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!
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.
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!
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 Mrs. Callie the dance teams have won many prestigious awards most recently being named National Champions at the Dance Showcase USA competition. Callie has been married to her husband Andrew for 5 years and has one daughter Emma.
Cindy been teaching for 38 years. She has extensive training in Classical Ballet and Modern Ballet. Other studies include Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater. Her studies include classes with: Vicki Ramey, Jane Quetin, Ric Brame, Natalia Krasovka, Margo Dean, Fernando Schenberg, Gayle Corkery, Zack Ward, Kathey Ward, Jay Hall. Her training also includes many Master Classes some of those include Arthur Mitchell (Dance Theatre of Harlem), Robert Joffery (Joffery Ballet), Nikita Talin, Al Gilbert, Darrell Redding, Janice Barrenger. She preformed with and was Ballet Mistress for America Dancing. She preformed with The Ballet Jeunese’ . She spent many years with Creative Arts Theatre and School learning all aspects of the theatre. Including all Dance classes, Acting, Singing, Costume Design and Construction, Set Design and Construction, Lighting and Sound. She was Director of the Robert J. Talon Children's Theatre at Main Street Theatre in Mansfield where she was also the Director of the Theatre and Dance School and was also on the Board of Directors. While working at Main Street Theatre she worked on over 100 shows on stage and behind the scenes. Choreographed numerous Musicals including “South Pacific”, “Cinderella”, “Scrooge”, and “Bye Bye Birdie” to name a few. She directed many shows for the Children's Theatre and has had many lead roles in plays and musicals at various Theaters. As a teacher she has had numerous students go onto professional careers including the Houston Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and City Ballet and several who have opened their own dance studios. Her students have won many awards at dance competitions including Outstanding Performance of the Day. Cindy takes great pride in giving her students the best possible ballet training and the discipline and integrity to pursue their goals and dreams.
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!
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. 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 3 years and currently teaches Jazz, Tap, Clogging, Preschool, Drill Team Prep, and Stretch and Technique. Cassie loves spreading her love and knowledge of dance to aspiring dancers of all ages!
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 is currently assisting with Touch of Gold, as well as the Lindale Junior High majorette line. She travels across East Texas teaching color guard and twirling camps.
Taylor is a born and raised Lindale resident who has spent most of her life pursuing cheerleading. She started gymnastics when she was 3. Taylor was a gymnast at Texas East Gymnastics for 11 years. She started doing competitive cheer in the 6th grade at Spirit of Tyler and cheered all through high school and even came back after college and cheered two more years. She competed at level 5 and 6 the last 6 years of her career. Her teams attended the cheerleading Worlds in Florida 3 different years. In high school Taylor was on the JV cheer squad her freshman year and Varsity her Sophomore through Senior years at Lindale High School. Taylor won All American cheerleader all 4 years at camp. After finishing her cheerleading career, she started coaching at Spirit of Tyler. Taylor has coached all ages from 4 years old to Seniors in high school. She has taught competitive teams, stunt classes, stretch classes and tumbling classes. Many of her teams won several different national titles and many of her students have moved on to the collegiate level. For the past 4 years Taylor has worked with the Lindale junior high and high school cheerleaders. She teaches them homecoming routines, cheers, chants, dances and stunts. Cheerleading has always been Taylor’s passion. She loves working with all age groups.
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.