Our Staff

Keri Pierce

Owner

Keri Pierce began her dance teaching career at the age of 14 as a teacher's assistant to Robin Fincher at the then Rainbow Dance Gallery. She took over the business in 1992 and changed the name to Keri's Dance Factory. Keri has shared her dancing skills and love of teaching with students at KDF in Lindale for the past 27 years. In addition to her work at the studio, she has been director of the Lindale High School Star Stepper Drill Team for the past 15 years. Keri has a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, is a Texas State Certified Dance Teacher, and in addition to her work with the drill team and dance programs at Lindale High School, she teaches high school math courses.  She is married to Victor Elizalde and has 3 children, Quinton, Kerrigan, and Kortlen.   Being a part of the Lindale community and the KDF family are two of her greatest joys in life!

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Laura Ingram

Studio Manager

Laura became a Dance Mom in 1992 and fell in love with the dance world.  She is the mother of three children, a son and two daughters and has seven grandchildren, who are the joy of her life.  Both of her daughters, Callie and Macey took dance classes at KDF until graduating and proceeded on to be Apache Belles.  Laura loves being the “studio Mom” to all KDF students.  She enjoys crocheting, sewing, reading and playing the piano.

Laura has managed the studio for 25 years and enjoys all aspects of the dance life.   She began her work experience as a Billing Clerk for Central Freight Lines where she transferred into the Accounts Receivable department.   From there she worked for Lindsey Morden Insurance Adjusters first as a receptionist, then secretary to a regional Vice President, and then Administrative Assistant to the Senior Vice President of the Legal Department.

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Liz Short

Front Office Manager

Hi! I'm Liz Short, I'm the awesome lady at the front desk! I have been part of the KDF family for the past four years. I have a daughter, Khloe, who has been taking dance at KDF since she was 4 and I also have a son, Noah, who has basically grown up at the studio. I married my high school sweetheart, Bruce, 11 years ago. We are proud to be part of KDF!

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Callie Miller

Studio Director & Dance Instructor

Callie began her love of dance when she was 4 years old right here at KDF Dance & Gym (Keri’s Dance Factory). After her 15 years of dance education with KDF Callie attended Tyler Junior College where she was a member of the Internationally Famous Apache Belles serving as a Dance Captain her sophomore year. While under the direction of Ruth Flynn and Christy Evans Callie received her associates degree in dance. Afterwards she transferred to UT Tyler to get her Bachelor's degree in HR management. Callie is the director of our competition classes and dance teams. She has been an instructor for KDF since 2005 training children of all ages in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and clogging. Under the direction of Ms. Callie the dance teams have won many prestigious awards several being named National Champions at the Dance Showcase USA competition.

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Krista Mullican

Dance Instructor

Krista Mullican grew up in Forney, Tx and began her dance training at the age of two. She danced competitively with Mpact Studio, Beyond Belief Dance Company, Dance FX, and Academy of Dance Arts in many genres of dance including, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-hop, and Contemporary. During her high school years she attended Booker T Washington High School for the Performing Arts and was a part of the Repertory II Company her freshman to junior year. Her Senior year she transferred to Forney High School to be a part of the Forney Highsteppers. After graduating from high school in 2016, Krista attended Tyler Junior College where she was a member of the internationally Famous Apache Belles to be named a Dance Captain her sophomore year. Upon completing two years at TJC Krista transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University. In the spring of 2021 Krista received a Bachelor's in Dance Education degree. Krista is the newly named Assistant Director of the Lindale High School Star Steppers and will be teaching World Geography for the 2021-2022 school year. She recently got married to her husband Brandon and she is excited to be starting a new journey in Lindale and at KDF!

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Xoshia Hall

Hip Hop Instructor

Hello I’m Miss Xoshia and I am the hip hop instructor. I began my dancing career at KDF starting at age 7 and I continued until I graduated high school. I began co-teaching my very first hip hop class in 10th grade. I also served 2 years as Captain of the Lindale High School Star Steppers between 2010-2012. After high school, I went on to dance two years at Stephen F Austin on the Pom Squad & Jack Attack Team.  Since completing college I’ve been back with my KDF family teaching Hip-Hop. It’s truly a family and I’m grateful to be a part of it!

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Cassie Bennett

Dance Instructor

Cassie began dancing at KDF at the age of 4 and has been trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Clogging and Hip Hop. She has an Associates of Arts in General Studies and is beginning her second year in the TJC Ultrasound program. Cassie served as a Lieutenant of the Lindale High School Star Stepper Drill Team her Junior year and Captain her Senior year. She was also a member of the Internationally famous Tyler Junior College Apache Belles where she served as Dance Captain her sophomore year. Cassie has been teaching at KDF for 4 years and currently teaches Jazz, Tap, Clogging, Preschool, and Stretch and Technique. Cassie loves spreading her love and knowledge of dance to aspiring dancers of all ages! Cassie recently got engaged to her high school sweetheart of 5 years, Tate.

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Whitney Bacon

Twirling Instructor

Whitney began dancing and twirling at the age of two at KDF. In her sixteen years there, she competed on dance and twirling performance teams. She is a graduate of Lindale High School; while there, she was Head Drum Major of the Pride of Lindale, as well as Lead Majorette. From there, she attended Tyler Junior College, where she performed with the Touch of Gold auxiliary and served as Captain. She is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education from UT Tyler. Whitney currently assists
the Lindale Junior High majorette line. During the season, she travels across East Texas teaching color guard and twirling camps.

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Kristi Poindexter

Cheer Coach

Kristi grew up and went to High School in Lindale. She is married to Jim Poindexter and has one daughter, Kayla, who is currently a cheerleader at TJC. Kristi has a passion for the sport of Cheerleading and was the cheer coach at Cumberland High School where she took the team to the State UIL Game Day championship. The team placed in the top 20 in the Large co-Ed division for the state of Texas. For the cheer program Kristi plans to include elements of All-Star Cheer but a large emphasis on Game Day Cheerleading. She believes cheerleading is so much more than just cheering on your team. It also includes building self confidence, trust among your teammates and learning how to get the crowd involved with your spirit.

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Sheryl Wade

Gymnastics Director/Coach

 Sheryl Wade began teaching and coaching gymnastics and cheer in 1973, opening Gymnastics, Etc. in Tyler. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from U.T.Tyler. Her husband, Robbie, is a retired Captain (AND bagpiper) for the City of Tyler Fire Dept., and they have 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren.  Sheryl has been certified to teach gymnastics by the U.S. Gymnastics Safety Association, was a U.S.A. Gymnastics competitor and competed in gymnastics at Centenary College (coached by former 1964 & 1968 Olympic Coach, Vannie Edwards). After college, she tested through the ranks, and, for many years, was a Nationally ranked USA Gymnastics judge, as well as an AGA Gymnastics judge. In 1978, she and her husband were honored with an invitation to join the coaching staff of Olympia Training Center, near Shreveport. Olympians, Kathy Johnson and Kristie Phillips, were some of  the gymnasts training there at the time, as well as the National Champion Centenary College Team.

 

***FUN FACT: When Romanian Coach, Bela Karolyi, (coach of Nadia Comaneci), defected to the United States in 1981, he went to Olympia Training Center! He joined the Wades and others as part of the coaching staff there until his wife and daughter were able to leave Romania to join him. A few years later, Bela opened a gymnastics facility and ran a summer gymnastics camp near Huntsville. Sheryl and her husband received, and excitedly accepted, a call to coach at the camp for him. Traveling to competitions all over the United States, and joining the Olympia Team on a gymnastics exhibition tour in Europe, added great excitement to her coaching experience. Following that coaching opportunity, they returned home to Tyler and opened GymTyler Gymnastics. Sheryl and her husband sold the business in 1997 and moved to the Emory area in 2001. After 7 years as Director of East Texas Twisters in Mineola, Sheryl opened Tumble Time in Quitman, and a few years later, began the GYMNASTICS program for KDF Dance and Gym.

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