Ashley Ness

Ashley Ness

Owner / Studio Director / Company Director

Ashley Ness is the owner and artistic director of Silhouette Dance Company, founded in 2009.  She is a committed dance teacher, choreographer and performer that has a passion for sharing her love of dance to people of all ages.

Beginning her dance training at the age of 2, Ashley has been surrounded by dance her whole life. She trained under Michelle Davis for 12 years in tap, ballet, jazz and drill team. During her high school years, she was a member of the state and national champion Pure Gold Dance Team at Boswell High School. While there, she held the title of Junior Lieutenant and Captain of the team.  As an officer she received irreplaceable experience as a choreographer for all team and officer routines and developed her skills as a leader.  After high school, she went on to study at The University of North Texas in Denton. There, she was a student of the dance department studying ballet, jazz and modern dance. During her time in college she also worked at her home studio, Encore School of Dance, as an instructor to children ages 3-18.  During this time as an instructor Ashley developed her love of teaching dance. In 2006, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a secondary education certification. After graduation, Ashley was awarded the position of drill team director for the Denton High School Fillies as well as a teaching position in the history department. She taught for two years and then decided she wanted to venture out on her own.  In 2009, Silhouette Dance Company was formed to provide dance instruction as well as personal and custom attention to drill teams in the North Texas area. Ashley is also a certified teacher in the state of Texas in Social Studies 8-12 and Generalist EC-12.  She enjoys working with children of all ages and has an extensive background in the public school system. Ashley loves spending time with her husband, Andy, who helps her with SDC, her two girls, Abigail and Ava and son, Cooper. She is excited to be expanding her business in Denton and Wise County and looks forward to many years of working with students and families of SDC!

Kaylee Finch

Kaylee Finch

Instructor / Mini Company Director / Denton Dance Team Director

Kaylee Finch was raised in Fort Worth, Texas where she started dancing with Frances Lea Dance Center at the age of 4. While under the instruction of Mrs. Lea, Kaylee was educated in a wide range of dance styles including, ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, contemporary and lyrical. During her time at Frances Lea, she took part in the competition team and was able to gain the confidence to become an instructor. In 2008, she decided to further her education at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) starting in middle school and graduated High School in 2014. While at FWAFA, Kaylee was apart of the Dance Company, where she was able to perform in 3 winter shows and 3 ballets. In addition, in her three years with the company at FWAFA, she had the opportunity to co-direct a Student Choreography concert, set choreography, and attend the National High School Dance Festival in Miami, Florida. After graduating FWAFA, Kaylee started her college education at a local community college while helping her aunt start her own dance studio, C&C Academy of Dance. At C&C, she educated children from the ages of 3-17 and was also a choreographer for the competition teams. Kaylee graduated from the University of North Texas, spring of 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Merchandising. She is excited to start her third year at SDC and can’t wait to see the passion of dance grow within her students!

Alyssa Toland

Alyssa Toland

Instructor / Decatur Dance Team Director

Alyssa Toland is originally from Longview, Texas. She began her training at the Elite Dance Center in Kilgore, Texas; performing extensively in jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, tap and ballet. Alyssa moved to Denton in 2015 to attend Texas Woman’s University (TWU), where she earned a B.A. in dance studies. She has had the privilege of working with artists like Christie Bondade, Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, and Big Rig Dance Collective. Those performances took place throughout the North Texas area including the Denton Black Film Festival, Dance Planet, and {254} Dance-Fest in Waco, TX. In addition to performing, she is currently choreographing multiple projects and working towards her M.A. focusing on dance education at TWU. 

Emma Ricks

Emma Ricks

Instructor

Emma is starting her 4th year with SDC! She has been dancing for 18 years, and has loved dance from an early age. She had the privilege of training under phenomenal teachers, some of her favorites being Vincent Hardy, Michelle Brogan, and Megan Waldron. She has worked with Aftershock Dance Company, Dance Revolution, Pink Impact, Gateway Performing Arts, Gateway Students, Gateway Amazing Kids, Southlake Arts Festival, and many more. She has studied various styles of dance, some being ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, tap, and lyrical. She is so excited to continue working with SDC, and to help the students fall in love with dance!

Lisa Herrin

Lisa Herrin

Instructor

Lisa Herrin was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She began dance at age 8, gaining experience from both studio classes and drill team as she grew up. She served as a Junior and Senior Lieutenant for the Westwood SunDancers. After her freshman year at Austin Community College, during which she gained experience teaching studio classes, Lisa transferred to Texas Woman’s University where she is working to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, Lisa will continue to strengthen her abilities and knowledge to advance her career in whatever direction life may take her. Lisa is interested in dance as a means of physical and mental well-being as well as in a dancer’s ability to express herself through movement. She looks forward to teaching her second year with SDC and to the continued excitement and growth of her students.
Jessica Jeske

Jessica Jeske

Instructor

Jessica Jeske grew up in Rockwall, Texas where she began dancing at the age of 3 for Dance Force Studio. She continued with the studio joining their competitive company team in middle school. She served as 1st Lieutenant on her middle school drill team and then served as Lieutenant on the Rockwall Heath High Steppers Drill Team. She began teaching dance classes at the age of 14 for her studio. She has continued her love of dance after graduation working for Showtime International judging at dance competitions & teaching summer drill team camps throughout Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a degree in education. While at A&M she continued taking dance classes at the university as well as teaching classes at Suzannes School of Dance. Upon graduation Jessica moved back to the DFW area to teach. She began an after school dance program for girls at the elementary school she taught at where she was able choreograph, teach technique & work collaboratively with the Texas Ballet Theatre to provide ballet intensive classes for her girls. This past year Jessica & her husband Brent moved to the Decatur area where she taught for Decatur ISD. Jessica’s philosophy for dance is that everyone is a dancer at heart whether it’s in the studio, in the car or in their bedroom at home with the door closed. Her passion is to help young dancers find joy & confidence through dance.

Isabella Parish

Isabella Parish

Instructor

Isabella Parish was raised in Frisco, Texas where she danced at Sheena’s Dance Academy for thirteen years. She started performing with Sheena’s Dance Academy’s Competition Company at the age of 8 and stayed on the company for ten years. She had the opportunity to perform The Nutcracker with The Frisco Ballet for four years. As she entered high school, she joined her high school’s drill team, The Red Rhythm Dance Team. Her junior year, she was Junior Lieutenant and her senior year, she was First Lieutenant. Along with drill team in high school, she had the privilege of being a part of the marching band and ride horses during her free time. Isabella is currently attending the University of North Texas where she is a 3rd year Nationals Captain on the North Texas Dancers and majoring in dance with a business minor. She performs on the sidelines at UNT football and basketball games, and travels to Daytona, Florida to compete in NDA College Nationals. After college, she hopes to become a drill team director.
Gabrielle Tilley

Gabrielle Tilley

Instructor

Gabrielle (Gabbie) Tilley is currently a senior at the University of North Texas, majoring in Political and History. Gabbie started dancing when she was four years old, and began competing with various studios around DFW at the age of six. During High School Gabbie was on the dance team all four years, serving as a Senior Lieutenant her senior year. She was also on Artistry in Motion’s Hip-Hop Crew and was able to compete with them at World of Dance. After enrolling at UNT she took a break from dancing to join many different student organizations, including Student Government. By the end of her sophomore year she auditioned for the North Texas Dancers and made the team as a rookie for her junior year. Now she is finishing out her last year of college as a veteran on the North Texas Dancers. Her most cherished dance memories include performing on Broadway at age 11, and being able to dance on the field with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders during last year’s Christmas Halftime Show. This will be Gabbie’s first year as an SDC instructor and she is looking forward to being able to share her knowledge of dance and inspire a new generation of artists! 
Mexia Costa

Mexia Costa

Instructor

Méxía graduated from Paris Junior College with Honors at 17 years old and deferred a year so she could continue to compete her would be last year of high school with SADC. She began her journey in dance just nine days after she turned 3, which makes this her 17th year dancing with 11 years competing. Méxía has danced in the Moscow Ballet’s Dallas performance of the Nutcracker. She started choreographing and winning with her own solos at the age of 12 along with winning several judges awards such as: Love of Dance, Longest Legs, Best Costume & Outstanding Team Member. Méxía has been recognized as an Elite Top Stars where she’s been invited to perform her solos at Nationals, Macy’s Day Parade, Capitol One Bowl in Orlando, SMU Football Extravaganza in Highland Park, invitation to dance in Radio City with the Rockettes and Hollywood Dance Invitational where she was blessed to take from Millennium Dance Complex in Hollywood. Méxía has been consistently in the Top 5 Overall Lineup with taking Overall 1st place multiple times. She has taken Master classes and workshops from Shane Sparks, Keith Clifton, Nick Drago, Grant Chenok, Denise Wall, Jackie Sleight, Nick Geurts as well as other well known choreographers. Méxía will continue her extended dance education by attending different dance conventions and workshops throughout her lifetime of dance. Ms. Méxía started as a Student Teacher at the age of 10 and an actual Teacher by the age of 14. Not only has she taught regular dance classes, she has also taught private classes and choreographed Competition Dances that were award winning. She is currently a Senior at UNT in Denton.
Lexie Kieschnick

Lexie Kieschnick

Instructor

Lexie Kieschnick is originally from Fort Worth where she attended Boswell High School. There she joined the Pure Gold Dance Team and served as lieutenant her junior year and her senior year became the leading officer.  During this time she also taught and choreographed for the middle school dance class. After graduating she went on to become a Kilgore College Rangerette and earned her Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees. As a member of Rangerettes she had several performance opportunities such as performing for the NFL and the Cotton Bowl halftimes. She also participated in international dance and music festivals in Europe. This past summer, after graduating, she had the opportunity to work and choreograph for Dance Giddings’ summer camps. She is currently attending Texas Woman’s University and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition.  
Jazmin Pettit

Jazmin Pettit

Denton Receptionist / Instructor

Jazmin Pettit was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Pettit graduated from Red Oak High School where she served as the Senior Lieutenant for the Red Oak High School Hawkettes. Pettit has trained extensively at Lancaster Dance Academy, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Ozsoy School of Ballet, and she recently graduated with a BA in dance studies with a minor in business from Texas Woman’s University. She has also attended Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s summer intensives where she had the opportunity to meet Debbie Allen herself. She was awarded Miss Showtime at Showtime International Dance Camp, and has performed in the televised Adolphus Parade. She is well-versed in ballet, jazz, modern, pointe, contemporary, and African. Some of Pettit’s performance credits include TWU’s Dance UpClose and DanceMakers Concert Series, MFA Culminating Project Concerts, Brave Arts Dance Festival, American College Dance Association Festival, the Wild Women for the Arts, and Eastfield Dance Faculty Concert. She presented “Revelation 21:4” (2018) at TWU Dance UpClose concert which explores the five stages of grief which was chosen by faculty and student peers for a show. She is currently working towards her Masters in Business Administration at TWU. After college, she plans to perform professionally and later on open up her own dance academy.