About Us

 

What's with the funny name?

PAIYH is pronounced "Pie-Yuh" and is an acronym for "Put Art In Your Heart."

 

Our Philosophy

PAIYH Dance Studios offers Dance and Fine Arts education for children, teens and adults. The PAIYH curriculum is designed to develop age-appropriate technique, inspire confidence, and help each student achieve current and future goals.

We aim to foster artistic and personal growth in a fun and positive environment. We offer two performance opportunities per dance season. Our music choices, choreography, and costumes are conservative and kid-friendly. Stop by any time for a studio tour. We'd love to meet you!

 

Beth Ann Hawley
Owner, Artistic Director

 

Our Team

 

Beth Ann Hawley

Owner, Artistic Director

 

Beth Ann Hawley is a 10+ year resident of Lake Travis, a wife, and a mother of 5. She is a former dance teacher and drill team director for Lake Travis High School, Killeen High School, and served as a long term sub at Harker Heights High School. Beth Ann has been a competitive dance director, recreational instructor, subbed, and taught locally for years as a private instructor. She has choreographed numerous award-winning pieces for schools, colleges, and studios, nationwide. She does contract adjudication for auditions and competitions, and works seasonally for 8 National Talent, a dance competition company. Beth Ann holds a Texas Teaching Certification in Dance and a BA in Theatre & Dance from The University of Texas at Austin, where she cheered on the Longhorns as a member of the Texas Pom Squad. She also attended Kilgore College, where she danced as a member of the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. Beth Ann is currently co-president for LTYA Cheer, and has been a head coach for 4 years. Beth Ann is excited to take over the reins at PAIYH Dance Studios, as owning her own studio has been a life-long dream.

 

Lizzi Wood

Creative Director

 

Lizzi Wood is a performer and dance educator based in Austin, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago in May 2016. While in school, she performed works by Erika Randall, Victor Alexander, Kristina Isabelle, Dr. Xi Zhang, Carrie Hanson, and Alexa Giacinto. While pursuing her studies, she also engaged in classes and workshops with world renowned choreographers Stephen Petronio, David Rousseve, Bill T. Jones, and Andrea Miller. Her second passion is writing, and as a dance blogger, she has interviewed artists such as Joe Goode, Rennie Harris, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. She is currently in her 3rd season performing with site-specific dance company Dance Waterloo, where she has been seen in evening-length works Panorama Playground, Off the Wall, and Therefore. In 2017, she appeared in Re-Collect: A Dance Film (Directed/Choreographed by Morgal Teel), which debuted in NYC at Gibney Dance and in Austin as a part of East Austin Studio Tours. Currently, she is studying to become a certified instructor with Youth Protection Advocates in Dance, an organization committed to maintaining appropriate standards of education for children in the dance community. She is entering her third year teaching all ages and abilities at PAIYH Dance Studios and is excited to step into a new role as Creative Director!

 

Taylor Rainbolt

Instructor

 

Taylor Rainbolt first received her dance training from Ingram School of Dance, which was founded in 1933 and is one of the oldest studios in Texas. In High School, she served as 1st Lieutenant and Captain of the Brigadettes Drill Team her junior and senior years. After studying dance at Lamar University, she transferred to Austin to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from St. Edward’s University. Taylor is currently a company member of Austin City Showgirls, Austin Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Diverse Space Dance Theatre. She has had the privilege of working with and taking master classes from Sean Carmon of Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Mia Michaels, and the Radio City Rockettes. Taylor has choreographed for the film "Nedventure," Life Kids Studios of Life Austin Church, Southeast Texas Drill Teams, Beaumont Ballet Theatre, Solid Ground Dance Collective, and the Austin City Showgirls. Some of Taylor’s credits include backup dancing for international superstar FEY, backup dancing for performer Nigel Rowe, and being a member of the cast and crew for the film Chasing Grace directed by Julia Barnett Tracy. In Austin, Taylor has been in productions by Austin Shakespeare, Zilker Theatre Productions, and special events at the ZACH Theatre. Some of her past roles include Veronica (God of Carnage), Bobbie (Some Girl(s)), Ariel (The Tempest), and serving as director for BUG. She is thankful to work alongside the talented team at PAIYH and have the chance to instill a love for the Arts in her students.

 

Danielle Ehoff

Instructor

 

Danielle Ehoff began cultivating a love for dance when she was three years old, but started a serious study of ballet at the age of nine at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy. Over the years at Inland Pacific Ballet, Danielle was afforded many opportunities to perform in their productions of “The Nutcracker,”, “Giselle,” “Little Mermaid,” “Cinderella,” and excerpts from “Dracula." Her summer intensive studies include Inland Pacific Ballet, The School of American Ballet in New York, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, and Ballet Austin. While attending the summer program at The Pacific Northwest ballet summer of 2010 she was accepted with a scholarship into the Professional Division of their school for the 2010-2011 school. After attending a summer at Ballet Austin in 2013, she was invited to stay as a trainee with the company 2013- 2014 where she performed with Ballet Austin and Ballet Austin II. Danielle is excited to be performing with the Austin Dance Project and Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble this season.

 

LB Flett

Instructor

 

LB (Laura Beth) Flett is a performer, choreographer, and dance educator from Louisiana currently residing in Austin, Texas. She has trained in a variety of dance genres, primarily ballet and contemporary, for 17 years. She recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. As a member of UT Austin’s Dance Repertory Theatre, she has performed in works by renowned choreographers such as Ananya Chatterjea, Charles O. Anderson, and Adrienne Hurd. More recently, she has choreographed pieces for UT’s Dance Repertory Theatre, directed a short dance film titled "Eclipse on a Parking Garage," and is now choreographing and performing with local band TC Superstar. As a dedicated artist and educator, LB believes in providing a quality dance education to young people that will prepare them to be healthy, creative, and conscientious individuals in all aspects of their lives.

 

Maci McFarlin

Instructor

 

Maci McFarlin started her dance training at the age of 3 with Keely Jardell’s School of Dance. There she performed in A Whimsical Christmas with Mid- County Performing Arts for 7 years and was also a part of the KJSD Competition team all through school. She was the Captain of the Nederland Westernaires drill team her senior year in high school. She studied dance and theatre at Lamar University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre, both with honors. Some of Maci’s past roles include: Beatrice (A View from the Bridge), Sheena (Slasher), Shelia (in an Inspector Calls), and Ariel (William Shakespeare’s The Tempest). Maci is currently a dancer and choreographer for the Austin City Showgirls and is also a dancer for Austin Contemporary Dance Theatre and Diverse Space Dance Theatre. She has been a dancer for Lamar University’s Dance Company, Cardinal Dancers, THEM Dance Company, and Solid Ground Dance Collective. Maci was the musical theatre dance director for BCP’s Bolton Broadway Voice afterschool program. She has choreographed for multiple musicals with Nederland High School and Beaumont Community Players. She also has choreographed for Austin City Showgirls and Lamar University’s Dance Company where she was awarded Best Choreography and Best Actress in 2013. She has also had the pleasure of working with Sean Carmen of Alvin Ailey Dance Company and world known choreographer Donald McKayle. She is excited to begin her first year with the creative team at PAIYH and is very thankful for the opportunity to continuing sharing her passion for dance with the students.

 

Meg Hubbarth

Instructor

 

Meg is thrilled to be sharing her passion for the performing arts with the tiny dancers at PAIYH. She is the theatre arts teacher at Sycamore Springs Middle School in Dripping Springs. When she is not teaching or performing in plays around town, she enjoys spending time with her precocious 5 year old, hiking, and reading.

 

Emma Elizabeth Parsons

Instructor

 

Emma Elizabeth Parsons discovered her passion for the arts at the tender age of two. Since then she has appeared in countless productions on the stages of Zach Theatre, TexARTS, Westlake High School, and of course PAIYH, where she started dance classes 4 years ago. She is currently studying to pursue film and stage acting through a number of intense programs while finishing up her high school studies. After touring Title I schools performing PSA influenced productions to educate the younger generation this past year, Emma realized her love for helping children discover their own passion and growth of knowledge through the arts. She truly feels performing has changed her life and hopes that her students will one day be able to say the same for themselves.

 

Jaelynn Michelle Reyes

Instructor

 

Jaelynn Michelle Reyes has been dancing and cheering since she was 2 years old. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop and Cheer. She was a cheerleader back in her hometown of McAllen, Texas. When she moved to Lakeway she was a part of the Hudson Bend Middle School dance team. She is currently a student at Lake Travis High School and a dancer PAIYH Dance Studios. She enjoys sharing her enthusiastic love with dance with her students.

 

Rylei Brown

Instructor

 

Rylei Brown , 23, is the oldest of seven kids in a mixed Latin American family. Since the age of six has been acting at community colleges and performing in local community theaters. At fourteen he took his first hip hop class and fell in love, competing at various competitions such as Monsters Of Hip Hop and World Of Dance. When he’s not spending time at the studio, Rylei enjoys doing parkour and eating pizza.