Tiffany Zebrun, Studio Director
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.
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 he also 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. He is currently a company member for B. Moore Dance, a Dallas based contemporary dance company, performing with them regularly in North Texas and throughout the United States. Tony has studied under choreographers from around the globe and regularly attends 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 and perform regularly while continuing to work with his students at Dance Connection.
Reagan Wood, Instructor
Reagan Wood is currently attending Texas Christian University as both a Modern Dance and Movement Science major. Reagan began dancing at the age of 11 at a competitive studio in McKinney, Texas where she was trained in all styles of dance, as well as trained in instructing dance and teaching her own classes. After graduating high school, Reagan was selected to be a member of the Collin Dance Ensemble at Collin College, where she studied for two years and graduated with an Associate of Arts in May of 2020. During her time at Collin College, Reagan discovered her love for choreographing dance. Reagan’s choreographic work, titled “the imperfect fit.” was selected to be performed at the American College Dance Association’s Regional Conference in Oklahoma in 2020. Reagan was also asked to choreograph a work for Liberty High School’s Red Rhythm Drill Team Officers in 2020, titled “It’s a Nurse,” which won multiple awards during the season. Reagan received the John Anthony Performing Arts Scholarship and the Director’s Choice Award in 2020 for her outstanding performance in the dance department at Collin College, and she is now a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Society. Reagan has dedicated much of her life to following her passion of teaching and working with children, she aspires to be a choreographer and a pediatric occupational therapist after finishing college.
Anna Gilday, Instructor
Anna Gilday is originally from Kansas City but is currently a Professional Dancer in the DFW area. Anna attended Oklahoma City University where she graduated with honors and a Bachelors in Performing Arts. During her time there, she was part of the prestigious American Spirit Dance Company under the direction of Jo Rowan for four years. In addition to that, she was a member of the Pep dancers who performed at every basketball game. Her senior year she was Student Director which allowed her to showcase her love for teaching and choreographing. After graduating, Anna was hired by Larrwell Productions to be a full time dancer for the Mary Kay National Seminars and was honored to be Dance Captain her 3rd year. From there she went on to dance for companies such as Southwest Airlines, Taco Bell, Norwex, Smile Brands, and Lorna Jane. You can find Anna in the national commercial for Gold’s Gym and dancing in a Chuck E. Cheese commercial. When she is not performing, Anna spends her time passing on her passion of dance to the younger generation. She loves being able to help her students excel and grow in their crafts and hopes to prepare them for the industry the best she can. Anna teaches contemporary, jazz, musical theater, hip hop, tap, improvisation, and ballet.
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. 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.
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. 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
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.