood Secondary School in North Hollywood and also California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Professionally performed and choreographed in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, pointe, modern, and partnering. Her love and passion for performing, choreographing, and teaching is beyond measure as she takes each project and student of hers very seriously. Her goal as a performing artist and educator is to inspire, motivate, entertain, and captivate each audience I stand in front of to share my story; and to mold each student of mine into the striving artist that they truly desire to be while guiding them through their artist journey.
Mesquite Dance Coach
Darrin Haley has been a dancer most of his life. Dancing under some of the best he quickly entered the dance industry at the young age of 18. Traveling with dance competitions, he learned what it took to become a great coach, and soon began volunteering for a Pee-Wee league, where he is now the director. Coach Darrin’s goal is to offer instruction and a space that is safe, free from fear, and most importantly a place to grow, learn, and cultivate the mind, body, and spirit. He wants to make sure that they are not just progressing with new elements but that they are learning and growing each time they meet and becoming the best version of themselves not just as a dancer, but as a human so that they are able to apply all the lessons in real world situations.
Denton Cheer Coach
Sarah Auer was born and raised in Denton, Texas and has been with Texas Galaxy since May of 2018. Her love of tumbling and gymnastics began at age 8, and she progressed very fast. Sarah has competed around the country in artistic gymnastics winning numerous titles in all four events and in the all-around. Her freshman year of high school she decided to try out for her school's JV cheerleading squad and spent the year juggling both competitive gymnastics and school cheer. After battling multiple injuries, she decided to retire from gymnastics and begin cheering on her school's varsity cheer squad and coaching at Texas Galaxy. Throughout high school Sarah has served as her school's varsity cheer captain as well as competing on a competition cheer team, Swagcats, at Cheer Athletics. Sarah is graduating high school in the top ten of her class in 2021 and will be attending college that fall to major in business.
Mesquite Dance Coach
Judy Dryman is the most experienced dance.teacher at Texas Galaxy. She has over 50 years od Dance experienceincluding owning her own dance studio in Crandall and Mesquite for decades. Mrs. Judy was Coach Heathers Dance teacher and molded her into the person she is today. She was also a pageant queen, winning numerous titles and awards including the esteemed title of Miss Texas. Judy was also an acclaimed performer and a local celebrity for owning and performing at the Mesquite Grand 'Ol Opry for many years. Currently, she owns Stars of Tomorrow, a respected and well-known preschool dance and tumbling program in dozens of schools across the Dallas metroplex. Although she has the talent an knowledge to teach the most elite dancers, her passion is working with the tots and tinys age group, laying the foundation of which all dancers need to begin their journey as a performer. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Judy on board with Texas Galaxy.
Denton Cheer Coach
Carissa Correa is from Longview, TX! She grew up as a trained gymnast where she was coached by Jing at Jing’s Gymnastics. When Carissa was introduced into cheer world, she knew cheerleading was for her. She now has over 12 years of cheerleading experience! She started with All-Star Cheerleading and then switched to Game Day Cheerleading at her Jr High and High School in Hallsville, Tx. She has gotten NCA & UCA All-American, 3rd place at the TX UIL Spirit State Competition, and has taken her team to Compete at the UCA High School Nationals when she was Captain in 2019. Coach Carissa has been coaching others for around 3 years and has coached at Hallsville Academy All-Stars and Powersports! She is currently at the University of North Tx Studying Speech-Language Pathology where she plans on finishing her Bachelors and getting her Masters Degree! She loves coaching and loves the excitement when an individual learns a new skill! Coach Carissa can’t wait to continue her Coaching Career here at Texas Galaxy and can’t wait to meet you!
Denton Cheer Coach
Lori Rhinefort was born in Fort Worth, Texas and was raised in Burleson, Texas. Lori has been coaching at Texas Galaxy since spring of 2021. Lori started competition dance at only three years old and later decided she was more passionate about cheerleading. Lori was on her middle school cheer team starting at eleven years old as well as a competition team at Rival Cheer Academy. She later went on to make varsity cheer in high school and was also a member of the “Sparkle Squad”, which is a team that includes those with special needs, helping kids of all abilities grow in their passion for cheerleading. Lori was selected to participate in the prestigious Large Coed team at Stephen F. Austin Univeristy as a college freshman while coaching at a local gym. Later, in her college career, she transferred to University of North Texas and is currently a COED flyer. Her teams have won countless awards including the NCA College Nationals in 2021. Lori is now a senior this year at UNT and will graduate with her Bachelors of Science in May 2022. She loves sharing passion for this sport with the students at Texas Galaxy!
Mesquite Dance Coach
Maria Vaughn is a professional choreographer, dancer, teacher, and is the founder and director of Vaughn Dance. She began choreographing pieces for performances and winning awards for her work at the age of fifteen. She has studied with notable dance figures all over the U.S. She is trained in: ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, West African, flamenco, belly- dancing, precision dance, improvisation, Pilates, Yoga, partnering, contemporary, character, and Indian. Having moved from New Orleans, La where she did work as an independent dance artist and with Audacity Dance Collective she has not forgotten where she was born and raised. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama she studied dance at Community Ballet Association, danced in many independent pieces and ballets in various roles, and on a multitude of stages with Huntsville Ballet Company. Later she returned to work professionally with Alabama Youth Ballet. After graduating high school in Huntsville, Alabama she went on to spend some years in Mississippi working on her degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi where she received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a Business Management degree. During her time at USM she was a Dixie Darling and created “The Human Movement Experience Exhibit”, a site-specific work at the Hattiesburg Zoo. In addition to her studying she spent some time on the Gulf Coast where she taught dance with Robin Adams Performing Arts Center. She then returned to the Gulf Coast later and was co- director of choreography and dance with the Sultry Southern Sirens a Burlesque Troupe as well as where she worked with and developed her dance company before recently making an exciting move to the Dallas area of Texas!
Denton Cheer Coach
Porter is an experienced all-star cheerleader from Denver, CO. Natural gymnast, he started tumbling at the age of 2 years old. Porters love for cheer started by watching his sister cheer competitively; although her got a later start, he picked it up effortlessly. Porter was first male cheerleaders in his high schools history. After wow-ing the crowds with his tumbling skills at the homecoming pep rally, he knew he had found his passion. Currently, he is a second year veteran cheerleader at the University of North Texas. Winning numerous awards such as best tumbler and most spirited award by the National Cheerleaders Association. Last year he and his team won National Champions at the NCA competition in Daytona, FL. Porters hope is to inspire kids to believe that they can do anything even when they doubt themselves.