Shana Hansen is the artistic director and owner of New Creations Dance Studio and Performing Arts Center. Shana graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Performing Arts in 2000. After college she traveled to various locations performing which consists of working for Disney in Japan, Odyssey in New York, and various shows in Las Vegas which consist of Legends In Concert, Bill Acosta’s Lasting Impressions at the Flamingo, Harrah’s outdoor theater, Harley Davidson Conventions, and Paul Mitchell Conventions. She spent the next 10 years incorporating dance into academics in the public schools throughout the state of Oklahoma. While working in the Oklahoma City Public Schools she was the Dance Departments Chair and Fine Arts Chair for her 6A high school. She created the first year round public school tap class in the state of Oklahoma. She is certified through the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Texas State Department of Education with a focus on dance. Shana enjoys producing the full scale productions for New Creations Dance Studio and Performing Arts Center and the yearend shows. Shana has been teaching dance classes for over 18 years. She enjoys instructing her students through creative problem solving and three-dimensional experience of the performing arts. Sharing a love and passion of the performing arts has always been Shana’s goal for all of her extended studio family.
Leslie Hooe is the junior high and high school choir director at Palestine High School. She graduated from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music. She also received her Master in Education Administration from the University of California – Los Angeles and holds an Orff-Schulwerk Certification from the University of Memphis, where she studied with Jos Wuytack. Leslie has been teaching music for 18 years. She began her career in Las Vegas, NV, where she worked with kindergarten through 5th grade students. Her choirs and percussion and recorder ensembles performed throughout Clark County and were featured on PBS, at UNLV, and with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra. Leslie left Las Vegas to help run a private Jewish school in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. She helped implement and build a strong music program that spanned from 2 years of age to 8th grade. In addition to teaching, she had the opportunity to perform in various choirs, operas, and musical theatre productions throughout the nation. Her most notable performances were in Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Yellow Ribbon Theatre in Branson, MO; and, the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, where she performed with Barbra Streisand. Leslie returned to Texas to get married and returned to Palestine to raise her children. She feels honored to be back in Palestine serving and giving back to the community that helped her become the person she is today.
Christina Jarvis was a National award winning Cardettee during her college years. She is finishing up her college with a degree in education. This is her 2nd year at New Creations and she has done great work with her classes which include jazz 2, contemporary emeralds, drill team, and 3-4 combo classes. She has also taught and choreographed for the Palestine High School Kik-Kats, Irving Girl’s Cheerleading Association, and MacArthur High School Dance/Drill Team. She has trained with the Cardettee’s, Kilgore College Dance Department, Texas Dance Educators’ Association, Trinity Valley Community College Dance/Drill Team, Forcher’s Dance School, and Dana’s Dance Academy.
Katy Thoroughman is new to our New Creations family. She grew up in Tomball, Texas, and started dancing at a young age. After graduating high school as part of the Klein Oak Dance Company, she continued her dance education and training at Sam Houston State University. Graduating in three and a half years, she received her BFA in Dance Performance with honors. She was taught under multiple award-winning choreographers and was able to participate in master classes from choreographers and teachers from NYC, LA, and Italy. Katy has received awards for her choreography throughout her life. She was chosen to present works at the Generation Next Choreographers in 2010. Her senior choreography project at Sam Houston State University was also nominated to go to the American College Dance Association Gala. After college, she has worked with dance studios in Texas and her choreography for groups, solos, and ensembles have won multiple choreography awards. Many soloists that Katy has worked with have received first place in their age divisions. Katy has a love for teaching and works with many different aspects of dance. During her time at SHSU, she worked in the public school system integrating dance in elementary education. She also was fortunate to work with the Houston Ballet in their adapted dance program, helping children with special needs.