who we are

Janet Thompson

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Janet Thompson • Owner/Instructor

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.


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Courtney Haney • Instructor

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. 

Courtney Haney

Brian

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Angela McMillian • Instructor

Angela is a native to Houston, TX. She began her training at a local studio where Janet Thompson was teaching! Although Angela never had the opportunity to take class from Janet, she always admired her! Angela began her professional training in 2004 with the METtoo Youth Company. During that time, she had the opportunity to perform works by Steven Boyd, John r. stronks, Pattie Obey, Kiesha White, Kiki Lucas and many other prestigious artists. She is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she also had the opportunity to train under some of the greatest teachers in Houston. Angela graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in December 2013 with a BA in Liberal Studies. She currently teaches and choreographs at several studios in the Greater Houston area. Angela lives in the Jersey Village area with her husband, they are expecting a baby girl in October 2016!


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Kristin Dvorak • Instructor

Kristin started dancing at the age of three. She first trained at Theatre Under The Stars and Carolyn Roberts School of Dance training in jazz and ballet. She spent three years training in gymnastics at Finch's Gymnastics U.S.A. and three years on the Tomball Sophistakats drill team. Kristin has performed in cheerleading, junior and varsity drill teams at junior high and high school events and competitions. She danced at Lakewood Elite where she was invited to join their competition team "Rhythmasters" who were National Championships at the time. She has received both third place awards and first place awards at talent shows using her own choreography. She spent three years as a Varsity member of her high school drill team at Tomball High School and one year as Varsity Captain. She danced professionally with Planet Funk Academy where she trained for years in hip hop and street jazz. Kristin has performed at Super Bowl XXXVIII, Club Hush and local car shows. She has choreographed for dance competitions, cheer competitions, drill teams and car shows. Kristin has danced at Fairfield Dance Center, Vicki Michelle's, Marvelous Motion, So Real Dance Studio (So Real Cru) and Soundbox Studios. She has performed and trained with choreographers such as Kimbrlee Childress, Tesia Truitt and Lindsay Slott of Distorted X. She has taken classes from famous choreographer Wade Robson and Brandon Harrell – a member of America's Best Dance Crew winner: I.aM.mE. She has choreographed a number of award winning solos, duets, and company routines receiving numerous first place awards and high point overall awards. Kristin started her own business called Hip-Hop with K.Lee in October of 2009 directing her own hip hop company. In her spare time she writes and records her own songs. She has been teaching for seven years and cannot imagine doing anything else! She has a daughter she feels will surely share the same love for dance.

Kristin Dvorak

Sophie Brooks

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Kathy Hawkins • Office Manager

Kathy is awesome. Specifics coming soon.


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Annie Thompson • Chief Security Officer

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.





what people say

"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."

-Helen Fox

"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





our new location

Living Lines Dance Center
9720 Jones Rd. Suite 120
Houston, TX 77065
P: (281) 955-6867
contact@livinglinesdance.com



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Classes

dance classes

Living Lines Dance Center offers classes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip-Hop, Pilates, Yoga, and Zumba. Beginner - Advanced • Ages 3 - Adult.

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Pilates

pilates

"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

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