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Carolyn Gresham
Dena Mabry

Owner/ Director

Earle Cobb Dance Studio

Teaching Staff Biographies

Dena holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance from Oklahoma City University. She danced for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and for Crystal Cruises in Japan and Australia. Dena also performed at Opryland in Nashville, TN and at Fiesta Texas. Dena has also had the privilege of performing with tap dancing legends including Sandman Sims, Charles Honi Coles, and Gregory Hines. Dena has choreographed all over the country for industrials, musicals, concerts, and symphonies.  Dena is a former Miss San Antonio.  She was the Dance Director and choreographer at the North East School of the Arts for 26 years where created the dance curriculum for the school. She is the founder and Director of “Dena’s Dazzlers”, the studio’s competition team.  Dena is proud to continue the legacy of her Mother and Grandfather in fostering a love of dance at the studio and throughout San Antonio. 

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Gloria "GL" Liu

Gloria “GL” Liu is thrilled to beworking back at the studio where she grew up!  Gloria received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her career in the performing arts spans over many decades and productions.  She has served as a producer, director, stage/production manger, choreographer and oldest living chorus girl. GL has worked on the stages of the San Pedro Playhouse main stage and Cellar Theatre, Cameo Theatre, Harlequin Dinner Theatre, Colonies Theatre, Church Dinner Theatre, The Josephine Theatre, Casa Manana in Ft. Worth, Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre in Fresno, CA, McAllister Fine Arts Center, NESA, St. Philip’s College’s Watson Fine Arts Center, UTSA’s Downtown Theatre and the Alamodome.  In addition to her bookkeeping/tapping studio job, she does a little Zumba & Aqua Fitness to stay upright.  GL wishes to congratulate Dena on the NEW studio!  She is proud to be part of the Earle Cobb Team.

David Hernandez

David Hernandez, a native of San Antonio, TX, started his career on the KLRN/PBS television show Cat Paws for over 10 seasons under the direction of Grammy award nominee, Lee Towell. The show offered him many opportunities such as performing for George and Laura Bush and alongside Tejano singer Patsy Torres. David also appeared on an episode of Zoom, and worked with David Newell from Mister Rogers Neighborhood.  David is a proud graduate of the North East School of the Arts (NESA), which at the time, was the only performing arts high school in San Antonio. After high school, David continued his education as a dance major at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. During his time at Point Park, he performed in many stage productions including The Snow Queen, Pittsburgh Connections, and Dance With Me, to name a few. After college, David returned to Texas to pursue a career in dance education and to share his passion of dance with students from all over the state. Over the span of his 12 year professional career, David has performed and choreographed for the San Antonio Spurs halftime shows, the University of Texas Dance Team, the San Antonio Symphony, Luminaria Arts Festival, and was a company member of the San Antonio Jazz Ensemble. He was also a featured dancer in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s annual conference performing for a crowd of over 60,000 people. David is in high demand by dance teams all over Texas and has choreographed countless regional and national championship routines. In addition to his award winning routines, David works closely with dance teams across the Lone Star State by providing dance intensives, master classes/workshops, and private lessons. David enjoys teaching at dance conventions with Crowd Pleasers Dance and Elevate Dance. David is excited to be starting his 12th year teaching with Earle Cobb and working with Dena’s Dazzlers.

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Marisa Barrera

Marisa began dancing at the age of 3 in her hometown of San Antonio. She is a graduate of the North East School of the Arts, as a Musical Theater major as well as Northwest Vista College. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During her time at NESA, Marisa performed in many productions including Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Chicago and Newsies. Marisa is grateful to have been a part of the Earle Cobb family for the last several years and is excited to continue sharing the joy of dance with her students. 

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Meli Rosin

Meli Rosin is a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Finance. She is currently a Financial Planning Specialist. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and was a member of Dena's Dazzlers since she was 8 years old. Dancing has been in Meli's family since her great great grandpa, Earle Cobb. She has performed in many events including Steppin' into the Holidays, Footnotes, Spurs games, and a Google commercial.

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Parker Zimkowski

Parker began dancing at the age of three, joining the Earle Cobb family at four and Dena’s Dazzler’s at nine. She is a graduate of the North East School of the Arts, as a dance major, and of Agnes Scott College, as a Mathematics-Physics major and Dance minor. She is now working as a Business Analyst. While at NESA she performed in many productions including Steppin’ Into the Holidays, Footnotes, Mary Poppins, and Phantom of the Opera. Throughout high school and college she participated in many recitals, showcases, dance competitions, conventions, and masterclasses. She is very excited to continue her journey in dance and share her passion with her students.

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Ivette Logan

Ivette Logan is an instructor, performer, and choreographer from San Antonio, Texas. She has earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance with a focus in performance and choreography from Texas State University in December of 2021. During her time at Texas State participated in community outreach through dance with organization Cim Teya, a touring ensemble for young audiences. Ivette was also president of hip-hop organization IBA.
Both during and after her time at Texas State, Ivette has performed and showcased with the hip-hop organization/company Countdown Studio. She has most recently been seen on stage with CODA, a contemporary dance collective based out of San Antonio.
Ivette is excited to share her passion for dance at Earle Cobb.

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Anthony Martinez

Anthony is a Cum Laude graduate of Oklahoma City University where he majored in Dance Performance with a minor in History. He was a featured singer and dancer in ballets, musicals, on cruise ships, and in special events around the nation. Anthony has been able to dance on every continent and has performed for everyone from Chita Rivera to the Price of Bahrain. He is excited to come back to his dance home at ECDS to teach the next generation of artists.

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taylor De Leon

Taylor is excited to join the teaching staff at Earle Cobb Dance Studio, where she has been dancing since the age of seven. She is a junior at North East School of the Arts as a dance major. At NESA, she has performed in productions such as Steppin’ into the Holidays, Footnotes, and The Addams Family. Taylor is a member of Dena’s Dazzlers. During her time with the studio she has participated in many recitals and showcases, competitions, and Spurs games. Taylor is thrilled to be able to share her love of dance with her students!

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Helaina Duron

Helaina began dancing at the age of three in her hometown San Antonio, Texas, and competed on her studio’s competition team from ages eight to eighteen. She is a graduate of the North East School of the Arts, as a dance major, where she performed in productions such as Steppin’ Into the Holidays, and Footnotes. Throughout her time as a young dancer, she participated in many dance competitions, dance conventions, ballet productions,  recitals/showcases, master classes, and spurs games. Helaina is very excited to show her students the art of dance, while continuing her own journey in the dance field as well.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University.  She danced with the American Spirit Dance Company as well as in many industrials, conventions, and national events.  Carolyn has performed and taught workshops in Spain, France, and around the U.S. Carolyn is a certified dance teacher at the secondary level and is currently the Co-Director of the Dance Department at the North East School of the Arts.  She is thrilled to be teaching at Earle Cobb Dance Studio and working with Dena's Dazzlers!

Sam Payne

Sam has been dancing since the age of 6. He holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. He was selected to perform with the American Spirit Dance Company and was a featured performer in Home for the Holidays for many years. His choreography was featured in A Perfect Ten Choreography Show, Kiss Me Kate and his work has been seen all over the United States. He has also performed in Oklahoma’s Centennial Spectacular alongside Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Kelli O'Hara. He performed in Branson, MO with Andy Williams and in musical productions of Beauty and the Beast, Music Man, and Wizard of Oz, just to name a few. He is excited to be sharing his passion for dance with his students and the Earle Cobb dance family again this year. Sam has been teaching at Earle Cobb and working with "Dena's Dazzlers" since 2011.

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Sarah Anderson


Sarah is excited to be back in the studio where she grew up and was one of the original Dazzlers! Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Education from Southern Methodist University. She taught dance in Plano and Richardson and was a dance team director/assistant for 10 years at Plano East and Lake Highlands HS respectively. She grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Clark HS, where she was Captain of the Top Cat Dance Team. She currently teaches English II at Reagan HS and is proud to have her daughter enrolled at the studio and be a member of the superb Earle Cobb dance family!

Cassidy Miller

Cassy started attending Earle Cobb after moving to San Antonio in 2002, and was an assistant teacher from ages 12-18. In high school, she was on the Top Cat varsity dance team, where she was a co captain her senior year as well as a substitute teacher here at the studio. She went on to Texas State University in San Marcos to study Biology and Chemistry and was a member of the world famous Texas State Strutters dance team, getting appointed to line officer after her first year. She choreographed multiple tap routines for the Strutters and was instrumental in bringing the genre back to the team. Cassy returned to Earle Cobb after graduation and is also currently a high school math instructional coach for NEISD. She loves teaching at ECDS- her second home!

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Elizabeth Vick Carlson

Elizabeth is thrilled to be returning to the teaching staff at Earle Cobb Dance Studio!  She joined the Earle Cobb family at the age of 11. Elizabeth was an assistant teacher for 4 years, a member of Dena’s Dazzlers for 7 years, and joined the Earle Cobb Teaching Staff at age 16.  She graduated from NESA and Robert E. Lee High School.  Elizabeth continued to teach while attending college, and she holds a degree from UTSA in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration.  After long denying the inevitable, she became alternatively certified to be a teacher.  She is certified by the state of Texas in Core Subjects EC-6 and Special Education EC-12. For 6 years, Elizabeth taught ALE in NISD, a self-contained classroom for students in kindergarten through 5th grade with the highest needs on campus, and absolutely loved the position and each of her students.  During that time, she was awarded Educator of the Year (2019-2020) for her campus.  Continuing in NISD, Elizabeth is beginning her third year as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and loving every minute with her younger students!  She is so excited to be back at Earle Cobb surrounded by the positive atmosphere and people that has been her second home and family for so many years!

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Denver Cook
Studio Manager

Denver Elizabeth Cook discovered her passion for dancing at the age of 8, embarking on training at The Camilla-Pelham School of Ballet, known today as Flint River Dance Company, in Georgia. When she turned 16, her family relocated to San Antonio, where she continued her dance journey with The Rising Stars of Texas.​  After seven years immersed in business ownership, she acquired a real estate license in 2014, completing over 200 hours of real estate education. Since then, she has diligently guided numerous clients through the process of buying or selling their homes, providing exceptional service along the way. While continuing her real estate practice, Denver has become a valued member of our Earle Cobb family, eagerly embracing the opportunity to be part of this exceptional team.

 

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Tyler Keye

Tyler began dancing at the age of seven in her hometown in Eustis, Florida. When she moved to San Antonio in the fall of 2012, she quickly joined the Earle Cobb Dance Family in 2013, as well as Dena’s Dazzlers! She is a graduate of the North East School of the Arts as a dance major and has her Associate’s degree from McLennan Community College. While at NESA, she performed in numerous productions such as Steppin’ Into the Holidays and Footnotes. Throughout her journey at Earle Cobb and NESA, she also paticipated in many recitals, showcases, dance competitions, conventions, masterclasses, and even the Spurs halftime performances. She is very excited to be back with her dance family to continue to dance and teach others what she loves!

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Lauren Garcia

Lauren is a graduate of both NESA and Oklahoma City University.  She enjoyed performing and choreographing in numerous shows while at both.  She has also performed professionally at SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld Orlando, Walt Disney World, the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, and with two national touring children's shows.  Earle Cobb has been part of Lauren's life in some form for the past 25 years.  She is a former student, Dazzler, full-time teacher, front desk worker, and Studio Manager.  While she took a 5 year hiatus to pursue a teaching career and focus more on her family, she quickly found her way back when her own daughter began dancing at Earle Cobb in 2019 and she added the role of Dance Mom to her titles.  It has been a joy being back in the studio and she has experienced a lot of "full circle" moments as many of her former students have become her daughter's teachers!  Lauren is thrilled to be returning to teach the youngest little dancers and future stars of Earle Cobb!   

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Carlos Cortes

Carlos Cortes is a fabulous new addition to the Earle Cobb family! Carlos has been teaching Acro and Tumbling since 2003. He has coached multiple local and national title winning cheer squads. Carlos has assisted with acro/tumbling tricks in dance choreography for many of our soloists. He has experience with all ages from 1 st grade through college.  

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Lauren Asher

Lauren has been dancing for 16 years. She started dancing at age 2 and began dancing competitively at age 7. In high school, she was on the Diamond Dancers varsity dance team and was senior captain her senior year. While on the dance team she performed in the Indianapolis Colts stadium, the Spurs halftime show, and in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. She graduated from UTSA with a bachelor's in Communications. While attending college she coached acro and gymnastics and is USA gymnastics certified. She is extremely excited to start teaching and continue her passion for dance! 

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