Delanie Bitler, a native of Dallas, began her early training at Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts and Dallas Black Dance Theater. She went on to get a BS in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas where she met Michele Hanlon and was asked to be a guest dancer with Elledanceworks Dance Company. From there she was invited to be a full-time company member and during her 13 years with Elledanceworks, she performed all over the DFW area with a group of strong choreographers, performers and dance educators including Michele Hanlon, Ronelle Eddings, Tiffannee Arnold and Melissa Bjork. Delanie has taught creative movement in the inner-city schools as a project with the Dallas Children’s Theater. She has performed with Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth under the direction of Margo Dean. Currently she owns a business with her husband and has 2 children.
Meghan Cardwell-Wilson graduated magna cum laude from Austin College with a double major in English and Philosophy. She then entered the graduate dance program at Texas Woman's University, graduating with an M.F.A. and the department's excellence in research and writing award in 2008. That year she also joined Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, which was the beginning of her life in dance beyond academia. During her tenure with M2DT, she fulfilled a variety of roles including performer, choreographer, company manager, and producer. She has been a Professor of Dance at Collin College since 2009, and she served on the faculty quartet that produced the 2017 American College Dance Association South-Central Region Conference.
Meghan has performed the work of Sarah Gamblin, Amy L. Jennings, Lesley Snelson, and Amy Querin at venues across the U.S. Her choreography has been presented in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma - most recently at the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival and, in 2011, at the Exchange Festival where it earned recognition. Meghan has studied at the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive and at Bates Dance Festival. In recent years she has found joy in creating opportunities for other artists to choreograph and perform at Made in a Day, a project she conceived of and produces with generous support from M2DT. This project flips traditional notions of dance making by bringing five choreographers and 30 dancers together for a whirlwind process that takes them from casting to curtain as they create, rehearse, and perform new dances in less than 24 total hours.
Melissa Bjork was born in Orange, CA and raised in Fairview, TX. She began her formal dance training under Tiffanee Arnold as a member of the Collin County Dance Repertory at Collin College and went on to receive her B.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University and M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman's University. She has worked with a variety of dance artists and companies including Joe Alter, Michael Kelly Bruce, DanceWorks, Mark Dendy, Bebe Miller, John Giffin, Susan Hadley, Shawn Hove, Heather Mims, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, Lily Sloan, Victoria Uris, among others, as well performed reconstructed works of Doris Humphrey and Norman Walker. From 2006-2017 she was a performer and choreographer with Dallas-based, Elledanceworks Dance Company. An Associate Professor at Collin College since 2010, she has also taught at The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman's University, and Super Yoga Palace, in addition to master classes at Chamberlain Performing Arts and the American College Dance Association-South/Central Regional Conference. Her choreography has been presented in several academic and professional venues and festivals throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area of Texas, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, and Pennsylvania including Allen High School, the American College Dance Association-South/Central Regional Conference, Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Bath House Cultural Center, Collin College, DUMBO Dance Festival, Latino Cultural Center, PILOT: Choreographers Take Flight, The Ohio State University, Teatro LATEA, Texas Woman’s University, and others. Ms. Bjork lives in McKinney with her husband and four children.
Nicki Elam was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where she started up her dance career at age 3. She has been trained in varies dance techniques including ballet, tap, jazz, point, modern, lyrical and hip-hop. Nicki received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Performance from Illinois State University where she continued her dance training with an emphasis on ballet, jazz and modern. After college and moving down to Texas, she taught various technique classes. Nicki was also a member of Elledanceworks Dance Company for three seasons from 2015-2017.
Dancing since a young age, Mary brings her enthusiasm and love of life to the stage. Mary’s dance training began at Chamberlain School of Ballet followed by training in many dance styles upon attending Collin College in Plano, Texas. While at Collin, Mary took a modern dance class on a whim; that semester she discovered the wonder and fulfillment of modern dance and continued to take dance courses for the entirety of her studies at Collin College. After graduating from Collin with an Associates of Science in 2015, she transferred to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where she graduated December of 2017 Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance. A few notable dance credits from her time at SHSU include working with Dana Nicolay of Nicolay Dance Works (Huntsville), Andy and Dionne Noble of Noble Motion Dance (Houston), Rasika Borse from Soul Feet Dance Productions (Canada), and Jared Doster and Victoria DeRenzo, both former dancers of the internationally known Pilobolus Dance Theatre (Connecticut). When not performing concert dance, Mary also enjoys performing in musicals as she loves to sing. Mary was assistant choreographer for McKinney Summer Musical’s production of Oklahoma!in 2017. She also performed as a dancer in the show and was awarded 4 Okies, among those including “Best Triple Threat.” Mary is thrilled to dance with Full Circle. This her first experience dancing on a company, and Mary is overjoyed to navigate this journey with Tiffanee Arnold, who first inspired Mary to chase after her dreams of a life lived through dance. Mary is also a proud Pilates instructor at Equinox Preston Hollow and Club Pilates in Las Colinas.
Merissa started her dance journey taking ballet classes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a young girl, she performed with a hip-hop dance team called Dynamic All Starz II. After taking some time away, she reconnect with dance at Collin College in Plano, Texas. During her last year at Collin College, she performed with the pre-professional dance company, Collin Dance Ensemble. Under the direction of Tiffanee Arnold, she was exposed to many performance opportunities. Merissa continued her dance education at Illinois State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Dance Performance. There, she choreographed and performed many student and performed with the pre-professional dance company, Dance Theatre. Merissa is trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Currently, she is earning her yoga certification through CorePower Yoga.
Hanna Jordan has grown up in the dance community since she was 3 years old and has always been inspired by dance as an art form. With this strong connection to Modern dance she chose to attend Texas Woman’s University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance along with a Secondary Teaching Certification.
While at TWU she performed in many adjudicated concerts, including “Dance Up Close” and “Dance 208” and also choreographed her own work. Before starting at TWU she was at Collin College for two years, and was an active member of Collin Dance Ensemble. Being a part of CDE allowed Hanna to participate in dance residencies with Elledanceworks Dance Company, Cheryl Chaddick Dance Theater and Artist Jhon R Stronks. With CDE she had the opportunity to attend the American College Dance Festival in 2009 and 2010, where she participated in master classes and performed in adjudicated concerts. She also contributed in the student choreographers’ showcase in 2010 held by CDE, where she choreographed and performed in her own piece.
Hanna began teaching in high school during dance clinics and as a Senior Dance Officer of The Colony High School Topcat’s dance team. After high school she began teaching master classes of many styles of dance for fitness camps, and then started her experience teaching in a studio atmosphere. She has many years of experience practicing in Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Tap dance. She has trained at Dana’s Dance Academy in Irving, TX, in high school, and then during her College Dance courses. She now teaches at Frisco Dance Studio where she aspires to encourage students to reach their full potential and provide them with a supportive dance education where they can freely express themselves. She teaches Pre Combo, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and currently is the Competition Director of their Competitive Teams. She is very much looking forward to starting this new journey with Full Circle Dance, and is excited to see what its future holds. In Hanna’s spare time she is usually cuddling her new baby boy Elijah, while enjoying quality time with her husband Ryan and dog Iyla at their home in Aubrey.
Jamey Plymale studied classical Russian ballet for eighteen years with the Allen Civic Ballet. In 2004, she began modern dance training under Tiffanee Arnold through attendance of summer festivals, and soon continued training in college modern dance.
In 2010, Jamey graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Collin College and in 2012, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. She also has her teaching certification in Cecchetti level 1 and all levels of Progressing Ballet Technique.
She is currently a ballet director and dance educator at Mckinney Dance Studio and has been teaching for 8 years, writing curriculum and implementing syllabus work for the ballet program.
Additionally, she has performed in classical and contemporary works throughout North Texas at festivals, colleges and charity events and has danced principle roles in works such as the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Don Quixote, and Paquita.
Bianca Rebello was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. At a young age she started singing, dancing and acting and was part of the Young Actors Studio in Las Colinas, TX. At the age of seven she appeared on the hit show Barney, and also did local sitcoms and commercials throughout the area on KERA.
Bianca was a member of the McKinney North High School NorthStars Drill Team for 4 years serving as line member, Lieutenant and Captain her senior year. The Drill Team performed at every football game, went to three competitions a year, put on performance camps, an annual Spring Show, and did local community performances and events. Throughout high school Bianca participated in Starmakers, Showmakers, and American Dance/Drill National camps and competitions. Awards include National Champions, Drill and Discipline, State Champions and many more. As a senior she led her team to perform on stage at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
After high school she went on to join the dance program at Collin College and received a dance scholarship for the modern and contemporary dance reparatory, Collin Dance Ensemble under the direction of Tiffanee Arnold. Receiving various performance opportunities including works by Elle Dance Works with guest artists Ronnelle Eddings and Michelle Hanlon. Dance residency with John R. Stronks, instruction and choreography with Dana Reubin, Melissa Thompson and Leslie Snealson-Figuora. Throughout her time on company she was able to travel and participate in many dance festivals, including the American College Dance Festival, College Dance Day and shows and recitals sponsored by Collin College. Bianca also received the opportunity to choreograph for the company as well, and had her work placed in the show.
Bianca was also a part of Dallas Dance Company under the direction of Michelle Davis and later Kiyomi Mercadante. Performances included Move to Groove as well as different performances throughout the Dallas/Ft Worth area.
After traveling through different parts of the United States and continuing her training in dance and exploring her love for teaching Bianca settled back in McKinney, Texas. She is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from Dallas Baptist University and is the Assistant Studio Director at McKinney Dance Studio in McKinney, TX.When Bianca is not dancing or teaching she is spending time with her husband Thiago and their son Michael James.
Stephanie Laranjeira joined Full Circle Dance in 2018. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she began her training at the age of three at the Arte Fenix Dance Studio under the direction of Kenya Laranjeira and Alessandra Said. Stephanie moved to Dallas, Texas, in 2010 and graduated Summa Cun Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2015. There she danced with the Stephen F. Austin Repertory Dance Company under the direction of Heather Samuelson, Elizabeth Rhodes and Stan Bobo. She has performed works by choreographers Min Kim, Linda Phenix, and Meredith Early-Robertson at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) conferences as well as at the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) convention. Stephanie is a recipient of the Lucille Norton Scholarship, Katie Garrett Norton Dance Award and of the Denard Haden Award. From 2015-2016, she danced with Dimensions Contemporary Ballet, a professional dance company founded by Heather Samuelson and Katie Parr and had the privilege to perform in the 2015 Houston Fringe Festival. Stephanie currently teaches dance at Newman Smith High School and directs Gallery in Motion Dance Company alongside with Kathleen Carter. Her choreography has been performed and adjudicated at TAHPERD.
Jessica Tenhet didn’t grow up dancing in studios, but she knew she loved performing. These desires really manifested in 2000 when she enrolled in her first college dance course with Tiffanee Arnold at Collin County Community College (CCCC), now Collin College. She has vivid memories of Tiffanee teaching space, time and energy and allowing her to adopt those concepts into movement. In 2001 Jessica was selected to be a member of CCCC Dance Repertory in Plano, TX, under the direction of Tiffanee Arnold, now known as Collin Dance Ensemble. While with the company she experienced her first time traveling as a performer to the American College Dance Festival in Little Rock, Arkansas. There they performed Dunes, a literal abstract piece that imaged sandy-colored dunes coming and going with the elements. In 2002 Jessica was awarded the Repertory Dance scholarship by the arts committee. While with CCCC Dance Repertory she also performed at Dance for the Planet in Dallas, TX as well as Dance Fusion festivals in Plano, TX and local art galleries. Jessica’s first solo opportunity was made possible when Tiffanee Arnold choreographed the solo “Into Dust” for her. Jessica then took her dance journey to Texas Woman’s University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2005. Jessica was selected to be a member of TWU DanceWorks Dance Company and was able to perform again at the 2004 American College Dance Festival at Same Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. While apart of this company she performed at many venues throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex including the State Fair of Texas in 2003. Jessica has fond memories of her Summer master class with Amii LeGendre from Seattle, Washington, where she recalls embodying powerful movement through collaborative efforts between creator and fellow dancers. Jessica was awarded the TWU Department of Dance Anne Schley Duggan Outstanding Senior Award in 2004. In 2005 Jessica was asked to be a part of Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (M2DT), a dance company based out of Denton, TX, under the direction of Lesley Snelson and Amy Jennings. While a part of this company Jessica was able to travel and perform at the 2005 Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago, Illinois at the world famous Palmer House hotel and Harris Theatre in Millennium Park. The Jazz Dance World Congress gathers dancers and teachers from all over America and as many as 20 foreign countries. Jessica feels extremely blessed to have been surrounded by and danced with so many amazing artists from across the globe. M2DT also took her performances to places such as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Brooklyn, New York. In 2006 Jessica performed in the premiere work “Hollywood Stars andStripe” by Amy Jennings at the 5th Annual Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival at Bath House Cultural Center in White Rock Lake, TX. She was even able to perform at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, TX. After she put all those years of performing under her belt she chose to have a family. Jessica now has a husband, a son and a daughter and two dogs. Though she took time away to focus on growing her family, her passion has yet to cease and she is thrilled to be able to continue her journey of dancing with Full Circle Dance!
Natalie Trollinger began her professional dance training at Collin college in Plano, Texas. While studying there, she was a member of the pre-professional student company, Collin Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Tiffanee Arnold. After receiving her Associates degree, she then transferred to Illinois State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Theatre with an emphasis in Dance Performance. Through her college career, Natalie was fortunate enough to attend the American College Dance Association conference four years in a row, as well as perform in two Gala concerts. Post-graduation, Natalie shifted her focus from dance and ultimately decided to take a break from performing. The break did not last very long though, as Natalie could not pass up the opportunity to work with her amazing mentor Tiffanee Arnold, and is excited to began this journey with Full Circle Dance.