120 NW Newton
Burleson, TX 76028

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Teacher Bios

Cristin Herr Leoni

Owner of Studio C Dance, Cristin began her dance training at the age of two in Burleson. She began dancing professionally at the age of 16 while attending Joshua High School. She was awarded her B.A. from the University of North Texas in Denton.

She traveled extensively throughout the U.S., performing in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Tampa for such companies as Mary Kay Cosmetics, American Airlines, Wilsonart International, 7-Eleven, Sally Beauty Supply, State Beauty Supply, MAC Tools, Forever Living Products, and Fannie Mae Housing Foundation. Cristin also performed in Munich and Frankfort, Germany for five years with Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Most recently, Cristin appeared in Tony and Tina’s Wedding at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. She has also performed in numerous productions at Bass Hall and Casa Manana, such as 42nd Street, Bye Bye Birdie, The Wizard of Oz, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

She has served as choreographer for the Burleson High School Showchoir for 14 years and choreographed musicals for Burleson High School including, The Boyfriend, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, Honk, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Seussical the Musical.

She is a life-long learner and continues her dance education each year attending master classes and dance conventions and recently became a certified Kindermusik® educator.


Leslie Jones

Leslie has been a dance educator for 25 years. She attended Oklahoma City University and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas Wesleyan University.

She cultivated the Performing Arts program at Arlington Heights High School.

She has performed, choreographed and directed many industrial shows all over the U.S. Her performing credits include a varied range of shows from opening for country superstars to tapping in 42nd Street at Bass Hall. This is her third year at studio C Dance.


Lavoy King

Lavoy King began his dance training at age 12 and continued his education at Lamar High School. He studied professionally with industry choreographers such as Gil Duldulao, Tyce Diorio and Shawnette Heard.

Lavoy’s dynamic and innovative choreography has won top honors at regional and national competitions and includes two first place National Titles. His teaching style and personality is unmatched and parents and students alike benefit from his exciting and uplifting approach to teaching. Lavoy is the owner of Texas Got Talent Dance Competition and has performed with artists such as Amanda Perez and Nina Sky, and the Dallas Mavericks Drum Line.

This is his 6th year teaching at Studio C Dance.


Elise Lavallee

As a dancer, Elise received her trained with Margo Dean School of Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. Professionally she was a member of The Bruce Wood Dance Company, Ballet Concerto, and has performed in many musical theater productions with theatres that include Casa Manana and The Dallas Theater Center.

Along with being a professional dancer, Elise has been teaching, and choreographing for many years now. As an instructor, she works with Kids Who Care, and is their principal choreographer. She also teaches for Margo Dean School of Ballet, and has given Master classes at Theatre Arts programs such as Arlington Heights High School.

Some of her stage choreography credits include: A Very Merry Unauthorized Scientology Pageant (Circle Theatre), A Year With Frog And Toad (Casa Manana), West Side Story (Kids Who Care). She also was the assistant director in Dallas Theatre Centers production of Give It Up (Lysistrata Jones), which has just finished its run on Broadway. DVD credits: (Barney and Friends) choreographer for Barney’s Music Video “I Hear Music Everywhere”, and assistant choreographer for “Let’s Make Music”, and “Let's Go To The Fire House”.

Studio C Dance is proud to welcome Elise in her first year teaching at our studio.