Instructors & Choreographers

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Owner, Carly Bell "Ms. Carly"
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. 



Kayci Wheeler "Ms. Kayci"

Creative Director, Choreographer & Instructor

Kayci became a member of the DBC Academy in 2014 and competed with them for 2 seasons before graduating from James Bowie High School. She was trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and tap. She loves choreographing lyrical and contemporary pieces. Her favorite part of being a dance instructor is seeing the dancers grow. She performed with Orchesis, a contemporary and modern company at Texas State for three years. She received her degree from Texas State University and will be attending graduate school in 2020. Kayci is so grateful that Carly has given her the opportunity to keep dancing with DBC as an instructor and share her passion for dance with the students at Dance by Carly. 


Izabella Segura "Ms. Izabella"

Office Manager, 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. 

Amber Tiernan "Ms. Amber"

Choreographer & Instructor


Amber was the age of four when she started dancing. She first danced at Jackie’s Private School and joined their dance team Jackie’s Fundancerz. Her first teachers there were actually Ms. Carly, Ms. Amanda and Mr. Mark. She studied many types of dance from Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop to Pointe, Folklorico, and Contemporary. While on Fundancerz she performed at many competitions and recitals. After attending Jackie’s she moved onto dance at Bowie High School. There she made the Award Winning James Bowie High School Silver Stars drill team. While on the dance team she learned a few new styles of dance like the well known high kick. Amber was on their Jazz Company which was a small group of “elite” dancers for two years. She was also on their Tap Company and Tap Production for three years. Amber performed at several pep-rallies, football games, contests and show offs with the Silver Stars. After three years, she graduated and attended Austin Community College. She transferred to Texas State in San Marcos and pursuing a Business degree in Marketing. She is so thankful that Ms. Carly gave her the opportunity to keep dancing and start teaching your children what she loves to do. Amber is very excited to share her dance skills, choreography, and ideas with everyone.


Matthew Vargas "Mr. Matthew"

Choreographer & Instructor

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 attends McCallum High School where he serves 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 place 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 is 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 competition where he also holds a national title. Matthew hopes to continue training and competing as well as teaching and inspiring young dancers at DBC.

Lilly Brown "Ms. Lilly"

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. 

Nadine Smith "Ms. Nadine"

After School Director / Choreographer/ Instructor

My dance journey began in the Midwest at Eau claire School of Dance when I was 3 years old! My early years were spent 

with the Minnesota Ballet Company and at the Eau Claire School of Dance, training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, Contemporary, and Tap. I was a competitive dancer through my studio for 9 years and consistently training in technique. Beyond my studio  I was involved in my high school dance team and spirit line. I attended Arizona State University where I studied Dance, Mass Communications, and Media Studies. I was also a member of the Arizona State University Dance Team for 4 years, where I had the opportunity to perform at all university sporting events, the half-time show in the Super Bowl, NDA Camp, UDA Nationals, and at the NCAA championships.

 I have had the opportunity to study under numerous world renowned choreographers including Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Shane Sparks, Cris Judd, Laurieann Gibson, Joe Tremaine, Art Stone, and many more by continuing to further my dance education at various conventions and classes around the United States. 

My passion for dance lead me to a passion for instructing and choreographing. I have choreographed for dance studios in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Arizona.

 I spent time as a camp instructor and became very involved with Universal Dance Association; with UDA I have had the opportunity to be a judge at dance competitions around the United States. For three years I worked with the Moscow Ballet in the prestigious show; The Great Russian Nutcracker. I had the opportunity to coach the Eau Claire Memorial High School Dance Team and take these amazing 17 young ladies to Wisconsin State Dance Competition, Badgerette Pom Pon, Inc. ,  and UDA MOA competition and the UDA Nationals. As head coach, I oversaw the entire competitive dance program, which included 38 Dancers. I received various awards through dance, including multiple "High Score" and "Stand-out Dancer" awards as well as the "Best Choreography" award at multiple competitive regional dance competitions. My choreography has also earned many "Grand Champion" awards at various dance competitions. I have been teaching and choreographing all ages (2-Adult classes) 

of dancers for over 15 years! I have attended Acrobatic Arts where I have been Certified to teach Acro. Any chance I have to better myself as a dancer, instructor, choreographer, and most of all a positive leader I take it.

 "When I dance, I dream through my movement.” Dancing is my absolute passion, teaching dance is my determination, it is who I am!"


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.


Chelsea Affatato "Ms. Chelsea"

Acro Instructor


Chelsea Affatato began her formal dance training at 13, Discovering her deep passion for dance through her high school drill team, where she was a member for all four years of high school; and nominated as an All American. For 11 years, she has trained in ballet, acrobatics, jazz, contemporary and more. Continuing her dance education, Chelsea auditioned for and trained with the world famous Kilgore Rangerettes at Kilgore College. After college she started as an assistant at Head To Toe dance, 3 years she would become the Assistant Director at H2T. 

In addition to her role as a dance instructor, Chelsea danced professionally 2016 to 2018. She started her first year for a minor-league football team, The Cedar Park Punishers. In 2017, Chelsea became an Capital city dancer for the Austin spurs NBA-G league champions. The capital city dancers perform at various events including San Antonio Spurs basketball game, pflugerville expo and Chuy’s parade. 

Chelsea is currently the head coach at Saint Ed’s University for the Topperettes dance team.

 With more than ten years experience as both a student and instructor, Chelsea plans to pursue a career in dance, both teaching and performing. Chelsea's favorite part about teaching is seeing the transformation that occurs in her students from the day they walk into the studio.