Where are they now....
Kelly graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Dance Performance. Right after graduation she began working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She has also performed at the Mary Kay Convention with Larrwell Productions in Dallas and in the Kirby VanBurch Magic Show in Branson, MO.
Alycia Davis, a San Antonio native, began her dance training at the age of 4 under the direction of Deborah Pamplin at Dance Plus. This is also where she began her dance teaching training. From the age of 6-15, Alycia was a part of the Dance Plus competition team. Through some of her middle school and high school years, Alycia was a part of the RPM Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Barbara Philips. While in RPM, Alycia had the privilege to attend some of America's biggest tap festivals. Through RPM, Alycia was able to attend classes and learn choreography from some of the most well known tap dancers of today like the late Buster Cooper, Lane Alexander, Jason Samuel Smith, Lisa La Touche, Dianne Walker, Nicole Hockenberry, Jay Fagan, Derick Grant and many more. Alycia attended North East School of the Performing Arts (NESA). In 2005, Alycia decided to pursue ballet more intently and moved her training to Ballet San Antonio Academy where she had the honor of dancing with Ballet San Antonio's professional company as a trainee and performed in their annual production on The Nutcracker and their spring concert Off Center. Upon graduation in 2009, Alycia moved to Jackson, Mississippi where she was accepted into Ballet Magnificat!'s Trainee Program under the direction of Keith and Kathy Thibodeaux. While dancing with Ballet Magnificat! for three years, Alycia had the opportunity to participate in many outreach performance along with their annual productions of A Christmas Dream and Snow Queen. After graduating from the trainee program in 2012, Alycia married Jonathan Davis. Together, they were sent to Tegucigalpa, Honduras by Ballet Magnificat! as a part of their International Outreach program. There Alycia taught ballet in an arts studio to students ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 40 year old. Upon returning to the states in the spring of 2013, Alycia and her husband had their first baby, Lydia. Alycia taught at Dance Plus until the summer of 2022. She is now a full-time mom.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Larah Pamplin has been a dancer and choreographer in New York City for the past 10 years. A graduate of Pace University’s BFA Commercial Dance Program, she toured with “This Moment On” honoring Chita Rivera with Victory Dance Project, as well as dancing in the touring cast on Holland America Cruise Line’s MS Eurodam. Larah danced with Synthesis Dance Co. as well as CoreContemporary Dance Co. in New York for 5 seasons. Larah is currently the co-director of Anumusmovement Contemporary Company and is a member of 12 Contemporary Dance Company in Colorado. Some of her performance experience includes the New York Film Academy, New Works show with Eric Taylor Dance Co, and New York City Salon. Larah is a co-founder/choreographer of the dance show EMERGENCE. Larah cherishes being able to share her knowledge of the industry with young dancers all over the country.
Jana Matthews began her dance training at Dance Plus at the age of four, and the studio holds special memories for her. Jana is now a professional dancer who has danced from coast to coast. Most recently, she has performed at Wonders Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC. She has also danced at various theme parks, including Six Flags America (MD), Holiday World (IN), Six Flags Darien Lake (NY), Sea World San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. During a stint in California, Jana was a member of the Nanette Brodie Dance Theater and danced in a show with Mindy Copeland’s Tap Overload. She also spent three summers as a featured dancer in the outdoor musical drama TEXAS at Palo Duro Canyon. Jana has performed as a magician’s assistant on Disney Cruise Lines and in Las Vegas. In her spare time, she occasionally models and DJs for dance parties. Jana earned a BFA in dance from West Texas A&M University in 2016. During those years, Jana was especially proud of her “Silent Night” dance video made for GLO at Victory Church in Amarillo. She also had great fun dancing in an Amarillo College commercial, which began airing in July 2014. Jana continues to teach as she is able and to choreograph for herself and her students. Someday she may settle down in a dance company. . . but not yet.
After several years away from San Antonio, Julie Matthews-Willis has returned to teach and work with the competition teams at Dance Plus. During her time away, Julie earned a BFA in dance from West Texas A&M University in 2017. She also accumulated several years of professional dance experience. She danced with the Amarillo Opera and was a featured dancer and swing for three seasons of TEXAS! The Outdoor Musical at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. While attending WTAMU, Julie was featured in a group piece that won honors at the American College Dance Association regional conference. She was also pleased to be featured in a tap solo choreographed by George Bohn and in a jazz solo she choreographed herself. In 2019, Julie started Solas Dance Theatre, a performance group associated with Dance Plus. Her choreography has been featured in Solas shows, VISIONS OF OCTOBER and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, as well as in WTAMU's FALLING INTO DANCE, TEXAS ORIGINALS and HAUNTED RIVER at the Arneson River Theater. Julie is delighted to be back home at Dance Plus.
Christian was a student at Dance Plus for over 10 years. She was a member of the Dance Plus competition team for 6 years. Christain was a 4 year member of her high school dance team, serving as Colonel her junior and senior years. Christian graduated from Madison High School, attended McLennan Community College on a dance scholarship, then returned to teach at Dance Plus while she pursued a Bachelor and a Masters degree at UTSA. She now owns her own dance studio.
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Krista is a former Dance Plus student, competition team member and teacher.
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Erin is a former student of Dance Plus and and was a part of the Churchill High School dance program for four years. She was an officer for the pep squad and was part of the varsity team the "Lancer Dancers" for her senior year. Erin is currently teaching at Reagan High School and will be working with their Pep Squad. Erin was a Teacher at Dance Plus from 2011 until summer 2015.
Brooke has been a Dance Plus employee since 2013 and a student at Dance Plus for over 15 years. She was a member of the Dance Plus competition team for 11 years. Brooke was a 3 year member of her high school dance team, serving as Lt. Colonel and Colonel her junior and senior years. Brooke graduated from Samuel Clemens High School in June 2014 and attended McLennan Community College on a dance scholarship.