Instructors2018-12-04T00:24:46+00:00

Instructors

Trilogy is built on the knowledge, professionalism and experience of the artistic faculty and administrative staff. Each student will learn dance technique, style, theory, and discipline from our excellent instructors. More importantly the teachers will treat every student equally and encourage self-confidence through personal achievements. The administration strives to serve the needs of each family and dancer.

The faculty members encompass professional backgrounds, loyalty, passion for dance, and the dedication to the creation of extraordinary dancers. Trilogy provides it’s staff with opportunities such as monthly continued education classes in curriculum, teaching concepts and guidelines, as well as CPR and child development classes.

Missy Miller Berlet

Missy Miller started dance classes at age four and by age seven was studying ballet with Vladimir Marek and Nancy Smith at The San Antonio Ballet Company, and tap and jazz with Jackie Sparks at The San Antonio Little Theatre. When she was twelve years old, she branched off into musical theatre training through the inspiration of off-Broadway director, Phil George at S.A.L.T. (San Antonio Little Theatre/San Pedro Playhouse) with the original “Saltines.” At the age of fourteen, she was hired for her first professional choreography job for “Company” at the Road Runner Civic Center for The Harlequin Dinner Theatre at Fort Sam Houston, with Director Wayne Elkins. Towards the end of her senior year, Missy was awarded scholastic honors and a dance scholarship to The University of Texas at Austin from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.

In 1984 following her graduation, she established The Showstoppers Academy of Musical Theatre, Inc. and accepted the position of Staff Choreographer with Jerry Pollock at Alamo City Theatre at The Josephine. She performed with companies such as Susan Connolly’s Dance Workshop, Danz America, and Aaron Callies and taught for The San Antonio Ballet Company and Mayra Worthen. At the age of nineteen, she won first place in the city, state, and regional rounds of the National Gregory Hines Tap competition which qualified her as one of 22 finalists to study and perform in New York City with Gregory Hines and Mercedes Ellington. Throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s, Missy began producing original musical revues and directing and choreographing for large national events including SeaWorld, Disneyland, National Republican Conventions, Honda Conventions, Coldwell Banker Conventions, the grand opening of Rivercenter in San Antonio, the NRA Convention with Charleton Heston, in Las Vegas with The Young American Stars, and additional work with stars such as Cheryl Ladd, Gerald McRaney, Judy Tenuta, Susan Anton, and Glen Campbell. Her original productions established her reputation as a multi-talented producer, director, and choreographer and in 1994 Fred Turner of TETCO, Inc. hired her to continue the legacy of the Josephine Theatre as the full-time Artistic Director. To date, Missy has produced, directed, and choreographed more than two hundred productions, at least forty-five of which are her critically acclaimed, award-winning original productions. She has personally received twenty-one Alamo Theatre Arts Council (ATAC) Globe Awards in the categories of Production, Direction, Choreography, and Musical Direction. In January of 2016, she returned to her roots serving as the Artistic Director of The Josephine Theatre and the Executive Director of Missy Miller Presents and The Showstoppers Academy and she is very happy to join the talented team of instructors at the Trilogy Dance Center.

Melissa Emrico

Melissa Emrico, originally from the Washington DC area, started training exclusively in classical ballet at age 12. After just 6 months of ballet, she was then accepted into the illustrious Dance Theatre of Harlem’s residency program. After several months of studying with Dance Theatre of Harlem, she was quickly accepted into The Washington Ballet on a full scholarship.

She continued her training with both companies for three more years then made the decision to transition into musical theatre after being accepted to train with Ann Reinking at Broadway Theatre Project. National/International tours include CATS (Cassandra), Fame the Musical (ensemble), Fame the Musical, Korea (Dance Captain, Iris US, ensemble). Most recently she had the amazing opportunity to be in the musical, Chicago, at the Hollywood Bowl directed by Brooke Shields.

“Dina,” her moniker given to her by the controversial phenom, Lady Gaga, has had an incredibly successful dance career working in commercials, feature films, Live shows, and world tours! She has gone on tour with Lady Gaga and was a featured dancer in her video for “Marry The Night,” as well as touring the world with A.R. Rahman, a multi-Grammy award winner and film composer who penned “Jai Ho.” Other performances she is proud of are television shows such as “Selfie”, “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars,” feature films like “Ted 2,” “Gone with the Bullets,” “Gnomeo and Juliet,” “Step Up,” and you can see her in music videos from Robin Thicke, and Taylor Swifts major success “Shake it Off.”

Melissa is currently a faculty member on the national dance convention, Hollywood Dance Jamz and Revolution Dance Center, teaching ballet. She has a unique voice for empowering and inspiring dancers and quickly has students falling in love with Ballet! Her well-rounded career gives her a broad and refined education in the art of dance. She is very passionate and dedicated to shaping the next generation of amazing talent!

Kimberly Ingram

Kimberly Ingram is a native Texan, born right here in San Antonio. She has trained with Trilogy’s pre-professional dance company, Insight Dance Ensemble for five years and has been promoted to the role of choreographer. Kimberly is also on staff of Move & Groove Preschool Dance Program. Kimberly continues to train in many disciplines of dance including ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. She aspires to a become a working dancer in the dance industry. She has had the opportunity to train with many incredible choreographers such as Lindsey Blaufarb, Kellie Hodges, Malaya, Matt Tayao, Adam Parson and Kari Herman. Kimberly has received many awards and scholarships including Jump 2015 VIP runner-up. Kimberly is a company member with San Antonio Jazz Ensemble.

Outside of dance, Kimberly is attending the University of Texas at San Antonio this year as a junior with the intension of pursuing a degree in communication. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys spending her time relaxing with her friends and family. Kimberly is excited to share her knowledge of dance and continue to learn with students this year.

Ember Ayala

Ember Ayala is born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She has been dancing since age five and has been dancing at Trilogy Dance Center from the age of thirteen till eighteen years old and also was apart of Insight Dance Ensemble for five years. She has been teaching classes in total for five years now. Ember has taught at Trilogy Dance Center and Chrissy’s Dance Academy and has substituted classes at other studios such as Stone Oak Dance Academy. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and lyrical. Ember’s specialty is tap and has won many tap scholarships from different conventions such as Jump, Tremaine, and Third Coast Rhythm Project. She has trained under many big names such as Rhonda Miller, Barbara Phillips, Jay Fagan, Lynn Schwab, Matt Tayao, and Lindsey Blaufarb. She has danced in music videos for many local artists such as Sebastian De La Cruz, Sarah Centeno, and Brooklyn Michelle.

Other than dance, Ember expands herself in the fine arts by pursuing an art degree at Northwest Vista College and possibly following her mother’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the hair industry. Although she constantly stays busy, her passion for teaching students will never fade.

Jerra Stout

Jerra Stout graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a major in communications and a minor in business. Throughout college, Jerra was a member of the national winning BYU Cougarette dance team. She won four national titles while on the team, with two of those titles scoring in the 9.9 range. Jerra has competed and performed all over the world, even winning an international title with the Cougarettes as they competed against 12 other countries in Prague, Czech Republic in the Summer of 2012. Jerra has also coached a state and national winning team, the Bingham Minerettes for the past three years before moving to San Antonio.
Growing up, Jerra trained at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, UT since the age of five and specializes in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary and Hip Hop. She competed and trained all over the country with top teachers and choreographers including Travis Wall, Jaci Royal, Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary, etc… and was a member of Odyssey Dance Theatre’s traveling show “Thriller” at the age of 10. Jerra has competed solos since the age of 12 and won the Miss Dance Drill Utah Pageant when she was 16. Jerra was also a member of Bonnie Story’s professional company “Expansion” where she continued training, performing and auditioning after high school. Jerra has done choreography for various studios and high school dance teams around the state of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming since 2010 and her pieces have won countless choreography awards and state titles. Jerra started teaching at Trilogy Dance Center this past summer and has loved every minute working with it’s talented dancers. She looks forward to expanding her talents to the state of Texas and is excited to be a new member of the Trilogy family.

Stephanie Fishel

Stephanie grew up in Tyler, Texas and started dancing at age 5.  While she always had a love for dance, she really found her passion when she was invited to join the dance company, Stars In Motion, under the direction of Missy Sumpter.  It was at this time that she really grew as a dancer and was able to train under the best in the industry including Mia Michaels, Doug Caldwell, Ronda Miller and Mandy Moore – to name a few! She was also an officer on her High School award-winning drill team, the Southern Belles.  Stephanie spent summers in Los Angeles training at Tremaine studios and The Edge Performing Arts Center. As a young adult finishing college, Stephanie moved to San Antonio in 1999 and found The Turning Point where she trained under Ronda Runnels. Stephanie then married an Air Force Officer and moved away for 3 years but when she returned she found Ronda at Trilogy Dance Center where she continued taking classes and eventually enrolled her children as well. Stephanie has 4 daughters, Chelsea, Sara, Marley and Chloe. Marley has been dancing at Trilogy since she was two and has been a member of Insight Dance Ensemble for 5 years. Chloe has been at Trilogy since she was two and is in her second year of IDE. So it is very exciting for her to now be teaching at Trilogy! She also works for the YMCA and has a passion for triathlon. She completed IRONMAN Texas in 2015 and is currently training for her 5th half Ironman! She is a happily married to her husband, Brad of 14 years and will forever call San Antonio home!

Alli Boyd

Allison Boyd is a native to Texas and was born and raised in the San Antonio area. Allison has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She joined a dance company at the age of 5 and trained under Ronda Runnels and company for 13 years. After moving to the Los Angeles area for professional training, she  has returned to the San Antonio area to follow her passion of teaching and performing. Alli loves working with children and is a valued member of Trilogy. She loves to Teach all ages as well as choreograph dances and see them come to life on stage at any age.

Marisol Hernandez

Marisol was born and raised in San Antonio. She started her dance training at the age of two. She was on Trilogy’s pre-professional dance company, Insight Dance Ensemble for two years. She has also trained at Kathy Marfin’s and Ballet San Antonio Academy, and was a member of both pre-professional company’s LEDC for 8 years and SAYB for 1 year, respectively. She traveled to New York to study Ballet with Joffrey in the summer of 2013 and to Los Angeles to study Jazz and Contemporary in the summer of 2014. Marisol has earned scholarships from Streetz two years in a row. She started assisting for Trilogy in 2018 and is now a teacher. She is currently attending her first year of college full time, while continuing her training in dance. Marisol enjoys photography, hanging out with friends, and making crafts in her free time.

Leah Alonso

Leah has been dancing since the age of 4 and has been a local San Antonio dance instructor for 5 years.   During those five years she has developed a passion for choreographing and her pieces have gone on to win awards at many competitions throughout Texas. For the past two years Leah has had the privilege of being a San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancer, performing in front of 18,000 people every week! Not only did she serve as Captain this past year but she was able to represent her team at local news stations, at an NBA Dancer convention in Atlanta, and even the Battle of Flowers parade.  Now Leah is enjoying being an instructor for NDA where she gets to travel and enrich dance teams from all over the United States, as well as being apart of our Trilogy family here in San Antonio!

Kara Skinner

Born and raised in San Antonio, Kara has been Greek Dancing for 16 years & Ballet Folkòrico dancing for 6 years. After being inspired by her sister, she wanted to be a cheerleader and started cheerleading at age 7 at Cheers and was taught by Roslyn Jones who was formally one of our very own Spurs Silver Dancers. After taking a break from all-star cheer due to a neck injury, she decided a year later to try out for high school cheerleading team, the Churchill Chargers, where she cheered on all three teams (Freshman, JV, and Varsity.) Since then she has been teaching preschool for four and a half years and competitive gymnastics for three.
Kara is aspiring to go to school to receive a BA in the Arts.

Kennady McClure

Kennady starting dancing at the age of two under the direction of her mother, Ronda Runnels at Trilogy Dance Center. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Acro and Hip-Hop. She has traveled to New York and California and trained with some of the best teachers in the Country. Kennady has attended Commercial Dance Intensive in the summers of 2017 and 2018. Kennady is a competitive dancer with Insight Dance Ensemble and has been fortunate to win numerous top awards in the industry. Her latest Scholarship is to attend the Pace University Fall Intensive in New York City (which happens to be the University of her choice). Kennady has begun her teaching and choreography journey this year at Trilogy Dance Center as a contemporary teacher. She is very passionate about choreography and plans to continue learning and growing as a choreographer. She is honored to be among the other amazing Faculty members at TDC.

Sutton Korff

Sutton Korff was born and raised in San Antonio, Tx. She has been training at Trilogy since it opened and has been apart of the pre-professional company, Insight Dance Ensemble, for 11 years. She has been an assistant for the past year and is a newer teacher. She trains in all styles including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and pointe. She has taken many master classes with some of the biggest names of dance and hopes to continue to be a professional as well. She is currently a full-time Junior attending Antonian High School.

Camryn Busarello

Camryn was born in California but moved to San Antonio at a very young age. She was originally a gymnast for 7 years before she started dancing at Trilogy. She also choreographs floor and beam routines for gymnasts all around San Antonio. This is her second year on Insight Dance Ensemble and is her fourth year training in dance. Camryn has trained in Los Angeles several times in dance over the past few years and she has gained a lot of great assisting and teaching experience from learning from so many people. She will be moving to LA next year to pursue a dancing career.