Our Team

 

Taylor Rainbolt

Creative Director

 

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.

 

Jane Bernick

Instructor

 

Jane Bernick began dancing at the age of eleven, and has engaged in the art ever since. She was a four year member of the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes, where she served as an officer. Over the years, she has had many exciting dance opportunities, such as performing in Disney World and opening for the Radio City Rockettes. Jane earned a degree in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin, and is pursuing a masters degree in Social Work. Entering her seventh year teaching at PAIYH, Jane loves working with children and is excited to share her love of dance with her students.

 

Lizzi Wood

Instructor

 

Lizzi Wood began dancing at the age of 3 in Austin, Texas. Throughout high school, she performed with Visions in Rhythm Pre­Professional Dance Company in addition to being a member of the James Bowie High School Silver Stars. She has trained in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. Lizzi received her BFA in Dance from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago in May 2016, where she performed works by Erika Randall, Victor Alexander, Kristina Isabelle, Dr. Xi Zhang, Carrie Hanson, and Alexa Giacinto. She has also had the joy of taking classes and workshops with Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, David Rousseve, Bill T. Jones, and Andrea Miller. She is thrilled to be teaching at PAIYH and is thankful to be doing what she loves with an excellent group of people!

 

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.

 

Kelsey Clark

Instructor

 

Kelsey Clark was born in Austin, Texas and has been dancing in the Texas Hill Country area since age 7. She is trained in all disciplines including jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap, musical theater, drill team, and contemporary. At age 13, Kelsey began competing on a kick-line team and a multi-discipline team and competed at competitions such as Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Competition, Starlight, and Talent on Parade, where they received multiple awards. She was trained by professionals including Heather O'Hara, (former Radio City Rockette and performer in Cirque du Soleil), Rocker Verastique (from the original Broadway company Chicago), Danny Herman (from Contact and A Chorus Line), and Chris Scott (the movie Step Up). In 2009, Kelsey won a Scholarship for classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City while attending Blast Dance Convention. She was a member of Lake Travis Cavalettes, and has performed at Disney World's Epcot. Kelsey attended Texas Tech University and earned her Bachelor's in Business Management with a double major in Marketing. She currently works in business development at an IT engineering firm in Austin, TX. Kelsey has been teaching at PAIYH for 5 years. She believes dance is an incredible way to build confidence and work ethic both in the studio and in life.

 

Jacqueline Bech

Instructor

 

Jacqueline Bech has been dancing since she was three. She studied Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for four years until she became interested in Musical Theatre when she was seven. Jacqueline has performed in many musicals, such as "Grease" and "Annie," and played the lead role in PAIYH's original musical "Noel." While continuing her high school studies, Jacqueline takes classes in Acting and Hip Hop, which is her main passion.

 

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.