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.

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

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!

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. 

Cassidy Miller

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!

Kara Heinz
Victoria Johnson

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!

Victoria Johnson is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Tori is certified by the State of Texas in Generalist EC-6 & Dance 8-12.  She is the proud director of the Golden Stars Dance Team at Brennan High School, where she also teaches fine arts dance classes. Tori began dancing at age 3 and joined Earle Cobb at age 10 and is a former Dena’s Dazzler. Her fondest memory growing up at Earle Cobb, was being chosen as Mrs. Sandra Mabry’s tap assistant!  She is a member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing (TATD) and Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA). Tori is excited to be back for another year of “smiling and having fun” at Earle Cobb!

Payton Groff
Meli Rosin

Payton joined the Earle Cobb family at the age of three and is a former "Dena's Dazzler." She graduated from Lee High School as valedictorian where she was a dance major at the North East School of the Arts. Between Earle Cobb and NESA she has performance experience in numerous dance recitals, musicals, and Spurs games. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2017 Las Casas Scholarship Competition in the dance category. She is now a student at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she will be studying to become a family nurse practitioner.  Payton can't wait to begin teaching and sharing her love of dance as a member of the Earle Cobb teaching staff.

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. 

Brenna Mahnke
Lizzy Wasson

Lizzy Wasson began dancing at Earle Cobb Dance Studio when she was 3 years old.  She has been part of Dena’s Dazzlers for a long time!  She is currently in her 10th year competing with the Dazzlers.  Throughout her dance career Lizzy has attended numerous conventions, master classes, and competitions.  Lizzy has been an assistant at Earle Cobb and with Dazzlers for the last three years.  She has been attending the North East School of the Arts for her high school career and is currently in her senior year.  Lizzy really enjoys teaching and is looking forward to the rest of the year! 

Brenna started dancing at the age of 3 and continued dancing at Earle Cobb for the next 12 years.  She was a member of Dena’s Dazzler for 7 years. Brenna graduated from Tom C. Clark High School in 2009 where she was a Varsity Cheerleader and won NCA Nationals. Brenna coached gymnastics and cheer at Alamo Gymnastics for 7 years.  She was also the special events coordinator at Ariel Athletics for 4 years.  She is currently working in the NEISD school district.

Ashley Scott
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!

Ashley Scott has been a tumbling and dancing enthusiast since the age of 3. After competing for nearly a decade in local, regional, and state gymnastics competitions, she made the switch to dance and joined Dena’s Dazzlers at the age of 14. She was also a member of the Robert E. Lee Varsity cheer team in which she was a UCA All-American cheerleader and won Grand National Champions at Fun Cheer Nationals. She is a graduate of the International School of the Americas and received an Associates of Arts in Psychology at San Antonio College. She is now a student majoring in Psychology and Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio and loves to teach her acro students. She is so thrilled to be returning to the Earle Cobb family, and is looking forward to a great year!

Madeline Herr
Briana Jevic

Madeline has been dancing since the age of 3. She was on the Antonian dance team, and an officer her junior and senior year. She also attended the AMDA conservatory summer intensives in Los Angeles and New York City while in high school. Her training also includes 10 years of competitive gymnastics at Aerial Athletics in San Antonio. This allowed her to coach at Alamo Heights Gymnastics Academy from 2016-2018. Since graduating high school she has danced two seasons with Urban Performing Company in Dallas, TX. The company is a concert and commercial contemporary ballet company. She currently attends the University of Dallas and is majoring in psychology. 

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!

Cynthia Frias

Born and raised in the city of San Antonio, Texas. Since the moment Cynthia could walk, dancing was in the picture. She graduated from the prestigious Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment where she received her Bachelors of Performing Arts in Dance Performance and minor in Spanish on May 2017. At OCU, she had the pleasure of studying under many reputable professors and performing as a company member for the American Spirit Dance Company. 

Outside of her university performing opportunities, Cynthia has also had the pleasure of being a cast as a dancer for several different productions which include the following: Texas! The Outdoor Musical, Sea World’s Bay of play, Howl O’ Scream, and Christmas Celebration, a dancer/model for New Braunfels' Wedding Guide commercial of “When Style & Dance Tie the Knot”. And her most recently she has had three performing contracts with Disney Cruise Line on the Magic, Wonder, and Fantasy vessels. Aside from performing, Cynthia loves to teach and share her passion and knowledge of the industry with others in the dance community from the younger generation to those who just want to dance as an outlet.

Cynthia would like to thank her teachers and professors for helping her and guiding her throughout her career. She would like to especially thank her friends and loving family for the endless amount of support and encouragement. 

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