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head Director 

Melanie Phillips

I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated from Brandeis High School and was a dance officer my senior year. I went to Texas State University, graduated with a BFA in Dance Education, and was a Texas State Strutter for 3 wonderful years. While on the team, I was a Line Officer, and was on Pom Squad and Jazz Elite. My last year on Strutters I was Voted Best Dancer by my teammates. During my time on Strutters, I had the privilege of performing in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade and in the Disneyland Parade in Paris, France. 

 

From 2015-2019, I taught at Saritas Dance Studio in San Antonio. While at Saritas, I taught Jazz, Hip Hop & Contemporary to dancers ages 6-19. Upon graduation, I started working for ShowMakers of America, and have been a staff member for 6 years. I have had the privilege of choreographing pieces for Summer Camps and work internal affairs for Contests. 

 

In 2018, I started my career at Pat Neff Middle School in San Antonio, TX where I built the first dance program from the ground up. The following year in 2019, I moved up to Round Rock, TX, where I was the Varsity Dance Team Assistant Director and the Ensemble Dance Team Director. In 2020, I had the privilege of returning home, to direct the Smithson Valley Silver Spurs. I am thrilled to continue growing this legendary program, and look forward to my 3rd year year filled with all the traditional ranger events!
 
Fun facts about me! I have an unhealthy coffee addiction, with no plans on quitting. I have 2 crazy cats, the most supportive husband and I am always looking for TV show recommendations!

Assistant Director 

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Jaqueline Olivares

Ms. Olivares is entering her 7th year teaching! She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education in 2016 and received her Master of Arts in Dance Education from Texas Woman's University in 2020. She is currently a Doctoral student at Columbia University, pursuing an Ed.D. in Dance Education.

 

While at Texas State, she was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company and The World Famous Texas State Strutters.

 

She continues training and expanding her dance knowledge by attending dance educator workshops and taking masterclasses from renowned choreographers and master teachers. She has most recently presented research at the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) and at Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA). 

 

Ms. Olivares has served as a council member with the District Educational Improvement Council (DEIC) and sat in on pilot-studies for Comal ISD. She has also served as a cooperative teacher/mentor for Texas State University's Dance student teachers. 

 

In her free time, she loves chasing after her husky, Eliza and her Great Pyrenees, Valentina!