Carolyn S. Lang
Owner, Creative Director, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Drill Team, Technique Instructor
Carolyn S. Lang (Owner, Creative Director, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Drill Team, Technique Instructor) has over 25 years of dance and cheer training and choreography experience. Originally from Carrollton, she is a former R.L. Turner Lionette, where she served as Lieutenant her Junior and Senior year. She acquired numerous dance awards, including being a selected a 4 time ADTS All American, a 2 time ADTS Gold Dance Company member, 4th Runner up Miss Drill Team South Texas Soloist, and a 2 time ADTS National Champion. Carolyn attended Tyler Junior College where she performed as a member of the world famous Apache Belles, serving as Dance Captain her sophomore year, and Texas Tech University where she performed as a member of the award winning Texas Tech Pom Squad, serving as Captain her senior year. She was also selected an NCA All American. Carolyn received an Associate of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Health Education. She also holds her Secondary Teacher’s Certification in Dance and Health. While at TTU, she performed regularly as a member of the Willis Ballet Company. Carolyn continued with a professional teaching career as the Director of the Sanger HS Cherokee Charmer Drill Team, and a professional dance career as a member of the Kansas City Wizards Girls (MLS), Kansas City Brigade Girls (AFL), and Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders (NFL). She has also worked as a choreographer, instructor, and judge for American Dance/Drill Team School since 1991, and choreographed ADTS All American and Junior All American halftime performances for Dallas Mavericks games. She has taught at various studios, including Studio J in Kansas City and served as Assistant Cheer Coach for Steppin’ Out The Studio in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Acting is also a part of her resume with numerous commercial credits (Old Spice, Fox 4 Weather, Argosy Casino, Psychic Power Network, etc…), as well as acting performances in short films (“Burned”, “The Enumerators”, “The Apology Dance”, “Cliffhanger Falls”, and “Straight No Chaser”). Carolyn brings her passion for teaching to A Body In Motion and looks forward to training the next generation of performers!
Co-owner, CFO, Cheer Administrator
Cindy K. Godwin (Owner, CFO, Cheer Administrator) is a graduate of R.L. Turner High School where she was a cheerleader and an award winning Lionette. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Le Tourneau University and has been employed with Coca-Cola for over 25 years. Cindy also owns and operates a successful internet business website, Hurripanel Fasteners, Inc. She is the ultimate “Cheer Mom” as she spent 14 years supporting her daughter, Motion instructor Andrea Rabenaldt, as she trained in school and competition cheer programs and works diligently to promote our Motion Xtreme Cheer Team. We love and appreciate our ultimate Cheer Mom and feel so blessed to have her rooting from the sidelines for our future cheerleaders!
Director: Starting Pointe Junior Ballet Company, Beyond Elevations Senior Ballet Company; Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Drill Team Instructor
Nicole Funderburg (Director: Starting Pointe Junior Ballet Company, Beyond Elevations Senior Ballet Company; Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Drill Team Instructor) is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance and holds her Secondary Teacher’s Certification in Dance, American Sign Language, and Physical Education. She has trained extensively in the ballet styles of Cecchetti, Bouronville, and Neoclassical, as well the dance mediums of modern, tap, jazz, hip hop and drill team. While at SFA, Nicole performed as a member of Repertory Dance Company and the National Champion SFA Pom Squad. After college, Nicole continued her dance career as a member of Votum Dance Company and she has trained and performed both nationally and internationally, most recently in Spain, Germany, and Poland. She is currently employed as an American Sign Language teacher at Reedy High School and is the Assistant Drill Team Director of the Frisco Stars Dance Team at Frisco High School. Nicole brings her love of dance to our students and will develop classically trained performers with Motion!
Cheer Prep, Tumbling, Hip Hop Instructor
Andrea Rabenaldt (Cheer, Tumbling, Hip Hop Instructor) has 14 years of competitive Cheer, Tumbling, and Hip Hop training with Cougar Cheer Company and Cheer Athletics. A graduate of Newman Smith High School, she was selected cheerleader all 4 years, serving 3 years as squad Captain. Andrea is a 6 time UCA National Champion and a 2 time UCA All-Star. She has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC and the New Year’s Parade in London. Andrea is also a former member of A Body In Motion’s Hip Hop team, Blackout Crew, and a former Hip Hop instructor and Head Cheer Coach for our Motion Xtreme Cheer Team. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas and is certified EC-12 in the areas of Physical Education and Health and 4th -8th in Math. Currently a 7th Grade math teacher at Vivian Field Middle School, she coaches Girls on the Run, an organization that promotes fitness and healthy lifestyle choices. Andrea has a lifelong passion for all things cheer and fitness and we are blessed to have her share her knowledge with our students at Motion!
Jazz, Tap Instructor
Kate Haas (Jazz, Tap Instructor) has been dancing since the age of 3 and has trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Originally from Millsboro, DE, she studied at Dance Alley Dance Studio where she was a member of the Alley Cats Competitive Dance Troupe for 8 years. Kate has competed across the U.S. and won numerous dance awards in solos, duos, trios, and large group numbers. Her performance career continued into college as a member of the Knight Dance Club at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and Orchesis Dance Club at Columbia University in New York, NY. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Arcadia University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Columbia University. Her teaching career began at the age of 15 at her hometown studio. In 2013, she relocated to Dallas and now continues to teach at A Body In Motion The Studio. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with younger generations and we look forward to watching her students continue to grow under her guidance at Motion!
Baton Twirling Instructor
Joe Hudson (Baton Twirling) is an accomplished Baton Twirler from Easton, PA. He has won several awards including State and Regional titles from NBTA and AAU. At AYOP Twirling Nationals, Joe placed 3rd in Men’s Solo Category, 3rd in Men’s World Open Category, and 5th in Rhythmic Twirl. Twirling since the age of 12, Joe trained at Cheryl Chickey’s All-American Twirlers where he performed in the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, the “America Starts Here” 4th of July Parade in Philadelphia, and at several competitions and community performances. He was the Feature Twirler for his alma mater, the Easton Area High School Red Rover Marching Band. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies and Dance Performance from the University of Tennessee where he was also a member of the UT Dance Company, performing in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop. His performance pieces were selected to be featured at ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association) in Gainesville, FL. Joe has worked as a high school Majorette coach and choreographer, and has taught clinics to Majorette Squads throughout Tennessee. He is also a certified judge with the National Baton Twirling Association. We are excited to see Baton Twirling return to the Dallas area and can’t wait to watch Coach Joe train future Majorettes at Motion!
Head Cheer Coach: Motion Xtreme Cheer Team; Zumba Instructor, Digital Marketing Manager
Katinya Lilly (Head Cheer Coach: Motion Xtreme Cheer Team; Zumba Instructor, Digital Marketing Manager) is a wife, mother, and Data Architect for a Fortune 200 company. One of her first life passions was dance and she has been sharing that passion for over 30 years through choreography, dance performances, and fitness classes. She was a member of the Longview HS Viewettes Drill Team, serving as Lieutenant her senior year. Katinya attended Tyler Junior College as a member of the world famous Apache Belles where she performed for then President-Elect Bill Clinton at the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington DC. She then transferred and completed her education at the University of Texas at Austin where she performed as a member of the award winning Texas Pom Squad. Katinya continued to perform in various capacities through the years, including being a background dancer for a local singer, choreographing for area pageants, and directing church praise dance organizations. Katinya launched Shake, Jump, Move, Dance & Fitness Company in 2010 which offers praise fitness, dance instruction, and Zumba classes for individuals and groups, while also offering dance classes and personal choreography sessions in the dance mediums of modern, praise dance, tap, and drill team. Katinya brings her lifelong love of performance to Motion and wants to help all of her students reach their fullest potential!
Assistant Cheer Coach: Motion Xtreme Cheer Team; Tumbling Instructor
Raechel Peters (Assistant Cheer Coach: Motion Xtreme Cheer Team; Tumbling Instructor) has over 20 years of dance, tumbling, and cheer training. Originally from Odessa, MO, she competed with Starz Studio of Performing Arts and her high school cheer team, which ranked second in the state. Raechel was recognized with several scholarships and awards at a variety of conventions, including JUMP VIP Finalist, Spotlight Dance Down Champion, Spotlight Elite Performer, and Starpower Power Pak Performer. She was also selected to dance with the Dre Dance Company, founded by Tye Diggs and Andrew Palermo, for a performance piece called, “Beyond Words”. Raechel holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from Wichita State University, where she also served as Co-Captain for the WSU Dance Team. She is a 3 time NCA High School All-American and a 2 time NDA Collegiate All-American. Raechel also has pro dance experience as a former member of the Lightening Girls Dance Team for the Semi-Pro Wichita Thunder Hockey Team. Her love for coaching is never ending, having coached for several teams, including the 46 member coed cheer program at Andover High School. Raechel looks forward to being a positive influence for our cheerleaders at Motion and developing top notch cheer athletes!
Joseph (Joe) Strohl
Musical Theater Instructor
Joseph (Joe) Strohl (Musical Theater Instructor) is originally from Albuquerque, NM, and studied music and voice from an early age, taking lessons from his father who was a Band Director and private music teacher. At the age of 8, he was selected as a member of the Albuquerque Boys Choir. By age 11, Joe was performing with the Newmexichords Barber Shop Chorus. In high school, he was chosen New Mexico All-State in both Voice and Trumpet. Joe later studied Music Education and Vocal Performance at the University of New Mexico before relocating to Texas. He holds an Associates in Theatre Arts from Brookhaven College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas. Joe has performed professionally both as an actor and musician (trumpet) with Lyric Stage, Theatre Three, Theatre Arlington, Denton Musical Theatre, Coppell Theatre, and several other community venues. He has also toured with the award winning production of Avenue Q directed by Tony Award winner, Michael Serrechia. By day, Joe repairs musical instruments at Music and Arts and is a national clinician and the Instructor of Instrument Repair for Arlington ISD. He has two beautiful children, Shira and Barton, with his amazing wife of over 20 years, Nancy. Joe is proud to be a member of A Body In Motion and carries on his family’s legacy of instruction in the arts with our young performers!
Jaclyn (Jax) Tisdale
Jaclyn (Jax) Tisdale (Dance Instructor) has been dancing since the age of 4. Originally from Gonzalez, LA, she trained for 18 years in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Modern at her hometown studio, All About Dance, and worked as an instructor, teaching various age groups in Tap and Jazz, as well as advanced Lyrical, for four years. Jax then went on to perform as a four year member of the Louisiana State University Golden Girls Dance Line, serving as Captain and Choreographer for three years. In the five years that she has worked as an instructor and choreographer for Universal Dance Association, Jax has taught junior high, high school and college camps across the United States, including Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Jax also performed in the LSU Wind Ensemble Ballet of Appalachian Spring, choreographed by LSU’s Assistant Director of Dance/Head of Dance, Sandra Parks. Upon graduation from LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and receiving dual teaching certifications in Elementary Education 1-5 and Special Education, Jax pursued her pro dream and currently performs as a member of America’s Sweethearts, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Jax is now sharing her expertise of dance instruction with her students at Motion and trains other young women to pursue their college and pro dance dream!
Hip Hop Instructor
Kary Williams (Hip Hop Instructor) is a graduate of Newman Smith High School where she was a performing member of the Gallery in Motion Dance Company. She attended Eastern Oklahoma State University where she was a member of the EOS Dance Team, which placed 3rd in Open Division at NDA Nationals. Kary has a huge passion for Hip Hop and has performed with Urban Dance Crew and our own Blackout Crew Hip Hop Company. She has participated in local showcase performances like the Move to Groove Ball and continues her pro dance training pursuing her dream of making a professional team. Currently, Kary is the proud mother of Jayden James and spreads her love of Hip Hop with her students at Motion. We are thrilled to have someone with her heart and drive developing young Hip Hop performers!