Cielo Celest Soto
Cielo began dance training at the young age of 2 at the Deborah Case Dance Academy. Her passion for dance has taken from McAllen to New York City and to Moscow, Russia in pursuit of a career in dance. She has been accepted to the Joffrey’s Pre professional program and into Kelsey Kirkland Academy in NYC. During her summer studies at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, she received a special invitation to remain in Moscow to continue her studies at the famous Bolshoi Ballet at age 17. However, she felt the need to remain in Texas to develop her art, and keep the arts alive in the Rio Grande Valley.
Cielo Soto is the first recipient of the Bonnie Bazar Memorial Scholarship fund and is a recipient of a Rio Grande Valley Ballet scholarship.
Through Cielo Soto’s training with Deborah Case and the Rio Grande Valley Ballet, she has developed the strength, talent, discipline and dedication to succeed in a career of performing arts.
Janie Rodriguez has over 37 years of coaching and training young tumblers in the Valley. She began her coaching at The Summit in Pharr, Texas. Janie is a certified gymnastics instructor with skills and knowledge to keep all students safe.
Dana teaches and assists in pre-ballet and Ballet I classes. She began her ballet training in 1992 at Deborah Case Dance Academy and trained with Deborah until 2003. Although her main focus was ballet she also trained in folklorico, flamenco, and jazz. Dana is the mother of two and is thrilled to have her girls following in her foot steps. She is extremely excited to return to our studio and to work with your children.
Deborah Case brings a lifetime of dance to each class we offer at the Academy. She began her own training at the age of 3 in Texarkana, Texas under Dixie Splawn. She has since been invited back to Texarkana on numerous occasions to train dancers and stage shows, including The Nutcracker.
Her dedication to teaching the Vaganova (Russian method) of dance has brought unbelievable dance professionals to teach at the Dance Academy. Namely, Galina Mezentseva and Irina Vakhromeeva, Kirov Ballet in St. Petersberg, Russia; Alex Ossadnik, Dresden, Germany; Yloy Ybarra, NYC; and Florian Rouiller, Stuttgart Ballet, Germany.
Through personal invitation from Irina, Deborah traveled to Moscow with six of her dancers to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Through the Bolshoi Ballet Academy teacher training program, Deborah received an official certificate from the Russian government.
Deborah studied at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Ft. Worth, graduating with a Major in Education and a Minor in Dance, making the perfect combination for her dream of owning her own dance school. That dream is a big part of Deborah Case Dance Academy.
Along with her teaching at the DCDA and Rio Grande Valley Ballet, she is a certified John Maxwell Speaker, Life Coach, and Leader; certified Les Brown speaker; member of Toastmasters International, Inc., serves on the Quinta Mazatlan and McAllen Performing Arts Advisory Board; is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, prayer partner and lector at St. John’s Episcopal Church. She is most proud of being a Nana of four amazing grandchildren, and wife to Jimmy Kryzak!
Our newest secretary, Brenda De La Garza, brings to the Deborah Case Dance Academy a spirit of high energy to the staff and parents at the studio. Her expertise in computer skills and welcoming personality will serve the parents’ needs very well when they bring their children to the Dance Academy.
She is a sophomore at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley majoring in History. She plans to get her masters and become a History professor one day. She enjoys attending concerts, as well as, cooking with her five sisters. She loves to travel with her friends. Welcome Brenda to the Deborah Case Dance Academy!
Sabina has a B. S. in Education and an extensive classical background. She has been teaching the adult ballet program for over 10 years. She has participated in numerous Ballet workshops and has been dancing for over 30 years. Her friendly style and encouragement has made her a great favorite among our growing class of adult dance students.
Brenda De La Garza
Arely is pursuing a major in history and a minor in political science. She hopes to become a teacher when she graduates. Arely also serves as the manager of the Deborah Case Dance Academy.
Liana serves as the manager of the Deborah Case Dance Academy. Her smile, grace and dedication to detail creates an atmosphere excellent service and trust among the parents, staff and students. While working at DCDA, she is a student at UTRGV, majoring in interdisciplinary studies and a minor in special education. She is a wife and proud mother of two beautiful children.
Come & Meet Our Experienced Staff!
Every Staff Member at Deborah Case Dance Academy is dedicated to your child's training, good health, and self esteem.
Ashlee teaches adult jazz and tap, hip hop, jazz and tap. Ashlee has been dancing for the past 31 years, much of which has been with professional companies. These include “Texas” at Palo Duro Canyon, performances with the Lone Star Ballet company, “Nutcracker” with the Colorado City Ballet, and many lead roles in a local ballet company. For the past 17 years, she’s taught dance and worked as a personal trainer.