Vicki Henderson – Owner/Theater Teacher
Vicki founded Arts Avenue in the fall of 2007 and is so excited to be starting the 11th year of the studio! Along with owning the studio, Vicki directs the Junior and Senior full-production theater classes. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications/Theater with a minor in Business and a Master’s degree in Education. Vicki taught at the KidsActing Studio in Austin for 6 years and before that taught Speech Communications at Round Rock High School. She also performed with her ministry, Avenue Ministries, for 10 years at retreats, conferences, schools and other events nationwide. She has performed with several professional theater groups including PowerHouse Productions in Chicago, Reignmaker Ministries based out of St. Paul, and was one of the co-founders of Castellan Productions in Denver. Vicki is a wife and a home school mother of 3. She feels so blessed to have the opportunity to work with these students that she loves so much and to be able to teach them that they can be excellent in their craft without compromising their values! She loves watching them grow not only in their artistic abilities, but in their friendships, their confidence, and their responsibility. She loves the verse “Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15) And what better way to bring the Good News than through using our feet through theater and dance!!
Amanda Bishop – Dance Teacher/Company Director
Amanda is a teacher and the Company Dance Team Director at Arts Avenue. From early childhood Amanda loved to dance and trained hard! She was trained in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap and lyrical from Civic Dance Center in California. At the age of 16 she began teaching dance and taught for 17 years until she took a hiatus to focus on being a mom. She has taught ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, as well as specialty classes in choreography, turns, stage and performance, ballet history, and privates. Ballet is her favorite! At the age of 15 she began auditioning for professional ballet schools and among others, was accepted into two of the top ballet schools in the nation, Joffrey Ballet and The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She chose the latter and went off to train in Philadelphia at the age of 15. At the age of 17 she was offered a ballet scholarship at Lansing Community College, which at the time, was the only college in the nation that offered a degree in dance instruction, which happened to be exactly what she wanted to do for a long term career! She gained a great deal of knowledge and versatility while there. Amanda is the mother of 8 children. She loves children and loves her students! Her teaching style is to be caring and attentive to her students. She is adamant about teaching clean technique while creating a fun, versatile environment to keep learning interesting for her students. She also helps her students learn the French ballet vocabulary as thoroughly as possible. Continuing to learn how to grow as a teacher is also important to Amanda. Over the last couple of years she has received her Personal Training certification through AFAA, her Acrobatic Dance Teaching certification through Acrobatic Arts, as well as her certification through University of Nevada Las Vegas Dance Teacher University. All of these helped her have a greater understanding of anatomy, properly increasing muscle strength and flexibility, injury prevention, acrobatics, as well as increase her arsenal of knowledge to teach Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Creative Movement, and Ballet.
Aubrey Walling – Theater/Choir/Dance Teacher
Aubrey was born in Houston and (mostly) raised in Georgetown. She is the oldest of five and loves spending time with the people she loves and enjoying the great outdoors. A year after graduating from Georgetown High School in 2010 she moved to Los Angeles and attended a leadership/internship program at the LA Dream Center. She was involved in a variety of outreaches from corporate relations and event planning to leading a volunteer team in the South Central projects. After two years she then transferred to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Drama/TV/Film- a degree that merged her love for classical theatre and film production. After graduating in May, she celebrated her 24th birthday and then competed in Miss Oklahoma (Miss America Scholarship Organization). She moved back to Georgetown in 2016 and is currently working on her acting career in addition to teaching at Arts Avenue. Aubrey hopes to always creatively combine her love for people, ministry, and the arts- and is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to teach at Arts Avenue.
Kate Grochowski – Dance Teacher
Kate has been dancing since the age of two and has been teaching for over 4 years. She began her formal training in a classical ballet school where she studied and was tested on the Cecchetti method. After graduating high school in Sarasota, Florida, she attended Elon University in North Carolina to earn a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. At Elon, she studied a variety of genres and had the privilege of working with Gaspard & Dancers, directed by former Pilobolus member Gaspard Louis. Since then, Kate has embraced her career as the Head of Marketing for a sales agency and has married her high school sweetheart. She is incredibly passionate about advancing the Kingdom and is excited to do so along with the Arts Avenue team! She looks forward to inspiring young dancers here in Georgetown to use their gifts to bring all the glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Alex Vidaurri – Dance Teacher
Alexandra began her dance career in Bakersfield, California. At the age of 4 she started dance and musical theater training at Linda Larma’s Academe of Dance. She continued her ballet training with Kathy Correa at Dancers’ Workshop, and there is where she found her love and passion for dance. In 2008, she moved to Texas and trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary and lyrical at Performing Arts Studio in Georgetown. During her time at Performing Arts Studio, she found the inspiration to share her love for dance with others and became a teaching assistant for Ms. Lisa Shoup-Rathbone and Mrs. Diane Anderson. Since starting her career in Texas, she has participated in numerous conventions, productions and competed in many dance competitions and showcases. She is an active member of the Southwestern University Pom Squad as well as the Georgetown Ballet Company. Alexandra looks forward to serving as Co- Captain of the Southwestern University Pom Squad for the 2017-2018 season, and as a company member of the Georgetown Ballet. She is a major in Psychology and Kinesiology with a dance application minor with plans to incorporate dance technique and movement in therapy. With 16 years of dance experience, she has come to appreciate the discipline, commitment, and determination that dance requires, and at the same time, embracing each child’s individuality. She is eager to inspire young dancers to pursue their dreams and careers, and further share their love with the world. Her specialties are in ballet, tap, team and show jazz, contemporary and lyrical. Alexandra is honored and thrilled to join the Arts Avenue family and share her experience and knowledge with your dancers!
Regina Horton – Theater Teacher
Regina is sixteen years old, homeschooled, and in eleventh grade. She has been taking theater classes with Arts Avenue for seven years and has acted in fourteen full productions with Arts Avenue. Three years ago she started assisting in the junior production group and she loves working with the kids! When Regina first started theater she was incredibly shy, so she asked for a part that had no speaking lines. But Arts Avenue was such a loving and encouraging environment that she was able to learn more and grow in self-confidence. Now she is glad for the opportunity to pass on to her students the love and support that she received.
Jackie Horton – Office Manager
Jackie Horton has been involved in a variety of capacities at Arts Avenue since 2010 and is a great lover of theater and dance. As a young child, going to dance classes and locking herself in her room to blast the music and cut loose were two of her favorite pastimes. In HS she found speech, debate, and drama and fell in love with it all. It wasn’t until after her first career as a computer programmer that she found her way back to drama – as an elementary school teacher. After earning her masters in education, she ended up in the principal’s office for a couple of years before she had her twins. Since 2001 she has held a variety of part time teaching positions, including assistant in the Junior Production class here at Arts Avenue. Now, you will see her around a lot more as Arts Avenue’s newest Office Manager. Her loftiest goal for the Office Manager position is to glorify and honor Our Lord by putting her skills of communication and organization to work to benefit the Arts Avenue family!
Jamie Kuns – Public Relations
Jamie is serving in our Public Relations Department. Jamie is the mother of two of our dancers, as well as their five older brothers. She is originally from central Mississippi where she was first inspired by the beauty and powerful ministry of Ballet Magnificat, a premier professional Christian ballet company. It is because of her strong belief in the ministry of love and joy through the arts that she was led to Arts Avenue. In 2012, her native Texan husband, Ross brought her back with him to the Great State. Jamie has a bachelors degree in Business Administration and has worked many years in sales and management. She is blessed to be supporting the great work of sowing into the precious lives of every student in Arts Avenue.