Kathy Marfin Gray - Founder ..brings to the Dance School 15 years of private study in Classical Ballet under the direction of Rosita Samelson, formerly of the Alician Alonso Ballet Co. of Cuba as well as extensive training in Jazz Dance with Charles Atterbury, Paula Lynn, Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordono as well as many great Master Teachers from LA to NY. In addition, she has studied and performed Tap, Modern, Musical Comedy, Creative and Lyrical Dance, Mime, and Choreography as well as Voice at Texas Christian University and the University of Incarnate Word where she also served as Assistant Instructor for Lucille Wheaton's Ballet School on campus. Ms. Marfin Gray participated in the American Dance Camp in New York where she attended classes with the principal dancers of the New York City Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and Character Dance under Master Yurek Lawsoski. She attended a Ballet Teachers Seminar under Maria Vegh at the Atlanta Ballet School.
Kathy Marfin Gray's experience includes serving as Assistant Director, Choreographer and Dancer of the First Contemporary Dance Co. of San Antonio and Dancer / Instructor for the Carver Contemporary Dance Ensemble. She also was a Dancer and the Choreographer for the popular "Senior" Musicals at Alamo Heights High School for 8 years, Dance Instructor/Choreographer of the Texas Military Institute Junior High Dance Team for two years and Choreographer for the Mission Belles for three years, winning them many Regional and National Awards.
Ms. Marfin Gray was also Dancer/Actress/Choreographer as well as Instructor of Ballet and Disco Workshops for Adults at the San Antonio Fine Arts Center, Choreographer of the First Presbyterian Church Players for three years and choreographed a Musical for the University of Incarnate Word Drama Department. She also choreographed many winning Competition Pieces for local and surrounding High School Dance Teams, Flag Teams, Pageants and solo Audition Pieces. Ms. Marfin Gray was Instructor for the St. Mary's Hall Fine Arts Program, two years, Instructor of the Upper School Honors Dancers, three years and later served as Dance Instructor of the St. Mary's Hall Upper School Dance Department.
Ms. Marfin Gray opened her studio since 1979. For 30 years she taught Ballet, Pointe, Country Western Dancing, Jazz and Lyrical Jazz Dance as well as numerous Dance Team Prep Clinic at the studio. Ms. Marfin Gray was Director of the KMDS Competition Team for 12 years, as well as a Choreographer. Her Competition choreography, instructors and students have placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd at National Competitions, receiving cash awards for Highest Scores with students receiving Scholarships to Ballet Seminars and various Judges Awards.
Tiffany Harmon - Owner/ Director/ Instructor - Tap, Tumbling/Acro, Hip-hop, Musical Theater Dance, and Competition Choreographer ...grew up at Kathy Marfin’s Dance School, looking up to her step-mother Kathy who was a great inspiration and wonderful dance teacher.She took dancing for most of her childhood, studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Drill and Hip-hop, as well as being a competitive gymnast and cheerleader.Tiffany was a gymnast for five years with Alamo City Gymnastics and Harris Unlimited Gymnastics, competing in all events and excelling at floor and bars. She was also a cheerleader for CHEERS for two years, attending and demonstrating for two of their summer camps.Tiffany worked throughout High School and College for Kathy Marfin’s Dance School, including management, teaching, running the front office, sales and backstage assistance at each recital.She went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing from Southwest Texas State University in 2000. She also has over 10 years of management, finance and marketing experience and has several financial licenses in Insurance, Stocks & Bonds.After a foray into the financial world, Tiffany discovered her true passion was the world of dance.She took on the Director position of Kathy Marfin’s Dance School in 2000, and took over as Owner in 2009 when Kathy retired.
Tiffany is also the Director of The Leading Edge Dance Company, a pre-professional performance and competition team formed from the students at Kathy Marfin’s Dance School.She firmly believes in attending as many workshops, intensive and conventions as possible, with her, her staff and her students attending two to four conventions a year, including Texas Association Teachers of Dancing, Tremaine, JUMP, DanceMakers Inc, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Joffrey Ballet Summer Programs, Rockettes Summer Intensive, Ailey Summer Intensive and many more. Her choreography and routines have won numerous distringuished awards including IDE Outstanding Performance "Best in Tap", two Al Gilbert awards, Video of the Year Finalist, SDA Regional Champion, "Better than Broadway" award, 4 times Golden Ticket Highest Scoring routine, Tap Excellence award, as well as three Entertainment Awards. Tiffany is active in all areas of Dance and Tumbling; she is a member of the Teacher Advisory Panel for Discount Dance Supply and Theatricals Costumes, a member of San Antonio Dance Umbrella, a member of International Tap Association, a two year Co. Dance Teachers Program certified teacher, a Certified Instructor through USA Gymnastics, a Certified Instructor through Acrobatic Arts, a Sponsor of National Honor Society of Dance Arts, and a Certified Instructor through Texas Association Teachers of Dancing.
James Harmon - Owner/Business Manager...became part of Kathy Marfin's Dance School family in 2005, when he married Tiffany. Over the years he as helped in various ways around the studio, including photography, billing, computer work, building improvements and working at each recital. Before permanently joining the KMDS family full-time in March of 2010, James had worked in Project Management for 10 years. He Is a San Antonio photographer, in which he has photographed for Kathy Marfin's Dance School, The Leading Edge Dance Company, Samuel Clemens Dance and Drill Teams, San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio Dance Umbrella, Orchesis Dance Company at Texas State University, 2017 Texas Lineman Rodeo and many individuals.
Carrie Vicana - Dance Instructor - 3 Years, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Social Dance and LEDC Choreographer, Director of Ballet and Modern Programs ...has a Bachelor of Science in Dance, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Management from Southwest Texas State University, where she was on the Dean's list for 4 years and was honored for outstanding academic achievement by the Education Department. She has also completed all teacher certification courses at Southwest Texas and was an assistant teacher at Goodnight Middle School in San Marcos. Carrie has 13 years of Ballet and 13 years of Modern Dance experience, and received her training from Kathy Marfin's Dance School, Performing Arts School of Classical Ballet, Connally's Dance Workshop, San Antonio College, and Southwest Texas State University. Carrie is also a Dance Instructor at Northwest Vista College, where she instructs classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Ballroom and Swing, as well as a choreographer for the Repertory Dance Ensemble. Additionally, she has choreographed for the Houston Community College annual dance showcase. She is also a Co. Dance Teachers Program certified teacher, as well as a certifiied ballet teacher with Texas Association Teachers of Dancing. Carrie has been a member of and performed with San Antonio Modern Dancer's Co-Laboratory for many years, including the performance "Carving the Curve," a performance at the 5th Annual Sculptors Dominion International Outdoor Sculpture Invitational. She has also performed in Share the Beat in 2009, Project Aftrica with UIW in 2010, Luminaria and the Houston Fringe Festival with China Cart Productions in "Amazonia" in 2010, and with Erison Dancers in "Prototype" in 2011, "Reveloution" in 2012 and multiple performances for WIP and WIP Creme. Most recently she performed and choreographed for the Texas State "Welcome Back" alumni concert, celebrating 50 years of Dance, the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing for the San Antonio Library, as well as Share the Beat. This past year, Carrie joined the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Dance Umbrella. This is Carrie's seventeenth year with Kathy Marfin's Dance School.
Hailey Sindelar - Dance Instructor - Ballet, Jazz and Competition Choreographer....danced with Kathy Marfin's Dance School for 15 years, studying Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Cheerleading and Tumbling. She was a six year member of The Leading Edge Dance Company, KMDS Competition Team, winning many top awards including numerous 1st Place Overalls, Platinums, a "Great Chemistry" Judges Award, a National Championship and a Power Pak Finalist. While dancing with KMDS and LEDC, she danced at many performances including Luminaria in 2009 and 2010, Share the Beat in 2009, and Project Africa at UIW in 2010. Hailey was awarded from KMDS "Outstanding Cheer Student" in 2004, "Outstanding Jazz Student" in 2007, "Outstanding Modern Student" in 2008, "Outstanding Ballet Student" in 2011 and "Student of the Year" in 2012. Hailey graduated Summa Cum Laude from MacArthur High School in 2012, where she was the UIL Computer Apps District Champion and an active member of Future Business Leaders of America. Hailey has received her Associates Degree in Dance from San Antonio College, where she was chosen as the Distinguished Graduate for the Dance Department. She is currently attending Texas State University to finish a BFA in Dance with a teaching certificate, where is a member and this year's President of Ochesis Dance Company. This is Hailey's seventh year as an Instructor at Kathy Marfin’s Dance School.
Gretel Campbell - Dance Instructor - 6 Years, Hip-hop & Tumble Tots, Jazz, Musical Theater and Tumbling, Competition Choreographer..brings to Kathy Marfin's Dance School many years of Dance and Theater education and performance. She has studied various styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Irish Step. Gretel was a dancer and Character Performer for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, as well as a Character Greeter for Design Imagery in New Jersey. She has performed with and designed costumes for many Summer Stock shows including Mary Poppins and Sleeping Beauty. Gretel has choreographed for Pop Show and West Side Story for MacArthur HS; performed, costume designed, choreographed for San Pedro Playhouse; directed and performed for The Woodlawn; and been a featured Dancer and Vocalist and Assistant Director for performances at The Josephine Theater as well as assistant director of Showstoppers Academy. Gretel is also a talented costume designer and often designs and creates costumes for KMDS and LEDC, as well as other dance studios. Her costumes have won several Costume Awards from competitions the last 3 seasons. This is Gretel's sixth year as an Instructor with Kathy Marfin's Dance School.
Reagan Harmon – Dance Instructor– 2-6 Years, Tap, Hip-hop, Jazz and Tumbling, Competition Choreographer…has been dancing for 14 years with Kathy Marfin’s Dance School, studying Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Cheerleading and Tumbling. She just completed her 8th year on The Leading Edge Dance Company, and has competed in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-hop, Jazz, Musical Theater and Tap. Her team has won many top awards, including a National Shootout Top 10 Finalist in 2010 and “Best of Streetz” in 2014. Reagan was selected as a PowerPak Qualifier at Revolution Talent Competition in 2012, Student of the Year from Tremaine in 2013, Rainbow Teen Dancer of the Year Finalist in 2014, Entertainment Award winner at Hall of Fame 2015, International Finals scholarship recipient and title winner as Ms. Dance Icon for Thunderstruck in 2016, and The One Intensive Scholarship from Stage One and "Ms Comedian" from Act 1 in 2017. Last year, she auditioned for The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensives and was accepted into all of their programs, and invited to become a Ballet Trainee in their full-time school in NYC and this year she was invited back without audition. In 2009 and 2010, Reagan performed in Luminaria for KMDS and LEDC. From KMDS she has been awarded “Superstage Presence” in 2009, “Outstanding Tap Student” in 2011, “Outstanding Jazz Student” in 2013 “Student of the Year” in 2015. While attending St. Pius X Catholic School, she was awarded the "Del Sarto" award for exemplifying goodwill, respect and caring for others. In 2016, Reagan was a member of and Dance Captain for Premier!, a triple threat traveling performance group for the Woodlawn Theater. Last year, she was a member of the elite tap team RPM with Third Coast Rhythm Project, in which they performed around San Antonio in Luminaria, San Antonio, Dance Expo, San Antonio Dances, and San Antonio Dance Festival. Reagan is a 2017 member of National Honor Society of Dance Arts. This is her third year as an instructor for KMDS.
Melody Barnes - Substitute Dance Instructor - 2-6 Years, Tap, Ballet, and Jazz, Competition Choreographer, ..has been dancing since the age of 3, studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Character, Lyrical, Modern, Clogging, Pointe, Tumbling, Kickline and Hip-hop. She has studied in many places, including Hermon Sons, All That Jazz, Adagio Dance School, Dance Plus, and Texas State University. Melody was on her High School dance team, and was 1st Lieutenant her Junior year and Captain her Senior year. She also has several years of Competition experience, having attended Starbound, I Love Dance, Starmakers, Showstoppers, Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America, performing in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Hip-hop. Melody has over 5 years of teaching experience having taught at Adagio Dance School in Seguin, Ruiz Dance Studio in Lockhart and KMDS. She has also choreographed many competition routines in Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, and Jazz. This is Melody's eighth year as an instructor with Kathy Marfin's Dance School.
Lindsey Scharnhorst - Adminstrative Assistant - has been dancing for 16 years, 12 of which she has been with Kathy Marfin's Dance School. She has studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-hop and Lyrical and competed with the KMDS Competition Team for three years in Jazz, Hip-hop and Modern. While on the KMDS Competition Team, her teams won many 1st Place and Platinum awards at competitions such as Showstopper, Stage One Dance Productions and Encore Performing Arts. Over the last 5 years Lindsey has attended many dance conventions to further her studies, including LA Dance Force, Tremaine, JUMP, The Pulse and Monsters of Hip-hop. From KMDS, Lindsey received "Outstanding Hip-hop Student" in 2005, as well as "Outstanding Ballet Student" in 2007, and was named Recital "So You Think You Can Dance" Favorite Dancer. Lindsey is currently in school to become a diagnostic medical sonographer.
Morgan Scharnhorst – Administrative Assistant…has been dancing for 14 years, 11 of which have been with Kathy Marfin’s Dance School, where she has studied Ballet, Pointe, Hip-hop, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tumbling and Lyrical. She was a 3 year member of The Leading Edge Dance Company, who won multiple Platinum and 1st place awards during their competitive season. She has also attended many dance comventions to further her dance studies, such as DanceMakers and Celebrity. Morgan received “Outstanding Hip-hop Student” in 2013, “Outstanding Modern Student” in 2015 and "Student of the Year" in 2018 from KMDS. She graduated from Smithson Valley High School this past year. This is her second year working as an administrative assistant for KMDS.
Megan Lux-Hall - LEDC Management - has been a dance mom at Kathy Marfin's Dance School for 7 years. Her two daughters have been members of The Leading Edge Dance company for 2 and 4 years. She had been the Vice President of the LEDC Booster Club for 3 previous years, then President for 2 years before becoming the manager. In addition to being the manager of The Leading Edge Dance Company, Megan occasionally covers the KMDS front desk and is also the attendance aide at Woodlake Hills Middle School.