Studio 3 Arts Instructors

Studio 3 employs instructors with education and experience in the type of dance, voice, acting or instrument they are teaching. Our teachers look for the best in every child and strive to make learning a positive experience.

Jillian Smith

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Jillian is excited to be bringing her passion of music to Studio 3 Performing Arts. Jillian has been studying voice for many years, including a background in both musical theatre and classical technique. She loves to instill a passion for music in her students, and teaches to develop healthy, safe singing habits that support a lifelong singing career.

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Nikki Gray

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Nikki has been dancing for 24 years and teaching for 15. She has taught at several studios working with both competition teams and recreational classes, as well as teaching for the Coppell ISD and the YMCA in Dallas, where she is originally from. Both she and her students have won numerous awards at a national competitive level. In college, she received numerous awards for outstanding vocal performance and was the lead singer for the campus jazz band. In the summer of 2010, Nikki participated in the International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI) in Kiefersfelden, Germany. Here, she continued her dance, voice, theatre and performance training.

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Jacob Glanton

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Jacob Glanton was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He began his dance career by performing in musical theatre productions. Later, he discovered his love for dance and began formally training in jazz.  His high school years were spent busy competing and attending dance conventions, furthering his dance technique. Jacob then started training in classical ballet at Master Ballet Academy to hone his technique and discovered he wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts. After high school, he left Arizona for beautiful Southern California, where he began a year of training under Shannon Mather and her amazing faculty in her Bridge into the Industry program.  Jacob has been performing, training, and auditioning for the past year in Los Angeles, but is excited to be back in Arizona to share his experiences with Studio 3’s talented youth.

Lacee Garcia

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Lacee Garcia, an Arizona native, has been training since the age of 3, taking whatever classes were offered. he was also in a contortion trio that performed in Laughlin, NV as well as her studio competition team. Lacee went on to study at Arizona State University, where she was a competitive cheerleader and danced for celebrities like Felix Cruz, Jessica Rajko, and Lilliana Gomez. After receiving her BFA in Dance in May 2017, she has been actively pursuing teaching, performing, and creating in the Phoenix area. This is her third year with Studio 3 and she looks forward to continue sharing the great fun that dance can be.

Emma England

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Emma England is an accomplished dancer, singer, percussionist, and classical pianist, and has found her dream career through the creation of Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy. Emma graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in 2005 with a BFA in Dance Education and minor in Spanish.[ more details… ]