Owners

 

PAIYH is owned by two local moms. We live in this community, and our kids go to local schools. We feel privileged to serve our neighbors and look forward to meeting you!


Jeanna Marie Phillips

Owner, Artistic Director

Jeanna Marie Phillips was born in San Antonio, Texas. She started dancing, singing and acting at the age of five and performed in her first professional production at the age of seven. Jeanna studied Radio, Television and Film and Theater Arts at Texas State University, where she appeared in many musicals and straight plays including "Turandot," "The Wizard of Oz," "A Christmas Carol," "Round and Round the Garden" and "Lend Me a Tenor." She landed a role as a singer/dancer on a cruise line based in Canada and set sail for two years. She moved to California and worked as a professional actor, singer, dancer, stunt performer and stand-in for over ten years. Film and television credits include "Donnie Darko," "Say It Isn’t So," "Nitche," "Sol Goode" and "S Club7." She made her Assistant Directing debut in the film "Chasing Grace" starring Christopher Bacus and Julia Barnett Tracy. Jeanna has over ten years experience in early childhood education, teaching pre-school and substitute teaching in Los Angeles, San Antonio and Austin. She opened her first dance studio in 2002 in Los Angeles.

Jeanna has been blessed to travel, sing, dance, train and befriend many fantastic people from whom she has learned so much. Jeanna enjoys teaching, coaching and mentoring others in dance, music, art, acting, self-confidence and having fun. She looks forward to getting to know you, working together to find your artist within and make all of your goals and dreams come true.

 

Hilary Files

Owner, Business Director

Hilary Files is life-long amateur singer, dancer, and musician. As a child she participated in the children's choirs and musicals at church, while taking ballet and piano lessons. Through her teen years she played the flute in the band and sang in school choirs. She learned guitar and sang at the Hometown Opry in Pasadena, TX. She was a lifeguard and a swim team coach, and she taught swim lessons and tutored girls in math. On weekends she learned to country dance. Hilary attended Rice University in Houston, where she took voice lessons and learned ballroom and swing. She taught dance lessons to her peers and played a cigar girl in “Damn Yankees.” She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering and went on to work as a chip designer, project manager, and business operations manager at Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel. Meanwhile she volunteered doing science experiments with disadvantaged elementary students, taught a high school course in chip design, and edited resumes for college students. At church she sang in the choir and led songs with the praise team.

Currently Hilary shares her love of music and dance with her daughter and son. She still sings in the church choir and helps direct the children's choir. She is excited to be a part of Put Art In Your Heart, where her daughter has taken dance since it opened in Austin, and her son is a hip hop "shortie." As someone who chose a primary discipline in a field outside of art, she believes her life experience has been truly enhanced by fine arts.