GIVING GLORY TO GOD THROUGH DANCE

DOXA - A BALLET MINISTRY IN AMARILLO, TEXAS 

The ballet world has been known to push dancers toward an unattainable level of perfection with their bodies and performances.
 
But we believe that each dancer was created by God, for the glory of God.
 

And for us, that changes everything.

THE DOXA DIFFERENCE

 
Doxa is a Greek word that means “the glory to God.” Our mission is to equip dancers to use their God-given talents to worship God and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that His name will be glorified.
 
In our classes and performances, in the way we treat and speak to our dancers, we want to make sure each one knows:

You are fully loved by God exactly the way you are.

  • God made you, intentionally and wonderfully, for His glory.
  • Jesus Christ, his Son, died in your place as a payment for your sin, to give you eternal life. This is the free and gracious gift of God, offered to all, earned by none.
  • If you follow Christ, your identity is found in Him alone. It is not defined by the world around you.

We want you to strive for excellence. Not perfection.

  • God alone is perfect, and chasing perfection can become a self-glorifying or self-deprecating pursuit.
  • Instead, strive for excellence because God is worthy of your best offering of praise.
  • Striving for excellence simply means you try to improve. To become better than you were yesterday.

You can share Christ through your dancing.

  • Dance is a beautiful and powerful way to communicate.
  • Mastering correct ballet technique can help your dancing be more clear and have more impact.
  • God gave you many gifts, talents, and abilities. The greatest joy comes from using those gifts to glorify Him.

EXPERIENCE DOXA

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MEET THE DOXA TEAM

Doxa Instructors represent a team of accomplished, caring teachers.

BRITTANIE WOOTEN

DOXA DIRECTOR

"I believe it is important to teach children that God is the author, creator, and artist of all things, and that any talent can and should be used to bring glory to His name. We are dancing to praise Him and point others to Him."

  • Started dancing at age 3 with Lugene Cole
  • Trained at the Hess School of Dance from age 7 to 18
  • Danced 11 seasons in the local production of the Nutcracker with roles ranging from a little Christmas Angel to Clara to Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Summer Intensives: The Jillana School in Taos Ski Valley, NM; Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, MS; American Ballet Theatre in Austin, TX and New York City, NY; Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA
  • Ballet Magnificat Teacher Workshop in 2012
  • Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) certification: April 2017

LACI MCCREARY

INSTRUCTOR

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Doxa ministry and combine my dancing knowledge with the gift of worship. I'm thankful to be a part of a community of fellow believers who strive to teach more than just technique." 

  • Started dancing at age 3 with Lugene Cole
  • Trained at Ballet Lubbock under Suzanne Aker and Yvonne Racz-Key
  • Attended the University of Utah on scholarship and was a member of the Utah Ballet Company and Utah Character Dance Ensemble
  • Chosen to perform Russian in the Nutcracker with the professional ballet company, Aspen Santa Fe Dance Company
  • Performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Seoul, South Korea
  • Graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet
  • Served as resident Ballet Mistress at Ballet Lubbock for 3 years
  • Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) certification: April 2017

CYNTHIA MCCORMACK

INSTRUCTOR

"I'm passionate about not only teaching the art of dance but also sharing Jesus with my students. I love being able to bring dance into a church setting because it gives me the opportunity to show people a different and unique way to worship the Lord."

  • Started dancing at age 6 with Neil and Camille Hess
  • Pursued dance in college and received a Theatre Arts/Dance degree
  • Has been teaching theatre and dance since 2003 at various churches and dance studios in Amarillo
  • Involved in Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre, and Amarillo Opera
  • Started teaching at Doxa in 2013, using her theatre background for acting/improvisation courses. She is primarily responsible for the acting coaching in Doxa's story ballet productions

 

KATHY COWAN

INSTRUCTOR

"I'm excited to be a part of the Doxa ministry. I enjoy sharing the art of dance with children and worshipping the Lord with them. I believe God is the great creator and artist and it is a privilege to praise Him through dance."  

  • Started dancing at age 4
  • Studied ballet for 4 years at West Texas A&M University
  • Has been teaching dance in Amarillo since 1997, including ballet, tap, jazz, and music movement
  • Choreographed 2 Amarillo College musicals
  • Choreographed and taught dances for St. Stephen United Methodist Church
  • Performed with the "Texas" cast in Austin for the State Capitol rededication

JORDAN MCCORMACK

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR

"I am excited to be teaching these young men in the foundations of ballet and to also grow them as men chasing after God."
 
  • Trained in musical theatre, jazz, tap, and ballet
  • Began dancing in 2015 with Doxa
  • Performed roles in Mary Poppins, Seussical, and The Music Man with local theatre production groups
  • Performed in Doxa's productions of Bloodline, Daniel, The Ark & the Covenant, and Joseph in featured roles
  • Attended Ballet Magnificat!'s Summer Dance Intensive in 2017
  • Member of Doxa Coterie
  • Joined the Doxa Team as a Junior Instructor in the 2019/20 Season

MALLARI MCCORMACK

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR

"My goal is to lead others to Christ through dance and movement. Learning to use the gift of dance as worship brings glory to God and allows His holiness and purity to be made known. It is an honor to be able to dance and teach in an environment without judgement and where the main goal is to help students learn about Jesus."

  • Began dance at age 2 under Kathy Cowan and Cynthia McCormack

  • Began dancing at Doxa in 2012

  • Assistant teacher for 7 years at Amarillo College and Doxa Dance Ministry

  • Attended 3 Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensives

  • Cast in several leading and corps roles with Doxa, Amarillo Opera, Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre, Summer Youth Musicals, and Amarillo Little Theatre

  • Goal of becoming a personal trainer in addition to dance instructor

  • Became a Junior Instructor at Doxa in 2021

EMILY KOELZER

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR

"I am grateful to be a part of Doxa and the family that resides here, which not only teaches growth in technique, but in spiritual strength and readiness. Understanding the mercy in what Jesus has done and continues to do for us makes praising Him through dance that much sweeter, and I am overjoyed to share His glory with other dancers."

  • Began training in ballet and tap at age 5 at Amarillo College

  • Began dancing ballet with Doxa Dance Ministry at age 8

  • Performed numerous corps and lead roles in Doxa’s showcases of Esther, Daniel, The Ark and the Covenant, Bloodline, and Joseph

  • Assistant teacher at Doxa

  • Dancer with Doxa’s Kerusso program

  • Became a Junior Instructor at Doxa for the 2021/22 season

KELSEY NASH

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR

“It brings me so much joy to use dance as an act of worship unto the Lord, and I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to share this with students. I’m so exited to see what God has in store for the future of Doxa and all of its students.”

  • Began dancing at age 6 under Cynthia McCormack at Amarillo College 
  • Began dancing at Doxa in 2018 
  • Preformed various corps and soloist roles in Doxa’s productions of Daniel, The Ark & the Covenant, Bloodline, Esther, Joseph, The Lamppost, and Out of Egypt 
  • Participated in the 2020 Fall Kerusso sessions 
  • Assistant teacher at Doxa for 2 years 
  • Became a Junior Instructor at Doxa in 2022-23 season

DAKOTA RUSSELL

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR

“I am thrilled to be teaching at Doxa and to share my love of ballet with my students. I want each of my students to know that they have a purpose and are so loved by their creator. That they can use all their gifts and talents to worship Him, including ballet!”
 
  • Began dancing at age 4. Training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern

  • Danced competitively for 2 years

  • Attended Dance Revolution’s dance conventions for 5 years 

  • Began Dancing at Doxa in 2019. Performed several lead and corps roles in Doxa’s productions of Bloodline, Esther, Joseph, The Lamppost, and Out of Egypt

  • Dancer with Doxa’s Kerusso Program

  • Began teaching ballet in 2021 at Impact Expressions School of the Arts

  • Became a Junior Instructor at Doxa for the 2022/23 season

ABBY CHAMBERLAIN

JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR

"My heart for Doxa students is to not only give them the tools to dance confidently and with passion, but also to show them God's hand in worship. I am so blessed to get to lead them through the ways we can use our bodies, masterfully created by God, to glorify Him."

  • Began dancing with Doxa in 2010
  • Performed in numerous Doxa’s showcases of Daniel, The Ark and the Covenant, Bloodline, Esther, Joseph, Lamppost and Out to Egypt
  • Dancer with Doxa's Kerusso program
  • Became a Junior Instructor with Doxa for the 2022/2023 session

META PERFORMANCE CONSULTANTS

Doxa is thrilled to welcome Kason and Ashley Hanson of META Performance to teach classes and train our staff.

KASON HANSON

DANCE CONSULTANT & MOVEMENT SPECIALIST

"God has created us to live, move, and have our being in Him. I am excited for this opportunity to learn and grow alongside the students and staff at Doxa this season and look forward to sharing my passion for movement to point others to the Creator!"

  • Early ballet instruction under the direction of Mr. Rinat Mouzafarov (Graduate of the Vaganova Academy and dancer with the Bolshoi)
  • Trained professionally with Ballet Magnificat in Jackson MS (2011-2015)
  • Taught in studio settings throughout the country with a focus on ballet technique and cross-training for dancers (2015-Present)
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant from Pueblo Community College (2019)
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science from University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2020)
  • Formed META Performance (which provides movement and performance training for dancers) with his wife Ashley (2019)
  • Various continuing education certifications focused on fundamental human movement patterns/screening/biomechanics and breathing mechanics

ASHLEY HANSON

DANCE CONSULTANT & MOVEMENT SPECIALIST

"I’m really looking forward to working with the Doxa students this year!  It’s been such a joy to develop relationships with the Doxa staff and dancers over the past couple of years - can’t wait to see what the Lord does in and through each of us this upcoming year. He is in the business of doing NEW things!" 

  • Attended the University of Arizona’s School of Dance (2003-2006)
  • Trained professionally with Ballet Magnificat in Jackson MS (2006-2008)
  • Danced professionally with Ballet Magnificat (2008-2015)
  • Has taught and performed across the U.S. as well as several countries throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean
  • Over 20 years of teaching experience in school, studio and college settings
  • Formed META Performance (which provides movement and performance training for dancers) with her husband Kason (2019)

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