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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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 and Rhetoric at Churchill HS and is proud to have her daughter enrolled at the studio and be one of the newest members of the superb Earle Cobb dance family!
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!
Elizabeth Vick Carlson
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.
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.
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.
Mandy is very excited to be at Earle Cobb dance studio for her third year! Mandy attended Kilgore College where she was a World Famous Kilgore College Rangerette. As a Rangerette, She performed at the Texas State Society Black tie & Boots Ball in Washington D.C andl as a feature group in the 2004 Presidential Inaugural Parade. Mandy danced for the San Antonio Spurs as a Silver Dancer. As an NBA dancer for five seasons she traveled and danced internationally. During her time as a Silver Dancer she held a captain position for two seasons. Mandy has had the privilege of teaching and choreographing for numerous dance teams throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas and is thrilled to be sharing her love, passion, and knowledge of dance. Her greatest accomplishments are her two beautiful children, one of which is a dance student at Earle Cobb Dance Studio. It brings her great joy to be a part of a studio with such a prestigious legacy and outstanding talent.
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.
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.
Elizabeth is thrilled to be returning to the teaching staff at Earle Cobb Dance Studio after taking three years off to focus on her full-time job as a special education teacher. 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 second 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!
Shelby Ward is a performer, teacher, & choreographer from San Antonio, TX. She attended the North East School of the Arts as a Dance and Musical Theater Major and went on to attend Oklahoma City University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree. Shelby has performed as a featured dancer onboard the Crown and Emerald Princess cruise ships sailing the Caribbean sea. She has most recently been seen on stage in 'Cabaret' with San Antonio Broadway Theatre and in 'A Chorus Line' at the Woodlawn Theatre. Shelby is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with the students at ECDS this year!
Anisah is a 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.
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!
Julia has been dancing since the age of 2, and has been trained in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, flamenco, latin ballroom and more. She began dancing competitively at the age of 11, where she received national and regional scholarships from notable conventions like Radix and Velocity. She has performed with Ballet San Antonio and San Antonio Spurs. Julia is a current senior at Health Careers High School, and is very excited to be joining Earle Cobb’s staff.
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!