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 in four separate shows 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 and is currently the Co- director of  the North East School of the Arts, where she created the Dance Curriculum. She has been teaching at NESA since the school opened. She is the founder and Director of “Dena’s Dazzlers”.  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. 

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 is a native of San Antonio, and began his training at the North East School of the Arts (NESA). He was seen in such productions as Beauty and the Beast (as the Pepper Shaker), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On Your Toes, Footnotes: A Concert of Dance, and Steppin' Into the Holidays. He is a former “Dena’s Dazzler”. He attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA as a dance major where he was seen in the productions The Snow Queen by Doug Bentz, Pittsburgh Connections, Dance with Me by Ron Tassone, and Ursonata by Bill T. Jones (restaged by Roz LeBlanc). He has also done television, radio work, San Antonio Spurs Halftime performances, and charity events (Make A Wish Benefit and AIDS Benefit.) He was asked to assist for Allison Holker and also for Dance Intensity.  He has been teaching for Earle Cobb since 2006.

Ashley Olson

Ashley Olson has been a proud member of the Earle Cobb family since she was 3 years old. She joined “Dena’s Dazzlers” at age 6 and competed for 12 years with the team. She graduated from North East School of the Arts High School as a dance major. While in high school, she worked for Celebrity Dance Competition as an intern, where she danced on a cruise ship and assisted choreographers at the Celebrity conventions. She is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, gaining a degree in nutrition. She was a member of the UT Dance Team for 4 years, where she trained in jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. She was Co-Captain her sophomore year, and Captain her junior year. She led the team through national competitions including National Dance Alliance (NDA), where they placed top 10 in Division 1A Jazz. Ashley eventually plans to go to graduate school to be a physician assistant. 

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 also 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.

Anthony Martinez
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Anthony is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the North East School of the Arts where he majored in Musical Theatre and Dance and a Cum Laude graduate of Oklahoma City University where he majored in Dance Performance with a minor in History. During his years in college, he was featured in many ballets and repertory pieces with the American Spirit Dance Company. Professionally, he performed at numerous regional theaters, industrials, and special events around the country; he even got to dance for Chita Rivera in a New York performance. After performing on land, he took to the sea as a singer/dancer for Regent Seven Seas and Oceania cruises, where he had the opportunity to serve as assistant cruise director and cruise director for some time. Anthony is so excited to be back at Earle Cobb to pass on his love of dance to the next generation!

Kara Heinz

Kara Heinz is an honors graduate of Oklahoma City University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance Management. Kara is also a Summa Cum Laude graduate as a dance major of North East School of the Arts. Upon graduation from OCU, Kara traveled throughout Alaska, Canada, Central America, South America and Antarctica as an employee of Holland America Cruise Lines. Recently she performed for a corporate Chick-fil-A conference. Kara is so excited for another year here at Earle Cobb Dance Studio!

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Meli Rosin

Meli Rosin is a graduate from Robert E. Lee High school and the North East School of the Arts dance department. Meli is a current student at University of Texas at San Antonio. 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. 

Cassy started attending Earle Cobb after moving to San Antonio in 2002, and was an assistant teacher as soon as she was eligible. In high school, she was on the Top Cat varsity dance team and 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 minor in Chemistry, where she was a member of the world famous Texas State Strutters dance team, and getting appointed to line officer after her first year. She helped bring tap dancing back to Strutters and continues to be their tap choreographer. She graduated after three years and now is back at the studio to have her own classes. Cassy is super excited to be home because Earle Cobb is her family!

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Mady Wulf

Mady has been a proud member of the Earle Cobb family since she was six years old, as well as competing in “Dena’s Dazzlers” for 7 years and assisting for 4 years. She’s a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate from LEE High-school where she was a part of the North East School of the Arts dance department. She will be attending the University of San Antonio (UTSA) this coming fall, majoring in the liberal arts and hoping to pursue nursing in the future. Her performing experience includes multiple Spurs performances, Steppin’ into the Holidays, Footnotes and more! 

Briana Jevic

Briana Jevic has been dancing ever since she was 5 years old, and has trained in almost every style possible! Briana began dancing at Earle Cobb her Sophomore year of high school and was also a part of Dena’s Dazzlers her Junior year where she competed and was also a Dazzler assistant. Briana graduated Summa Cum Laude from North East School of the Arts High School as a dance major. Although Briana loved her years of high school at NESA, she is now beyond happy to be attending the University of Texas at San Antonio where she is receiving her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, and wants to eventually obtain her Physical Therapy degree at UT Health Science Downtown. Briana is excited to be teaching at Earle Cobb Dance Studio and can’t wait to share her love for dance with those around her!

Anisah is a recent graduate of St.Mary’s University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She began her dancing career at age 14 and was a former student of Earle Cobb Dance Studio.  She has dance competition, performance, and audition experience. Anisah trained at the Texas location of the Olympic Training Sites to be certified through USA Gymnastics to become a professional Junior Olympic coach for acrobatic gymnastics.  Her students have gone to win top positions during dance and gymnastics competitions, winning national and world championships, and even performing on Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions along side the final four. She has experience teaching all ages beginning at 18 months to adults. She has a passion for teaching and children and is on her way to a career in neonatology. Anisah is excited to be back at Earle Cobb and continue the journey as not only a student but a teacher as well. 

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Maeve Armand

Maeve has been a part of the Earle Cobb family since she was three and was a part of “Dena’s Dazzlers” for eleven years. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the North East School of the Arts where she was a dance major. She has performed in various productions at NESA such as Mary Poppins, Steppin’ Into the Holidays, Footnotes: A Concert of Dance, and Newsies. Maeve is currently attending Trinity University where she is majoring in History and minoring in Education. Maeve is so excited to start another year of teaching at Earle Cobb Dance Studio!

Mandy Correa

Mandy attended Kilgore College and was a member of the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes. As a Rangerette, she performed at the Texas Society Black Tie & Boots Ball in Washington D.C as well as in the 2004 Presidential Inaugural Parade. She continued her education at Texas State University in San Marcos. During this time, Mandy performed as a professional NBA dancer for five seasons where she shared a captain position for two of those seasons. As a performer, Mandy has traveled and danced internationally. She has also taught dance and choreographed for numerous dance teams throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas. Mandy is most proud of being the mother of two beautiful children.