For Your First Steps Together

Instructors

Andrea Cody

Andrea believes that the first step in teaching dance is understanding her clients. She takes time to get to know couples and families by listening to them and asking them questions geared toward understanding how they want to dance together. Once she knows what everybody wants, she draws upon her extensive knowledge of dance to tailor her services to fit your needs.

Andrea grew up in Houston's Memorial area and has enjoyed dancing her entire life. She trained in her youth at Houston Ballet Academy and developed a passion for social dancing as a teenager. When she was in high school at St. John's School, she founded and directed the school's Social Dancing Society. In 1997, she was a founding member and instructor for the Houston Swing Dance Society, for which she also served as Vice President. In 1999, she placed first in the city and tenth in the nation for swing dancing at the American Lindy Hop Championships. In 2003, she became the Founder and Director of Dance Houston, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that produces performances and summer camps at the Wortham Center. She also began Wedding Dance Houston, a program of Dance Houston that helps fund scholarships for underprivileged, talented youth to receive world-class dance training.

Andrea earned a Bachelor's with honors from University of Chicago where she designed a unique degree program studying dance history, theory, and choreography. She has taught dance for Texas Children's Centers for Women and Children, Project Row Houses, Texas Southern University, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Arts Alive!, and the Texas Dance Educatorís Association. She was commissioned as a guest lecturer for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and choreographer for the University of Houston, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Dance of Asian America, and City Dance Company.

As the Director of Wedding Dance Houston, Andrea shares her knowledge of choreography and her love of social dancing with engaged couples and their loved ones, while also creating precious memories for them.

Catherine Polk

At a young age Catherine found her love of dance in ballet, tap and jazz through Footprints Dance Academy. Later in junior high she joined a showcase choir and began performing in musical theater. Catherine continued performing in musical theater through her high school graduation and began a focus in music and theater while attending college. In 2009 Catherine moved to Jacksonville, Florida to study ballroom dancing and began her training through Dance Tonight located out of Florida. Catherineís main focus was in latin and swing dancing, but has a national certification in all of the ballroom dances including Peabody, Polka, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing,, Viennese Waltz and Country Two Step. In her four years of ballroom Catherine participated in many ballroom competitions and has several awards for Top Teacher and Top Student. During her intensive ballroom training, Catherine found a love and passion for choreographing and teaching wedding dances to couples who were planning their big day. Now she has moved back to her hometown of Houston, TX, and she is delighted to continue pursuing her love of choreographing wedding dances.

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