Meet The dance warehouse studios instructors.
Cassidy has been a part of the dance world since she was two years old. She has competed locally, regionally, and nationally since she was 7 years old, about the same time she knew she wanted to open up a dance studio in the future.
She competed in Dance Masters of America where she won Petite Miss Dance 1996, Junior Miss Dance 1998, Teen Miss Dance 2000, Senior Miss Dance 2002, and was crowned Miss Dance of America Chapter 35 in 2004. Those titles brought Cassidy several opportunities to dance at Nationals in New York City, being placed in the Guiness Book of World Records, and having the privilege dancing on a Broadway stage. After graduating from her local dance studio, Cassidy knew she wanted to study and perform beyond that point.
Cassidy graduated from Texas Tech University in August 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. She was a part of the TTU Dance Company and was privileged to work with a variety of artists and choreographers who opened her eyes to different approaches in ways create movement. The following June, Dance Warehouse Studios was established in Lubbock, Texas.
The past 13 years, DWS has brought Lubbock a current approach on dance with new styles, techniques, and a freedom to express yourself. We began with one studio space and 53 students and have grown exponentially into a 15,000 square foot building, with 3 studios and 542 dancers. Dance Warehouse Studios has won best of the west the last 5 years and will continue to strive to always be the best.
Lauren Wheeler grew up in Flower Mound, Texas. She is currently in her Junior year as a dance major and education minor at Texas Tech University. Lauren started dancing at the age of 4 and started competing when she was 9 earning multiple awards in various trios and ensembles. she was also a part of her high school drill team for 3 years and served as a lieutenant dance officer during her junior and senior years. After graduating, Lauren made the 79th line of the Kilgore College Rangerettes where She trained for 2 years. Her team performed in the opening number of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Cotton Bowl Halftime Show in 2018 and 2019, The State Fair of Texas, and in several performances in Europe throughout her time in Kilgore. Lauren has a huge passion for dance and She can not wait to share it with everyone at DWS!
Alicia Livingston was born in Ohio where she began dancing at the age of two. After moving to Fort Worth, Texas in 2012, she joined a competitive dance team. In 2016 Alicia made her varsity drill team as a freshman and was honored to later be the Senior Lieutenant. Currently, Alicia attends Texas Tech and is majoring in Psychology. She has been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, pom, and kick. Competitions have been a huge part of her life. She has been fortunate enough to travel nationally with her teams and collect numerous titles. Alicia first started assisting dance classes in middle school and went on to instruct dancers of all ages, in all styles. In high school, Alicia choreographed numerous routines for her drill team. She was responsible for the pom routine which scored 1st at every competition. Cleaning and polishing dances is something that Alicia loves. She gets so excited watching the progress of dancers and the overall improvement of the routine. Alicia has always felt like dance studios are her second home. She feels extremely lucky to have had such impactful dance teachers and hopes to bring the same light to the students at DWS!
Sarah Estrada started dancing after seeing The Nutcracker when she was three years old. From there, she trained in classical ballet with Neil and Camille Hess at both Hess School of Dance and Lone Star Ballet. After moving to Lubbock at age 12, she began to expand her dance training by taking tap, modern, and jazz classes. She later studied dance at West Texas A&M, graduating later from Texas Tech University. She has trained with guest artists from all over the world and has guest taught at many different schools throughout West Texas, including Texas Tech University. Sarah performed in Palo Duroc Canyon’s TEXAS: The Musical during her sophomore year of college. She now is a mom to two boys and owns a digital marketing and graphic design company.
Journey Pacheco is from Lubbock Tx, and will be attending Texas Tech with a major in Business Management. Journey recently graduated from Odessa Jr. College in May with an associates in Business Administration along with an associates in General Studies. She was a member of the OC Blues Dance Team for 2 years and was part of the team that won nationals at NDA this year for collegiate hip hop. Journey began dancing at Dance Warehouse in 2011 and was a member of Defiance and Werk Krew for 6 years. She was also a member of the Frenship High school Pom Squad for 3 years and has been dancing since the age of 3 training in all genres of dance. Journey began her teaching career at Dance Warehouse Studios in 2016-2020 and continued at Tammie Locklar’s Dance Studio for the last two years. She can’t wait to begin this new journey of teaching back at her home studio!
Hannah Anderson was born and raised in Waco, TX. She is currently in her sophomore year at Texas Tech studying marketing. She started dance at 4 years old and began competing at 5. She has won many awards in different solos, duets, and groups. She has been trained under Lezley Meyer, Chris Jacobsen, Marcea Lane, and Ashton Grant. Hannah loves dancing and is excited about her first year at Dance Warehouse!