Instructors & Choreographers

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Choreographer, and Instructor / Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Character

Carly started performing at three years old.  At five she joined the competitive world of dance. She danced in competitions all over Texas for 18 years, winning Top Soloist Awards and Choreography Awards for her solo routines and group dances. She danced all through high school with the WHS Texans and was honored to be trained by Kitty Nichols, owner of Wimberley Dance Studio.  At sixteen, Carly started teaching and choreographing professionally.  For six years Carly taught a competitive team called “The Fundanzers” which has been South Austin's elite dance troupe for 30 years! Her choreography placed Top 1st Overall in a variety of different competitions. Carly is classically trained in Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Jazz. In 2010 Carly opened her own dance company inside Lifetime Fitness South Austin. When she successfully ran and operated her own studio inside the nation’s biggest gym, this began her journey into opening her own dance company, "Dance by Carly."  Dance by Carly offers a variety of dance classes for ages two to adults along with Austin's DBC Academy Dance Troupe!  DBC Academy dancers compete on a Regional and National level all over Texas and perform in shows locally all over Austin such as Harlem Globetrotters, San Antonio Spurs and more! Within 7 months of opening the studio, her competitive troupe known as The DBC Academy won 1st place overall in the Starbound National Dance Competition. This award carried the company to placing in the National Championship. The “Pearl” group was the youngest group in the entire 2013 Championship. In her new company holding 30 competitive dancers, DBC Academy brought home over a dozen Choreography, Best Performer, Elite Gold, High Gold and Gold awards. Carly has over a 20 years of experience in teaching and choreographing for competitions, movies, music videos and much more! Carly is inspired by the children she teaches and strives to create and provide a healthy lifestyle in South Austin's youth. 

"BETTER TO PERFORM FOR YOURSELF AND HAVE NO PUBLIC,

THAN TO PERFORM FOR THE PUBLIC AND HAVE NO SELF." C.C.

Owner, Carly Bell "Ms. Carly"
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Izabella Segura "Ms. Izabella"

Executive Director, Choreographer & Instructor

Izabella started dancing at the age of four. She was part of Jackie's Fundancerz and competed with them for 8 years. She then joined DBC Academy in 2013 and has been with us ever since. She is trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Tap. She is so happy that she is able to share her love for Dance with our dancers. She graduated from Bowie High School in 2018 and is attending Texas State University to obtain her degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She is forever grateful to Carly for giving her the opportunity to do what she loves. Being able to teach and express her love of dance to DBC dancers is her passion. 

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Lilly Brown "Ms. Lilly"

Creative Director, Choreographer & Instructor

Lilly Brown, a local choreographer and dancer in Austin, Texas, has been dancing since she was three years old. Receiving training from a performing arts middle school to then the McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy, Brown has governed technical and creative growth for herself. Brown’s high school career allowed her to craft creative works that embodied vulnerability within oneself to exceed bounds set by society. This personal agency from Brown is now being developed at a greater rigor at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is receiving her BFA in Dance and minor in Arts Administration and Management. Outside of the classroom, Brown teaches at Dance by Carly, a studio in south Austin, to ages two - seventeen. The act of teaching dance has heightened Brown’s passion for dance as well as love for choreography. Brown hopes to continue performing and choreographing for decades to come, while teaching the community the importance of vulnerability in movement and acceptance of personal agency over one's growth. 

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Matthew Vargas "Mr. Matthew"

Choreographer, Instructor, & After School Program

Matthew Vargas born in Austin, Texas began his dance training at the age of 4 at Tapestry Dance Studio training in hip hop, tap, and ballet Folklorico. At the age of 7, Matthew received a full scholarship to train at Ballet Austin in the Academy where he is trained in ballet 6 days a week. He has performed as Fritz, a party boy, and the Chinese dancer in The Nutcracker, as well as performing as the Junior Card Soloist in Ballet Austins’ production of “ALICE (in Wonderland). Matthew Vargas graduated from McCallum High School where he served as Captain for the award-winning Blue Brigade drill team. He has won multiple awards while on the McCallum Blue Brigade such as multiple 1st places senior solo awards, highest scoring solo overall, best in class dancer, All American Dancer, All American Kick Dancer, Best in class duet, and solo winners circle at the ADTS Texas Dance Championships 2019. He was also in the McCallum Youth Dance Company in the Pre-Professional dance troupe where he has been trained in Flamenco, Modern, House Dance, and Movement Based Contemporary. Matthew also has won scholarships from a Celebrity dance competition as well as 8 National Talent and Starbound competitions where he also holds a national title from both competitions. . He is now apart of the prestigious Tremaine Performance Company where he travels, assists, and performs with Tremaine Dance Conventions. Matthew hopes to continue inspiring young dancers at DBC by helping them grow as dancers and artists through choreographing as well as teaching classes. 

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Mark Sharron "Mr. Mark"

Ballet Choreographer & Instructor

 

Mark Joseph Sharon began training in ballet at the age of three in Southeast Texas. He was selected at the age of 15 by the Joffrey Ballet for pre-professional training in New York; however, a few weeks into the program Mark was stricken with brain cancer and left confined to a wheelchair. Inspired by the example of Agnes B. DeMille, he developed a physical rehabilitation regimen applying the knowledge of movement he had gained from years of ballet training. A year later he left his wheelchair behind and began working as an artist-in-residence choreographer at Southeast Texas Arts Council.

With his years of professional dance training and an enhanced awareness of the mechanics of movement learned from his struggle for physical recovery, Mark excelled at teaching both classical ballet and movement awareness. That year the Texas Commission for the Arts and Humanities showcased film of Mark’s dance company, Jefferson Jazz Ballet, as the dance component of their proposal to the Texas Legislature for state funding of the arts.

Relocating to Southern California in his early twenties, Mark taught and choreographed special projects for studio, stage, and screen for over two decades. He was commissioned by universities including USC, UCLA, and Utah State University to choreograph and lecture for special dance projects, and for years he was artistic director for West Coast Performing Arts Center in Mission Viejo, California. Founder of Laguna Beach Dance Invitational, he produced annual weeklong retreats designed to expose students of dance to a higher caliber of professionalism in classical ballet and contemporary dance movement. With this extensive experience, Mark has achieved a unique ability to improve advanced dance technique and to teach the healing effects of movement awareness in all physical activity.

Having recently completed a master’s degree in humanities with an emphasis on dance at St. Edward’s University, Mark now seeks an opportunity to teach his methodology to aspiring students in an academic setting.

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Sarah Elizabeth Forge "Ms. Sarah"

Choreographer & Instructor

 

Sarah Elizabeth Forgé began dancing at The Palos Verdes Ballet at 5 years old. She continued her passion for the arts and dance through the years at Joffrey Ballet New York, Joffrey Ballet San Francisco, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Los Angeles County High School for the arts and Broadway Dance Center. Sarah specializes in classical ballet, contemporary and lyrical dance. In 2018, Sarah graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in dance and choreography. Her love for dance and teaching is all consuming. 

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Sonya Doyle "Ms.Sonya"

Choreographer & Instructor

 

Sonya was three years old when she started her dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Acro at Head to Toe Dance in Dripping Springs. However, at the age of five she stopped training in all styles except for acrobatics. When she turned eleven she began training in Ballet, Jazz,Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Acrobatics, and Musical theater again as well as started competing on a competitive team. She holds multiple titles, special entertainment awards, and scholarships. She is known for her contemporary abilities, facials, and musical theater numbers. While continuing her training, she began assisting classes under Chelsea Affatato at the age of twelve. While assisting Chelsea Affatato and her studio owner Anne Brown, she became acrobatic arts certified. Shortly after she received her first choreography job as the choreographer for Dripping Springs Middle School’s fall musical. A year later, she was asked to choreograph Sycamore Springs Middle School’s musical. While choreographing for the schools, she began teaching dance classes at Head to Toe Dance. The classes she taught were Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for ages 4-7, as well as Acrobatics for all ages. Shortly after, she was contacted by Dance by Carly and began teaching Acrobatics, Company classes, and beginner level classes. While choreographing and teaching Sonya found her true passion which was being behind the scenes. Creating innovative pieces and watching kids grow became her favorite part about working in the dance industry. She specializes in teaching Acrobatics, Contemporary, Jazz, and Musical theater. While she teaches all ages, the majority of her teaching has been with the ages of 3-8 because she loves being the person that instills the love of dance in the young minds of her students. Last year, she was selected to be a convention assistant for Motiv8 dance and hopes to eventually be a convention teacher herself. Sonya plans to further her dance education by attending college as well as continue teaching and choreographing for DBC.