Tiffany Zebrun is a proud Fort Worth native & TCU graduate. She has been teaching dance for over 25 years & is the eldest daughter of Nancy Brown, who started Dance Connection in its first location in 1978. (Tiffany’s mother Nancy is still teaching dance today & is the director of Dance Connection’s Granbury location.) Tiffany began dancing at age 2 & teaching at age 15. As a teenager she studied under numerous local & national dance professionals & won countless awards dancing competitively. Tiffany continued to dance throughout college, first as a TCU Showgirl & then later as a Dallas Mavericks Dancer. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics, she became an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer & began dividing her time working as a dance instructor & personal trainer. For years Tiffany has combined her knowledge of exercise science with her love of dance to safely & effectively train & develop her students. Eventually Tiffany began devoting all her time to teaching dance, her true passion, & in 2011 she became the director of Dance Connection, Fort Worth & moved the studio to its current location. Throughout her career Tiffany has often been recognized for her outstanding choreography & has consistently been named a “Top Teacher” at national talent competitions. Many of her students have continued on to dance at both the collegiate & professional levels. Tiffany loves to inspire & encourage dancers of all ages & enjoys watching the positive impact dance continues to make on so many lives.
Tiffany Zebrun, Studio Director
Tony Wade, Instructor
Tony Wade is a Texas Christian University student pursuing a Fine Arts degree in Ballet and Modern Dance. Tony grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and began dancing at age 7. In 2012, Tony moved to Fort Worth and continued studying dance at Arlington Heights High School. During his senior year, in addition to dancing for AHHS, he danced and performed professionally for Six Flags Over Texas. After graduating high school, Tony began both dancing and teaching for Dance Connection. During this same time, he was also selected for the Terrance M Johnson Dance Project, a Dallas based dance company, where he was an original company member for 3 years. Tony has studied under choreographers from around the globe and regularly attends dance conventions, workshops, and intensives. He was the recipient of Joe Tremaine's, Edge Performing Arts Center Scholarship (Hollywood, CA), and he was awarded a full scholarship, twice, by The Joffrey Ballet School to attend their 4-week summer intensives. He is currently a TCU dance scholarship recipient and is honored for the opportunity to further his dance education while continuing to work with his students at Dance Connection.
Lori Vasquez, Instructor
Lori Vasquez is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she completed a BFA in Dance, with honors, specializing in choreography and teaching. A Texas native, Lori was born and raised in Fort Worth and started dancing at the age of five. She studied ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop, and did her early training with Frances Lea Dance Center, Joe Berry, and Arlington Heights High School. Lori has trained extensively in multiple styles of modern including Cunningham, Graham, and Horton, and she has also trained in West African dance and improvisation. She has had the privilege of dancing and working with diverse artists Paige Cunningham, Stephanie Paul, Urban Bush Women, Bob Eisen, and Camille A. Brown & Dancers. While at Columbia she was also part of a community outreach program as a teaching artist for Chicago public schools. In addition to teaching at Dance Connection, Lori is also an instructor for Texas Conservatory, a member with imPULSE Dance Project, and she is currently pursuing a teaching certification to teach in public school’s dance programs.
Lynn Spalding, Instructor
Lynn Spalding began her life as a dancer at Dance Connection over twenty years ago, where she was trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, clogging, hip-hop, and ballet. She has taken classes from some of the best choreographers in the nation and she regularly attends dance conventions including Tremaine, Adrenaline, Dance League, Pulse, & American Dance Projekt. Lynn was a member of Dance Connection’s Company & Senior Company for ten years and each year she participated in numerous competitions and performances. Lynn has even performed with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in five Dallas Cowboys halftime shows. Lynn began her teaching career at Dance Connection in 2012 and has since become an invaluable member of the staff. She teaches classes in almost every genre, for almost every level, and almost every age. In addition to teaching dance, she is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington where she studies film and cultural history.
Jill Jorgensen, Instructor
Jill Jorgensen began dancing at the age of 3 at Caron Moore Dance Productions in Benbrook, Texas. Jill studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, clogging, and hip hop and was a member of their award-winning Showtime Competition team. As a team they competed in both regional and national dance competitions and performed at a variety of events including several Dallas Cowboys half-time shows with artists like LeAnn Rimes and Toby Keith. Jill continued her dance training at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she received a bachelor’s in business administration. She went on to receive a master’s in counseling psychology from Tarleton State University. An avid traveler, Jill has taken dance classes all over the world including Denmark, Ireland, England, Spain, and Australia. In addition to teaching dance, Jill works at Tarrant County College and loves spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Allie Baker, Office Manager
Allie Baker is a Fort Worth native who loves the challenges of both school and dance. Allie began dancing at Dance Connection when she was four years old and immediately fell in love with the world of dance. Over the next fourteen years Allie trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, and clogging. She regularly attended conventions such as Tremaine, Adrenaline, and American Dance Projekt, and she regularly performed and competed as part of Dance Connection’s award-winning Company & Senior Company dance teams. While completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, Allie began instructing for Dance Connection, teaching multiple genres of dance for all levels and ages. Allie is now the office manager for Dance Connection and she still teaches classes on occasion. She is also in her third year of law school at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth and will graduate in May 2019.
Madi Thompson, Instructor
Madi Thompson is a student at Texas Christian University working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work. Madi grew up in Abilene, Texas and from the age of 5 began training in all styles of dance. In 2016 Madi became a company dancer at the Abilene Ballet Theatre, where she performed in productions of Snow Queen (2016), Sleeping Beauty (2017), Sugar Plum Fairy (2017), and Cinderella (2018). During this same time Madi was also an officer of the Wylie Belles Drill Team where she choreographed multiple award-winning routines. A gifted choreographer, Madi was honored to be invited to the Joffrey Texas Pre-Professional Choreography program and the Texas Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. In addition to dance, Madi is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and serves as a student representative for the School for Classical and Contemporary Dance at TCU.
Corey Franco, Instructor
Alicia Duenez, Instructor
Jessica Teague, Guest Instructor
Jessica Teague began dancing at the young age of three and her love of dance only grew as she danced competitively for eight years and trained specifically in ballet at multiple studios across Fort Worth. Jessica is also classically trained in jazz, modern and contemporary. After high school she went on to further her education at Texas Tech University in 2010, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theatre Arts. While gaining an education of teaching, history, and technique, Jessica also became a student choreographer where she choreographed many dance pieces for her peers. For additional training, she was a member of University Dance Company where they held performances throughout the year and hosted benefit concerts. Jessica held an apprenticeship with Flatlands Dance Theatre of Lubbock where she learned and preformed with the professional company.
Marlon Lewis, Guest Instructor
Marlon Lewis has been teaching hip-hop at the Dance Connection for eight years. He began dancing at age 17 and quickly realized he wanted to share his excitement of dance. Marlon has worked hard to perfect his ability and he is now one of the Dance Connections most asked about instructors. His laid back teaching style allows students to feel comfortable, since his teaching philosophy is " fun before perfection." He has studied under Marty Kudelka, Roger Lee, Nick Zebrowski, and many other local and nationally recognized hip-hop choreographers. Marlon's work is carefully choreographed, always current, and fun to watch. In addition to his hip-hop classes, Marlon is Nancy's instructing partner for cotillion classes, and is involved with the studio on many levels. He is loved by all who have the opportunity to work with him.
Stevo McMariyon, Guest Instructor
Stevo McMaryion started dancing right out of high school. He quickly realized his passion for dance and joined the West Texas A & M University program studying ballet & modern. He has since trained in many different styles allowing him to take his abilities to the next level. Stevo has trained with some of the best teachers in the industry and has assisted many of them at conventions such as Tremaine, Adrenaline, Pulse and others. Stevo has also worked on musicals with Disney, and he was a background dancer for Carrie Underwood. While living in L.A. he trained at The Edge, Millennium, and Debbie Reynolds studios. He has also danced with the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue, a two-part entity featuring hip-hop, break dancing, and a drum line.