Faculty

Faculty

AiDA Faculty

Dominick Oliver

Instructor

Dominick has been performing since the third grade but truly fell in love with dancing in 2010 where he took his first step class while attending E.L. Furr High School where he was also in cheerleading and played the Tuba. He moved back to Bryan in 2011 and during this time he performed in the Bryan High Choir performing choir concerts and in several musicals as a dancer and ensemble member until his time with the Bryan High Color Guard in 2013 where he performed and competed in the Texas Color Guard Circuit and in Winter Guard International circuit. He soon after began taking classes at MCM Dance Studio where he trained and competed in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical. After graduating high school he had an opportunity to train with many local studios while performing with the Redemption Guard winter guard. During that time Dominick has taught color guard and has choreographed for several schools in Houston and in the Bryan/College Station area. He later started working as a dance instructor where he choreographed and worked with the competition team for several years. Dominick has performed with Ballet Brazos since 2015 in roles such as the Lion in ‘Carnival of the Animals’, The Wolf in ‘Peter and The Wolf”, The Rat King, Chinese, and most recently the solo Russian in ‘The Nutcracker’. Dominick loves performing and teaching equally and wants to spread that love to all of his students and to the world. 

Victoria Mauer

Instructor

Victoria Mauer is a student at Texas A&M University and is majoring in Dance Science. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and has been dancing since age four. Growing up, she was part of a competitive dance company in Colleyville, Texas where she competed in regional and national competitions and attended various dance conventions. Victoria was a four year member of the Byron Nelson Varsity Dazzlers and served as sophomore lieutenant, junior lieutenant, and senior Captain. Victoria choreographed many pep rally routines, as well as award winning solos. She is trained in many different styles, such as jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, Bollywood, and ballet. She also played the leading role of Ariel Moore in Footloose! The Musical, her senior year of high school. Today, she is a part of the TAMU Dance Program and is involved in various works for the staff and upperclassmen. Victoria is the Director of Publicity for the Fade II Black Dance Ensemble, and has choreographed for the team as well. She is also part of a collegiate acapella singing group called, The Femmatas. All in all, Victoria has a huge passion and love for the arts, and yearns to inspire others through dance and music.

Madison Calvez

Instructor

Madison Calvez is a student at Texas A&M University and is pursuing a Dance Concentration major as well as minoring in business and health. She grew up in Victoria, TX and has been dancing since the age of 3. She trained at multiple studios in a variety of styles such as contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and ballet. In high-school, Madison made varsity on the Golden Saber Dance Team and continued into the leadership positions of Sophomore Lieutenant, Junior Lieutenant, and Colonel. During her time on the dance team, she received multiple awards such as Miss Technique (4 years in a row), Miss Highkick (3 years), and Golden Saber of the Year her senior year. While on the team, she choreographed many solos, team dances, and officer dances for football and competition season. She had the opportunity to choreograph for a student-led musical senior year and choreographed a collegiate level piece for her dance team’s spring show. Madison has danced competitively since middle school and has attended many dance intensives and camps around Texas. Today, Madison is apart of Delta Eta Pi (dance honor society at TAMU) and was involved with a Creative Works undergrad research conducted by upperclassmen, where she danced in “The Fab Four,” this past year. She has experience teaching all ages and has a love for choreography. Her heart is passionate about helping others grow and finding themselves through dance.

Katie Traylor

Instructor

Katie is a senior Kinesiology: Dance Science major at Texas A&M University. She is from Freeport, Texas and has been dancing since the age of 3. She trained at Barbie Rhodes Dance Studio in Lake Jackson, TX in many styles such as hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, and contemporary/lyrical. She competed from age 10 until she moved off for college. She grew up going to different conventions and learning from some of the top choreographers. Katie was also a company member for the Streetz Dance Convention for two years. She was a part of Texas A&M’s hip hop team, Fade to Black Dance Ensemble, from 2018-2021, serving as Assistant Director from 2019-2020, and Director of Dance from 2020-2021. Within the dance program, she has been involved in faculty works and student works since her freshman year at Texas A&M. Katie is beyond excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance with all of AiDA!

Kailyn Williams

Instructor

Kailyn Williams is going to be a 4th-year senior undergraduate student at Texas A&M University. She is pursuing a Bachelors in Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Dance Science. She has been a dancer for most of her life, including being on her high school dance team as well as on the pre-professional company at her home studio, Dancer’s Workshop. While on the drill team, Kailyn was elected by her teammates to be 2nd Lieutenant as a Junior, and then voted as Captain for her Senior year. Kailyn attended and competed at many competitions and conventions throughout high school. Kailyn trained at The Edge dance studio in the summers with DW. After graduating from her undergrad in May of 2022, Kailyn dreams of attending Physical Therapy School to earn her DPT

in hopes of better representing the growing needs of the large dancer population in Texas. Kailyn has been an active member of the dance program at Texas A&M since freshman year. While at Texas A&M, Kailyn has had the opportunity to be a part of the “But Where There’s Hope, There’s Life” project under the direction of Christine Bergeron and Carisa Armstrong. This project focuses on the impact and importance of the Holocaust in history. She has also been involved in many student choreography pieces and faculty works throughout the years. Thus far, she has attended the American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference as well as the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference. Kailyn has also been involved in Undergraduate Research for the dance program. Her team researched different hamstring flexibility techniques, specifically comparing neural gliding on the sciatic nerve, versus dynamic stretching. They plan on presenting their findings this year at PAMA and IADMS, as well as submitting them to journals to be published.

Marissa Henley

Instructor

I am currently attending Texas A&M majoring in Public Health. I am from Austin, Texas where I danced at Bodytalk Dance Company and Rise Dance Company. I’ve been dancing since I was 18 months and started company training when I was 6 years old. I was trained in a variety of styles such as hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap, acrobatics, and ballet. I’ve been to many conventions and competitions, my favorite being Monsters Dance Convention. Ive been lucky enough to take classes and learn from famous choreographers throughout my dance experience. I’ve been choreographing ever since I was 12 where I choreographed for my company recitals, hip hop team, and dance ensemble in college. I am currently apart of Texas A&M’s hip hop team, Fade to Black and this will be my third year. Dancing has been apart of my life since I was young and I have enjoyed it so much. I can’t wait to teach all of the new members and have some fun in my classes!

Paige Lytle

Instructor

Hi, my name is Paige Lytle and I began my dance career at age 3 where I trained pre-professionally for 11 years. During this time, I was a founding member of a studio company called Dance Fusion 2, and later a member of Lake Cities Ballet Theatre. My passions shifted once I got to high school. I joined my high school dance team, Warrior Dance, for four years where I served as Sophomore Lieutenant, First Lieutenant and Captain. During this time, I spent two summers with the Rockette Summer Intensive in New York City, guest choreographed locally, and taught at a local studio. Currently, I attend Texas A&M where I am studying Nursing and have a minor in dance. This year will mark my fourth year of being a member of Dance Arts Society, a dance organization on campus. I believe that every young dancer has the ability to grow and improve. I value working alongside each student and mentoring them, not only in dance, but also in life. I look forward to meeting each new member of Artistic Illusions Dance Academy this year.

Mya Pepito

Instructor

Mya Pepito is going to be a senior at Texas A&M University and is majoring in Dance Science. She is from San Antonio, TX and has been dancing since she was three. She attended Studio 10 Dance Center and Collective Dance Artistry where she studied various styles of dance such as ballet (pointe), jazz, tap, contemporary/modern and hip-hop. She engaged in an independent study mentorship with the owner of The Jewel of Art Dance Studio in San Antonio, TX. She was a part of the Lariette Dance Team and a four-year member of the Brandeis Ballet Company at her high school. Recently as a part of the TAMU Dance Program, she has been involved in numerous student and faculty works since her freshman year including the program’s most recent project entitled “But Where There’s Hope, There’s Life”. Mya was selected as the first student representative to serve on the National Dance Society’s Board of Directors and is the current President of Texas A&M’s NDS chapter, Delta Eta Pi, a dance honor society dedicated to service and sharing a common passion for dance within the BCS community. Mya is so excited to have the opportunity to share her love and passion for dance with her students at AiDA!

Abby Amaya

Instructor

Abby Amaya is going to be a senior at Texas A&M University and is majoring in Communications with a Dance minor. She is from Bulverde, TX and has been dancing since the age of two. She attended Heather Stolle’s School of Dance where she studied various styles of dance such as jazz, lyrical, ballet, and contemporary. Through HSSD, Abby had the opportunity to dance competitively and attend many different competitions and conventions with various scholarships. She as well was an assistant teacher for younger students, and volunteered at her studio’s recital and within her community. In high school Abby attended the Northeast School of the Arts as a Dance Major. Through NESA, she had the opportunity to be apart of various staff, student, and guest choreographer’s work from all over the country. Abby attended Joffrey Ballet’s Summer Intensive in 2017 on scholarship where she got the opportunity to spend the summer in New York and take various dance classes. Today she is apart of the TAMU Dance Program, where she has gotten to perform in both student and guest choreography. Abby is so excited to share her love for dance with all of the students at AiDA!

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