Janet began her training under the direction of Virgie Lee Emmons of Houston, TX at the age of five. Virgie instilled a love of dance in her that continues to this day. She continued dancing through her high school years and attended college at Sam Houston State University where she studied for a degree in dance. Janet taught classes at many area studios, but predominately at Paula Evelo's Dance Studio. She eventually became co-director of the studio and was later given the opportunity to carry on Paula's traditions in a studio of her own, Living Lines Dance Center. Mrs. Thompson continues to take classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga all over Houston. Janet has attended many dance workshops over the years where she's studied under professionals from all over the country. With over 35 years of teaching, Janet has the knowledge and experience to provide a quality dance education. More than anything, her love for dance has been a driving force in her life and has brought years of joy. This is what she hopes to pass on to her students.
Courtney has been dancing since she was four years old and has been teaching dance since she was fifteen. Courtney was a competitive dancer for Village Dance Center under the instruction of Jaci Smith, Dream Dance Center under the instruction of Kristen Larimore and Dance Central LLC under the instruction of Danielle Shoaf. After graduating from Cypress Falls High School, Courtney taught dance part time while pursuing a bachelor's degree in Education at the University of Houston specializing in Secondary Science. She was also a member of Planet Funk's Pro Team under the direction of Katrina Hansen and Shawn Welling. Courtney is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop. She also very much enjoys teaching ballet and tap combo classes for ages 3 - 9 although she is experience in all levels of dance ability. Courtney is now a seventh grade Science teacher in Cypress Fairbanks ISD as well as a Robotics Head Coach for her campus. Courtney loves being around children and enriching her their minds and talent. In her free time, you can find her drawing or taking dance classes of her own.
Mandy began dancing at the age of two and a half at Paul Evelo’s Dance Studio in Houston where she studied tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics, pointe and lyrical with Paula Evelo and Miss Janet for over 16 years. After graduating from Langham Creek High School, Mandy attended Sam Houston State University where she received a BFA in Theater Arts and a minor in History. While at Sam, Mandy studied Ballet with Jonathan Charles and Dana Nicolay. Around Houston, Mandy has performed onstage with Texas Rep Theatre, Mainstreet Theatre, Stageworks, Country Playhouse, Upstage Theater, Playhouse 1960, Cone Man Running and many others. Most recently Mandy can be found playing her most exciting role yet, mother to her baby girl Rebecca!
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Kathy workedprofessionally as a sales and customer service rep with Allstate Insurance forover 20 years and retired in 2016. Shegrew up with Janet and they have been friends for more years then they willpublicly admit too! She has helped atprevious recitals in the dressing room with our younger dancers. Janet asked her to come out of retirement towork the front desk and Kathy is enjoying being around all the happy studentsand getting to know their parents.
Annie began her career as a dance studio dog after being rescued off the streets of Northeast Houston by Jonathan Vacek. Annie has since almost died a couple of times. A strict diet and a lot of love has helped her through all that business. Speaking of business, as studio dog, she usually just makes people smile with her irresistable charm, but she is also instrumental in keeping the Living Lines Dance Center owner company. Annie has been trained to use the restroom outside, to alert everyone when someone new enters the room, and keep quiet when official business is in progress. Annie is a treasure; she is quite possibly worth her weight in gold.
"I feel so fortunate to have been introduced to Living Lines Dance Center and Janet Thompson. I thoroughly enjoy the adult tap class, and most recently, the cardio class. Janet has an excellent facility and she is a very dedicated and caring owner/teacher. She is truly passionate about dancing and it shows in all that she does. Janet has wonderful staff that also takes pride in their instruction and their students. I was so impressed with last year's recital and every ones' enthusiasm and joy in all their dances. Janet and her staff are true role models and are making a positive difference in all they do."
"We have been with Living Lines Dance Center for more than 2 years now. My 10 year old daughter loves coming to class. She likes to talk about her dance class and always wants to practice. We have seen students of the same age as my daughter who started since kindergarten and they dance remarkably and passionately. We are grateful that the music that they use for student dances are edited reflecting their ages. Thanks to Ms. Janet, the owner and teacher, the staff is friendly and the teachers are wonderful. They do an incredible job with the children. We are so glad that we found this place."
- Mrs. E.D.
"Living Lines has provided a secure social and dance environment that has allowed our daughters to grow as both dancers and young ladies."
- Lindsey and Stacie Everson
Living Lines Dance Center offers classes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip-Hop, Pilates, Yoga, and Zumba. Beginner - Advanced • Ages 3 - Adult.
"A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living."
- Joseph Pilates