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MEET OUR OUTSTANDING TEAM

Come dance with us and meet the talented team of instructors at Fly High. Focusing on teaching exceptional techniques and creating unforgettable experiences, we are committed to our dancers’ satisfaction and success. Continue browsing our staff profiles below to learn more.

Our Staff: Our Staff

MACY LOPEZ

Owner, Instructor, and Choreographer

Macy Lopez is an experienced dancer and dance teacher from Princeton, Texas. Macy began dancing at the age of 7 in Orange County California’s CalElite dance studio. Within one year she began competitive dance and training. Macy trained in the areas of Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Acro. Before leaving California she was accepted to Orange County School of Performing Arts. During her youth she competed at the National level, in competitions across the US. In middle and high school she discovered a love for acting and singing and was able to pursue these talents in productions including, Guys and Dolls as chorus, and Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. After high-school, Macy participated in IPAC training and was invited to their competition and audition in Los Angeles where she placed as overall top dancer.
Macy began teaching dance and choreographing in the North Texas area in 2010. First teaching tumbling in a gymnastic studio, and then teaching dance, in local studios. She has been teaching in the area for 9 years as well as preparing choreography for teams who have won many awards over this time.
She has many passions, more than dance. Macy enjoys giving back to the community, as well as supporting her dancers outside of the studio. Macy believes it takes a village to raise a child and she loves being apart of the families villages.
Macy is now the owner of a new, up and coming dance studio, Fly High Dance and Performing Arts. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students, and will always provide the best support to her dancers. She will use Fly High to provide a safe place for all dancers as well as give back and do miss work.

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AUDREY KENNEDY

Company Director, Instructor, and Choreographer

Audrey Kennedy started her dance training in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical at a very young age, as well as being a competition dancer. Audrey continued her dance journey through high school, and joined her high school’s drill team. Audrey was Co-Captain of her high school drill team, the Trinity Troy-Anns, in 2007. After high school,  Audrey attended the University of North Texas, where she got a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts majoring in Dance. After college, Audrey began to dance professionally for contemporary dance companies; teaching, choreographing, and adjudicating dance competitions. Audrey has been teaching for over 8  years, as well as choreographing for dance companies and studios. Audrey enjoys teaching, as well as choreographing for students and adults of all ages, and she truly enjoys getting to watch her students grow through their love of dance

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TIARA JAHNAY, (MS. T)

Performance Director, Instructor, Choreographer, and Media Manager

Ms. T was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She began her dance training at Studio One Dance Theatre where she studied Ballet with Nicole Clark Springer, Jazz with Florence Walker Harris, Horton modern technique with Tracey Franklin, and Tap with Robyn Haynes. Ms. T also performed all over the Chicagoland area with After-School Matters Dance Ensemble.
Ms. T started her collegiate dance experience with a bang, earning the Heart of a Dancer Award as a Freshman! During her time at Stephens College, she studied Ballet with Elizabeth Hartwell and Humphrey-Weidman/Limon Modern technique with Deborah Carr. She also studied Jump Rhythm® Technique, Tap, Hip Hop, and several world dance forms such as West African, Mime, and Martial Arts. Ms. T performed in numerous mainstage productions at Stephens College that showcased faculty, guest artist, and student choreography. She had the honor to perform at the Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia, MO and at Links Hall in Chicago, IL. Additionally, Ms. T attended the American College Dance Festival in Chicago, IL, and in 2015, her choreography, Hold On, Charlie’s Angels, and One Last Dance, was presented at the New Works Concert in the Warehouse Theater.
After graduating with her BFA in Dance, Ms. T moved to Texas and landed a job as a Dance Instructor at Reflections Dance of Mckinney for 5 years. Since then, Ms. T has added Fly High Dance and Performing Arts, Studio T Dance and Acro, Rainbow Dance Company and Studio 6a Dance Academy to her teaching portfolio. Ms. T continues to serve as the director of the Performance Team here at Fly High Dance and Performing Arts, and Social Media Manager. She loves being apart of the Fly  High Dance Family!

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AIRYNNE-MARIE SWANSON

Ballet Director

Ms. Airynne Swanson has over 35 years of dance experience and has been teaching and choreographing for over 20 years. She started her dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Greenville, TX at a very young age. She continued her training at Rowlette Dance Academy in Rowlette, TX before being accepted to the dance program at California Sate University. She studied ballet under Barbara Arms formerly of the Ballet Russes, modern under Gladys Kares formerly of the Gloria Newman Dance Co and Robin Johnson formerly of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co and Gloria Newman Dance Co, as well as Debra Noble formerly of the Limón Dance Co. She has also studied jazz and tap.
Ms. Airynne has performed and toured with several dance companies including The Northwest Texas Dance Co, Cal State University Educational Dance Co, and Jigsaw Dance Co.  She also did a west coast tour with tap legend Al Gilbert.
Ms. Airynne holds a Bachelors of Art in dance from California State University, Fullerton. She also holds a Bachelors of Science in anatomy, a Bachelors of Science in health and wellness, a Masters of Science in neuroscience, and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University. She is also a certified Cecchetti and acro-dance instructor. She is apart of the Performing Arts Medical Association.
Ms. Airynne currently lives in Ennis, TX and enjoys snuggling with her dog.

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DANTE' HARPE

 Instructor and Choreographer

Dante’ Harpe played basketball almost everyday since the age of 5. That, however, changed when he began dancing in the summer of 2013. Joining Dancers with Soul, the Hip Hop Dance Team featured at Texas Tech University, served as his first performing and teaching dance experience. As he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics at TTU, he also taught dance throughout the Lubbock community. Upon graduating, he moved back home to Killeen, TX and began teaching locally there as a Hip Hop Instructor and competition team director. Dante’ attributes his move to the Dallas area in 2018 as the mark of his progression in the dance world. Outside of teaching open classes and directing competition teams, Dante’ has performed with The Neighborhood, Rev Crew, and D-Town Crew (the Dallas Mavericks Hip Hop Team) and obtained his Master of Arts degree in Psychology this past Spring.
Dante’ trains fundamentally in hip hop, popping, locking, footwork, and breakdancing. He would like to express that his story should indicate that ‘it’s not about where you start, but where you finish’. Furthermore, that life itself is a journey, marked by a series of seasons that may call you to do what you never thought you would before as a total act of revealing your purpose. He believes that what we invest in (i.e. our work, our craft, our relationships) will be invested back and he’s ready to help students grow in this art form.

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MOLLIE GAGE

Instructor

Mollie Gage was born in Arlington, Texas and moved to McKinney, Texas at the age of five. Mollie had a love for dance at a very young age and jumped right into dance lessons at the age of six years old. Her training included the areas of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, and Tumbling, and she continued this training through her senior year of high school. Many of those years she also danced competitively. Her love of dance carried over into her love for cheerleading, where she led as co-captain of her cheerleading team. Currently, Mollie is the cheer assistant coach at her former high school. Mollie is attending college and is excited to share her love of dance through her teaching at Fly High Dance and Performing Arts.

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PAUL LOPEZ

Office Manager and Human Resources,

My name is Paul Lopez. I am Macy's Husband, and a Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic for the city of Allen. On my days off, I assist at Fly High. Front Desk to Handy man duties, I fill in the gaps. Most of my work is behind the scenes and does NOT involve dancing. Unfortunately, I have little to no dance ability, but I’m good for a laugh when I try.

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