Our DbD Staff

DbD Staff

Carolyn Simpson Wells, b.s. Dance education

owner & Director

Musical Theatre Director, Teacher

Ms. Carolyn has trained as a dancer since the age of 3 in all styles of dance. She performed as a Radio City Rockette (6 years), on Holland America Cruise Ships, and in multiple musicals across the country. Carolyn has also judged for Showstopper Dance Competition and is an inaugural judge for Kinetix on Tour. She is married and started the dance studio as a safe and family oriented studio for her daughter and son. Every decision made for the studio comes from her background as a teacher, performer, judge, and mother.

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Kayla hardy, B.s. dance 

Jazz director, teacher

Ms. Kayla received her Bachelors in Dance from Texas State University. She danced for several companies that awarded the opportunity to dance on America’s Got Talent in the top forty acts. She has taught dance for the past twelve years and has been with Dance by Design since its beginning in 2014. Ms. Kayla is married to her college sweetheart and has a four year old son named Mason and a two year old daughter named Nola. 

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amy agnese, b.f.a. musical theatre

Tap Director, Teacher

Ms. Amy grew up singing and dancing in Baltimore, MD.  She graduated with a B.F.A. in Music Theatre and Dance from Elon University.  While living in New York City, she taught dance and worked professionally all over the country. Ms. Amy is also a certified group fitness instructor who loves to see dancers combine their dance technique and fitness routines to become the strongest version of themselves. Now let's shuffle off to DbD together!


Quinn castle

Ballet director, teacher

Ms. Quinn trained at her mother's studio in California. She has performed with the Sacramento Ballet, Crockett-Deane Ballet Company, Sacramento Kings NBA Royal Court, and National Dance Alliance. Ms. Quinn is the former owner of Citrus Heights Dance Academy with her mother, writing the curriculum and syllabus and leading multiple performances. She is a recent transplant to New Braunfels with her husband and children.

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alex aguirre

Hip Hop Director, teacher

Mr. Alex was born and raised in San Antonio where he trained in hip hop and street dance. He continued his training in Miami, FL dancing in MLB and NBA franchises and theme parks. When he moved back to San Antonio he had the opportunity to perform at Six Flags and for Team Energy with the Spurs. Mr. Alex is excited to take DbD hip hop dancers to the next level.


Katherine Shane


Ms. Kat grew up dancing in New Braunfels where she was a member of the Canyon High School Aristocats. She went on to Kilgore College where she was a member of the Kilgore Rangerettes. Ms. Kat completed her Associate of Arts and began teaching ballet in Longview. She returned to New Braunfels in 2008 where she continued to teach at local studios. She is married to the love of her life, Paul, and has 5 children with whom she shares her passion for dance and performing. 

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Kathleen Coster


Ms. Kathleen was born in New Braunfels and started taking ballet at the age of 3. She received most of her training from Ballet San Antonio Academy and Ballet Arts in San Antonio. She was a company dancer for S.A. Metropolitan Ballet from 2002-2003, Ballet San Antonio from 2004-2006, and Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre from 2006-2007. Ms. Kathleen auditioned to be a Character Performer at Walt Disney World and worked there from 2008 until 2015 performing in shows and parades at the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. In 2016, she moved back to New Braunfels with my husband, Leo.


megan Watson


Ms. Megan is currently working on her BFA in Dance with a Teacher Certification at Texas State University. She’s born and raised in San Antonio and has been dancing for the past 8 years. Megan got her start on her high school’s drill team. Her favorite styles to perform are modern and jazz. She’s also a per mom to a 2 year old English Bulldog.


Erin carle


Ms. Erin is originally from Houston and started dancing at the age of two. She danced with her high school dance team where she was awarded third place in the state of Texas for her solo in 2016. At the young age of sixteen Ms. Erin began dancing as a corps dancer with a ballet company and cross trained in aerial dance. She then moved on to dance collegially, where she received recognition by National Dance America. She is now currently a student at Texas State University majoring in studio art with emphasis in painting.

jana matthews, B.F.A Dance


Ms. Jana has been teaching dance for 10 years. She has danced at Sea World San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, as a magician’s assistant, on Disney Cruise Lines, and in Las Vegas. In California she was a member of the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre and performed with Tap Overload. Ms. Jana earned a BFA in Dance from West Texas A&M University and spent three summers as a featured dancer in the outdoor musical drama TEXAS at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Soli Deo Glori


annalee Garcia


 Ms. Annalee has always had a love for dance and music since she was a little girl. She was born and raised in New Braunfels and graduated from Canyon High School where she marched with the Cougar Band for 4 years. Ms. Annalee is am a mom to a loving pitt mix. She is going on her 2nd year with Dance by Design Studios and loves being able to see smiling faces walk through the doors. Ms. Annalee enjoys helping others and is proud to be a part of the DBD family!


Nikki Childress

Office manager

 Ms. Nikki has had a love for music and dance as long as she can remember. She grew up playing the piano, singing in choirs, musicals, and vocal contests as well as writing poetry and creating original music. She met her husband of 28 years on the dance floor and has 2 children, 2 grandsons and a granddaughter on the way. She is passionate about creating a place to come fall in love with dance and to experience being a part of our DbD family!

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